We are Pleased to Announce the Keynote Speakers

for the 2017 National Capital Project Management Symposium


Day 1 Keynote Speaker   Day 2 Keynote Speaker

CEO - Donohue Learning


Creative Leadership Expert





Dr. Mary Donohue, AKA "Dr. Mary," is North America’s most pre-eminent keynote speaker on today’s multi-generational workplace. Her ground breaking research on generational learning and communication unlocks the secrets to raising productivity, employee engagement and, yes, even happiness, at work.

In her presentation, Dr. Mary explains how most organizations were built by and for Boomers and, why that’s now a problem. She shows why Gen X and Gen Y don’t get along at work, and what's coming with Gen Z! But most of all, her talk will leave your audience with actionable takeaways on how to effectively communicate in our digital, multi-generational work place.

The best part is that Dr. Mary is able to do this with wit, humor, and the professionalism only a leading social scientist on this topic can provide.  Social scientist and communication expert Dr. Mary E. Donohue uses her extraordinary knack for understanding generations to help her clients with everything from understanding their boss to making sense of what their parents and kids say.

Dr. Mary’s a cancer survivor who worked with Paul Newman, learned from Robert Kennedy, Jr., made her movie debut with former Toronto mayor David Miller, and was briefly (very briefly) a Supreme with Diana Ross. Named as one of the 18 Outstanding Women In Tech, and Diversity MBA’s top 50 under 50, Dr. Donohue is a passionate advocate of revolutionizing today’s workforce training through technology and developing internal talent. Her book with Jack Canfield became a bestseller on Amazon in the both the US and Canada.

She is CEO of Donohue Learning™, and her clients include Walmart, American Airlines, TD Bank, Kaiser Permanente, OLG, and many other private and public organizations.  Dr. Mary is a world-renowned speaker and TEDX presenter, television personality and columnist. Her work appears in the Huffington Post and Financial Post. She has won awards for her volunteerism and research and continues to give back daily to her community both domestically and internationally.  

Dr. Donohue is also an Adjunct Professor, Graduate School of Management, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.






Internationally acclaimed leadership and innovation visionary Nelson Cabral is the world’s only Triple Threat Creative Leadership Expert. A globally award-winning Executive Creative Director, TV & Film Director, and Musical Theatre Leading Man, Nelson has spent the last 25 years leading teams, building companies, and inspiring breakthrough innovative thinking on Fortune 500 brands. He has improved creativity and innovation capabilities in thousands of people and organizations around the world.

Nelson spent the better part of his career in Toronto as a successful and award-winning Business Leader and Senior Executive in the industries of advertising, marketing, design, and entertainment. His career also includes stints in Europe and South America where he worked with leading creative companies.

Nelson’s been an award-winning advertising Writer and Creative Director for some of the world’s most respected global brands including adidas, Air Canada, Anheuser-Busch, Bridgestone-Firestone, Cadbury, GE, Kellogg’s, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, Toshiba, and many others. His work has been recognized by The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, The London International Advertising Awards, The New York Festivals of Advertising, The Crystals, Mobius, The Marketing Awards, and his Pro-Line “Bar Hopping Aliens” TV spot won first place, “best TV spot in Canada”, in Playback Magazine’s TOP SPOT  AWARDS.

As Creative Director and Brand Strategist for SABIAN Cymbals, the #1 cymbal company in the world, Nelson has produced and directed grammy award-winning music icons and international celebrity artists and bands in films, TV commercials, videos, and documentaries around the world – including Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and drummers and percussionists from Nickelback, Rush, Prince, Carlos Santana, Mark Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, and more.

A Professional Speaker, Corporate Trainer, and Innovation Facilitator, Nelson delivers business keynotes, training, and consulting programs focused on building creative organizations and cultures around them. He shares with audiences his management approaches and leadership philosophies from decades worth of world-class, market-proven, top-tier, senior strategic creative leadership - creating breakthroughs and cultures of innovation. Nelson believes creativity requires stimulation and collaboration, and you, as the leader, have the responsibility to unleash a creative storm in your team.

Whether helping a leader design an inspired culture of creativity or working with a team to accelerate their innovation and performance, Nelson’s results have attracted recent clients such as Mercedes-Benz Canada, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., Project Management Institute, HDI/UBM TECH, Venn Corporate Innovation Centre, and European Lotteries/World Lottery Association.