Special Events

Leadership Conference

Edwards School of Business is pleased to present the 2015 Leadership Conference: Sustainable Leadership – From Cliché to Crucial,  March 18th at TCU Place in Saskatoon.

Sustainable Leadership - From Cliché to Crucial

The world wants what Saskatchewan produces. The demand for products from mining, agriculture, and energy sectors allows Saskatchewan's economy to thrive. Saskatchewan has become a top player on the global stage by sustaining its competitive advantage through its innovation, strong community resilience, and its ability to adapt. This economic atmosphere sets the stage for Saskatchewan's long-term growth.

The Leadership Conference series has highlighted such topics as finding your competitive edge, the importance of trust, generational differences, leadership styles and the role of conversation to help us articulate and share ideas about leadership.

Under the auspices of the theme "Sustainable Leadership - From Cliché to Crucial" the 2015 Leadership Conference will showcase Saskatchewan leaders' knowledge and expertise, as well as celebrate Canadian perspectives and practices on sustainable leadership. In doing so, we will support Saskatchewan's place as a leader in Canada and worldwide. The Leadership Conference promotes forward thinking, innovation, community outreach, and governance towards our School's goal of developing business professionals to build nations.

The 2015 Leadership Conference offers:


The 12th annual Women of Influence Breakfast Presentation was a success with over 385 people in attendance on Thursday, November 6, 2014. The breakfast featured three accomplished women who spoke about their leadership roles and how they achieved success in their respective fields.

Anne Gent, Senior Environmental Scientist at Cameco Corporation spoke about “Don’t believe everything you hear.” 

Assistant Commissioner, Louise LaFrance Commanding Officer from the RCMP “Depot” Division told her journey “From Pillbox to Stetson.”

June Verhelst, Vice President Construction at Graham Group presented about “Building your Capacity.”

The Women of Influence Award, a $1,500 scholarship to support single-parents pursuing a business education was awarded to Juanita Wolfe and Nancy Zimmerman.

Stay tuned for next year's dates!

Women of Influence Speakers 2014:

Anne Gent

Anne Gent

Senior Environmental Scientist

Cameco Corporation

Louise Lafrance

Louise Lafrance

Assistant Commissioner

Commanding Officer RCMP "Depot" Division

June Verhelst

June Verhelst

Vice President Construction

Graham Group

2014 Sponsors:

  • Edwards MBA Program
  • Global Saskatoon
  • ICR Commercial Real Estate
  • Lia Sophia Jewelry: Megan Lloyd
  • Persephone Theatre
  • Prairieland Park
  • Radisson Hotel Saskatoon
  • Rawlco Radio
  • Select Roses
  • Spell It Photo Art
  • TCU Place
  • Tim Horton's
  • Tony Roma's Restaurants
  • Trek 2000 Corporation
  • U of S Bookstore
  • West Wind ExpressAir
  • Wilson Centre for Entrepreneurial Excellence

Past Events:

News article on 2011 Women of Influence Breakfast


Spring Forward Luncheon

In 2012, Jerry Grandey (retired President and CEO, Cameco Corporation) announced a $1 million gift to the Edwards School of Business. The gift—a combined donation from Jerry and Tina Grandey and a legacy gift from Cameco Corporation—has been put into action through student scholarships, supporting students and faculty involved in community leadership projects, MBA Fireside Chats with prominent leaders, and much more.

The second annual Spring Forward: Leadership Luncheon on Thursday, March 20, 2014 was another result of this initiative. A fireside chat on the topic of “Leading through Change” was host to 230 members of the Saskatoon business community. The event featured Jerry Grandey himself, and the newly announced 2014 Grandey Leadership Honouree Shelley Brown.

Shelley, Partner at Deloitte, is a prominent member of the Canadian business community. A former resident of Saskatoon, she was named one of Canada’s top 100 Most Powerful Women in both 2010 and 2012. This year, she is honored for her leadership efforts and contribution toward the unification of Canada’s accounting designations.

Moderated by Dean Daphne Taras, Edwards School of Business, the luncheon featured a candid discussion on the leadership experiences of Jerry and Shelley. The audience was able to participate as the floor was opened to questions, which enriched the discussion of the second annual Spring Forward: Leadership Luncheon.

Thank-you to everyone who attended and the volunteers/organizers who made the event such a success!

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