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The Contact Atlantic Conference & Trade Show is an annual gathering of professionals who work in and support the amazing and diverse contact centre industry. This conference is hosted each year by ContactNB Inc., an industry association located in New Brunswick, Canada. Each year, we gather to network with industry peers, to learn, to share best practices, to hear from top-notch presenters, and to interact with trade show and sponsor representatives whose product and service offerings support this vibrant industry.
We're excited to announce that we are hosting a VIRTUAL Contact Atlantic Conference on Thursday, June 3, 2021 ~ 8:30am-3:30pm AT. We have procured an amazing platform to host this event -- the Covid-friendly, next best thing to being in-person.
If you're interested in supporting this event as a sponsor, please reach out to us at ContactNBassociation@gmail.com.
2021 Conference Theme: "Reimagine"
We all know that the past year has forced us all to reimagine how we work, live and play. Things we never thought possible suddenly became necessary. So, what's next? What else to we need to reimagine? Join us as our amazing lineup of speakers shares their thoughts and empowers us to reimagine our industry and our world. See below for our speaker/session lineup.
2021 Contact Atlantic Sponsors:
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2021 Contact Speaker Lineup:
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The Honourable Frank McKenna
Deputy Chair, Wholesale Banking
TD Bank Group
09:00 - 09:50 Atlantic Time: Main Stage
Speaking Frankly - A Fireside Chat
Frank McKenna is one of Canada’s most respected political and business leaders. He has been an executive with TD Bank Group since 2006. He is a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University, Queen’s University and the University of New Brunswick Law School. He was a three-term Premier of New Brunswick from 1987-1997. In 2005, he became the Canadian Ambassador to the United States. He was inducted into the New Brunswick Business Hall of Fame and the Canadian Business Hall of Fame, has been rewarded with the Red Cross Humanitarian of the Year award. Mr. McKenna is a Queen’s Counsel, Member of the Queen’s Privy Counsel, a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors, a Member of the Order of New Brunswick and a Member of the Order of Canada. He is the recipient of 15 Honorary Degrees, and was a key player in bringing many contact centre jobs to New Brunswick in the early and mid-90s.
Frank will be joining ContactNB President Jessica Gallant to talk about the current contact centre environment, the state of the industry, and how we must continually Reimagine the way we do business.
Vice President, Customer Care
10:00 - 10:50 Atlantic Time: Main Stage
Reflections of 2020 – How Journaling Can Help Heal Your Heart
2020 was a year to remember, pushing all of us out of our comfort zones and teaching us that when we have to dig deep we all have the resiliency and grit to get through the toughest times.
Join Heather as she shares her journey through 2020, and the emotional rollercoaster she experienced, with the loss of her Mom due to Covid-19. Heather turned to journaling through these difficult times, helping her see that the answers she was looking for were already in her heart and soul. Learn through her experiences that grief and hope can sit side by side in our hearts. Heather knows that she is not the only one going through difficult times, but together we can heal through the power of conversation, togetherness and journaling to dig deep into our hearts.
This session will take the audience on a journey of love, loss, resiliency and grit and give each of you a moment to reflect on how 2020 proved that we all have the strength to get through it.
Heather Arthur is a high-energy, passionate, and hands-on executive with a career that spans over 26 years in technology and communications. As a leader and coach, she inspires her team to look for every moment to be an authentic and giving leader. One of her daily goals is to positively impact at least five people a day for the rest of her life. Heather was recently selected as Top VP of the year in Communications by the International Association of Top Professionals (IAOTP) for outstanding leadership and commitment to the industry. Heather considers herself a student of life and uses her background as a neuro-linguistic programming coach to teach others to see just how powerful they can be. In this crazy year of lockdown, Heather has still found a way to spark her competitive spirit and she currently holds the title of reigning champ of Boggle, Scrabble and Cribbage in her family.
Vice President, Product Management
10:00 - 10:50 Atlantic Time: Breakout Session
Mastering Virtual Training & Improving Remote Onboarding
The transition to remote work has exposed the many challenges and drawbacks of traditional lecture style training. ProcedureFlow’s VP of Product Management, Micah Peterson, leads this interactive session helping you to reimagine your organization’s training and onboarding programs. Dive into why scenario-based training is the future of contact centre training, and discuss what other organizations are doing to make their remote onboarding successful.
Micah Peterson is a knowledge management expert and enthusiast, and has been helping companies transform their knowledge management for more than 15 years. When he’s not sharing his love for knowledge management, you can find him playing with his seven kids, solving a Rubik’s Cube, or helping out at his local church.
