Women of Influence Breakfast Presentation


Prairieland Park, Hall A

November 5, 2019

Introduction & Background

A breakfast presentation featuring three accomplished women who will speak about their leadership roles and how they achieved success in their respective fields.

Check back to see our 2019 Women of Influence Speakers!

2018 Women of Influence Speakers

Jacqueline Ottmann, Ph.D., M.A., B.Ed.

Vice-Provost Indigenous Engagement and Professor, University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Jacqueline Ottmann is Anishinaabe (Saulteaux), and in October 2017, she became a scholar, professor and Vice-Provost Indigenous Engagement at the University of Saskatchewan. Formerly, she was the Director of Indigenous Education Initiatives with the Werklund School of Education, and Coordinator of the First Nations, Métis, Inuit Undergraduate Teacher Education program at the University of Calgary. Jackie has been recognized as an international researcher, advocate, and change-maker whose purpose is to transform practices inclusive of Indigenous leadership, methodologies and pedagogies. She is driven to create schools and communities that foster a deeper sense of belonging and appreciation for Indigenous peoples - their histories, stories, ways of knowing and being.

Fatima Coovadia, M.H.A., B.DS.

Human Rights Commissioner and Consultant, Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission

Fatima was appointed as Commissioner for Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission in January 2018. Always an ardent advocate for human rights and educator for championing good citizenship, Fatima is enjoying her new role as Commissioner. Fatima was born in South Africa and immigrated to Canada in 1991. She holds a Bachelor of Dental Science degree and a Master of Health Administration. She is also a consultant at Coovadia Consulting. Fatima has a passion for education and over the years has served on many boards including Lakeridge Cooperative Preschool, Maria Montessori Board of Directors, Parent Council Chair at Lakeridge School and Colette Bourgonje School. She is an active member within the Islamic Association of Saskatchewan and currently serves on the board of Remai Modern Art Gallery. Fatima and her husband Abdullah have three children, and they enjoy travelling, exploring food from different countries, and experiencing other cultures.

Candace Laing, M.A., B.Comm.

Vice President, Sustainability & Stakeholder Relations, Nutrien

Candace Laing is a skilled resource in the development of strategic business initiatives that create high-performance cultures and help organizations achieve business results. She is currently the Senior Director of Sustainability and Stakeholder Relations at Nutrien – the world’s largest provider of crop inputs and services. Her career has spanned through both private and public-sector organizations. She has served as an instructor at the Edwards School of Business, University of Saskatchewan. Candace obtained her Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan and completed her Master of Arts in Leadership from Royal Roads University. People describe her as highly personable, competitive and always energized by a challenge. She is passionate about agriculture and is proud to have grown up in Saskatchewan where she currently resides and her family farms.   

  • Event Times
    • 7:00 am - Doors Open 
    • 7:30 am - Breakfast 
    • 8:00 am - Presentation Begins
    • 9:00 am - Presentation Concludes
  • Women of Influence Scholarship Award

    A portion of the proceeds of this breakfast go towards the Women of Influence Scholarship Award that was established to support the dreams of students wishing to pursue a business education. The award was established in 2012 and is intended for business students (male or female) who are making progress towards degree completion and who are single-parents of a dependent child or children. Every year a current Edwards student receives a $1500 scholarship. 

    2018 Award Recipient:

    Lori Waterhen, Third Year Management Major, Edwards School of Business

    For more information on giving visit: http://www.edwards.usask.ca/alumni/ways-to-give.aspx

November 5, 2019


Program Fees

$60 each or $350 for Corporate Table of Six plus GST

Includes breakfast and presentation.

Registration Deadline

October 29, 2019

Course Planner

For more information, contact

Laurie Mitchell

Program Coordinator


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Past Events

The Women of Influence Breakfast was initially organized by Edwards School of Business in partnership with University of Saskatchewan, Extension Division starting in 2002. Initially, it was called "Women at the Top", and it was held at the top of the inn at the Sheraton Cavalier as a luncheon event with around 80-100 attendees. Lynne Pearson, Leanne Bellegarde and Sheila Fraser (Auditor General) were the first three women profiled that year. Since then, Edwards has taken over the event in its entirety, moved to a breakfast, grown to 400 in attendance, and have kept with the three speaker format. Please see below for previous years featured women speakers:

Thank-you to our 2017 Sponsors!


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