• 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Centini Restaurant and Lounge-In the Telus Convention Centre (160 8 Avenue S.E.)
  • Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017

You work hard to bring value to your company. You have great ideas, determination and a voracious work ethic. But are your efforts in the right place? Do your priorities align with your senior team? How many questions is officially too many questions?

Our panel discussion will look at the value of communications from an executive view. Find out what real leaders in Calgary love about what you do, what they could do without, and what they wish you knew.


Members – $25
Student members – $ 15
Non-members – $35
Student non-members – $25

*Some members of the panel still to be confirmed – stay tuned!

Dr. Ian Holloway, QC
Professor and Dean
Faculty of Law

Ian Holloway was appointed Dean of Law at the University of Calgary on July 1, 2011. Prior to this appointment, Ian served two terms as dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Ontario and a term as associate dean at the Australian National University. Over the years, he has also held appointments at Cambridge and the National University of Singapore. He is a graduate of Dalhousie University, the University of California at Berkeley and the Australian National University. He is also an alumnus of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In his career, he has published two books, a number of book chapters and many refereed articles published in law journals around the world. In addition, he has published a book on naval history as well as twenty-two essays or other pieces in non-legal periodicals.

Before beginning his academic career, Ian spent a number of years in private practice in Halifax with the Atlantic Canadian law firm of McInnes Cooper, where he focused on labour and employment law. He also served as the law clerk to the chief justice of the Federal Court of Canada. In 2003, Ian was elected to membership in the American Law Institute, an honour that is held by only a handful of Canadians. In 2004, he was appointed a Queen’s Counsel. He remains a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society and the Law Society of Upper Canada. He is currently a Trustee of the Law School Admission Council and a member of the NALP Advisory Board.

Beyond the legal sphere, Ian spent a total of twenty-six years serving in the Royal Canadian and Royal Australian Navies. In 1992, he was awarded the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation, and in 2013, he was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Leslie Bruce
President and CEO of Banff & Lake Louise Tourism

Leslie Bruce, President and CEO of Banff & Lake Louise Tourism, has over a decade of experience in the travel industry, with a track record of sales and marketing success within the adventure, student and wellness travel segments.

Prior to joining Banff & Lake Louise Tourism Bureau in early 2015, Leslie launched the Canadian division of Spafinder Wellness 365, the world’s largest marketing, media and gifting company for the wellness industry. Previously, Leslie was a member of the executive management team of TUI Education North America, a division of TUI Travel Group – a UK based, global leader in the travel industry. Based in Toronto, she served as commercial director of the division and was responsible for leading the sales, marketing, and business development functions for seven student travel brands in Canada and the U.S including Brightspark, World Class Vacations and Jumpstreet. Earlier with TUI, Leslie was executive vice president of sales and marketing for their Quark Expeditions brand, a polar expedition company that attracted consumers from over 40 markets globally. Before working with TUI, Leslie got her start in the travel industry with the luxury biking and hiking company, Butterfield & Robinson where she started as a biking guide in France and eventually led the team in her role as chief operating officer.

Susan Borrows, CPHR
Chief People & Culture Officer for Alberta Central

Susan has over 23 years of experience in all areas of Human Resources. As the Chief People & Culture Officer for Alberta Central, Susan is responsible for translating organizational strategy and business needs into human resources priorities and programs. She has been instrumental in driving a transformational culture shift that aligns with, and strengthens the company’s vision, values and leadership.

Susan has contributed to the advancement of the HR profession through serving as a volunteer director on both HRAC and HRIA (currently CPHR Alberta), as well as participating as a member on HRIA’s Standards Advisory Committee.

Liz Elliott
Founder and Executive Director of Families that Work

Liz is the founder and executive director of Families that Work, a not-for-profit corporation that advocates for policy and services that enable parents to be committed to both their careers and their families while ensuring positive family outcomes. Founded on July 1, 2017, she led a team of volunteers to establish an advocacy brand and presence in Alberta in only forty-six days. And their presence continues to grow. She is an active voice in Alberta politics, engaging candidates at the federal, municipal and provincial levels to validate policy against the needs of today’s working parents. She is a business leader and marketing professional with a career spanning over a decade.

Liz began her career in the oil and gas sector and has been employed by one of Canada’s financial institutions for over eight years leading cross departmental teams, designing financial products and managing strategic distribution partnerships. She is an active business mentor with the Mount Royal College Harry G. Schaeffer mentorship program.

Liz holds a Bachelor of Applied Communications with a major in Journalism, a Marketing Management Certificate from the University of Calgary and has completed her Project Management I from the U of C.

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