KEYNOTE - CINDY ASHTON
Speaker, Singer, Author and Entertainer
Cindy Ashton is a Toronto & Los Angeles based speaker, singer/entertainer, speaker coach and the author of Kiss Your Monsters Goodbye. She has received President Obama's "Call to Service" award and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for her outstanding volunteerism.
Born with only a 20% chance of living, Cindy underwent three heart surgeries by age 14 and was left in chronic pain and with a damaged lung. Recovering beyond doctor's expectations, she has gone on to tour all over North America giving thousands of keynote speeches and workshops on overcoming obstacles. She has appeared in a multitude of media including Performance Magazine alongside Donald Trump, CBC Radio, Metro News, Living Clean Show on CTS and the front page of the Times, lifestyle section.
Matt has over 12 years Human Resources experience and currently is the Senior Director of Diversity Strategies and Workplace Inclusion for CIBC. In this role, he has accountability for developing global strategies that support the attraction, retention and development of diverse talent for the bank.
Matt's leadership in designing and implementing innovative diversity and inclusiveness programs has helped CIBC achieve a number of awards and recognition including Canada's Top 100 Employers, Canada's Best Diversity Employers, Best Employer for New Canadians, Top 10 Most Admired Cultures, and Best Workplaces in Canada.
Outside of his diversity and inclusion responsibilities at CIBC, Matt serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for Pride at Work Canada, and a Board Director for the Ontario Job Opportunity Information Network (JOIN) and the Canadian Institute of Diversity & Inclusion. He also advises the TO2015 Pan/Para PanAM Games's Organizing Committee as a member of both their Employment Advisory Council and Community Engagement Council, and is a member of the Canadian Centre for Diversity's Development Committee.
Additionally, Matt has worked as a part-time instructor with Centennial College's continuing education program teaching several Human Resources Management courses that are compulsory for the Certified Human Resources Professional Designation.
Combining her expertise in trend forecasting, bra fitting, fashion knowledge and love for women, Alicia brings an authentic shopping and educational experience to Toronto. She is often sought out by the industry for her lingerie knowledge and happily offers advice to men shopping for their loved ones.
Alicia and her company Premier Jour are a "Canadian" favourite and have been featured on Hollywood 10 Best This Week, Entertainment Tonight Canada, CFRB 1010, Rogers DayTime TV, Weddingbells Magazine, Toronto Star Newspaper, Slice TV's Plastic Makes Perfect, ; LOVE INC , Jeanne Beker Post News, SNAP Magazines, Avenue Magazine and as a pre and post Breast Augmentation bra fitter. In 2012, Alicia and Premier Jour Fine Lingerie were voted 2012 Best of the Best Readers Choice Lingerie Boutique.
Strongly believing in giving back to the community, Alicia gratefully supports The Jeanne Lottie Pink Bedroom Party, Covenant House -Celebrate Mom and Ontario Police. Premier Jour's slogan is 'making a difference, one bra at a time', as she answered the call to do a workshop on Bra Fitting for over 1000 at the Woman's Day in Dundas Square. Alicia also spends part of her time educating women, using her skills, passion and experiences to blog for the Huffington Post, ect & tal and Revive Magazine.
Alicia Vianga, a certified bra fitter, was asked to review the official Bra Fitting Guide for a major hospital chain in Toronto; the guide was completely overhauled and is currently being reviewed and is expected to be published this spring/summer. Through this affiliation with the Hospital, Alicia identified a major gap in the health care system; there was no real program providing bras and or prosthesis for financially challenged women. In her true form, Alicia decided to do something about that, the After Breast Cancer charity was subsequently born, ensuring all survivors/women have access to these basic needs and to provide bras and/or prosthesis to women who are financially unable to afford them.
Alicia also understands when women move from breast cancer patient to breast cancer survivor, the world becomes a different place. Obtaining a properly fitted prosthesis and bra enables these women to engage in their journey, regain their self confidence and to restore their feeling of being whole again.
After Breast Cancer was launched on October 14, 2012 at the Toronto Argos Game and has since been featured on Toronto Is Awesome, OMNI Television's Culture Avenue, Samaritan Magazine, Girls of T.O., Urban Moms, CP24 Breakfast's Goodness Sake and Global News' Susan Hay Making a Difference.
Alicia is also the founder of "Bras for Congo" where donated bras are provided to Congo women. Each year, Alicia asks her clients to donate br