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Keynote: Kerri Twigg - Career Stories

Kerri Twigg is the creator of The Career Stories Method. She has helped people find and express their stories for over 20 years, first in the theatre and now as a Career Story Coach. She was named a LinkedIn Top Voice in 2018, and has made it on several lists like; "Top Career Coaches to Follow on LinkedIn" by Job Scan and "Top 20 Female Coaches to Follow" by TalentLMS. Kerri teaches and speaks around the world to help people find their awesome and do work that makes their heart sing.


Panel ~ Following  your heart

Kayla Luky - Old September

Located in Gilbert Plains, Old September is a coffee and cocktail bar and floral design business. Along with merchandise, it offers workshop space for creatives.

Kayla grew up on a farm in Gilbert Plains and has lived all kinds of lives before starting this dream. She currently lives in Grandview with her partner Ian and their two young children who are 1.5 & 3 years old.


Melisa Stefaniw - Decipher Consulting

Melisa started out in the hospitality field, specializing in high end food & beverage service in many busy tourism locations across western Canada. This industry, along with a passion for writing, ran directly into arts & culture, specifically with funding opportunities for artists. Grant & proposal development became a passion that was brought into other career paths and ultimately a side-hustle. In early 2019, Melisa decided to take her nearly 20 years of experience in the field, along with a decade of work with not for profit and government organizations, and start her own company, Decipher Consulting. Her passion is bringing big ideas to fruition, from public art projects to recreation development. As a mother of two girls, the freelance lifestyle and flexibility of this new schedule has been life-changing in a positive way, on every front. 


Jade Priest - Jade Welding/Prairie Pincess Parties

Jade grew up in Ste. Rose Manitoba. She began welding at the age of 15 taking welding courses at the DRCSS. She obtained her Journeyman Red Seal Certification at the age of 19. Her welding career has consisted of working at Ritz Machine works and Manitoba Hydro. She obtained her Technical Vocational Teaching Certification in 2016 while teaching the Welding Program for 1.5 years at the DRCSS. At that point she decided to take a break from the welding trade and spend more time with her young family. She has now started up her own Mobile Welding Company based out of Gilbert Plains and with the influence of her daughter, has also started up a children's entertainment business out of Dauphin called Prairie Princess Parties.


Panel ~ When opportunity strikes

Brenon Durston - Prairie Cycle Works

I grew up on a farm just outside Dauphin, and have always been involved in things that require problem solving and working with my hands. My brothers and I were always riding bikes in our spare time, and I eventually was introduced to racing Cross Country MTB, in the Manitoba Cup Series and competed in two national level events. I was riding my bikes a great deal, and having them maintained at a shop wasn't always practical for me so I learned to maintain them myself out of necessity. A few years later, I was living just outside Toronto working at one of the larger bike shops in the area and I very quickly developed my skills as it was a very busy environment with many different bikes. 

My wife Emilie finished her education during that time, and got a job here in Dauphin as a teacher. I decided that there was a need for a service focused bike shop in our area and worked for a few months gauging interest, as well as lining up distribution, location, and all the tools I was going to need. In May 2018, I officially opened Prairie Cycleworks. Prairie Cycleworks operates mostly by appointment, allowing me to have a very flexible schedule. It is also service focused, so I can keep overhead low by employing only myself, in a small affordable space. I also keep my overhead low by only keeping an inventory of the most common parts or accessories, but can order in just about anything that my customer needs.


Eric Bjornson - Kithouse

An entrepreneur from an early age, Eric Bjornson registered his first business at age 12 and his second at age 18.  The majority of his entrepreneurial career thus far has been running Sundial Building Performance completing building envelope energy efficiency upgrades.  In early 2018 Eric 'took the leap' to launch Kithouse - an off-the-shelf, cold climate, net-zero home sold ready-to-move or as a ready-to-assemble kit.  Eric recently relocated Kithouse to Erickson MB and is presently focussed on scaling the venture with the goal of eliminating the price premium for net-zero, and zero-carbon buildings.  He looks forward to sharing his story at TTL2019.


Regan Hedley - KNG Golf

KNG Golf is a golf company that designs and creates custom head covers and other golf apparel.

KNG Golf was created in Manitoba by two brothers with a strong passion for the game of golf.

Our custom head covers are designed and manufactured in Manitoba with locally sourced buffalo, cow, goat and sheep leather.

Each custom head cover is unique and provides an excellent opportunity for golfers to represent their company, team, or put their own spin on a design.

KNG (short for King) represents the highest standard - something we strive for with every product we create.

Our products are designed to help you look and feel your best, on and off the course.



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