October 11-12, 2018
Hotel Saskatchewan, Regina
Friday Luncheon Keynote Speaker
Murad is the president and CEO of AGT Food and Ingredients Inc. (TSX:AGT) — one of the world’s largest suppliers of value-added pulse crops and staple foods. A strategic business and financial thinker, he founded the Regina-based company in 2001, growing the start-up into a billion-dollar enterprise with more than 3,000 employees in 40 facilities around the globe.
Murad currently serves as chair of both Economic Development Regina and the Government of Canada National Agri-Food Strategy Roundtable. He also sits on the board of the Asia-Pacific Foundation of Canada.
A graduate of the University of Saskatchewan and the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University, Murad has received numerous awards and recognitions. They include: E&Y’s ‘Global Entrepreneur of the Year,’ the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, the Senate of Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Canada Medal, Globe & Mail’s ‘Top 40 Under 40,’ and PROFITGuide Magazine’s ’30 Most Fabulous Entrepreneurs of the Past 30 Years.’
Friday Night Entertainment
Born in Tisdale, Saskatchewan, Brent Butt discovered early that being funny was a good way to get attention. Brent honed his comedy in school and, at the age of 20, moved to the city to pursue a career in stand-up. Within months he was headlining top clubs in Toronto, and a couple years later, he was touring internationally to appear at major festivals.
His television specials quickly secured his reputation as one of the funniest people in Canada, while paving the way to create his own TV sitcom, Corner Gas. It became an instant hit with unprecedented ratings and numerous accolades, including an International Emmy Award nomination, and was named ‘Funniest Show on TV’ by TV Guide readers.
Corner Gas went on to become Canada’s top comedy, broadcast in 26 countries and airing for six seasons. Brent then created another sitcom for CTV called Hiccups, which starred himself and his wife, Nancy Robertson. They made 26 episodes over two seasons, winning multiple LEO awards along the way.
Brent made the transition to the movie screen with two feature films in 2014: The comedic mystery No Clue and the long-awaited Corner Gas: The Movie. Brent continues to tour the country performing stand-up as often as he can in between episodes of his latest TV series, Corner Gas Animated on The Comedy Network.
Thursday Luncheon Keynote Speaker
Ashlyn George is an adventure travel writer, former Saskatchewanderer, and social media influencer from Saskatoon.
Before the age of 30, she visited more than 60 countries on seven continents while launching her travel blog, The Lost Girl’s Guide to Finding the World. She’s built an online community with more than 50,000 devoted social media followers, and has worked with such brands as McDonald’s Canada, Swimco, The NorthWest Company, World Nomads, Tourism Saskatchewan, and Travel Alberta.
In 2017, Ashlyn was nominated in the ‘Under 29’ category for the YWCA Women of Distinction awards. She was also named one of CBC’s Future 40. Ashlyn is now an accomplished speaker, and specializes in reaching and communicating with millennials in the digital age.