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Gregg Brown


Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Change Resilience Expert

Gregg has been helping leaders and teams seize opportunities, create positive change and be more effective in the workplace for 25 years. Gregg was part of the ground-breaking team that opened the first wave of Starbucks stores in Canada. With a strong interest in creating behavioural change, he then worked with one of the most challenging – and rewarding – groups: inmates in federal penitentiaries. To give back to the community, he mentors young entrepreneurs, many of whom run busy, diversified businesses.

Keynote Speeches

Ready, Set, Change, AGAIN: Building Change Resilience

Most of us are required to lead change – regardless of our job title. Our staff, clients, and colleagues may think they are ‘change ready,’ yet no one is prepared for change that might have a negative impact on them or increase their workload. To evolve and be set for a future filled with change, we need to strengthen the capability to adapt.

With his experiences leading change initiatives with diverse populations, Gregg guides the audience using insights, engaging stories and solid takeaways – with a healthy dose of humour. Attendees will learn ways to break out of status quo change management thinking and discover people-centric approaches that actually succeed.

Participants will:
• Use a powerful process to get out of problem-based mindset and move into solution-focused thinking to create positive change.
• Identify unique ways to accomplish more when under pressure to perform.
• Discover a simple technique to help team members maintain their productivity during change.


Industry 4.0: Manage Rapid Technological Change

Is your organization ready for Industry 4.0? Rapidly changing technology, the shifting economy, and the need to compete in a global marketplace amidst regulatory changes all create a challenging environment. As a result, we need to not only be ‘change ready’ but also agile in anticipating the future. Consumers expect accurate information quickly and tend to not like change unless it’s going to really benefit them.

In this keynote, Gregg will explore proven strategies to prepare our leaders, employees, and customers to adapt to the changes we know are going to happen but aren’t necessarily prepared for. Attendees will gain tools and techniques to navigate the rapid pace of technological change and prepare for Industry 4.0 – the next industrial revolution.


Developing Leadership Resilience: Increase Your Effectiveness During Change

In today’s environment, all of us lead change, regardless of our job titles. We know being a change leader is not an easy task. People only have two options when encountering change. We can be open – or we can be closed. Most change models don’t address ways to increase our capacity to handle change or explain how to help our teams be open to organizational changes. We need to build our skills to cope with rapidly changing environments.

Without a high Resilience Intelligence (RQ), it can be difficult to stay on top of all the changes, lead our teams and be strategic in our responses. In this interactive, powerful, thought-provoking keynote, attendees will gain a unique perspective on leading change. We will also discuss the critical mindset and skills needed to adapt to change AND to create positive change that can immediately be put to use.

Key Takeaways:
• Strategies for being a positive force in the organization by turning negativity into positivity.
• Practical skills to become more strategic in leading and responding to change.
• Identify momentum building strategies when the team is feeling ‘stuck’.

Gregg also offers customized industry presentations on change leadership for Educators, Retail, Financial Services and more. View his full presentation descriptions here.

Customized Presentations

Gregg also offers customized industry presentations on change leadership for Educators, Retail, Financial Services and more. View his full presentation descriptions here.

Platform Plus Presentations

Unique formats and ways to connect with audiences.
Workshop | Leading Change with Impact
Organizations face the reality of having to produce more at a faster pace, with increased complexity and uncertainty. To get people on board with proposed changes, leaders require skills to guide staff from their current state to the desired future. These workshops are highly interactive and designed to stimulate the transfer of learning back to the workplace. They encompass reflective practice, a small amount of lecture, and guided discussions.  Key takeaways: • The 7 change muscles that can be strengthened to increase agility. • Leadership strategies to keep the team agile. • How to recognize the reactions to change, and how to respond appropriately.
Gregg has lent his MC skills to large conferences, symposiums, awards dinners and luncheons. Gregg will work with your logistics team and do a thorough walk through to ensure he sets the right tone for the event.

Audience reviews:

  • Gregg is a true pro! His attention to detail in the development of content, keynote promotional language and onsite logistical details is impeccable. He put great effort into connecting with the audience. His energy is infectious and his insight provided strong takeaways and a-ha moments for conference delegates

    - Event Manager | Global Exhibitions, Informa Canada
  • Things went VERY well with Gregg. He is a consummate professional. He paid a lot of attention to detail; was very keen on ensuring that we got what we contracted for. We were very satisfied with our whole experience; pre, during and post sessions. I would definitely recommend him.

    - Project Authority, Western Economic Diversification
  • Gregg hit the mark! He was engaging, energizing and challenged us to think beyond our comfort zone. Our team learnt how to think strategically and prepare for the multiple challenges that can impede our ability to handle change.

    - Financial Services Leader
  • Gregg was funny, engaging and interactive. A great speaker. He provided useful strategies for us to be more responsive and engaged in the changes we go through. Gregg made our event a tremendous success!

    - Senior Healthcare Leader
  • Gregg hit the mark. Our sales people are overwhelmed with constant change without even knowing it, affecting their ability to perform and produce positive results. Now they understand how to push through the negativity and can better adapt their sales approach to our customers! - Director of National Sales

Speaker Biography

Gregg Brown is driven to help organizations, leaders, and teams seize opportunities, create positive change and elevate their effectiveness to achieve their best results. The more agile we can be with change – the more we can do!

He believes we are all leaders regardless of our job titles, and we all have the ability to shift people’s mindset during change. Gregg goes beyond traditional theory and looks at ways to break out of standard leadership and change management thinking.

Change leadership is the future of change. We all know doing a plan is easy. Leading your team to success? A different story. Combining brain science with tangible, practical change strategies unleashes your team with new found confidence to seize opportunities and perform under pressure. You build momentum and improve the success of organizational change. That’s being a Change-Ready Leader.

Gregg’s dynamic and interactive presentations are grounded in science, leavened with humour and strengthened by his flair for telling it like it is. Given that more is going to be asked of leaders and teams next year, Gregg’s presentations help people enhance their curiosity, be open to innovation, perform under pressure, and ultimately embrace the opportunity that change provides. Participants leave with actionable strategies for leading change and responding to it efficiently.

Gregg has led numerous change initiatives in large, multi-generational organizations. He was part of the groundbreaking team that opened the first wave of Starbucks in Canada.

Gregg has spoken for leading-edge organizations including MGM, Manulife, BUILDEX, John Hancock, Loyalty One, Conference Board of Canada, Sun Life Financial, Suncor and more.

Gregg has been featured in Entrepreneur, ThriveGlobal, CTV’s The Social, Global News. He has been called a “fixer” by Newstalk 1010- I Heart Radio.

Gregg holds a Master’s of Social Science degree from the University of Leicester in the UK, with a focus on organizational psychology, leadership and performance.

When not speaking to audiences on change leadership, Gregg volunteers and supports young entrepreneurs in grades 6-12, some who run busy, diversified businesses!