2023 AWMAC National Convention
June 8-10, 2023 | Toronto, Ontario

Meet Our Speakers

Wendel Clark | What I Learned from Some of the Best Leaders in the Game

9:00 am – 10:00 am | Friday, June 9, 2023

Wendel Clark, former Captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs, will speak about Leadership and what he learned from playing with and against some of the greatest leaders in the game. From being drafted 1st Overall as an 18-year-old and what the experience was for him coming from a very small town in Western Canada to Toronto, and all the ‘Firsts’, he had in his 1st NHL season.

Wendel Clark was one of the most beloved players ever to wear the Toronto Maple Leafs jersey. The former team captain, his rambunctious playing style, and exceptional talent on the ice endeared him to fans. Now an ambassador for the team and a spokesperson for a number of corporations, Clark’s star power continues to shine. Clark retired from the NHL in 2000. His last season brought his career full circle from its beginnings in 1985 with the Leafs. Overall in his career, Clark recorded 330 goals, 234 assists, 564 points, and 1,690 penalty minutes. He was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team and was second in voting for the Calder Trophy. He was selected to the NHL All-Star Game in 1986 and 1999.

Wendel had his number ‘17’ retired by the Maple Leafs, and in 2017, he was honoured once again with his statue unveiled on Legends Row outside of Scotiabank Arena. Wendel is an active entrepreneur with four Wendel Clark Classic Grill restaurants in Ontario and Saskatchewan. He lends his name to various charity endeavours across Canada, including his own Wendel Clark Charity Golf Classic, now in its 20th year, and the Wendel Clark Muskoka Ice Cup, new in 2022.  Wendel and his wife spend their time between their home in Toronto and their summer home in Muskoka, Ontario.


Alan Mallory | Safety and Risk Management

10:30 am – 11:30 am | Friday, June 9, 2023

Alan’s safety programs are not about avoiding risk altogether; they are about studying and thoroughly understanding the safety challenges to identify, minimize, and control risks for safe and successful results. Learning Objectives:

            • Safety planning, preparation and establishing procedures
            • Agile practices in risk identification and management
            • Incorporating lessons learned from the past in your industry
            • Contingency planning and developing response strategies
            • Root cause analysis and preventative action

Alan is an international speaker, author and performance coach passionate about leadership and reaching new heights in all we do! His unique philosophy of life revolves around empowering people and embracing an agile mentality focused on goals and results. By understanding what drives and motivates us, we can cultivate more innovative and effective ways of thinking and taking action. Alan holds a degree in engineering from Queen’s University and a masters in psychology from Adler University, giving him a well-balanced approach to the outer and inner challenges we all face. Alan has worked internationally with large organizations as a professional engineer and project manager, developing patents and solutions to complex mining and metals industry challenges. Living and working abroad has given him the opportunity to deepen his understanding of individual and team challenges, better appreciate cultural diversity, and successfully adapt to different organizational structures.


Eddie LeMoine | Strategies for Attracting and Retaining Skilled Workers in Today’s Tight Labour Market

11:30 am – 12:30 pm | Saturday, June 10, 2023

Did you know Canada is experiencing a significant skills shortage, affecting businesses nationwide? According to recent reports, over 1,000,000 job vacancies still need to be filled in Canada because more qualified workers are needed. As we emerge from the pandemic, the competition for top talent will become even more challenging, with an aging population and an accelerated shortage of skilled workers. The skills shortages will continue for several years forcing employers to find new ways to attract and retain employees. In this session, participants will discover the following:

  • the latest trends in the labour market
  • how to increase capacity with your current team
  • the importance of employee engagement for attraction, retention, and productivity
  • the role of AI, automation and technology in enhancing the workplace and home and work-life balance
  • the reasons why people join, stay, and leave their employers
  • leading a multigenerational workforce
  • the leadership characteristics that are necessary for navigating today’s challenging times

Eddie LeMoine is a renowned international author, keynote speaker, seminar leader and corporate trainer specializing in leadership, employee engagement, stress management, safety, and success psychology—his unparalleled success results from his exceptional ability to bridge the gap between business results and personal development. As a charismatic and inspiring speaker, Eddie motivates audiences worldwide with his captivating stories, sharp wit, and genuine concern for people.


Michael Swartz | Hierarchy of Precedence Construction Contracts

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm | Saturday, June 10, 2023

Michael Swartz devotes his practice to construction law. Through his construction law practice, he represents clients across the construction industry in all aspects of projects and construction-related issues. He is involved in every facet of the construction industry, including strategy development – from project inception to completion. He is experienced in structuring tendering and contract documents related to all aspects of development. Michael’s practical and time-saving advice has resolved issues arising from procurement, contract disputes, and lien, trust and delay claims.

Michael frequently appears before various boards, tribunals and courts, including the Ontario and Superior Courts of Justice, the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Federal Court of Canada and regularly speaks to various associations and groups on topical issues concerning the construction industry. He provides clients with timely and relative updates on court cases, decisions and statute changes. Michael has taught Construction Law courses for the Ontario General Contractors Association and George Brown College since 2006. In 2017, Michael was selected by the Toronto Construction Association (TCA) Nominations & Awards Committee as the winner of the 2016 TCIC Chancellor’s Award of Excellence. He is also listed in the Canadian Legal expert Directory as a repeatedly recommended lawyer in Construction Law. Best Lawyers recognize him in Canada as a leading practitioner in Construction Law.

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