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!
Hon. LAURA ROSS (Keynote Speaker)
Saskatchewan Minister of Parks, Culture and Sports
Minister Responsible for the Status of Women
Accelerating women’s leadership
Women continue to be underrepresented in leadership positions in politics, businesses and communities. The Government of Saskatchewan, through the Status of Women Office, works to identify areas of change where the opportunities to accelerate women’s leadership can be addressed. The Status of Women Office is exploring opportunities to support Indigenous women, new female entrepreneurs and women in non-traditional fields, including the science, math, technology and engineering fields.
- • Benefits of having women in leadership positions: leads to higher-performing businesses, higher levels of return on investment and can contribute to the growth of the economy; provides examples to youth and young women of what diversity in leadership can look like, and shows that women bring different perspectives/challenge social norms of a one-size-fits-all approach to leadership.
- • Importance of mentorship: When women ascend to leadership roles, they become role models to girls and to other women.
- • Areas of change: The projects that the Status of Women Office is involved in to accelerate women in leadership
Special Olympics Saskatchewan
Defining your role as a leader
A longing for feeling competent and confident can so often blur our priorities and responsibilities or worse yet, pull us below our full potential as leaders. When we take time to embrace our roles, even the ones that aren’t what we expected, we can provide the best service to our teams and stakeholders.
- • Checking in: What is on our plate as a leader and how can we be intentional about it?
- • What we can learn from the world’s best leaders: The Coaches
- • Being basic… it’s not as bad as you think!
TANYA M. POSTLEWAITE
VP Governance, Corporate Secretary
Fostering leadership at all levels
One of the best ways to foster leadership at all levels is to “Lead without a Title”. A title is only as good as the leader who holds it, and true leaders want to create and empower new leaders. There are many ways in which leaders can inspire others to be leaders no matter what their role consists of in an organization. Leaders who Lead without a Title consider the following:
- • Know why you want to lead and lead yourself as well as others
- • Look for unique opportunities to lead and be creative
- • Cultivate a great mindset at all levels – titles are not required to feel empowered
- • Strive for continuous improvement – inspire others to leave everything they touch better than they found it
- • Put people first – take the effort to build your team and foster connections
Chief Procurement Officer
Saskatchewan Ministry of SaskBuilds and Procurement
Being a goal setter that gets results
Goal setting is a foundational aspect of personal growth and leadership development. This session will focus on the importance of setting personal goals and explore ways to integrate personal and professional aspirations.
- • The importance of establishing vision and the “why”
- • Balancing achievable goals and stretch targets
- • Holding yourself accountable
President & CEO
Influencing a culture of innovation
When imagining a culture of innovation, it is easy to default to the Silicon Valley stereotype with the ‘work hard, play hard’ corporate environment including ping pong tables, a fully stocked snack bar, and a lounge area with sleeping pods. Spoiler alert! None of these are key to successfully creating and delivering on a culture of innovation. In this session, Hasnain Versi will talk about the secret to creating a culture of innovation.
- • The potential pitfalls
- • The challenges
- • The surprises encountered along the way
CBC Saskatchewan News at 6
Giving back to the community
When Sam Maciag thinks about giving back to the community, her brain starts racing through all the things she could be doing on top of the many things that already keep her on her toes. Born and raised in Regina, there was a time that (like so many others) Sam had her sights set on greener pastures, or bigger skyscrapers. But she stayed in the Queen City, and quickly realized that there is nowhere else she’d rather be. Giving back to the city that raised you, to the people in your community, can be done in so many little ways, you’re probably giving back and don’t even realize you’re doing it — Sam knows she didn’t.
- • Using your strengths to find new ways to contribute
- • Leveraging your network for mutually beneficial opportunities
- • Don’t forget about the kids
Founder and CEO, BoardBe
Former Chief Strategy and People Officer, SaskTel Centre
Ever thought of joining a board? Here’s why you must.
While many boards today, across sectors, are articulating their commitments to equity, diversity and inclusion, most continue to face challenges in moving beyond articulated diversity and inclusion policies to demonstrated action and progress. Sharing the power in boardrooms is vital to organizational success and more importantly to our success as a society. There is an abundance of board-ready exceptional women and racially diverse candidates that can enrich the talent pipeline for boards. But because they are not part of the homogenous network of existing board members, they are overlooked, resulting in lack of gender parity and racial balance at the board table. So, why then is board diversity and inclusion important for organizations? And why is the leadership funnel not channeling top talent in the right direction? You will learn what steps women in leadership and racially diverse leaders must take to be qualified and comfortable to take a seat at the board table.
