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Todd Hirsch

Todd Hirsch is the Vice President and Chief Economist for ATB Financial, an Alberta-based financial institution that provides banking services and investment management expertise to 770,000-plus customers in 247 Alberta communities.

He holds a BA Honours in Economics from UAlberta and an MA in Economics from UCalgary. For over 25 years, he has worked as an economist at numerous organizations including the Canadian Pacific Railway, the Canada West Foundation and the Bank of Canada. He also taught economics at the University of Calgary for nearly a decade, both in the Department of Economics as well as the Faculty of Continuing Education. He has also been an instructor at the University of Alberta School of Business in executive education.

Todd is also the author of three books. His latest, “Spiders in Space: Successfully Adapting to Unwanted Change,” was released in 2017.

As part of his role at ATB Financial, Todd speaks to hundreds of audiences across the country each year. He is a strong advocate in the arts and culture community, currently the board chair of the Calgary Arts Academy, and serves on the boards of the Glenbow Museum and the Alberta Ballet.

Todd has been recognized as one of Alberta’s most influential people. He’s received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, the University of Alberta’s Alumni Honour Award, and an honorary degree from Mount Royal University.

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Michael Kehoe

Michael Kehoe is a commercial real estate professional with forty-three years of experience in the retail real estate field. He has an international profile related to retail real estate, commercial real estate leasing, marketing and shopping centre management. Michael is the Broker / Owner of Fairfield commercial Real Estate based in Calgary Alberta, Canada. He worked for many years as a mall manager, marketing director and retail leasing executive and for the past 28 years, a real estate broker. He a member of the Middle East Council of shopping Centres and is the Co-lead Ambassador in Canada for the New York based International Council of Shopping Centres where he has been a member since 1982. Mr. Kehoe founded Fairfield Commercial Real Estate in 1991 providing retail real estate consulting and leasing services to Canada`s leading building owners and retailers. Broker and owner, Mr. Kehoe, has a proven track record of success in the commercial real estate field and has more than 40 years of experience working as a commercial real estate professional.

He has specialized expertise in retail real estate leasing for shopping centres, and main street / urban business districts and is the creator of “The Retail Real Estate Leasing Program.”

Mr. Kehoe has an international reputation as an authority on retail real estate and is frequently quoted in the media such as the Globe and Mail, New York Times, and the Calgary Herald. He delivers expertise and decision making assistance to business, government, and investment leaders around the world.

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Daniel Lerner

Transformative, forward-thinking and always striving to help others realize their full potential, Dan Lerner has become known for his exploration of how positive psychology can affect the pursuit of world-class development, particularly how to leverage the advantage that a healthy psychological state can bring to performance excellence both at work and at home.

As an in-demand speaker, author, strengths-based performance coach and instructor of one of the most popular undergraduate courses at New York University, Dan’s expertise in positive psychology helps people lead thriving, successful lives.

Employing cutting-edge research into positive psychology and peak performance, Dan works with students, established and high-potential performing artists, athletes and numerous Fortune 500 companies and executives around the world helping them manage stress and anxiety, achieve well-being, uncover their core strengths and define and realize their own brand of success.

With a deep passion for helping the next generation of talent achieve their utmost potential, Dan, along with his co-author and teaching partner Dr. Alan Schlechter, penned U Thrive: How to Succeed in College (and Life).  Filled with fascinating science, real-life stories and tips for building positive lifelong habits, U Thrive addresses the opportunities and challenges every undergraduate faces and helps students grow into the happy, successful alums they all strive to be.

Whether it is speaking, coaching, teaching or writing, Dan injects intellect with motivation, science with compassion and makes change both exciting and fun.  Dan engages a room like few can.

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Alfredo Tan

Alfredo is a world renowned disruption, innovation, and business futurist. He is currently the SVP of Strategy and Data for Rogers Sports and formerly the Chief Marketing Officer and the first Chief Digital & Innovation Officer at WestJet Airlines. He leads teams responsible for all guest facing digital experiences, technology, marketing, product management, data & research to transform user experiences. He is also an Industry Professor in the Strategic Management Faculty at McMaster University where he teaches at the undergraduate, graduate level, and in The Directors College’s Innovation Governance program for Board Directors.

