Inspiring Leadership Forum features business leaders

News Release Release Date: March 7, 2018 9:00 a.m.

Today marks the ninth annual University of Regina Inspiring Leadership Forum. This year’s event, themed Scaling New Heights, features keynote speakers Manjit Minhas, Barb Stegemann and Bonnie Brooks who will share their stories of business success with a sold-out audience of more than 600. Prabha Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer of Women Entrepreneurs of Saskatchewan, is this year’s emcee.

“It’s important that the University of Regina support leadership development. By hosting this forum – bringing internationally-renowned speakers to Regina to share their stories of success – we hope to provide current and future leaders with a unique learning opportunity and inspire them to leave the forum ready to make a difference in their communities,” says Dr. Vianne Timmons, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Regina.

The Forum also includes a Saskatchewan Leaders Panel, which will be moderated by Brenda Lucki, Assistant Commissioner, Commanding Officer, RCMP Depot Division. Panel participants are:

·    Becki Bitternose, owner of PlayBuffalo, a fashion line that was featured at the 2016 New York Couture Fashion Week;

·    Pam Klein, President of Phoenix Group, and a member of several boards and advisory groups; and,

·    Aimee Schulhauser, owner of Schoolhaus Culinary Arts, Evolution Catering and Fine Foods, and Tangerine: The Food Bar.


Manjit Minhas

In her early 30s, Manjit Minhas, the petroleum-engineering-student-turned-beer-baroness, is one of North America’s most exciting entrepreneurs. Minhas has been able to do what few ever thought possible – start from nothing and successfully enter the beer and spirits industry, undoubtedly one of the most competitive markets around, all as a young female entrepreneur. She is a highly sought-after speaker and a judge of the current season of CBC’s Dragons’ Den.

Barb Stegemann

Barb Stegemann’s entrepreneurial vision was formed after her best friend – a soldier – was severely wounded in Afghanistan. Understanding that supporting Afghanistan’s economy was key to building stability for its people, Stegemann created The 7 Virtues, a company that sources organic, fair trade essential oils from countries experiencing turmoil such as Afghanistan, Haiti and Rwanda.

Bonnie Brooks

Bonnie Brooks is known internationally as one of the leading fashion merchants in the industry having worked with the best retailers in Europe, Asia, the UK and North America responsible for buying, editing, marketing and selling the world’s leading designers and brands.

The University of Regina’s Inspiring Leadership Forum is Regina’s premier leadership development event that provides an opportunity for people around Saskatchewan and beyond to hear the inspirational stories of internationally renowned women.

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