Directions Conference

This year’s conference is on
Thursday, February 8, 2018 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 Josh Simair, CEO & Co-founder at


Click Here to Register Online!
Register early for your chance to win great prices!
Registration closes Friday, February 2nd!
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:

Friday, November 24th: $150 Best Buy gift card
Wednesday, December 6th: $250 Polo Park gift card
Friday, January 12th: $50 Tavern gift card and 2 Moose tickets
Friday, January 19th: $150 Polo Park gift card
Friday, January 26th: $50 Tavern gift card and 2 Moose tickets OR Celebrations Dinner Theatre Package

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.

Check out the Red Carpet Blog for information on the early bird prize winners:

Red Carpet Blog: 2018 Directions Conference Early Bird Prizes

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 Directions Registration form as well as the Award Application form to Student Services.

Award Application Form:
Directions Application Form: Directions Conference Registration Form

The deadline to apply for financial aid is January 26th.

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
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.

Speaker Details

  Morning Time Slot 1 (9:50-10:45)   Morning Time Slot 2 (10:50-11:45)
1 Stressed to Kill

Stress is the silent killer stalking North America and one of the tools grads need to prepare for their careers is the ability to recognize stressful situations and deal with them effectively. Sylvia Marusyk is the stress management expert.

As founder and head of MindBody Works, Sylvia works with companies and organizations across the globe, creating and implementing strategies that identify and reduce employee stress, minimizing costly absenteeism and helping clients be more profitable and productive.

She can do the same for you, too! Check out this important presentation on ways to tackle stress head on; in the classroom, at exam time and on the job!

5 Ms. Kim Champion Taylor

Vice President, People Solutions at Assiniboine Credit Union

Assiniboine Credit Union’s business philosophy is guided by the principles of “values-based banking”. This means that the way we run our credit union ensures we remain financially strong while being socially, environmentally and ethically responsible.

2 Young Entrepreneur Panel

Founders from two of the hottest Winnipeg startups will tell their story.
RRC alum Martin Bshouty is the 24 year old Co-Founder of Geofilters Studio that employs 60 people. Former RRC Instructor Catherine Metrycki is the Founder of Callia Flower which is disrupting the floral industry.
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 North America’s Largest Inland Port

At 20,000 acres, CentrePort Canada is not only the size of Manhattan, but it is also the most important economic development project in Manitoba. Over 50 new companies are now operating on the footprint, employing more than 1300 Manitobans. Join the President and CEO of CentrePort for this presentation as she provides an overview of the inland port as well as exciting new projects that will lead to job opportunities for future graduates.

3 Bold Horizons! Winnipeg’s Bright Tomorrow!

Join Winnipeg architect Shane Solomon, Founder and Principal of Republic Architecture, and Mariette Mulaire, President and CEO of World Trade Centre Winnipeg, for an insightful and inspiring discussion about Winnipeg now and tomorrow. These two dynamic speakers will share their vision of our city’s future, how they see our city evolving and the kind of opportunities that will present themselves as we continue to grow and prosper.

The session will feature an address by both Shane and Mariette followed by an exciting Q & A.



7 From RRC to the Accounting Workplace

Brad Bokhaut, Bokhaut Chartered Professional Accountant Inc, will discuss the transition from student to the accounting workplace with Chantal Fulkerson, a recent RRC grad.

4 Mr. Chris Richard, CFA

Portfolio Manager at BCV Asset Management Inc.
BCV Asset Management Inc. is an asset management firm dedicated to building and protecting client wealth, seeking to maximize long-term returns while minimizing risk. We offer an alternative to mass-market investment products, creating customized investment portfolios within Separately Managed Accounts.




8 Community Marketing and the $1.2 Million Business Plan

Can you raise over a million dollars from investors with a business plan? Can you build a great local brand without an advertising budget? Kevin Selch, the Founder of Little Brown Jug Brewing has and he will share his experience with you. Kevin will tell the story of the building of LBJ as well as his successful use of community co-branding to build a powerhouse brand and grow the West Exchange District.


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