Speakers

The Centennial All Years Reunion will feature thought-provoking sessions by alumni and industry leaders including CBC Dragons Den star Michele Romanow, 2017 Oslo Business for Peace Award Winner, Murad Al-Katib, Indigenous Educator & Advocate, Gabriele ScrimshawPresident & Founder of CSR Training Institute, Wayne Dunn, and 2017 Red Cross Young Humanitarian of the Year, Ainsley Robertson

 

Michele

Michele Romanow

"Dragon", CBC Dragons’ Den | Co-Founder, Clearbanc

Michele Romanow is an engineer and a serial entrepreneur who started three companies before her 28th birthday. The youngest ever entrepreneur to join CBC’s hit show Dragons’ Den, Michele is the co-founder of e-commerce platforms Buytopia.ca and SnapSaves (acquired by Groupon), which have saved millions of users hundreds of millions of dollars. Ranked in WXN’s “100 Most Powerful in Canada” and listed as the only Canadian on Forbes’ “Millennial on a Mission” list.  Her current venture Clearbanc is offering financial services for freelancers and entrepreneurs.  

Buytopia ranked the #3 on the Profit Hot 50 list of fastest growing companies, #1 on Chatelaine's W100 list of fastest growing companies and was a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award and the RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards.   Michele was previously the Director of Strategy for Sears. Michele holds an engineering degree and an MBA from Queen's University where she received the Queen's Tricolour.

Michele is a director on the board of Vail Resorts (NYSE: MTN), Shad Valley and Freshii.

Murad

Murad Al-Katib (B.COMM '94)

President & CEO, AGT Food & Ingredients

Keynote Talk: Writing History - The Power of Entrepreneurs with a Purpose.

Murad Al-Katib is the President and CEO and a Board member of AGT Food and Ingredients Inc. 

In 2001, he founded Saskcan Pulse, providing the nucleus for AGT. Under his leadership, the company has grown to be a world leader in value-added pulses, staple foods and ingredients with revenues exceeding $1.9 billion in 2016, customers in over 120 countries and with 47 manufacturing facilities on five continents.

Murad has been the recipient of a number of prestigious awards including the 2017 Oslo Business for Peace Award, the EY World Entrepreneur of the Year Award for 2017 and the 2016 United Nations Association of Canada Global Citizen Laureate Award. In 2012, Murad received a Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal, complementing his award of a Queen’s Saskatchewan Centennial Medal given in 2006.

With his experience at AGT building a Canadian start-up into a global billion dollar company, Murad has proven himself to be a strong financial and strategic business thinker, able to anticipate and mitigate the risks in international trading and commodities.

Gabrielle

Gabrielle Scrimshaw (B.COMM '10)

Indigenous Entrepreneur, Activist & Speaker

Gabrielle is an indigenous professional with a passion for creating social impact.

She has an MBA from Stanford and is a Gleitsman Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University. Gabrielle is a regular contributor for Canada's largest national media outlets, and has been profiled by the New York Times, Forbes, Globe & Mail, among others.

Growing up in a town of 800 people, Gabrielle was raised in a single parent household and is a proud member of the Hatchet Lake First Nation. A first generation student, she was named "One of 3 Young Aboriginal Canadians to Watch" by the Huffington Post.  Over the past decade she has studied international business and policy across 6 continents. In 2010, Gabrielle became the youngest Associate accepted into one of Canada's most competitive post-graduate finance programs. Gabrielle is the Co-Founder the Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada, a non-profit organization now considered a global thought leader in indigenous leadership.

Dunn

Wayne Dunn

President & Founder, CSR Training Institute

Keynote Talk: Business 2030: #SocialValue = #BizValue

Wayne Dunn has over 25 years of senior-level global experience in business and development. His Corporate Social Responsibility work includes strategic consulting, training and direct on-the-ground implementation across a range of sectors and industries.

His projects have won major international awards, been made into a Stanford Business School Case Study and been used as global best practice examples.  He is a frequent lecturer and keynote speaker at business, trade and development events worldwide.

Dunn is President and Founder of the CSR Training Institute and a former Professor of Practice in CSR at McGill University. He’s a Stanford University Sloan Fellow with an M.Sc. in Management from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.  He was born and raised in Big River, SK and maintains close ties with the community and friends and family throughout Saskatchewan.

Ainsley

Ainsley Robertson (B.COMM '09)

‎Co-Founder, The Princess Shop Saskatoon | Manager, Developer Experience, Clio

Ainsley Robertson’s winding career has taken her from the nonprofit to the tech world, with one common thread: creating space for others to prosper. 

In 2007, while a student at Edwards, Ainsley co-founded the Princess Shop, a non-profit organization which enhances the graduation experience for female students in need, and provides them with mentorship, support, and the tools to pursue success after graduation. Based in Saskatoon, the Princess Shop has proudly supported over 1,000 young women throughout Saskatchewan in celebrating their graduations, fostered 65 mentor relationships and awarded over $200,000 in scholarships. In 2017, Ainsley was named the Red Cross Young Humanitarian of the Year for her outstanding contributions.

Since then, Ainsley worked with a couple of tech startups in Calgary and currently resides in Vancouver, BC, where she works as the Manager of Developer Experience at Clio, the world's leading cloud-based legal practice management software. There, Ainsley chairs Clio’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, organizes Vancouver's Women in Product meetup and volunteers as a mentor in the UBC Sauder MBA Mentor Program. Ainsley also recently completed her term as Board Chair for Chic Geek, a nonprofit that is building a welcoming, supportive community for women at the intersection of technology and entrepreneurship.

