Wed, Jun 10


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XTL Summit: An evening with Champions

Championing mindsets: An evening of conversations with champions

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XTL Summit: An evening with Champions

Time & Location

Jun 10, 2020, 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

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About the event

The Evening of Champions offers insights from exceptional people who have faced adversities, developed

their own resiliency, and emerged with huge success. To forge new paths and achieve the extraordinary

will require a transformational mindset. This evening offers inspiration on thought paradigms, tools, and

perspective shifts that build resiliency as an individual and a leader, and through all of life’s challenges.

Join us and cultivate your own championship mindset and capitalize on the challenges and opportunities life,

and shifts in market trends, present.  Need motivation?  Check out our lineup!

Champion 1: Robert Owensspeaker, coach, author, and endurance athlete

Robert Owen is the oldest person to ever complete SEALFIT’s 50-Hour Challenge, created to train special operations candidate, capped weeks later by completing 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents. Robert epitomizes endurance and mental toughness. For more than 25 years in over 30 nations, he’s shared his experiences speaking on leadership and management topics, free enterprise, and democracy issues.  Learn More

Champion 2: Dietrich Desmaraisexecutive coach, emotional intelligence expert, and author

Dietrich Desmarais is the founder of Emotional Wealth Management Inc (EWMI), a coaching and training company. He specializes in EQ (Emotional Intelligence) to help people become unstuck to handle difficulties and challenges in their work and lives. When coaching entrepreneurs and corporate businesses, the results show an increase in profitability margins and improved work ethic.  Learn More

Champion 3: Dr. Gustav Gousspeaker, coach, author, and transformation leadership change agent

Dr. Gustav Gous is the founder of the Game of Life for internal refocusing and The Short Walk to Freedom a transformational program that has run for 26 years on Robben Island, South Africa where Nelson Mandela was incarcerated. An inductee of the Speakers Hall of Fame, Gustav’s program and presentations on transforming leadership focuses on leaders’ internal space first as the foundation from which they can then transform their teams, industries, and the world.  Learn More

Champion 4: Michael Smithinternational athlete and financing services specialist

Michael Smith is a Canadian Olympian and two-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist for the decathlon, proudly carrying Canada’s flag into the Barcelona Olympics opening ceremony in 1992. Michael was ranked in the world’s top 10 for 10 years in

a row, from 1989 to 1998 and he still holds the world's best performance for the 3 combined throwing events in the decathlon (shot put, discus, and javelin). Smith retired from the sport in 1999 and is now in financial services, also providing commentary for CBC and CTV. As a former board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters Calgary, Michael values mentoring for sport, business, and life.  Learn More

Champion 5: Michael Bruchetinternational golf tour player, golf coach, author, and public speaker

Michael Bruchet is an all-around athlete who zeroed in on golf at age 15 when he began his golf career. In 1996, Michael faced a tragedy that left him too injured to compete. A move to Asia and work with a Chinese doctor helped him heal and got him back competing and coaching golf on the world stage. After 20 years of competing on golf's world stage, earning a 500 World Asian ranking and finishing 26th on the Order of Merit for the Thai Tour, he began coaching using his “Mind, Body, Balance” program. Michael designed the program for optimal levels of performance by creating a strong mind, a healthy body, and a balanced life that saw benefits in all areas of his clients’ lives.  Learn More

Panel Moderator: Nico Duursema—business executive

Nico Duursema has been a leader in the global energy business for over 25 years with roles in North and South America, Africa, and the Middle and the Far East within the petrochemical, transportation, mining, and oil and gas industries. As president and CEO of the Cerilon Group, Nico's core areas of specialty are low carbon, gas-to-liquid (GTL), renewables, bio-to-liquids (BTL), and downstream petrochemicals. For over a decade, the Cerilon Group has helped to grow global energy security with an approach that is strategic, courageous, intentional, and sustainable. Nico is committed to helping businesses lead changes toward a new energy future with success and purpose.  Learn More

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