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.

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.



Register early for your chance to win great prices!

Register and pay with your credit card here:

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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:

Friday, November 28th: $150 Best Buy gift card
Wednesday, December 5th: $250 Polo Park gift card
Friday, January 11th: $50 Tavern gift card and 2 Moose tickets
Friday, January 18th: $125 Keg gift card
Friday, January 25th: $75 Tavern gift card and 2 movie tickets 

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.

Check out the Red Carpet Blog for information on the 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.

Award Application Form: Award Application
Directions Registration:

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

Tentative Conference Agenda

7:00 am – 8:00 am Student and Staff Registration
8:00 am Breakfast and Keynote Address
9:00 am – 9:30 am Wellness Break and Visit Exhibitor Booths
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
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Visit Exhibitor Booths
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Roundtable Networking Event
4:00 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.

Directions 2018 Roundtable Biographies (from 2018 Conference)

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

Breakout Session Details

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.