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Saturday, January 31
 

7:45am

Freedom from Stress- Isha Kriya Meditation
What is stressful for one person, someone else breezes through. So stress happens not because of the nature of your work but because of your inability to manage your own system- your body, your mind, your emotions, your energy, your chemistry. If you can't manage you're own system, you are functioning by accident, so everything is stressful. Isha Kriya is a simple yet potent practice created by Sadhguru and it is a powerful tool to manage the inner system and cope with the hectic pace of modern life. Daily practice of Isha Kriya brings health, dynamism, peace and well-being!!


Saturday January 31, 2015 7:45am - 8:30am
BS M-145 University of Alberta

7:45am

Morning Yoga
Start the day right with a free yoga session offered by U of A Recreation Services, taught by Kelsey!

Presenters
avatar for Kelsey Waddell

Kelsey Waddell

BCom, Certified Yoga Teacher. Personal Fitness Trainer. AFLCA. Acro-Yoga Level 2 Certified. | | Kelsey has been taking her practice off the mat since the day she was born. Finding a balance between playfulness and discipline through her practice of yoga. Fueled by adventure, it has continued to take her up mountains and down trails. | | She challenges her students out of their comfort zones; where life begins. With students on and off the... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for LiveWell / U of A Recreation Services

LiveWell / U of A Recreation Services

In Kind Sponsor | | The Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation is committed to developing and building a healthy campus culture for the University of Alberta students through participation, education, inclusivity and community. 


Saturday January 31, 2015 7:45am - 8:30am
2-650 Van Vliet Complex

8:00am

Breakfast, Registration & Homeroom
Breakfast in CCIS atrium, registration in homerooms.

Sponsors
avatar for DAVIDsTEA

DAVIDsTEA

In-Kind Sponsor: Tea Sampling during Breakfast and Lunch | | David Segal was a young, tea-loving entrepreneur with a vision: great tea, a friendly environment and a colourful, modern store. But why tea?  Because it’s healthy, delicious and fun. It brings people together, all over the world. It’s the second-most popular drink on the planet, second only to water.  And, quite simply, because it makes us happy.
avatar for University of Alberta Students' Union

University of Alberta Students' Union

Silver Sponsor: Breakfast/Conference Co-Founder | The University of Alberta Students’ Union (SU) is the official body that represents all undergraduate students and acts as a strong advocate for students at the university, and at all levels of government. We operate a variety of businesses intended to appeal to students (from bars and a deli, to a convenience store and a full service print shop), and provide access to a wide range of... Read More →


Saturday January 31, 2015 8:00am - 9:00am
CCIS University of Alberta

9:00am

Transition
Saturday January 31, 2015 9:00am - 9:15am
CCIS University of Alberta

9:15am

Welcome & Opening Keynote 'Do Cool Sh*t: Creating Your Best Life'
Mayor Don Iveson will be bringing a welcome from the City of Edmonton and there will be a brief welcome from one of our gold sponsors, ATB Financial. 

Miki Agrawal's motivating talk will convince college students, young leaders, and budding entrepreneurs that a cool life is closer than they think. With 54 percent of college graduates currently unemployed or underemployed and 39 percent of people between the ages of 22 and 34 moving back to their parents' homes, entrepreneurship is not only a viable option, but the most vibrant option for an exciting future. In this presentation, Miki Agrawal shares her cool stories—from being the star midfielder on the W-USA women's soccer team, to opening WILD, a restaurant in New York City with no prior experience and being featured on the Food Network, to patenting an underwear solution for 2 billion women on the planet, to partnering up with her sister to launch Super Sprowtz, to writing a #1 bestselling entrepreneurship book, to setting a world record on NBC's Jimmy Fallon Show—and empowers her audience to believe that they can do cool stuff too… if they're willing to work hard, act on their ideas, stand up for their beliefs, and turn their creativity into reality. You will laugh, reflect, and receive a refreshing jolt to your spine and spirit. Most importantly, you will walk out knowing that regardless of your background, income, or education, it is possible to wake up every morning looking forward to a cool, fun, rewarding, make-a-difference life, which you created yourself.

Presenters
avatar for Kyle Watson, ATB Financial

Kyle Watson, ATB Financial

Branch Manager, ATB Financial
Kyle Watson has over 10 years of experience in the Financial Services Industry in personal and business banking.  As a Branch Manager with ATB Strathcona and as a resident of the Hazeldean community, Kyle has been able to meet and assist many of the people and associations who are active in the area.  As an energetic board member and treasurer for the Old Strathcona Foundation, Kyle is involved in promotion all of the great... Read More →
avatar for Don Iveson

Don Iveson

Mayor, City of Edmonton
Don Iveson was elected the 35th Mayor of Edmonton on October 21, 2013. Since being elected, Mayor Iveson has set his sights on transforming Edmonton into a highly liveable, uplifting and globally competitive city that is recognized as one of Canada’s very best. (Source: City of Edmonton)

Keynote Speakers
avatar for Miki Agrawal

Miki Agrawal

Miki Agrawal is a seriously cool, seriously successful young social entrepreneur. In her #1 Amazon bestseller, Do Cool Sh*t: Quit Your Day Job, Start Your Own Business, and Live Happily Ever After, she inspires us to do as she did: be bold, follow your intuition, and live your success. For her successful ventures, including WILD, Super Sprowtz, and THINX, Agrawal was named one of Forbes’ Top 20 Millennials on a Mission. A dynamic speaker... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for ATB Financial

ATB Financial

Gold Level Sponsor: Opening Keynote | | ATB Financial is rated as one of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People by MediaCorp and 50 Best Employers in Canada by Aon Hewitt. We are the largest Alberta-based financial institution, and our goal is to make you richer during your time with us through personal intellectual, experiential and financial growth, while also caring for your mental and physical health through dedicated wellness... Read More →


Saturday January 31, 2015 9:15am - 10:30am
CCIS 1-430 University of Alberta

10:30am

Transition
Saturday January 31, 2015 10:30am - 10:45am
CCIS University of Alberta

10:45am

A1 Micro-Sessions: The way to leadership and how to influence people / The International Advantage / Change Leadership in Change Management
Limited Capacity full

The way to leadership and how to influence people
Kangyi Lou

Leadership means you do not have a personal bad day. Playing the role of a leader, you have to let your decision drive your action and action leads to feelings instead of let personal feelings take charge of your decision and action. To be equipped with leadership quality, I'm well trained in public speaking and physiological consultation from International Center. Currently, I'm serving as a senior peer in peer program by instructing five new graduate student from multiple backgrounds and organizing events beneficial to peers. Leadership does not mean you are at the position to teach or inspire people, but to be a good listener and build connection with people, also being trustworthy.

The International Advantage
Andrew West, Katrina Colbert, Kiana Remagni

In today's globalized business environment, confidence, cultural adaptability, and extracurricular experience are essential to success. The Business Exchange Association (BEA) addresses these needs by providing a number of opportunities for domestic and international students to interact. Founded in 2006, the BEA simultaneously facilitates exchange programs for local business students while organizing events to welcome students from around the world. Through these events, the BEA executive and its members continue to learn about personal development, communication skills, and the advantage of international networking. Our goal is to share what we have learned and where our club is going. 

 

Change Leadership in Change Management
Janice Kung

Dynamic environments are forcing organizations to deal with change, and many are struggling to meet these challenges. When an organization undergoes change to its operations, structure, or administrative processes, change management becomes crucial particularly with regard to how the transition affects employees and other stakeholders. This presentation will explore change management in depth, define change leadership and its benefits, investigate why employees are hesitant to change, and present strategies to facilitate change in an inclusive manner that acknowledges the point of view of everyone involved.   