LUNCH AND LEARN TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION AND THE BUSINESS WORLD PANEL

This event is a natural fit with the citizenship theme. The lunch and learn panel is scheduled for the midpoint of the Dean’s Speaker Symposium on September 21, 2018.  It is open to commerce alumni and the campus community: USASK alumni, students, faculty and staff. Attendees will learn from a panel of experts why the TRC recommendation #92 is important to businesses. This session will provide employers and employees thought provoking insights on how to build stronger corporate – Indigenous engagements and will discuss business case points for inclusion.

Business and Reconciliation – Recommendation #92

Recommendation #92 asks the corporate sector and their leadership to adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. The commission calls for meaningful consultation, long-term sustainable opportunities from economic development projects as well as education and training for managers on the history of Indigenous people, intercultural competency, human rights and anti-racism. The panel will options for employers and employees to consider as a response to the Call to Action. Examples of successful programs will be shared.

Meet the Panel

Moderator:

 

Jacqueline Ottman, PhD, M.Ed.

VP Indigenous Engagement, University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Jacqueline Ottmann is Anishinaabe (Saulteaux), former elementary and high school teacher and principal, now a scholar. While at the University of Calgary, she was Coordinator of the First Nations, Métis, Inuit undergraduate teacher education program, and Director of Indigenous Education Initiatives within the Werklund School of Education (WSE). She also co-chaired the WSE Indigenous Strategy, and alongside the Provost, the university-wide Indigenous Strategy.

As of October 1, 2017, Jacqueline became Professor and Vice-Provost Indigenous Engagement at the University of Saskatchewan. Ottmann has been recognized as an international researcher, advocate, and change-maker whose purpose is to transform practices inclusive of Indigenous leadership, methodologies and pedagogies. Jacqueline is driven to create schools and communities that foster a deeper sense of belonging and appreciation for Indigenous peoples - their histories, stories, ways of knowing and being.

Panelists:

 

Gabrielle

Gabrielle Scrimshaw (B.Comm. 2010)

Indigenous Entrepreneur, Activist & Speaker

Gabrielle is an indigenous professional with a passion for creating social impact.

She has an MBA from Stanford and is a Gleitsman Fellow at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University. Gabrielle is a regular contributor for Canada's largest national media outlets, and has been profiled by the New York Times, Forbes, Globe & Mail, among others. Growing up in a town of 800 people, Gabrielle was raised in a single parent household and is a proud member of the Hatchet Lake First Nation. A first generation student, she was named "One of 3 Young Aboriginal Canadians to Watch" by the Huffington Post.  Over the past decade she has studied international business and policy across 6 continents. In 2010, Gabrielle became the youngest Associate accepted into one of Canada's most competitive post-graduate finance programs. Gabrielle is the Co-Founder the Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada, a non-profit organization now considered a global thought leader in indigenous leadership.

 

Kelly J Lendsay (MBA 1993)

President & CEO INDIGENOUS WORKS

First director of the first Aboriginal business education program in Canada at the University of Saskatchewan.

Kelly is a social entrepreneur who is internationally recognized as one of Canada’s foremost innovators of workplace inclusion and partnership benchmarking and design. His dynamic communications style and social entrepreneurial success has earned him the reputation as an engaging thought leader and facilitator with more than 500 audiences. He is known as an effective bridge-builder between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and companies creating and facilitating trusted partnerships and relationships. A proud Canadian indigenous leader of Cree and Métis ancestry, he moves seamlessly between both worlds fostering a spirit of trust, relationship and healthy partnerships.

 

CeCe Baptiste B.Comm.  CPA, CMA, ICD.D

Associate Director, Finance Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies


Ms. Baptiste has served on numerous boards and committees throughout her career. Currently she is the board Chair of the United Way of Saskatoon and Area, serves on the Finance Committee of West Wind Aviation as well as board member of SaskGaming Corporation, and was the founding president of the Saskatoon Aboriginal Professionals Association. Ms. Baptiste was nominated for the 2015 YWCA Woman of Distinction award in Leadership, received the inaugural 2015 FSIN Strength of Our Women award in Business, and in 2017 received recognition as one of 10 University of Saskatchewan Canada 150 Citizens as well as a CBC Saskatchewan Future 40 finalist. A commerce graduate, Ms. Baptiste supplemented her business degree with the Certified Management Accountant designation as well as the ICD.D corporate governance designation with the national Institute of Corporate Directors.

CeCe devotes her energy to building partnerships, believing in the power of communication to break down barriers and advance respect. She provides organizations with presentations on Intergenerational Trauma, drawing on her personal story of overcoming abuse and institutional barriers to achieve her goals. She participates in public forums and discussions on racism, volunteerism, and empowerment.

CeCe is Cree from Little Pine First Nation, and believes cultural pride is integral in being successful. She instills this in her children by participating in various cultural activities.

 

Craig Murray, P.Eng.

Vice-President, Mining and Minerals Saskatchewan Research Council

Craig Murray is Vice-President, Mining and Minerals, at the Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC). He is a Professional Engineer and holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan He has previously served as Vice-President, Alternative Energy and Manufacturing at SRC, Manager, Development Engineering at SRC, and Senior Test Engineer at IBM Canada Ltd. In addition to corporate management and leadership, he has over 30 years of experience in mining equipment, electronics and instrumentation design and development.

REGISTER FOR THE 2018 REUNION

Join us September 20-22, 2018 to genuinely reconnect and proudly celebrate all that we've built together over the past century.