Speaker Series - vancouver

Empathetic Leadership

How to Lead with Both Strength and Compassion

Event Details:

Regardless of job title, we are all human beings and we are emotional creatures. Your ability to understand the emotions of your team members allows you not only to become a more effective communicator and problem solver, but also to build the rapport, trust, and relationships that fuel team and business success. Leaders need to increase human connection and bring more compassion to the workplace. Learn from top Canadian companies who are leading with compassion and discover simple tools and tips to integrate empathy and compassion to your people and culture programs.

Learning Objectives:

  • Manage and adapt emotional behaviors that impact leadership in a variety of workplace situations
  • Integrate empathy to promote strong relationships
  • Apply collaborative, inclusive, and creative communication practices
  • Gain emotional insights to understand and implement change
  • Implement emotionally intelligent motivational skills to achieve team results


8:00 am – Registration & Networking

8:30 am – 10:00 am – Breakfast, Networking & Discussion

10:00 am – Breakfast Concludes

10:00 am – 10:30 am – Optional Networking


Zhenya Beck – Co-founder, Freightera Logistics Inc.

Eric Beckwitt – CEO, Freightera Logistics Inc.

Laurie Schultz – CEO, ACL Services Ltd.

Shultz, Laurie portraitLaurie Schultz is responsible for leading the transformation of ACL’s global business by mobilizing talent toward category disruption and double-digit growth.

With over 25 years of experience in software and technology sectors, Laurie has led 12 multimillion-dollar software P&Ls spanning the personal finance, small business accounting, SaaS, ERP, business intelligence, and GRC categories. Holding prior leadership positions with Sage, Intuit, KPMG, and TELUS, Laurie has both doubled revenues and doubled profits by empowering change and relentlessly focusing on the “right critical few.”

Since being appointed CEO of ACL in 2011, Laurie has successfully pivoted the company from hard sales of software to a software-as-a-service model with over 300 employees and to accolades as one of Canada’s top employers, one of Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures and BC Tech Association Company of the Year in 2018.  In November 2017 for the first time in its 30+ year bootstrapped history, ACL accepted a strategic minority investment of $50M USD, representing a 9x increase in valuation from when Laurie joined. Laurie transformed ACL on a relentless, threefold focus on 1) Mobilizing Talent, 2) Disrupting the category, and 3) Transforming the business model.

Laurie is a strong advocate for technology and serves as the board chair of the BC Tech Association. Her voice is an important contributor to the Canadian technology landscape and she is a preeminent thought leader published in media outlets such as the Huffington Post and the Globe and Mail.

She has received multiple leadership awards, including being named to the WXN

Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 in both 2016 and 2017, the 2015 Gold Stevie® Award for Female Executive of the Year, the YWCA’s 2015 “Women of Distinction” award, Business in Vancouver’s 2014 “Women of Influence” award, and the Minerva Foundation’s 2013 “Excellence in Leadership” award. Laurie has also been featured as one of Canada’s Top 20 Women in IT Channel (2011) and in the Top 100 Women in the North America Channel (2012).

Laurie holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Commerce degree, both from University of Alberta. She proudly makes her home in Vancouver with her husband, two children and their dog, Stripe.


Ted Seraphim – CEO, West Fraser

Ted has been the Chief Executive Officer of West Fraser Timber Company Limited since 2013. Prior to becoming Chief Executive Officer, he held the roles of President and Chief Operating Officer, Vice President, Pulp & Paper and Vice President of Pulp and Paper Sales. Prior to joining West Fraser, he worked for another BC based forest products company from 1985 to 1997, primarily in sales and marketing roles.  He spent the first 3 years of his career articling at Ernst and Young. Ted is the Chairman of the Council of Forest Industries, a board member of the  Softwood Lumber Board, British Columbia Lumber Trade Council and the Forest Products Association of Canada.

Mr. Seraphim holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia and is a Chartered Accountant.


Rosewood Hotel Georgia
801 W Georgia Street
Bowden Room
Vancouver, BC V6C 1P7

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February 26, 2019
8:00 am - 10:30 am
Vancouver, BC
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