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Thursday, November 2, 2017


Pre-Conference Workshop | Understanding Yourself as a Leader
Thursday, November 2, 2017 | 1:30pm to 4:30pm

Facilitator: Heather Peters, MER, ACC, IMPA-CP NL Practice Lead, Senior Consultant, Certified Coach – Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette

Heather is an insightful leadership coach, solutions-driven consultant and energetic and engaging facilitator with more than 20 years experience in leadership, entrepreneurial and strategic HR roles in the insurance, IT, healthcare and financial industries. She has helped hundreds of leaders and professionals engage teams and maximize performance in Canada and beyond.  Heather is currently working with Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette as a senior consultant coach and leading their HR Leadership Career Solutions Practice in Newfoundland and Labrador.  She focuses mainly on leadership development, employee engagement, team development, coaching, succession planning, strategic HR, career transition, organizational review and compensation.

It all starts with you.  Whether you are stepping into a leadership role or elevating within the leadership ranks, it is all about what you can control – yourself.  This working session will explore what it takes to be a successful leader, provide research around leadership effectiveness and competency variation by gender, and finally, provide you with the results of your self-assessment to help you dive into your preferred behaviours and reflect on its impact in your current role or determine what you need to hone for your next role. The assessment used will be the Leadership Effectiveness Analysis (LEA) instrument which is based on 40 years of research and normed in 15 countries and eight global regions to drive self-awareness and reflection.  You will be given online access to the instrument before the conference opens and your printed personal self-evaluation reports will be distributed at the beginning of this workshop.  There will be generous time for interaction with your colleagues and with the facilitator.

This workshop is optional and requires a separate registration.  Those who are interested in completing the pre-conference workshop only are also invited to register. See registration page for details.


Introduction: Maureen Dunne, PhD, Director, The Lantern

Session I | The Compelling Case for Diversity

Thursday, November 2, 2017 | 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Facilitator: Tanya Noseworthy, MSc., Executive Director, Strategic Planning and Policy Department of Natural Resources, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador

Tanya is currently the executive director of strategic planning and policy co-ordination with the Department of Natural Resources, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.  In this position, Tanya leads a number of initiatives focused on corporate policy, change management, and leadership development, including supporting the development of Gender Equity and Diversity Plans in the natural resource sector.  Tanya is particularly interested in horizontal, outcome-based policy initiatives and the many challenges associated with effecting change at this level.  Prior to this position, Tanya has held a number of policy positions within government including positions in Executive Council, the Department of Education, and the Department of Health and Community Services.

This session will assist participants to achieve a deeper understanding of diversity and the steps that can be taken on the leadership path. You will take away knowledge essential to building a practical toolbox of ideas and skills that can be used to effect change in your own thinking as well as in your organizations.  This session will provide historical perspective, data, practical knowledge, and best practices for the integration of diversity and inclusion policies.

Break: 8:00-815 PM


Sharing Stories I 
Thursday, November 2, 2017 | 8:15pm to 9:30pm

Story Teller:
Dawn Dalley, MBA, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs and Corporate Services NL Hydro

Dawn Dalley was appointed to her current position in August 2016, previously holding the position of VP Regulatory Affairs and Customer Services. Prior to that time, she held the role of Vice President, Corporate Relations at Nalcor Energy, having moved up from her role as Manager, Corporate Communications and Shareholder Relations.  Dawn has a Bachelor of Public Relations and a Masters of Business Administration. In 2004, she received her accreditation from the International Association of Business Communicators and was the IABC NL Communicator of the Year in 2010. She is a volunteer Board Member with Ronald McDonald House Newfoundland and Labrador and the Manuels River Heritage Society.  Dawn is also Chair of the NL sub-chapter of the International Women’s Forum.


Friday , November 3, 2017


Session II | Designing a Personal Path to Leadership
Friday, November 3, 2017 | 9:00am-10:30am

Facilitator: Heather Peters, MER, ACC, IMPA-CP NL Practice Lead, Senior Consultant, Certified Coach – Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette An insightful leadership coach, solutions-driven consultant and energetic and engaging facilitator with more than 20 years experience in leadership, entrepreneurial and strategic HR roles in the insurance, IT, healthcare and financial industries, Heather has helped hundreds of leaders and professionals engage teams and maximize performance in Canada and beyond.  Heather is currently working with Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette as a senior consultant coach and leading their HR Leadership Career Solutions Practice in Newfoundland and Labrador.  She focuses mainly on leadership development, employee engagement, team development, coaching, succession planning, strategic HR, career transition, organizational review and compensation.

This session will focus on you, your current leadership strengths (or potential), and areas to modify relative to research based leadership competencies.  We will draw on your Leadership Effectiveness Analysis (LEA) results and takeaways to dig deeper into not only WHAT needs to be focused on but help you begin to understand HOW you can make that happen.  This session will animate self-awareness of your own style in terms of areas such as driving the vision/message, creating followership and working with others to achieve results.  Walk away with an individual development plan to put your learnings into action to enhance your current or future role, team or career.


Sharing Stories II
Friday, November 3, 2017 | 10:45am- 12:00pm

Intergenerational Panel: Chair- Deirdre Greene-Lono (C-CORE) | Amanda Hancock, Researcher | Kelly Mansell, Entrepreneur | Linda Ross, Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women

Panel Members
Chair:  Deirdre Greene-Lono, DPhil. Deirdre Greene Lono is a research, policy, government relations, and communications professional with more than 25 years’ experience in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. She holds a BA in mediaeval history, language and literature from Memorial University and M.Litt and D.Phil. degrees from the University of Oxford.  She wrote the first Oxford thesis on Tolkien’s fiction and, as a SSHRC Fellow contributed significantly to the development of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles. She has integrated her research, writing and editing skills into a career in communications and policy analysis for the NL oil and gas industry. She has worked in various roles for NOIA, the provincial government, and Easter Seals. She is now Corporate Communications Manager for C-CORE, a not-for-profit R&D corporation specializing in risk assessment and mitigation for harsh environments, from the Newfoundland offshore to outer space.

