The conference features motivating and educational speakers on the subject of embracing change - in our clubs and in our environment.
Speakers for the conference include:
  • Amanda Watkin - Rotary International President's Representative,
         General Secretary, Rotary In Great Britain and Ireland
  • Denis Shackel - Head of Management Communications at the Richard Ivey School of Business,
         University of Western Ontario
  • Jerry Ennet - founder of Taurus 3D - a 3D printing social enterprise


Amanda Watkin

Amanda Watkin
RIBI General Secretary

As a founder member of the Rotary Club of Hitchin Tilehouse (D1260), PHF Amanda followed her term as club president by joining the district team to chair the Leadership Development and Training Committee (LDTC). In 2008/09 she joined the Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland (RIBI) LDTC as district specialist before becoming elected as district governor. In that role, Amanda served as RIBI executive member 2010/12 and drove the national Focus on the Crocus campaign with fellow district governors across RIBI.

Amanda also served as a Group Study Exchange Team Leader in 2008 taking a team of young professionals to South Korea. In February 2011, along with a fellow District Governor, she visited Afghanistan and Pakistan to witness and support first hand the service given by Rotarians in exceptionally challenging environments. As a result of that visit, RIBI Disaster Relief Funds have been successfully allocated to build new homes for survivors of the 2010 Pakistan Floods. Amanda continues to support and promote this vital work as a goodwill ambassador.

Amanda has served as RIBI Membership Development and Retention Chair, responsible for driving the five-year membership plan and district restructuring aimed at strengthening Rotary across Great Britain and Ireland. Amanda’s experience of local Rotary club activities, work supporting overseas projects, time given as district governor and RIBI executive member, combined with her understanding of Rotary’s membership challenges, made her an ideal fit for the position of RIBI General Secretary and she joined the staff team in October 2013.

Having a professional background in management consultancy, with specialist focus on technology, development and training, Amanda has led a process of change to readily identify to Rotary members that the team in Alcester are here to support them. During her time at the Rotary Support Centre she has developed community engagement activity to help staff better understand our members’ needs and inspired a project based approach to working giving leadership opportunities to all. Because of these changes and continued commitment from all team members, the Rotary Support Centre achieved the Investors in
People Silver standard.

Amanda remains an active Rotarian in her local club, within her community and at an international level, and is honoured to continue being able to act as Representative to both the RI and RIBI Presidents at home and overseas.

Dr. Denis Shackel

Head of Management Communications at the Richard Ivey School of Business,
University of Western Ontario


Dr. Denis Shackel, a specialist in developing Human Resources, presents workshops designed to unlock talents of those within management, business, and government organizations.

Denis is head of Management Communications at the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, and a consultant for corporations throughout North America. Born in New Zealand, he has an M.A. in psychology from Canterbury University and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. In 2005 and 2007, Denis Shackel was voted Professor of the Year by students at the University of Toronto and the University of Western Ontario, respectively. His outstanding teaching record led to being selected as a "Leader In Faculty Teaching" [LIFT] by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities in July 2007.

He has been President of his management consulting company since 1978 and has presented countless workshops to managers in business, industry and government agencies around the world. His client list includes Maple Leaf Foods, J.D. Irving Ltd., K.P.M.G., The Learning Edge, American Management Association, Bell Canada, Petro Canada, Burger King, Imax Inc., Deloitte Inc., Big Sky Farms Ltd., Assiniboine Community College, Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations, Ministry of Transport Ontario, Canadian Medical Protective Association, Agricore Inc., Potash Corp., Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority, Bombardier Ltd., City of Saskatoon, Home Hardware Inc., Molly Maid International, National Spar Ltd., and Royal Bank of Canada.

In May 2010, Denis was featured in a National Post article by M.T. Bitti, "Lateral Living... Denis Shuns the Down Days".

Denis' book, Five Seconds At a Time, is a compelling mix of stunning survival, leadership principles and real-life stories that inspires readers to achieve the seemingly impossible. Published by Harper Collins, it has become an award-winning best-seller across Canada.


Jerry Ennett

Taurus 3D

Jerry Ennett is the founder of Taurus 3D, a 3D printing social enterprise that uses technology to increase the access to healthcare in the developing world. He has designed and made multiple functional prosthetics for kids in Guelph, Toronto, and Kitchener using 3D printing. In November, he traveled to South India and set up a 3D printing lab in a remote medical rehab clinic to make prosthetics and other medical devices for local amputees.