Alfredo is a former Facebook & Instagram Executive working in Canada, where he was a founding team member in early 2009. Alfredo went on to work with the leadership team in Asia-Pacific in 2016 to help launch Facebook and Instagram in the Philippines. Similar management and leadership assignments brought him throughout Southeast Asia (Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia & Indonesia) and Latin America (Mexico, Colombia, Argentina & Brazil).

He was a former Senior Director at Yahoo! in Silicon Valley as a member of the Connected Life team leading the teams responsible for the Rogers Yahoo! partnership across broad-band, mobile, search and media. Alfredo was also at Sympatico MSN working in the Strategic Alliances and Business Development group. He started his career in Systems Engineering & Design at Bell Nexxia, a division of BCE Inc. Alfredo has also been a frequent Keynote Speaker at leading Technology, Media, Marketing, and Corporate Conferences across North America and Asia. Alfredo has been profiled and quoted in Forbes Magazine, Marketing Magazine, The Economist, Strategy Magazine, The Globe and Mail, and may other leading industry publications.

Alfredo currently sits on the Advisory Board on Innovation at McMaster University, is a member of the Leadership Council at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, sits on the Haskayne Business School Advisory Council at the University of Calgary and is on the Board of Directors of The Association of Canadian Advertisers. He is also a member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO).

He is a graduate of the University of Toronto, McMaster University, the Harvard Business School, currently completing an Executive Master of Laws (LL.M.) with a concentration in Innovation, Law & Technology at the University of Toronto Law School and has been accepted for graduate studies in Data Science & Machine Learning at UC Berkeley.

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Janice Otremba

When others run from conflict, Janice tackles it head on; she asks the tough questions and reveals the difficult answers—the ones that are hard to face but that will empower change. As a certified coach, professional speaker, and trainer, Janice helps individuals hone in on their true values, extend communication in ways they never thought possible, and reveal undiscovered choices. Whether she is providing training to an organization so they can build stronger teams or coaching individuals one-on-one, she enhances communication, collaboration, and profits.

Nothing Janice does is cookie-cutter! Her dynamic personality and quick wit, along with an acute understanding of human behaviour, bring a lively and animated approach to her work. She speaks from personal experience and is pragmatic, cutting through the BS to navigate change.

Janice has more than twenty years of experience and education in holistic health care, counselling, and adult education. She provides her clients with a collaborative perspective in the areas of stress management, health and wellness, leadership, team development, and work-life harmony. She lives in Kamloops, British Columbia with her husband George.

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Craig Elias

Recently chosen as Canada’s #1 B2B Sales Expert by LinkedIn, Craig Elias is an award-winning entrepreneur, author and a sought-after business advisor.

Craig’s first business, InnerSell, went from initial launch to being funded by a Tier 1 US-based Venture Capitalist in less than 12 months and was twice named by Dow Jones as one of the 50 most promising companies in North America.

Craig has been a National Growth Advisor for Goldman Sachs’ and Babson College’s 10,000 Small Business Program in Boston, is on the advisory board for Nudge.ai (an artificial intelligence company started by a founder of Eloqua, which was sold to Oracle for $957 Million US) in Toronto, is on an advisory board for SXSW, is a startup mentor for the Alchemist Accelerator , a scaleup mentor GrowthX Academy, a fellow for the Calgary Innovation Coalition, and the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Bow Valley College.

He leverages a Community Based Entrepreneurship approach to create, capacity building, experiential learning programs, like WannaB Wednesdays, the Innovation Rodeo and 150 Startups.

His passion is ​helping students from colleges and universities across Alberta build entrepreneurial competence and confidence so they act like, not just think like, entrepreneurs and become an Entrepreneur at ​the age of ​23 instead of waiting until they are 43 – the North American average for a first-time entrepreneur.

