Directions Conference

Directions Conference 2020

Directions Conference 2020 will be held February 6, 2020, at the Canad Inns Destination Centre Polo Park, 1405 St. Matthews Ave., Winnipeg, MB.

This year’s keynote speaker is local restaurateur, and former Blue Bomber, Obby Khan. Obby will share his story of family, football and entrepreneurship. (Details below.)

We look forward to seeing you there!

The 2020 Directions Conference Program

Be sure to download and read the conference program:

Directions 2020 Conference Program


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.

Date and Location

Date: Thursday, February 6, 2020
Location: Canad Inns Destination Centre Polo Park

Frequently Asked Questions

See answers to common questions we’re asked about the Directions Conference.

Conference Schedule

Time Schedule
7:00am to 8:00am Student and Staff Registration and LinkedIn Photo Booth
8:00am to 9:00am Breakfast and Keynote Address
9:00am to 9:30am Wellness Break, Visit Exhibitor and LinkedIn Booths
9:30am to 10:45am Breakout Session #1
11:00am to 12:15pm Breakout Session #2
12:30pm to 1:30pm Lunch and Networking
1:30pm to 1:45pm Visit Exhibitor Booths and LinkedIn Booths
1:45pm to 3:30pm Roundtable Networking Event
3:30pm to 5:00pm VIP Reception (Invitation Only)

Keynote Speaker Obby Khan

This year’s keynote speaker is local restaurateur, and former Blue Bomber, Obby Khan.

His keynote talk is titled “The Grind: Make you or Break you”.

Stacked against almost impossible odds and circumstances. Obby will share his story of family, football and entrepreneurship.  There is no secret recipe, luck, right time or right place. There is only the GRIND.

Morning Breakout Sessions

Breakout sessions offer something for everyone, with speakers that are informative, relevant and inspirational.

Session #1 – 9:30am to 10:45am – Choose between:


Session #2 –  11:00am to 12:15pm – Choose between:

Afternoon Roundtable Networking Event

The Roundtable Networking Event provides business delegates a unique opportunity to network with Red River College students, while sharing career experiences. The networking begins at 1:45pm and the conversations go until 3:30pm.

To prepare for the Roundtable Networking Event we suggest that students review the list of roundtable hosts with their biographies.

Directions 2020 Roundtable Host Biographies


This year’s list of hosts isn’t finalized yet. You can also review the list of companies and organizations who were part of last year’s event:

NOTE: By registering for the Directions Conference, I agree that Red River College (including its Board of Governors, officers, employees, agents and partners) can use photographs and video footage taken at this event for future educational or promotional purposes. I understand there will be no payment for the use of these images, and that Red River College will not require my approval when such images are used. I will not hold Red River College responsible if my image is blurry, distorted, edited or otherwise altered.

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

Sponsorship Opportunities

Each academic year, the Directions Conference connects over 600 students of Red River College’s School of Business and Applied Arts with local leaders in the Winnipeg business community. The day gives future business leaders an excellent opportunity to experience a symposium while networking with their contemporaries, entrepreneurs and future employers.

Become a conference sponsor today ›

Early Bird Registration Prize Details

All early bird deadlines have now passed. All students who register for the conference before the following deadlines will be entered in a series prize draws. The sooner you register the more draws you will be included in.

Prize Deadline Draw date
$150 Best Buy gift card
Winner Selected
Fri, Nov 22 Mon, Nov 25
$250 Polo Park gift card
Winner Selected
Wed, Dec 4 Fri, Dec 6
$150 Outlet Mall gift card
Winner Selected
Fri, Jan 10 Mon, Jan 13
$150 Keg gift card
Winner Selected
Fri, Jan 17 Mon, Jan 20
$75 Ultimate Dining gift card + 2 movie tickets Fri, Jan 24 Mon, Jan 27

Financial Aid

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

Bursary applications are now closed. The deadline to apply for a bursary was January 21st, 2020.

Please fill out the Application for Awards, Bursaries, and Scholarships. 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 a Student Service Centre as soon as possible to be entered for the early bird prize draws.