KEYNOTE: Dr. Andrew Furey, Co-Founder, Team Broken Earth


Project Management: The Power of a Team from a Simple Idea

Team Broken Earth was born out of a desire to help in the face of an epic natural disaster that struck one of the most impoverished countries on earth. From a simple idea, embracing the foundations of team work, it has grown to provide care and education around the world.

Dr. Andrew Furey was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Currently, he is the Associate Professor of Surgery at Memorial University, the President of the Newfoundland Orthopedic Association, Chief of Orthopedic Surgery for Eastern Health, and Director of Research for the Orthopedic Resident Training Program at the Memorial Medical School, his alma mater for both undergraduate and graduate studies.

He is the co-founder and President of Team Broken Earth, a national organization delivering medical care to Bernard Mevs Hospital in Port Au Prince, Haiti. His work as a surgeon and community builder in the region has taken him on over 30 volunteer trips since the earthquake in January 2010. He is the Director of Orthopedic Surgery at the Bernard Mevs Hospital in downtown Port au Prince and a member of the Board of Directors for Project Medishare-Haiti. Dr. Furey has travelled to Dhaka, Bangladesh for two medical missions. He has also led the expansion of Broken Earth to Nicaragua and Guatemala.

Gerry Brennan, Senior Project Manager, Emera Newfoundland and Labrador

Gerry-BrennanThe Maritime Link Project

The Maritime Link Project is part of a larger strategy to address the growing demand for more renewable energy in the region. It will enable the transmission of clean, renewable and reliable electricity from Newfoundland and Labrador to Nova Scotia. The Maritime Link is a 500 MW high voltage direct current (HVdc) transmission interconnection. The Project includes two 170 km subsea cables across the Cabot Strait, with almost 50 km of overland transmission in Nova Scotia and more than 300 km of overland transmission on the island of Newfoundland.

As the Senior Project Manager for Emera’s Maritime Link Project, Gerry is responsible for the development and execution of this historic subsea electrical transmission link between the island of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. Prior to joining Emera Newfoundland & Labrador, Gerry was the Topsides Project Manager with ExxonMobil on the Hibernia Southern Extension subsea tie-back project. He is a graduate of Memorial University and a Professional Engineer.

Corina Walsh, President, Shift People Development

Corina-WalshDifficult Conversations

Whether you’re telling a client the project is late and over budget or delivering an unsatisfactory performance review — difficult conversations are inevitable. How you handle difficult conversations will be a determining factor in both business and career success. When handled correctly, however, difficult conversations provide the opportunity to create new and more effective ways to attain goals and build relationships.

Corina Walsh is the President of Shift People Development, a company she founded in 2014 to help companies create happy, engaging workplaces. Through her business, Corina works with businesses and their teams every day to improve leadership, communication, and engagement. As an expert in emotional intelligence, Corina delivers keynotes, presentations, and interviews on how we can all leverage our emotions to be better leaders. Corina has delivered her keynotes and training sessions in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Corina also recently published her first book, The Engaged Employee Blueprint, which is a framework that all businesses can use to build a workplace culture where employees thrive. Corina is an instructor at the Gardiner Centre, a featured blogger for the Huffington Post, and a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers.

Craig Hippern, CFO, DewCor

Craig-HippernGalway 2017 – The Year of Going Vertical

At 2,400 acres and plans for over 5,000 new homes, Galway is the largest master-planned community under development in Eastern Canada and the first of its kind in Newfoundland and Labrador. With most of the major infrastructure nearing completion, Galway is about to go vertical. Come hear how DewCor is changing the face of City of St. John’s with unique approaches to development as homes, stores and other businesses are about to spring up. This information-packed presentation will be sure to provide insights into the real-world challenges and successes in managing the planning, engineering and construction of this exciting new master-planned community.

Craig is the Chief Financial Officer of DewCor, responsible for developing the Galway master-planned community, the Westfield Condominiums, other real estate assets, and for operating the St. John’s IceCaps and the Glendenning & Willows golf courses. Prior to joining DewCor in 2014 Craig held the position of Manager, Investment Evaluation with Nalcor Energy where he was on the core deal team that raised $5 billion in debt financing for the Lower Churchill Project. Prior thereto, he was the Chief Financial Officer of Revelation Capital Management in Bermuda (a global event-driven hedge fund), a Vice President at Northwater Capital Management on Bay Street in Toronto (an alternative investment management firm), and an Assistant Vice President of Butterfield Bank in Bermuda (Bermuda’s first bank operating in six countries around the world). Craig is a Canadian Chartered Accountant, a U.S. Certified Public Accountant, and has a Bachelor of Commerce (Co-op) Honours degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Sonja Mills and Alicia MacDonald, Co-founders/Owners, Port Rexton Brewing Co. Ltd.

Alicia-MacDonald-Sonja-MillsLessons Learned: Starting a Microbrewery in Newfoundland & Labrador

The Port Rexton Brewing Co. is a craft brewery with a seasonal tap room that opened in Port Rexton in 2016. Surrounded by some of Canada’s best hiking trails, artists, food and accommodations, the brewery serves up a variety of styles, including seasonal and experimental varieties. While the brewery has quickly become a “go-to” spot for locals and tourists, starting this unique business venture presented challenges along the way. This session will focus on how those challenges were overcome, and the lessons learned as the owners strived to keep the project on time and within budget.

Sonja Mills and Alicia MacDonald are the Co-founders/Owners of the Port Rexton Brewing Co. Ltd. Sonja is from Clarenville, NL. She obtained law and MBA degrees from Dalhousie University in 2007 and practiced law in Toronto, Vancouver and Halifax before moving back to NL to start the Port Rexton Brewing Co. with her wife and business partner, Alicia MacDonald. Alicia is from Truro, Nova Scotia, and recently earned her Masters degree in Nursing. She currently practices casually as a Nurse Practitioner in the E.R. when she’s not brewing beer and helping to run the Port Rexton Brewing Co. Ltd.


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