The Women in Leadership Conference brings together professional women to talk about the challenges that they face, exchange views, and learn from peers and leaders.
The event provides an invaluable opportunity to listen to industry leaders as they share best practices and insights to help women in leadership roles become more effective leaders and be on top of their game.
Join us at this in-person event. Learn, connect & reconnect, and have fun!
CAROLYN CAMPBELL (Keynote Speaker)
President and CEO
Embracing change and transformation
It is no secret that post-secondary education is undergoing a significant transformation that will have profound impacts for the system and, by extension, for the future of work. With just a year under her belt as President and CEO of Edmonton’s community college, NorQuest College, Carolyn Campbell is stepping into the role at a unique, important, and uncertain time for her institution and beyond. Carolyn will speak to some of NorQuest’s key strategies for ensuring that post-secondaries, students, employers, industry, and government are aligned to thrive in the future state of our changing economy.
- • Adaptation and resiliency in a changing landscape
- • Developing relationships with key stakeholders
- • The future of work and how colleges like NorQuest are ready to accelerate growth and recovery
Head Operations Western & Atlantic Canada Mid Market
BMO Bank of Montreal | Canadian Commercial Banking
Are you an authentic leader?
Being authentic means you are genuine. You may think you are authentic but have you actually really put thought into what being an authentic leader entails? In this presentation, Vanessa Croissant will bring you on her journey of how she became an authentic leader.
- • The characteristics of an authentic leader
- • The role of authenticity in leadership
- • Why authenticity leads to success
Chief Strategy Officer
University of Alberta
Defining your role as a leader
Understanding who we are and how we present as leaders can be challenging no matter our career stage or experience, especially in high-paced, changing work environments. Few of us have time to stop and think about our role as leaders, and yet it is imperative to our ability to inspire successful teams. Leading from values and strengths, ultimately helps us to be more confident, more fulfilled and more powerful leaders. In this session, we will explore:
- • How you define yourself as a leader vs. how others define you
- • Values-based leadership
- • Leading from strength
Chief Financial Officer
Make your ripples matter
In an ever-changing fast-paced world, the demands on leaders are higher and more diverse than ever. As leaders, how do we maximize our impact and leverage our unique and authentic abilities to influence well beyond our immediate sphere of connection? Dan Hugo will share stories and insights on:
- • How authentic leadership may not be what you thought it was
- • How small incremental change can ultimately lead to a significant shift in direction
- • How to be your kindest critic and honest supporter
Vice President, Credit Support Operations and Business Transformation
Canadian Western Bank
Taking smart risks
“If you wait to do everything until you’re sure it’s right, you’ll probably never do much of anything.” The fine words of Win Borden. Whether you think you are a natural risk taker or not, one thing is certain: Taking Smart Risks is essential for anyone seeking to achieve the upper ranks of their industry. It’s about making yourself visible and catching the attention of the decision makers, to help propel yourself into a decision making position. Vanessa Noga is excited to share tips with you based on her 30 years as a banking professional, including:
- • Bringing smart risks into your comfort zone
- • The risk of not taking smart risks
- • Creating a culture of smart risk taking
City of Fort Saskatchewan
EPCOR Utilities Inc.
Giving back to the community
Jibs Abitoye and Daniela O’Callaghan will share their guiding principles for giving back to their communities and how anyone can use these principles to:
- • Give back
- • Create a culture of giving back
- • Influence positive change on initiatives they are passionate about
Jibs will illustrate these principles by sharing her experiences in running for public office and working as a Councillor for the City of Fort Saskatchewan and also as an entrepreneur who effects social change through the fashion industry. Daniela will discuss her experiences in leading policy and governance changes as the Chair of the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission.
Chief Operating Officer
Nova Cannabis Inc.
Switch HR Solutions
Women in nontraditional industries
Join Angela Merriott as she interviews Marcie Kiziak about women in leadership in nontraditional industries, the challenges and successes Marcie has had along the way, the struggles in forging a path in both the Oil & Gas and Cannabis industries, as well as:
- • The path to success
- • How to maintain effectiveness and credibility once there
Partner, Alberta Public Sector Leader
Diversity and inclusion: A key role in creativity
Fundamentally, diversity and inclusion hinge on encouraging creative thinking. Breaking out of established norms to embrace new approaches is pivotal to first be inclusive, and then to embrace that diversity to compete and win.
