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Membership Luncheon LineUp

We are excited to announce the 2021-2022 Membership Luncheon Series Speaker Lineup!

Each year we try to elevate the caliber of industry expert speakers and this year we are confident we did. All of our luncheons, minus September will be held in-person. We have added some important changes to our in-person events, please read our Event FAQ and Safe Events Protocols to learn more.

Here’s our Membership Luncheon Lineup:

September: Planning for the Next Disruption

Frank Supovitz, President and CEO, Fast Traffic Events and Entertainment

Thursday, September 23, 2021 (Virtual)
The event industry came to a disruptive halt at the beginning of the pandemic and how we gather will never be the same. As we move forward, how do in-person events look like and how do we properly plan for the next disruption? Hear from award-winning event producer Frank Supovitz on his take of the future of events and his career lessons of being ready for the next disaster.


October: The Human Behind the Brand

Liz Bertorelli, Social Media Lead at TikTok

Friday, October 22, 2021
Your future customer’s first impression of your business is probably going to be online. Through the power of social media, you have a unique opportunity to build meaningful relationships with customers without even meeting. Liz Bertorelli, Tiktok shares the #1 rule to building those online connections: be yourself. Liz will share how you can create social media content for your business that highlights the human behind the brand.


November: How Google Can Improve Your Business

Kathleen Prendiville, Partner Lead for Retail Media & Audience Solutions in Canada, Google Canada

Thursday, November 18, 2021
The pandemic forced our economy into an accelerated digital transformation. Businesses not reliant on technology in the past suddenly now are ‐ working smarter and faster than ever before. Improved innovations are removing barrier after barrier of physical offices and are introducing businesses to new markets. So, how do we keep the technology momentum going? Kathleen Prendiville, Google Canada, discusses the business case of why your business should prioritize collecting, understanding and acting on consumer data.

VIP Luncheon: The State of the Province

Premier of Manitoba

Thursday, December 2, 2021
The annual State of the Province Address is one of The Chamber’s signature events, attracting a wide audience to network, connect with community leaders and witness the government’s priorities for the coming year.


January: Belonging and Mental Health

Dr. Rehman Abdulrehman, Clinical Psychologist, Owner of Lead with Diversity

Rescheduled to CODE Conference
Thursday, May 26, 2022
The long-term implications of the pandemic on mental health is unmeasurable. The need for belonging and connection, especially in the workplace, is as strong as it’s ever been. How can you as a leader foster a safe space for your people where they feel valued, healthy and at their best? During this talk, Dr. Rehman Abdulrehman will walk you through how you can lead your team with true inclusive leadership.


February: The Business Case of Inclusion

Rosemary Sadlier, Founder of Black Canadian Network

Rescheduled to CODE Conference
Thursday, May 26, 2022
Globalization, technological disruption and shifting demographics is rapidly changing our workforce. How do we futureproof our business now and attract, engage and retain high-quality and diverse candidates? Keeping in mind, yes, hiring diverse teams is important but inclusive and equitable workplaces that support them is key. Join us during Black History Month to hear from Rosemary Sadlier, a key influencer in bringing Black History Month to Canada in 1995.

Luncheon: Our Gift to Seven Generations

Sky Bridges, CEO of The Winnipeg Foundation

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

As Canada’s first community foundation celebrates 100 years, Sky Bridges, CEO of The Winnipeg Foundation, moves into his new role with the mindset philanthropy is a call to action for inclusion. Sky will share his vision for The Winnipeg Foundation in his talk “Our Gift to Seven Generations.”



March: She Means Business

Avery Francis, Founder and CEO, Bloom

Friday, March 25, 2022
According to a March 2021 RBC Thought Leadership report, almost half a million Canadian women who lost their jobs during the pandemic hadn’t returned to work as of January. During International Women’s Month, our March luncheon will focus on stories of challenges women continue to face in business and how we as a community can move forward to empower women.

April: Climate Change Conversations

Jane McDonald, Executive Vice President of the International Institute for Sustainable Development

Thursday, April 28, 2022
With the global pandemic disrupting our every day, it, unfortunately, caused climate change to take a back seat from our radars. Despite this, the very real and immediate threats of our heating earth remains unchanged. Join us for an in-depth and necessary conversation about climate change and how businesses of any size can contribute to the solution. Jane McDonald, Executive VP of IISD will walk us through how you and your team can rethink sustainable and smart living.


May: Road to Reconciliation

The Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair & Dr. Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, Professor and Writer

Thursday, May 19, 2022
Reconciliation with our Indigenous communities is an important and ongoing personal journey. To understand the harm of our country’s history and to pave a new path forward, each individual needs to look inward and reconcile themselves. To support us on our journeys, we welcome two generations of changemakers to discuss the progress made since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission released the 94 Calls to Actions in June 2015.
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