In his spare time he leads a local scout troop that is sending a contingent to the upcoming World Scout Jamboree in West Virginia and when it’s -25, during Calgary’s outdoor ice season, odds are you’ll find him at the Wildwood Community Rink making or maintaining the ice.

For the past four years, Craig has been the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Bow Valley College in downtown Calgary and he currently runs three different student pitch competitions.

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Kieron Hunt

Kieron has 20 years of experience in formulating implementable Market-Driven Land Planning, Market Analyses and Development Positioning Strategies across all asset classes as well as Downtown and Main Street Planning & Urban Design. Kieron’s portfolio of projects includes working for Municipalities, Developers and Retailers. Kieron is no stranger to Grande Prairie and Northern Alberta, having conducted numerous studies for communities throughout the region for the County of Grande Prairie, City of Grande Prairie, Mackenzie County, Municipal District of Fairview and Municipal District of Peace.

Kieron has completed projects around the world (Russia, Romania, Ukraine, Germany, South Korea, Hong Kong, UAE, Oman, Lebanon, Mexico, Brazil) providing clients with a diverse portfolio in Urban Planning and Economic Development. Kieron has a particular area of expertise in Retail and Commercial Gap Analyses and Retail Market Analysis, as well as Downtown and Main Street Revitalization Strategies, and the requisite public and stakeholder engagement that brings a community together in support of a vision. Kieron is a passionate advocate for smaller, rural towns and main streets and has completed numerous main street urban design and economic vitalization plans across the country including the Prairies and Atlantic Canada. Prior to joining FBM Architecture in August 2019, Kieron operated his own Planning firm, Key Planning Strategies, and previous to that he served as Director of Canadian Operations for a multi-office North American Architectural/Engineering Firm-Cushing Terrell/CTA. He is currently the National Co-Chair for ICSC’s P3 Retail program which promotes public-private partnerships and works to enhance communication between the public and private sector on emerging issues that impact the retail real estate industry and the quality of life in local communities, with an emphasis on small downtowns and main streets. He also sits on the Planning Committee for the ICSC Whistler Conference where he leads the programming for the Cities of Canada P3Retail Pavilion.

Through his vast project experience spanning Canada, the US as well as globally, Kieron has been tasked with countless community and public engagement projects comprising many formats and environments. He is sensitive to issues as well as open and transparent and able to convey resident, visitor and stakeholder issues and solutions clearly and concisely. His numerous public speaking opportunities has also allowed Kieron to hear a variety of perspectives and opinions pertaining to planning. Kieron is focused on listening and establishing relationships with communities, clients and stakeholders. His extensive professional portfolio and active industry volunteerism makes Kieron sought after for input on retail and commercial trends, and implementation strategies for a wide range of clients and project types.

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Joy Agnew

Joy grew up on a grain farm near Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and earned her Ph.D. in Ag/Bio Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan. She spent 10 years at the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute as a program manager for agricultural research services before joining Olds College in January 2019. At Olds College, Joy is overseeing the activities in crops, livestock production, turf grass, environment and wetlands applied research areas along with developing an applied research program for the new Smart Agriculture initiative.

The Smart Agriculture Applied Research Program will support projects to develop and validate technologies and practices to improve productivity and sustainability of food production with a focus on utilizing data for better management decisions. Joy also has a leadership role in the development of the College’s Smart Ag Ecosystem, bringing together the academic programming, applied research, strategic partnerships, smart farm operations, and extension & communication activities to help the College meet its goal to be a leader in Smart Agriculture.

Joy is also past president of the Canadian Society of Bioengineering and is an adjunct professor at the University of Saskatchewan.

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Leann Hackman-Carty

Leann Hackman-Carty has spent over thirty years encouraging community economic development, business and economic recovery, and entrepreneurship. Her leadership was recognized early on when she was invited by the U.S. Consulate to participate in the International Visitors Leadership Program with delegates from nineteen other countries.

