2017 ITA Youth Day Keynote

Professional Development


As a Millennial I have not heard one positive thing about millennials in any meeting for the last 3 years. This was positive and transformative. You’ve given me the language I’ve been looking for years. I can’t wait to bring the message to my school district.”

Jessica Regan
Apprenticeship Teacher at School District 38


Very engaging. I was engaged for the full 2 hours!”

Melanie Jorgensen
Career Programs Coordinator at School District 22


Extremely relevant.”

Zach Maralia
Talent Acquisition Specialist at Canfor


Best keynote I have seen. Came away with better understanding of millennials and strategies for working with them. Thank you.”

Bree Odd
Career Programs Facilitator at School District 27 Cariboo Chilicoton


Mark nailed the message, he articulated everything I believe in education and careers for young people.”

Rick Gibbs
Neutron Factory Works


Sharing your personal experiences made the presentation engaging and more relevant to the subject. Great story teller, great motivational speaker. Made it fun, kept our attention.”

Rick Kasper
Board Member at Industry Training Authority


Love the concept around light at the end of the tunnel and how we need to connect career potential to career seekers.”

David Ribeiro
Industry Advisor at Automotive Retailers Association


Innovative, easy to follow. Concrete ideas, loved it.”

Heather Elliott
School District 33


Relevant, inspiring, meaningful presentation. Would like to talk to you about keynote speaker for a conference!”

Terri Lockhart
District Coordinator Career Programs at Richmond School Board 38


Amazing energy and passion.”

Nicola Priestley
Associate Director at South Island Partnership


Please come and present to our teachers, parents and community. Your presentation will lead to changing the way we do business for kids!”

Jeff Lontayao
District Career Facilitator at School District 72 Campbell River


Armed me with great reasons to convince parents not to pressure their children into doing 4-year degree programs that are not a good fit.”

Stu Rhodes
Career Counselor/District Apprenticeship Coordinator at Saanich School District 63


Great presentation!”

Joshua Peters
Member Services at New Car Dealers Association of BC


Great message and a passionate, heartfelt delivery.”

Emily Smith
Magic Trout Imaginarium


Are you a Toastmaster? Well done!”

April Atkins
Program Assistant at Camosun College


Great content, very relevant.”

Dennis Green
Director, Masonry Training at Go2HR


Appreciate the words, stories and delivery. A lot of what you shared resonated. You were truly amazing and gifted at sharing.”

Sam Thiara
Chief Motivating Officer at Gradus One and League of Innovators


I’m representing industry and could relate so much today to business. I employ youth (ski industry) and how to view youth, engage and connect was awesome. I took 3 pages of notes — I never do that. So engaging, a relevant and impactful message. Thank you!”

Karen Bauckham
Senior Manager – Talent Acquisition at Whistler Blackcomb – Vail Resorts


Thank you for reaffirming my belief that there are 2 things we all need: to be acknowledged and validated.”

Charles Lay
Career Teacher at School District 67


Changed my way of thinking about today’s youth and will change my way of helping them move forward with their career/lifestyle path.”

Brigitta Van Heek
Trades Coordinator at Coast Mountains School District


Great energetic presentation.”

Paul Pridham
Fleet Maintenance Manager at Bison Transport


Good description of the world of employment for youth today.”

Paul Krainer
Thomas Skinner & Son Ltd


Awesome presentation!”

Wendy Gilmour
Apprenticeship Teacher at Vancouver School Board


Mind blown!”

Roxanne Boyko
District Career Coordinator at Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools


As Gen X/Y I look for respect to be earned. Don’t always consider people life-changing/inspirational. You are now on my very short list of WOW people.”

Marcus Johns
CEO at BC Alliance for Manufacturing


Excellent and relevant presentation.”

Chris Wylie
Business Owner at Searles Auto Repair


Superb presentation! Passionate, lively, fun and informative. Very professional and accessible strategies to take away.”

Maggie Allison
Manager Career Development at School District 64 Gulf Islands



Helen Plummer
Chilliwack School District


Fast paced, exciting, 2 hours seemed like 20 minutes.”

Martin Lim
Fraser Heights Secondary


Fantastically engaging, showed me the light at the end of the tunnel while teaching me how to show the light to others. I am pumped up.”

Ashley Barrault
Office Manager at High Point Plumbing & Heating/High Point University


Idea behind and formulation of Career banners and Trees is genius.”

Sharon Hoecherl
Dual Credit Coordinator at School District 60 Peace River North


Understanding why people enroll, sign up and do things is the key I’m taking to work tomorrow.”

Richard Haukka
Maintenance Manager at Coast Mountain Bus Company


All excellent information!”

Martha Manuel
FN Liaison at New Gold


Very interesting and engaging.”

Sebastien Paguet
District Career Coordinator at School District 52 Prince Rupert


You changed my perception of opportunities with young people.”

Ron Themblay
Owner at The Garage


The Career Tree is brilliant!”

Jackie Letkeman
Counselor at School District 20


Clear and concise marketing programs using copy points and career focus. We will rework our marketing.”

Michael Pearson
District Principal Career Programs at Abbotsford School District 34


Excellent session! Wonderful stories.”

Brad Booker
School District 59


If young people are told often enough negative reinforcement, their self-perception can definitely take away the benefits of all their amazing qualities. Thank you for your positive comments.”

Donna Anderson
Apprenticeship Advisor at Industry Training Authority


Energizing and timely. The information is useful professionally and personally.”

Anthony Arthurs
Career Coordinator at the Ministry of Education


Clear inspiration, thank you.”

Dorota Peacock
District Career Coordinator at Surrey School District


Mark’s message is universal and has no borders.”

Wade Peary
Riverside College