The CAPS Nominations Committee is very excited to announce the results of the call for nominations for the 2020/21 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 6 CAPS members indicate their interest to serve on the board. These positions will be acclaimed to the board at the Annual General Meeting in London, ON in December.

Beverly Beuermann-King, CSP
Mark Black, CSP
Glynis Devine
Lorne Kelton

Beverly Beuermann-King, CSP

Who Am I

Rodger, Tayler & Nick are my center. Carly & Misty are my babies. I am a 2nd-degree black belt and Sensei to 50 students. I garden and glamp.

To clients, I’m an expert in workplace wellness and mental health. Since 1995, I have spoken in front of 60,000+ on how to manage stress, build resiliency, be a supportive leader, and create balance in life.

To my Colleagues, I am hopefully known as someone who continually shares and steps up. One of my best business decisions was to join CAPS in 2001 and the TO Board shortly thereafter. I have been volunteering with CAPS each year since:

  • Convention Co-Chair 2014, 2019
  • Convention Committees 2008, 2011, 2017
  • SOI-Editorial Chair 2009-11, 2013-14
  • CAPS Ethics Committee 2016-19
  • CAPS Convention Task Force 2019
  • CAPS TO Board:
    •  President 2018, 2007
    •  Special Events Chair and Advisor 2016
    •  Secretary, Treasurer and Volunteer Chair 2001-06
    •  Pro-Track Contributor

In 2007, I earned my CSP. 2013, I was awarded the Spirit of CAPS.

Why am I running for the CAPS National Board of Directors?

Honestly, I have been asked to run for the CAPS Board on several occasions and the timing was just not right. I felt that my energy and talents were needed in other areas, especially at our local and convention level. I now feel that the time is right. We are in the midst of change within the membership and in the value that our association can bring to our members. I am known to be detailed oriented and action focused, and I think that I can help move the association into the next phase.

Why else am I running? I have had the privilege of many great mentors and friends within this association. I remember my first convention and drinking it all in with Sunjay Nath, CSP, HoF. I had the late Warren Evans, CSP, HoF mentor me and invite me to the first global speaker’s meetings. I joined a mastermind in 2007 with Past-President Shelle Rose Charvet, CSP, Randy Park, and Ross MacKay and we still meeting 12 years later. I have been convention roomies with Rhonda Scharf, CSP, HoF and have built up the stamina to stay up for the Survivor’s pictures. I was challenged to get my CSP by Linda Tarrant, CSP HoF. I have received feedback and advice from Tom Stoyan, HoF, Donald Cooper, CSP, HoF and Joe Sherren, CSP, HoF, Janet Stewart, Mike Kerr, CSP, HoF, Greg Schinkel, CSP, Sid Ridgley, CSP, and I call many colleagues, my true friends. Why am I name dropping…because I have not thrived in this business on my own, and I believe in the value that CAPS can bring to any speaker, new or veteran.

What qualifies me to be a CAPS Board Member

What qualifies me to be a CAPS Board Member?

I have grown as a speaker and I have seen how CAPS has changed during these past 18 years. I have a local and national view of our association and have worked with many of the members and our association management team numerous times during my involvement with CAPS.

I know the challenges of being a 20-something in this business, a young mom balancing sports-active kids, and a woman speaker. I have the dedication that it takes to continually adapt to this business. I remember what it was like when a speaker’s website was the ‘new thing’ and how to keep adapting your core message to a market that has more access to information than ever before.

Not only have I served CAPS in a number of capacities, but I have also sat on several national and local boards for various organizations, developed strategic plans and by-laws and worked hard to ensure that they met their mission, vision and strategic goals.

CAPS- Challenges and Opportunities

CAPS is family.

Though we are competitors, we are the place where speakers can go to truly Learn, Share, Grow, and Belong. This brings both challenges and opportunities. We have the opportunity to focus more on the inclusion and support that our members can find at our gatherings and learning events. The challenge that this brings is in being open to what those gatherings may look like and utilizing technology and the expertise to meet the needs of our members. This may mean de-centralizing who is responsible for providing the opportunities to learn and share with each other. It may mean more communities and it may mean more focus on continuing the learning once the event or convention is over.

