WOMEN IN LEADERSHIP
Making a difference
Laura Wiebe (Keynote Speaker)
President and CEO
Saskatchewan Mutual Insurance Company
Committing to continuous learning
Grand ambitions… we all have them. We make plans, we work hard and we think this means that things will work out. Sometimes they do and sometimes they don’t. Every decision, every challenge, every failure or success shapes you into the person you will become. Saying “yes” to the opportunities that interest you and taking joy in learning new skills can bring great satisfaction, which in turn often leads to even more opportunities.
- • Staying current in an ever-changing environment
- • Adapting to change
- • Achieving success professionally and personally
Vice-President, People & Culture
Information Services Corporation
Bringing out the best in others
Innately, every employee wants to do their best and it is our job as leaders to ensure we are creating the environment in which people can do so. After 20 years of experience in Human Resources and in leadership roles, Catherine McLean has learned that to bring out the best in others, you need to start by believing in them. Then, it is a matter of investing your time to help them succeed.
- • Make expectations clear
- • Empower them to make decisions and create a safe environment for making mistakes
- • Provide opportunities for people to grow, then support
Chief Financial Officer
Sunrise Foods International Inc.
Increasing your influence
The Oxford Dictionary defines influence as “the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone”. Effecting the behavior of others requires a change in the status quo. The ability to influence is an essential skill for leaders at all levels in an organization, but since people are naturally inclined to be reluctant towards change, it can be a challenging skill to develop. In this presentation, Nicole Mackisey will discuss her personal journey in a company that has experienced exponential growth, how the business has evolved over the last four years and how she has increased her influence in this ever-changing business.
- • Why change is not always a bad thing
- • Importance of influence in the workplace
- • Tips and tricks to increase your influence
Vice-President, Human Resources and Safety
Employment engagement: A critical leadership challenge
What does employee engagement mean today? How does it lead to inspired employees? Studies have shown that inspired employees are nearly three times as productive as dissatisfied employees. In this presentation, Kathy McCrum will talk about:
- • Establishing a culture of employee engagement through visible leadership
- • Recognizing your employees – PICNIC model
- • Measuring and driving employee engagement
President and CEO
Farm Credit Canada
Writing your leadership story
Leaders are in the people business and to have an impact, leadership requires courage, agility and a desire to keep moving forward. Michael Hoffort is passionate about having a deliberate culture within organizations and believes strongly that attitude reflects leadership. Be prepared to start writing your leadership story and hearing about:
- • A business case for leadership
- • Insights from women who lead at FCC
- • Leadership lessons from Michael’s career journey
Vice President, Finance & Administration
Access Communications Cooperative Limited
Designing and implementing new initiatives
Organizations spend a lot of time, money and resources putting a strategic plan in place. Designing and implementing the strategic initiatives in the plan is equally as important as creating the strategic plan itself. To be successful in rolling out an action plan, an organization needs to understand how to correctly formulate the initiatives and execute them effectively. During this session, Carmela Haines will discuss:
- • Having support for the new initiatives
- • The processes for designing and implementing new initiatives
- • Evaluating the implementation of the new initiatives
President and CEO
Regina Airport Authority
Effecting change through collaboration
In today’s world of constant change, we need to consider how to best work with others for continuous growth and success. The key is collaborative leadership: leading the process, but not necessarily the outcome. This involves bringing the right people together in order to bring about a change.
- • Recognizing different perspectives
- • Effective change through collaborative efforts
- • The role of communication
Assistant Deputy Minister of Minerals, Lands and Resource Policy
Saskatchewan Ministry of the Economy
Why do some people who suffer real hardships not falter, while others do? One of the answers behind this is resilience. As Dean Becker, CEO of Adaptiv Learning Systems says, “More than education, more than experience, more than training, a person’s level of resilience will determine who succeeds and who fails.” Luckily, resilience is a quality that we can build upon and Kathryn Pollack will share her own resilience journey and explore ways to build this quality such as:
- • Embracing change
- • Cognitive restructuring
- • Creating connections
Chief Financial Officer
Saskatchewan Science Centre
Maintaining authenticity and balance
It is essential that people understand who they are as individuals, and not be put in a box both personally and professionally. Effective individuals not only upgrade their technical skills, but also continuously examine their values, beliefs and passions. The core of great-sustained life-enhancing experiences is to have a connection with one’s authentic self. In this talk, we will:
- • Gain clarity into the meaning of authenticity
- • Discuss gaining balance in everyday life
- • Make the connection between authenticity and leadership roles
Cabinet Planning Unit, Executive Council
Government of Saskatchewan
Donna Crooks is the founder of The Donna Crooks Career School, an organization that helps professionals to develop leadership skills and pursue meaningful work. She is also Senior Policy Advisor for Cabinet Planning in Executive Council for the Government of Saskatchewan, working on such files as citizen-centred services, digital transformation, innovation and public sector renewal. She just finished a term sparking change as the Chief Transformation Officer for the Ministry of Social Services. Her personal vision is to make a difference in the lives of others through her work and in her life. Her passion is developing people to achieve their best, personal performance. Donna has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Regina and a Master of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia. She lives with her husband and two young sons in Regina, Saskatchewan, where she is also Vice Chair and Board Director for the Lung Association of Saskatchewan.
Vice-President & Treasurer
Farm Credit Canada
Shannon Weatherall holds a Bachelor of Administration degree from the University of Regina and a Certified Professional Accountant designation. She has been with FCC since 2003, serving in a variety of roles within the Treasury and Controller divisions, including her current role as Vice-President & Treasurer.
As Treasurer, Shannon is responsible for the corporation’s borrowing, investing and cash management, interest rate risk management, certain loan pricing components, venture capital and FCC’s Pension Plans.
EVENT DATE, TIME & VENUE
Thursday, April 5, 2018
8:55 AM – 4:30 PM
1919 Saskatchewan Drive, Regina
Register today… and save $200 per person.
Early Bird deadline: February 28, 2018
Special Group Rate:
Register 3 people and get a free registration for a 4th person.
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What attendees are saying!
“Approaches to change, which is always prominent. Different models to use for promoting change.”
– HEATHER GORSKI, Controller, AGT Foods
“Good to hear different perspectives and experiences.”
– TRACY HEPWORTH, VP Internal Audit, Farm Credit Canada
“Challenged, empowered, inspired.”
– Major MALBA HOLLIDAY, The Salvation Army
“I walked away with many takeaways to use in my professional and personal life.”
– DASHA KINELOVSKY, Director, Instructional and Leadership Development Centre, Saskatchewan Polytechnic
“Excellent leadership tips.”
– GAYLENE OLAFSON, Senior Financial Accountant, Conexus Credit Union