October 25-27, 2022

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The 3rd annual LEAP Conference for Women - Attend in-person in Prince George, BC, OR, virtually from your home or office!


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Conference will be hosted at the Coast Hotel in Prince George, BC! Stay tuned for hotel rates for conference attendees. 


Achieving Business Success in Male-Dominated Industries - Keynote 

Dragon’s Den celebrity judge Manjit Minhas has been able to do what few ever thought possible break into the notoriously competitive and male-dominated beer and spirits industry. Minhas Breweries, Distilleries and Winery, which Minhas co-founded with her brother Ravinder, is now the 10th largest brewery in the world, producing over 90 brands of beer, spirits, liquor, and wine. She is now the sole owner, President, and CEO of the company, which has served over 7 billion pints of beer to date. 

In this keynote, Minhas will share her stories of challenges in her personal and professional life:  how she overcame them, re-defined success, and thrives. She explores the tough questions many women in business face in today’s fast-paced world where work-life balance can seem like a luxury and true diversity can still seem like a dream. 

Stepping Up for Everyone’s Benefit - Keynote

Crystal Smith, Chief Councillor of the Haisla Nation, will share her journey as a pre-teen girl wondering about her place and meagre career expectations to Chief of her Nation negotiating and taking a seat at the table with industry.  How being a first nations’ woman, taking courage, stepping up, representing and engaging for her nation has meant success for her and economic reconciliation for her people.

Crystal Smith has served the Haisla people for 12 years through her work with Haisla Nation Council, starting as Executive Assistant to Chief and Council, then being elected Chief Councillor in 2017. She is the Chair of the First Nations LNG Alliance, a group committed to encouraging First Nations  development of the LNG industry to provide employment and other sustainable benefits for BC’s  aboriginal people.

                                                                     She advocates for Haisla Nation-owned joint venture partnerships which allows for participation in                                                                               major projects in Haisla territory. Ultimately, she wants the work done today by her and all of the                                                                                  Council  to benefit today’s 1700 Haisla people and future generations as well.


                                                                     How Extraordinary Performers Think  

When we examine leaders like Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Albert Einstein, Lady Gaga and Richard Branson, we find a common thread. Not only are they performance focused, leaders of this caliber share similar thinking strategies. In this highly interactive and engaging session, you will take a deep personal look at your own thinking to determine how it is impacting your results both personally and professionally, and you will learn the thinking strategies of today’s top performers. 

Kim Ades is recognized as an expert in the area of thought mastery and mental toughness, Kim uses her unique philosophy and quirky coaching style to help leaders identify their personal blind spots and shift their thinking in order to yield extraordinary results. Author, speaker, entrepreneur, coach, and mom of five, Kim's claim to fame is teaching her powerful Frame of Mind Coaching™ process to leaders, entrepreneurs and influencers worldwide. 


                                          Increasing Influence Through Emotional Intelligence                        

In today’s collaborative workplace, our ability to work effectively with others is paramount. Whether you provide services to others within an organization or you are running your own business, how you act, react, and interact defines both your daily lived experience and theirs. This session will help you understand what you are bringing to these partnerships, as well as exploring key areas of emotional intelligence that you can use to be more effective right away.  

Drew Bird is the author of The Leader’s Guide to Emotional Intelligence, works with leaders at all levels to develop leadership capacity and effectiveness. Considered one of North America’s leading authorities  on emotional intelligence and leadership, Drew supports leaders from a range of organizations. His engaging style and depth of subject matter knowledge makes him a sought-after

                                                                    presenter facilitator on a wide range of topics related to emotional intelligence. 


Abort Your Fear Sequence! 

Do you feel like fear is holding you back from reaching your full potential? Do you allow fear and uncertainty to stop you from taking risks? In this session you will learn how to abort your fear sequence, through naming it, knowing it, testing it and then creating concrete strategies for action. Redefine your relationship with fear and create space to reach for possibilities! 

Karen Bowen is a respected speaker and breakout presenter with over 25 years of experience. Karen believes that sustainable results center around People, Process, and Possibility. In a fun, hands on session, Karen connects mindfulness, conscious choice, solid human system theory and practical actions that participants take back to their worlds. A passionate outdoor athlete as well as a practicing fitness and yoga instructor; Karen practices a holistic approach to life and leadership. 


Habits + Humanity. How to create routines that fuel success.  

It's the everyday actions (habits + routines) that amplify or diminish life and success. In this fun and interactive session, you will be diving into a self-assessed Habits Inventory to get real with what is working for you...and what isn't. With awareness we can create change--you will also learn practical tips and real-life strategies for engineering habits that fuel positive momentum towards your personal and professional goals.  

Trisha Miltimore is an International Speaker empowering teams and leaders to engineer their own deeply satisfying life experience. As a momma of four, Trisha knows firsthand the hardships and privileges of pursuing your passion including what it takes to ignite and maintain an attitude of success. Trisha teaches proven life-tool strategies to reach your goals and flourish at the same time.  Her                                                                                  down-to-earth style is refreshing. Her messages are clear, practical and transformational. 


Feed Your Body, Move Your Mind.  

Carving out time for health and well-being isn’t as hard as most people think. Learning and committing to some very simple and effective strategies goes a long way. Caring for your body goes beyond hitting the gym and eating salad. Although these things can be part of the equation, there’s more to it.  You will leave this session feeling empowered to create a “healthy culture” in your life, business or organization through the implementation of simple and sustainable health and fitness strategies. 

Kristy Ware is a Holistic Health Coach, Wellness Facilitator, Educator, and the Author of Synergize Your Health - The 6 Elements for Greater Vitality and Joy. Kristy coaches, educates, and lives her life according to her 6 elements of health: rest, movement, connection, nutrition, mindfulness & self-love. She knows that in order for lasting sustainable change to occur, small consistent steps are key.