Senior Change Management Consultant
11:00 - 11:50 Atlantic Time: Main Stage
What Value Does Change Management Really Bring?
It is said that there will be more change in the next 10 years than there was in the last 100 years. Is your organization and team ready for this? In this session about Change Management, you will understand why change initiatives often fail to produce the projected benefits and return on investment. You will also discover that not obtaining the desired benefits isn’t the only consequence of poorly rolled out change initiatives. Join Brenda in this session as she shares an overview of the value of change management along with some tips and considerations to making your change initiatives successful.
Brenda Page has over 25 years of experience in transformational organizational Change Management. She also has extensive experience in Organizational Training and Development, Leadership Coaching, Human Resources, Management Consulting, and User Experience Design Thinking. She is a Certified Coach and Certified Trainer and has certificates in User Experience Design methodologies. She has worked in both private and public sectors and in numerous industries.
Brenda’s insightful ability to read people and situations allows her to strategically get to the root of issues, thereby ensuring organizational change is effectively implemented and sustained to attain the projected return-on-investment and improve the entire change experience within the organization.
Brenda is fluent in both official languages, English and French. She is proud to be a Certified Change Management ProfessionalTM and an ACMP Qualified Education Provider (QEP) facilitator with Mariner Innovations.
Director of Channel Sales
11:00 - 11:50 Atlantic Time: Breakout Session
The Contact Centre: 2021 and Beyond
From a rapid increase in digitization to a higher demand from consumers for excellent customer experience and nothing less than optimal data security, the contact centre is under a lot of pressure to be all things at once. In this presentation, PCI Pal Director of Channel Sales, Craig Holloway, explores how contact centres will react beyond 2021. This will include a highlight of the expectations and evolution to take place, as seen by both consumers and contact centre professionals.
Craig Holloway has been in the contact centre space since 2013, serving Small and Medium Business (SMB) to Enterprise-level clients. Continually expanding his knowledge of the industry, Craig is able to see both big picture and get down into the weeds on different contact centre technologies. Focusing now on compliance solutions, he is a big part of helping organizations implement solutions that will grow with the business into the future.
RBC Olympian (Curling)
12:30 - 13:20 Atlantic Time: Main Stage
Overcoming Obstacles: My Journey to Success
Brett Gallant has been a member of the Brad Gushue curling team, based out of St. John’s, Newfoundland, since 2012. As Second with Team Gushue, Brett has won three Canadian titles, winning the World Championships in 2017. Together, Brett and Team Gushue have won 10 Grand Slam of Curling titles since 2014, more than any other team over that period.
Playing with Jocelyn Peterman, Brett is also a two time Canadian Mixed Doubles Champion in 2016 & 2019, winning a Silver medal at the 2019 World Championship. Brett was an athlete model in the 2018 Men of Curling Calendar where he raised funds for Kidsport, an organization which provides financial assistance so all kids can play sports. Brett narrowly missed representing Canada at the 2018 Olympic Games and is an Olympic hopeful in both the Men’s and Mixed Doubles disciplines for 2022.
Brett is a member of the RBC Olympians program, where Olympic and Para athletes gain valuable work experience working as ambassadors while helping to bring the Olympic message to communities across Canada.
Value Creation Services
12:30 - 13:20 Atlantic Time: Breakout Session
Global Contact Centre Leadership Perspectives
Every two years, Deloitte facilitates a global contact centre industry survey to gain leadership perspectives on emerging trends and strategic objectives. Derek Fitzgerald, Deloitte’s Contact Centre Industry leader, will share some of the key highlights and trends from the most recent global contact centre leadership survey.
Within Deloitte’s Value Creation Services Practice, Derek brings over 20 years of industry and consulting experience working with public and private sector organizations to reimagine, create and deliver the future of customer-centric business, operations and technology transformation, elevating customer experience and enterprise value.
Derek leads Deloitte’s Service Operations offering focused on all aspects of customer operations across strategy, talent, operations and technology to help organizations build and execute strategic cost transformation, service modernization, operational excellence and technology innovation.
Derek is actively engaged in the contact centre industry as an officer on the Board of Directors for both ContactNB and Contact Centre Nova Scotia. He is Deloitte’s Financial Advisory Lead Business Partner for Atlantic Government and Public Sector services and Regional leader for Deloitte’s M&A Value Creation Services.
