CAUCE 2017 Keynotes

cheryl-cran-headshotCheryl Cran believes that everyone is a leader AND the future of work requires leaders just like you! Cheryl is honored to work with and for global brands such as AT&T, Kaiser Permanente, Gartner, TEDX, Bell, Mass Mutual, Manulife, and more. She also works with small to midsized firms including professional practices, tech firms and more. Cheryl Cran provides leaders and teams change leadership skills to lead with 2020 vision and tools to build the future workplace today. Cheryl’s research into the future of work, change leadership, technology innovation and generations impact provides data and strategies to help leaders drive transformation in a fast paced world and to create the future workplace TODAY!

An internationally renowned consultant and keynote speaker for twenty years, she has worked with hundreds of industries, in dozens of countries and with thousands of audiences worldwide to work with leaders on how to more effectively lead in these rapid times of fast paced change, increase innovation capabilities, build enhanced agility for individuals and to ultimately help organizations be adaptive and iconic leaders in their industries. In her 20’s Cheryl was a high performing senior leader in the banking and insurance industries. Her success leap in those industries resulted in being an intern for a major consulting firm before heading out on her own to establish her consulting firm in the late nineties. Fast forward and today Cheryl has a thriving practice and esteemed clients who achieve breakthrough success as a result of working with her.


Rebecca Thomas is a Mi’kmaw woman living in Dartmouth Nova Scotia. She is the daughter of a residential school survivor whose family is rooted in Lennox Island First Nation, Prince Edward Island. Rebecca is outspoken when it comes to confronting Aboriginal stereotypes, as well as educating her colleagues and the general public about cultural safety and integrity. Through her work as Student Service Advisor and Indigenous Supports at the Nova Scotia Community College, and also as a Slam Poet, Rebecca encourages people to think before they speak. Having Captained the Nova Scotia Slam poetry team for the third year in a row she was able to bring her voice, along with three other Nova Scotians, to the national stage. Most of her work focuses on the relationships between Canada’s First Peoples, their relationship with the federal government, and how First Nations’ people are perceived publicly. Rebecca is on a life long journey to promote understanding and empathy for Indigenous people and marginalized communities.