Rotary Calgary District 5360
DisCon 2020

Friday, May 1st
Saturday, May 2nd
Sunday, May 3rd

Introducing Paul Brandt at DisCon 2020



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Paul Brandt is a Multi-Platinum recording artist, philanthropist, and 21 year serial entrepreneur in one of the world’s most dynamic and changing environments, the music business. Beginning his musical journey in honky-tonks and talent contests in Calgary, Canada, Paul’s journey eventually lead him to Nashville, Tennessee where his music was first exposed to the entire world.

Influenced by his past work experience as a Registered Nurse at the Alberta Children’s Hospital, Paul often looks for ways to combine humanitarian endeavours with his celebrity platform. Paul’s humanitarian aid work has lead him to various places and projects in Ethiopia, Malawi, Egypt, Belize, Mexico, Haiti, and Cambodia.

Through his foundation, he has participated in and helped fund projects in Nepal, Mexico, Haiti, Cambodia, and Canada. Through facilitating neighbours to help neighbours Paul promotes activities and projects to meet practical physical, emotional, and psychosocial needs around the world. Inspired by this idea, the anti-Human Trafficking movement called “#NotInMyCity” with with a focus towards raising awareness about Child Sexual Exploitation and SexTrafficking was born.

Aside from his music and medical background, Paul has numerous honorary degrees, including a Doctor of Fine Arts (University of Lethbridge), Doctor of Divinity (Briercrest Bible College), and on June 1, 2018 he was honoured with another degree in Business Administration for his Social Innovation work at Mount Royal University’s Bissett School of Business in recognition of his work as Storyteller in Residence at his alma mater. Paul continues to be an active touring and recording musician, speaker and writer.

He is inspired by people with big vision to help others, and strives daily to defy categorization. Often combining his singing with storytelling and speaking on topics as diverse as Resilience, Risk, Philanthropy, Resourcefulness, Disruption, and Brand, his unconventional creativity inspires audiences around the world to be outward-looking and resourceful in a fast-paced world that changes daily.

Discon 2020 Keynote Speakers

Drew Kessler

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A Rotarian since 2001 at the age of 20, Kessler has served the North Rockland Rotary club in all levels of leadership and became the youngest president in their 91 year history at the age 25.  Drew is a past District Governor of Rotary District 7210 which is made up of 1650 members in 55 clubs serving the 9 counties of the Hudson Valley. Most recently served as the District’s Rotary Foundation Chair, an Assistant Rotary Coordinator for Zone 32 that encompasses New England and was 1 of 8 members of the Young Past District Governor’s Committee that serves the Rotary International President.  Currently Drew serves as the General Chair for the Mid North East President Elect Training and Zone 28/32’s General Chair for the upcoming 2020 Training Summit in Toronto, Ontario, 2020 Life on Land Symposium in Anchorage, Alaska and the 2021 Life Under Water Symposium in Hamilton, Bermuda. Rotary is an organization that fosters and encourages the idea of Service in both the local and worldwide community. He lives by the motto “Service above Self”.



Brad Gushue

Brad Gushue Head shot image"Brad Gushue is all about firsts. An iconic Canadian curler from St. John's, Newfoundland, he is a celebrated Olympian and Tim Horton's Brier Champion for 2017 and 2018. He has an impressive and extensive curling career and has proudly represented Canada on the World curling circuit.   In 2006, incredible teamwork and leadership won them Gold at the Olympic Games. This medal marked the first time that a Canadian team won Gold for men's curling. With his teammates, Gushue also became the first Newfoundlander ever to win an Olympic gold medal.

At the 2018 Tim Horton's Brier, Gushue set a new record for Brier game wins as a Skip, breaking a three-way tie with previous record-holders.  Gushue and his rink also won 2017 Ford World Men's Curling Championship.

A graduate of Memorial University with a Bachelor of Business Administration, Brad has successfully balanced a demanding athletic career, family life and several businesses. He was inducted into the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador and received an Honorary Doctorate from Memorial University, Newfoundland.

Brad shares how mentoring teams and overcoming obstacles in high pressure environment is key to top performance. He inspires audiences with stories of leadership and how to embrace vulnerability in a way that builds even greater strength."

Dr.Fozia Aivi

Dr.Fozia Aivi Head shot imageDr. Fozia Alvi grew up in Pakistan. She is an American trained physician who's working in Calgary, Alberta, for the past 13 years. Her and her husband Tahir Alvi were always passionate humanitarians and had organized several health and education-related projects in developing nations, including opening a charity-based maternity hospital in rural Pakistan. She went in for a medical mission to the Bangladesh refugees' camps in 2017 and was moved by the plight of Rohingya and has since been an advocate for them. She spoke at various international levels about this genocide and is also involved in advocacy for the Uyghurs of China and putting a stop to illegal organ harvesting. She currently runs her foundation Humanity Auxilium and organizes medical relief missions.

Dr Alvi has been nominated for a Nobel Peace prize for her continuing efforts with the Rohingya people. Dr. Alvi is a member of the Rotary Club of Airdrie, Alberta. She was one of the keynote speakers in January 2020 at the Rotary International Peace Conference in Ontario, California. Dr. Alvi resides in Calgary with her husband Tahir and their three children.

Todd “Bow-Tie” Jenkins

Todd “Bow-Tie” Jenkins headshot imageDr. Jenkins was born and raised in the inner city of Columbia, SC. The eldest of thirteen siblings and a first-generation college student, he is a proud alumnus of The University of South Carolina where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and received his B.S. in Psychology and B.A. Sociology. He earned his Master of Science from Illinois State University and Doctorate from University of Arkansas. Throughout his undergraduate and professional career, Dr. Jenkins has served in various leadership roles and on multiple boards within higher education, professional organizations, non-profits and business in his community, both locally and internationally.

Dr. Jenkins continues to explore his strong passions through research and practices in leadership training and development for individuals and organizations, youth services and development, and intercultural conversations. In particular Todd’s doctoral dissertation focuses on Management, Leadership, Supervision, and Retention as it relates to the Minority and Millennium Professionals. Outside of work, he is active in his community, an international traveler, and spends his time enjoying family and friends.

Outside of work, Todd is an active Rotarian and is the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Chair for the Rotary North American Youth Exchange Network.

Phil Calvert


Philip Calvert is known for his ability to mobilize communities to utilize their strengths to make a difference in their own context. This idea has been a guiding force in Philip's life throughout his career around the world and volunteer work with teenagers throughout Alberta.  International Justice Mission Canada is the Canadian partner of the world's largest anti-slavery organization and Philip is leading the charge on behalf of Alberta. Building partnerships and relationships with individuals and institutions is his passion and he spends most of his time doing just that with people who long for the day to see slavery end in our lifetime. Philip also had the opportunity to share some of IJM's story with TEDxYYC in Calgary in 2019 and is looking forward to continuing to share that story here with Rotary District 5360.