Speakers

Daniel Vacanti

Founder & CEO at ActionableAgile

Daniel Vacanti is a 20-year software industry veteran who got his start as a Java Developer/Architect and who has spent most of the last 15 years focusing on Lean and Agile practices. In 2007, he helped to develop the Kanban Method for knowledge work. He managed the world’s first project implementation of Kanban that year, and has been conducting Kanban training, coaching, and consulting ever since. In 2011 he founded Corporate Kanban, Inc., which provides world-class Lean training and consulting to clients all over the globe–including several Fortune 100 companies. Recently he co-founded ActionableAgile™ which provides industry leading predictive analytics tools and services to any Lean-Agile process. Daniel holds a Masters in Business Administration and regularly teaches a class on lean principles for software management at the University of California Berkeley.

Daniel is a popular speaker having presented at conferences all over the world. In 2015 he published his book “Actionable Agile Metrics for Predictability” which aims to revolutionize how the Lean and Agile community think about flow-based metrics and analytics for the design of predictable processes.

Patrick Gagné

Partner & Chief Product Officer at Taxelco

No matter where he’s working, there’s one thing Patrick Gagné has always been passionate about: innovation.

For over 15 years, he’s helped build a wide variety of businesses and adapt their business models to our ever-changing digital world. From developing startups (TAG Taxi) to growing national entities (TC), Patrick has been an asset to many organizations with his skills in business and marketing strategy. He developed a passion for urban mobility since his involvement in the development of P$ Mobile Service, the mobile application developed for Stationnement de Montréal. Since fall of 2014, he has been involved with Alexandre Taillefer in developing Taxelco and Téo Taxi, where he is Partner and leads Product development and Commercialization.

In 2015, he co-founded InnoCité MTL, a startup accelerator, with the Smart City Office of Montreal and Real Ventures.

Patrick has won several industry awards for mobile marketing and entrepreneurship (C2-MTL Emerging entrepreneurs, Mobiz, Boomerang, Les Grands Prix du Design).

Henry Mintzberg

Internationally renowned academic and author on business and management.
Currently holds the Cleghorn Professorship of Management Studies at the Desautels Faculty of Management of McGill University

I have been an academic most of my working life. After receiving my undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University in Montreal (1961), I worked in Operational Research at the Canadian National Railways, and then received a master’s and doctorate from the MIT Sloan School of Management in Boston. In 1968, I returned to McGill, where I joined what is now called the Desautels Faculty of Management. I currently hold the Cleghorn Professorship of Management Studies, having been half-time since the mid-1980s, and have been a visiting professor at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, London Business School in the U.K., Insead in France, and H.E.C. in Montreal.


I devote myself largely to writing and research, over the years especially about managerial work, strategy formation, and forms of organizing. In 2004, I published Managers not MBAs, in 2007 Tracking Strategies, in 2013 Simply Managing, in 2015 Rebalancing Society, the implications of which are now my central focus. In 2017, I published Managing the Myths of Health Care.


I have worked for much of the past two decades, in collaboration with colleagues from Canada, England, France, India, Japan, and now China and Brazil, on developing new approaches to management education and development. The International Masters Program for Managers has been running since 1996 and the International Masters for Health Leadership since 2006. Both are novel ways to help managers learn from their own experience. I teach in these programs and otherwise supervise doctoral students, restricting my public speeches mostly to conveying a particular message or visiting a place I wish to see. In 2007, four of us developed CoachingOurselves.com, which brings all these efforts to natural fruition, by enabling small groups of practicing managers to develop themselves and their organizations in their own workplace.


In recent years, I have shifted toward more general writing, including commentaries. On my 75th birthday, 2 September 2014, I began publishing a weekly TWOG (tweet2blog: @mintzberg141 to mintzberg.org/blog), as “provocative fun in a page or 2 beyond pithy pronouncements in a sentence or 2.” I now do this bi-weekly with great delight—sometimes to capture thoughts of mine buried in old publications. I like to write short stories, a few of which are on my web site: I hope to publish a collection of them one day. Some years ago, I published a spoof on the foibles of flying. I also collect “beaver sculptures“.


In all, I have published about 180 articles (listed on my website, with annotations and, where available, web links), and 19 books. Honors have included being named an Officer of the Order of Canada and l’Ordre national du Quebec, selection as Distinguished Scholar for the year 2000 by the Academy of Management, and two McKinsey prizes for articles in the Harvard Business Review. Twenty honorary degrees and other awards are listed in my C.V. You can also see a piece I wrote on my career (1993 autobiography). If you are interested in how I research and write, please see Developing Theory about the Development of Theory.

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