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CANADA'S 2nd ANNUAL
CHARACTER CONFERENCE

ABBOTSFORD
Friday, October 20, 2017

Abbotsford Senior Secondary School

Pricing

$65 students
$135 regular price
$115 group pricing
(when registering four or more people)

To book your group, email character.canada@gmail.com

Not including taxes and fees.
Pricing in Canadian Dollars.

To register, visit
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Questions or comments:
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SPEAKERS

CASSIE CAMPBELL

OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST & BROADCASTER

Cassie Campbell-Pascall is an iconic athlete and leader; the only captain—male or female—to lead two Olympic Gold Medal-winning Canadian hockey teams. She is also the winner of 6 world championships, and the only woman ever chosen to provide commentary on Hockey Night in Canada. For these and other achievements, Campbell-Pascall has received the Order of Canada, as well as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the nation’s highest honour. Campbell-Pascall inspirational story is one of exceptional skill, but also a commitment to developing that skill and leading others to do the same.

GREGG SARETSKY

CEO WESTJET

Gregg Saretsky, as WestJet’s President and CEO since April 2010, has been honoured multiple times as a business leader with a transformative impact. WestJet’s capability to deliver remarkable guest experiences has set the company apart in an industry that is often dogged with negative consumer perceptions. Saretsky is responsible for both the strategic direction of the company and the day-to-day operations of the airline. Come and hear how he makes a lasting positive impression by choosing to lead with character.


BREAKOUT SPEAKERS

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This session will help you become a school of character by giving you the tools to build your school's individual vision, mission and values statements.  You will be provided with resources and ideas that will help engage students and motivate them to become citizen of character.

This session will help you become a school of character by giving you the tools to build your school's individual vision, mission and values statements.  You will be provided with resources and ideas that will help engage students and motivate them to become citizen of character.

NERLAP KAUR SIDHU AND
CO-PRESENTER CAM FRIESEN //
Abbotsford School District

 

Title: How to Develop Students' Character and Tools to Change the Culture of Your School.

A&Co. is a group of passionate entrepreneurs, artists and indoividuals that are working to re-shape their community through a collaborative community concept. Learn from 3 of the Founders of A&Co. and how a series of small coffee meetings grew into a ongoing series of inspirational meet-ups to share ideas, challenges and learnings from each other.

A&Co. is a group of passionate entrepreneurs, artists and indoividuals that are working to re-shape their community through a collaborative community concept. Learn from 3 of the Founders of A&Co. and how a series of small coffee meetings grew into a ongoing series of inspirational meet-ups to share ideas, challenges and learnings from each other.

LILY ELLIS // Spruce Collective and A&Co

Title: Panel Discussion - Collaboration over Competition, how to re-build a community from the ground up.

A&Co. is a group of passionate entrepreneurs, artists and indoividuals that are working to re-shape their community through a collaborative community concept. Learn from 3 of the Founders of A&Co. and how a series of small coffee meetings grew into a ongoing series of inspirational meet-ups to share ideas, challenges and learnings from each other.

A&Co. is a group of passionate entrepreneurs, artists and indoividuals that are working to re-shape their community through a collaborative community concept. Learn from 3 of the Founders of A&Co. and how a series of small coffee meetings grew into a ongoing series of inspirational meet-ups to share ideas, challenges and learnings from each other.

JOSH VANDERHEIDE // Field House Brewing Co. and A&Co

Title: Panel Discussion - Collaboration over Competition, how to re-build a community from the ground up.

 
A&Co. is a group of passionate entrepreneurs, artists and indoividuals that are working to re-shape their community through a collaborative community concept. Learn from 3 of the Founders of A&Co. and how a series of small coffee meetings grew into a ongoing series of inspirational meet-ups to share ideas, challenges and learnings from each other.

A&Co. is a group of passionate entrepreneurs, artists and indoividuals that are working to re-shape their community through a collaborative community concept. Learn from 3 of the Founders of A&Co. and how a series of small coffee meetings grew into a ongoing series of inspirational meet-ups to share ideas, challenges and learnings from each other.

JOHANNES VAN BOMMEL VAN VLOTEN // Old Hand and A&Co

Title: Panel Discussion - Collaboration over Competition, how to re-build a community from the ground up.

Come learn about what it means to be a member of B Corp and how Traction on Demand, one of Canada’s fastest growing and best managed companies stays accountable by maintaining their B Corp status.  B Corp is a global community of purpose-driven organizations whose goal is to create benefit for all stakeholders, not just shareholders. 

Come learn about what it means to be a member of B Corp and how Traction on Demand, one of Canada’s fastest growing and best managed companies stays accountable by maintaining their B Corp status.  B Corp is a global community of purpose-driven organizations whose goal is to create benefit for all stakeholders, not just shareholders. 

CARLA HEIM AND CO-PRESENTER CHRIS PEACOCK // Business Development Bank of Canada

Title: Get Traction with BCorp.