I feel that this is the right time in my life to focus my attention on the challenges and opportunities that CAPS is facing at the National level, as my sons have been ‘launched’ and my other CAPS roles are winding up. I have the energy and capacity to put towards a new venture that can benefit my colleagues.

Tom Stoyan, HoF is my model CAPS member and he always asks, “How Can I Help?”. I have tried to follow that model and I feel that this is the next way that I can add value to our CAPS Association.


Mark Black, CSP

Mark Black, CSPWho Am I
I am a husband, a father of three, and a proud CAPS member for more than ten years. I’m primarily a keynote speaker, but I also do coaching and some training all in the field of resilience. I stumbled into this profession after a health crisis caused me to change career paths. After a life-saving heart-lung transplant in 2002, I ran my first marathon in 2005. The requests to speak about my experience started coming in soon after, but I wasn’t being paid. At a high school graduation ceremony, a parent came up after I spoke and tried to hire me. I didn’t even know you could get paid to speak! I owe that man – wherever he is – my career. A few years later, I met Martin Latulippe, CSP, HoF who told me that if I was going to be serious about speaking, I had to join CAPS. So I did. I can’t imagine my life without it now. I’ve met so many incredible people who have become friends for life. I will never leave.

Why am I running for the CAPS National Board of Directors?

Primarily I want to do whatever I can to ensure that CAPS is successful and remains relevant for decades to come. I want to give back to an association that has given me so much. But I also have a selfish motive. I believe wholeheartedly that the more you give, the more you get. The more I get involved in CAPS, the more I grow, the more I learn, and the more amazing connections I make.

I’m also still part of the younger demographic of our association (which is concerning from a membership perspective, considering I’m 41). Part of my professional work is working in high schools – I see about 15,000 students a year. This has given me insights and perspective that I think will be very useful to us in CAPS going into the next decade.

CAPS leadership has wisely recognized that we need to shake things up in order to stay relevant and appeal to a demographic that is coming that has different ideas about how to get professional development and how to form a community (hint: they aren’t necessarily into sitting in hotel ballrooms listening to speakers).

My hope is that I can bring intel from the students I’m working with to help guide us at CAPS to create and implement new ideas around membership recruitment, chapter meeting formats and content, and member/community engagement.

What qualifies me to be a CAPS Board Member

I’ve had the pleasure to serve in our Atlantic chapter as programming chair, president for two years, and I am finishing a two-year term as past-president. CAPS Atlantic, like many chapters, has had our share of struggles with member engagement and retention, and that has provided me some good insights to bring to the board.

I also get to sit on the board of the Foundation where I get to see another side of CAPS and it’s members. The incredible generosity, but also the very real struggles that our members go through.

Finally, I’ve served on several other non-profit boards in various roles, including founding a chapter of a non-profit for organ and tissue donation awareness. These experiences have been invaluable in learning how to “play well with others” and get things done when you have a variety of opinions and personalities who all have to work together.

CAPS- Challenges and Opportunities

It is clear from the research done by Mike Kerr, HoF and the 20/20 Task Force, that many associations are struggling today. While CAPS is doing well financially, we have also struggled with recruiting and retaining members.

One aspect that we need to leverage more is the value of our community. If you attend your chapter meetings and/or convention, you know the intangible benefits of being a CAPS member. I’ve often said I would stay a member of CAPS if all of the professional development were gone and all I got was the chance to spend time with all of you. It’s that valuable. We need to convey that to people. Especially younger speakers who may be running a successful online business, but feel isolated because they do it alone.


Glynis Devine

Glynis DevineWho Am I

BC (before CAPS): I led a 200-person top-performing team, as Senior Sales Director in an international cosmetic firm.

I volunteered for 15 years for the Look Good Feel Better program.

AC (after CAPS): Upon joining, I served on the convention committee (Montreal 2010). I’ve since served as Programming Chair and now as President of CAPS Montreal chapter.

I am completing a three-year term serving as Chair of the CAPS Ethics committee.

Why am I running for the CAPS National Board of Directors?

CAPS is my family. I feel it’s important to rotate the responsibility to keep our association – my family – thriving!

