Our great lineup of speakers: Listen, Learn, Network & Grow!

Our speakers are industry leaders, market innovators and those passionate about creating success. We choose the best people from within and outside the ag industry to share their wisdom and knowledge with you.

Imagine the goals you could achieve with a little inspiration, and new and insightful skills from women who’ve “been there, done that” and are willing to share what they’ve learned along the way.

Janice Bartley

Founder, Foodpreneur Lab, Scarborough, ON

Presentation Title • The Upside of Challenge

Presentation Overview: Janice joins us to discuss how your belief system affects your outlook.

Profile:
Founder, Foodpreneur Lab was created in January 2019. Janice brings a wealth of experience into the food sector as a former Operations Manager in Culinary & Hospitality management. Her 30+ years as an entrepreneur brought her to Food Starter as part of the Management team. She has mentored many young and experienced Chefs in the food industry and had been able to transition those mentoring skills to food entrepreneurs. Janice has worked with community based Organizations, such as JumpStart Refugee Talent and Ryerson Diversity Institute both support women entrepreneurs and newcomers. In 2019 her first mentee won the JumpStart pitch competition and in 2020, she mentored participants in HERStartup, a newly created division of JumpStart Refugee Talent focused on providing support to newcomer women in food. Janice also serves as a Mentor/Advisor with StartGBC, George Brown College helping students in the food space. In 2021, she joined Centennial College as a Mentor/Advisor supporting young Culinary entrepreneurs in the new Entrepreneur Hub. Janice serves as a Mentor to the Elizabeth Fry Society, EnterpRISE program supporting young women launch or scale their business.  She also provides consulting services to food entrepreneurs and serves as an Advisory Member, for York Region Agriculture and Agri-Food Committee. Janice currently works in the food production and incubator/accelerator space and helps support Clients launch and scale their food businesses.

Angela Bedard-Haughn

Dean and Professor, College of Agriculture and Bioresources, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK

Presentation Title • Managing Expectations in Uncertain Times

Presentation Overview: A major source of stress – both personal and professional – is when there is a disconnect between expectations (of ourselves and of others) and reality. How can we manage and communicate about expectations to mitigate stress while navigating a world fraught with uncertainty?

Profile:
Dr. Bedard-Haughn was born and raised on her family farm in the central parkland region of Saskatchewan. She received both her BSc in Physical Geography and her MSc in Soil Science from the University of Saskatchewan. She attended the University of California at Davis, where she received her PhD in Soil Science and Biogeochemistry in 2004.

Following completion of her PhD, Dr. Bedard-Haughn joined the Department of Soil Science at USask as a Postdoctoral Fellow before being appointed to a tenure-track faculty position in July of 2006. Over the course of her career, she has served as Head of the Department of Soil Science and as Associate Dean (Research and Graduate Studies) for the College of Agriculture and Bioresources, before taking up the position of Dean in summer 2020.

Dr. Bedard-Haughn specializes in soil science research, focusing on two main areas: management of wetland soils and predictive soil mapping. Her notable research program has been supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Saskatchewan Agriculture Development Research Fund, the Global Institute for Water Security, Environment Canada and several industry groups. She has also been active in experiential training, teaching field courses on soil and landscape classification at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

Dr. Bedard-Haughn is an associate member of the School of Environment and Sustainability, a member of the Global Institute for Water Security, and, is fully engaged in graduate student training.

Jeanne Beker

Iconic Fashion Journalist, Toronto, ON

Presentation Title • Jeanne Beker: Forging Her Own Path

Presentation Overview: From the outset of her career, Jeanne Beker was determined to “have it all.” She became a media trailblazer, known for keeping her listeners, viewers, and readers abreast of the shifting cultural landscape, reporting directly from the trenches.

In show business for 50 years now, Jeanne reflects on her distinctive multi-faceted, multi-media career as a fashion reporter, television personality, and creator of her own fashion lines. She accomplished all this while building her now internationally recognized brand — long before “personal branding” was a common buzz phrase — and raising her family.

