Keynotes

All keynotes will take place in the Thomas Murphy Ballroom.

Monday, April 4

8:45 am - 9:45 am


Peter Diamandis,
Chairman and CEO of the XPRIZE Foundation

How to Create a Culture of Innovation within your Company
Based on the success of the Ansari XPRIZE (which stimulated the creation of the billion-dollar private spaceflight industry) and more recently the launch of the $30M Google Lunar XPRIZE, Diamandis discusses how to incentivize innovative thinking and breakthroughs. He explains how traditional thinking, risk-aversion, and incrementalism causes the demise of companies unable to cope with the changes brought by disruptive innovation. Diamandis discusses how the rapid growth of key exponential technologies (nano, info, bio) is empowering individuals and companies to do what only governments were able to achieve in past decades. With the message of “evolve or die,” Diamandis is a dynamic, inspirational speaker who provides real value to his audience by showing them how to drive breakthrough thinking focused on achieving clear, measurable, and objective results.

Dr. Peter Diamandis was recently named by Fortune Magazine as one of the World's 50 Greatest Leaders.

He is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation which leads the world in designing and operating large-scale incentive competitions.

Diamandis is also the Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman of Human Longevity Inc. (HLI), a genomics and cell therapy-based company focused on extending the healthy human lifespan.

He is also the Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Singularity University, a graduate-level Silicon Valley institution that counsels the world’s leaders on exponentially growing technologies.

In the field of commercial space, Diamandis is Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of Planetary Resources, a company designing spacecraft to enable the detection and prospecting of asteroid for fuels and precious materials. He is the also Co-Founder of Space Adventures and Zero Gravity Corporation.

Diamandis is a New York Times Bestselling author of two books: Abundance – The Future Is Better Than You Think and BOLD – How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World.

He earned degrees in Molecular Genetics and Aerospace Engineering from the MIT, and holds an M.D. from Harvard Medical School.

His motto is, "The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself."

Tuesday, April 5

8:45 am - 9:45 am


Jack Allen,
Senior Director, Global Logistics, Supply Chain Operations, Cisco

The Connected Supply Chain
Next generation supply chains will be connected and encompass all the factories, warehouses, DCs, logistics partners, suppliers and design partners in one integrated system. In this keynote, Cisco’s Jack Allen will share his insights on the maturity curve companies follow as they connect nodes and systems across their supply chain. He will also examine the role IoT plays in achieving optimal energy efficiency across supply chain resources and the impact disruptive technologies is having on supply chain strategy.

Jack Allen is the Senior Director of Global Logistics for Cisco's Supply Chain Operations group. In this role, Mr. Allen manages all of the logistics activities for all product revenue for Cisco. This includes forward and reverse logistics, export operations, transport, warehousing, packaging engineering, and customer logistics for a worldwide logistics network. The Cisco network includes more than a dozen warehouses all over the globe, ships more than 250,000 units daily, and supports Cisco’s annual revenue stream of $50B.

Over the last seven years under his leadership, his organization has generated significant cost savings and shareholder value. His teams have changed organizations and systems, moved factories and warehouses, created new capabilities, engaged deeply with suppliers and customers, and transformed Cisco to align with industry best practices while improving its focus on true customer needs. At the same time, he and his team has created a true end-to-end ecosystem of operational partners and connected the supply chain from a manufacturing and logistics perspective. He has specialized in managing and connecting multiple sites globally throughout his career. Mr. Allen came to Cisco from Scientific Atlanta, Inc. when it was acquired and has been working in core Cisco Operations since 2008. He brings over 25 years' experience in manufacturing, supply chain, startups, sales and general management.

Mr. Allen's current passion and focus is creating world-changing Logistics for Cisco, using the Internet of Everything and the Connected Supply Chain to improve the customer experience and shareholder value, and developing the leadership talent to move that forward. On a personal note, he and his wife also coach two robotics teams of young students (ages 6 to 13) as part of Cisco's STEM initiative to increase diversity and participation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math for school-age children.

