SOLD OUT: Canada’s Premier Student Leadership Conference

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Leader’s Edge 2022 is now sold out. To add yourself to the waitlist, please send your name and phone number to  leadersedgeconference@cbu.ca.

Become the Best Version of You in 2022

The world moves at a rapid pace. What’s trending today could be out-of-date tomorrow. It’s key to dream big and stay on top of things in this ever-changing environment. At Leader’s Edge, enrich your future by gaining leadership, practical and real-world skills. Learn today, succeed tomorrow.

Friday, October 14, 2022
4:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Saturday, October 15, 2022
8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

What’s in it for you?

  • Earn a leadership certificate that will help build your resume and co-curricular record
  • Learn from and be inspired by world-leading experts
  • Gain practical skills that will guide you through your career i.e. how to network
  • Amazing perks, including prizes, a swag bag, events and more
  • Get a professional photo
  • Music, food, and fun!

Check out the Schedule

Please note this is a professional event. Proper business attire is required.

4:30 PM – Registration – CIBC Welcome Centre

5:05 PM – Welcome Remarks – RBC Lecture Theatre

  • Presented by Dr. Richard MacKinnon, CBU Vice President Academic and Provost

5:15 PM – Opening Session – RBC Lecture Theatre

  • Deena “Fireball” Baikowitz | How to Work a Zoom, and a Room: Managing and Mastering Virtual (and live) Networking Events

6:30 PM to 8:00 PM – Welcome Reception (The Great Hall)

  • Put your networking skills to the test!

Photographers onsite to take photos
Music by DJ Majestic

8:00 AM – Breakfast – The Pit Lounge

9:00 – 10:00 AM – Session One – RBC Theatre

  • David C. Dingwall Transformational Goal-Setting

10:00 – 10:15 AM – Nutrition Break (Great Hall)

10:15 – 11:45 AM – Session Two – RBC Theatre

  • Kelli MacPherson Leading through Challenge | Practical Advice

11:45 – 1:15 PM – Session Three (Boxed Lunch) – RBC Theatre

  • Drew Dudley, The Leadership Test

1:30 – 2:45 PM – Session Four – RBC Theatre

  • Breagh Isabel Resiliency and Adapting to Seize Opportunities

2:45 – 3:15 PM – Nutrition and Wellness Break (Great Hall)

3:15 – 4:15 PM – Session Five – RBC Theatre

  • Dr. Greg Wells Rest. Refocus. Recharge.

4:15 PM – 4:30 PM – Wrap up and thank you

Thank You to Our Presenting Sponsors

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Check Out This Year’s Speakers

Presented By

Drew Dudley
Somewhere around the middle of his undergraduate education, Drew realized engaging with the world was a lot more fun than writing papers about it.

While still a student he became heavily involved in Canada’s largest post-secondary charitable initiative in support of Cystic Fibrosis Canada, eventually serving as the National Chair of the organization. As he moved into his career, he took on the challenge of creating and building the Leadership Development Program at the University of Toronto, which became the largest and most dynamic in the country.

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It was those leadership students who changed the course of Drew’s professional life: they secretly organized a campaign to put him onstage at TEDxToronto 2010, where he delivered a talk that would go on to generate more than 5 million views around the web. A high-achieving lifestyle took its toll however: undiagnosed bipolar disorder set the foundation for binge eating and drinking, and Drew grew to over 300 pounds while struggling with the emotional challenges of a career that kept him on the road 250 days a year.Drew credits the Day One process with saving his life—he began applying the process to improving his mental and physical health. Recognizing how many people were struggling silently with similar battles, Drew began infusing these experiences into his keynotes, hoping to remind people that their scars in no way stand in the way of their leadership.In 2018, Drew shared both his story and the Day One process in his first book This is Day One: A Practical Guide to Leadership That Matters. Today, Drew continues to travel the world sharing the Day One process with organizations of all kinds—aiming to redefine leadership for as many people as possible.

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Dr. Greg Wells
In high performance business situations, the human mind and body have to work together for ultimate results. Dr. Greg Wells is a health and high performance expert who, as a scientist and physiologist, has dedicated his career to making the science of human limits understandable and actionable. In his informative and engaging keynotes, Wells draws parallels between elite athletes and top executives to help business leaders perform at the highest level, even when under the most extreme circumstances.

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For more than 25 years, Wells has worked with some of the highest-performing individuals on the planet, including Olympic and World champions, as well as organizations ranging from General Electric to BMO, Deloitte, KPMG, BMW, Audi, Sysco Foods, YPO and Air Canada. He is also committed to inspiring children and young adults through his close working relationship with several school boards and independent schools.

A veteran endurance athlete himself, Wells has participated in the grueling Nanisivik Marathon 600 miles north of the Arctic Circle; Ironman Canada; and the Tour D’Afrique, an 11,000 km cycling race that is the longest in the world. He is also a travel and expedition adventurer who has journeyed through every imaginable terrain and conditions in more than 50 countries.

