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Featured speaker: Edmond Mellina

ORCHANGO's co-founding president and thought leader

About Edmond

Thought leader with a unique ability to connect with audiences of any size and nature

Offers both “off-the-shelf” and customized speeches or experiences

Delivers his presentations in English or French

Speaking style

Highly dynamic and engaging (“Wow, I love your energy”)

Real-life stories that resonate very well with the specific audience

Pertinent insights, pragmatic advice and thought-provoking content

Powerful calls to action

Topics

Change & innovation in the age of digital disruption

Influence / selling

Collaboration

Leadership

Teamwork

Working with different cultures

Typical testimonials when Edmond speaks

Thank you for a fantastic workshop in Montreal! I loved your energy, you are great at what you do. — Chief Next Generation Officer, Bacardi

Fabulous presenter. Great topic and relevant material. Excellent concepts.  — Participant, conference for CIOs

Amazing energy and content. Set the bar very high!  — Participant, conference for CIOs

Hi, Edmond, It was an amazing session that you gave today. Thanks very much!  — Debbie, Hoffmann-La Roche Limited

Edmond brings a unique brand of energy and logic to his presentations. Mixing business, psychology, emotion and human nature in a way that makes you better understand who you are, what your organization is and how you can influence real change. One of very few speakers I can honestly say could change your career and your life as he lifts your consciousness above the noise and shows you the tools you will need to succeed in this new business world. — Marc Coyle, Head of IT, City of Belleville

It was the first time I was a participant in one of your presentations and I was very impressed and took away a lot from my experience. I am looking forward to [the STEP UP!™ game] November 28. Thanks again.  — President, Labour union organization

I thoroughly enjoyed your session. I learned more in one hour than I do at most 3-day conferences!  — Rocca Morra Hodge, HR Director, Warner Bros.

I had wanted to speak with you and introduce myself at the end of your most energetic and inspiring session, but, alas, the line-up was too long!   — Romina

Edmond Mellina speaking at i4PL event and engaging the audience (2017)

More testimonials below (both qualitative & quantitative; from participants, organizers & fellow speakers)…

Sample public and corporate events at which Edmond spoke

Event: Annual national conference.

Audience: Senior learning & development leaders.

Title: Making Change & Innovation Stick: The Essentials.

Overview:

Innovation and change go hand in hand. Indeed, we cannot turn new ideas – e.g. different educational programs, end-to-end learning experiences or innovative LMS systems – into realities without acceptance by stakeholders.

In this workshop, you will learn essential principles and techniques to make change & innovation stick.

This is NOT an academic presentation covering interesting theories. It is an interactive workshop for practitioners delivered by an expert practitioner. It features battle-tested approaches that have proven their effectiveness in the real world – through transformational projects of all sizes and natures, across industries and around the globe.

We will start by discussing what it really takes to think and act like a change leader. We will apply the learning to make an innovation process “stickier” (using Eric Ries’ increasingly popular LEAN Startup framework as an example). Most importantly, you will start working on making your current innovation or change project “stickier”.

Feedback: No formal feedback received just yet from i4PL. In the meantime, here are some notes that Edmond received from participants:

It was an amazing session that you gave today. Thanks very much!   — Debbie M, Hoffmann-La Roche

Thank you very much, I really enjoyed your session.   — Jane D, Red Apple Stores

Thank you so much for your lively and engaging presentation at i4PL in Toronto.  I thoroughly enjoyed your session and perspective.   — Paul F, CIBC

I had wanted to speak with you and introduce myself at the end of your most energetic and inspiring session, but, alas, the line-up was too long!   — Romina

Note: This will be Edmond Mellina’s fourth appearance at this national annual conference.

Event: 1-day event in Montreal on the theme “Intrapreneurship: Building Better Business”. This was the first time Europe-based The Intrapreneurship Conference was coming to Canada.

Audience: Innovation leaders and intrapreneurs.

Title: Making Change & Innovation Stick: The Essentials.

Overview:

Innovation and change go hand in hand. Indeed, we cannot turn new ideas – whether products, user experiences, strategic initiatives or complex ecosystems – into realities without acceptance by stakeholders.

In this workshop, you will learn essential principles and techniques to make change & innovation stick.

This is NOT an academic presentation covering interesting theories. It is an interactive workshop for practitioners delivered by an expert practitioner. It features battle-tested approaches that have proven their effectiveness in the real world – through transformational projects of all sizes and natures, across industries and around the globe.

We will start by discussing what it really takes to think and act like a change leader when innovating. We will apply the learning to make an innovation process “stickier” (using Eric Ries’ increasingly popular LEAN Startup framework as an example). Most importantly, you will start working on making your current innovation project “stickier”.

