2013-2014 First Vice President Jim Kokocki, DTM
Keynote Speech and Education Session

Keynote Speech:
Developing People. Achieving Results.

In this keynote address First Vice-President Jim Kokocki offers lessons from his leadership journey including a major miscalculation and then discusses the rich leadership opportunities available within Toastmasters.

Education Session:
Developing Your Leadership Skills in Toastmasters

First Vice-President Jim Kokocki contrasts management and leadership and explains why both are required. In addition he discusses succeeding and communicating as a leader and leads the group in an entertaining but illustrative communication exercise.


Heath Suddleson, DTM PID
The Attitude Check – Lessons in Leadership

Join Heath for a look at what makes leadership styles effective and how simple changes in attitude can have tremendous impacts on results.  These lessons can be applied to volunteers and paid staff alike, because these lessons were learned by examining the similarities and differences between volunteers and paid staff.  Several leadership styles will be examined as well as the attitudes that affect the outcomes. 

Keynote will be presented in English with French simultaneous translation available. 

Le discours d'ouverture sera présenté en anglais; interprétation simultanée en français disponible.


National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo
C&L Recipient

National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo is a Hereditary Chief from the Ahousaht First Nation. In July 2012, A-in-chut was elected to a second consecutive three-year mandate as National Chief to the Assembly of First Nations.

Advancing a vision of supporting and enabling the success of every First Nation on the basis of their rights and responsibilities, National Chief Atleo and the National Executive have taken forward a bold plan of action and engagement with all sectors of Canadian society. First Nations from across Canada supported A-in-chut in confirming education as a top priority for the Assembly. Since then, A-in-chut has been a tireless advocate for First Nations by spending time in First Nations in every region of the country, with federal, provincial and territorial leaders and with national and international audiences.

Previously, A-in-chut served two terms as Regional Chief of the BC AFN. Committed to the principles of working together through inclusion and respect, he forged the historic Leadership Accord among First Nations leadership in BC in 2005.

In 2008, A-in-chut’s commitment to education was recognized in his appointment as Chancellor of Vancouver Island University, becoming BC’s first Indigenous Chancellor. He has been honored to receive several Honorary Doctorate of Laws degrees from universities throughout Canada. He also received the University of Technology (Sydney) Alumni Award for Excellence 2011 in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. In February, 2012, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his advocacy work on behalf of First Nations across Canada.

A-in-chut began his career as a facilitator, trainer and entrepreneur working with and for First Nations peoples. He holds a Masters of Education from the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia (in partnership with University of British Columbia, University of the Western Cape South Africa, and University of Linkoping Sweden).

A-in-chut is supported by and gains strength from his partner of more than 25 years, Nancy, and their two adult children, Tyson and Tara. Traditional teachings have guided A-in-chut to serve First Nations as a leader, facilitator, mediator, planner and teacher.

Keynote will be presented in English with French simultaneous translation available. 

Le discours d'ouverture sera présenté en anglais; interprétation simultanée en français disponible.