Wells is the author of four bestselling books: Superbodies, The Ripple Effect, The Focus Effect and his most recent, Rest, Refocus, Recharge: A Guide for Optimizing Your Life. He also hosted the award-winning Superbodies series, which aired on Olympic broadcasts worldwide in 2010 and 2012. As a speaker, Wells has travelled the world speaking at events such as TEDx and The Titan Summit, and has shared the stage with Robin Sharma, Richard Branson, Steve Wozniak and Deepak Chopra.

Wells has a PhD in Physiology, served as an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Toronto and is currently a senior scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. He is also the CEO and founder of Wells Performance, a global consulting firm committed to achieving the moonshot of helping teams, schools and businesses become places where people get healthy, perform optimally and reach their potential.

Expertise: Occupational Hygiene, Risk Management and Organizational Health and Safety

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Deena Baikowitz
Deena Baikowitz brings her signature fireball energy everywhere she goes. We’re thrilled she’s bringing it to Cape Breton University!

“Fireball Deena” is a dynamic networking and branding consultant, business and career coach, trainer, speaker, and comedian. Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Deena earned her BA and BSW from McGill University, created humour therapy programs in hospitals, and developed health and wellness training programs. She also had the privilege of driving The Barra MacNeils to and from the airport one rainy summer day, for the Montreal Feis.

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Deena lived in New York City for over 20 years, where she discovered her passion for networking and her New York attitude, and created the Fireball Network brand. Her cool career history includes promoting Broadway shows; consulting to the hotel industry; developing business and career training programs for entrepreneurs, executives, emerging leaders, educational institutions, and professional associations; co-founding networking groups; coaching awesome clients; co-producing online talent shows and live theatrical productions; and performing at comedy clubs, and on corporate stages. She has held leadership roles in many global associations, and serves on the Board of the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute. Currently based in Toronto and New York City, Deena brings a global perspective to her programs, clients, and audiences. An extrovert and expert networker, she talks to strangers in English, French, Spanish, and Hebrew.

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Breagh Isabel
Listeners of Canadian music will have stumbled upon the creative handiwork of Nova Scotia-based artist, Breagh Isabel. She has written for and performed on the records of artists like Donovan Woods, Ria Mae and BANNERS. “Good News,” the latest Billboard Top 40 chart-climbing single by Juno Award-winning rapper, Classified, was co-written by Breagh and features her signature smoky vocal.

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In recent years, Breagh completed a production internship with Paige Blue of Downtown Music Publishing in Nashville, TN, before being selected as one of eight female producers across Canada for the Music Publishers Canada’s 2020 Women in the Studio Accelerator Program. In late 2020, Breagh signed a publishing deal with Concord Music Publishing. Her foray into composing and writing for film and television has already landed her featured tracks in many films, commercials and promo placements including The Tokyo 2020 Olympics, CAA and shows like CW’s Batwoman and Grey’s Anatomy.

Kelli MacPherson
Kelli is an Alumna of Cape Breton University and a proud honorary Caper since 2002.

She has been called a natural leader and has led through many challenges from the time she was a little one charging around her inner-city playground followed by her peers. From Captaining Great Britain in her favourite sport of basketball and leading groups of Army recruits and staff, to being a parent to three fiercely independent children and breaking new ground in children and adolescents’ mental health services.

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She has succeeded, failed often and been an example of both good and bad leadership, but she always strives to be better. That takes time and work. Kelli’s biggest hopes are to help others be the best version of themselves. She is happiest walking along her local beachfront, going for a swim in the sea and being with her family and friends.

Presented By

David Dingwall
David Dingwall is the 7th President and Vice-Chancellor of Cape Breton University.

Prior to taking on his role at CBU, President Dingwall had a distinguished public policy career and extensive corporate governance experience.

He has also had a prominent legal career, been, and continues to be, a corporate director, a distinguished public speaker, visiting lecturer and author of the book, “Negotiating So Everyone Wins.”

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He has been an extraordinary mentor to many Cape Bretoners and Canadians from coast to coast to coast, helping them establish their own careers and make a mark across our country. President Dingwall is a member of the Queen’s Privy Council and is an Honorary Colonel with the Cape Breton Highlanders.

Under his direction, Cape Breton University has achieved many significant milestones including launching a new strategic plan, academic plan, research plan, an updated and inclusive executive committee, a new CBU Brand, unprecedented enrolment growth, established the School of Nursing and its first dean, $45 million in infrastructure improvements, revamped creative arts and campus recreation programming and a revitalized campus, with plans for future growth and development. He has also been leading CBU through the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A world of possibility awaits! Learn from exceptional speakers and enhance your leadership skills.

If you have any questions please contact leadersedgeconference@cbu.ca.

We look forward to welcoming you.