Eighteen speakers have been locked in for this year’s Growing the North Conference. 2019 will mark the 10th year for the conference. Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce Marketing and Communications Manager Tom Pura said previously that all the speakers selected come from a diverse set of backgrounds in industries like oil and gas, digital media and agriculture.
“We have anywhere from an Olympic medalist in Jon Montgomery to a vice president from Eastlink Dan MacDonald. We have an Economist Pierre Cléroux and we’re very excited to have Chief Clarence Louie coming to speak about Indigenous economic development. It is truly a variety of speakers that we are very excited about.”
This year’s speakers include Entrepreneur Jay Baer; Producer Jim Barr; BDC’s Vice President of Research and Chief Economist Pierre Cléroux; Cultural Dynamics Inc. Co-founder and Managing Partner Hugh Evans, AgNition Inc. Partner Peter Gredig, Strategist Shawn Kanungo, Speakers Joanne Leskow and Curtis Weber, Osoyoos Indian Band’s Chief Clarence Louie; Eastlink Vice-President of Business Sales Dan MacDonald; Conway’s Market Development Manager Laura Martin; Olympian Jon Montgomery; Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers’ Markets and Transportation Manager Mark Pinney; New West Opportunities COO Shane Pospisil; Tool Shed Brewing Company Co-Owner Graham Sherman; Modern Resources President, Chief Executive Officer and Director Chris Slubicki; Nauticol President and CEO Mark Tonner and Professor Kristof Van Assche.
Growing the North is a two day conference that was started by the County of Grande Prairie in 2010. It gives leaders and business people from across the province the chance to get together and hear about innovation and economic development opportunities in the B.C. and Alberta Peace region.
A pre-registration event featuring Olympian Jon Montgomery is set to take place on February 19th at Centre 2000. The conference will then run until the 21st at the TARA Centre in Evergreen Park. The full schedule can be found on Growing the North’s website. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 780-532-5340.