About Anne Thornley-Brown, MBA
Our Founder & President
Facilitator, Keynote Speaker, Organizational Change Agent, Actress, Blogger.
Anne Thornley-Brown, President of Executive Oasis International, is a professional team building facilitator, keynote speaker, and meeting facilitator.
Before starting her own business, Anne shaped the management development strategy at 2 major Canadian corporations, Bell Mobility and VIA Rail Canada (TMC). She spearheaded management development, OD, and organizational change initiatives.
Anne has an M.B.A. from York University's Schulich School of Business in Toronto, Canada. She also has an MSW from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her undergraduate degree is from McGill University.
Anne speaks English, French, and some Spanish.
Anne has extensive business experience in a variety of industries including banking, wireless communications, high technology, transportation, the non profit sector, and film and television.
In 1996, Anne launched her company in Toronto to help organizations foster innovation and improve team effectiveness. Core services include:
Anne has shaped the vision for Executive Oasis International. Little did she know that it would take her around the world. Where does she get her inspiration? This was her journey.
One of a kind presenter and definitely knowledgeable and made the participants very much involved through out the 2-day workshop. Pleasant and warm person to work with and always a pleasure to work with Anne.Nida Hamid, Project Director (Malaysia)
Anne's Event Blog timely, thoughtful content is frequently on the cutting edge of meetings industry issues. However, she doesn't neglect our fledgling planner audience; she provides many "how-to" features that provide insight into everyday meeting logistics."Teri Hardin, Destinations Marketing Editor, Cvent (USA)
Anne organized a cooking event a few years ago. She totally nailed the venue choices, presented interesting options, and was instrumental in helping making the event a success. Anne brings unique event ideas and a professional approach to event planning.Maurice Benatar, Mayhew & Associates (Toronto)
Anne is very thorough in her work, uses creativity in putting together presentations, and follows though on her commitments in terms of quality and time. Anne is a positive asset....Jeannette Lalonde-Bard, Vice-President Human Resources, Bell Mobility (Toronto)
Anne was the light at the end of the tunnel, when I was in my corporate rat race. She stood for excellence, creativity and personability. I was surrounded by red tape, goverance and systems. I owe much of my success to teachers along the way and Anne was one of the early pioneers who are unforgettable, impressionable and represent a "life defining moment" in my journey.Tracey Parnell, C.O.O., Executive Coach, Author & Speaker, Creativity Guaranteed
If you want boring, don't call Anne!Miguel Gonsalves, Director, Continuous Learning, Telus Mobility (Toronto)
"You deliver a Cadillac when a Volkswagen will do!"Donna Edgar, Human Resources Manager (Former), Bell Mobility (Toronto)
Anne has had the pleasure of working with corporate clients from 18 countries including Holt Renfrew, Mars Canada, ExxonMobil Canada, Bell Mobility, Royal Bank of Canada, Scalar Decisions, Mister Safety Shoes, EPICPCS (USA), Sittercity (USA), Xerox Canada, OCBC Bank (Malaysia), Telus Mobility, CIBC, Rogers Communication, Dubai World/Nakheel, Baxter (Dubai), Thomson Reuters (Dubai), Blue Nile Dairy (A DAL Group company based in Sudan), Ingram Micro, Bidvest (South Africa), Sidra Capital (Saudi Arabia), Caribbean Development Bank (Barbados), National Bank of Dominica, and many more.
Anne has designed and facilitated strategy sessions, executive retreats, business team building simulations, team building retreats, meetings, and workshops for
executives, managers and professionals in 14 countries:
Anne has also worked with executive and management teams from:
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
Anne has toured Asia 18 times and facilitated workshops for over 2000 executives and managers. Petronas, Malaysian Airlines, Samsung, Digi, Mobil/Exxon, and Dell Computers are among the organizations that have sent delegates to her sessions in Asia.
She stays for a few extra days to explore each destination and discover new ideas to bring back and design meaningful experiences for clients.
- President, Executive Oasis International - re-branding in 2003
- President, The Training Oasis - launched in 1996
- beBee Brand Ambassador, March 2017 to Presnt
- Management Development Specialist, Bell Mobility
- Instructor, York University
- Management Trainer, VIA Rail Canada Inc.
- Commercial Account Manager, The Toronto-Dominion Bank
- Summer Flight Attendant, Air Canada
- 7 1/2 years in the non-profit sector
Anne has served on boards of directors for the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (Toronto Chapter), CSTD (Toronto Chapter), and the MBA Women's Association.
Anne blogs regularly for The Huffington Post, EventMobi, and Plan Your Meetings by MPI.
She has blogged for a number of portals including Event Manager Blog, and Elite Meetings.
Anne blogged for Cvent 5 days a week for 4 1/2 years.
Anne is very active on social media.
- After just 3 weeks of being active on the platform, Anne was granted the distinction of being appointed as a beBee Brand Ambassador
- Group Owner, International Team Building Network for Executives, members from 30+ countries
- Group Owner, B2B Bloggers Network
- Group Owner, Event Planners Network Canada - Réseau des planificateurs d'événements au Canada
- Group Owner, Caribbean Event Planners Network
- Group Owner, Global Networking and Professional Development
- Group Manager, Event Planning & Management Group, Growth from 4,000 - 350,000+ Members (2008 - 2017)
Here is a sample of some of the topics are available as interactive keynotes:
- Connecting the Dots: Spotting Trends & Seizing Opportunities in the Midst of Turbulence
- What Real Team Building Looks Like
- Fostering Innovation in the Face of Accelerated Change
- Going Global: Seizing Opportunities in the International Marketplace
- Re-engineering Conferences and Corporate Meetings
- Re-engineering Team Building Retreats
- Taking the Plunge from Employee to Entrepreneur
- B2B Social Media Marketing - It's not a Magic Bullet
- Building, Managing and Growing LinkedIn Groups
- Spicing up Your Training
A Personal Note
Born in Jamaica, Anne has lived and worked in 3 countries. Before embarking on a career in business, Anne was a professional counsellor and family theraptist in Jamaica and Toronto. Anne is the co-author of the book West Indians in Toronto: Implications for Helping professionals.
Anne has travelled to 24 countries on 4 continents. In addition to the countries, where she has done business, Anne has also travelled to Japan, England, Belgium, France, Germany, Antigua, Bermuda, and The Bahamas.
In addition to travel, Anne's interests and hobbies include horse riding, photography, and genealogy. She has traced her family tree to 1796 in Jamaica, 1580 in Scotland, and 1613 in England. She discovered that Bram Stoker is her 2nd cousin 3x removed.
For over 20 years, in addition to running her team building, consulting, and training companies, Anne has worked as a professional actress appearing in film, on TV, and in TV commercials. She uses this experience to create interactive exercises for clients.
As the head of the Parole Board, Anne had the privilege of working with Giancarlo Esposito on the Brothers episode of the Showtime TV series Street Time.
Anne was in the "All Around the Town" episode of the Mary Higgins Clark Mysteries. She appeared as Nurse Royed on the Complicated episode of the TV series Doc starring Billy Ray Cyrus.
You'll also recognize Anne from recent TV commercials for Casinorama, the Canadian Parapalegic Association and the Canadian Women's Foundation, Louis Del Grande's made-for-TV movie Sanity Clause and as Spike's counselor on the international Emmy award winning TV series "Degrassi Junior High".