Canada’s Premier Student Leadership Conference

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The best you can be in 2023!

The Best You Can Be in 2023

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 What’s trending today could be out-of-date tomorrow.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 20, 2023

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.

8:00 AM – Registration and Breakfast – Pit Lounge

9:00 AM – Welcome Remarks from Royal Bank of Canada

9:10 AM – Keynote Session with Hamza Khan presented by Protocase

10:10 AM – Break and Headshots – Pit Lounge

10:40 AM – Panel with Young Entrepreneurs – Boardmore Theatre

11:30 AM – Break and Headshots – Pit Lounge

11:50 AM – Lunch – Pit Lounge

12:50 PM – Session on Media Literacy for Today’s Professionals with Dr. Felix Odartey-Wellington

1:30 PM – Session on Communicating with Confidence: Practical Tips for Emerging Professionals with Sarah MacRae – Boardmore Theatre, presented by Belairedirect- Car and Home Insurance

2:00 PM – Break and Headshots – Pit Lounge

2:30 PM – Session on Land Acknowledgements with Nina Kent – Boardmore Theatre, presented by Canadian Tire, Sydney NS.

3:00 PM – Closing Session with Jeopardy Champion, Mattea Roach – Boardmore Theatre, presented by Island Folk Cider House

4:00 PM – Exciting Prize Draws

4:30-6:00 PM – Networking Reception – Pit Lounge

Thank You to Our Ticket Sponsor!

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Check Out This Year’s Speakers

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Hamza Khan

Hamza Khan believes the future of work is more human, not less. He’s on a mission to help organizations achieve inclusive and sustainable growth by rehumanizing the workplace. Rather than be reactive to rapidly changing external conditions, Khan shows leaders how to embrace a bold “people first” approach to better support diverse, engaged, and connected teams in a hybrid environment. In doing so, they’ll unlock the tremendous upside of a loyal, thriving, and innovative workforce. Rehumanizing workplaces is the winning strategy of the future.

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Khan is a multi-award-winning entrepreneur, bestselling author, and world-renowned keynote speaker whose TEDx talk “Stop Managing, Start Leading” has been viewed over two million times. He has spoken on various global stages, including the World Youth Forum, and his clients have included some of the world’s most dynamic companies and organizations, such as Microsoft, PepsiCo, LinkedIn, Deloitte, Salesforce, TikTok, and hundreds of colleges and universities. These leading organizations trust Khan to inspire modern leadership, unleash purposeful productivity, transcend burnout culture, and embrace constant change.

As a trusted thought leader, Khan’s insights have been featured by notable media outlets such as Inc., Bloomberg, and Business Insider. He is also the bestselling author of The Burnout Gamble: Achieve More by Beating Burnout and Building Resilience and Leadership, Reinvented. Through his writing, speaking, teaching, and executive coaching, Khan empowers people to evolve and thrive in the future of work.

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Young Entrepreneurs Panel Discussion


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Dr. Felix Odartey-Wellington

Dr. Felix Odartey-Wellington is an Associate Professor of Communication. He joined CBU after an extensive career as a lawyer and broadcaster in Ghana, and graduate studies in Communication at Concordia University and Toronto Metropolitan University. Outside the classroom, he is a Public Affairs Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve, communicating for the Canadian military in Atlantic Canada and abroad.

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Sarah MacRae

Sarah MacRae is a Senior Lab Instructor in the Department of Communication and Languages at Cape Breton University, owner of SMR Communication, creator and co-host of The Morning Meeting with Sarah and Jess Podcast, and ‘Mom’ to Beau, Brooks & Grady. Instructing in the areas of interpersonal communication, public speaking, and media studies; Sarah focuses on the intersection of communication, connection, and community, and how the three contribute to transformative learning.

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She recently contributed a chapter titled ‘Interpersonal communication: A critical reflection tool’ in the forthcoming book, Women and Leadership in Distance Education in Canada. She is particularly passionate about inclusive language, gendered & mediated communication, and discussing the impact and influence our language has on the personal and professional climates we create and contribute to.

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Nina Kent

Nina Kent is an Anishinaabe woman from the Treaty 3 territory, Washagamis Bay First Nation, Ontario. She moved to Cape Breton to finish her education at Cape Breton University (CBU) and planned to move back to Ontario after completing her education. Her love for the Island, meaningful employment and meeting her life partner helped her make the easy decision to stay and set a foundation for her life on Cape Breton Island.

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After graduating from CBU’s MBA Community Economic Development (CED) in fall of 2017, Nina started working at CBU managing In.Business: A Mentorship program for Indigenous Youth as the General Manager. In 2022, Nina accepted the position of Director of Business Operations, Unama’ki College.

Nina is very culturally involved as a jingle dress dancer, artist and mother of two small children. Her use of culture and identity has inspired Nina to incorporate her culture into all aspects of her work.

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Mattea Roach

Mattea Roach (they/she) is a writer and podcaster whose work engages with Canadian politics and media criticism. She is best known for her appearances on the game show Jeopardy!, which included a 23 game winning streak in the spring of 2022 and a second place finish in the inaugural Jeopardy! Masters competition in May of this year. Born in Halifax and currently living in Toronto, Mattea has a strong connection with Cape Breton through both sides of her family tree.

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