Directions Conference 2020

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

We look forward to seeing you all there!

2019’s Direction Conference Survey Winner

Post Conference Survey Draw Winner
Click here to find out who won!

Photo Booth Gallery

For those that opted not to give their email, you can download your LinkedIn profile photo here:

Supplemental Material from Cec Hanec’s Networking Session



Directions Conference Full Conference Program from 2019

Directions Conference FAQ about the day of the conference:

Directions Conference Questions and Answers

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.

When and where is the Directions Conference?

Thursday, February 7, 2019.  Canad Inns Polo Park – 1405 St Matthews Ave.

Keynote speaker

The keynote speaker for the 2019 conference is Dayna Spiring, President & CEO at Economic Development Winnipeg Inc.

Keynote Title: Why Winnipeg?

Click here for Dayna’s biography.


Registration – 2019 SOLD OUT!!!

Due to high demand, the Directions Conference is sold out. If you have received a bursary code or Student Services code, you can still register following the procedure that was provided to you.

Redeem your Directions 2019 Bursary or Student Services code here:

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Due to very high demand, the last day to register for Directions via Student Services is Wednesday January 23

If you would like to pay with cash or debit, please go to Student Service Centre (D101 NDC or P104 EDC).  Once you make your payment, you will be given a unique code and registration instructions.  Return to this site and complete your registration here:

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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 2019 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:

Wednesday, November 28th: $150 Best Buy gift card – Winner! – Sarah LaCroix
Wednesday, December 5th: $250 Polo Park gift card – Winner! – Jaymee Doyle
Friday, January 11th: $50 Tavern gift card and 2 Moose tickets – Winner! – Navdeep Dhaliwal
Friday, January 18th: $125 Keg gift card – Winner! – Ishpreet Nijawan
Friday, January 25th: $75 Tavern gift card and 2 movie tickets – Winner! – Supreet Kaur

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

Click here for information on this year’s lucky winners:
Directions Conference 2019 Early Bird Prize Winners

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 as soon as possible to be entered for the early bird prize draws.

Award Application Form: Award Application
Directions Registration:

The deadline to apply for financial aid is Wednesday January 23rd due to the overwhelming number or registrations.

Conference Agenda

7:00 am – 8:00 am Student and Staff Registration and LinkedIn Photo Booth
8:00 am – 9:00 am Breakfast and Keynote Address
9:00 am – 9:30 am Wellness Break, Visit Exhibitor and LinkedIn Photo Booth
9:30 am – 10:45 am Breakout Session # 1
11:00 am – 12:15 pm Breakout Session # 2
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch and Networking
1:30 pm – 1:45 pm Visit Exhibitor Booths and LinkedIn Photo Booth
1:45 pm – 3:30 pm Roundtable Networking Event
3:30 pm – 4:30 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.

Directions 2019 Roundtable Biographies – (Subject to change) 

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

Breakout Session Details

(Click on the Session name for speaker biographies – subject to change)

Breakout session #1   9:30 am – 10:45 am
Career Goals: Setting Them. Reaching Them

Learn from the Best! Gather practical tips on how to plan for career success from industry insiders.

Dragon’s Den: The Good, The Bad & The Brutal!

Win or lose, the experience is worth it! Join entrepreneurs who pitched their ideas on CBC’s Dragon’s Den & find out how the show has impacted their businesses.

Networking: ‘Who You Know’ is just as critical as What you know!

“Network To Get Work!” This interactive session focuses on this critical success skill.

Breakout session #2   11:00 am – 12:15 pm
Technology & The Changing World of Work

How are Robots, AI and other technologies impacting the future of work?

Personal Branding: Marketing Yourself 101

You are your Brand! Join us as a panel of image-makers show you how to leverage your brand power.

Delta 9 Cannabis: Sowing the Seeds of Success

Winnipeg Free Press business reporter, Martin Cash, interviews John Arbuthnot, CEO of Delta 9 Cannabis retail chain.

Please 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.