Professional Development

2018 Speakers:


09:00am – 11:45am  (Lower Level Westney Room)

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Don’t miss this opportunity to find out what is happening, what is new and obtain details of ongoing and future planning for Clarington, Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax and the Region of Durham from the local experts.

This is an excellent opportunity to meet community leaders and learn about all the planning activities, projections and demographics of your market area.

09:00 – 09:30 | DURHAM REGION – Gary Muller, Director of Planning, Durham Region
09:30 – 10:00 | OSHAWA – David Sappleton, Principal Planner, Development & Susan Ashton, Manager, Development and Urban Design
10:15 – 10:45 | WHITBY – Roger Saunders, Commissioner of Planning & Development, Town of Whitby
10:45 – 11:15 | CLARINGTON – David Crome, Director of Planning, Municipality of Clarington
11:15 – 11:45 | AJAX – Geoff Romanowski, Manager of Planning, Town of Ajax



(Intermittently 12:00pm – 2:00pm) – Lower Level Westney Room


Opened the Erik M. Fraser Law Office in September of 2011 and has practised law in the Durham Region since 2006.

Presentation Topic – ‘Legal Issues in Real Estate Law’

Speaker Biography
Prior to opening Fraser Law Professional Corporation, Mr Fraser worked as both an Associate and Owner at established firms in the Durham Region and Northern Ontario. Mr Fraser graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba in 2005 and completed the Bar Admission Course at the University of Western Ontario in 2006. Prior to attending law school, Mr Fraser completed a four year Bachelor of Arts with honours at Laurentian University in Sudbury. Originally from a small town in Northern Ontario, Mr Fraser appreciates living in the Durham Region and working with the local community.

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Owner & Operator of Pillar To Post

Presentation Topic – ‘Hot Topics in the Home Inspection Industry’

Speaker Biography
Brian has been an inspector with Pillar To Post since 1999 and franchise owner since 2014, completing more than 4,000 inspections in the GTA.  He is a registered home inspector (RHI) with both OAHI and CAPHI, WETT certified, Septic certified and is a New construction inspector (NCI) and Certified energy advisor (CEA).

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Dean, School of Continuing Education, Durham College

Presentation Topic – ‘Cannabis Legislation’

Speaker Biography
As Dean of the School of Continuing Education (CE), Debbie Johnston is responsible for a portfolio of approximately 80 different programs available to non-fulltime students, spanning approximately 1,000 courses in areas that include business and computers, health and community services, education, trades, languages, motorcycles, and more.
Over the past year, Johnston has done extensive work in the field of medical cannabis, introducing the course “Medical Cannabis Fundamentals for Business Professionals”, and more recently the innovative “Cannabis Industry Specialization” program.  In addition to providing leadership for the development of these courses, she has also directly contributed to course research and development, worked extensively with a range of industry partners, and has also taught the Business Professionals course.

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2:00pm – 3:00pm (Lower Level Westney Room)

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Comedian, Motivational Speaker (incl. Ted Talks), Radio Host, Second City Stand-up Coach and Author.

Presentation Topic – ‘Relieving Work-Related Stress with Humour’
Stress is a major cause of most illnesses, and humour is an amazing way to relieve it. Harvard studies show that when you are stressed, your brain shrinks. However, when you laugh, you relax; and when you relax, you learn. This hilarious and inspirational session explores seven stress-relieving ingredients: a positive attitude, perseverance, forgiveness, teamwork, family and friends, mental activity and physical activity.

Speaker Biography
Judy draws from her standup performance experience to entertain, inform and inspire. She has worked with many celebrities including; John Cleese, Jon Stewart and Joan Rivers. Her specials have appeared on NBC, CBS, CTV and The Comedy Network. She is a co-author of ‘From the Stage to the Page: Life Lessons from Four Funny Ladies!”  She is a regular volunteer with City Street Outreach – a program that feeds Toronto’s homeless and needy. Judy is the creator/host of ‘Laughlines’ and ‘Stand Up For The Girls’ which have both helped raise over $650,000 for breast cancer research.

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