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Scott Kress      President of Summit Team Building Ltd

 Drawing on lessons learned summiting the world’s highest mountains, Scott Kress illustrates how those same skills can help you conquer any challenge and achieve peak performance. 

As one of America’s top leadership and team development trainers and scholars, Scott knows a thing or two about achieving – and surpassing – personal and professional milestones. With more than 25 years leading climbing expeditions and success in conquering the world’s most famous mountains, he is the 51st Canadian to summit Mount Everest and one of less than 300 people worldwide to climb the Seven Summits. As president of Summit Team Building, he helps others use those same skills to achieve peak performance in life and business. 

Drawing on years of mountaineering experience, a captivating style of story-telling, and consummate knowledge of leadership and training, Scott is uniquely qualified to deliver some of the most innovative corporate experiential based training available. With an eye on the relevant challenges that organizations and their teams face today, he gives audiences the tools and inspiration they need to envision the big picture, meet new challenges with zeal, and reach new heights. 


Kevin Brown      Founder & CEO, Cobalt Safety

Kevin Brown has spent many years passionately leading and making a difference in the health and safety profession. With over 30 years of heavy civil, sewer watermain and construction experience, and Kevin’s background as a former Ministry of Labour Inspector, Investigator, and Inspectorate Peer Trainer, Kevin brings a unique and refreshing perspective.

Kevin has lead or assisted in 218 major workplace serious accident investigations and has participated at some of the highest levels of Health and Safety in Ontario, from the Ministry of Labour Workplace Violence and Harassment Bill 168 steering, policy and training committees, to the Ontario Workplace Prevention system review by the Ontario Chief Prevention Officer.

Frustrated by the slow speed to change by government, Kevin stepped up from the Ontario Ministry of Labour in 2013 after seeing safety fail so often. Witnessing firsthand the impact that workplace accidents have on workers, their families, and employers, Kevin realized that enforcement is not the only answer to safety.

Kevin is the Founder and CEO of Cobalt Safety Consulting Inc., and Cobalt Safety Inc. and in 2019 was the first Canadian company to receive a prestigious World Safety Organization Award. They offer high-quality safety services from workplace safety management, inspection, policy and program writing to professional accident investigation.


Joshua Keene RSSW, CPGC      Addiction/Mental Health Counsellor/Consultant

Joshua has extensive experience working with various populations including youth, adult and older adult populations. During his career, Joshua has provided services in all aspects of the treatment continuum including; substance use, problem gambling, and problem gaming/internet use; as well as having worked in community treatment, residential treatment, crisis and referral and intensive day/evening counselling.   Joshua has been recognized for his energetic and respectful style of counselling. He has a great record of working collaboratively with his clients to develop positive treatment outcomes.

Joshua’s interest in this excellent service comes not only from his extensive experience and training in addiction and mental health, his strong commitment to family and community but also his strong familiarity in the work of Local 1059 members due to his previous role in construction.

The informative seminars held, gave me a unique opportunity to understand some of the challenges facing my customers today. I would urge our members to take advantage of these conferences for the wealth of information they provide as well as supporting the association that does so much on our behalf.

Account Manager, Waterworks