Feedback: As usual, participants commented at the end on how much they liked the content and delivery. For example:

Hi Edmond, Thank you for a fantastic workshop in Montreal! I loved your energy, you are great at what you do. — Bacardi’s Global Millennials Manager (participant and speaker)

Event: Annual management meeting.

Audience: Leadership team of the Canadian operations.

Title: Enabling a Culture of Ownership at De Beers Canada.

Overview: This interactive session was presented by Edmond Mellina. For client confidentiality reasons, we cannot share its overview.

Feedback: As usual, Edmond Mellina’s presentation was very well received by the participants. It would be our pleasure to connect prospective buyers to the executive at De Beers who hired us for this speaking engagement.

Event: Annual strategic planning retreat.

Audience: Leadership team of the SEIU Healthcare.

Title: Leading strategic change after a restructuring.

Overview: Edmond Mellina delivered this interactive 2-hour keynote to set the stage for SEIU’s strategic planning retreat. He will follow-up in a few weeks by delivering the half-day version of our STEP UP!™ game.

Feedback:

It was the first time I was a participant in one of your presentations and I was very impressed and took away a lot from my experience. I am looking forward to November 28. Thanks again.   — President

Thanks Edmond, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the session. We look forward to seeing you on Nov 28th!  — Human Resources Director

Event / Title: Academia Meets Corporate Canada — inaugural (2015) and repeat (2016) events.

Audience: Human Resources executives and other senior business people from various industries; event organized by the Strategic Capability Network (SCNetwork).

Overview: Edmond Mellina produced, emceed and moderated this annual conference series for the Strategic Capability Network.

Feedback:

We got terrific feedback from a very full room. Great scores [from the post-conference participant survey]! The hard work and brilliant facilitation paid off. — Ian Hendry, National President, SCNetwork & VP HR & Administration, Interac

One of the best events of this association! Lots of meat and great discussion with a powerful format! — Bob Lank, CEO Global Network

Your emceeing, energy and commitment were notable and made the difference: a good program made great. — Jeanet Lammoca, Chair of Programming, SCNetwork

You did such a great job of keeping everything moving; it was a lot of fun! The whole group was so engaged and asked such good questions and it really made for a great experience. — Kristyn Scott (speaker), Professor, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University

Edmond, I thought that the event today was superb. Your moderation was excellent. —Rick Hackett, Professor and Canada Research Chair, McMaster University

Thanks for making today a success Edmond! — Mark Edgar (speaker), SVP HR, RSA Insurance

Event: Kick-off meeting to launch a new business venture.

Audience: International group of executives and engineers.

Title: Working as a team in different cultures.

Overview:

This highly interactive session is designed to help participants increase their effectiveness when working with foreign work cultures.

Edmond Mellina will draw on his rich international experience, as well as the research of Dutch organizational sociologist Geert Hofstede.

He will illustrate through entertaining personal stories how cultural differences can generate fun, embarrassment, confusion and/or frustration. He will provide pragmatic advice on how to be more effective as a member of a multicultural team.

The participants will have plenty of opportunities to reflect on the work culture of the countries where they do business, as well as their own.

Feedback: This interactive session was very well received by the audience. It set the stage perfectly for the rest of this internal leadership conference held to launch a critical international project at Roxul.

Event: Annual national conference.

Audience: Senior learning & development leaders.

Title: The TSSA story – How to build change capacity and a culture of change leadership.

Overview:

Increasing change capacity and embedding change management into the organizational culture have become strategic imperatives. At the same time, organizations are preoccupied with trying to successfully execute critical change despite significant levels of resistance.

Four years ago, the institution dedicated to enhancing the safety of Ontarian – the Technical Standards and Safety Authority – embarked on an ambitious journey to overcome these challenges.

Through an interactive case presentation, you will discover how TSSA multiplied its ability to absorb change and built a culture of change leadership while successfully rolling out complex change.

Learning was – and still is – the engine that propelled TSSA’s journey.

Feedback: 50% of audience rated the speaker “Excellent” (the rest of the audience was equally divided between “Very good” and “Good”). 62.5% rated the overall value of the session as “Excellent” or “Very good” (the balance was “Good”).

Note: This was Edmond Mellina’s third appearance at this national annual conference.

Event: Quarterly council meeting.

Audience: Council of Chief Privacy Officers.

Title: Building a Stronger Culture of Privacy Faster – Theory and Case Review.

Overview:

When asked about culture change, executives often use the words “difficult” and “slow” to characterize the process. Yet, there are effective accelerators for culture change. The real issue is that organizations fail to concentrate their efforts on them.

In order to fulfill their mandates, Chief Privacy Officers must influence attitude and behaviour change. Their success lies in the activation of these accelerators for culture change.

Edmond Mellina will talk about the theory of culture change. He will present the accelerators and explain the reasons they work. He will provide practical tools to help you influence change. He will share a story of how a large client’s organization leveraged the accelerators to build a culture of privacy.

