University hosts annual Inspiring Leadership Forum

News Release Release Date: March 11, 2015 10:00 a.m.

The University of Regina is hosting its annual Inspiring Leadership Forum today at the Queensbury Centre at Evraz Place in Regina.

At this year’s Forum, entitled, Passion, Power, Politics more than 500 conference participants will hear from celebrated women in politics, including speakers Kim Campbell, Mary Robinson and Mary Simon.

Kim Campbell – First Female Prime Minister of Canada

The Right Honourable Kim Campbell served as Canada’s first female prime minister. That marked only one of the many firsts that make up her dynamic career spanning media, academia, law, government, and leadership.

Mary Robinson – Former President of Ireland & President of the Mary Robinson Foundation

Mary Robinson served as the first female president of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. She is now the president of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice and a member of the Elders, a group of world leaders (founded by Nelson Mandela), who contribute their wisdom, independent leadership, and integrity to tackling some of the world’s toughest problems.

Mary Simon – Former Canadian Diplomat

Dr. Mary Simon, OC, QC, comes from Kuujjuaq, Nunavik and was born in Kangiqsualujjuaq, Nunavik (Arctic Quebec). She is the recent past president of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the National Inuit Organization. Simon recently completed her term as chairperson of the National Committee on Inuit Education with a mandate to implement a comprehensive national strategy aimed at improving Inuit educational standards and achievements.

“This year’s Inspiring Leadership forum will be a wonderful opportunity to hear the inspirational stories of internationally distinguished women,” says University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Vianne Timmons. “Our keynote speakers – Kim Campbell, Mary Robinson and Mary Simon – are widely known for the impact they’ve had in the political, corporate and humanitarian realms. Their remarkable experiences will set the stage for everyone in attendance to explore how we can all continue to develop our own leadership qualities for the benefit of ourselves and our communities.”

Now in its sixth year, the sold-out event also features a Saskatchewan Leaders Panel, including current and former politicians, Debra Button, June Draude and Louise Simard.

For more information and to view full bios of the keynote speakers and panel members, visit:


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