Leann has been the CEO of Economic Developers Alberta (EDA) since 2009. In 2014, she completed a project with 11 Alberta flood impacted communities. In 2016-17, she worked with the Fort McMurray region on business and economic recovery by setting up and operating the business hotline; validating businesses for Red Cross emergency relief; and leading a 10-member economic recovery assessment team to the region. In 2019 she updated the Community Toolkit for Economic Recovery and Resiliency (Canadian Version)’ to help communities prepare for and recover from economic disruptions, and brought the Economic Disaster Resilience & Recovery workshop to Canada which is now available online through the University of Calgary.

In addition to her work at EDA, she has her own company, which is focused on community capacity building, resilience, and recovery throughout Canada, the U.S. and beyond. As the author of the “Master Your Disaster” series of guidebooks, Leann shares her practical and theoretical knowledge with individuals, businesses and communities on how to prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters. In 2018, she received Public Safety Canada’s Emergency Management Exemplary Service Award-Resilient Communities for her work. As the Canadian President of the Institute for Sustainable Development (www.isdus.org), she works with international experts on innovative long term community recovery and resiliency programs. At the end of 2019, she launched her MYD Global YouTube Channel where she talks “all things disaster” twice a week. More recently, with COVID, she partnered with colleagues in the U.K and Hong Kong to provide quality, factory direct PPE to customers around the world, including the development of two proprietary brands.

Hackman-Carty holds bachelor’s degrees in political science / sociology and social work and has earned certificates in both marketing and economic development. She has also received numerous awards for her work in economic development and recovery. She lives with her husband, two children, and dog in Calgary. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and learning about other cultures.

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Greg Klassen

A travel and tourism industry strategist with 25+ years of leadership experience with blue chip organizations, including CMO and CEO of Canada’s national tourism organization, Destination Canada(DC), Greg is an expert in the development and execution of tourism strategies and marketing in the age of tourism disruption.

At Twenty31, Greg advises destinations and tourism organizations on how to develop their unique competitive advantages. His recent projects include:

  • Developing a destination development strategy for Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Developing a brand position for Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil;
  • Developing a global tourism marketing strategy for the Jordan Tourism Board;
  • Developing a tourism recovery strategy for Tourism Yukon; and
  • Working with The Pew Charitable Trusts Ocean Legacy Project to research options for Pacific island destinations to develop sustainable community-based tourism.

While serving as the President & CEO and Chief Marketing Officer at Destination Canada, Greg led the enhancement of Canada’s Future Brand ranking from 12th to 1st position, positioning Canada as the most recommended experiential destination in the world to visit according to Reputation Institute. Greg also created a comprehensive strategy to promote the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, developed a unique target market segmentation model to understand the underlying needs of global authentic-seeking travelers through the Explorer Quotient and spearheaded the Canadian Signature Experiences product development program, helping position Canada as a truly experiential destination. For his efforts Greg was recognized as one of the travel and tourism industry’s top marketers by Strategy Magazine and Destination Canada as one of the world’s top tourism marketing organizations.

He is a thought leader on disruption in destination marketing and the links between travel and tourism and economic development. He is a frequent keynote speaker at tourism conferences around the world, including Destinations International, ATTA Elevate, the PATA Summit and the TIAC Congress. Greg has been an Associate Faculty Member at the School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Royal Roads University. He holds a MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University, and an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Victoria. He is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society and a facilitator for the Boao International Tourism Communication Forum in China.

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Dr. Robert (Bob) Murray

Dr. Murray has positioned GPRC as an innovative, student-centred and future-focused post-secondary institution since joining the college. In addition to his President and CEO role at GPRC, he serves as the Vice-Chair, Advocacy and Stakeholder relations for the Council of Post-Secondary Presidents of Alberta (COPPOA) and the Chair of the Alberta Colleges Economic Recovery Taskforce. In the spring of 2020, he was appointed to the Guiding Coalition overseeing the Government of Alberta’s Alberta 2030: Building Skills for Jobs system-wide review of Alberta’s post-secondary education sector. He also serves as the Chair of the Government of Manitoba’s Working Group for the Winnipeg Metro Region.

