KEYNOTE SESSION: The Things I Have Learned About Life and Leadership
Feb
25
9:00 AM09:00

KEYNOTE SESSION: The Things I Have Learned About Life and Leadership

Values define who you are.  Character attributes guide what you do, and how you do it. Understanding who you are and how you operate is key to a good fit and great success in an organization. Meg will share what she has learned about life and leadership based on her own experiences, and those of people who have inspired, coached and critiqued her over time.  The sooner you know who you are and what guides your actions and choices, the sooner you will make good choices to the benefit of your organization and you as a person, and as a professional.  The goal of the session is for each participant to have written down what they believe are their core values, and their character attributes that define who they are and how they operate in the world.

Keynote Speaker: Meg Beckel, President & CEO, Canadian Museum of Nature

BIO: On June 6, 2011, Meg Beckel began her five-year appointment as President & CEO of the Canadian Museum of Nature. In December 2015, her appointment was extended another five years. Beckel leads a team of passionate and committed individuals dedicated to the museum’s vision to inspire understanding and respect for nature. Prior to joining the Museum Meg was Vice-President, External Relations at the University of Waterloo for four years and Chief Operating Officer of the Royal Ontario Museum for nine years.

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CONCURRENT SESSION: A Guide to Innovating from the Middle
Feb
25
10:00 AM10:00

CONCURRENT SESSION: A Guide to Innovating from the Middle

We are living in a time defined by rapid change. Our ability to thrive depends on our capacity to adapt, collaborate and innovate. But how can you be a driver of innovation when you’re not yet in the C-suite?

This session will provide you with the tools necessary to become a successful change maker. No matter where you work, or at what level, you can lead an initiative to better yourself, your organization, and the world. So grab a seat at the table and channel your inner social intrapreneur to solve the challenges facing your organization, as we strive to become stronger, more resilient fundraising leaders.

Session Speaker: Mimosa Kabir, Manager, Individual Giving, CIFAR

BIO: Mimosa is a fundraising professional with experience in relationship-building and event management. She holds a BA honours degree in Global Development Studies and History from Queen's University, and post-graduate certificates from Humber College in Fundraising Management and the University of Leicester in Mass Communications. She is also a bookworm, pop culture enthusiast, wannabe globetrotter and sometimes blogger.

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CONCURRENT SESSION: Career Planning and Tips for Managing your Career Journey
Feb
25
11:00 AM11:00

CONCURRENT SESSION: Career Planning and Tips for Managing your Career Journey

Whether you are starting your career, mid-career or later in your career journey, join this session to learn about:

• Career planning tips

• Tips to consider when charting your career path

• How to plan your career within a larger career management framework

Session Speaker: Suzanne Hyatt, Senior Human Resources Consultant and Leadership Coach, Hyatt Human Capital Solutions

BIO: An experienced Human Resources Executive, Suzanne has spent her career working with entrepreneurs, founders and leaders of scaling organizations. Suzanne is experienced in human capital strategy development, developing talent attraction and retention strategies, employee engagement strategies, and managing organizational change and transformation efforts. Prior to her personal consultancy, Suzanne was Vice President, People and Culture with Axonify, where she was responsible for establishing a leading human capital function and team in a fast growth organization. Suzanne is a member and active contributor of Forbes Human Resource Council, is an active HR leadership mentor and acts in an advisory capacity for many early stage technology businesses.

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CONCURRENT SESSION #1: From History to High Tech: Non-Linear Career Paths Into the Tech Industry
Feb
25
12:00 PM12:00

CONCURRENT SESSION #1: From History to High Tech: Non-Linear Career Paths Into the Tech Industry

How did a history major buried in the archives pivot into a career in the tech industry? Spoiler: it involves a donkey sanctuary, popcorn, and a whole lot of confusion. Join Caitlin Mulroney as she details her non-linear path into tech and learn how you can leverage your non-technical background into a career in the fastest-growing industry in town.

Session Speaker: Caitlin Mulroney, Campus Talent & Operations Specialist, North Inc.

BIO: Caitlin received her BA and MA in History from Wilfrid Laurier University before joining North (formerly Thalmic Labs) in 2016. Since then, she’s become an advocate for non-linear career paths into the tech industry, diversity and inclusion, and community engagement. She is also the founder of My Tech Wardrobe, an Instagram account about navigating casual dress codes in the workplace.

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CONCURRENT SESSION: Museums in the Digital Age: Skills and Practices for the Future
Feb
25
1:00 PM13:00

CONCURRENT SESSION: Museums in the Digital Age: Skills and Practices for the Future

As Museums transition into the digital age, there is an increasing need for a new set of digital skills and practices. This presentation will focus on the future of digital in the museum sector and its impact on what digital skills are needed, how are they developed and deployed to ensure a workforce that is both digitally literate and confident. This session will ask participants to consider their own institution’s digital visitor journey, and to compare their institutional and personal levels of digital maturity.