- • Can this be evoked or is it ingrained?
- • Exploring the barriers
- • Is there a call to action?
Executive Director, Stakeholder Engagement
Office of the Auditor General of Alberta
Practicing and mastering political skills at work
Politics exist whenever any group of people come together for a common purpose. Understanding the politics and culture of any organization or group is vital to achieving personal and professional success. Politically skilled leaders are adept at reading behaviours and motivation, building diverse relationship networks and influencing others to achieve important goals. Val Mellesmoen will share stories and offer insights on how to:
- • Identify influencers and opportunities
- • Interact authentically and sincerely with others
- • Maximize and leverage relationships to accomplish your goals
Vice President, Customer Relationship & Solution Management
TELUS Business Solutions
Overcoming the Imposter Syndrome
Have you ever felt that you haven’t earned your accomplishments or that your ideas and success didn’t merit their attention? Perhaps you have felt that your deep sense of inauthenticity, inadequacy or incompetence will be discovered and you will be exposed as a fraud. The Imposter Syndrome is more than feelings, and has far reaching consequences on people, the workplace and at home. You are not alone, and together we will overcome these psychological patterns. This session will highlight:
- • The Imposter Syndrome formula
- • The quintet of anxiety, perfectionism, burnout, depression and fear
- • Coping strategies to overcome the Imposter Syndrome
SVP, People & Culture
Oilers Entertainment Group
Kirstan Jewell has been a leader in organizational effectiveness, business, and human resources for over 20 years. During her career, she has spanned multiple industries including manufacturing, energy and resources, construction, aviation, and most recently sports. As a member of the executive management team, she brings that extensive sector experience to her current role as SVP, People & Culture at Oilers Entertainment Group. She is passionate about the power of people and relationships to fuel business success. Over the course of her career, Kirstan has developed particular strength and expertise in the areas of business management, organizational effectiveness, human resources strategy, change management, leadership development and employee/labour relations. Her many professional successes include award-winning change management, driving measured improvements in employee engagement and productivity, negotiating collective agreements that are recognized for innovation in labour relations, and leading organizations to top employer status. Kirstan is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources, holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Royal Roads University, a Certificate in Industrial Relations from Queen’s University and a Human Resources Diploma from Confederation College. When not traveling, Kirstan lives in the summer village of Parkland Beach in central Alberta with her husband and three boys. She is also an active volunteer in various activities.
MARLA E. DORIN
Partner, Assurance Services
Marla E. Dorin is a Partner and Business Advisor in Assurance and Accounting Services from the Edmonton office of MNP LLP. She provides assurance services and business advice to private and publicly accountable organizations of all sizes. She works with clients in a range of industries and has significant experience conducting audit and assurance services for private and not-for-profit organizations. Committed to providing personalized services, Marla takes pride in helping her clients improve their daily operations and meet their regulatory, financing and governance requirements. With over 15 years of experience in public practice, her proven expertise in helping organizations identify problems with transaction flow, processes and controls has enabled her to develop innovative solutions to improve controls and processes so her clients can overcome challenges and meet their goals.
EVENT DATE, TIME & VENUE
Wednesday, November 3, 2021
8:45 AM – 4:10 PM
The Westin Edmonton
10135 100 St NW, Edmonton
SAVE 20% Early Bird rate: Until September 21, 2021
Regular rate: Starting September 22, 2021
Special Group Rate:
Register 4 people at applicable rate at the same time and get a free registration for a 5th person.
Consult the conference brochure for full details.
What attendees are saying!
“Reflection. Shared learning for my team.”
– PATTI HERGOTT, Dean of Foundational, Career & Intercultural Studies, NorQuest College
“Every time that I attend I walk away with an applicable help. I encourage other women to participate as it’s a great opportunity to learn and connect with other professionals.”
– TAMARA JANZEN, Vice President, Human Resources and Organizational Development, APSC
“A wonderful day of sharing and learning!”
– LARA McCLELLAND, Associate Vice President, Integrated Planning and Partnerships, University of Alberta
“The choice of speakers and topics was timely, relevant and inspiring. My best day for a long time.”
– SHERI WRIGHT, VP Stakeholders Relations & Communications, Alberta Local Authorities Pension Plan Corp.