Presenters
avatar for Janice Kung

Janice Kung

Librarian, University of Alberta
Public Services Librarian | John W. Scott Health Sciences Library
KL

Kangyi Lou

Everyday is brand new!
avatar for Andrew West

Andrew West

Vice President, External Relations, Business Exchange Association
I am a fourth year Business Economics and Law major, with a minor in International Business. As the School of Business' first representative to Royal Holloway, University of London, I have developed a keen interest in international commerce. To this end, I currently serve as the VP External for the Business Exchange Association, and am a member of the University's Certificate in International Learning program. As a Co Op student I have worked for... Read More →


Saturday January 31, 2015 10:45am - 11:30am
CCIS L2 190 University of Alberta

10:45am

A2 Micro-Sessions: Facing your fears as a leader / An Ode to 2014 / Connecting the Dots - Ending the Stigma of Loneliness
Limited Capacity full

Facing your fears as a leader
Sarah Ficko

Fear is one of our primary emotional responses, brought on by a perceived threat. As we become adults, we are less likely to acknowledge or discuss our fears with ourselves or others. However, in a leadership role, we need to address and face our internal fears or it could have consequences for ourselves and the team we are leading. What are your fears? Are you ready to face them?

An Ode to 2014
Hanhmi Huynh

"Oh the places you will go!", the things you will see,
That's what I thought, when I got my degree.
Two-zero-oh-four, my graduating year.
But wait a minute, where do I go from here?
Venture into the real world and fend for myself
Or go back to school, perhaps something in health?
"Not all who wander are lost", is that what they say?
Well, I may not be lost, but I still don't know the way.
Though I must admit, I am definitely no poet,
I learned a lot this year, and I feel like somebody should know it...

Connecting the Dots - Ending the Stigma of Loneliness
Han Lee

I love playing connect-the-dots. Everything seems so jumbled and confusing at first, but you connect the dots, you end up with a fantastic picture. You and I are dots. Everyone is a unique dot. But sometimes, it's hard to make those connections. So many people feel lonely, and it might seem crazy to think so, given that there are so many people and potential friends around you. But it's not about how many friends you have, or the number of people in your life. It's the way you feel inside. How can we end this stigma of loneliness?

Presenters
avatar for Hanhmi Huynh

Hanhmi Huynh

University of Alberta
Hanhmi is a recent graduate of the University of Alberta with a BSc major in Biological Sciences and minor in Psychology. She is currently working on her second degree in the BSc After-degree Nursing program at the U of A. She has previously worked as a Research Assistant and is interested in contributing to research in improving health outcomes for patients and providers. | | She is also passionate about student and community involvement... Read More →
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Relaxation Superstation

The Relaxation Superstition is dedicated to improving mental health through out the year, and fight the stress that university can provide. We do this by promoting a relaxing and positive atmosphere through the simple means of massages, tea, stress balls and good company. We are always looking for new creative ways to lighten up your day.


Saturday January 31, 2015 10:45am - 11:30am
CCIS L2 200 University of Alberta

10:45am

A3: Micro-Sessions: You Can Be An Entrepeneur Too! - Lone Pine Apparel / Mental Health Awareness Week 2015 / Transition from Founders to the Future- How to Create and Sustain a Mentorship Program
Limited Capacity seats available

You Can Be An Entrepeneur Too!: Lone Pine Apparel
Alida Soto, Josh Thompson and Matthew Jacula

Myself and three friends became aware of the prominent issue of homelessness in our city during our grade twelve year. We wanted to shed a light on this often disregarded problem and find a way to improve it, so we founded Lone Pine Apparel. We partner with charities like IHuman and donate 25% of our profits to them. Our drive to create change in our community, pushed us to work as a group and pool our skills in the design and business field to build up a project. Our leadership skills helped us turn an idea into tangible and successful socially conscious business, and we would like to share our story. 

Mental Health Awareness Week 2015
Nicole Mensik, Joseph Dimitry, Lynn Squires, Ying Ling, Ashlee Yang, Sarah Hanafi, Hely Shah, Megan Howlett and Orysya Svystun

Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) is a medical student initiative intended to raise awareness for mental health on the campus through a variety of speakers, a resources fair, and personal anecdotes from students. Often, medical students and professionals in healthcare feel like they are supposed to be the “healers” and appear strong and invincible, making it difficult to speak out about their personal mental health struggles. The safe environment created at MHAW events encourages students to speak out about their experiences, and empowers them to understand how mental illness affects people personally.

Transition from Founders to the Future: How to Create and Sustain a Mentorship Program
Lianne McLean, Kimberley Hodge

Presentation content contributors: Georgia Dewart, Allison Norris, Sarah Cooper, Christine Howell, Nichole Mark, Susan LaBonte, Nasreen Lalani

In 2013, a group of Graduate Nursing students from the University of Alberta were inspired to create a mentorship program that would provide peer to peer support and foster a sense of community for nursing graduate students. The students worked together to develop MENTOR US, a program that successfully garnered faculty support and received program funding. MENTOR US was launched in September 2014 and currently includes 16 mentor/mentee pairs. The leaders of the program are currently focusing on strategies that will ensure MENTOR US sustainability for the future.



Saturday January 31, 2015 10:45am - 11:30am
CCIS 1 440 University of Alberta

10:45am

A4: Ubuntu - Connectedness & Community
Limited Capacity seats available

Ubuntu is a South African word that means “I am only a person through other people”, emphasizing our connectedness and need for community as humans. In the blur and business of life, we often inadvertently abandon our old relationships or avoid nurturing new ones. As student leaders we are more than rule-enforcers but rather community-builders who should facilitate relationships, belonging and thriving amongst students in our institutes. Being an RA of three, almost four years, I would like to share my experiences, ideas and tips to effectively and genuinely build community and establish an inclusive residence.

Presenters
avatar for Ryleigh  Jacobs

Ryleigh Jacobs

RA ( Student Leader), The Kings University
Just a normal South African girl, sharing her hearts and passions on student leadership! I would love to share some info, and love, on the idea of living in community with others, why its important, why we should care and how we can strive to create community in a position of leadership! I am in my fourth year of being an RA because I truly believe in the practice of community. Each person comes with a story and has so much worth to share with... Read More →


Saturday January 31, 2015 10:45am - 11:30am
CCIS 1 140 University of Alberta

10:45am

A5: The Outnumbered: Remembering (and forgetting) Minorities (UPDATED)
Limited Capacity seats available

Have you ever felt outnumbered? Do you identify as a minority? If you have ever witnessed or personally experienced the boundaries felt by minority groups every day, come experience a presentation that identifies and breaks down them down. We will tackle the limits of minority leadership and discuss the importance of being leaders and advocates for The Outnumbered. Come listen to our story, and we will empower you to write yours.


Saturday January 31, 2015 10:45am - 11:30am
CCIS 1 160 University of Alberta

10:45am

A6: It’s all about YOU
Limited Capacity seats available

A discussion on personal and group dynamics effecting leadership, teamwork, and success. In this session delegates will learn:

1. Identification of individual and team attributes which will enable deeper self-understanding leading to better personal interactions, higher levels of individual and team-based success, and greater attainment of personal leadership goals.

2. Foster an awareness of available resources and tools for deeper personal understanding to enable continued self-led skill development.


Saturday January 31, 2015 10:45am - 11:30am
CCIS L1 140 University of Alberta

10:45am

A7: How Leaders Speak
Limited Capacity full

Public speaking is one of the most direct methods leaders can use to establish themselves, influence others, and gain the trust and respect of those they lead and others in their community. But do you know the specific traits and strategies of exceptional speakers? In this dynamic session, we will look at certain key public speaking strategies used by some of today’s top leaders and speakers. You will learn the reasons why these nuanced techniques work as well as ways to incorporate and leverage them in your own speaking style.

