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

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

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 | Product Manager, Clio

Ainsley Robertson has a passion for problem solving, both within the customer experience and within her community.

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 nearly 900 young women throughout Saskatchewan in celebrating their graduations, fostered 65 mentor relationships and awarded over $150,000 in scholarships. In 2017, Ainsley was named the Red Cross Young Humanitarian of the Year for her outstanding contributions.

Since then, Ainsley has worked with a couple of tech startups in Calgary and currently resides in Vancouver, BC, where she works as a Product Manager at Clio, the world's leading cloud-based legal practice management software. There, Ainsley chairs Clio’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee and organizes Vancouver's Women in Product meetup. Ainsley also serves as the Past Chair of a non-profit organization called Chic Geek, which is building a welcoming, supportive community for women at the intersection of technology and entrepreneurship.

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.