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September 29th - October 1st

The virtual LEAP Conference for Women in Business will be a cutting-edge experience that mirrors a face to face event, accessing the most current and advanced technology to engage attendees.

Participants, both women and men who foster the development of women, will be able to access presentations, connect with keynote speakers, exhibitors, and other participants all on their PC or mobile device.

September 29th - October 1st

The virtual LEAP Conference for Women in Business will be a cutting-edge experience that mirrors a face to face event, accessing the most current and advanced technology to engage attendees.

Participants, both women and men who foster the development of women, will be able to access presentations, connect with keynote speakers, exhibitors, and other participants all on their PC or mobile device.

SPEAKERS & TOPICS

SPEAKERS & TOPICS

GENDER INCLUSIVITY

GENDER INCLUSIVITY

Despite decades of research confirming gender diverse teams are more innovative and make better decisions, are better at problem solving and other group activities, women remain underrepresented at every level in corporations and government. In this session we explore Gender Biases, how they are formed and what steps we can take to become aware of our own biases and move toward championing women.

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Kara Biles

Kara Biles is a human resources professional with over 13 years of progressive experience, in both the public and private sectors. In her current role as Canfor’s Director of Learning and Leadership and the company’s Lead for Inclusion and Diversity, Kara focuses on the execution and formation of business driven leadership development, learning programs, and diversity strategies to enable the achievement of Canfor’s strategic priorities. She is responsible for leading and delivering initiatives to support awareness and understanding of cultural and gender intelligence, unconscious bias and diversification barriers and in building internal and external partnerships.

Rob Jarvis

Rob is an experienced leader, engaging presenter and facilitator, and a Certified Executive Coach. A diverse professional and volunteer career has allowed Rob to build on his passion for leading teams and developing people. Rob has committed the bulk of his professional career to Canadian Forest Products, and has grown and developed in several senior human resources roles within this company including HR Operations, Mergers & Acquisitions, Learning, Talent Acquisition, Talent Management and most recently Director of HR, Wood Products Canada.

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LEADING YOURSELF & OTHERS

LEADING YOURSELF & OTHERS

As Cheshire Cat said to Alice, “If you don’t know where you’re going, then any road will take you there.” The road to personal leadership begins with getting clear on what matters most to you, how you want to ‘show up’ in the world, and the difference you want to make. Leadership is not based on position, but rather a reflection of how you show up every day at work, at home and in the community. In this session, attendees will hone their leader mindset by leveraging the three Cs of confident leadership: clarity, conviction, and courage. They’ll walk away with a clearer definition of their values, beliefs, and intended outcomes, as well as an understanding of how to rewire the brain for lasting impact.

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Sandra McDowell, CEO and Founder of eLeadership Academy™

A trusted authority on the application of neuroscience for leadership, Sandra McDowell is on a mission to bridge the gap between brain research, human behavior, and 21st century leadership. As the founder and voice behind the globally recognized eLeadership Academy, she helps leaders and organizations increase their performance by harnessing the untapped power of the brain. Sandra is the author of Your Mother Was Right: 15 Unexpected Lessons About Leadership and the Brain, and she continues to inspire organizations and professionals internationally through her programs, speaking engagements, webinars, and executive coaching.

BUILDING NETWORK CONNECTIONS/EMCEE

BUILDING NETWORK CONNECTIONS/EMCEE

Learn how to define and develop your own influential artistry skills via the Power of They, Trust and You.

Learn strategies for networking online and offline to grow your influence (influence is impact!)

Learn the formula for your introduction including practical tips for sharing your purpose and passion.

Trisha Miltimore

Trisha Miltimore is an International Motivational Speaker empowering teams, leaders and HUMANS to engineer their own DEEPLY SATISFYING LIFE EXPERIENCE. As a Mom of four and multi-biz owner, Trish knows first hand the hardships and privileges of PURSUING YOUR PASSION including what it takes to ignite and maintain habits for success. A curator of CURIOSITY + COURAGE Trisha teaches proven LifeTool 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. A profound storyteller, Trisha empowers thousands to ENGINEER their lives via an experienced bold blend of inspiration & personal insights.