Wednesday, April 6

8:45 am - 9:45 am


George W. Prest
,
CEO, MHI


Scott Sopher
,
Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Preview of MHI 2016 Annual Industry Report
This is your opportunity to be the first to have access to this new report on the supply chain realities and eight technologies that are transforming supply chains. Scott Sopher, the principal with Deloitte Consulting LLP's Supply Chain practice will join George W. Prest, CEO of MHI in presenting the findings and moderating a panel of manufacturing and supply chain leaders on the report's findings.

George W. Prest is the Chief Executive Officer of MHI. Mr. Prest has over 30 years of experience in the material handling industry, both in managing and owning material handling manufacturing companies. He was the chief executive officer of Prest Rack, Inc.

Mr. Prest has been recognized for his volunteer leadership of industry manufacturers and distributor associations, local government and charitable foundations. This leadership includes serving as president of both the Rack Manufacturers Institute, Inc. (RMI) and the Material Handling Education Foundation (MHEFI), as executive chairman of MHI, and as a member of the Manufacturers Board of Advisors (MBOA) of the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA).

Mr. Prest is a graduate of University of Arizona with a B.A. in Public Administration. He also participated in post-graduate studies at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Notre Dame.

Scott is a Principal and is the National Supply Chain Service Line Leader for Deloitte. He has 30 years of supply chain and manufacturing experience in both consulting and industry. His experience covers the end-to-end supply chain including sourcing & procurement, supply chain planning, manufacturing, and distribution & logistics. He has assisted clients in developing strategies and transforming their operations in order to drive value and improve overall performance. Scott has assisted clients in the area of supply chain transformation – running the full spectrum from strategy, process design, organization change, and technology enablement. He has experience across a number of industries but has focused the past 10 years in the Health Care Life Sciences (HCLS) industry.


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Kevin O’Leary,
Entrepreneur, Investor & Shark Tank's Mr. Wonderful

Lessons From a Dragon
During this keynote, Kevin O'Leary, one of North America's most successful entrepreneurs, reveals the secrets that made him rich and shares his personal advice. O'Leary will take you on a behind the scenes look at his two hit shows, Dragons' Den & Shark Tank. O’Leary will share entertaining and insightful outtakes from his TV shows and provide a current economic overview and how it relates to the manufacturing and supply chain industry. He will share his insights into how the industry is performing, where the innovation is coming from, how to grow your business and more.

Frank and opinionated, speaker Kevin O'Leary is one of North America's leading business moguls. On Shark Tank, he invests in entrepreneurs who have potential, while dutifully deflating those who don't. Now he brings that cutting insight to CTV and BNN. With the same candor, his keynotes help you make sense of the day's financial rumblings—connecting them, entertainingly of course, to your industry.

As a Shark Tank judge, O'Leary ruthlessly grills entrepreneurs, which a) makes for great television, but b) serves to show them—and anyone watching at home—that starting a business and growing it is vastly complicated and requires much more than simply having an idea. Formerly on CBC's Dragons' Den and The Lang & O'Leary Exchange, he offered the same hard-hitting analysis to millions of Canadians.

O'Leary's track record in business gives him the force of authority. In 1993, with no money, he launched The Learning Company, which developed software that helped kids with reading and math. Six years later, he sold it to Mattel for 3.7 billion dollars, one of the largest tech deals in Canadian history. As an "Eco-preneur," O'Leary specializes in investments that make money—and are environmentally friendly. In 2003, he co-founded Storage Now, Canada's leading developer of climate controlled storage facilities; in 2007, it was acquired by In Storage REIT, for $110 million dollars. He is also the co-host for Discovery Channel's Discovery Project Earth, which explores ways we can reverse global warming. He is the author of bestselling books Cold Hard Truth: On Business, Money & Life, Cold Hard Truth About Men, Women & Money, and Cold Hard Truth on Family, Kids & Money.

A shrewd investor, O'Leary is on the investment committee of Hamilton Trust, and on the strategic advisory board of Genstar capital, a $1.5-billion private equity firm. He received his MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario and now serves on the Ivey executive board.