The session will help you decide specific, immediate actions you can take to advance your privacy agenda.

Feedback: As with Edmond Mellina’s previous speaking engagement with the Conference Board of Canada (see below), the participants gave a high score to this presentation. They commented on the value of the practical advice and engaging stories that Edmond shared during his speech.

Event: Quarterly council meeting.

Audience: Council of Chief Security Officers.

Title: How to Accelerate Culture & Attitude Change.

Overview:

When asked about culture change, executives often use the words “difficult” and “slow” to characterize the process. Yet, there are effective accelerators for culture change. The real issue is that organizations fail to concentrate their efforts on them.

In order to fulfill their mandates, security executives must influence attitude and behaviour change. Their success lies in the activation of these accelerators for culture change.

Edmond Mellina will talk about the theory of culture change. He will present the accelerators and explain the reasons they work. He will provide practical tools to help you influence change. He will share stories of how organizations have leveraged the accelerators.

The session will help you decide specific, immediate actions you can take to advance your security agenda.

Feedback: The participants scored the presentation 4.58 on a scale of 1 to 5. Their verbatim comments indicated they were very satisfied with the practical value of the speech. Consequently, the Conference Board asked Edmond Mellina to deliver a similar session a year later to another council of senior executives (see above).

Event: Annual national conference.

Delegates from all over the world attended the 2011 annual conference of the Canadian Society for Training and Development (CSTD) in Toronto, ON, Canada. Each year, CSTD hosts Canada’s only conference and trade show aimed at workplace learning professionals. The 2011 edition featured a compelling program with a “best of category” selection of case studies, research briefings, strategies and tools. The event gathered 1,500 learning and development professionals over three days to provide a unique opportunity to engage peers in conversation.

ORCHANGO’s president Edmond Mellina co-presented with one of our clients – Brian Hughes, vice president human resources at JMP Engineering Inc.

Audience: Workplace learning leaders who want to move their company’s agenda forward, quicker and with lasting effect.

Title: Leading Strategic Change Execution While Learning – the JMP Case Study.

Overview:

This session is for leaders who want to move their organization’s agenda forward, quicker and with lasting effect.

The case study will present how London-based JMP Engineering integrated experiential learning, coaching, execution and reflection to strengthen the rollout of its business strategy, make change stick and develop leaders.

The session will be delivered by two of the key players involved in the case: the Vice President of Human Resources of JMP; and the President of ORCHANGO, who was the principal architect of the learning strategy used by JMP.

Note:

This was the second time that Edmond Mellina spoke at CSTD’s annual conference. His earlier presentation was titled “Fresh Perspectives to Succeed with Organizational Change”. In order to accommodate the bilingual audience, Edmond delivered his speech twice, first in English and then in French.

Event: Monthly conference of the Software Process Improvement Network (SPIN).

Audience: I.T. managers and engineers.

Title: Building Productive Team Dynamics During Change – The Delta Hotels Case.

Overview:

In this inspiring session, Edmond Mellina will draw on his experience as the IT executive of Delta Hotels – where he built and led a cross-functional team in
charge of implementing an ambitious program of change throughout the organization.

The members of the team were all outstanding individuals. However, the group didn’t become high-performing overnight. Edmond had to help the team “gel” by uncovering, analyzing and actively managing the forces at play. Over time, the team dynamics became extremely productive and as a result the group successfully rolled out the complex change. However, it was critical to nurture the positive dynamics on an ongoing basis. It even became necessary to re-build the team dynamics following the acquisition of Delta by a competitor.

Through this real-world story, Edmond will address the following questions:

  • What were the forces at play among the team – positive and negative?
  • How did the group dynamics help or hinder the team?
  • What specific actions or techniques helped improve the team dynamics?
  • How did the situation evolve over time and why?
  • How did stress and pressure impact the team dynamics?
  • Why did the team dynamics deteriorate following the acquisition of Delta?

Feedback: The presentation was very well received. For example:

Outstanding and very unique presentation! — Cristina Dumitrescu, Steering Committee Member, SPIN

I could very much relate to the speaker’s experience. The presentation was fantastic. — Software Development Director, IBM

Event: Annual conference of the London (Ontario) chapter of the Human Resource Professionals Association of Canada (HRPA).

Audience: HR professionals.

Title: Unleash Your Power To Influence!

Note: This speaking engagement was to deliver the conference’s opening keynote.

Overview:

Promoting a people-centered culture… Getting managers to fully embrace HR programs… Making engagement everyone’s responsibility… Ensuring the senior team is on the same page… These are typical challenges facing HR departments in helping their organisation become and remain an “Employer of Choice”. The key to success is the ability to lead change through influence.

