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8:30am  Registration

9:25am  Opening

9:45am  Martin Luther King, III

11:00am  Suzanne West

11:45am  Lunch

1:00pm Bob Black

2:15pm Ty Bennett

3:10pm Local Difference Maker - Ron Sakamoto with Beverley Mahood

4:00pm  Networking Reception

5:00pm  Canada 150 Special Celebration

5:10pm  Ron Sakamoto with Friends - Beverley Mahood & The Washboard Union

6:15pm Mark Messier

7:15pm Evening Ends

7:30pm  VIP Reception/ Meet & Greet by Invitation Only

*Schedule subject to change


Martin Luther King III’s insightful message of how community and society can be transformed through the "powers" of those with hopes, dreams, faith, vision, innovative spirit and humanity will inspire greatness.   Drawing on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s  spirit of idealism and coalition of conscience that awoke and transformed the world and surged change, Martin Luther King III speaks to how a dream based on beliefs can translate into transformative growth and change for humanity, community and your organization.  Difference makers have a dream, believe in it and harness everything around them to build what is right, shape it and transform it for the future.  Are You a Difference Maker?

Alberta has set a new vision, which challenges all Albertans to look for new ways to diversify our economy, transform the oil and gas sector and innovate all industry. How do we rise to this challenge?  Meet southern Albertan Suzanne West, recognized as one of Alberta’s most progressive visionaries and fearless business leaders.  Suzanne, Founder and CEO of Imaginea Energy, had a dream and was inspired by working with Sir Richard Branson to create the oil company of the 21st century.  Suzanne will share how she is transforming the oil industry and how her philosophy of empowering talented people is foundational to achieving planet, people, profit. 

No matter your company or the role you play in it, you are in the business of people. Leadership is a driving force behind growing your business.  Leaders become solid through influence and successful leaders use influence to engage and inspire others.    Partnership is the new leadership.  Ty shares proven strategies and techniques to improve leadership and increase overall commitment of people.  Learn specific ways to provide value that creates influence; how passion generates followers who have commitment; how people support what they create; the keys to building relationships that last; the three biggest obstacles that cause leaders to fail; and how to master conversational leadership.

Bob Black is Executive Vice-President of Edmonton Arena Corp, Chief Project Development Officer for the Oilers Entertainment Group and directly represents Darryl Katz, one of Canada’s most influential businessmen, investors, and philanthropists.  What responsibility do businesses, entrepreneurs and community leaders have in building communities?  How do you take a dream that was nearly a decade in the making and whose fruition would fuel optimism of what a community can do? Bob will discuss the vision, the leadership qualities, the sound judgment, the passion and the persistence in the face of challenges that it took to design and develop the $613 million Rogers Place and ICE District as a tremendous catalyst, spurring over $5 billion in current development, to revitalize downtown and re-ignite the community spirit of one of Canada’s great cities. 

Six time Stanley Cup Champion, five in Edmonton and one in New York.  Two league MVPs and one play off MVP.  Twice named by the players as their MVP. The only player to captain two different professional teams to championship. As a tribute to one of the finest leaders in NHL history, the National Hockey League awards the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice during the regular season.  Messier an iconic Canadian, one of the best all-time leaders in any professional sport, a good team builder, and a successful businessman will share leadership lessons which has inspired top of the game excellence.  Commemorating the National Hockey League’s 100th Anniversary, the Stanley Cup’s 125th Anniversary, and Canada’s 150th Anniversary, Messier will also share in stories of what it means to be Canadian and be a great difference maker in Canada’s national game.

Join us to recognize a country music legend and Hall of Fame Inductee, who still makes Lethbridge his home.  How does someone from southern Alberta become a legendary businessman in the country music industry and garner a global reputation for promoting country music and fostering future stars, bringing the best of country music across Canada, all at the same time continuing to be active as a local businessman and contributing to our community. Share in the journey that has earned this local difference maker accolades including after receiving the CCMA ‘Talent Buyer or Promoter of the Year’ Award for 17 consecutive years, the award being re-named in his honour.  Locally, Ron has been awarded the Key to the City of Lethbridge and has earned the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce Business Legacy Award. Celebrate Canada’s 150th milestone with this local proud Canadian difference maker.

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