Presenters
avatar for Lauren Sergy

Lauren Sergy

Owner, Up Front Communication
Public speaking is a skill critical in all industries, professions, and disciplines. I help people become exceptional, high-integrity speakers and communicators with their own distinct style. Imagine being excited about the opportunity to present a report to stakeholders. Imagine waiting to stand in front of an audience at a conference and feeling your heart pound not out of fear, but out of excitement. That’s what I can do for you.


Saturday January 31, 2015 10:45am - 11:30am
BS M 141 University of Alberta

10:45am

A8: Leadership Through Friendship
Limited Capacity seats available

The presentation will be focused on engaging with community, working harmoniously in groups, and utilizing traditional tools to cope with challenging conflicts/crisis. We'll be engaging in a role-playing activity as a method of analyzing effective leadership and planning. As a group, we will use some traditional techniques to manage stress or conflicts in a healthy and productive way.

Presenters

Saturday January 31, 2015 10:45am - 11:30am
BS M 145 University of Alberta

10:45am

A9: Got it from the Greeks - Fraternity and Sorority best practices for non-Greek student leaders
Limited Capacity seats available

The North American Fraternity and Sorority system is almost two centuries in age. Through good times and not-so-good times, the fraternal system endures due to its emphasis on leadership development, and the building of community and effective relationships. Presenters will pull back the veil and share high impact processes and practices from the greek system, which has and continues to aid in the formation of student and community leaders.

Presenters

Saturday January 31, 2015 10:45am - 11:30am
BS M 149 University of Alberta

10:45am

A10/B10: Recreating Education (CANCELLED)
Limited Capacity seats available

This session has been cancelled, please select other options!

Note: Please be aware this is a double block that runs in block A & B. It is true that we can reflect without acting or act without reflecting, but doing either meaningfully always involves the other. Skolē of Thought is a student led movement that seeks to recreate education in ways that encourage meaningful reflection and action by creating a space where each of our voices can be heard. In doing so, we inspire each other and bolster a movement of conscious education toward the empowerment of our gifts and passions. Your experiences and understandings of education are essential to this movement and we look forward to engaging in open discussion with each of you.

Presenters
avatar for Hans Asfeldt

Hans Asfeldt

President, Augustana Students' Association
Living in a world of opportunity and responsibility. Why is it that 'school' so often seems to get in the way of the learning we find most meaningful and important? | | I've had amazing opportunities to cross-country ski at the national level and embark on extended canoeing expeditions. I've lived in Cuba and Norway and I have one of the largest carbon footprints of anyone I know. I'm deeply concerned about our deteriorating connection... Read More →


Saturday January 31, 2015 10:45am - 12:30pm
CCIS L1 160 University of Alberta

11:30am

Transition
Saturday January 31, 2015 11:30am - 11:45am
CCIS University of Alberta

11:45am

B1 Micro-Sessions: The Importance of Student Voice - Bringing student trustees to the Edmonton Public School Board / Running for Election as an MLA - What is Required? / Are Student Unions Still Relevant?
Limited Capacity seats available

The Importance of Student Voice - Bringing student trustees to the Edmonton Public School Board
Claire Edwards

A year and a half ago I contacted the chair of the Edmonton Public School Board with an idea. I wanted to create a student voice framework within EPSB, a key feature being an elected Student Trustee, to give students more of a voice in their education. Student Trustees in Ontario have authored a mental health policy, eliminated bottled water in a school board, assisted policy makers in developing curriculum, made the collection of student fees more transparent, and more! Students are the products and consumers of education. As such, they understand how education can be improved to ensure their success. Our hope is that by empowering students as young as elementary school to see their schools as places they can co-create, they will create positive change for their fellow students and use those skills to be engaged citizens as adults. I am proud to say that a student trustee will be coming to EPSB this fall.

Running for Election as an MLA - What is Required?
Donna Wilson

Running for election - to be an MLA or another elected government representative - is an exhilarating and rewarding experience. I would like to outline why I ran in the recent by-election and more generally what it takes to run in an election for public office. This presentation is designed to encourage students to assist in an electoral process to learn first hand what occurs in this race. This presentation is also designed to encourage and enable students to run now or in the future for public office. Students will be assisted to recognize their potential for leadership and also what can be done to help them develop the skills and knowledge for effective leadership. Another major focus of this presentation is the need for and importance of good government - arguably the aim of all people who run for public office. The importance of the post-secondary sector for society as a whole and for good government will also be explored.   

Are Student Unions Still Relevant? 
Susan Cake 

A recent piece from The Frontier Centre for Public Policy questions whether or not student unions are still relevant to student life. Citing legislative changes in both Australia and New Zealand the article advocates for the equivalent of right-to-work legislation for student unions. This presentation will engage with arguments for and against student unions. Relevant academic literature points to the foundational experiences of collective organizing that can take place in student politics as influential long after students graduate. The Post-Secondary system has the goal to educate but also provide an all-around learning experience, students unions play a vital role in this goal. 


Saturday January 31, 2015 11:45am - 12:30pm
CCIS L2 190 University of Alberta

11:45am

B2 Micro-Sessions: We Can, We Should, We Will / How can we overcome frustration and regain our passion? / Rise
Limited Capacity full

We Can, We Should, We Will
Kathleen DeGeer

It’s one thing to identify a need in our community, but it’s an entirely different challenge to actually address the need and work to change it. I’ll talk about how the 3 biggest obstacles we face include our own doubts, other people’s opinions, and the actually motivation to actually get up and do something! My own experiences will serve as examples as I tell you how I came from barely having the motivation to get out of bed, to working daily to try and make a difference. Everybody is different, but I can help you take the first step in overcoming the biggest hurdles. You'll learn how you can, you should, and you will make a difference. 

How can we overcome frustration and regain our passion?
Arnold Wong

It is not uncommon for university students or student leaders to experience frustration, anxiety or depression during their pursuit of excellence. While these negative emotions may emanate from personality traits, they may also originate from other reasons (e.g. over commitment, malnutrition, etc.). This talk will deepen your understanding of the plausible causes of negative emotions, and help you rekindle your passion for your work and your life.

Rise
Paridhi Ghai

Through my presentation, I want to share my story with others who are struggling. I had depression for the first two years of university. I have had some very frightening nights, but I can proudly say that I’ve pulled myself through it. During those two years, I was very negative and unhealthy. But gradually I started to change things, I began to recreate myself. I came out of it stronger than ever, and seized every day since. I’ve been improving in school, have taken on many leadership positions, and want people to share the tools I’ve used to rise above. 

Presenters
AW

Arnold Wong

PhD candidate, University of Alberta
Arnold is an outstanding PhD candidate with more than 23 academic awards and 7 community service awards (including the Alberta Graduate Citizenship Awards 2012 and 2013). Arnold is an emerging scientist and has played significant leadership roles in numerous student groups. Despite his current success, he experienced multiple roadblocks in the past that could have stopped him from pursuing his dream. Arnold is going to share his secrets in... Read More →


Saturday January 31, 2015 11:45am - 12:30pm
CCIS L2 200 University of Alberta

11:45am

B3 Micro-Sessions: The UAlberta Jericho Project: Bringing mental wellbeing to the forefront of the student health agenda / Sticking the Landing / Small Changes for Big Results
Limited Capacity seats available

The UAlberta Jericho Project: Bringing mental wellbeing to the forefront of the student health agenda
Shweta Dhawan, Elizabeth Flaming

The 2013 National College Health Assessment II conducted at the University of Alberta revealed that 86.9% of students felt overwhelmed and 37.3% reported stress as a factor affecting academic performance. These figures triggered the creation of the UAlberta Jericho Project, a pilot intervention program employing a socio-ecological model aimed to create platforms for dialogue around mental wellbeing. The two-part plan of the project includes: 1) Short-term goal of video profiling faculty, administrators and students sharing their experiences on coping with stressors and 2) Long-term goal of creating a Mental Wellbeing Working Group to examine issues and implement wellbeing promoting strategies. 

