Application Information

Thank you for expressing interest in CIRQUE! To become a delegate, you must complete the general application. The application will consist of three short answer questions and some general information about yourself.

When to apply?

Early bird applications to apply for CIRQUE will be available on Thursday November 10th and will close on December 6th. By applying early you will receive a discounted price of only $60. A second round of applications will be released in January. Once all applications are received the applications will be reviewed and final list of delegates will be confirmed.

How to apply?

The application will be posted here, as well as on the Facebook Page!

Referral Program

If you refer a friend to apply for the conference, you will be entered in a draw to win 50% off of your conference ticket!

In the application there will be a section for your friend to add your name to the draw. The more people you refer the greater chances you have to win!

Rough Itinerary


Time Event Location
4:00 PM Delegate Registration 6th Floor
4:00 PM Sponsorship Expo Bellevue A
5:30 PM Opening Remarks Islandview
5:45 PM Speaker: Martha Van Berkel Islandview
6:45 PM Dinner Islandview
8:00 PM Friday Keynote: Alan Mallory Islandview
9:15 PM Social The Merchant


Time Event Location
8:30 AM Breakfast Islandview
9:30 AM Speaker: Thomas Kennedy Islandview
10:30 AM Morning Break Bellevue
10:45 AM Canadian Forces Workshop 1 Bellevue A
10:45 AM Canadian Forces Workshop 2 Bellevue B
11:45 AM Canadian Forces Workshop 3 Bellevue A
11:45 AM Canadian Forces Workshop 4 Bellevue B
12:30 PM Lunch Islandview
1:30 PM Speaker: Kamal Hassan Islandview
2:15 PM Scotiabank Workshop Islandview
3:15 PM Mackinnon Brothers Workshop Bellevue
4:00 PM Afternoon Break Bellevue
4:15 PM Magna International Workshop Bellevue
5:30 PM Speaker: Julie Westeinde Islandview
6:45 PM Dinner Islandview
7:30 PM Title Sponsor Address Islandview
8:00 PM Keynote Speaker: Ryan Kobrick Islandview
9:30 PM Closing Social Islandview

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2017 Speaker Information


Martha van Berkel

Martha van Berkel graduated from Applied Math, Mech Option in 2000. After graduation Martha spent 14 years at Cisco. From her time with the networking giant, she is most proud of creating solutions to hairy problems, leading teams of passionate "troublemakers". Martha left Cisco in 2014 to start her own company with her husband. Their product, called Schema App (, is a suite of tools designed to help digital marketers translate their webpages into the language of search engines. Their product is unique in the world, and is defining how marketing agencies should adopt this new search engine optimization to be productive and gain business insight. It is all very geeky, just like Apple Math, and Martha loves it! Martha lives in Guelph, has two young kids, and is on the advisory council to the Queen's Young Engineering Alumni of Toronto.


Tom Kennedy

Tom Kennedy is the founder of Kensington Capital Partners and Chair of the Investment Committee. Tom serves on the Advisory Boards of several private equity funds and private companies. He is active on the Board of the CVCA – Canada’s Venture Capital and Private Equity Association, the RPSM Foundation and Alberta Innovates Center for Machine Learning (AICML). His public service and philanthropic work has been a longstanding, and focused on education and healthcare. Tom’s previous experience includes 10 years in operational and management positions with Consolidation Coal Co. and Alberta Energy Company. He has investment banking experience as a senior executive with Bunting Warburg, Lancaster and TD Securities. Tom holds a B.Sc.Eng. (Mining) from Queen’s University and a D.B.A. from the University of Edinburgh and is a professional engineer.


Kamal Hassan

Kamal Hassan is the founder and CEO of IncMind and director of the Founder's Institute. His passion is entrepreneurship: creating world-leading companies, with purpose and urgency. IncMind is the distillation of his 15 years of experience as an entrepreneur, angel investor and student of microfinance and entrepreneurial ecosystems. His specialty is start-up ventures, taking companies from 'prototype' stage to successful businesses. Kamal graduated from Queen's Engineering Physics in 1988. He holds an MBA from INSEAD, from which he was awarded the Ford Prize for being the top graduating student. Kamal is a guest lecturer at various post-secondary institutions around the world. He enjoys music, and is skilled playing the piano and violin. He is an avid traveller, and has visited 99 countries across the world!


