8:15 - 8:30 am

Welikoklad Event Centre Theatre

Trevor Thomas, RDC Donald School of Business

8:30 - 9:30 am

Keynote Address: Spiders in Space
Welikoklad Event Centre Theatre

Todd HirschATB Financial 

Drawing on inspiring stories of individuals, organizations and businesses, Todd presents a selection of adaptive traits that can help us not only survive, but thrive, when unwanted change comes our way. 

9:45 - 10:45 am

Entrepreneurship Panel - Like a Boss! 
Welikoklad Event Centre Cinema  

Charlie Bredo, Troubled Monk
Michele Bilsborrow, Cheeky Coutures Boutique 
Rieley Kay, Cilantro & Chive
Ryan CurtisFamoso

The good. The bad. The ugly. Hear it all in this session from local successful entrepreneurs who had an idea and made the moves to make it happen!

Employment Standards: How it Impacts You (NEW)
Welikoklad Event Centre Cinema

Laura Barr-Kyrzyk, Government of Alberta

Have you ever wondered what your rights are within the workplace? In this session you will learn just that! Discussion will involve basic employee rights - when is overtime paid, vacation/holiday pay, paid breaks, deductions from gross pay, and wrongful dismissal.

Resume Renovations (NEW)
DSB 306 A & B

Bonnie Lawrence, Rifco

Move beyond the basic fundamentals of resume development. Join Bonnie as she shares her expertise as the Director of Human Resources at RIFCO in what recruiters really want to see in your resume applications. This session has been tailored for those students who will be completing their academic path this year and are gearing up to join the workforce!

Gain a Competitive Edge through Community Engagement
DSB Room 310

Jaycee Bourke, RDC Student – Women of Excellence Recipient
Laura NaldrettCanada Winter Games
Pam SnowdenVolunteer Central

Community Engagement is so much more than just volunteering your time. It offers you the opportunity to work alongside your potential future CEO, supporting the needs of your community. In this session, you will gain insight on how investing your time will help you increase career network and employment readiness skills. Plus, the volunteer perks can be pretty awesome!

Resume 101 (NEW)
DSB Room 309

Michelle BrownRDC Career & Employment Consultant

Launch your resume development skills as a first-year student. In this session you will be walked through, section by section, a sample resume. The focus will be on how to create a targeted, tangible and tailored resume.

10:55 - 11:55 am

Professional Dress with All Set Style (NEW)
Welikoklad Event Centre Theatre

Shelby Varghese, All Set Style

Join Shelby from All Set Style as she unpacks the elements of style guidelines from casual, business casual to business professional. She will discuss the importance of personal and professional image from a Human Resources professional point of view (including tips on your online image). Shelby will provide examples of how to dress appropriately and confidently for making a great first impression for an interview and beyond on a pre-professional budget. Each session attendee will receive a $50 voucher to be used towards a personal wardrobe edit or shopping service with All Set Style.

Sharpen Your Interview Skills
Welikoklad Event Centre Cinema

Gwen GanskeMNP
Sally Shaxted, Stantec
Sandra Mitchell, Red Deer Courthouse
Trevor Buttrum, Insurance Institute of Canada

Practice makes perfect. Don’t let your dull interview skills cost you your dream job. In this session, students will have the opportunity to learn from local industry representatives who are dedicated to helping students succeed in their job search and future interviews.

The Art of Networking (NEW)
DSB Room 306 A & B

Ron Sauve, Royal Bank of Canada

You’ve been told networking is important to your career. But do you know how to initiate, build, and maintain your networking relationships? Join Ron as he leads you in how to maximize your moments in networking environments.

Building Net Worth as a Student 
DSB Room 310

Lionel Williams, Investors Group 

Go from “Can I afford that?” to “I can afford that!”. Adulting is hard and this expert is here to make sure you have access to the right financial path for your future.

Applied Learning: Cream of the Crop (NEW)
DSB Room 309

Doug MacDormandRDC Faculty
Kamille Espeleta, RDC Student Ambassador
Marc Jerry, RDC Faculty
Stephanie Jones, Junior Achievement 
Wendy CameronRDC Ambassador Leadership Program Assistant

You don’t know what you don’t know. Attending Beyond The Books, Lunch & Learns, BADM 290 or other practicum placement courses, the Ambassador Program, Internships, Volunteering and other forms of professional development are all equally valuable in helping you rise to the top.

12:00 - 1:15 pm 

Networking Refreshment Reception & LinkedIn Lounge (NEW)
DSB 3rd Floor Common 

Stick around for FREE pizza and mingle with all of the Backpacks To Briefcases presenters, partners and sponsors, and put your networking skills to work! There will also be a new LinkedIn Lounge set up in the northwest corner of the 3rd Floor, where professional photographers will be on site for FREE professional head shots!