Convention Presenters

Freddi Dogterom, DTM, AS

The road to the prestigious Accredited Speaker designation is long, arduous, never straight and cannot be completed alone. Freddi D is one of only 10 Canadians, and one of only 12 women in the world to achieve Accredited Speaker designation. You will be inspired as she dazzles us with her stories of polar bears and her passion for doing things “just a little bit differently!” Freddi says it took 10 years to become an overnight success. Get prepared to climb your own personal mountain!

Communication and Leadership Award Winner

Gord Gillies

Radio host The Morning News 770 CHQR

Gord Gillies is best known for his varied and diverse 25-year career with Global News in Calgary. His work as a journalist and a story teller have set him up perfectly for his new home on the radio. Gord joined The Morning News on 770 CHQR in August of 2017. In 2013, Gillies and the Global News Calgary team brought home the RTDNA award for Canada’s Best Newscast. In 2017, Gord was honoured to receive a Lifetime achievement award from the RTDNA for his career in broadcasting and service in the community.


Shelley Goldbeck, DTM, interviews Sally Newell-Cohen, Toastmaster International Chief Operating Officer, who has championed the development of the Pathways Program. Shelley will also pick the brain of George Marshall, Chief Pathways Guide for District 57, who led the first pilot launch of Pathways. George has completed several of the paths and will share his experiences.

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Sally Newell-Cohen – Toastmasters International Chief Operating Officer

Sally joined Toastmasters in 2009 as Director of Communications because she believed in the mission of helping people grow their communication and leadership skills and gain the confidence to achieve their goals. Since then she has made substantial impact through her leadership, vision and strategic influence. In 2013, Sally was appointed Chief Operations Officer, leading the teams responsible for educational development, research, global marketing, communications and meeting planning. Sally has lead several initiatives to improve the member experience and strengthen the support provided to the volunteer leaders. She has given hands-on coaching and training to leaders around the world; fostered data-driven decision-making through the establishment of a research team; spearheaded the 2011 brand refresh; led the effort to increase awareness of Toastmasters through expanded media coverage; and championed the development of the Pathways learning experience, Toastmasters’ new education program. Sally served as Secretary/Treasurer of the Board of Directors until 2015 and continues to support the Board in strategic planning and execution.

George Marshall – Pathways Guide

George Marshall is one of the leading member authorities on Pathways.  As the Chief Pathways Guide for District 57 in Northern California, he led the very first pilot launch of Pathways, after having served as an Ambassador of the Revitalized Education Program from its beginning.  He also operates the popular Toastmasters data & statistics website, Tools for Toastmasters, and produces District 57’s television show, Toastmaster Time, which plays on YouTube.


Educational Presenters

Susan Cramer

Susan Cramer, DTM, Strategist, Writer, Speaker brings over 15 years of Toastmasters communication and leadership experience to her sessions. When coupled with her 25 years of IT, project management and business leadership experience, she is a power to be reckoned with! Susan has helped many clubs achieve Distinguished status and beyond, led a Select Distinguished Area, co-chaired the 1st D42 Convention to use online registration, and more. She lives and breathes change and loves seeing the outcomes it brings. Through it all, she’s learned how to effect change while maintaining the respect of those she’s helped.

Disrupting with Grace

Disruptors are catalysts for change, and without change there is no future. With the new Pathways program launching change is very much upon us. How do you disrupt without coming across like a jerk? Is it even possible to disrupt with grace? The answer is, YES! At the end of this interactive session, you will know the best language to use when forming your disruptive message, how to involve your body in supporting your message, and how

to apply your newfound skills. It IS possible to disrupt, effect change and make a difference in the world, all while maintaining – and maybe even improving – your reputation in Toastmasters.

Freddi Dogterom

Freddi Dogterom DTM, Accredited Speaker is one of only 10 Canadians, and one of only 12 women in the world to achieve the Toastmasters Accredited Speaker designation. Life doesn’t slow her down, she just picks up speed as a passionate Toastmaster, popular professional speaker and workshop facilitator. It’s a treat to watch her dazzle an audience with her stories of polar bears and her passion for doing things “just a little bit differently”!

The Path of an Accredited Speaker

If you don’t know where you are going, any path will take you there. This session is all about the Accredited Speaker program and answering “What is it?”, “What does it take?”, and “How do I get there?” Our newest Accredited Speaker will share her journey of two steps ahead and one step back on her pathway to success. It took 10 years to become an overnight success!

Blake Palmer

Blake has been a member of the CREB Talkers Toastmasters club since 2006 and achieved his DTM in 2014. For a decade Blake has made an impact in our community by taking a leadership role in the Toastmasters Youth Leadership Programs. In 2011 he began coordinating programs in Calgary.

Building Leaders – Sharing the Path

Watching people gain self confidence, grow, and choose their own path is a highly rewarding experience. Are you interested in learning how to deal with groups, improve your confidence and give back to your community? The Youth Leadership Programs will show you how to help new groups to learn the basics of Toastmasters in eight weeks. Through new teaching methods the program helps you hone the basic skills of tomorrow’s leaders.

Alexander Jamieson

Alexander is a passionate Scotsman who is truly grateful to Toastmasters for allowing him to find his voice and be heard. For a long time Alexander thought success was being a Distinguished Toastmaster, but after achieving his DTM last year he now realizes that success is all about serving others. As Alexander prepares to publish his first book, he’s making a step forward on his path by talking to you today.

Braveheart Journey

Do you feel there’s a little warrior inside you wanting to shine? Maybe you know what success looks like but you’re scared of making some big steps on your path. Maybe you sense that what motivates you extends beyond a Toastmasters path. Please join our fellow warrior Alexander on his Braveheart journey to success and learn his key battle strategies to having freedom, fun and fulfillment.