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Power UP NORTH 2023 is all about being Future Focused!

This year's themes are centered around the Future of Tourism, how to Future Proof your Business Finances, and The Future Face of Employment.

We are proud to welcome a wide range of engaging speakers and instructors to share their insights and knowledge to help you get energized at this year's conference.

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Author of the book “Your Town: An Amazing Destination - The 25 Immutable Rules of Successful Tourism” and founding member of the award-winning

Destination Development Association, Roger has assisted more than 2,500 communities around the world with their branding, tourism, downtown development, and marketing efforts.


Over the past forty years he has become one of North America’s most recognized

and frequently quoted experts in the fields of placemaking and destination development. Roger combines his dynamic approach with humor, fascinating stories and real-life examples that inspire and ignite the audiences he speaks to. His expertise and intensive work with communities has helped transform them into successful destinations where people love to spend their time, open businesses, and enjoy living.


Well-known for his practical approach using steps, rules, and ingredients to transform ordinary “places” into successful, vibrant, healthy “destinations,” Roger has earned a top spot as one of the world’s most popular keynote speakers in the industry.


With his energetic presentations, Roger will change your life and the way you look at tourism, downtowns, and community-based branding. And best of all, you will leave with innovative ideas you can use today to make a difference tomorrow. You will feel empowered and excited with your ability to make something happen once you get back home.


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Taunya Woods Richardson

The creator of the Cashflow Canvas™, Taunya Woods Richardson, is a nationally recognized expert on small business, budgets, and founder finance; who just also happens to be the founder and CEO of Nail The Numbers, Canada’s go-to financial training agency for entrepreneurs.  

Her 30+ years immersed in entrepreneurship has afforded her the opportunity to collaborate with countless banks, credit unions, developmental lenders, and small business champions towards strengthening the minds and bottom lines of Canadian Founders.

Please Note Speakers may change without notice.


Michael Kerr

The Workplace Energizer

Welcoming Address

Why choose between humour and relevant, practical content when you can have both? Michael Kerr is one of North America’s leading authorities on fostering innovative and inspiring workplace cultures. His presentations — known for their practical and inspiring ideas that audiences can put to work immediately — are delivered in a truly unforgettable manner through his memorable brand of clean, high-energy humour.


A former government manager and business owner for more than 20 years, Kerr has traveled the world researching, writing, and speaking about inspiring workplace cultures, leaders, and businesses that leverage their humour advantage to drive outrageous results. He is a Canadian Hall of Fame speaker whose ideas on building great workplaces have been featured in hundreds of publications worldwide.


Kerr is the bestselling author of eight books, including The Jerk Free Workplace: How You Can Take the Lead to Create a Happier, More Inspiring Workplace; The Humour Advantage: Why Some Businesses are Laughing all the Way to the Bank; and Hire, Inspire, and Fuel Their Fire: How to Recruit, Onboard, and Train New Employees to Love Your Culture Out Loud. His Inspiring Workplaces blog has been recognized as one of the top 25 workplace blogs in the world.

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