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!
Register to Attend the 2020 Directions Conference
See early bird registration prize details below!
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.
Early Bird Registration Prize Details
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.
|$150 Keg gift card||Fri, Jan 17||Mon, Jan 20|
|$75 Ultimate Dining gift card + 2 movie tickets||Fri, Jan 24||Mon, Jan 27|
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.
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.
|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:
- Manitoba Success Story: Laivly and Applied Artificial Intelligence
- Networking: ‘Who You Know’ is just as critical as ‘What you know’!
- Personal Branding Panel: How Your Brand Affects Your Career
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
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.
We acknowledge the Directions Conference is taking place on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg, Anishiniwak, Dakota Oyate, Dene, Ininewak, and Métis.