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Matt Rolfe
Matt Rolfe
Westshore Hospitality Group
Hospitality Leadership Coach
The Great Resignation

Matt Rolfe is a hospitality leadership coach, speaker, and entrepreneur who mentors leaders in the hospitality industry toward unlocking their true potential. As founder of Results Hospitality and Westshore Hospitality Group, he has worked with hundreds of leadership teams throughout North America.

Beginning his career with companies like Bacardi and Labatt/Anheuser Busch, Matt has become an industry expert dedicated to helping leaders examine the human element of their businesses and execute effective team building strategies unique to their needs. Over his 15+ years leading Westshore Hospitality Group, Matt has studied hundreds of operations and identified what the top ten percent do that is fundamentally different from the rest of the industry.

Asking the question, "What do they do that makes them stand out from the competition?" Matt has developed concepts that have been tested, challenged, proven and continuously improved. Everything he coaches and advocates for is based on experience, successes and failures.
Pete Bombaci
Pete Bombaci
The GenWell Project
Visionary Business and Social Change Leader
THE POWER OF HUMAN CONNECTION - In Crisis & Beyond

Pete Bombaci is a visionary business and social change leader who believes that by doing the right thing every day, exceptional results are created. His engaging leadership style comes from an enthusiasm and genuine desire to help others, as well as the belief that building a great culture encourages collaboration, great execution and ultimately bottom line results.

In 2016, Pete launched The GenWell Project, a Canadian led, Global Human Connection Movement, which has recently become more relevant than ever. The mission of the GenWell Project is to make the world a happier and healthier place by educating, empowering, and catalyzing people around the importance of proactive face-to-face social connection as an action we can all take for our health, happiness, longevity, and the betterment of society.

Pete’s experience in the not-for-profit field predates the founding of The GenWell Project, as he successfully led the Movember Canada Foundation for nearly five years, growing the cause from a few thousand participants nationwide to the largest fundraising country worldwide, leading the team that raised $142 million dollars for men’s health over that time. Prior to joining Movember Canada, Pete was a 20-year veteran of the beverage and hospitality industry, serving in roles from bartender to sales to brand management. Pete has been able to draw on these broad range of experiences in both the for-profit and not-for-profit fields in his work to build a more Connected Canada.
Christopher Koetke
Christopher Koetke
Ajinomoto Health and Nutrition North America, Inc.
Corporate Executive Chef
DEEP DIVE INTO UMAMI: Harnessing the Power of our Fifth Taste to Make Extraordinary Food

Chef Christopher Koetke, CEC CCE HAAC, is currently Corporate Executive Chef at Ajinomoto Health & Nutrition North America, Inc.. He was the executive chef at Les Nomades in Chicago for five years and also worked at the famed Le Francais restaurant in Wheeling, IL. He formerly served as the executive director of the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts, in Chicago, and vice president of culinary arts for Laureate International Universities, where he was responsible for strategic leadership of culinary arts programs at 48 campuses in 12 countries. Koetke is a well-known expert on culinary matters, especially given his global travels experimenting with ingredients and flavors worldwide and his knowledge of amino acids as flavor elements. In 2010, he was given the inaugural Chefs Collaborative Pathfinder Award for his work in making sustainability mainstream both within foodservice operations and education and serves as the Chair of the Feed the Planet Committee of Worldchefs. 

Koetke has a MBA from Dominican University and a BA in French literature from Valparaiso University. He has been honored with the Outstanding Alum from the Brennan School of Business at Dominican University, alumni achievement award from Valparaiso University, and Worldchefs Educator award. He hosted his own national TV cooking show on the LiveWell Network for almost 5 years, written for prominent newspapers and trade publications, and authored a well-known culinary textbook, The Culinary Professional.
John Lagimodiere
John Lagimodiere
ACS Aboriginal Consulting Services
President
A Different Look at Canadian Indigenous History

Recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal and Saskatoon’s Living in Harmony Award, John Lagimodiere is a dedicated educator and entrepreneur. President of ACS Aboriginal Consulting Services and the former Editor/Publisher of Eagle Feather News, Lagimodiere is also the recipient of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce ABEX Award Business for Aboriginal Business.