The CAPS Nominations Committee is very excited to announce the results of the call for nominations for the 2017/18 positions on the National Board of Directors. We had room on the board for as many as 4 positions, and at the close of nominations we had 4 CAPS members indicate their interest to serve on the board. These positions will be acclaimed to the board at the Annual General Meeting in Edmonton in December.

Please take a minute to read a bit about these members who will serve as your new directors for the next two years (until December 2018). We know they will do an excellent job representing CAPS members through their roles on the National Board as their CAPS volunteer experience has demonstrated tremendous commitment towards our CAPS community in the past. We look forward to their continued involvement.

Please feel free to reach out and congratulate them.


Grant AinsleyMary Charleson, CSP
Vancouver Chapter

Mary Charleson, MBA, CSP is a marketing expert. She helps business leaders utilize owned, rented, earned, embedded and paid media more effectively in their marketing. She does this through writing, teaching, consulting, and delivering workshops and keynotes. She is the author of two books, Word of Mouth Mouse & Mobile and Five-Minute Marketing, each featuring tips for the time-starved business leader. Mary’s career spans over 20 years in media, advertising and education. In addition to speaking, consulting and writing, she has been a popular marketing instructor at several universities including City University of Seattle, New York Institute of Technology and Capilano University. A contributor to Business in Vancouver since 2002 and a monthly marketing columnist for the Huffington Post, her work has also been published in the Globe & Mail, the Toronto Star, the Vancouver Sun, Marketing Magazine and Strategy. She has also published lifestyle pieces in Zoomer, Cottage and Outside magazine.

With roots in the east, but now thoroughly a west coast gal, Mary sends greetings from sunny Vancouver. Sometimes rare, but always possible.




Michael FlintMajeed Mogharreban
Montreal Chapter

Majeed Mogharreban is a professional speaker, author and entrepreneur. After starting five businesses before he turned 21, Majeed now helps companies succeed faster with the entrepreneurial mindset. He is known for being an energizing keynote speaker that empowers audiences to take action. His unique perspective on business leadership has taken him across the globe; guiding organizations such as World Wildlife Fund, Toyota, Vanguard, and Loblaw Inc. to achieve more, faster. His story-filled talks demonstrate how to harness the entrepreneurial mindset that is key to success in the 21st century. A more detailed bio is available at




Joel SweeneySteve Lowell, CSP
Ottawa Chapter

Steve Lowell, CSP has been on the live stage since the age of six; that’s 47 years ago.

He mentors and coaches thought leaders and speakers around the world in message construction and platform skills.

He’s a two-time past president of CAPS Ottawa and has been on the CAPS National board of directors for two years as the membership director.




Joel SweeneyMichelle Ray, CSP
Vancouver Chapter

Born in Australia and now residing in Vancouver, leadership expert Michelle Ray CSP, is an award-winning speaker and founder of the Lead Yourself First Institute. Michelle began her career in the media industry with one of Australia’s leading broadcasting networks. She soon became responsible for the sales revenues of 25 radio and television affiliate stations. She was subsequently hired by one of the world’s largest cinema advertising contractors to lead the company’s sales team and was also accountable for successfully generating record–breaking revenues during a severely depressed economic climate.

In addition to her corporate background, Michelle broadened her leadership experience during her tenure as a program director with Junior Achievement, an internationally renowned non-profit organization committed to educating future generations about business. She secured financial commitments and volunteer support from an array of corporations, facilitating enduring partnerships between youth, entrepreneurs and educators.

As an in-demand business conference speaker for more than 20 years, Michelle delivered her powerful messages on leadership, accountability and engaged workplaces to the “C-Suites” of global corporations, academia, diverse associations, government groups, as well as front-line staff. Her client list includes notable brands such as Proctor and Gamble, Shell, Xerox, PayPal, Qantas Airways, Price Waterhouse Coopers, EMC Corporation and the FBI.