Keynote Speakers

Our profiled keynote speakers are extraordinary and inspiring leaders who demonstrate WBF core values in action:

  • Courage

  • Compassion

  • Empowerment

  • Sustainability

These leaders of vision challenge us to take action to impact social and economic success for future generations.

 
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Ian MacGregor

President, CEO & Chairman of North West Refining Inc.

Ian is a 50 per cent owner in the North West Redwater Partnership which is building the first new refinery in Canada since 1984. It is one of the largest construction projects in the works in Canada. Construction of Phase One of the Sturgeon Refinery peaked at over 7,000 Albertans and still has hundreds of people working there on a daily basis.

Keynote Speaker
11:45 am - 1:15 pm
October 3, 2018

 

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Dr. Shawna Pandya

Physician Surgeon & Citizen Scientist

For Dr. Shawna Pandya, life has just been one adventure after another, and she is just getting started! Armed with backgrounds in neuroscience, space, entrepreneurship and medicine, Dr. Shawna Pandya has led a life devoted to technology, innovation, social development and adventure! She offers tools and exercises that foster innovation, disruption, and ‘big-picture’ thinking.

Keynote Speaker
3:00 pm - 4: 30 pm
October 3, 2018

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Roberta Jamieson

President & CEO of Indspire

Roberta Jamieson is a Mohawk woman from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. She was the first Indigenous woman in Canada to earn a law degree. She then became Commissioner of the Indian Commission of Ontario, and then served as Ontario’s first female Ombudsman. She was also the first woman to be elected chief of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. 

Keynote Speaker
8:15 am - 9:15 am
October 4, 2018

Industry Panel

Economic Impacts of Diverse & Inclusive Workplaces: Why it Matters and Why it Matters Now!

From 9:00 am - 10:00 am on October 3, 2018

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Janet Riopel

MODERATOR - PRESIDENT & CEO OF THE EDMONTON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

"We know that a diverse and productive workforce is a critical component to supporting a vibrant economy and strong communities. I am thrilled to be moderating this impressive panel at WORK PROUD SUMMIT 2018."

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Chris Nash

PRESIDENT OF THE ALBERTA MOTOR TRANSPORT ASSOCIATION

Chris has more than 30 years of experience in the transportation industry from entry-level and a number of roles with Byers Transport, to Terminal Operations and Management with Rainbow Transport, to President of Jones Transportation in 2015. Chris is an acting member of the Canadian Trucking Alliance. 

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Paul Verhesen

CEO OF THE CLARK BUILDERS GROUP OF COMPANIES

Paul’s respect for his colleagues, visionary leadership and industry knowledge combine to provide clients, trades, and employees the foundation for sharing in a great experience. His ability to build strong and effective teams has resulted in Clark Builders being recognized as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies and Best Employers for the past nine consecutive years.

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Shelley Powell

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, OIL SANDS OPERATIONS, SUNCOR

Shelley is responsible for providing overall leadership for the safe, reliable operation of the Oil Sands and In Situ assets with priority dedicated to driving continuous improvement in business and environmental performance.
Shelley holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Ottawa and two Masters Degrees.

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Brent Davis

VICE PRESIDENT, MINING SOLUTIONS, FINNING CANADA

Over a 30-year career with Finning Canada, Brent Davis has held a variety of roles throughout Finning's territory in Western Canada. In 1985 he joined Finning as a junior-level employee while, at the same time, successfully completing his degree in economics from the University of Victoria. He later moved on to roles ranging from frontline customer service and sales positions to senior management posts, including his current role as VP mining solutions.

Closing Conversation

Inspiring Change: Leading with Impact

From 11:30 am - 12:45 pm on October 4, 2018

Andrew Ross

PRESIDENT OF CLARK BUILDERS

Andrew is a proud Canadian, whose passion for the community is evident through his involvement in numerous initiatives and his continued focus on supporting all employees of Clark Builders. As President, he maintains a commitment to collective success; a focus on people; integrity; hard work; clarity; and ongoing evolution.

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Margot Ross Graham

MODERATOR - PRESIDENT & CEO OF SANDBAR CONSULTING

Margot is the Principal of Sandbar Coaching and Consulting. She is an experienced senior executive with extensive background in leadership, change management, and organizational development.

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Dr. Patricia Makokis

DIRECTOR OF INDIGENOUS PROGRAMS AT UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA

Patricia is acclaimed as one of Canada’s most outstanding Aboriginal leaders. She is an author, speaker and a pioneer for Aboriginal education, health and values. Patricia is the recipient of innumerable awards for her exceptional work in advancing opportunities for her people.