As I end my term as Ethics chair and chapter President, I’m ready to take on a new responsibility – and challenge.

What qualifies me to be a CAPS Board Member

As experts in our respective fields, I believe our members SET the pace of change in our world.

As a result, our chosen industry is in a perpetual state of reinvention!

I thrive in an environment that is ripe for new ideas and strategies – that’s my strength.

CAPS- Challenges and Opportunities

My term as Ethics chair opened my eyes to the new challenges our members face around social media, IP, branding, etc.

Our cyber world has a VERY different landscape than even three years ago. And that change is going to happen faster and faster.

As experts with IP we share, based on the sum total all we have learned from others, our members will need to find ways to be continually relevant, innovative, and disruptive.

Our association needs to support our members with innovative ways to navigate this flux of change.

Lorne Kelton

Lorne KeltonWho Am I

Apart from my 17 years as a CAPS Professional member, I have a very deep professional business background that I believe will serve CAPS well on the National Board.

After working in the training and development world, I incorporated my own speaking/Consulting company in 1998 called “ThinkShift Performance Solutions Inc.”

I work with medium and large-sized companies to bring about both personal and process changes that drive organizational productivity. I have also written a number of books on the subject of Critical Thinking and Personal Development.

I’ve also negotiated collective agreements and worked to leverage human capital to drive results.

From an academic perspective, I have a BFA from Concordia University, a Masters degree in Adult Learning and Global Change from the UBC, and I’m an Honours graduate of the Canadian Securities Institute.

If there’s one trait that stands out above all others it’s that I’m relentlessly focused on getting the job done!

Why am I running for the CAPS National Board of Directors?

I’m running because I firmly believe that CAPS is at a crossroads and needs to focus on a number of critical issues in order to remain viable as a professional association. My top 5 priorities would include:

1. Forging greater ties with partners in the speaking industry
2. Developing a greater awareness of what our members do and promoting them
3. Establish new external revenue streams to ease the financial burden on members
4. Ensure that strict budget and cost controls are in place
5. Attract new members from the ranks of those who monetize the spoken word

I’m deeply passionate about CAPS and I would love nothing more than to bring that passion to the National Board to help drive CAPS’ future success.

What qualifies me to be a CAPS Board Member

Throughout my 17 years as a CAPS professional member, I have served in numerous leadership roles including:

  • Sponsorship Chair for the 2002 CAPS convention in Vancouver where we raised over $50K
  • From 2003-2006, I served on the CAPS Vancouver Board as treasurer, programming, and finally chapter president in 2005
  • In 2015 and 2016, I was appointed to the National Board and helped negotiate a successful new service level agreement with our association management company
  • From 2016-2019, I served on the CAPS Academy Task Force where we conceived and developed the new online Speaker Academy. I also produced and moderated two of the learning modules, one on “Expertise” and the other on “Storytelling”.
  • In 2019 I served on the Task Force focused on reviewing our annual CAPS convention processes.
  • From 2017 until today, I have had the honour and privilege of serving as your president of the CAPS Foundation where we administer the Peer Support and Financial Grants program

CAPS- Challenges and Opportunities

CAPS has a glorious and storied history and we’ve accomplished great feats due to the unrelenting efforts of so many volunteers. The landscape, however, is shifting and I believe we need to ensure that our cherished association remains viable well into the future. Some of our priorities should be:

  1. Growing our association by appealing to those who use the spoken word to make a living. This includes professionals who are not necessarily keynoters or trainers. There are myriad people who “belong” in CAPS who either don’t know we exist or don’t see us as a fit, this needs to change.
  2. We need to ensure that our members know what our fellow members do. To that end, we should establish an online video database that lets every member experience every other member’s work. This will help drive greater awareness and promote referrals between members.
  3. We should consider creative ways to drive external revenue streams so that we can lessen the financial burden on our members.
  4. I believe we can look at tighter fiscal controls on our expenditures and channel those resources internally to drive our programming and membership growth.

These are all challenges and opportunities that I know we can take action on. By working collaboratively in the interests of the CAPS membership, we can promote a bright future for the association.