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BEx 2024 Speakers

Elizabeth Dunn

Dr. Elizabeth Dunn is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia.

Dr. Dunn conducts experimental research examining how time, money, and technology shape human happiness. She is the co-author of “Happy Money: The Science of Happier Spending” (Simon & Schuster) with Dr. Michael Norton. Her work has appeared in top journals, with three papers published in Science, and she has given a talk at TED (here), PopTech! (here) and TEDx (here). She was selected as one of the “rising stars” in academia by the Chronicle of Higher Education in 2004 and was an honoree for the 2007 Mind Gym Academic Prize for pioneering work in positive psychology. In 2010, she received a New Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, as well as UBC’s Robert E. Knox Master Teacher Award.

Her research has been featured in hundreds of media outlets around the world, including The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, The London Times, Maclean’s, Time, and CNN. Dr. Dunn is also an avid surfer and skier.

Steve Jones

Steve Jones has spent 35 years leading music and media organizations around the world.

Today Steve is the SVP/Brands & Content for Stingray Radio. Stingray is the world’s 3rd largest distributor of music behind only Spotify and Apple. Over the course of more than three decades, Steve has led successful media brands in the US, Canada, and the Caribbean. Along the way, he has had a unique front-row perspective on the rise (and sometimes fall) of countless rock stars. Those experiences form the basis for his two best-selling books, Brand Like a Rock Star and Start You Up.

Steve has worked alongside countless stars in music and observed how they strategically created passionate fan bases, built dedicated followings, and forged lasting and immensely profitable careers. He shows you how to apply those lessons to your business.

Will Gadd

For more than 25 years Will Gadd has been one of the top adventure sports athletes in the world.

Now he’s taking the lessons he learned while succeeding in some of the world’s toughest environments and sharing them with audiences ranging from Nike to Exxon Mobile to incarcerated youth. He won the X Games, set two world records for paragliding, and safely led numerous large TV and research expeditions into highly dangerous—and rewardingenvironmentsHe ice climbed Niagara Falls, flew a paraglider over the Grand Canyon, and taught his kids (and doctors and oil sands workers) to positively manage risk with the direct, entertaining and effective tools he learned through a lifetime of living on the edge. He speaks with personal humor and professional depth on effective and widely applicable tools to stay safe, build team resiliency, succeed in low-knowledge environments, and do what the everyone said was, “Impossible!” He has shared more than 200 high-end presentations to groups from American Express to Hydro One. Most recently he and his teams found new life forms in glacial caves for a Discovery TV show, and helped a planetary scientist sample the world’s oldest rocks in Canada’s Arctic.

He is an award-winning author, film maker and (no awards) dad in Canmore, Alberta, Canada. He is still sponsored by Red Bull, Arc’teryx and other leading brands. His newest book project is titled , “Surviving and Succeeding in High-Hazard Environments,” published spring ’24, based on his own experiences and interviews with ten of the top medical, industrial, corporate and military risk managers in the world 

Zoë Chance

Zoë Chance is a global authority on influence, persuasion, charisma and negotiation who teaches teams and individuals how to connect with others, change behaviors and become a person people want to say yes to.

A Yale Professor with the #1 rated course at Yale School of Management, Mastering Influence and Persuasion, Zoë’s easy, clear and actionable approach to improving your natural ability to effect change has made her one of our top speakers and advisors. Not just an incredible teacher, she’s also the bestselling author of “Influence Is Your Superpower: The Science of Winning Hearts, Sparking Change, and Making Good Things Happen” (2022), which is drawn from her Yale course. 

Energizing and empowering, Zoë combines her acting experience with interactive exercises, discussions, specific strategies and real-world practice to create an experiential journey that resonates beyond individuals to create ripples of lasting change throughout an entire organization. Laser-focused on her mission of helping good people and businesses do good in the world, Zoë is truly gifted at reaching and teaching audiences, helping them connect more authentically, communicate persuasively and get more of what they want in both their professional and personal lives.