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October 23, 2017


7:15 - 8:30 am

Registration & Breakfast

7:30 - 8:30 am

Business Talk

8:40 – 8:45 am

Conference Opening Greetings

8:45 – 9:45 am

Carly Minish

It’s no wonder that Smak Dab’s founder, Carly Minish, ended up in the food industry. With a nutritionist for a grandmother, and a foodie for a mother, her family’s life evolved around food. Whether it was a fish fry by the lakeside, making pickles and jam, hunting with her father, combining with her grandfather, or picking crab apples with her grandmother, food was the thing around which the best memories were made. Food has substance; food felt natural, comforting, and most importantly - like home. It was an obvious choice to follow a career path where she could express her passion for food and its nourishment for the soul. Thus, her journey began….

Carly Minish

9:45 – 10:30 am

Panel #1

Hot Topic: Farms, Forests and the Future


10:30 – 10:45 am

Refreshment Break

10:45  – 11:45 pm

Hot Topic: Marketing

Sales Expert provides sales managers, business owners & their staffs all the information and tools they need to develop effective sales strategies for developing new and incremental business. The core services of Sale Expert includes training workshops and seminars focused on improving the selling effectiveness of the sales team. Although workshops are offered as public events, Sales Expert routinely provides customized training services held as private events.

Dan Debreuil

11:45– 12:30 pm

Youth Business Pitches

12:30 – 1:15 pm

 Networking Lunch

1:15 – 2:00 pm

Panel #2

2:00 – 2:45 pm

Hot Topic: Nail the Numbers

With over 25 years of entrepreneurial experience, Taunya’s reputation in startup circles as the “Cashflow Queen" is built on her ability to dive into the uncomfortable topic of finance with tremendous empathy, transparency and humour. She is cited as a change-maker, solution-architect and financial empowerment evangelist. With the rare ability to both motivate and equip them with actionable change strategies, Taunya helps entrepreneurs to better control their financial futures.

An entrepreneur herself, Taunya is the creator and chair of Nail the Numbers. She credited with three successful exits, and a current portfolio which includes founding and chairing two non-profits, controlling interest in three startups, and an equity position in two others. Taunya has contributed to launching and growing hundreds of startups across western Canada, in part through her work with Futurpreneur where she managed a $4 million dollar loan portfolio. And, through Powerhouse International where she tirelessly advocated on behalf of hundreds of Alberta-based startups for over eight years.

Taunya continues to ensure the voice of the startup is heard and supported through her extensive community involvement with organizations including BDC, SHAD International, First Nations University, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan Capital Network and numerous other initiatives fostering entrepreneurship, financial empowerment, and economic development.

Taunya Woods Richardson

2:45 – 3:15 pm

Networking Break

3:15 – 4:00 pm

Panel #3

4:00 – 4:20 pm

Wrapping it All Up

Watson Art Centre

4:30 – 6:30 pm

Countryfest Community Cinema

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