Come learn about what it means to be a member of B Corp and how Traction on Demand, one of Canada’s fastest growing and best managed companies stays accountable by maintaining their B Corp status.  B Corp is a global community of purpose-driven organizations whose goal is to create benefit for all stakeholders, not just shareholders. 

Come learn about what it means to be a member of B Corp and how Traction on Demand, one of Canada’s fastest growing and best managed companies stays accountable by maintaining their B Corp status.  B Corp is a global community of purpose-driven organizations whose goal is to create benefit for all stakeholders, not just shareholders. 

CHRIS PEACOCK CARLA HEIM AND
CO-PRESENTER
// Traction on Demand

Title: Get Traction with BCorp.

 
Over the past three years We Cultivate has provided a platform for girls to seek out individual mentorship from talented and passionate leaders.   Courtney Verbeek will share her story of how We Cultivate was created, learnings and growth along the way and how instilling values of Character is important for empowering the next generation of young female leaders.

Over the past three years We Cultivate has provided a platform for girls to seek out individual mentorship from talented and passionate leaders.   Courtney Verbeek will share her story of how We Cultivate was created, learnings and growth along the way and how instilling values of Character is important for empowering the next generation of young female leaders.

COURTNEY VERBEEK // We Cultivate

Title: Building the potential of girls to change their world.

 

This session will help you become a school of character by giving you the tools to build your school's individual vision, mission and values statements.  You will be provided with resources and ideas that will help engage students and motivate them to become citizen of character.

This session will help you become a school of character by giving you the tools to build your school's individual vision, mission and values statements.  You will be provided with resources and ideas that will help engage students and motivate them to become citizen of character.

CAM FRIESEN AND CO-PRESENTER NERLAP KAUR SIDHU // Abbotsford School District

Title: How to Develop Students' Character and Tools to Change the Culture of Your School.

Coach Al, known for his passion and enthusiasm, will challenge and encourage you to pursue your greatness.  This thoughtful and enjoyable presentation will weave stories with theory related to getting the most out of life.

Coach Al, known for his passion and enthusiasm, will challenge and encourage you to pursue your greatness.  This thoughtful and enjoyable presentation will weave stories with theory related to getting the most out of life.

AL ALDERSON // Abbotsford United

Title: 3 Key Questions that must be answered if you want your dreams to come true.

 
Since 2010, W.J. Mouat Secondary has been intentionally embedding Character Education within our school. This session intends to tell the story of what initiatives the school's athletics department has introduced in order to do its part to embed character education through our experiences with student-athletes.

Since 2010, W.J. Mouat Secondary has been intentionally embedding Character Education within our school. This session intends to tell the story of what initiatives the school's athletics department has introduced in order to do its part to embed character education through our experiences with student-athletes.

TRAVIS BELL // Teacher, WJ Mouat

Title: Character Education Efforts in our School's Athletics Department

Whether we are speaking to gender equality, inclusion for those with disabilities in the workplace, cultural sensitivities, or otherwise, corporate culture has both a moral and fiscal obligation to collaborate to strengthen the social fabric. Strong families build strong communities and strong communities strengthen the GDP. Kerry Gibson is the Canadian representative for UN Women, the United Nations organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women.

Whether we are speaking to gender equality, inclusion for those with disabilities in the workplace, cultural sensitivities, or otherwise, corporate culture has both a moral and fiscal obligation to collaborate to strengthen the social fabric. Strong families build strong communities and strong communities strengthen the GDP. Kerry Gibson is the Canadian representative for UN Women, the United Nations organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women.

KERRY GIBSON // EcoCentury Technologies / UN Women

Title: Striving for Equal Opportunities

Change is hard. But, change is inevitable. As leaders, we are responsible to help our people navigate the sense of loss they feel when circumstances change.   This session explores the dynamics of organizational change, suggests a framework of how people respond to change, and provides tools to lead with character as people adapt to a new way.

Change is hard. But, change is inevitable. As leaders, we are responsible to help our people navigate the sense of loss they feel when circumstances change.   This session explores the dynamics of organizational change, suggests a framework of how people respond to change, and provides tools to lead with character as people adapt to a new way.

STEPHEN PASICIEL // Technology Entrepreneur, Operations Consultant, Business Developer

Title: Helping Your People Adapt in the Face of Change.

 
Learn an approach for building a team that operates with character while keeping the most important things, the most important things.   Vijay Manuel is the Head of MEI Schools, former Chair of Character Abbotsford for 5 years and helped establish the BC Schools of Character network and the Character Canada national conference movement.

Learn an approach for building a team that operates with character while keeping the most important things, the most important things.   Vijay Manuel is the Head of MEI Schools, former Chair of Character Abbotsford for 5 years and helped establish the BC Schools of Character network and the Character Canada national conference movement.

