Our Keynote Speakers

 
Nabil Oudeh is President and Founder of the Centre for Conflict Resolution International Ltd (CCR International).  He has over 30 years’ experience in Peace Building across the globe. He is an author, a speaker and active Peace Builder helping to mitigate and resolve conflicts in all shapes and sizes.
 
His extensive knowledge of international affairs, organizational systems, government issues and corporate negotiations, positions him as a leading authority on resolving conflict through peaceful means.
 
Nabil Oudeh is passionate about Rotary and its mission to serve and heal what is broken in our world. He was first introduced to Rotary 30 years ago as the recipient of a Rotary Scholarship in Goshen, Indiana which allowed him to study Conflict Resolution in Northern Ireland. Ten years later he joined the Rotary Club of Winnipeg, Manitoba. A decade later Nabil joined the Rotary Club of Ottawa, Ontario where he served as President in 2012-13.  Nabil currently serves as Governor for Rotary International District 7040.
 
Nabil has been involved in building leaders within Rotary at the district level as co-chair of his district’s Training and Leadership Development committee. He is a faculty member with the Rotary Leadership Institute. He is a regular speaker at Rotary events such as PETS, Training Assemblies, District Conferences, RYLAs and INTERODA. As well, he serves as visiting lecturer at The Rotary Peace Center in Bangkok, Thailand.
 
Nabil is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and member of the Rotary Foundation’s Bequest Society.  Nabil is very curious about the human condition and how to improve it. He builds connections between people who are passionate about Rotary and peace building around the globe.
 
 
 
Dean Rohrs, her husband Rhino and their 3 children emigrated to Canada from South Africa 26 years ago.  Dean grew up in Zambia and after marrying Rhino lived in Malawi, Namibia and South Africa.  Dean was born into a Rotary family and when Rhino joined Rotary in 1986 became an active Rotary Ann until she joined Rotary in 1989.  On arriving in Vancouver both Dean and Rhino joined the Rotary Club of West Vancouver and at present are members of the Rotary Club of Langley Central in District 5050. 
 
Dean has had a varied career from the early days of being an Operating Room Nurse on Professor Christiaan Barnard’s first heart transplant team to running a Nursery School in Malawi.  Together with Rhino they now owner manage a company that is involved in soil stabilization during road construction.  Some years ago Dean realized a lifelong ambition by receiving her qualifications in Game Guiding and Game Management. She is an accomplished artist and professional ceramicist.
 
Dean has served on District and Zone committees; which included:
  • 17 years of Youth Exchange in both District 9300 and 5040.  
  • Group Study Exchange Team Leader to New Zealand 
  • D5040 GSE Chair 
  • D5040 District Governor 2007/2008
  • Regional Rotary International Membership Coordinator
  • Rotary Coordinator Zone 24 West
  • Pacific Northwest PETS Chair 2013
  • Co-Chair for the 2011 Zone 24/32 Institute
  • Rotary Foundation Alumni Coordinator for Zone 24 West 2012/2013
  • 2013 Council on Legislation Representative
  • Workshop Leader/Facilitator at the Coordinator training 2013 and 2014
  • Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator for Zone 24 West 2013/2016
  • Rotary International Director 2016-2018
Dean has been a moderator or workshop panelist at many International Conventions and is often asked to be a Plenary speaker at District Conferences and Zone Institutes.
 
 
Dr. Bob Scott was born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, and received a medical degree with distinction in dermatology and chest diseases from the University of Edinburgh in 1957.  Bob immigrated to Cobourg Ontario Canada, where he continued as a small town general practitioner which involved all aspects of medicine. He was a coroner for the Province of Ontario and investigated more than 1,200 cases before retiring in May 2003.
 
Bob became a member of the Rotary Club of Cobourg, in 1971 and served as President in 1977-78 and subsequently on many District 7070 committees and also served on many committees for Rotary International after his year as District Governor in 1987-88 and was elected a director in 1996 being appointed vice President for the year 1997-98. In 2010 Bob Chaired the Montreal Convention.
 
