Women of Influence Breakfast Presentation


Event Overview

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


2019 Speaker line-up includes:

Darlene Brander, CEO of Wanuskewin Heritage Park
Darlene Brander oversees all operations at Wanuskewin Heritage Park, an internationally acclaimed northern plains Indigenous interpretive site that is home to more than 6,400 years of history.

A Band Member of the Red Earth Cree First Nation, Darlene holds a Bachelor of Education Degree from the University of Saskatchewan as well as a Chartered Professional in Human Resources designation.  An active community member, Ms. Brander sits on the following boards, Chair of the Saskatoon Board of Police Commissioners and the Canadian Association of Police Governance.  She is a past Director for the Saskatoon Aboriginal Professional Association and the Nutrien Wonderhub.  

Katherine Regnier, Founder and CEO of Coconut Software
In 2011, Katherine Regnier quit her job at 3-months pregnant to solely focus on Coconut. In late 2016, after 5 years of bootstrapping the company to over a million dollars in sales, everything changed.  Katherine has successfully raised $4.9M and has grown her team to over a staff of 50.

Katherine is a founding board member of Co.Labs, Saskatchewan’s first technology incubator and hosted the very first Prairie Investment Forum (PIF), which was a celebration of technology and investment in the Prairies. 

Brynn Boback-Lane, President and CEO of Jim Pattison Children's Hospital FoundationBrynn Boback-Lane leads a provincial team in advocating and fundraising for the new provincial children's hospital project with focused expertise in governance, marketing, public relations, and philanthropy. Brynn attended the University of Saskatchewan and received her Chartered Director (C. Dir.) designation from McMaster University. 

Brynn currently sits as a member of the Canadian Association of Pediatric Hospitals of Canada, Canadian Advisory Committee for Children's Miracle Network, Canadian Children's Hospital Foundation Executives, and is a member of the Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) Board of Directors.

  • 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. 

    2019 Award Recipient:

    Lori Waterhen, Third Year Management Major, Edwards School of Business
    Heather Robinson, Fourth Year Management Major, Edwards School of Business

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

  • Sponsorship

    This annual breakfast hosts 400 entrepreneurs and business professionals. If you would like to sponsor this event and provide door prizes, please contact us.

    Your organization’s logo will be recognized on the sponsor cards which are placed on every table, in the opening PowerPoint, on the website and verbally announced during the presentation. 

  • Event Schedule
    • 7:00 am - Doors Open 
    • 7:30 am - Breakfast 
    • 8:00 am - Presentation Begins
    • 9:00 am - Presentation Concludes

Upcoming Event TBD

Fees: Individual: $60 plus GST Corporate Table (6): $350 plus Taxes

Registration Deadline: To Be Announced

Location: Hall A - Prairieland Park - Saskatoon

More Information

Includes breakfast and presentation.

Course Planner

For more information, contact

Rebecca Schweighardt
Learning and Development Specialist
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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 2019 Sponsors!

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