Leadership Program

What happens when you have a team whose members won’t speak up?  Who feel the need to “go along to get along”?  Who feels it safer to go against their better judgment, to the point of putting the entire initiative in grave peril?  Who dismisses expert judgment with the wave of a hand?  Who sanctions the normalization of deviance from agreed-upon best practices?

And what does that say about leaders of an organization where this is permitted, and even actively supported?

Former space shuttle astronaut Mike Mullane will present a compelling account of how these factors led to the disastrous explosion of the space shuttle Challenger. A highly capable panel of senior leaders will then engage the audience in a spirited discussion about the importance of Speaking Up; Playing the Position for which you were Hired; and recognizing and preventing Normalized Deviance.

Who attends?

  • Program & Project Managers
  • Senior Managers
  • Department Heads
  • VPs & Presidents
  • C-Suite Executives

Why attend?

  • Learn to recognize “deviance” in your own teams and organizations
  • Understand the consequences of non-best practice behaviours
  • Appreciate the importance of empowering your teams by providing them with the safety and support to do the job you hired them to do

Network over lunch and spend an afternoon gaining insights.

Meet the Speakers

Mike Mullane

Former Space Shuttle Astronaut

Lisa Campbell

Associate Deputy Minister, Veterans Affairs Canada

Roch Huppe

Comptroller General of Canada

Tim Pettipas

Privy Council Office


Wednesday | May 2, 2018


Lunch and Networking Break


Normalized Deviance in Teams: The Space Shuttle “Challenger” Disaster Explained

Mike Mullane, Former Space Shuttle Astronaut




Panel: What does it mean to play your position

Moderator: Lisa Campbell, Associate Deputy Minister, Department of Veterans Affairs

Panelists: Roch Huppe, Comptroller General of Canada

                 Tim Pettipas, Assistant Secretary, Public Service Renewal,
                 Privy Council Office

                Mike Mullane, Former Space Shuttle Astronaut



Keynote Speaker

Richard "Mike" Mullane
Retired NASA Astronaut
Discovery ('84), Atlantis ('88), Atlantis ('90)

Col Mullane was a child of the space race and embarked on his own rocket experiments at an early age. He holds a Master’s of Science Degree in Aeronautical Engineering. Upon his graduation, he was commissioned in the United States Air Force. As a Weapon Systems Operator aboard RF-4C Phantom aircraft, he completed 134 combat missions. Mullane was selected as a Mission Specialist in the first group of Space Shuttle Astronauts where he completed three space missions before retiring from NASA and the Air Force.

Col Mullane has established himself as an acclaimed professional speaker and has educated, entertained, inspired and thrilled tens of thousands of people from every walk of business and government with his incredibly unique programs. He has been conferred with many awards, including the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross, Legion of Merit and the NASA Space Flight Medal.


Early Bird (Expired) - $295.00 +HST

Regular Rate - $350.00 +HST

Group Tickets

 1/2 table (4 seats) - $1150 +HST

Full table (8 seats)- $2250 +HST


The Shaw Centre

55 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa, ON K1N 9J2

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