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KEYS TO CONFIDENT NEGOTIATING

KEYS TO CONFIDENT NEGOTIATING

In this powerhouse session, communication expert Lauren Sergy will take you on an eye-opening shift in how you perceive and approach negotiation. With energy, humour, and candor, Lauren will dig into the different aspects of negotiating with confidence while leading you through practical activities to get you flexing your negotiation muscles right away.

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Lauren Sergy

Public speaking and communication expert Lauren Sergy has helped thousands of people become more effective leaders by developing critical communication skills such as persuasion, presentation, and executive presence. Known for her highly practical and inter-disciplinary approach, Lauren tackles tough speaking and communication issues with refreshing humor and candor. A member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers, she has worked with a variety of clients and audiences in Canada, the US, and Europe including KPMG, T-Mobile, Grant Thornton, the Government of Alberta, the University of Alberta, and many more.

THE POWER OF ONE

THE POWER OF ONE

When you think of the word ‘brand,’ you may associate it with a business or organization. However, a brand is much bigger than that. Brands not only represent large companies, such as Lululemon or Coca Cola; they also represent people, just like you.

Your personal brand helps people understand who you are, what they can expect from you and why they want to work with you. In this workshop, you’ll explore the journey to developing your personal brand and how to establish yourself both personally and professionally.

Alexandra Carnio

Alexandra (Alex) Carnio is the Founder and Lead Consultant behind Simplified Social, a social media agency, and a Social Contractor for Women’s Enterprise Centre (WEC), a non-profit organization devoted to helping BC women start and grow their own businesses.

In every job she’s had, social media was a task Alex always volunteered to manage because she loved it so much. She never imagined that it could end up being her full-time career! Now, at Simplified Social, Alex and her team help businesses with organic social media management, content creation, social media advertising and social media training through their new online curriculum, SocialU. Alex holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management and Diploma in Business Administration with a Major in Marketing.

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ALL ACCESS PASS SESSIONS

ALL ACCESS PASS SESSIONS

* Includes bonus panel discussions, 30-day access to recorded sessions (avail. Oct 8th), and deluxe swag box.

(BC only, Registrations after Sept. 14 may have delayed delivery of swag box).

ADVOCATING FOR WOMEN PANEL

ADVOCATING FOR WOMEN PANEL

What role can men play in assisting women to step up and take their place in organizations, business and industry?  Why is diversity of leadership critical as we move into the 21st century?  Sit down with “the boys” and hear why fostering the development of women is of vital importance to them.

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Kiel Giddens, BC Public Affairs Manager, TC Energy and Coastal GasLink

Based in Prince George since 2013, Kiel has responsibility for the company’s government and stakeholder relations activities in BC. Prior to joining TC Energy, Kiel held various senior advisor roles for Cabinet Ministers in the BC Provincial Government, including the Minister of Transportation & Infrastructure and the Minister of Environment. In 2018, he was included in the Prince George Chamber of Commerce’s “Top 40 Under 40.” He is currently the President of the Prince George Chamber of Commerce Board and a member of the Province’s Workforce Development Advisory Group that is focused on prioritizing jobs for British Columbians in the LNG sector. In his spare time, he enjoys skiing, traveling, and—most importantly—spending time with his wife Elyse and their sons Thomas and Charlie.

Ray Noonan, District Vice President, North BC & Yukon

Ray joined the Scotiabank team in February 1996, and he is responsible for defining and implementing the strategic direction, goals, and execution of key initiatives for the Branch Network across Northern BC and in the Yukon. Ray has held progressively senior roles across various banking areas, including Branch Banking, Small Business Banking, Wealth Management, Project Management, and Executive Leadership. He is passionate about creating an inclusive culture, sourcing and developing diverse talent, and building high performing teams that focus on delivering solutions and building financial literacy for customers. Ray completed his BSc and his MBA at the University of Northern BC and holds the designations of Personal Financial Planner and Specialist of the Trust Institute. He is exceptionally proud of his UNBC Alumnus of the Year Award for Community Service which he received in 2015. Ray and his wife Rae-Ann have two sons who keep them very active.