VIJAY MANUEL // Superintendent, MEI

Title: Developing Teams with a foundation of Respect

Peace doesn't just happen; it requires strategies and intentional action. In other words, it needs to be built. This interactive session will focus on local issues; join this group for discussion, and brainstorming on how to impact our communities in a positive way!

Peace doesn't just happen; it requires strategies and intentional action. In other words, it needs to be built. This interactive session will focus on local issues; join this group for discussion, and brainstorming on how to impact our communities in a positive way!

STEVE SCHROEDER // Teaching Chair, Peace and Conflict Studies program at the University of the Fraser Valley

Title: Understanding Conflict and Building Peace: Strategies for Living Well.

Participate in this interactive session and put your empathy and compassion to the test.    Charles Scott, Associate Professor at City University, will discuss how you can use empathy to develop stronger personal and organizational relationships.

Participate in this interactive session and put your empathy and compassion to the test.    Charles Scott, Associate Professor at City University, will discuss how you can use empathy to develop stronger personal and organizational relationships.

CHARLES SCOTT // Director, City University of Seattle Program

Title: Creating an Impact through Empathy.

 
The role of a sports coach involves tremendous dedication, attention and sacrifice. Their impact is often one of the most influencing roles in a child’s life, perhaps second only to parents.    In this session we will explore why coaches fail to do the teaching, inspiring, mentoring, even life-saving intervention that their platform provides.   Dave Klassen has worked with Athletes in Action, Canada for over 20 years. He is currently the National Pro director, Chaplain for the Vancouver Canucks (NHL), the BC Lions (CFL) and the Vancouver Stealth (NLL).

The role of a sports coach involves tremendous dedication, attention and sacrifice. Their impact is often one of the most influencing roles in a child’s life, perhaps second only to parents.    In this session we will explore why coaches fail to do the teaching, inspiring, mentoring, even life-saving intervention that their platform provides.

 

Dave Klassen has worked with Athletes in Action, Canada for over 20 years. He is currently the National Pro director, Chaplain for the Vancouver Canucks (NHL), the BC Lions (CFL) and the Vancouver Stealth (NLL).

DAVE KLASSEN // Athletes in Action

Title: Transactional vs Transformational Coaching: Developing character that produces longevity

The most effective way to develop leadership within an organization is through the use of complimentary teams where strengths and weaknesses within the team complement one another in order to become a highly effective decision making body.

The most effective way to develop leadership within an organization is through the use of complimentary teams where strengths and weaknesses within the team complement one another in order to become a highly effective decision making body.

BARRY BOWATER // Adizes Change Management Institute

Title: Building the Strongest Team: Complimentary Team Leadership Development.

What should you do when you have an idea to initiate social change, but putting it into action seem unfathomable? This session outlines practical suggestions to help you and your students make your mark, led by UBC alumni Jory Smallenberg, who joined her community to raise over $72,000 for refugees.

What should you do when you have an idea to initiate social change, but putting it into action seem unfathomable? This session outlines practical suggestions to help you and your students make your mark, led by UBC alumni Jory Smallenberg, who joined her community to raise over $72,000 for refugees.

JORY SMALLENBERG // Social Entrepreneur

Title: Making your mark: Building a grassroots movement.

 
We are a ‘school within a school’ supporting, troubled, at-risk, challenged boys.  We focus on becoming a “good man” by providing discussion, experience and support in their life with the use of community mentors.

We are a ‘school within a school’ supporting, troubled, at-risk, challenged boys.  We focus on becoming a “good man” by providing discussion, experience and support in their life with the use of community mentors.

We are a ‘school within a school’ supporting, troubled, at-risk, challenged boys.  We focus on becoming a “good man” by providing discussion, experience and support in their life with the use of community mentors.

We are a ‘school within a school’ supporting, troubled, at-risk, challenged boys.  We focus on becoming a “good man” by providing discussion, experience and support in their life with the use of community mentors.

 

CAM SMITH AND CO-PRESENTER MIKE ENNS // Abbotsford School District
 

Title: Boys Club - connecting to troubled youth through character.

MIKE ENNS AND CO-PRESENTER CAM SMITH // Abbotsford School District

Title: Boys Club - connecting to troubled youth through character.

 

schedule

7:30 am   Registration Opens

8:30 am   Welcome 

9:00 am   Keynote: Cassie Campbell

10:00 am  Break

10:30 am  Breakout Session # 1

11:30 am  Lunch by Restaurant 62

12:30 pm  Breakout Session #2

1:30 pm    Keynote: Gregg Saretsky

2:30 pm   Final Remarks

2:45 pm   Reception featuring local food, wineries and breweries

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Venue

Character Abbotsford has pleased to host the 2nd Character Canada Conference. Our mission is to inspire and strengthen our community through the integration of its shared values. This year, we are honoured to have you attend the conference at Abbotsford Senior Secondary.

Character Canada 2017 Abbotsford
will be held at:

Abbotsford Senior Secondary School, 33355 Bevan Avenue,
Abbotsford, B.C.

 
 

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