In 2004, Bob became a Rotary Foundation trustee and elected Chair of the Trustees in 2007-08. In 2006, he began his term as chair of the International PolioPlus Committee a position he held until 30 June 2014.  He has rejoined the committee as of 1 July 2015 as an advisor. He has taken part in many National Immunisation Days in many counties including Pakistan, India, Nigeria and Egypt.  A Paul Harris Fellow, Bob has received the RI Service Above Self Award, The Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service and The Distinguished Service Award, the International Service Award for a Polio-Free World, and the Four Avenues of Service Citation. He has been named an outstanding leader in polio eradication by the United Nations Foundation and has received the Glenn Sawyer Service Award from the Ontario Medical Association for professional and community achievement. He received the Sitare-i-Khidmat award from President Zardari of Pakistan and was awarded the Order of Chad at the level of Chevalier by President Deby. In 2014 Bob was awarded the Sovereign Medal for Volunteers from the Governor General of Canada and last year the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
 
Bob is married to Ann an Honorary Rotarian. They are both major donors of The Rotary Foundation and members of the Arch Klumph Society. They have 4 married children and 8 grandchildren.
 
 
Janice Taylor is the CEO and Founder of Mazu, a youth engagement and content company whose mission is to create digital products for kids that enable positive action both on and offline.
 
She is a social entrepreneur, inspirational speaker and online safety advocate. Her credo of kindness, acceptance and a genuine interest in fellow beings drives the vision of each entrepreneurial enterprise; from the idea of Just be Friends (connecting women to friendship online) to building a safe online environment working with professional sports teams in the NHL, NFL and NBA to create their official Club Apps for kids. 
 
Janice’s mission is to help bring change to the world by encouraging positive social behavior that reaches beyond barriers of race, religion, color or culture through the practice and of simple values. Janice Taylor is an inspirational speaker who has presented at events such as TEDx Kelowna and Marianne Williamson. As the author of the highly anticipated upcoming book, “Wisdom. Soul. Start. Up.” she shares her journey from humble beginnings to a million-dollar startup and the wisdom she gained along the way.
 
Throughout this journey, Janice has been honoured as one of 12 Tech Women in Canada by the Consulate of Canada, she was one of Oprah’s Ultimate Viewers, and a recipient of CBC Radio’s Saskatchewan Future 40. Janice was also selected as a finalist for the esteemed Woman of Worth Awards in 2013.
 
As a mother and entrepreneur, Janice had a vision to create a safe online space for families to communicate, and with the creation of Mazu, this dream has been realized. With their groundbreaking messenger app, Mazu provides families a safe and secure space where they can chat and share privately without interference from unwanted advertisements or strangers.
 
Janice’s journey is inspiring, and she attributes her success to staying true to her values and the lessons learned along the way.
 
“Of all the lessons I have learnt, I am most grateful for learning to persevere through much adversity. There are many ways to solve a problem and through the creation and evolution of Just Be Friends and now Mazu, I believe my team and I have created a very creative solution to solve the disconnection in community and family. It is through the expression of this social platform that I honour the very roots of my upbringing where I truly was raised by the village.”
 
 
Amanda Wirtz is a Chicago native who studied in Stockholm, Sweden for a year as a Rotary Exchange Student.  After high school, she graduated from the Center for Information Dominance, earning the highest recognition as top graduate before serving six years as a Cryptologic Analyst for Naval Intelligence.  She supported military, counter-narcotics and search and rescue operations in Florida, Spain, Canada, and Washington D.C.  In addition, she served twice in combat in both Iraq and Yugoslavia.

During the years that followed, she faced seemingly insurmountable health challenges.  Resolved to fight for her own future, she began building hope for herself and others.  The crux of her journey began by asking 'The Right Question'.

Amanda completed her B.S. in Community Health at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign earning the highest University honors: the Bronze Tablet.  She completed her Masters in Public Health in Health Promotion and Behavioral Science from San Diego State University and was recognized as the 'Top Graduate Student' within the College of Health and Human Services.

Her passion for building hope and a future has resulted in countless community outreach projects within the U.S. and abroad.  She has voluntarily contributed over 3,500 hours of humanitarian service and affected over 53,000 lives around the world.  In 2011, Amanda chartered and served as the first President of United Services Rotary: the first Facebook-based Rotary Club in the world to unite the international armed services in peace through service.  She also serves on the Advisory Committee for the Trauma Resource Institute.

Amanda has played the violin for 30 years and has worked as a studio musician and live performer in the U.S. and Canada.  Although she's played with numerous orchestras and bands, she now performs predominantly to support charities and other humanitarian efforts.

Amanda is a nationally renowned speaker and performer who continues to share her story of hope, inspiring others to 'Ask The Right Question'.  She was honored as the 2011 California State Assembly Veteran of the Year for the 76th District. In 2014, Amanda competed against 23 of the top military women from around the nation and was crowned Ms. Veteran America!  She was also awarded the 'Selfless Service Award' for her service contribution to Rotary International and 'Show Stopper Award' for best talent.