Session Speakers: Christina Sjoberg, Senior Consultant, Lord Cultural Resources & Sarah Hill, Senior Consultant, Lord Cultural Resources

BIO: Sarah Hill is a Senior Consultant within the Management Consulting team at Lord Cultural Resources. Sarah’s core competencies include visitor experience design, public engagement, program planning, strategic development, feasibility studies, and business planning. With the rise of digital technologies, Sarah has taken a particular interest in helping museums to develop a new visitor experience that seamlessly transitions between physical and virtual, and is a company leader in thinking and planning ‘digitally’. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and International Business from McGill University, Montreal and a Master of Arts with distinction from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh in Arts and Culture Management.

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CONCURRENT SESSION: Museums in the Digital Age: Skills and Practices for the Future
Feb
25
2:00 PM14:00

CONCURRENT SESSION: Museums in the Digital Age: Skills and Practices for the Future

As Museums transition into the digital age, there is an increasing need for a new set of digital skills and practices. This presentation will focus on the future of digital in the museum sector and its impact on what digital skills are needed, how are they developed and deployed to ensure a workforce that is both digitally literate and confident. This session will ask participants to consider their own institution’s digital visitor journey, and to compare their institutional and personal levels of digital maturity.

Session Speakers: Christina Sjoberg, Senior Consultant, Lord Cultural Resources & Sarah Hill, Senior Consultant, Lord Cultural Resources

BIO: Christina Sjoberg is a Senior Consultant in the Exhibition Studio. She creates interpretive plans that present and organize content in interesting and thought provoking ways. Christina’s ability to understand the needs of both the client and the audience ensures that the right balance between information and learning is met. Christina holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto, where she completed an Honours degree in Psychology and specialized in learning and is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) candidate with the Human Resources Professionals Association. Her passion for human resources, teaching and coordinating educational programs for all ages has brought Christina around the world.

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CONCURRENT SESSION: Various Other Duties: Adventures in Small Museum Management
Feb
25
3:00 PM15:00

CONCURRENT SESSION: Various Other Duties: Adventures in Small Museum Management

Grant writing, children’s programs, meetings with community partners, accession processing, website development, cleaning and that’s just before lunch – wait, what lunch? In the arts and culture sector, it’s common to aspire to work for big name institutions with wide brand recognition, but there is huge value to be found in the culture of small organizations as a way to learn and hone your craft, because you do literally have to do it all or find creative ways to get things done, often on a shoestring budget. This session will advocate for small museum work as a way to further your career and take a light-hearted look at the variety of tasks involved, as well as exploring lessons learned along the way. Do you/have you worked in a small museum or arts and culture organization? We’d love it if you’d consider being a part of our panel! To find out more, please contact Kate at kbutler@haliburtonhighlandsmuseum.com.

Session Speaker: Kate Butler, Director, Haliburton Highlands Museum

BIO: Kate has been Director of the Haliburton Highlands Museum since 2013. Prior to that, she worked in a variety of roles in the heritage sector in both Ireland and across Canada. A folklorist by trade, she has taught at both Memorial University in Newfoundland and Cape Breton University and has conducted fieldwork in countries from Jamaica to Morocco and beyond. Kate attended AltCon as a delegate in 2018.

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CONCURRENT SESSION: Building and Implementing your Fund Development Plan
Feb
25
4:00 PM16:00

CONCURRENT SESSION: Building and Implementing your Fund Development Plan

Whether you’re looking to refresh your existing Development plan or create one for the first time, this session is for you! Beyond covering the fundamentals to include in every Development plan, we will explore the key success factors in successful plan implementation: Organizational readiness, fundraising culture and socializing your Development goals.

Session Speaker: Allison Bone, Senior Consultant, KCI Philanthropy

BIO: Allison Bone is a seasoned development professional with over 20 years’ experience in the areas of annual and major giving, campaign management, strategic planning and organizational development. Currently she is working on a variety of projects in the area of organizational capacity assessment and revenue generation planning. In this capacity, she has worked on assignments for organizations in the health care, social services, cultural and education sectors. Clients in the cultural sector include ROM Governors, Stratford Festival, National Arts Centre Foundation, Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, Telefilm Canada, THEMUSEUM, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and Winnipeg Art Gallery.  

As on-site campaign counsel with KCI, Ms. Bone has provided campaign planning and implementation support to charities in the health care, social services and arts and culture sectors in communities in both Ontario and Manitoba, on capital campaigns ranging from $3.5 million to $25 million. 

Prior to joining KCI, Ms. Bone was the Associate Director of Development at Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir and she began her career in annual giving and alumni relations at McGill University. Allison also worked for several years in the United States as a consultant with a software company, helping clients in the charitable sector to maximize their fundraising results.

 Ms. Bone holds a Bachelor of Music from McGill University and graduated from the University of Waterloo’s Centre for Cultural Management – Income Manager Certificate program.

