AGM & GALA Awards Banquet

October 25, 2019 | Regina, SK

Keynote, speaker and panelist bios

David Coletto

Keynote Speaker

David Coletto is CEO and a founding partner of Abacus Data a full-service market research and strategy firm based in Ottawa. With over a decade of experience in the industry, David and his partners founded Abacus over 8 years ago, and since then it has grown into one of Canada’s most respected market research firms. David has worked with a range of organizations including the Shaw Communication, the Canadian Bankers Association, the Bank of Canada, Food & Consumer Products Canada, the CBC, the Canadian Pharmacists Association, Equal Voice, and the Dairy Farmers of Canada. He’s also one of Canada’s leading experts on generational change and millennials regularly invited to speak to groups across Canada.He’s a foodie, a Gentle Explorer, and a political junkie who loves exploring why people think and act they way they do. He earned a PhD in Political Science from the University of Calgary in 2010 and has a BPAPM and MA from Carleton University. He is also an adjunct professor at Carleton University.

Dr. Kewi Quaye

Panelist

Kwei Quaye is the Vice President of Traffic Safety, Driver and Support Services at SGI. Kwei has a BSc. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Science and Technology in Ghana, and received his M.A.Sc. and Ph.D in Transportation Engineering from the University of Toronto. He is a professional engineer and a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan

Ron Foord

Panelist

Director, Carrier & Vehicle Safety, SGI. Ron has worked at SGI for several years and has held various positions within the Autofund, most recently in Carrier & Vehicle Safety working with the National Safety Code (NSC) and Vehicle Standards and Inspections.  During this time Ron has also served on several working groups or committees for the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, Canadian Council of Motor Vehicle Administrators, Transport Canada and also on the Board of the International Registration Plan.

 

Mario Da Silva

Panelist

Mario has been employed within the transportation industry since 1995 and has been involved in developing loss prevention programs for fleet safety, fleet insurance, cargo claims, workers compensation, security, and occupational health and safety.  Mario is the Corporate Risk, Fleet Safety & Security Manager at Manitoulin Transport. Mario graduated from Sheridan College in the Loss Prevention program and in the Computer Programming.  He obtained his Fellowship Risk Management designation through University of Toronto, obtained the Chartered Insurance Professional designation through the Insurance Institute of Canada and the Certified Director of Safety designation  through North American Transportation Management Institute.

Earl Driedger

Panelist

Earl has been involved in the trucking industry for over 30 years. He has been involved in training for 25 years and in April 2001, he opened Maximum Training for the Trucking Industry. Earl is a Fully Certified Instructor Instructor in 1A, 3A, & 5G. Motorcycles have also been a passion and he has been riding for 36 years. 2011 he to open a Motorcycle Training division.Training drivers and helping people is Earl’s passion. Since the implementation of the MELT Program, Maximum Training has strived to deliver the highest standard of this program meeting all requirements set out for this program.

Kelly Taylor

Comedian

Kelly has performed at Just for Laughs in Vancouver and Calgary, credits his start in Saskatoon comedy clubs with giving him his confidence on stage. “It was great for starting out, because you could get a ton of stage time, and then you had to work on your material. In nine months, I got to do my own headline set! It was a good way to build material,” says Taylor. Kelly Taylor also spends much of his time on the road away from his home in Saskatoon, doing shows for colleges in the U.S and Canada. Already conquering Canada he has now moved on to being one the busiest comedians on the American college scene. “Campuses are different in Canada, as opposed to the U.S. In Canada, it’s more cut loose and free. I talk about drinking and partying and stuff like that, and in the U.S. it seems like they have comedy set up as an alternative for people going out and drinking,” says Taylor. “I kind of tailor that show in America to just talking about everyday things.” Kelly Taylor starred as the lead role in the movie Sure Shot Dombrowski. He shocked the comedy industry by placing second in the prestigious Just for Laughs Homegrown competition. Competing against comics who have been in the business for ten plus years, Kelly Taylor firmly made his mark at JFL. His performance did not go unnoticed as creative heads from NBC Universal, Happy Gilmore Productions, and Jimmy Kimmel quickly approached with interest. Later that year Kelly did a tour of the Canadian Colleges, and was Named Canadian College Comedian of the year. The funnyman says he developed his own sense of humour from his family, both from his father and his brothers. Taylor says his father was “loud and in your face and really funny. He was always on and joking the whole time. And my brothers, it’s the same thing. My brother, his whole life, was burning me. Whatever you said or did, you got burned. All day. You had to have a defense for that, so it was back and forth. It’s a family thing.” He also says, “When I do corporate work, I talk about family and kids, whereas when I’m talking to a younger crowd, I rarely talk about having kids and that. Then it’s like, ‘Who’s this old guy?’ His “down-home” style and uncensored comedy make him extremely popular for those who like their comedy on the raw side. Aside from Just for Laughs, he has already appeared at The Vancouver and Calgary Comedy Festivals. He has opened for the likes of Blake Clark, Eddie Brill, Rich Hall and others. Kelly has performed all across the country and recently made his debut in New York City at some of the most well respected clubs in the industry. Kelly Taylor – Saskatchewan’s second best export after wheat.

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