Directions Conference

This year’s conference is on
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at Canad Inns Polo Park.

What is the Directions Conference?

The Directions Conference connects Red River College students in Business and Applied Arts with industry professionals in many areas of business. Keynote speakers, breakout informational sessions and the popular round table networking event combine into a rich and rewarding experience for both students and employers.

The keynote speaker for this year’s conference is Bob Tallman, Chairman of Princess Auto.

Conference Agenda

7:15 am – 8:00 am ‘LinkedIn’ Photo Booth
Student and Staff Registration
8:15 am Breakfast and Keynote Address
9:15am – 9:50 am Wellness Break, Visit Exhibitor Booths and ‘LinkedIn’ Photo Booth
9:50 am – 10:45 am Breakout Session # 1
10:50 am – 11:45 am Breakout Session # 2
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch and Networking
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Visit Exhibitor Booths and “LinkedIn” Photo Booth
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Roundtable Networking Event – VIEW ROUNDTABLE HOST BIOS
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm VIP Reception (By Invitation Only)

Roundtable Networking Event

The Roundtable Networking Event provides business delegates a unique opportunity to network with Red River College students, while sharing career experiences.

Download the Roundtable Host biographies →

Read more about what to expect for the Roundtable Networking Event.

Speaker Details

  Morning Time Slot 1 (9:50-10:45)   Morning Time Slot 2 (10:50-11:45)
1 Networking: It’s What You Know AND Who You Know!

Whether you call it schmoozing, glad handing or ‘working the room’, Networking, and knowing how to do it properly, is a fundamental skill that can accelerate personal and career growth. Unlock the secret to career success by learning the importance of Networking from an industry leader. Glen Buhler, founder of The Executive Network (TEN), one of Manitoba’s most influential executive networking organizations, shares his knowledge and insights in this important breakout session. Love it or hate it, networking is a vital business skill. This session will teach you the basics.

5 Career Path: The Changing Workplace Environment

The world of work is changing and graduates need to be equipped with the right skills to succeed and achieve job satisfaction. But what are employers looking for? As a new graduate confronting this type of environment, you’ll be known as a change maker, bringing your ease of technology, your new ideas and your energy into the workforce. At the same time, you’ll need to confront old ways of doing things. Renowned Human Resource Specialist, author, columnist and speaker Barbara Bowes of Legacy Bowes shares her experience and knowledge in what will be a very popular session.

2 Young Entrepreneur Panel

Very recent grads who have started their own business – one right out of high school, one RRC Business grad, one RRC Graphic Design grad. Learn first-hand about the challenges and rewards, the excitement and frustrations of starting your business. Will you be speaking several years from now about your business?

6 Building a Bold culture to help your business grow.

Join three young RRC Grads from business and IT, who have founded a series of companies and startups under the BOLD umbrella that is one of Winnipeg’s fastest growth stories. The three founders will talk about BOLD success story and what it takes to build a successful company culture that leads to growth and happy employees

3 Winnipeg: A Happening Place

Join two of Winnipeg’s biggest cheerleaders and champions as they share their enthusiasm about our wonderful city outline the hot sectors in Winnipeg where you will see the most job growth. Vince Barletta, Leader of Yes! Winnipeg and Stefano Grande, Executive Director of the Downtown Biz talk about the exciting opportunities and developments that are transforming our downtown and city as a whole…and explain why you’re part of the plan.



7 Accounting Panel – From RRC to CPA and Beyond

Amy-Lynn Davis (Senior Staff Accountant, Ernst & Young), Theo Martin (Senior Staff Accountant, Ernst & Young), and Bryan Fosty (Business Analyst, Canad Inns) will talk for about 10 minutes each about their recent time at RRC and their path to the business world. The focus is tips on maximizing the value of the time spent at RRC, and then the transition to a degree, professional accounting designation, and the workplace. A Q & A will follow.

4 Personal Branding: Making Your First Impression Count

Your personal brand says who you are but you only get one chance to make a first impression. Public speaker, marketing expert and youth leader Lindy Norris shares her suggestions, insights and observations about personal branding and the vital impact it can have on your career. If making a strong first impression is important to you (and it should be!) make sure this session is on your Must Take In list!




8  Manitoba Business Success Stories

What does it take to run a successful business? Be inspired by the stories of two successful Winnipeg business women.

Christa Bruneau will share with you her recipe for success and how desire to connect with her community, her creativity, her passion for cooking and her knowledge of indigenous food and culture has led to the creation of Feast Café Bistro.

Hear Angie Lamirande’s success story as partner of Pop Entertainment & Management. Her exceptional blend of marketing knowledge, event production experience and her savvy ability to apply various traditional and new media marketing strategies has contributed to the success of many large scale events and talent in Canada.


We acknowledge the Directions Conference is taking place on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg, Anishiniwak, Dakota Oyate, Dene, Ininewak, and Métis.


Click here to register online and pay with credit card or PayPal
Registration is now closed.
Students can pay in cash by registering at Student Services

The registration fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and access to all sessions and speakers.

Register Early to Win Great Prizes!

The earlier you register for the 2017 Directions Conference, the greater your chance to win one or more of the awesome prizes we have lined up. Starting on December 1st, we will be picking a random name from the list of current registrants to win! You can win one of five prizes, including:

  • Dec 1 Draw: Polo Park $100 Gift Card
  • Dec 8 Draw: Best Buy $100 Gift Card
  • Jan 12 Draw: Two Manitoba Moose Tickets
  • Jan 19 Draw: St. Vital $100 Gift Card
  • Jan 26 Draw: Two Manitoba Moose Tickets

So register today for your chance to win!  And if you do, your name stays in the draw for the next prize! It could be a literal win-win situation.

Financial Aid

If financial aid is required you can apply for a bursary for the fees to the Conference.

Please fill out the Application for Awards, Bursaries, and Scholarships below. The name of award for which you are applying is Directions Conference Bursary.

Take the completed form to Student Services.

The deadline to apply for financial aid is January 27th.