Crediting her “nose to the grindstone” attitude and strong work ethic for her success, Jeanne Beker recounts the highs (and lows) of her life and career thus far, inspiring her audiences to dream big.

Profile:
Jeanne Beker is one of the most influential women in the fashion industry—in Canada and around the world. A long-time celebrity, Jeanne speaks on how she rose to the top of arts and culture media as the iconic host of TV’s Fashion Television, along with what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.

Jeanne started her professional “show biz” career when she was just 16, when she moved to New York to study acting, and to Paris to study mime. In 1975, she found herself in St. John’s, Newfoundland, covering arts for CBC radio.

Three years later, Jeanne landed a job at Toronto’s CHUM radio. In 1979, she helped launch the ground-breaking series The New Music, on CITY TV, which she co-hosted for six years.  A founding member of MuchMusic, Jeanne continued to trail-blaze, and in 1985, launched the legendary Fashion Television, which she presented on in over 130 countries for 27 years.

A seasoned newspaper columnist and features writer, Jeanne was editor-in-chief of FQ and SIR magazines from 2003 to 2008; she has authored five books; and she is a frequent guest on myriad lifestyle shows.

Jeanne has been at the creative helm of numerous fashion lines under her own eponymous label, and since 2015, has been Style Editor for The Shopping Channel, where she currently hosts the series “Style Matters”.

Active with several charitable organizations, Jeanne received an honourary doctorate from St. Mary’s University, and is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Special Achievement Award from the Canadian Academy of Cinema and Television, and a Crystal Award from Toronto Women in Film and Television.

In 2014, Jeanne was named to the Order of Canada, and she was inducted into the American Marketing Association’s Hall of Legends in 2015. She also received a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2016, and an honorary doctorate from OCAD University in 2018.

Beverly Beuermann-King

Mental Health and Resiliency Expert, R ‘n’ B Consulting – Work Smart Live Smart, Little Britain, ON

Presentation One • Breaking The Silence On Mental Illness: Understanding Depression Within Your Team During Change and Challenge – Part 1

Presentation Overview: Just over one in ten adults will experience Depression at some point in their life, and those experiencing Depression often feel distant from colleagues, friends and loved ones. Discover the subtleties around mood, blues, and depression.

Presentation Two • Breaking The Silence On Mental Illness: Bringing Supportive Conversations To The Workplace – Part 2

Presentation Overview: Discover how be supportive when you suspect that someone is struggling and become comfortable with having a conversation in a non-judgmental and supportive way, so that you can promote a productive, engaged, and psychologically healthy workplace. Learn strategies using the A-L-E-C model for addressing the issue of mental health in a supportive, open and confident way.

Profile:
For over 20 years, Beverly has used her S-O-S Principle™ with people and organizations who want to control their reactions to stress, build resiliency against life’s challenges, and live healthy, successful lives. Beverly believes that resiliency is about building a plan that works, and one that is unique to the person and team who builds it.

Beverly launched her company, R ‘n B Consulting, in 1995, and since then she has helped teams from a wide range of industries to shift from stressed out to resilient, enabling them to be happier, engaged, and successful.Beverly’s psychology, sociology, management, and adult education background combine to create her Work Smart Live Smart presentations, which are soundly based in research, and are enlightening and inspirational. Audiences discover the right strategies to improve their health, manage their challenges, and enhance their life’s satisfaction using three simple questions.

Beverly is a sought-after media spokesperson and is a highly respected speaker. Diverse organizations from Enbridge Gas and the Ontario Veterinarian Association, to York Regional Police, and the Elementary Teachers Federation, have partnered with Beverly when they want to protect their mental health.

Beverly is one of less than seventy Canadians to have earned their Certified Speaking Professional designation and has been accredited as a Certified Virtual Presenter through eSpeakers and through Power Women WorldWide. Beverly’s ability to connect the theoretical to real life through her stories and humour, help her audiences to move past the challenges and into a world of possibilities.