SB Global Human Capital Solutions
Panel Discussion Host
13:30 - 14:20 Atlantic Time: Main Stage
Panel Discussion: Physical and Mental Wellness in the Workplace
Join host Sangeeta Bhatnagar as she moderates a panel discussion with four industry professionals about the topic of Physical and Mental Wellness in the Workplace. Meet our panelists (Below, L to R):
Tanya Chapman, MBA CPHR, The Chapman Group
Crystal Daigle, BA, Accor Global Reservations Centre
Luc Pellerin, MBA CPA CMA, RBC Advice Centre
Genevieve Roy, CHRP, Moneris
Let's meet our panel ...
Sangeeta Bhatnagar, BA, is Founder of the boutique Human Capital firm, SB Global Human Capital Solutions, which focuses on talent acquisition and training (live and virtually) for top-tiered Contact Cenre & CX/EX professionals. With an emphasis on Human Behaviour, Sangeeta helps companies to attract, retain and develop top talent using behaviour models, strategies and Emotional Intelligence principles. Sangeeta is a best-selling author of the anthology “Called to Action,” as well as the Chair of the Greater Toronto Area Contact Centre Association.
Tanya Chapman BA, B.Ed., MBA, CPHR is the President and Senior Consultant at The Chapman Group in Saint John, New Brunswick. Tanya holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education degree from St. Thomas University, along with a certificate in Human Resource Management and an MBA from the University of New Brunswick. She is a designated Certified Human Resource Professional and has completed the ICD Directors Education Program from the Rotman School of Business.
Crystal Daigle, BA, is the Director of Operations at Accor Global Reservations Centre in Moncton. Crystal is an experienced leader with a demonstrated history of working in the hospitality industry, skilled in leadership, building and maintaining colleague engagement, loyalty marketing, sales and customer satisfaction. Crystal holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree from the University of New Brunswick.
Luc Pellerin, MBA CPA CMA, is the Director of the RBC Advice Centre in Moncton. Luc is an experienced leader with a history of working in the banking industry. Skilled in Business Relationship Management, Change Management, Financial Analysis, and Commercial and Retail Banking. Strong finance professional graduated from Université de Moncton and holder of an MBA and CPA CMA designation.
Genevieve Roy CHRP, is the Disability & Wellness Consultant at Moneris, having worked with them since 2013. She was integral to the launch of both the Recognition program in 2016 and Moneris’ Wellness program in 2017. With her strong passion for employee well-being and corporate wellness, she has continued to improve and expand both the Wellness and Disability programs. In 2020, Moneris was recognized by the 2020 Canadian HR Awards, as a finalist in the category of Excellence in “Employee Financial, Physical and Mental Wellness”. Genevieve holds an advanced diploma in Business Administration, with a specialty in Human Resources from George Brown College and graduated with honours, and has her Workplace Mental Health Leadership™ Certificate. She is also a member of the Human Resources Professionals Association.
Senior Vice President,
13:30 - 14:20 Atlantic Time: Breakout Session
Humans and Technology Intersect at the Future of Customer Service
Recent headlines argued that coronavirus would usher in the death of the contact centre but, even today, non-voice channels like email, chatbots, social media and self-service still account for only a portion of customer service interactions. When customers cannot resolve issues through non-voice channels, they turn to agents ... because people solve problems for other people.
Hear from Kevin Jolliffe as he shares why solving the contact centre data problem is crucial for improving customer experiences. You will learn more about:
- The challenge of taking advantage, in real time, of the massive amounts of data generated by contact centres
- How AI-powered automation can be used to support your customer service teams
- The positive impacts of automation when applied alongside, not in replacement of, humans
Kevin Jolliffe is the Senior Vice President, North America, at Intradiem. He has more than 20 years of global executive operational experience specializing in workforce planning, outsourcing, remote agent models and contact centre technology. He’s an industry thought leader and innovator who challenges traditional thinking to shape the future of intelligent automation and improve the customer service industry.
Head of Global Real Estate Investments at
TD Asset Management
and Co-Founder of the
Black Opportunity Fund
14:30 - 15:30 Atlantic Time: Main Stage
An Approach to Addressing Canada's Black Opportunity Gap
Colin will share his insight on how COVID-19 has impacted generational wealth and opportunities in the black community and introduce an approach to addressing Canada's Black opportunity gap.
Colin Lynch is the Head of Global Real Estate Investments at TD Asset Management and Co-Founder of the Black Opportunity Fund. In this role, Colin manages investments in over 700 properties located in 120 cities worldwide. In 2020, Colin was named one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40, a Trustee Emeritus of Queen's University and a Recipient of the Queen's University Toronto Branch Award. He is also a co-founder of the Black Opportunity Fund. Colin is a member of the Board of Directors of the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Investment Board. Colin holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University. All were received with distinction.