Amanda Hancock, Graduate Student PhD (Student) A graduate of Queen’s School of Business and a Fellow of Memorial’s School of Graduate Studies for her Master’s thesis, Amanda Hancock is currently a PhD student at Memorial University’s Faculty of Business Administration. Before starting her PhD journey, Amanda worked for 10 years as a Human Resources professional in Newfoundland’s public and private sectors. She is a board member of the national charity Fertile Future, and a board member for the NL Division of Special Olympics. As a breast cancer survivor and champion rower, Amanda pursues her passion for women in leadership everyday.

Kelly Mansell, Entrepreneur, Rocket Bakery Kelly Mansell is an owner, as well as sales and marketing manager for the popular Rocket Bakery on Water Street. She has a long history of creativity in entrepreneurship and besides her bakery, she is also involved as a partner in the Toronto-based Comrags boutique and its acclaimed fashion line. She has worked as an account director and public relations consultant for several PR firms, most notably Praxis PR, where she was responsible for PepsiCo Canada’s PR initiatives. Kelly is widely respected for her generous support of charities, non-profits and other initiatives that promote social justice.

Linda Ross, President/CEO, Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women Linda Ross has held the position of President and CEO of the Provincial Advisory Council on the Status of Women, Newfoundland and Labrador since May 2009.  She has over 30 years of experience in policy development and program planning and delivery in the field of community development, women’s economic and social equality, HIV/AIDS and public health, both in Canada and internationally. Having spent 24 years with Oxfam Canada, she also serves on several Boards of Directors, Women in Resource Development Corporation, Coalition of Provincial and Territorial Advisory Councils on the Status of Women,  the NL Coalition against Human Trafficking, She has served on the NL Access to Justice Committee, the Respectful Municipalities Working Group of Municipalities NL, the Board of Directors for the College of Family Physicians of Canada, and is a member of the College’s community of practice on Prison Health. Holding certificates in leadership from McGill University, Linda is the recipient of the prestigious 2017 YWCA Women of Distinction, Lifetime Achievement Award.


Lunch: 12:00-12:50 PM
A delicious lunch will be provided by the wonderful and ever-popular Rocket Bakery through the generous conference sponsorship of Ms. Kelly Mansell who has also agreed to be one of our animated panelists for Session II.


Session III | Addressing Gender Inequity in the Workplace
Friday, November 3, 2017 | 1:00pm – 2:30pm

Facilitators: Kara Arnold, PhD, Professor Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management, MUN Amanda Hancock, PhD (Student) MUN, Experienced Human Resources Professional

Women have made great strides in their workforce participation over the past decades. Yet the pace of moving women into leadership roles is still painfully slow. We explore why this is the case, despite years of effort. If what we have been doing is not working, exactly how can we improve gender equity in our workplaces and increase the number of women in leadership roles? In this session, we discuss common individual and organizational solutions, with a focus on what actually works most effectively. Find out what needs to be done differently, and how each of us, no matter our level in our organization, can actively engage to affect change within our own sphere of influence.

Kara Arnold, PhD Kara is Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management at Memorial University Faculty of Business Administration.  During her tenure at the Faculty of Business she has served as associate dean of research, director of the PhD and MSc programs, and area group-coordinator.  Kara’s research over the past two decades has focused on employee well-being with a specific interest in gender, diversity and leadership.  Her work has been presented at international conferences and published in many leading journals.  She also regularly facilitates training sessions on leadership and team building at the Gardiner Center. Personal experience drives Kara’s passion to do everything she can to ‘level the playing field’ for women. 

Amanda Hancock, PhD (Student.)  A graduate of Queen’s School of Business and a Fellow of Memorial’s School of Graduate Studies for her Master’s thesis, Amanda Hancock is currently a PhD student at Memorial University’s Faculty of Business Administration. Before starting her PhD journey, Amanda worked for 10 years as a Human Resources professional in Newfoundland’s public and private sectors. She is a board member of the national charity Fertile Future, and a board member for the NL Division of Special Olympics. As a breast cancer survivor and champion rower, Amanda pursues her passion for women in leadership everyday. 


Break: 2:30pm to 2:45 PM


Story Session III
Friday, November 3, 2017 | 2:45pm – 4:15pm

The Honourable Cathy Bennett, MHA, Windsor Lake The Honorable Cathy Bennett has been an MHA since 2014, first for the district of Virginia Waters and currently for Windsor Lake.  She has served in Cabinet as Minister of Finance and President of the Treasury Board. Preceding her transition into politics, she had an extremely successful career in business.  Beginning work in the food service industry at age 16, she was managing a restaurant by age 18. Since that time, she and her husband have expanded their business operations to six companies encompassed by the Bennett Group. Her business interests include the restaurant industry, commercial and industrial construction and manufacturing, industrial supply, real estate and human resources. She has served as the Chairperson of the St. John’s Board of Trade and the Governor of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council.  Her business acumen has been recognized with numerous awards including Atlantic Canada’s Top CEO. Cathy’s personal and business contributions to the community and charity/non-profit sector are widely known and appreciated.

Concluding Remarks: 4:15 PM
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