Sticking the Landing
Linh Lu

I want to share the story of the Landing, the new gender & sexual diversity centre at the University of Alberta. How it started, how it was formed and where it is now. A key part of it's formation is team work and realizing what I can do and what I need help with and being willing to collaborate. I want to identify what my process was and show others the possibility to achieve their goals with teamwork.


Small Changes for Big Results
Cameron Raynor

This year has been hugely successful for Augustana campus newspaper, the Dagligtale. By making constantly making small changes, questioning even seemingly successful areas, and constantly collecting feedback, we've been able to lead a team of 12 students to make a stronger and more effective organization with less and less effort.

Presenters
avatar for Shweta Dhawan

Shweta Dhawan

Co-Founder, UAlberta Jericho Project
MPH Epidemiology Candidate, School of Public Health at University of Alberta | | Interest areas: leadership (public health related or not), infectious diseases, mental health, mentorship and global health. | | About me: I am a curious learner so I like being challenged and love collaborations overlapping with my interests! | | Motto for the summit: To communicate that "We as students, all experience stress and it's OK". | I... Read More →
avatar for Linh Lu

Linh Lu

Wild Earth Bakery & Cafe
avatar for Cameron Raynor

Cameron Raynor

Editor-in-Chief, Dagligtale Student Newspaper, University of Alberta, Augustana Campus
Cameron is the editor-in-chief of the Dagligtale student newspaper at the University of Alberta Augustana Campus and a third-year Economics student.


Saturday January 31, 2015 11:45am - 12:30pm
CCIS 1 440 University of Alberta

11:45am

B4: Small Wins
Limited Capacity seats available

Three NAIT Students' Association Exectuve share their leadership experiences and stories to encourage you to create ways to get small wins to make big differences.

Justin: “Curious that we spend more time congratulating people who have succeeded than encouraging people who have not.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson.
When to let go & move on, when to say no, and when to push forward – Knowing your limits and goals. Different opportunities I have engaged in as a student as well as the work I have done in NAITSA as an executive and how students can effect change. Small wins and gaining confidence in the roles that were engaged in created more opportunities and effected change.

Gillian: “If the plan doesn’t work, change the plan, not the goal”.
Being VP Student Services for NAITSA since May 2014, Gillian has been working continuously to promote mental health and create initiatives to benefit students on campus. Networking with people in the province, local community and within Nait, has allowed this project to succeed.

Kaylee: “We don’t want to show students where to find things… (We have maps for that). We want to show students where they fit”. Students can find their way around campus, jobs and life using the many resources available to them. What students have difficulty finding is where they fit. Building confidence is a key aspect of helping students understand who they are and practice their skills to help them develop as leaders and contribute to the success of their peers.
 


Saturday January 31, 2015 11:45am - 12:30pm
CCIS 1 140 University of Alberta

11:45am

B5: Leadership Results-Aligning Your Impact with Your Intentions
Limited Capacity full

In striving to be a great leader and to inspire others to do great things, sometimes you can accidentally find yourself with results that differ from what you set out to achieve – conflicts, disengaged team members, etc. Join Maxine Clarke, leadership specialist, executive coach, and Director Career Education & Coaching within the University of Alberta MBA program to explore why this happens and how you can improve the alignment between your intentions and your results.

Presenters
avatar for Maxine Clarke

Maxine Clarke

Director, Career Education & Coaching, University of Alberta
Every day, Maxine has the honour of helping emerging leaders get clear on their vision and realize their potential as the Director, Career Education & Coaching within the Alberta MBA program. She does this by providing students with the tools and environment to develop the skills, network and empowerment they require to navigate their careers successfully upon graduation. | | Maxine is passionate about learning and education. Through... Read More →


Saturday January 31, 2015 11:45am - 12:30pm
CCIS 1 160 University of Alberta

11:45am

B6: How to keep your sh*t together - Self Care & Avoiding Burnout
Limited Capacity full

As busy student leaders, we often forget to take care of ourselves before taking care of our many responsibilities and commitments. This session will remind you of the importance of taking care of your overall wellness, and will provide you with some useful tools to avoid burnout and practice mindful self care!

Presenters
avatar for Katie Allan

Katie Allan

Team Lead, Involvement, University of Alberta Students' Union
Katie Allan is the current Team Lead Involvement at the University of Alberta Students' Union. She is responsible for overseeing all of the volunteer led student services and gets to work with some really inspiring students and staff! During her Psychology degree she was heavily involved with mental health initiatives and became very passionate about self care as a response to burnout, compassionate fatigue and a crazy schedule.


Saturday January 31, 2015 11:45am - 12:30pm
CCIS L1 140 University of Alberta

11:45am

B7: Delivering Meaningful Presentations
Limited Capacity full

Student leaders are exposed to a wide variety of opportunities that require presentations. The ability to deliver a meaningful presentation is key to delivering value to your audience. This session aims to provide insight into what student's can do to develop their own unique and impactful presentation style.

Presenters
avatar for Idel Riemer

Idel Riemer

Associate, Consulting and Deals, PwC
A recent B.Comm. graduate of the University of Alberta (Winter 2014), Idel works for PwC in Calgary in the Consulting line of service. Idel credits her ability to thrive in this environment with her experience as a Vice-President and President of AIESEC Edmonton, a student group on campus, as well as working with all groups as the Administrative Assistant for Student Group Services. | | Idel loves to travel and spent the last summer in... Read More →


Saturday January 31, 2015 11:45am - 12:30pm
BS M 141 University of Alberta

11:45am

B8: How to Train your D̶r̶a̶g̶o̶n̶ Volunteers
Limited Capacity seats available

Have you ever volunteered in order to make a difference? Through my previous experience as a student volunteer and current role as the Volunteer Management Coordinator for the UAlberta Ambassador Program, I have seen firsthand how volunteerism can be a powerful means of instigating change. This session will focus on an essential component of any volunteer management plan: on-boarding (volunteer orientation) and training. During this session, students will have an opportunity to learn the ins and outs of leading a successful training program – why it is important, what elements should be included, and how these components can be effectively delivered.

Presenters
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Courtenay Smart

Volunteer Management Coordinator, Office of the Registrar


Saturday January 31, 2015 11:45am - 12:30pm
BS M 145 University of Alberta

11:45am

B9: Cancelled Session
This session has been cancelled, please select another option in block A. 

