Special Events

"Mine Your Potential" Development Day

Women in Mining/Women in Nuclear Saskatchewan presents the "Mine Your Potential" Development Day

WiNWIMJoin us for the 2nd Annual "Mine Your Potential" development day! This one-day conference is a great opportunity for personal and professional development for anyone working in or interested in the minerals, mining, nuclear, and radiation industries.

This year's keynote speaker is Betty-Ann Heggie, a member of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women Hall of Fame and former Senior VP at PotashCorp. In retirement, Betty-Ann devotes much of her time to public speaking at many events across North America on topics such as gender physics, mentorship, and work-life balance, and has spearheaded the Betty-Ann Heggie Womentorship Program, developed in partnership with Edwards School of Business, U of S.

When: Thursday, October 23, 2014

Where: Radisson Hotel Saskatoon

Registration through Picatic is now open at https://www.picatic.com/mine-your-potential

For more information, visit http://groupspaces.com/WIMWiN-Saskatchewan/


Women of Influence

The 11th Annual Women of Influence Breakfast was held Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at Prairieland Park. A crowd of 350 members of the business community and students attended the celebration of women leadership and achievement.  

Rachel Mielke, founder of Hillberg & Berk Accessories spoke about the Value of Making Mistakes, particularly her attendance at the 2008 Oscars where she returned home with no sales and a cleared out inventory. Despite this, Rachel turned the situation around through the publicity of her story, which resulted in an increase in sales and an appearance on CBC’s Dragon’s Den. Rachel partnered with W. Brett Wilson and Hillberg & Berk is now considered the strongest designer jewelry line in Canada.

Lisa Thomaidis, Head Coach of the U of S Huskie Women’s Basketball Team and the Canadian Women’s National Basketball Team spoke about her Team’s Journey to the Olympics.  Getting to the Olympics is not just a four year journey, for Lisa, it has been 11 years.  Currently, Lisa is the only women’s Olympic basketball team coach and encourages women to participate in sports so that young girls have the opportunity to be coached by women. 

Kelly Garrett, retired Senior VP, Farm Credit Canada spoke about her experience as An Accidental Executive. Kelly was determined to be a stay at home mom after losing her mom at a young age to cancer. Having a child with autism, Kelly buried herself in her work to escape challenges at home and climbed the corporate ladder while maintaining her value of caring for her people and employees.  Kelly retired last year and is now pursuing her passion of being a life coach and professional speaker.

The Women of Influence Award, a $1500 scholarship to support single-parents pursuing a business education was awarded to Chelsey Beckman and Patricia Gardypie, both 4th Year Accounting majors.

Thank you to our generous sponsors:  Fitness for 10, Hillberg & Berk Accessories, ICR Commercial Real Estate, Lia Sophia Jewelry, Prairieland Park, Radisson Hotel Saskatoon, Rawlco Radio, Select Roses, Spell it Photo Art, TCU Place, Tim Hortons, Tony Roma’s Restaurants, Trek 2000 corporation, U of S Bookstore, Edwards MBA Program, West Wind Express Air, The Willows, Wilson Centre for Entrepreneurial Excellence.

Women of Influence Speakers 2013:

Rachel Mielke

Rachel Mielke

Founder & CEO,

Hillberg & Berk Accessories

Lisa Thomaidis

Lisa Thomaidis

Head Coach

U of S Women's Huskie Basketball Team

Canadian Women's National Basketball Team

Kellie Garrett

Kellie Garrett

Recently Retired, Senior VP

Farm Credit Canada

2013 Sponsors:

  • Edwards MBA Program
  • Fitness for 10
  • Hillberg & Berk Accessories
  • ICR Commercial Real Estate
  • Lia Sophia Jewelry: Megan Lloyd
  • 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
  • The Willows Golf & Country Club
  • 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!

2014 Sponsors:

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