- • Imperative for board diversity and inclusion
- • Why you should join a board
- • How to be board-ready and leverage your opportunities
President and CEO
Building your organizational strategy: Social conscience and the new consumer
The essential element of business strategy is social purpose. In this session, Murad Al-Katib will share his experience of building a Saskatchewan start-up into a global leader in sustainable plant based foods and how this journey presented him opportunities to engage his workforce and stakeholders to achieve mutually beneficial goals.
- • The imperative of conscience in purpose
- • The consumer of the future: increasingly aware of environment, social and governance issues
- • Success in an increasingly global and competitive world
Senior Leadership Team
Federated Co-operatives Limited
Are you ever in awe of people who can walk into a room and immediately command your attention? This session will highlight presence and how you can enhance yours to become a leader that stands out from the rest. As you work to master technical skills relevant for your role, it is important to focus on soft skills such as collaboration, communication, critical thinking. One to add to the list is efforts to establish and enhance your presence. This session will explore:
- • Why acquiring presence is an important and legitimate goal
- • The aspects of presence: body language, expression, language, pace
- • Where you can focus for immediate impact
The power of storytelling
Madhu Kumar empowers women by telling their stories through her art. Through the intimate collaboration with her models, Madhu is involved in building a narrative of the legacy of immigrant women in this country. She is fascinated by how art inspires individuals to become advocates for positive social change. The women that she has painted in this series are an embodiment of soft, but fierce warriors. Immigrant women have an incredible ability to leave everything they know behind and start a new life in a foreign land. They are powerful, resilient and an untapped potential for the growth of the Canadian economy. They should be heard and celebrated. Through her art, Madhu is shining a spotlight on these incredible women and their stories.
- • How Madhu discovered her voice by following her passion
- • How “The Stories of Immigrant Women” arose out of empathy
- • Women must support and lift each other up
Chief Financial Officer
Regina Airport Authority
Jenna Khoury is the Chief Financial Officer at the Regina Airport Authority where she has broken the glass ceiling as the first women in a senior management position. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant with a business degree from the University of Regina. Holding five years of articling experience with one of Canada’s top four firms, she has work experience in a variety of industries. Jenna is one of 29 ambassadors for the CPA Canada Women’s Leadership Council and a 2019 Women of Distinction Award nominee. When not serving as an invaluable member of the Regina Airport team, Jenna enjoys spending time with her family, working out, traveling and raising money for various charity runs.
MONIQUE GOFFINET MILLER
Chief Executive Officer
Saskatchewan Provincial Capital Commission
Responsible for Wascana Centre, Government House and the Territorial Buildings, Monique Goffinet Miller focuses her keen interest in heritage, culture and community development to benefit the Public Service and the people it serves. Monique was previously the Manager of Government House and Edwardian Gardens, a National Historic Site and Provincial Heritage Property within the PCC. Monique’s background is in public relations, marketing and broadcasting working with such affiliates as CTV, CHUM TV, Rogers Broadcasting and radio stations throughout British Columbia. Monique worked on-air in radio, television and print media during her tenure. Her media career merged with service to Government when she began with the non-partisan broadcast group at the Legislative Precinct in Victoria, BC. After working at the Legislature, Monique moved into the public service at The Office of the Lieutenant Governor and Government House BC. As a mother of a busy 16-year old son, Ms. Goffinet Miller finds great joy in giving back to her family and community. Married to an RCMP officer, their careers have brought their family to many different postings in multiple provinces. Whether it be from the Okanagan to the North West of BC, or Victoria to Regina, they have made home wherever they landed. Ms. Goffinet Miller holds a Master of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University. She is also a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her service to the Crown and her communities.
EVENT DATE, TIME & VENUE
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
8:45 AM – 4:10 PM
1919 Saskatchewan Drive, Regina
SAVE 20% Early Bird Rate: Until August 24, 2021
Regular Rate: Starting August 25, 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!
“Very informative. Great concepts to incorporate in my own day to day leadership.”
– JANE BUTTON, Regional Vice President, SME and Specialized Solutions, Conexus Credit Union
“The exposure to the speakers and the wide variety of topics allowed me to see leadership from various perspectives, which will help me grow as a leader.”
– ANNE GENT, Senior Environmental Scientist, Cameco Corporation
“Good to hear different perspectives and experiences.”
– TRACY HEPWORTH, Vice President, Internal Audit, Farm Credit Canada
“I walked away with many takeaways to use in my professional and personal life.”
– DASHA KINELOVSKY, Director, Instructional and Leadership Development Centre, Saskatchewan Polytechnic
“Great networking. Loved the diversity of industries represented.”
– Dr. PETRINA McGRATH, Executive Director, Quality & Safety, Saskatchewan Health Authority