Presenters

Saturday January 31, 2015 11:45am - 12:30pm
BS M 149 University of Alberta

12:30pm

Lunch
Sponsors
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DAVIDsTEA

In-Kind Sponsor: Tea Sampling during Breakfast and Lunch | | David Segal was a young, tea-loving entrepreneur with a vision: great tea, a friendly environment and a colourful, modern store. But why tea?  Because it’s healthy, delicious and fun. It brings people together, all over the world. It’s the second-most popular drink on the planet, second only to water.  And, quite simply, because it makes us happy.
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University of Alberta International

Silver Sponsor: Lunch | | Driven by the University of Alberta's vision to connect with the world, University of Alberta International (UAI) works on the front line and behind the scenes to support the creation of an internationally vibrant learning and research environment. UAI’s broad suite of services assists students, staff and the campus community in virtually every aspect of internationalization and international engagement. UAI... Read More →


Saturday January 31, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
CCIS University of Alberta

12:45pm

Lunch Plenary: Through My Eyes - How a film made by youth, for youth, aims to end youth homelessness in Edmonton.
Limited Capacity seats available

This year the City of Edmonton Youth Council made a documentary called "Through My Eyes" which profiles homeless and formerly-homeless Edmonton youth, offering them a platform to tell their stories in their own way, in their own words. The film was directed and produced exclusively by youth under the age of 20 - by youth, for youth. Our presentation is about how film can be a mechanism for social change, the role that young people can play in municipal politics, and a call to action to end youth homelessness in Edmonton.


Saturday January 31, 2015 12:45pm - 1:15pm
CCIS L2-190 University of Alberta

1:30pm

C1 Micro-Sessions: Creativity That Works: Helping you think outside of the box / Storytelling with data / Building Your Digital Brand
Limited Capacity filling up

Creativity That Works: Helping you think outside of the box
Katie Allan

As leaders, we are faced with many responsibilities, and it can be difficult to challenge ourselves and think outside of the box. Creativity can ignite new ideas, solutions and passion within a group. This session will provide some quick tips and tools to help you get the ball rolling. 

Storytelling with data
Fahim Hassan

I would like to present different data visualization techniques by using cutting edge, open source (free) software. Cost is one of the major barriers for students and entrepreneurs and Open Source software enables them to start-up new ventures or continue ongoing research with low cost alternatives. There are several open source online tools and platforms that can be used for data analysis. I will explain how one can utilize these applications and leverage efficient usage for their own projects, it can be either business or research.

Building Your Digital Brand: Using Social Media Thoughtfully
Debbie Yee

For many of us, social media is a very personal tool. We use it to connect to friends, share our interests or just observe. But using these public platforms creates an image of ourselves for the world to see. This session will review best practices for creating or maintaining an authentic version of yourself and the pitfalls to avoid.

Presenters
avatar for Katie Allan

Katie Allan

Team Lead, Involvement, University of Alberta Students' Union
Katie Allan is the current Team Lead Involvement at the University of Alberta Students' Union. She is responsible for overseeing all of the volunteer led student services and gets to work with some really inspiring students and staff! During her Psychology degree she was heavily involved with mental health initiatives and became very passionate about self care as a response to burnout, compassionate fatigue and a crazy schedule.
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Fahim Hassan

Senior Analyst, Government of Alberta
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Debbie Yee

Marketing & Communications Associate, Office of the Dean of Students, U of A
Involved in IT and marketing & communications since the mid '90s, I found that this has given me an unusual perspective on the interaction between regular folks and the digital domain. I am intrigued by the personal use of technology, especially since the emergence of social media and how it integrates into our day to day lives.


Saturday January 31, 2015 1:30pm - 2:15pm
CCIS L2 190 University of Alberta

1:30pm

C2 Micro-Sessions: The Power of Assertiveness / Self-care -it's more than a bubble bath / Leadership Under Pressure
Limited Capacity full

The Power of Assertiveness
Samira Salifou

Do you have a difficult time saying "no" even when you know you should? Are you frustrated because you are jeopardizing your goals by attending to the wants, needs, and desires of others? Assertiveness is the ability to express needs, set limits, and state positive and negative feelings. It means standing up for what you want. By learning the power of assertiveness, one can make things happen and achieve their goals.

Self-care -it's more than a bubble bath
Jenelle Pederson

Discussions among aspiring leaders and students often include self-care and burn-out; yet, they are easily skimmed over and poorly understood. As mental health remains an ongoing challenge at Universities, self-care is a forefront concern. In volunteering at the UofA, Edmonton Distress Line, and abroad or managing work and school, I have encountered obstacles and successes in self-care. I’m not an expert, but I have learned key questions and strategies that keep me set-up for success. These are not short cuts, only common-sense practices. Continued discussions on burn-out and self-care strategies will equip future leaders and promote wellness within our community.

Leadership Under Pressure 
Robyn Paches, Chris Fedor

Have you ever had the chance to take a leadership role, but decided against it because you didn’t want to face pressures on top of your already busy life? The University of Alberta Ski and Snowboard Club presents: Leadership Under Pressure. This unique presentation will use real world examples to explore pressures that come with leadership in a student group. Focusing on high pressure decision making, leading your friends and accountability, this presentation will arm you with the tools to face a position in leadership and conquer the challenges that will face you. 
 

Presenters
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Robyn Paches

Treasurer, U of A Ski & Snowboard Club
The University of Alberta Ski & Snowboard Club is a hub for awesomeness of all types. We host 5 trips a year centering around convenient times for students to escape such as: New Years, Reading Week and the spring time. We don't just stop at trips, throughout the year we host up to 6 parties to help get your ski community fix. Whether you're a shredding veteran, just getting started, or simply want to meet wicked new people, the U of A Ski... Read More →
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Samira Salifou

University of Alberta
Samira Salifou is a student at the University of Alberta currently in the third year of her Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Political Science and French. Samira is very involved in her community and volunteers with various on and off campus initiatives including, but not limited to, the Stollery Hospital and the Office of the Registrar. She is currently a part of the University of Alberta Student Advisory Commitee as well as the... Read More →


Saturday January 31, 2015 1:30pm - 2:15pm
CCIS L2 200 University of Alberta

1:30pm

C3 Micro-Sessions: fYrefly in Schools / Changing the conversation around sexual violence / (Un)real Leaders: Mobilising Fans for Activism
Limited Capacity seats available

fYrefly in Schools
Melissa Fabrizi, Melinda McNie

fYrefly in Schools is an iSMSS educational initiative developed to help reduce discrimination against sexual and gender minority youth, increase awareness of the impacts of homo/bi/transphobia, and equip students with the tools they need to become effective allies for diversity, equity, and human rights within their schools and communities. Our workshop provides tools and resources that young leaders can use to build inclusive communities, as well as become strong allies with LGBTQ* individuals.

Changing the conversation around sexual violence
Lily Le, Julia Dalman

We are a group of 10 individuals from diverse backgrounds who are working towards a world without sexual violence. We formed the website www.ConsentEd.ca and host and engage in various events, booths, and workshops in the community. We hope to share our experience and engage the University of Alberta community in changing the conversation around sexual violence. 

(Un)real Leaders: Mobilising Fans for Activism
Yara Kodershah, Marysia Wojcik

We all have stories we’ve grown to love and characters we can’t help but admire. Edmonton Potterwatch Institute for Charity (EPIC) organizes itself around fictional heroes to inspire leadership in our community. Connect with and learn from an organization that recognizes fantasy not as an escape from our world, but an invitation to go deeper into it. 

Presenters
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Lily Le & Julia Dalman

We are 10 individuals, mostly consisting of University of Alberta students and alumni from diverse backgrounds who came together with the common goal of working towards a world without sexual violence. Through our website, events and workshops, and interactions with the community, we hope to engage other young people in the conversation and take action too.
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Melissa Fabrizi

fYrefly in Schools Program Coordinator, Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services, University of Alberta


Saturday January 31, 2015 1:30pm - 2:15pm
CCIS 1 440 University of Alberta

1:30pm

C4: The Awkward Paradox of Being a Student Leader
Limited Capacity seats available

Presenters
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Nisha Patel

Business Editor, The Wanderer Online
Nisha's session will rely on her years of experience with student group leadership at the University. Working with students and friends is one of the most awkward and messy things that students can choose to do. In her presentation she will talk about her key lessons learned: | | 1. How to Approach "Working" at Leadership | 2. The Awkward Challenges of Working With Friends and Peers | 3. Managing Yourself and Your Mental Health... Read More →


Saturday January 31, 2015 1:30pm - 2:15pm
CCIS 1 140 University of Alberta

1:30pm

C5: Maintaining Active Participation
Limited Capacity seats available

How does an organization maintain a group's drive for a year or longer? We will begin with an overview of McClelland's Theory of Needs and then consider ways it can be applied in a team environment. The presentation will end with self-identification of motivation and small group discussion. Attendees will leave with an understanding of how to apply these concepts to their own leadership experience.


