Innovations in Communications 5.0 (April 12)

Keynote speaker, panelists and Rapido speakers confirmed for Innovations 5.0

The fifth annual Innovations in Communications professional development event is on Friday, April 12, 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The day begins with coffee and networking at 8:30 a.m., followed by speakers participating in the energetic and inspiring Rapido form of rapid fire storytelling, a keynote speaker during lunch, and a panel discussion featuring guests who will share their insights on diversity in the workplace.

Innovations 5.0: Schedule of events

8:30 – 9 a.m. Registration, networking and coffee/tea

9 – 10:30 a.m. Rapido Session

Moderator: Martha Muzychka, ABC, MC


  • Jon Seary: Electric Cars
  • Jean Graham: Death and things. Many things
  • Aaron McKim: Medical Assistance in Dying
  • Elayne Greeley: Career practitioners
  • Maureen Lymburner: Home Again Furniture Bank
  • Glenda Power: RCMP
  • Lynn Hammond: Corporate Social Responsibility at Anaconda Mining
  • Beverley Evans: Mentor Mash

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Coffee break

10:45 – 11:45 a.m. Panel discussion: Creating and Supporting Diversity in the Workplace

Cathy Leonard

Diversity & Inclusion Consultant, Trainer and Speaker, Cathy Leonard Consulting

Cathy works with organizations to build diverse workforces and inclusive workplace cultures. Through consulting and training, she helps her clients connect diversity and inclusion strategies to improved business performance.

Cathy is a Canadian Certified Inclusion Professional and an associate with the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion. She holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Commerce from Memorial University.

Lisa Lovelady

Curriculum Manager, Academy Canada

Lisa started her career as a secondary school science teacher in a British comprehensive school. While she enjoyed her five years in the UK, home was always Newfoundland and Labrador, and, when she returned in 2005, she joined the team at Academy Canada Career College.

Over the years, Lisa has held a variety of roles at Academy Canada. She was Student Support Coordinator, Vice Principal, Curriculum Coordinator and she has held the role of Curriculum Manager since 2011. She leads a team of specialists in the areas of adult education, labour market research, program development and review, online learning, program accreditation, and accommodations.

Lisa holds a Master of Education, Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Science, and she is fortunate to work in a creative role where she is constantly learning and growing as a professional.

Carey Majid

Executive Director and CEO, Newfoundland and Labrador Human Rights Commission

Carey Majid is the Executive Director and CEO of the Newfoundland and Labrador Human Rights Commission. In this role, she is responsible for the commission’s complaints process and public education mandate. Carey is a lawyer with more than 17 years of litigation experience, with the last number of years focusing exclusively in the areas of human rights and administrative law.

Carey holds a Bachelors of Arts (1994) from the University of Waterloo, and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of New Brunswick (1999). She is a member in good standing of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Carey also teaches the Law Society’s bar admission course on human rights, and regularly presents on human rights issues to employers, government, schools and community groups. Carey is a featured speaker at many conferences, with a particular interest in diversity and inclusion issues.

11:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. Networking break

12 – 1:30 p.m. Keynote Luncheon

Hasan Hai, Project Kindness

Hasan Is a father of three, and native of Ottawa. Both an immigrant to Canada and A ‘come from away’, but he identifies with his forever home and is a proud Newfoundlander. Founder of the MerB’ys and Project Kindness, his social justice weapons are humour, leggings and occasionally glittery tails.

His fundraising work has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for mental health, violence prevention, food banks, support services for new Canadians and Planned Parenthood – to name a few. 
He is passionate about building community, and inspiring people to be the best version of themselves.”

2 p.m. Event concludes


Tickets (including lunch):

IABC members $80

Non-members $95

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