Roxanne Derhodge

Mental Health and Wellness Specialist, Roxanne Derhodge Consulting, Niagara Falls, ON

Presentation Title • The Power of Authentic Connections: The Shift from Return on Investment to Return on Human Connection

Presentation Overview: Authentic Heart Based Leaders focus on relationships and the bottom line results fall in place based on their ability to connect.

Profile:
Roxanne Derhodge is a registered psychotherapist, corporate consultant, keynote speaker, trainer and author. She works with her clients to develop a keen sense of their resilience. When leaders start to focus on “Return on Relationships”, the companies’ ROI takes care of itself. With over 20 years’ experience, Roxanne works with senior leadership to enhance their resilience so they can more effectively manage the various levels of the organization. She will help improve their capacity to understand the style of their leadership and how their stress response may impact their ability to lead effectively.

Dianne Finstad

Communications Specialist, Red Deer, AB

Master of Ceremonies

Profile:
Dianne Finstad is a communications specialist with a passion for all things agriculture. She spent over thirty years as a broadcaster and reporter, specializing in agriculture and rodeo coverage. Raised on a ranch in southern Alberta, she was able to combine her 4-H inspired interests in communication and ag into an interesting career, which now takes her to exciting places like Advancing Women in Agriculture conferences. Based in Red Deer, she began her career at CKRD-TV and radio. Her program ‘This Business of Farming’ was a staple in many rural households around the province. She also worked at KG Country Radio, providing daily farm reports and regular rodeo coverage. As well, Dianne has MC’d at events ranging from Farm Credit Canada Forums to national dairy shows. She works as both a show announcer and rodeo reporter at the Calgary Stampede. Her work has received numerous awards, and she is an honorary member of the Alberta Institute of Agrologists and the Alberta Human Ecology and Home Economics Association. Dianne is currently doing agriculture, rodeo, writing and speaking work across the country.

Janice Holzscherer

Vice President & National Head of Agriculture, Scotiabank, Listowel, ON

Presentation Title: Coming soon!

Presentation Overview: Coming soon!

Profile:
In the role of Vice President and National Head of Agriculture, Janice is responsible for the overall strategic positioning, growth and management of the National Agriculture team across Canada. She was appointed to this position in August 2016.

Janice joined Commercial Banking at Scotiabank in 2007 and has held progressively senior roles within the Canadian Bank in Toronto, Kitchener Waterloo and Listowel, Ontario. Prior to Scotiabank, Janice held senior positions in the investment industry. Janice holds a CFA, a Bachelor of Economics and History (Honours) from Trinity College, University of Toronto.

Janice has a passion for agriculture and is an avid equestrian. She resides on a farm in SW Ontario with her husband and they have three children all of whom are attending post-secondary education.

Shevy Horowitz

CFO, Prisum Coatings Canada Inc., Holland Landing, ON

Presentation Title • Becoming CFO of Prisum Coatings

Presentation Overview: Shevy will share her empowering story of overcoming hardships, making mistakes and moving forward. Her powerful story will teach you that you can do anything, and she will guide you through how she did! She not only overcame many obstacles but grew and thrived. Her presentation will inspire and motivate you!

Profile:
I grew up in Richmond Hill, and my father always told me never work for someone always have your own business. I took his advice to heart. I got married at 19 to the love of my life and took over my parents rooming house business with my husband. My husband Eli wanted his own business and a lot of options came about, and then we met Richard together they decided to open a paint factory. After 2 years of working together my husband and father drowned in a boating accident. I was left with 3 babies and no life insurance and $1 million in debt. I went bankrupt and started over. I came into the factory knowing nothing. I took accounting courses and together with Richard we built up the factory from nothing. We had a rough start, banks shut our loans after my husband died, our landlord sued us, we had teenagers lite our factory on fire and I had 3 kids at home to raise by myself. It was a long road that I travelled, but today our business is successful, I have remarried to my 2nd love of my life and we even had a baby together. I survived!

