2:30 PM

Join us at the Heritage Inn and Convention Centre for event registration and informal networking. Coffee and light refreshments will be available during this time.


Conference Welcome

3:00 PM

John Petrie, Station Manager for Real County 105.7 and Boom 101.1 in Brooks, welcomes speakers and attendees to the event.  

Opening Keynote - David Irvine

3:15 PM

Managing and building your business in a flat economy presents many challenges and opportunities. How do you find - and keep - good people? How do you keep your employees motivated? How do you, as an entrepreneur,  stay positive? How do you deal constructively with the frustrations? How do you stay balanced as an entrepreneur?


Take the opportunity to gain a new view of building a successful - and sustainable - business in a tough economy. As one of Canada's most respected voices on leadership and organizational culture, David Irvine will inspire you with renewed clarity and confidence to navigate your business through the rough waters of a challenging economic environment.

Breakout Sessions

4:30 PM

Choose between three sessions depending on your interests and current business reality.

Breakout Session 1 - Small Business Support Services Close to Home

Alberta Innovates

Community Futures Entre Corp

ATB Financial

Business Link

Brooks Region Economic Development

Breakout Session 2 - Leading with Purpose: Clarifying your why

David Irvine

Breakout Session 3 - How to keep up with "All Things Marketing"

 Deanna Haysom, TAG Marketing

Coffee/Networking Break

5:15 PM

Coffee, tea, beverages, snacks and great conversation will be available.

Procurement Panel

5:30 PM

Representatives from four different industries, some established and some emerging, will share information about the products and services they procure, and what the process entails.

Agri-Food Manufacturing - JBS Canada - Juan Leyva

Government - Government of Canada - Jenny Yu

Renewable Energy Systems - Switch Power - Claude Mindorff

Pipeline and Oil/Gas - TC Energy - Mélanie Wiseman


6:30 PM

A full dinner with all the sides and fixings!

Closing Keynote - Q Rasi

7:15 PM

The world is changing rapidly and exponentially and Alberta businesses need to be ready.  Let’s talk about how new and existing companies can adapt - and how they can transform ideas into big business opportunities to build durable and impactful ventures.  We’ll hypothesize about what the future holds and how you can be prepared to embrace change and seize opportunities.