2023 Speaker Lineup
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 enthusiasm and a 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, Canada’s 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.
As a human connection expert, Pete is frequently called upon to share his knowledge and insights regarding the role that human connection can play in workplaces, classrooms, and communities across Canada, as leaders and businesses work to solve for the disconnection in the hybrid workplace and in the broader society. Often a guest on global podcasts, radio, and television and a panelist and speaker at conferences around the world, Pete has been leading the conversation around social health in the workplace.
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 this broad range of experiences in both the for-profit and not-for-profit fields in his work to build a more Connected Canada.
Bart Watson is the chief economist at the Brewers Association, a position he has held since 2013. Prior to his position with the BA, he was a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley and a visiting assistant professor at the University of Iowa. He holds a B.A. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Bart is one of the most insightful commentators on the craft brewing scene. He is a stats geek, beer lover, and Certified Cicerone®.
Esther & JC Tetreault
Esther & JC Tetreault are the founders of New England’s Trillium Brewing. Founded in March 2013, Trillium Brewery started with three employees in the Fort Point neighbourhood of Boston, MA, and has since grown to 300 employees with five brewery locations in Massachusetts and a farm brewery in Connecticut.
“We are really excited to hear the background on how Trillium built its artisanal brewing business into a thriving, hospitality powerhouse,” says Troy Burtch of Great Lakes Brewery & Chair of the OCBC23 Education Committee. “Craft breweries will take away relevant and inspirational learnings from these highly successful entrepreneurs.”