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KEYNOTE SESSION: Creating Memorable Experiences
Feb
26
9:00 AM09:00

KEYNOTE SESSION: Creating Memorable Experiences

Kevin Murphy will discuss creating memorable moments throughout his 38 year journey creating Murphy Hospitality Group (MHG). He will discuss the business history from its beginnings to how they continue to grow across the Maritimes. MHG corporate culture and core values will be featured heavily as Kevin tells the MHG story, where the guiding principle of “creating memorable experiences” will tie it all together as the driving force that continues to make MHG a hospitality industry leader.

Keynote Speaker: Kevin Murphy, President, Murphy Hospitality Group

BIO: Kevin is the Owner, Founder, and President of the Murphy Hospitality Group. Kevin graduated with a BBA from UPEI in 1979 and opened his first restaurant in 1980. Murphy Hospitality Group has grown to include 14 food and beverage operations, 2 boutique hotels, and the Prince Edward Island Brewing Company. Most recently, Kevin became a partner in CannaIsland Inc, an Island based Cannabis company that specializes in cannabis events, beverages, and tourism. Murphy Hospitality Group was based on these basic principles – friendly & knowledgeable staff, great food & beer, clean & comfortable locations, and providing an extraordinary experience. 38 years later, he still stands by this.

 

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CONCURRENT SESSION: How to Build a Professional Wardrobe
Feb
26
10:00 AM10:00

CONCURRENT SESSION: How to Build a Professional Wardrobe

In today’s world, image means something and is an incredible tool to support you in reaching your professional goals. This workshop is designed to help you learn why image matters, how to start creating a style that suits you and your lifestyle, and the 10 key pieces that make a great foundation for a work wardrobe. 

Session Speaker: Christina Proctor, Style CoachTM and Owner of Wear Out There

BIO: Christina Proctor is a certified Style CoachTM with the International Association of Style CoachesTM. She works one-on-one with individuals to develop their personal style, dress according to their body shape, lifestyle and personality and hosts group workshops on style, personal image, and personal branding topics. Christina was born and raised in Waterloo Region and is an avid supporter of shopping local. To learn more about Christina and her business, Wear Out There, please visit: www.wearoutthere.ca.

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CONCURRENT SESSION: Stories We Tell: Self-Advocacy in Arts & Culture
Feb
26
11:00 AM11:00

CONCURRENT SESSION: Stories We Tell: Self-Advocacy in Arts & Culture

Building a successful career in the arts & culture sector often means authentically advocating for yourself. Whether you’re just starting out in the field, or you’re able to draw on a wealth of experience, it’s a consistent challenge to reflect upon, synthesize and articulate precisely what your unique strengths are and how they add value in different contexts. This session will explore a variety of approaches to developing the key skills required to convey what you offer: from settings such as an interview experience, to dealing with team dynamics or building a new strategic relationship with collaborators.

Session Speaker: Zev Farber, Director, Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, OCAD University

BIO: Zev Farber is the founding Director of the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers at OCAD University in Toronto, Canada. He is an experienced leader and entrepreneur who has spent the past 18 years working in higher education and the arts & culture sector. His background includes professional development, creative technologies, strategic program development & implementation, teaching, fundraising and leading change. Zev is passionate about art and design, highly collaborative teams and creating impact through meaningful outcomes. He holds an MFA in visual art from York University and an undergraduate degree from U of T.

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CONCURRENT SESSION #2: Cultivating Community: Engaging Employees through Volunteer Work
Feb
26
1:00 PM13:00

CONCURRENT SESSION #2: Cultivating Community: Engaging Employees through Volunteer Work

We all think we know the value of volunteering in our community. We get the chance to help out the people who need it, engage with a cause we believe in, and feel good about the work we’ve done.  As an employer, encouraging employees to engage with their community has other tangible benefits as well. Caitlin will detail the value of community engagement programming for employers and the potential pitfalls of not having a plan to do so.

Session Speaker: Caitlin Mulroney, Campus Talent & Operations Specialist, North Inc.

BIO: Caitlin received her BA and MA in History from Wilfrid Laurier University before joining North (formerly Thalmic Labs) in 2016. Since then, she’s become an advocate for non-linear career paths into the tech industry, diversity and inclusion, and community engagement. She is also the founder of My Tech Wardrobe, an Instagram account about navigating casual dress codes in the workplace.

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CONCURRENT SESSION: Your Brand Matters
Feb
26
2:00 PM14:00

CONCURRENT SESSION: Your Brand Matters

In this session you will have an opportunity to identify and build your “personal brand”.  This session is very interactive and we will work through a number of exercises to help build and establish a personal brand.

Session Speaker: Adam Roth, Branch Manager , RBC

BIO: Adam has been with RBC for 8 years in many different roles.  Currently he is the Branch Manager at the Fairway & Lackner location in Kitchener.  He considers it a privilege to be able to represent RBC in the Community.  In his spare time he enjoy sports, the outdoors and time with family.

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