Prior to coming to GPRC, Dr. Murray was the managing director of the government practice group at Dentons Canada LLP, the world’s largest law firm. In that role, he counseled public-sector and private-sector organizations from a wide range of industries on strategic development and planning, organizational change, crisis and issues management, policy analysis and development, risk analysis and mitigation, governance and government affairs within Canada and globally.

Bob has held executive-level positions in the professional and business advisory services, economic development, think tank, and education sectors, and has advised extensively on municipal, provincial, federal and international policy issues. He consults on policy and political matters, both nationally and internationally, and has shared his extensive knowledge as a faculty member at the University of Alberta and Brock University.

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Maggie Hanna, BSc PGeo

Currently working as Innovation and Technology Scout, Systems Thinker, Futurist and Communicator; with a special focus on World Energy Transformation to post-Carbon emission systems and Climate Change. Fellow at the Energy Futures Lab on the Decarbonization Team. Associate at CESAR. Keenly interested in Hydrogen Economy and Alberta’s/Canada’s contribution to it.

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Jefferson Gardner

Jefferson is a Post Secondary Instructor and CEO of InBridge Inc. As a certified blockchain expert and researcher, Jefferson and his team explore the impacts of emerging technologies and the improvements these technologies will have to industry and our world. He has worked in eleven industries and seven countries, consulting with foreign governments and large corporations in the areas of operations, strategy, marketing, automation, concept development and technology. InBridge is a collaborative organization that works to use emerging technology to solve some of industries most pressing problems with focus in agriculture, manufacturing, supply chain and others.

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Nathan Ashcroft, PEng

Nathan is a professional engineer with 23 years of experience in a wide range of leadership roles in global engineering and consultant companies. His career has spanned the development of a range of energy related projects across different parts of the globe in engineering, project management and business development roles, including work in a startup company. Nathan has strategically formed initiatives and is a leader within energy transition and clean technology as it applies to our ever-changing world. Nathan has expertise in leading and forming specialist teams to tackle major multi-faceted challenges. He leads the Stantec advisory team on lowering greenhouse gases. Nathan was selected as a distinguished lecturer for the Canadian Institution of Mining for 2021, he is currently a director with the Alberta Clean Technology Industry Alliance
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Trent Waughtal

Trent was born and raised in a farming family in the Peace Country of Northern Alberta. He has had a longstanding career with RBC for 25 years, and has been a Regional Vice President for the last 9 years. Trent leads a team of professionals providing best-in-class financial solutions and superior advice for our clients. During his time at RBC, he has progressed through a variety of leadership roles including commercial banking account manager, Community Manager of Fort McMurray Market and Branch Manager of RBC’s Calgary Main branch. Just prior to his current role he was Regional Vice President for the Northern British Columbia region operating out of Prince George, BC and is currently Regional Vice President for Northern Alberta operating out of Grande Prairie Alberta. Trent has his MBA, specializing in executive management consulting from the Royal Roads University in Victoria, and is an alumni of the Grande Prairie Regional College. He is active in his community and is current president and board chair for Catholic Family Services, a not for profit organization that provides counselling and mental health services and school liaison programming to youth, adults, and families in the Grande Prairie area. Trent and his family enjoy living in Grande Prairie and taking advantage of the many outdoor activities that the North offers.

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Dr. Jody Carrington

Over the past 15 years, Dr. Jody Carrington has assessed, treated, educated and empowered some of our most vulnerable and precious souls on the planet. She is a child psychologist by trade, but Jody rarely treats kids. The answer lies, she believes, in the people who hold them. Especially when kids have experienced trauma, that’s when they need big people the most. Some of her favourites include educators, parents, first responders, and foster parents. Jody has shifted the way they think and feel about the holy work that they do.

Before Jody started her own practice and speaking across the country, she worked at the Alberta Children’s Hospital on the inpatient and day treatment units where she held families with some of the difficult stories. They taught her the most important lesson: we are wired to do hard things. We can handle those hard things so much easier when we remember this: we are wired for connection.

This all started when Jody received her Bachelor of Arts with Distinction from the University of Alberta. She completed a year-long internship with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police during that time, and worked along side families struggling with chronic illness at the Ronald McDonald House. She received her Master’s degree in Psychology at the University of Regina and completed her PhD there as well, before completing her residency in Nova Scotia.

Her first book, Kids These Days: A Game Plan for (Re)Connecting with those we Teach, Lead & Love, came out in 2019 and sold 20,000 copies in just three months. It is now on Amazon’s Best Sellers List.

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Ken Kobly

Ken Kobly has been the President and CEO of the Alberta Chambers of Commerce (ACC) since February 2005.

Over fifteen years of speaking for the chambers of commerce federation, which represents more than 25,000 businesses in Alberta, Ken has developed the ACC’s profile as a strong, consistent voice for Alberta business. Provincial, national and international media regularly turn to the ACC for comment on business-related issues.

Ken has a background in accounting, serving as a member of the provincial board of the Certified General Accountants Association of Alberta and as president in 1988-89. In recognition of his service, Ken was honoured as one of 100 CGAs who have made a difference. He is a recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Citizenship Medal, recognized as one of Alberta’s 50 most influential people in 2016 by Alberta Venture Magazine, and was recognized as Canadian Chamber of Commerce Executive of the Year in 2018.

Ken spent two decades on the municipal council of the Town of Beaumont and was mayor of the town for 12 years. He continues to live in Beaumont with his wife, Peggy, and has four children and five grandchildren.

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Carol Anne Hilton

Carol Anne Hilton, MBA is the CEO and Founder of The Indigenomics Institute. Carol Anne is a recognized First Nation’s business leader and adviser with an international Masters Degree in Business Management (MBA) from the University of Hertfordshire, England, a partnership through Vancouver Island University. Carol Anne is of Nuu chah nulth descent from the Hesquiaht Nation on Vancouver Island.

Carol Anne currently serves on the BC Emerging Economy Task Force as an adviser to the Minister of Jobs, Trades and Technology as well as on the BC Indigenous Investment Council for the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. Carol Anne was appointed as a senior advisor to the federal Finance Minister on the Canadian Federal Economic Growth Council.

Carol Anne has led the establishment of a line of thought called #indigenomics- the building and strengthening of Indigenous economies. Carol Anne is currently authoring ‘Indigenomics- a Global Power Shift.’

Carol Anne’s work has been recognized with an ‘Outstanding Business Achievement Award’ from the BC Achievement Foundation, a ‘Creating Wealth Award’ from the National Indigenous Council of Elders and ‘Business of the Year Award’ from the Nuu chah nulth Economic Development Corporation and most recently the ‘Excellence in Aboriginal Relations Award’ from the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business.

Carol Anne currently serves as Director on the McGill University Institute of the Study of Canada, the National Canadian Community Economic Development Network as well as a juror on the national Smart Cities Challenge. Carol Anne is an instructor at Simon Fraser University’s Community Economic Development Program and a faculty lead at the Banff Center’s Indigenous Business Program where she was also a Fleck Fellow.

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Steve Patterson - The Debaters Live & Streaming

The Debaters Live & Streaming:

Where arguments are won with funny and with fact!

Hosted by award winning comedian Steve Patterson, The Debaters Live & Streaming is a combustible mix of sharply crafted comedic rants and hilarious adlibs. The engaging format is part stand-up, part quiz show and part comedy competition with the live audience picking the winner.

Steve Patterson is an award-winning comedian with over two decades of international performance experience. Best known as host of the long-running hit radio show and podcast The Debaters and theatre show The Debaters Live Patterson’s brand of comedy is best described as honest and erudite combining well-crafted writing with unparalleled off-the-cuff wit. His comedy is also on display in The Book of Letters I Didn’t Know Where To Send in bookstores and on audible.ca as well as Patterson’s newest book set to be released on May 2021 entitled Dad Up!. Steve’s most recent, covid-inspired passion project The Steve Patterson Projecttt (the third ‘T’ is silent) entertains audiences online on YouTube.