In this inspiring keynote, Edmond Mellina will discuss his unique perspective on the art of influencing. He will share riveting stories drawn from his extensive experience on both sides of the Atlantic. He will offer pragmatic advice on how to influence and sustain positive change throughout your organisation. His energy and passion will fuel your motivation!

The participants will play a condensed version of STEP UP!™ – the game of change management by ORCHANGO.

Feedback: 88% of the participants selected the top mark for this session. Below are representative comments from the evaluation forms – as shared by the conference organizers:

  • Really enjoyed this session, good tools to take with me
  • Good job with case
  • Very effective speaker, likely that I will retain content of presentation
  • Great info regarding office politics
  • Lovely accent, very passionate
  • Excellent!
  • Enjoyed the lecture, engaged the audience
  • Great enthusiasm, different view of a topic most are well aware of
  • Ah Ha moment with different perspective
  • Very good session
  • Great speaker, very motivating

Event: Monthly conference.

Audience: Business people from various industries and functional areas.

Title: Strategic Organizational Change – the CRUCIAL Human Dimension.

Feedback:

Edmond gave everyone a boost and renewed our motivation to go forward in times of change. We will definitely recommend his sessions to others as they will have a positive impact on their professional development. — Serge Paul, President of Monthly Event Committee and Board Director, French Chambre of Commerce

Excellent presentation!! The speech was dynamic and motivating. A real boost to everyone. — Karine Barrass, Executive Director, French Chambre of Commerce

Event: Annual symposium of the Strategic Capability Network (SCNetwork) on the theme “HOW HR CAN GET SMARTER AT LEVERAGING INFLUENCE”.

Audience: Human Resources executives and other senior business people from various industries.

Title: Re-positioning I.T. at Delta Hotels & Fairmont Hotels.

Note: This speaking engagement was to deliver the symposium’s opening keynote.

Overview:

Respect is growing dramatically at many companies for the potential contribution of support divisions. The Y2K and dot.com explosions allowed many IT departments to leverage stronger profiles provided they knew how. Many exploited it to good advantage, both in terms of resource allocation and a place at the strategic business table. Today HR appears poised for the same opportunity with demographics and talent management looming as pivotal issues. Are we clear about what it takes and how we leverage this opportunity? How would we best capitalize on these challenges, not only to contribute, but to be seen to contribute? This session takes us on a journey through the recent past as we examine how one successful IT group seized the chance plus a look at how HR might follow a framework of “how to influence organizational perceptions.” Our presenters are experts who have done just that.

Feedback:

Edmond: thank you for a very thoughtful and well constructed presentation. You set the stage for the rest of the morning […] your advice was practical and clearly thought provoking. We appreciated your energy and passion. The feedback we received from the audience has been very positive, both in term of content and delivery. — Ian Hendry, National President, SCNetwork & Managing Director, RBC Capital Markets

ORCHANGO’s president Edmond Mellina co-presented at a Financial Executive International event with one of our clients – Brian Hughes, vice president human resources at JMP Engineering Inc.

Audience: CFOs and other finance executives.

Title: Learning to navigate the sea of change – a case study of change management impact.

Overview:

This session is for leaders who want to move their organization’s agenda forward, quicker and with lasting effect.

This case study will present how London-based JMP Engineering leveraged an innovative learning strategy and a unique change management program to strengthen the execution of its business strategy and make change stick.

The session will be presented by two of the key players involved in the case: the Vice President of Human Resources of JMP; and the President of ORCHANGO, who is the principal architect of the learning strategy and change management program used by JMP.

Learning outcomes:

  • Describe how organizations can make change stick.
  • Understand how a well conceived management development program can strengthen the execution of the business strategy.
  • Appreciate the importance of developing Change Leadership competencies and adopting a common language to manage change.
  • Understand how a non-traditional learning strategy can generate great business value.
  • Reflect on your organization’s current approach to execution, leadership development and change management.

Edmond Mellina spoke every year since 2004 at the Ryerson University Executive Leadership Program, a partnership between Ryerson University and The CIO Summit (now called Leaders Beyond).

Audience: Aspiring CIOs from various sectors.

Title: Managing Change: Achieving Positive Outcomes Through Direct Action.

Overview:

Organizational change is a two dimensional challenge. In order to succeed, you must manage in an integrated, coherent way both the human and technical dimension of change. This is a difficult challenge to tackle, as evidenced by the high failure rate of change – the consensus among independent researchers is that about 2/3 of all change initiatives fail. This session will directly affect the participant’s ability to manage these change dimensions in an integrated and coherent manner.

Feedback:

  • Over the years, the numerous participants have consistently rated Edmond’s presentations as the best or second-best of this extensive program (the faculties are mostly ex-CIOs).
  • On a scale of 1-to-5 (Excellent = 5, Poor =1), the average rating for Edmond’s presentations has been oscillating between 4.65 and 4.90.
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