Staff & Leaders' Conference registration now open

By Communications Staff
January 28, 2013

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Western staff can take a few days to Refresh this Reading Week, Feb. 18-22.

Refresh, the 11th annual Western Staff & Leaders’ Conference, is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 20-21. Open to all Western staff and leaders, conference sessions will be held in the Social Science Centre (SSC), with some sessions offered at other locations around campus.

Visit the conference website for details. Registration is now open.

“We’re excited about the variety in this year’s program,” said Cara Carson, Staff & Leaders’ Conference coordinator. “The conference continues to include a great balance of personal and professional development, and the session topics really tie into what is happening in our world.”

In addition to sessions presented by Western professionals, researchers and partners, the Western community will hear from four keynote speakers:

This year, the Western community will hear from three keynote speakers:

  • Mark Tewksbury and Debbie Muir. The Great Traits of Champions.  9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20. SSC 2050. Tewksbury, is one of Canada’s greatest swimmers, is a star athlete and Olympic Champion who burst out of the water at Barcelona. Debbie Muir is one of the Olympic movement’s most successful coaches;
  • Steve Dotto. Taking Control of Your Tech. 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20. SSC 2050. Dotto, one of Canada’s most respected geeks, is the host and executive producer of Dotto Tech, a nationally syndicated TV show.
  • George Kourounis. Adventure: Planet Earth. 9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21. SSC 2050. Kourounis’ efforts to document nature’s worst weather conditions and extreme environments have taken him all over the world. His travels have been seen around the world on the Discovery Channel, National Geographic Explorer, BBC-TV, CNN and his own Gemini Award nominated adventure TV program, Angry Planet, which is broadcast in more than 35 countries.
  • Steve McClatchy. Decisions That Double Your Productivity & Reduce Stress! 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21. Thurs. SSC 2050. McClatchy, founder of Alleer Training & Consulting, speaks on work/life balance, goal achievement and personal leadership. His client list includes the NFL, Microsoft, Disney, Ikea and more.

Any questions about the conference can be directed to Cara Carson, Conference Coordinator at or at extension 85581.


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