Tomina Jackson

Co-Founder, Rolling D Workwear, Russell, MB

Presentation Title • Be Brave & Repeat: A Guide to Entrepreneurship through an Introvert’s Perspective

Presentation Overview: In this presentation, Tomina walks through how she let go of her doubts and harnessed her power as an introvert to successfully co-found a workwear business for all the extraordinary women who work outdoors.

Profile:
Tomina is a farmer, avid vegetable gardener, vintage clothing collector, and self-professed introvert. She’s also the co-founder of the recently launched business, Rolling D Workwear, whose mission is to provide highly functional and classically styled clothing to women who work outdoors. Tomina saw the demand for women’s workwear after realizing the farming women in her family (and there’s a lot of them) were wearing mens and boys clothing. This set Tomina and her Aunt Cheryl on an unforgettable adventure to launch Rolling D Workwear, proudly named after Tomina’s Grandmothers’ Farm. Tomina is committed to providing women who work outdoors with functional and stylish workwear made in Canada. Tomina farms with her sister, Mom, and Dad at High Bluff Stock Farm, a purebred Charolais and Simmental cattle and grain operation in Manitoba.

Candice Jay, CIM, FCSI, MFA-P

Vice President, CC&L Private Capital, Toronto, ON

Presentation Title • The Makeup of a Successful Investor – Financial Management & Independence

Presentation Overview: Explore the principles of investing and behavioral biases that appear for investors and how to best overcome them.

Profile:
Candice has over 15 years of experience in the financial industry. Prior to joining CC&L Private Capital, roles at Pembroke Private Wealth Management and HSBC Global Asset Management demonstrated Candice’s ability to support private clients and foundations across Canada. She is focused on helping charitable foundations and high net worth clients—including women, farm families and  entrepreneurs —achieve their long-term financial goals. Strategic philanthropy is also an important part of Candice’s practice and she is passionate in working with clients to identify values and areas where philanthropy can play a role.

A graduate of the University of Toronto, Candice holds the Chartered Investment Manager (CIM) designation, is a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI), holds the Master Financial Advisor – Philanthropy (MFA-P) designation. Candice understands the importance of giving back to her community, and is a current board member of the University of Toronto Alumni Association and UHN Impact Collective of the Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation. She has also sat on the Board of Directors and Executive Board of the Toronto Chinese Business Association. In her spare time, Candice enjoys practicing yoga, playing golf and tennis, and taking hikes with her family and golden retriever, Sadie.

Trish Jordan

Senior Business Partner, Government & Industry Affairs, Bayer Crop Science Inc., Winnipeg, MB

Presentation Title • A Career Well-lived: Let your natural skills shine; Prove your worth; Say yes to opportunities

Presentation Overview: Looking back on a career in Canadian agriculture that has spanned 37 + years, it is a good time to reflect on what worked and what didn’t.  In her  presentation, Trish will walk you through her path and share the skills that worked for her in building a meaningful and impactful career.  She will take you on a surprising but rewarding journey that exposed her to opportunities and allowed her to excel in an industry she never expected.  Loaded with serendipity, a ton of luck , and a little personality and confidence to “go for it,” Trish’s career story will be sure to inspire you down your own path.

Profile:
Trish Jordan is passionate about agriculture, farmers and enhancing agricultural awareness with the non-farming public.  She grew up in the city but has worked for five different agricultural organizations in two western provinces, all with very different organizational structures and cultures.  Each role has given her the privilege of working closely with, and for, farmers.

In her current role as Senior Business Partner, Government & Industry Affairs, Trish engages with provincial governments in Western Canada and key farm and industry stakeholders across the country in support of Bayer’s business, its farm customers and the Canadian agricultural sector.  Trish also leads Bayer’s sponsorship program and manages two flagship community giving programs aimed at strengthening communities and improving the lives of both rural and urban residents across the country.

Trish donates her time to many boards and is a current executive member of the Clean Farms Board of Directors and is the President of the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame. She also serves on the Boards of Agriculture in the Classroom-Manitoba and Cereals Canada and was recently appointed to the Board Advisory Committee of Agriculture in the Classroom Canada.

In September 2020, Trish received the Canadian Farm Writers and Broadcasters Lifetime Achievement Award which honours long-serving members who have made outstanding contributions to the federation and to the agricultural communications and media industries.  Trish is also a 2013 recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her leadership in agriculture; advocacy for innovation and competitiveness; and her commitment to community service.

Alicia Lauriault

Business Advisor, CFIB, Toronto, ON

Presentation Title • Human Resources Management Strategies and Best Practices for Farm and Agriculture Organizations

Presentation Overview: Increase your odds of success by building on your business’s strongest asset, its workforce. We will explore how to understand government compliance requirements, develop and implement an effective human resource management strategy to help your organization thrive.

Profile:
Alicia Lauriault is a bilingual Business Advisor with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). Over the last 5 years, she has had the pleasure to educate and assist thousands of small and medium-size business owners on a wide range of issues across all sectors and industries.  Using her knowledge of government compliance and human resources management combined with her critical thinking allows her to analyze, problem-solve and providing strategic recommendations on a variety of topics. She consults daily with employers on employee management and operations, assists with developing workplace policies and improving performance, educates on workplace-specific legislation such as employment standards, occupational health and safety, human rights, and workers’ compensation. With a passion for communication, she enjoys public speaking engagements, writing content for our website and connecting with Canadian entrepreneurs.

Cheryl-Ann Lovie

President, Its My Turn, Woodstock, ON

Presentation Title • Shingles Doesn’t Care

Presentation Overview: Cheryl-Ann will take you through her story of the series of challenges, that she, herself, overcame.  A  life changing experience taught her strategies to overcome and forge through the process. Let her insight be your inspiration.

Profile:
Cheryl-Ann is an HVAC Sales Professional by day, and a recently published author, of her first book “Its My Turn”, and most recently a public speaker.  Cheryl-Ann’s passion for inspiring women to greatness, has been her life’s work. Cheryl-Ann is a wife, mother, stepmother, grandmother, daughter, sister and trusted friend. Cheryl-Ann loves to squeeze in a game of golf and work in her garden when the season allows. HVAC is not her only passion, time with her family will always be her most valued achievement.

Christine Manning

Co-founder, Manning Canning Kitchens Inc, Toronto, ON

Presentation Title • Coming Soon!

Presentation Overview: Coming soon!

Profile:
After spending close to 20 years working in marketing, Christine took the giant leap into self employment. She is founder and co-owner of Manning Canning Kitchens Inc. She makes a selection of award winning preserves and healthy beverages and she offers certified commercial kitchen space to new food entrepreneurs. Over the past 6 years hundreds of new food businesses have started, grown and expanded their food business with thanks to the amazing facility Christine has built but also the consulting work Christine does with her clients. She works hard to ensure they don’t step on any expensive rakes in the heavily regulated industry of food production.

Lauren McCreery

Founder & Professional Coach, Swerve Coaching & Consulting, Canmore, AB

Presentation Title • How to Listen to Life’s Whispers and SWERVE to a Career and Life You Love

Presentation Overview: Life always sends us small messages, hints or “whispers” to help guide us, but we often silence the message and wind up suffering the consequences. Lauren will share how she went from stressed and burnt out to making her career and lifestyle dreams come true. Coach Lauren will share the key steps you can take to confidently seek what you want out of your career and life.

Profile:
Like many others, Coach Lauren spent years daydreaming of a different life – a career where she could make a meaningful impact and a lifestyle full of adventure and stillness in the mountains. After years of working in a stressful job, feeling stuck and wondering about the possibilities of something greater, she boldly changed direction and swerved to the life and career of her dreams.

In 2019, after becoming a Certified Professional Coach, Lauren founded Swerve Coaching & Consulting. Her mission is two-fold: to help Millennials transition to sustainable and fulfilling careers and to help leaders of organizations build healthier workplaces that enable Millennials to thrive. Coach Lauren helps Millennials to SWERVE and leaders to “SWERVE-proof” their organizations.

Philomena Morrissey Satre

Director of Diversity-Equity-Inclusion, Land O’ Lakes, Arden Hills, MN

Presentation Title • Coming soon!

Presentation Overview: Coming soon!

Profile:
Philomena serves as Director of Diversity & Inclusion and External Strategic Partnerships.  She joined Land O’Lakes June 2017, bringing more than 30 years of human resource experience in diversity and inclusion, community relations, work life and wellbeing. Before joining Land O’Lakes, she worked at Wells Fargo & Company.   Her previous roles included VP of Organizational Effectiveness Development, Diversity and Inclusion; Community Outreach Consultant; and Senior HR Consultant.

Philomena joined the Board of Directors for the Cookie Cart organization and leads the Governance Committee.  She co- leads the Leadership Advisory Board for SHIFT and formerly served on the Board of SHIFT (nonprofit focused on people in midlife) for 8 years. Philomena serves on the Agriculture D and I Consortium (Together We Grow), and co-chairs the Twin Cities D&I Roundtable. Philomena served on the Minnesota Workforce Citizen Commission on Aging, Minneapolis Workforce Council, the Executive Leadership Council for Honoring Women Worldwide, the Goodwill Easter Seals, Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES), Lifeworks, HIRED and Resource Inc. Advisory Boards.  She also co led the 2020 Women on Boards initiative for Minnesota.

Philomena has received numerous awards, including AARP/Pollen 50 over 50, the Minneapolis Business Journal’s Woman Change Maker and Minority Advocate, Minnesota Business The (Real) Power 50 Award and the University of Phoenix Diversity Leadership Award. Philomena has an MA in Organizational Leadership from St. Catherine University and a BA in Public Administration and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse.  Philomena is an Adjunct Professor at the University of St Catherine in the Master of Organizational Leadership Graduate Program.

Lori Robinson

Farm Manager, Eric C. Robinson Inc., Albany, PEI

Presentation Title • Challenge Accepted

Presentation Overview: Life is full of challenges. Before the age of 26, I was diagnosed with a chronic illness, chose a career that was exceedingly male dominant, and lost my father in a tragic car accident just 3 months after joining him in our family’s agricultural business. At a young age, I learned that how I chose to face life’s challenges would either make me or break me.

Profile:
Lori Robinson is the Farm Manager at Eric C. Robinson Inc., a sixth generation farming operation located in Albany, Prince Edward Island. As Farm Manager, Lori oversees the day to day operations of the family’s 2500 acre farm, concentrating on the production and sales of soybeans, grains and forages. Lori obtained her BSc in Agriculture, majoring in Agricultural Business, from the University of Guelph in 1991 and has 27 years of experience farming in PEI. Under Lori’s management, Eric C. Robinson Inc. was PEI’s first recipient of the Government of Canada’s Women Entrepreneurship Fund, awarded in 2019. Lori  has been a Board Member of several PEI agriculturally related boards, including PEI’s Agricultural Insurance Board, which she chaired in 2015 and 2016. Currently Lori sits on the Advisory Board for the PEI’s Rural Women’s Business Centre, is the Co-chair of PEI’s Land Matters Advisory Committee, advising provincial government on land policy related issues, and is a member of a Women’s Working Group examining how to get more women involved in leadership roles in agriculture on Prince Edward Island. Outside of agriculture, Lori is a Coaching Association of Canada Level 2 Curling Coach, having coached most recently at the 2019 Canada Winter Games and the Canadian U18 Nationals, enjoys spending time with her 6 month old chocolate lab, Juno, and hopes to one day write a book titled: “I am the Mr. Robinson you are looking for!”

Jane Schuette, MA, DTM

Speaker and Author, Jane Schuette and Associates, Inc., Watertown, MN

Presentation Title • SOS – Manage My Stress

Presentation Overview: The constant change and uncertainty in the world require a back-to-basics approach to stress management. Jane’s presentation will energize and motivate you to apply a practical and research-backed strategy for sailing through your stress so it stops swamping you.

Profile:
Jane is an award-winning speaker and author. Throughout a lifetime of research, she has collected the most effective practices and chosen tools designed to educate, energize, and inspire you to manage stress. Her audience is diverse – from global corporation employees to educators, from U.S. Armed Forces to women inmates. Jane’s message is easy to digest and implement, helping you to sail through the stormy seas of stress with ease! Her first book, Building Your Brilliance: Move from Stressful Survival to Joyful Living, features a toolkit to help you manage stress and uncover your brilliance! Her second book, The Building Your Brilliance 5-Minute Journal, helps you find peace within the storms of stress and navigate to brilliance in just 5 minutes a day. Jane lives in rural Minnesota with her husband and is delighted to have her children and grandchildren nearby for plenty of play time in the exhilarating Minnesota seasons.

Lauren Sergy

Communication and Public Speaking Expert, Up Front Communication, Edmonton, AB

Presentation Title • Discovering Your Speaker’s Edge

Presentation Overview: Many people assume that great communicators are born, not made, but nothing could be further than the truth. In this inspiring and practical talk, you’ll learn how to dig into your innate communication strengths while boosting your  skill and confidence so you can make your voice heard!

Profile:
Public speaking and communication expert Lauren Sergy has helped thousands of people become more effective leaders by developing critical communication skills such as persuasion, presentation, and executive presence. Known for her highly practical and inter-disciplinary approach, Lauren tackles tough speaking and communication issues with refreshing humor and candor. She has worked with a variety of clients and audiences in Canada, the US, and Europe including KPMG, T-Mobile, Grant Thornton, the Government of Alberta, the University of Alberta, Dairy Farmers of Canada, and many more.

Lauren is a proud member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers. She holds a Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Classics, and teaches business communication at Concordia University of Edmonton and the University of Alberta.

Her book, The Handy Communication Answer Book, was featured on Library Journal’s Best Reference Books of 2017 list.

Suzanne F. Stevens

Conscious Leadership & Social Contribution Cultivator, YouMeWe Social Impact Group, Collingwood, ON

Presentation Title • Choose to Express Your Feminine Power

Presentation Overview: From Suzanne’s extensive interviews with women leaders in twenty-five countries, she will share eight practices that women who transformed their organizations and communities embrace. You will gain increased confidence to liberate your authentic power and show up as the best version of you, at home, at work, and in your community.

Profile:

As a multi-award-winning social entrepreneur, Suzanne works with SME leaders and entrepreneurs to maximize their meaning and resilience by making their contrition count for them, their organization, and the community. Leaders are empowered to ignite an inclusive culture while having a social impact. Strategies attract, engage, and retain colleagues, customers, and collaborators — sustainably.

Suzanne has been inspiring audiences for twenty-two years on five continents, challenging their perceptions, arming them with strategies, and inspiring them to act. She is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP), web-tv and podcast host, moderator, event producer, community builder, author (Make your contribution count for you, me, we – https://store.youmewe.ca/). Suzanne is the founder of YouMeWe Social Impact Group: YouMeWe.ca, YouMeWeMovement.ca, WisdomExchangetv.com, YouMeWeFoundation.org, YouMeWe Community: Women Leading Social Impact and YouMeWe Events.

As an adventure traveller and curious by nature, Suzanne enjoys exploring and sharing how diverse people make their contributions count. With the world getting smaller and bandwidths getting larger, Suzanne is thrilled to build the global YouMeWe community of women leading a social impact through volunteerism, advocacy, and commerce.