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Kelsey Ramsden was named Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneur two years running and is recognized globally for building multiple, multimillion-dollar businesses both offline and online.

She has founded and run diverse businesses ranging from construction to psychedelics.

Kelsey helps individuals futureproof themselves and their businesses, break the status quo to re-invent for the next level of accomplishment, success.

She doesn’t deliver typical speeches but instead has conversations from the stage which provoke the status quo. She is humble and real, evoking laughter and pause alike.

Open to any question thrown at her, Kelsey is certainly not status quo. Your audience can’t help but notice.


With over fifteen years founding, scaling, and operating innovative companies across Canada and the Caribbean, Kelsey Ramsden is globally recognized for building multiple multimillion-dollar businesses.

She twice earned the honor of being named Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneur and serves on the Entrepreneurship Council for the University of Western Ontario.

Kelsey is a renowned thought leader and published author and holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

Accomplishments include founding construction firm Belvedere Place Development and residential project-management company Tallus Ridge Development in British Columbia – breaking barriers in traditionally male dominated fields.

“All my life I was the organizer and hub in the spoke of many circles,” “That’s how my MBA world met my psychedelic world.”

As President and CEO of MINDCURE, Kelsey is banking on a different kind of wealth: mental.

“There are folks making compounds, folks getting clinical data, folks doing great work in these areas….but I see mental wealth – that’s the investment in ourselves and our body from the neck up – as a market that can be held and served in a revolutionary and integrated way.”

MINDCURE’S mission is to identify and develop products that ease suffering, increase productivity, and enhance mental health.

It was born, in part, as a response to the mental health crisis and the need to find effective treatments in areas beyond psychiatry. These include digital therapeutics, neuro-supports, and psychedelics.

Referring to MINDCURE as the Netflix of Mental Health, Kelsey cites that the company’s digital therapeutics platform iSTRYM has parallel qualities, constantly optimizing and customizing to provide predictive, personalized recommendations.

“Our tech is more deliberate than others’ and at scale, I believe we will have the largest psychedelic repository of human experience data — which means we can shorten the time it takes to heal.”

With a psychedelic Renaissance underway, Kelsey finds herself a pioneer on a frontier (again) – and with the most precious of commodities. “We have one mind,” she said. “It’s our greatest asset.”


Is This My Life? A Guide to Finding the Answer

It’s the question we often find ourselves asking when we realize, almost by accident, that we’ve veered off our intended path despite our best intentions.

And we suddenly wake up one morning feeling lost and adrift, not quite remembering how we got on this quicksand island. In this presentation, Kelsey shares raw wisdom and gritty perspective to help you deal with the truths and turning points that are awaiting you just around the corner.

Never Ready, Set, Go: A Game Plan for Where You Want to Go

You’ve heard it before: Going outside our comfort zone is what cues epic stuff to happen in our lives and careers. But oftentimes, we let the risk of failure outweigh the probability of success, simply because we can’t shake the heavy fears that are piggybacking on our dreams and goals.

The reality is: We’re never ready. And while we’re constantly planning, psyching ourselves up and assuming that the worst will happen, someone else is trying—and getting a huge head start on us.

Kelsey shares some off-the-cuff candor and unfiltered entrepreneurial experiences to show you how to go from considering all the ‘what-ifs’ to all the ‘how-tos’, so you can create a game plan for where you want to go (and get there in record time).

Back of the Envelope – How to Establish a Sound and Progressive Practice Using Creativity, Risk, and Innovation

Most of what we know for sure can be captured on the back of an envelope. The issue with “back-of-the-envelope” management is that we spend time in comfort, in the things we know, repeating what we know works…until it doesn’t.

Kelsey Ramsden was Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneur, ranked #1 by Profit and Chatelaine Magazines in 2012 and 2013. She has founded and run businesses as diverse as construction and psychedelics.

She’ll walk you through the fundamentals of rethinking, clarifying blind spots, and how you can build a solid strategy for the future by changing what you hold dear on the back of that envelope. Get down ‘n’ dirty with your hold-ups so you can unearth your awesomeness!


Arlene Dickinson’s personal story was a wonderful way to start the day and her emphasis on dimensions of character that are not often discussed, such as humanity and humility was particularly powerful… In a business school it is important to have great female role models with our speakers and she delivered that in spades

Ivey Business School