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TEDx Speaker, Corporate Trainer, Certified Leadership and Confidence Coach, Business Owner and Founder of Rise Up For You, Nada is passionate about enhancing company culture and people’s development through teaching soft skills, aka human skills.

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Debra Kasowski, the charismatic host of the thought-provoking podcast, The Millionaire Woman Show, is committed to enriching the leadership potential of her countless clients, essentially guiding them to go within to capitalize on their true personal power, so they can achieve the measurable success they desire in business, and in life. After graduating with distinction, having earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, this aw

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Elise Ahenkorah is an award-winning entrepreneur, speaker and inclusion advocate. She is educated in Law & Justice, International Relations, Change Management and is completing her MBA in Strategy. She is also an alumni of Cornell University’s diversity and inclusion strategic planning program. As Principal and Inclusion Strategist for inclusion FACTOR, she designs data-driven strategies to build inclusive workplaces and communities f

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Minister Aheer was first elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for the constituency of Chestermere-Rocky View on May 5, 2015. She was re-elected on April 16, 2019, as the MLA for the newly formed riding of Chestermere-Strathmore. Born in Edmonton and raised in Chestermere, where she is raising her family, Aheer is a proud wife and mother of two boys. Prior to entering politics, Aheer was a professional vocal coach and music

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Experienced Editor, Broadcaster, Motivator, and Servant-leader, with lots of expertise in International Affairs, including the BBC and the United Nations. Skilled in Journalism and International Broadcasting, Multi-media productions, Social Media, Strategic Communications, International Public Affairs, Crisis Communications, and Radio, plus Speechwriting. Excellent Media and Communications professional with a Master of Science (M.Sc.) focused in

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Associate Professor PhD Faculty of Education in the University of New Brunswick. His key areas of interest are cultural diversity, multiethnic school leadership, school culture, social justice leadership, educational leadership development. He is currently teaching Responsive Leadership for Culturally Diverse Schools, Educational Theory and School Administration and Supervision of Instruction. Education : • PhD University of Calgary, 2010

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Dr. Akolisa Ufodike is an Assistant Professor at York University. He is also the National Chair of the National Council of the Association of Black Conservatives and Chair of the Communications Committee. He has been involved in political organizing since 2004. Dr. Ufodike was a Candidate in the 2015 United Conservative Party nominations. He has sat on the board of two provincial conservative riding associations and in 2019 successfully ran t

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Irfan Chaudhry is a hate crimes researcher and the Director of the Office of Human Rights, Diversity and Equity at MacEwan University. He was a former race relations specialist for the Racism Free Edmonton Project, and was also instrumental in creating the StopHateAB.ca website, a 3rd party hate incident reporting platform that documents hate incidents in Alberta. For the last eight years, Irfan has taught sociology and criminology at MacEwan.

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As the oldest son of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther King III has seized the torch lit by his parents by continuing their quest for equality and justice for all. He has dedicated his life to promoting civil rights and global human rights, and to eradicating the “triple evils” of racism, militarism, and poverty, all of which his father identified as the scourges of humankind. As the founde

Dr Bukola Salami is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta. Her research program focuses on policies and practices shaping migrant health. As of July 2019, she has been involved in around 40 funded research projects. She is the lead on 18 of these projects with funding from national and international agencies. Her projects have been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; Women and

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Dr Unati Makiwane is a Family Physician with over 14 year experience, Health Coach and Certified Transformation Life Coach focusing on Men's Health and Boy Child’s Mental Health. She is currently pursuing her MBA in Business and Corporate Communications. She immigrated from South Africa in 2010 and worked in the Rural & Urban Saskatchewan. She later relocated to Alberta in 2014. She is the Founder and the Medical Director of United Medical C

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Vice President Chief Dr. Taylor served as Senior Senator of Bong County with a resounding mandate from the people of Bong County to represent their interests, hopes and aspirations; as evidenced by her election as Senator in 2005 and again in 2014. Vice President Chief Dr. Taylor is a visible and very involved stateswoman; with a vision for affordable but quality education; transparent justice system; improve and accessible health system; wome

Nana Odidwour Baah Kokroko III is the Tufuhene of Hwidiem, Ashante Akyem North District, in the Kyidom Division of Kumasi Traditional Area. Business / development -oriented Chief who seeks the welfare of his people. He was a guest speaker at World Culture Festival in Berlin, Germany.

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Minister Copping was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta on April 16, 2019, as the MLA for Calgary-Varsity. Copping has over 20 years of senior management experience in labour relations & human resources and corporate affairs. Working in the transportation industry, he has led teams in the development and implementation of labour relations strategies, negotiated and administered collective agreements, and represented management in l

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Minister Pon was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta on April 16, 2019, as the MLA for Calgary-Beddington. Pon has a wealth of work experience in banking. For more than 20 years she was the Account Manager in Personal/Commercial banking and also the Regional Manager, Business Development responsible for Multicultural Banking and working with over 230 branches and 3,000 staff in the Prairie Region for Scotiabank. She also worked at C

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Dr. Wendy Cukier is one of Canada's leading experts in disruptive technologies, innovation processes, and diversity. She has written more than 200 papers on technology, innovation, and management and is co-author of the bestseller “Innovation Nation: Canadian Leadership from Java to Jurassic Park.” She is the Founder of Ryerson University’s Diversity Institute, which she founded in 1999 and has led projects aimed at promoting the participat

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Dr. Gyan holds a PhD in Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Master of Philosophy degree in Social Work from the University of Ghana. Before joining the McGill School of Social Work, he served as an Assistant Professor of social work at the University of Regina and Wilfrid Laurier University. He is a fellow of several Canadian research centers including the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC), the Tshepo Institute for the Study of C

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Chief McFee has an extensive background in policing, including 26 years as a police officer in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan (nine years as Chief of Police), and six years as the Deputy Minister of Corrections and Policing in the Ministry of Justice for the Saskatchewan government. From 2011 to 2014 he served as President and Past President of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police. He is a recognized Governor General Leadership alumnus, a

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Expert. Innovator. Entrepreneur. With over 20 years of experience in corporate governance and shareholder communications, Wes Hall has established himself as the preeminent leader in shareholder advisory services and contested investor situations. Canada’s leading newspaper The Globe & Mail has called him one of the nation’s “most influential powerbrokers” and Canadian Business magazine named him one of the “most powerful business peopl

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