Saturday January 31, 2015 1:30pm - 2:15pm
CCIS 1 160 University of Alberta

1:30pm

C6: What is Professional Reflection and Why Should I Care?
Limited Capacity seats available

How do we end up where we want to be? This talk will focus on using professional reflection and ePortfolios to empower individuals to drive their own success. What makes someone stand out? We will review the what's and why's of reflection, and then explore the how using an ePortfolio. You will learn about the importance of recognizing meaning in a situation, accurate self-assessment, along with the ability to modify behavior, and you will take away specific strategies to implement these behaviors for yourself.

Presenters

Saturday January 31, 2015 1:30pm - 2:15pm
CCIS L1 140 University of Alberta

1:30pm

C7: The Art of Listening
Limited Capacity filling up

The article “Recruiters put premium on communication skills” from Globe and Mail ( Aug. 26th, 2014) says that “corporate recruiters ranked communication skills ahead of teamwork, technical knowledge and leadership…” Regardless of the size of an organization and the line of work, effective communication becomes critical to success. In the presentation we will focus on active listening, one of the most important aspects of communication. Effective listening is not a natural ability, it requires focus and practice. The session will introduce key elements of active listening and will offer ways to refine interactions, and improve personal effectiveness and success.

Presenters

Saturday January 31, 2015 1:30pm - 2:15pm
BS M 141 University of Alberta

1:30pm

C8: Big Ideas for Student Leadership
Limited Capacity seats available

Orientation is the largest volunteer opportunity at the U of A, with over 700 volunteers getting involved each year. In such a large organization, instilling a sense of meaning, purpose, and motivation in volunteers — especially considering our short time frame — is our biggest challenge, but also turns out to be one of our greatest strengths. This interactive presentation, led by Orientation's own student coordinators, will focus on the leadership strategies and volunteer structure that allow us to create an engaging experience not only for our volunteers, but also to our target audience: new U of A students. 

Presenters
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Joel Aspden

Education Coordinator, Student Orientation and Recognition


Saturday January 31, 2015 1:30pm - 2:15pm
BS M 145 University of Alberta

1:30pm

C9: Time To Talk About Tech
Limited Capacity seats available

In today’s fast paced world, prioritizing leadership, academic and social activities can prove to be time intensive task in itself. Furthermore, it can be overwhelming to keep up with the tech world as we increasingly turn to the many available technologies to automate, solve, and improve current organizational practices. In this interactive presentation, we’ll wade through the sea of apps, technologies, and websites and explore the ways in which they can be leveraged to strengthen your student organization.

Presenters
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Stephen Chin

Student, University of Alberta


Saturday January 31, 2015 1:30pm - 2:15pm
BS M 149 University of Alberta

1:30pm

C10/D10: Communication Paradoxes - CANCELLED
Update: Unfortunately, this session has been cancelled. Please select alternate sessions in blocks C&D. 







Please note this is a double block session that runs through blocks C & D. The five paradoxes leaders and managers in the twenty‐first century need to consider are... the: paradox of knowing (self and other); paradox of focus (individual and communal); paradox of communication (direct and indirect); paradox of action (doing and being); and the paradox of response (time focus: short and long‐term)​ ​" Beth Fisher-Yoshida and Kathy Geller​​. Take part in this a card-playing simulation, Barnga, and explore the communiation paradox. Barnga allow​s​ participants to gain insights about their​ ​communication styles. Since communication is challenging across cultures it serves​ leaders to develop​ ​more effective means of​ ​communicating.

Presenters
avatar for Kumarie Achaibar-Morrison

Kumarie Achaibar-Morrison

Kumarie Achaibar-Morrison works as the Associate Director, University of Alberta, International Student Services.  The Associate Director ensures the delivery of programs and services to international students that advance the students’ personal, academic, and professional goals, and the strategic goals of the University of Alberta. In leading the international student advising team and in delivering intercultural training to staff and... Read More →


Saturday January 31, 2015 1:30pm - 3:15pm
CCIS L1 160 University of Alberta

2:15pm

Transition
Saturday January 31, 2015 2:15pm - 2:30pm
CCIS University of Alberta

2:30pm

D1 Micro-Sessions: Communication - Managing and Leading an Organization / How to have it all, balancing a busy student life / Leading cross-cultural teams from a woman's perspective, challenges and lessons
Limited Capacity filling up

Communication: Managing and Leading an Organization
Christopher Young

At every moment of the day, we are communicating. Through our actions and our words we transfer information to others and even to ourselves. How can we harness communication to facilitate the growth of individuals and of our organizations? 

How to have it all, balancing a busy student life
Patricia Bacus

Students often try to balance several commitments such as school, work, volunteering, research and many more specific to each individual. Student leaders want to have it all and more, but it is important to still keep a good healthy balance within your life. I’ll tell my personal story about success, hard work and the journey to attempting to have it all, and try to pass off some useful life lessons in the process. 

Leading cross-cultural teams from a woman's perspective, challenges and lessons

Grecia Pacheco Castro

Leading cross-cultural teams from a woman's perspective is challenging but definitely rewarding. It takes self-reflection, empathy, and authority. How do you do this? I want to share with you my experience achieving my goals in the United States, Germany, Italy, and Venezuela.


 

Presenters
avatar for Grecia Pacheco Castro

Grecia Pacheco Castro

MBA Candidate
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Christopher Young

Operations Executive, University of Alberta Dance Marathon


Saturday January 31, 2015 2:30pm - 3:15pm
CCIS L2 190 University of Alberta

2:30pm

D2 Micro-Sessions: Knowing Everything and Doing It All / Achieving is Believing - How Belief Shapes our Generation / Leading and Wandering - Flexibility in Leadership
Limited Capacity full

Knowing Everything and Doing It All
Sarah Elder

This presentation is a collection of past experiences and advice for students that strive for excellence in leadership. It will discuss strong motivation to succeed and where this motivation comes from, addressing saying no when you want to say yes, and how to have the answers people in your organization will need. From uninvolved to knowing everything there is to know, navigating the new world of student leadership is an exciting and stressful exercise in self-discovery. 

Achieving is Believing: How Belief Shapes our Generation
Fahim Rahman

Beliefs are a powerful force that shape our lives and those around us. The student body displays a wide prowess and diversity in their beliefs--diversity which translates to differences in leadership styles. We need to gain a greater appreciation and understanding of these differences, and together reflect on how the beliefs of our leaders shape us. This session will address the need to recognize, understand and appreciate alternate values and leadership styles throughnteractive segments that will identify these aspects within the audience.

Leading and Wandering | Flexibility in Leadership
Blue Knox

What do you do when things do not go according to plan? How do you keep a team of volunteers motivated? How do you define leadership? In a culture that rewards those who have spread themselves thin, have titles attached to their name, and are involved in as many things as possible, a leader can be difficult to define. Full time jobs, full course loads, and the responsibilities associated with being involved on campus can be distracting, exhausting, and can take away from our ability to lead. It is important to know how to be flexible and know when to step forward and when it’s time to step back.  
 