Ryan Kobrick

Dr. Ryan Kobrick is an Assistant Professor of Commercial Space Operations in the College of Aviation at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach where he teaches and does research. He completed his Ph.D. on research in lunar dust abrasion and spacecraft design and operations. Ryan is the Chairman of the Board and President of Yuri's Night, a non-profit organization with the aim of connecting hundreds of thousands of people around the world to celebrate and honor the past of human spaceflight, while building a stairway to the future. Ryan graduated from Queen's University with a bachelor in Mechanical Engineering in 2002. He holds a master of space studies, master of science and PhD in aerospace engineering, and has worked for Space Florida, X PRIZE and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Ryan's passion is bringing space to the public, and helped re-start and restabilize the CU-Boulder chapter of the Students for the Exploration and Development of Space. In his free time he plays ice hockey and sails/races as much as possible, enjoys skiing, SCUBA diving, hiking, photography, and film making.


Alan Mallory

Alan is an international speaker, author and professional development coach who is passionate about leadership and human performance. He has degree in engineering from Queen's University and has worked all over the world as a mechanical engineer and project manager but his true passion is in working with people to reach new heights in the way we think and the actions we take. Alan has always had a keen interest in discovering what drives us to do what we do and how we can use this knowledge to improve our lives and the lives of those around us. In the spring of 2008, Alan embarked on the adventure of a lifetime and set a world record along with four members of his family after an incredible self-guided expedition on Mt. Everest. Alan delivers a number of exciting presentations and training programs that are all about embracing and working through challenges as well as exploring the skills and mindsets that allow great leaders and committed teams to achieve breakthrough performance. By integrating his innovative leadership and engineering experience with captivating mountaineering and adventure stories, Alan creates a powerful and unforgettable journey for his audience.


Julie Westeinde

Julie is the founder of Breakthrough Learning Associates, facilitating transformative learning and social systems innovation for the past 30 years with individuals, teams, and organizations in Canada, Europe and Asia in roles as executive coach, conscious change strategist with senior leadership teams, meeting designer and facilitator, and conflict evolution catalyst. She has worked in diverse contexts including global corporations, complex multi-stakeholder health and community development initiatives, international development, organizations transforming the retail and housing development and global textile industries towards social and environmental sustainability and the Nobel Women’s Initiative . Keenly aware of the limitations of the 20th century industrial revolution mechanical paradigm guiding organizational, leadership, educational, and power dynamics, she passionately invests in bringing a living systems perspective to life in any context she works. She is a past recipient of Ottawa’s 40 under 40 for business and community leadership.

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Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors!

Magna International

Canadian Armed Forces Dunin-Deshpande Queen’s Innovation Connector

Utilities Kingston Ontario Power Generation

Queen's Engineering Faculties

Sponsorship Information

CIRQUE is looking for sponsors! Please click on the link below for a detailed outline of the conference, as well as the tiers of sponsorship we offer, and their associated benefits. As outlined in the sponsorship package, CIRQUE offers sponsors involvement in our conference beyond brand promotion. Sponsors are also encouraged to send representatives to address the delegates, participate in our Sponsorship Networking EXPO, and will receive a package of delegate resumes prior to the conference.

If you have any inquiries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our team. We are very open to accommodating any requests you may have to make this experience as beneficial as possible.

Our Team

Matthew Marcoccia - Co-Chair
Matthew Marcoccia
Anna Harman - Co-Chair
Anna Harman
Connor Donovan - Sponsorship Coordinator
Connor Donovan
Sponsorship Coordinator
Laura Di Monte - Sponsorship Coordinator
Laura Di Monte
Sponsorship Coordinator
Sean Monteiro - Sponsorship Coordinator
Sean Monteiro
Sponsorship Coordinator
Haley Miller - Logistics Coordinator
Haley Miller
Logistics Coordinator
Brent Fallis - Workshop Coordinator
Brent Fallis
Workshop Coordinator
Adam Hardy - Speaker Coordinator
Adam Hardy
Speaker Coordinator
Benigna Ahsan - Speaker Coordinator
Benigna Ahsan
Speaker Coordinator
Keith O'Halloran - Speaker Coordinator
Keith O'Halloran
Speaker Coordinator
Andrew Dunsmoor - Treasurer
Andrew Dunsmoor
Kevin Xu - Marketing
Kevin Xu
Ted Bursey - Marketing
Ted Bursey
Leanne Dube - Events Coordinator
Leanne Dube
Events Coordinator
Cam Principi - Events Coordinator
Cam Principi
Events Coordinator
Allie Clement - Delegates Coordinator
Allie Clement
Delegates Coordinator