Special Events


2016 Leadership Conference: Building a Culture of Resilience

Join us for a day of collaboration with leadership gurus who will cover topics of personal and organizational resiliency, leaving attendees with tools to build a culture of resilience.

In an era of globalization and technological change, volatility and uncertainty can often surround us. To be an effective leader through change, you must be resilient. Saskatchewan is able to adapt to changing times by maintaining its resiliency through its flexibility, fortitude, innovation, and openness. This culture of resilience allows Saskatchewan to sustain its growth by building its capacity to bounce back in the face of difficult times.

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

The 2016 Leadership Conference theme Building a Culture of Resilience will showcase leaders' knowledge and expertise, as well as provide the audience with take-home tools and practices on resilient leadership. In doing so, we hope to create an interactive, workshop style conference allowing all attendees to build their individual and organizational cultures of resilience. The Leadership Conference will promote forward thinking, innovation, flexibility and fortitude toward Edwards School of Business' goal of developing business professionals to build nations.

In 2016, we will have interactive keynote sessions and announce the 2016 Grandey Leadership Honouree at the fourth annual Spring Forward! Grandey Leadership Luncheon.

To learn more visit: leadershipconference.usask.ca

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Release Date : December 01, 2015

The 13th annual Women of Influence Breakfast Presentation was held Thursday, November 5, 2015 at Prairieland Park. A sold out crowd of 395 members of the business community and students attended the celebration of women leadership and achievements.

Chief Kimberly Jonathan, First Vice-Chief at the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations spoke on “Celebrating and Embracing Diversity”, particularly her journey to her current leadership role. She reminded the audience to remember the cloth you are cut from and find common ground.

Stefanie Lawton, Skip for Saskatchewan Women’s Curling Team spoke about the “Balancing Act”. She discussed successes and challenges faced while balancing family, work and chasing her Olympic dream.  She discovered that happiness is achieved by balancing priorities.

Daphne Taras, Dean at Edwards School of Business shared her story on “Navigating through Chaos”. She captivated the audience with her journey that went from dreams of being a ballerina to academia. She shared her passion for life-long education and reminded the audience that while you are on your journey it is okay to pivot.

The Women of Influence Award, a scholarship intended for business students (male or female) who are making progress towards degree completion, who are single-parents of dependent children, and who are contributing to the support of their family, was awarded to Marsha Janvier, a fourth year Management major, and Nancy Zimmerman, a 4th year Human Resources major.

Thank you to our generous sponsors:  ICR Commercial Real Estate, Global Saskatoon, Moxie’s Grill & Bar, Persephone Theatre, Prairieland Park, Radisson Hotel Saskatoon, Rawlco Radio, Select Roses, TCU Place, Trek 2000 Corporation, U of S Bookstore, West Wind ExpressAir, The Willows, Wilson Centre for Entrepreneurial Excellence.

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


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