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Howie Miller - The Debaters Live & Streaming

Howie Miller is one of the funniest corporate and club comedians in North America. His quick wit and unique point of view on multi-ethnic stereotypes is enjoyed by all audiences and has garnered numerous television appearances in both Canada and the US. Howie is also a talented writer, actor and producer and has been nominated for a Gemini Award, a Canadian Comedy Award and a Canadian Screen Award for his sketch comedy show “Caution: May Contain Nuts” which is currently filming season five.

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Paul Myrehaug - The Debaters Live & Streaming

Paul Myrehaug was born and raised in Camrose, Alberta and took his talents overseas and traded in his Wranglers for pantaloons. Based in France (but doesn’t speak French), Paul has performed in over 40 countries around the globe including entertaining the Armed Forces in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Kosovo, Italy and the United Kingdom. With 20 years of stand-up comedy experience under his rodeo buckle Paul has a plethora of television and radio appearance including winning the Great Canadian Laugh Off on The Comedy Network.

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Premier Jason Kenney

Premier Kenney committed himself to public life in the early 1990s as President of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, where he fought hard for lower taxes and fiscal responsibility.

In 1997, at the age of 29, Calgary voters elected him to Parliament where he worked to unite conservatives nationally. During his time in Parliament, Jason was voted the “best overall,” “hardest working,” and “most knowledgeable” MP by his colleagues in Maclean’s Magazine’s annual survey.

Mr. Kenney served as Minister for Multiculturalism for eight years in Prime Minister Harper’s government, reaching out to new Canadians as a strong advocate for pluralism. He became Canada’s longest serving Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, welcoming over 1.3 million newcomers to Canada while implementing comprehensive reforms to Canada’s immigration, refugee and citizenship programs, leading the National Post to call him “perhaps Canada’s best immigration minister ever.”

From 2013 to 2015 Mr. Kenney served as Minister of Employment and Social Development, where he implemented a “skills for jobs” strategy to increase support for skilled trades and apprenticeship learning. In 2015, he served as Minister of National Defence, deploying Canada’s military to combat ISIS in the Middle East, and to Ukraine to help modernize that country’s defences.

In 2017 Mr. Kenney was elected Leader of Alberta’s Progressive Conservative Party with a mandate to reunite the province’s divided free enterprise political movement. He then helped to lead the creation of the new United Conservative Party, and was elected its Leader, becoming Leader of the Opposition.

In April, 2019 he led his party to an election victory with 55% of the popular vote in a campaign focused on economic growth, and advocating a fair deal for Alberta in the Canadian federation. He was sworn-in as Alberta’s 18th Premier on April 30, 2019.

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Hon. Travis Toews

Minister Toews was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta on April 16, 2019, as the MLA for Grande Prairie-Wapiti.

A lifelong resident of Alberta, Toews and his wife live in the Grande Prairie region and have 3 children and 7 grandchildren. He has considerable business experience, and holds a CPA, CMA accounting designation and, prior to pursuing business interests, spent twelve years in a public accounting practice. In the past fifteen years, he and his wife Kim, have invested in, managed and grown a corporate family cattle ranching operation and an oilfield environmental company.

Toews has served as a Director on a number of local non-profit boards, as well as provincial and national industry boards and committees including the Alberta Beef Producers and the Canadian Agri-Food Trade Alliance. He was elected President of the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association in 2010 and served until the term end in 2012. Toews co-chaired the Agri-Innovators Committee for then federal Agriculture Minister, Gerry Ritz.

As a Canadian representative on the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation committee on food security and a member of the Country of Origin Labelling Canadian World Trade Organization Legal working group, Toews has worked globally to support Canadian interests in international trade. In 2012, he received the QEll Diamond Jubilee Award presented by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Governor General David Johnston for contributions to Canadian Agriculture and Trade.

Travis Toews was appointed as Alberta’s President of Treasury Board and Minister of Finance on April 30, 2019.

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Hon. Devin Dreeshen

Minister Dreeshen was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta in a by-election on July 12, 2018 as the MLA for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake. He was re-elected on April 16, 2019.