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Rob Jarvis, Director, HR – Wood Products Canada, Canadian Forest Products Ltd.

An experienced leader, engaging presenter and facilitator, and a Certified Executive Coach, Rob has committed the bulk of his professional career to Canadian Forest Products. Having grown and developed in several senior human resources roles within this company, Rob has a defined passion for leading teams and recognizing people's potential. Rob has been acknowledged for his dedication to employee development and organizational effectiveness, and he is a valued and respected leader within the company. Rob is deeply connected to the vibrant community of Prince George. Over the years, his volunteer activities have included being a youth sports coach, a volunteer fire fighter, on the CPHR Advisory Council, the United Way of Northern BC Board Chairperson and Campaign Coordinator, and a Board Director for the Spirit of the North Health Care Foundation.

WOMEN IN MALE DOMINATED SECTORS PANEL

WOMEN IN MALE DOMINATED SECTORS PANEL

We are bringing together an ensemble of power-house women who have pioneered the way for other women in male dominated sectors.  Hear their stories, what worked, what didn’t.  What encouragement do they have for women to press in and bring our authentic femaleness to revolutionize corporations, heavy industry and trades.

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Tamara Pongracz, Department Head, BCIT Trades Access Department

An advocate of Trades and Apprenticeship Training, Tamara (she/her) is an Inter-Provincial Certified Plumber (RSE - 1995) with a Master of Education Degree (2010) from Simon Fraser University. Tamara’s journey began when her father put her to work as a welder’s helper, and she soon realized the pride and paycheck that comes with trades-work. After working in hydro electric plants and pulp and paper mills all over BC—including PG Pulp—she was invited to participate in the Women in Trades Program at BCIT, and now she’s been the Department Head for over 20 years. The programs Tamara oversees have helped hundreds of folks find their trade career match. Active in the BCIT community, she received a BCIT Teaching Excellence Award in 2005, an Employee Excellence Award (Inclusivity) in 2019, and was recognized by the Vancouver Regional Construction Association as Outstanding Woman in Construction 2007. By far the greatest aspect of her work is sharing in the successes of her students.

Jill Tipping, CEO of BC Tech Association

Jill Tipping is a passionate advocate for the tech industry—having spent most of her career working with and for tech companies, she is no stranger to the challenges and needs of the sector. As BC Tech’s President and CEO, she is determined to make BC a top start-up ecosystem and a place where companies are supported to grow, export, and scale. Her focus is strengthening connections through collaboration, building a strong home team of anchor companies, and learning from what works globally. She is unapologetically ambitious for BC and for Canada.

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Karen Ogen-Toews, CEO of First Nations LNG Alliance

Karen brings extensive personal, academic, and professional experience to her role as CEO. Having served as Chief of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation for six years, she is familiar with the needs of Indigenous communities and seeks to increase economic opportunities for First Nations through responsible resource development. Her academic background (Master of Social Work from the University of Northern British Columbia in 2007; Indigenous Governance Certificate from the University of Victoria in 2010) gives her a unique perspective on the long-term economic and social development of communities. Karen also serves as a member of the following boards: the Indigenous Business Investment Council (IBIC), the Premier’s First Nations Advisory Committee, Resource Works, and the Energy Roadmap Advisory Team for the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum for the province of BC.

Rachel Fournier, Superintendent, Rio Tinto

For over 13 years, Rachel Fournier has been a noteworthy leader in both human resources and operational roles with Rio Tinto. In her current role as Operations Superintendent, Rachel is responsible for safety, production and people development in the casting organization. Rachel believes strongly in empowering others to reach their full potential and enjoys mentoring women who are building their careers in a male dominated workplace. Rachel holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Victoria.

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