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Lee-Anne McAlear

Fortune 500 Innovation Specialist

Lee-Anne McAlear works globally with Fortune 500 companies around the world as a highly regarded specialist on innovation.  She run sessions with her dynamic and thoughtful style, helping organizations create a reliable, strategically-focused approach to innovation and change management.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Innovate Faster, Cheaper and Smarter!
Practically every company innovates and, while we would love to believe that innovation is not a messy business, we know better. Most executives will freely admit that their innovation engine doesn’t hum the way they want it to.  In this dynamic and interactive talk, Lee-Anne will describe the ways successful organizations create a reliable, strategically focused innovation function.

Frugal Innovation
It’s not just about doing more with less but doing better with less. The “bigger is better’ approach to innovation is running out of steam for many reasons. Budget-constrained consumers no longer want over-engineered and costly products and services, simplicity is the new design touchstone and employees want to work on projects that matter.

Shake, Rattle and Roll – What Does it Take to Get Your Innovation Engine in Gear?
Every organization is designed to get the results it gets. Savvy leaders shape the culture of their organization to drive innovation and they know its culture that often limits performance. In this engaging, informative and exciting presentation, Lee-Anne will present the five ways to shake, rattle and roll your innovation culture to deliver the results you need.

Ideas Are Not the Problem
Walk the hall of any organization, stop almost any employee and ask them for three ideas that they believe would improve productivity or engagement or growth and stand back. Employees are idea-machines! Ideas are not the problem. The bigger question is how do we access that huge creative potential? Using cases, examples and in-room experiences, Lee-Anne will give you some hands-on ideas on how to best access employee creativity and deliver innovation.

The Positive Turbulence of Change Management
People can be managed; change cannot.  Change is supported, accelerated, resisted or led; but it is NEVER managed. It is by its very nature a non-linear, turbulent business. Change is a creative process. Leading change demands that a team leap into an ‘unpredictable’ future where nothing is certain. It requires a foundation of thoughtful planning, an understanding of the transitional process and, if it is to succeed, heightened creative awareness and action.


Platform Plus

Workshop | Improvisation is the Heartbeat of Innovation
In this witty and wise Keynote Deborah Kimmett and Lee-Anne McAlear are a dynamic duo who will teach your organization the tools and mindset you need to go from idea, to implementation to innovation. A 70-90 minute keynote, or 1/2 day workshop this will energize and inspire your team to think and act in a new way.

  • Lee-Anne McAlear was fantastic! She was there for most of our conference and she met many of our members. Her sessions were very well received. I heard many excellent comments about her presentations. Someone said her session was the best at the conference!

    - Director of Member Events and Communications, CPA Saskatchewan
  • Lee-Anne was absolutely excellent, she's a wonderful person. She bonded with people immediately and set a perfect tone for the event. Her presentation was excellent, it was a diverse crowd, from students to people in their 70's - and she had everybody in the room captivated the whole way - everyone could identify with it.

    - Niagara College Administration
  • I'm also pleased to tell you that in the post-conference evaluations, your presentation had one of the highest scores for content and presentation quality. It won the most votes by quite a large margin, for being the most valuable presentation of the conference. Thank you again for your outstanding contribution to the event.

    - Rogers Healthcare Group
  • A great presenter. Very approachable. Has a great sense of humour. A much-appreciated session.

    - CSAE National Attendee

Summary Profile

“Creativity is the creation of new and/or unexpected ideas. Innovation is the realization of those ideas so they add value. Ideas themselves are seldom the challenge. There’s never a shortage of ideas.” – Lee-Anne McAlear

Lee-Anne McAlear has trekked the Himalayas and scuba-dived in the Great Barrier Reef. It’s no coincidence then, that she’s open-minded in her business ideas and encourages companies to think outside the box. McAlear is program director of Schulich’s Centre of Excellence in Innovation Management at York University. She is a highly regarded consultant, facilitator, speaker and training specialist. For more than 20 years, Lee-Anne has worked globally with Fortune 500 and high growth entrepreneurial firms to help formulate strategy and enhance individual, team and organizational performance. A graduate of University of Toronto, she has worked in 27 countries in North and South America, Eastern and Western Europe, Asia, India, the Middle East and Australia. An exceptional generalist, she has delivered a broad platform of award-winning consulting and facilitating initiatives in the leadership and team development, creativity and innovation, and change management. She has delivered leadership initiatives across many sectors (financial, pharmaceutical, technological, manufacturing, entertainment and governmental) and has piloted numerous innovation initiatives globally.

The dynamic McAlear is sought after as a speaker and facilitator of both large and small groups. She has led many leadership conferences for clients as diverse as Johnson and Johnson, Rich’s Food Group International, CIBC, Fidelity Investments, Baxter Health Care and the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation. Lee-Anne’s home is chock full of innovation and ideas, and she’s married to Jim Harris, author, environmentalist and former leader of the Green Party of Canada.