Dreeshen is a fifth-generation local farm owner and Albertan. Farming near Pine Lake, he has a long record of community service. He is a former director of the Western Canadian Wheat Growers Association, a former board member on the Crossroads Agricultural Society, and a volunteer at the Pine Lake Country Fair.

Devin Dreeshen was appointed as Alberta’s Minister of Agriculture and Forestry on April 30, 2019. He has a wealth of previous experience working on this file during his time in Ottawa where he was a policy advisor to Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz from 2008 to 2015, advocating for Canadian agriculture trade, improved rural infrastructure support, and leading the effort to end the Canadian Wheat Board monopoly. Dreeshen will apply this experience, as well has his own farming history to serve Alberta’s agricultural community and ensure that Alberta’s farmers continue to make a significant contribution to the provincial economy.

As Minister, Dreeshen hopes to continue this work, seeking to restore and improve market access for our forestry and agriculture products, and to attract investment in order to bring jobs back to Alberta.

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Hon. Ric McIver

Minister McIver was first elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta on April 23, 2012 as the MLA for Calgary-Hays. He was re-elected on May 5, 2015, and again on April 16, 2019. Previously, McIver has served Albertans as Minister of Transportation, Infrastructure, and Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour.

A proud husband and father, McIver served 3 terms on Calgary’s City Council, bringing his experience as a business owner and family man to offer a common-sense, fiscally-responsible viewpoint to Council.

Outside his roles in elected politics, Ric has been passionate about helping Calgarians and Albertans by listening, learning and taking sensible actions. He served on the Police Commission and as chair of the Calgary Housing Company while on Council and is a 12-year volunteer with the Calgary Stampede and supports a variety of charitable causes. His wife Christine is the founder and CEO of the Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta.

Ric McIver was appointed as Alberta’s Transportation Minister on April 30, 2019 and as Alberta’s Municipal Affairs Minister on January 4, 2021. Minister McIver is uniquely positioned to work in these roles, having previously served in the Transportation role, during which time he negotiated the agreement with the Tsuu T’ina Nation on the completion of the southwest portion of Calgary’s Ring Road. He will bring his experience to his portfolio as he works to get Alberta back on track and return it to a place of opportunity for all our children and grandchildren.

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Hon. Sonya Savage

Minister Savage was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta on April 16, 2019, as the MLA for Calgary-North West.

A life-long Albertan, Savage has been a strong voice championing pipelines for years. Earning a Master of Laws in Environment and Energy, she practiced law for 13 years before taking a job as an advocate for the oil and gas industry. After working 9 years at Enbridge, she accepted a role as the Sr. Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs at the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association (CEPA) in 2015. She has handled the

pipeline industry’s large policy files, including regulatory reform, Indigenous reconciliation, legal, environment and climate change.

Sonya Savage was appointed as Alberta’s Energy Minister on April 30, 2019. Relying on her extensive background in the industry, and spending the last 12 years fighting for pipelines and the energy sector, Savage will continue her work to promote and develop Alberta’s oil and gas wealth and deliver on getting pipelines built.

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Hon. Doug Schweitzer

Minister Schweitzer was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta on April 16, 2019, as the MLA for Calgary-Elbow.

A dedicated husband, father of 2 young girls and a long-serving community volunteer, Schweitzer has a strong record of public service, including previously raising funds for military families and serving as Vice Chair of the Calgary Drug Treatment Court. He is passionate about restoring Alberta’s promise – an Alberta in which, no matter where you came from, if you worked hard, you could succeed.

Schweitzer was a partner at a leading Alberta law firm as a restructuring and bankruptcy lawyer. This experience gave him a first-hand view of the staggering impacts of failed policies that have led to job losses, economic stagnation and a loss of hope.

Doug Schweitzer was appointed as Alberta’s Minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation on August 25, 2020. Schweitzer will oversee the implementation of Alberta’s Recovery Plan, its sector strategies and Alberta’s growth agenda.

Schweitzer previously held the position of Alberta’s Minister of Justice and Solicitor General where he made important progress tackling rural crime, advancing aspects of the fair deal panel report recommendations, and creating a faster, fairer and more responsive justice system.