Past Speakers


Director of Sales | Ford Canada

Bev joined Ford of Canada in 1996 as an intern in Finance while completing her MBA.  Over the last 20 years, Bev has held progressive roles in multiple organizations at Ford, including Finance, Customer Service, Marketing and Sales.  Currently, Bev leads the National Sales Operations team, responsible for sales planning and analysis, product allocation and distribution and field communications.

Founder  | MeVest

Since appearing on the Oprah show in 2001 called “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Wealth”, Lesley-Anne has branched out as a bestselling author, entrepreneur, renowned professional speaker, educator and popular columnist and television personality. Her area of expertise has also expanded into career navigation, entrepreneurship and women’s workplace equity and diversity issues. Today she is armed with her three best-sellers Well-Heeled: The Smart Girl’s Guide to Getting Rich (April 2014), Rich by Thirty: Rich by Thirty: A Young Adult’s Guide to Financial Success.

President & CEO | Venturing Publishing Inc. 

Ruth Kelly is the president and CEO of Venture Publishing Inc., and the publisher and editor-in-chief of the award-winning Alberta Venture and Alberta Oil magazines. Ruth was recognized as a Global Woman of Vision in 1998, a YWCA Woman of Distinction in the Entrepreneur category in 2003, and was the Allard Chair of Business at MacEwan School of Business in 2005, the same year she chaired the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce. The Canadian Women in Communications selected Ruth for their 2008 Woman of the Year award, making her the first Albertan to receive this national honour. In 2013, Ruth received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her contributions to Canada.

Executive Vice-President, Business Innovation  | Cenovus


Trained as a chemical engineer and equipped with an MBA, Judy is well known for driving collaborative innovation in the Canadian petroleum industry. She was pivotal in leading the integration of environment into Cenovus’s business and in the creation of Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance. Judy serves as the Board Chair of Alberta Innovates –Technology Futures, which enables Alberta’s globally competitive and sustainable future through applied research and technology commercialization services to businesses in oil and gas, pipelines, environment, agriculture, forestry and information technology. She is also a Director for Sustainable Technology Development Canada as well as the Public Policy Forum, an organization focused on tackling Canada’s most complex challenges through constructive dialogue across all sectors.

Executive in Residence | University of Alberta


Heather spent the last number of years focused on large scale organizational cultural change. Her focus was on creating and sustaining organizational change in order for the Alberta Public Service to reach its full potential through developing strong leaders at all levels. As Assistant Deputy Minister, Leadership and Talent Development, she oversaw talent management, leadership development and learning strategies for the Alberta Public Service. Currently Heather is on secondment to the University of Alberta spending her time teaching and finishing her Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems.


Vice President of Communications | Ford Motor Co.

Lauren More is the Vice President of Communications at Ford Motor Company of Canada, Ltd., where she leads multiple media relations, employee communications and social media programs and serves as a company spokesperson on a number of topics, including: corporate news, manufacturing and assembly operations, environment and safety, human resources issues and crisis communications.

Recruiting and Talent Management Professional | Xerox Canada

Diana easily engages her audience with her positive energy and practical advice. She encourages students to take control of their career and be open to new opportunities while demonstrating the exciting opportunities a career in Sales can offer.

Senior Advisor, Air Strategy & Policy | Cenovus Energy Inc.

As a Senior Advisor, Air Strategy & Policy, Anamika is responsible for setting and advancing Cenovus Energy’s strategy and direction for greenhouse gas emissions. She also represents Cenovus at policy discussions with government, environmental NGOs and other industry members.

Licensee | Desire Map      Owner | Body Integral Inc.

Allison McKee is a wife and mother of three. AND Owner/Operator of six year old Body Integral Fitness, Health and Wellness in Claresholm, AB. A gym and studio where she also works as Personal Trainer, Nutrition Consultant, Group Exercise Instructor, Lifestyle and Wellness Coach and Desire Map Facilitator.


Director of Marketing Communications | Ford Motor Co.

Connie has been responsible for leading the development and execution of many breakthrough ideas including the award-winning Warriors in Pink campaign and the social media phenomenon The Fiesta Movement. Ms Fontaine was recently a recipient of both the Ad Age Media Maven award and the Advertising Women of NY’s “Changing the Game” award.

Community Investment Advisor, Community Affairs | Cenovus

Jessica is responsible for reviewing proposals for non-profit and community partnerships. She is also responsible for managing active partnerships to ensure both Cenovus and the community benefit from the investment.

Director of Operations at the Alberta Electric System Operator | AESO

Jasmine has had years of experience working in the oil and gas industry, has volunteered on the boards of numerous charities, and also works as a yoga instructor. Last year, she was a keynote speaker at the Network of Empowered Women Business Conference, giving us one of the most memorable and compelling speeches of the weekend.

Director of Community Affairs | Cenovus Energy

Vicki has been with Cenovus for 16 years in a variety of roles. In her current role she coordinates business sponsorships, community relations and investment programs. In her HR role, she lead leadership development programs, performance management, workforce planning, new employee orientation, campus recruiting and new grad development and recruiting programs.

Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer | Vintage Group

Volunteer activities include time with youth, teaching financial skills to Junior Achievement’s Dollars with Sense program participants, and mentoring University of Calgary Business Faculty students. She is married and has 2 children, and balances her time as a soccer mom, and hockey cheerleader.