Presenters
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Sarah Elder

President, Engineering Students' Society
A fifth-year student in Electrical Engineering, Sarah has spent the past two and a half years as a student leader at the University. She has participated in several clubs on campus in leadership roles, most notably the Engineering Students' Society as VP External, now President, and the Western Engineering Students Societies Team as VP Communications. Sarah has developed herself and her perspectives by attending conferences both nationally and... Read More →


Saturday January 31, 2015 2:30pm - 3:15pm
CCIS L2 200 University of Alberta

2:30pm

D3 Micro-Sessions: Becoming An Inclusive Leader / Rethinking Leadership - Beyond a Buzzword / Serving as a Leader
Limited Capacity filling up

Becoming an Inclusive Leader
Selam Beyene, Gerard Amani

The action of leading is what constitutes the driving force of the evolving world. This presentation will highlight the practical methods in achieving Inclusive Leadership and Social Justice for the noted beneficiaries. Identifying practical methods in becoming an Inclusive leader and relating concepts with Social Justice. Previously conducted scholarly articles will be used in compiling much of the observations for the presentation. Models and practices on Inclusive Leadership and Social Justice will be presented. Globally related situations to this presentation will be examined. Conducting of Research on organizations and respective stakeholders related to Inclusive leadership and Social Justice within Edmonton.

Rethinking Leadership Beyond a Buzzword
Nhu Trieu

Leadership is all the buzz nowadays. We see so many media pieces on what makes a great leader and what they have accomplished, yet we fail to recognize the everyday grass-root leadership that happens within our communities, and more importantly, that happens without fanfare. How can we push the paradigm that leaders are special, remarkable, rare people so that everyone can realize that each one of us can be a leader? Join this discussion on unconventional leadership and challenge your paradigm. 

Serving as a Leader
Crisandra Jamieson

In order to become a leader, one must first become a servant. A strong leaders needs to see through the perspectives of his/her followers. While heading a team means casting vision over an entire project, it is so important to take time to consider the thoughts of followers, and to place value on them. A leader is nothing without faithful followers. 

Presenters
avatar for Gerard Amani

Gerard Amani

Youth & Child Activist, Humanity Seed
Born in DR Congo, I am an uprising and inspiring young leader who so much love to work with fellow young people to achieve results. I am currently a 3rd student at NAIT in BBA program. | | I have a great love and passion for humanitarian and youth work! I am the Author of a recently self-published book called Tavrida 2014: Young Leaders in Action: Shaping the Future which can be found at amazon.com
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Selam Beyene

-Research Assistant, University of Alberta -employee MacEwan University -Student
BSc. Biology student enhancing related research portfolio combined with Professional educational symposium and conference experience. Other areas of interest include Management, Public health and Leadership. | | Areas of Interest: | -Research Assistantship | -Leadership/ Student Leadership | -Public Health | -Project Management | -M.B.A | -Management
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Crisandra Jamieson

Director, City Life Christian Center
Crisandra Jamieson is a third year student in her Bachelor of Education as an English major and Spanish minor. For five years she has taught a Preschool class, and for two years she has co-lead the team. Jamieson has been the President of clubs such as Youth for Change, and currently co-leads an empowerment group for women of ages 18-30. From a young age Jamieson has been involved with theater and film. She has performed in the Ensemble, as an... Read More →


Saturday January 31, 2015 2:30pm - 3:15pm
CCIS 1 440 University of Alberta

2:30pm

D4: Passion, Vison, and Wellbeing - Leadership from Yoga Instructor Timurlane Cakmak
Limited Capacity seats available

Yoga Instructor, Personal Trainer, and High-Performance Athlete Timurlane Cakmak will take you on an exciting journey of gripping stories and insights from his leadership experience to help you build your passion, vision, and well-being, all with the goal of enhancing your ability to innovate, inspire and ultimately lead and motivate people. Cakmak is here to add fuel to your leadership fire and help you expand your leadership capacity. A 5 time member on the Athletics Alberta and Skills Alberta Teams, Cakmak has experience in varsity athletics, personal fitness training, wellness coaching, mentorship, youth engagement, robotics, project management and entrepreneurship, to name a few. Expect interacting with the audience, engaging in provoking discussions, getting out of your comfort zone and expanding your own personal bubble.

Presenters

Saturday January 31, 2015 2:30pm - 3:15pm
CCIS 1 140 University of Alberta

2:30pm

D5: The Business Students’ Association Presents “The People Factor”
Limited Capacity seats available

A student association, a corporation, a not-for-profit, and a government all rely on one common factor – their people. Without people who are passionate about the organization, committed to the organization’s goals, and willing to put in the effort, none of these organizations could possibly be successful. This presentation divides leadership into two components relating to people – managing and motivating – and examines strategies that student leaders can use in their organizations based on a combination of leadership theory and anecdotal experience from the Business Students’ Association.

Presenters
avatar for Kate Farlinger

Kate Farlinger

President, Business Students\' Association
Kate is a driven, enthusiastic and insightful 4th year marketing student with demonstrated skills in communicating, coordinating and executing marketing strategy. She is currently working to complete her Bachelor of Commerce Degree at the Alberta School of Business, concentrating her academic learning in marketing. In addition to academics, Kate devotes herself to increasing her real-world business and marketing experience through case... Read More →
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Katie Murray

Winter Gala Director - Events Portfolio, Business Students' Association


Saturday January 31, 2015 2:30pm - 3:15pm
CCIS 1 160 University of Alberta

2:30pm

D6: The Why of Self Care
Limited Capacity seats available

We're all told that self care is important and that we should do it, and yet, for many leaders, sleep, exercise, and eating well are some of the first things jettisonned in service of our causes. In the long run, this damages not only our own health, but the health of our causes as a whole. This is a discussion of compelling reasons to pursue the sometimes "selfish" practice of self-care in the service of broader goals, and includes some practical strategies for making this happen as part of organisational/group culture.

Presenters

Saturday January 31, 2015 2:30pm - 3:15pm
CCIS L1 140 University of Alberta

2:30pm

D7: Laying Bricks
Limited Capacity seats available

Now that you’re transitioning from life as a student to life as a working-professional, you have the opportunity to build and manage your brand in a way that can help you advance your career. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and the same goes for a personal brand. But how do you “build a brand”? In this presentation. Shawn Kanungo CA, will draw from his own life experiences to tell the story of how he built his brand. He also explores how greats such as Michaelangelo, Howard Stern, Tim Ferriss, Arlene Dickinson, Will Smith, Mahatma Gandhi and Richard Branson built their own brands.

Presenters
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Shawn Kanungo

Deloitte, Deloitte
Shawn Kanungo is a Manager in Deloitte's Strategy practice. Over the past 9 years with Deloitte, Shawn has been operating at the intersection of creativity, business and technology. From his experience in design thinking and visualization, he ensures creative excellence and innovation across all engagements. He is also passionate about branding, and has been helping individuals and companies build their own brands. | | Below are some... Read More →


Saturday January 31, 2015 2:30pm - 3:15pm
BS M 141 University of Alberta

2:30pm

D8: Concept to Reality - Building volunteer committees that actually work
Limited Capacity seats available

How can you use your limited resources to build a successful volunteer project with an efficient, productive, and well managed team? This workshop focuses on coming up with reasonable goals, attracting valuable team members, and providing just the right amount structure and intervention. An interactive presentation will take you through choosing what to work on, assembling a good team, organizing and delegating, avoiding common problems, and growing and sustaining your organization in the long run. Come ready to ask questions and point out problems you have faced before, and share any advice you have found helpful.

Presenters
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Brayden Whitlock

VP (Leadership), Golden Key International Honour Society
Brayden is a grad student in the Department of Physiology and a member of General Faculties Council at the University of Alberta. He is also a volunteer wrangler for various philanthropic organizations, a health technology entrepreneur, and a podcaster extraordinaire. He wrote this in third person to seem cooler. He volunteers, governs, represents, and talks about important things. | | If you ask him about any of the following, he will... Read More →


Saturday January 31, 2015 2:30pm - 3:15pm
BS M 145 University of Alberta

2:30pm

D9: Diversifying Your Degree
Limited Capacity seats available

How can you get the most out your university experience? Enhance your education through personal development, diversified experiences, and networking. In this session students will have the opportunity to meet student leaders and Edmonton employers and discuss the value of volunteerism in leadership development. Find out what your leadership experiences tell your employer, while enhancing your education, making you a well-rounded student. Take this opportunity to network, create collaborative relationships, and meet potential mentors. Tell us who you are, what makes you standout, and how you will make a difference in our community.

Presenters

Saturday January 31, 2015 2:30pm - 3:15pm
BS M 149 University of Alberta

3:15pm

Transition
Saturday January 31, 2015 3:15pm - 3:30pm
CCIS L1 160 University of Alberta

3:30pm

Homeroom - Reflection & Certificates
Wrap up the conference with a reflection activity and getting your certificate.

Saturday January 31, 2015 3:30pm - 4:00pm
CCIS University of Alberta

4:00pm

Transition
Saturday January 31, 2015 4:00pm - 4:15pm
CCIS University of Alberta

4:15pm

Closing & Keynote 'Get Your Hands Dirty: Building Better Communities'
The Right Honourable Kim Campbell will deliver some brief closing remarks on behalf of our closing keynote gold sponsor, the Peter Lougheed Leadership College. 

City of Edmonton Councillor and community organizer, Michael Walters, will talk to us about how we can all build better communities.

Nafisa Abdulhamid, member of the UAlberta Student Alumni Council, will deliver the final remarks on behalf of our third gold sponsor, the University of Alberta Alumni Association, and help kick off the evening events! 

Pizza Dinner to follow in the CCIS basement atrium. 
 

Presenters
avatar for Nafisa Abdulhamid

Nafisa Abdulhamid

University of Alberta Alumni Student Council
My name is Nafisa Abdulhamid and I am currently in my fourth year of Honours Political Science. I am incredibly passionate about student engagement at the University of Alberta and, over the past four years, I have been involved with U of A residences, the Alumni Student Council, the Student Advisory Committee for the Office of the Registrar, International Week, the UAlberta Ambassador Program, and the Centre for Student Development. I am also... Read More →
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Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell

Founding Principal, University of Alberta Peter Lougheed Leadership College
The Right Honourable Kim Campbell PC, CC, OBC, QC served as Canada’s nineteenth and first female Prime Minister in 1993. She previously held cabinet portfolios as Minister of State for Indian Affairs and Northern Development, Minister of Justice and Attorney General, and Minister of National Defence and Minister of Veterans’ Affairs. She was the first woman to hold the Justice and Defence portfolios, and the first woman to be... Read More →

Keynote Speakers
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Michael Walters

Michael Walters is an effective community leader, entrepreneur and city builder. | | Michael is known as a creative problem solver, relationship builder and imaginer never afraid to face down any serious community or public policy challenge. | | Early in his career, as director of the Community Action Project in North Central Edmonton, he led a team to redevelop hundreds of derelict homes, inspire new economic activity, and transform a... Read More →

Sponsors
avatar for Peter Lougheed Leadership College

Peter Lougheed Leadership College

Gold Sponsor: Closing Keynote | | The University of Alberta’s Peter Lougheed Leadership College will be a broad, inclusive undergraduate leadership development program that will forge leaders through formal and co-curricular learning, engagement, and mentorship.  Rooted in the university’s founding promise to be an institution for the "uplifting of the whole people," programming in the PLLC will promote lively interaction among... Read More →


Saturday January 31, 2015 4:15pm - 5:00pm
CCIS 1-430 University of Alberta

5:00pm

Dinner
Sponsors
avatar for University of Alberta Alumni Association

University of Alberta Alumni Association

Gold Sponsor: Dinner & Evening Event | | The moment you chose the U of A, you became a member of our alumni community—250,000 vital and passionate people who share their talents across Canada and around the world. This is the place for you to take advantage of alumni benefits, attend events and network with other alumni, share memories and keep in touch with the university. Look around. There’s no shortage of ways to stay... Read More →


Saturday January 31, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
CCIS University of Alberta

6:00pm

Green & Glow Winterfest: Snow Pants Party
Help kick off the University of Alberta Alumni Association's 100th anniversary at the Snow Pants Party! Fire Spectacle, Lantern Making, Light, Sound & Media, Ice Bar & Hot Chocolate

Sponsors
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University of Alberta Alumni Association

Gold Sponsor: Dinner & Evening Event | | The moment you chose the U of A, you became a member of our alumni community—250,000 vital and passionate people who share their talents across Canada and around the world. This is the place for you to take advantage of alumni benefits, attend events and network with other alumni, share memories and keep in touch with the university. Look around. There’s no shortage of ways to stay... Read More →


Saturday January 31, 2015 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Quad University of Alberta
 
Sunday, February 1
 

11:00am

Connecting Your University Experiences to Your Career
Limited Capacity full

In this hands-on activity-based session you will learn how to present your skills and experiences in a resume, job interview and at a networking event. You also will learn about the activities in which you can engage today that will prepare you for your post-graduate job/career of tomorrow. 

This session is sponsored by CAPS: Your U of A Career Centre

Lunch will be provided for participants!

Presenters


Sunday February 1, 2015 11:00am - 2:00pm
4-02 SUB University of Alberta

11:00am

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Workshop (Room Change)
Limited Capacity filling up

One of the keys to being a great leader is self-awareness, and one tool that can help you understand yourself and others better is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. 

In this interactive (and fun!) session you will get a chance to complete the full MBTI Step I assessment and explore your preferences and how it impacts you as a leader.

Lunch will be provided for attendees.

Presenters
avatar for Jane Lee

Jane Lee

Administrative Director, U of A Peter Lougheed Leadership College


Sunday February 1, 2015 11:00am - 2:30pm
0-55 Students' Union Building 8900-114 St, University of Alberta

11:00am

Bringing Your Ideas to Life
Limited Capacity seats available

It is often very easy to dream of building a successful company or organization, but being able to actually build one, takes leadership, perseverance and understanding business. In Bringing Your Ideas to Life you will learn important concepts in business and learn from examples of other successful founders, who took a simple idea and turned it into a success story. 

Presenters

Sunday February 1, 2015 11:00am - 2:30pm
0-31 Students' Union Building 8900-114, University of Alberta

11:00am

Event Planning Bootcamp (Room Change)
Limited Capacity seats available

Putting together an event can be very exciting, but it can also be very daunting.  This workshop will provide the participants with tools to apply to events of any size to help with the event planning process.  From the conceptualization to the wrap up of an event this session will cover strategies on successfully planning an event, tips on how to execute the event and how to wrap up an event properly.

If you have questions this is the place to ask them!

Presenters
avatar for Jennifer Wanke

Jennifer Wanke

I have been working in Event Management in one way or another for over 20 years. I have produced large multi-day events and conference, themed events, showcases, live music as well as small private events and fundraising programs. | | I love the passion and energy that is needed to put together an event. All events have a specific purpose and when things come together the way they should the final product is always an amazing thing to be a... Read More →


Sunday February 1, 2015 11:00am - 2:30pm
2-702 SUB