The 47th Annual Business Day Conference is an event aimed to build strong relationships between Haskayne students and the corporate world. Each year we have a new theme that allows us to gain insight into significant topics in the world. This year the Business Day conference will focus on our journey forward and how we can be better versions of ourselves. It is an opportunity to give students exposure to leading edge issues in commerce, and inspire growth of innovative ideas. We will be featuring a number of speakers that bring to the table many different skills accumulated through years of quality experience in the field. Their combined knowledge will prove invaluable in not only an academic respect, but also beyond the corporate landscape. Each year students learn about the local and broader business world, network with local professionals and benefit from the wisdom of keynote speakers, famous for success in the business world. Taking place on February 3rd at The Hyatt from 8am – 4pm, this will be a great opportunity to not only learn about industry, but also to network with professionals and build relationships with fellow students and faculty members.

TICKETS ARE NO LONGER FOR SALE. If you’re interested in going, email:

See you next year!


Schedule and Speakers

Breakfast + Registration:



Welcoming Remarks + Moderated Discussion:


Topic: Calgary – A City of opportunity

Larry Shelley (BComm’80) Managing Director, Citrus Capital, 2016 Management Alumni Excellence Award winner

Lisa Costello, CA, CPA (BComm’06) CEO, Neal’s Yard Remedies Canada

Moderated by Jim Dewald (PhD’06) Dean, Haskayne School of Business


Breakout Session:



Nutrition Break:



Breakout Sessions:




  1. Topic: Resume, interviewing, and professionalism for Business Students

Sheila Musgrove (BA’92) Founder & Finder of Faboulousness, TAG Recruitment Group

  1. Topic: Stakeholder engagement

John Lewis, President & Founder, Intelligent Futures

  1. headshots


Lunch + Lunch Keynote:


Topic: Leadership principles to elevate your influence

Shahauna Siddiqui (MBA’01) Partner, DHR International


2:00-2:30PM break & tradeshow


Panel Discussion:


Topic: Entrepreneurship in the local food and beverage industry

Louisa Ferrel, CPA (BComm’04) Owner, True Buch Kombucha

Wes Rixon, Owner/Operator, Sky High Tree Services Inc.

Jim Button, Co-Founder, Village Brewery

Cam Dobranski, Owner, Brasserie Kensington, Winebar Kensington, C2 Distribution, and Medium Rare Chef Apparel

Moderated by Houston Peschl (BA’98, MBA’10) Instructor, Haskayne School of Business


Closing Remarks: