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:
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.
|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:
AI and Super Suits: How AI is Creating Spectacular Customer Service Interactions
Networking: Who You Know Is Just as Critical as What You Know
Personal Branding: Creating First Impressions That Last A Lifetime
Session #2 – 11:00am to 12:15pm – Choose between:
Technology Panel: How Big Data Influences Marketing
Accounting Panel: Recent RRC Accounting Grads
Human Resources Panel: Focus on How to get a Job
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.
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:
Accounting and Finance
Marketing and Sales
Social Enterprise and Not-for-Profit
HR and Administration
We acknowledge the Directions Conference is taking place on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg, Anishiniwak, Dakota Oyate, Dene, Ininewak, and Métis.
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.
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.
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.