Women in the North Conference


Beckie Scott

The Impact of Effective Leadership

Beckie enlightens individuals and organizations on “How effective leaders shape success”. The coaches and mentors Beckie has known have taught her important life-changing lessons that she is prepared to share with you.

Beckie Scott

Beckie Scott is a three-time Olympian with nearly two decades of competitive cross-country ski racing. She is Canada’s most successful cross-country skier and one of the world’s best all-around cross-country racers. She became a Board Member of the International Olympic Committee, the Canadian Olympic Committee Executive Board and the WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency). Beckie is a Member of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame, the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame, and the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame. She is a recipient of the Governor General’s Meritorious Service Award, has twice received the John Semmelink Memorial Award for most sportsmanlike conduct in winter sport competition. In addition to her sporting endeavors, Beckie has been recognized and acknowledged for her charitable work. She is a UNICEF Canada Special Representative and an Athlete Ambassador for the humanitarian organization, Right To Play. Scott also serves on the board of directors for the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport and the Trans-Canada trail.  She is a frequent presenter and contributor to global conferences. She is passionate on demonstrating practical solutions for how to take yourself, your team and your organization to overcome all obstacles for success.  Beckie dabbles in freelance writing and has contributed to the Globe and Mail, and CBC online. Beckie Scott is a broadcaster analyst for CBC and CTV Sports Winter Olympics and holds honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of Alberta.

Kristen Cumming


Do we know why we do things the way we do them? This talk explores that very question, examining how historical mindsets, structures, and objectives influence our current workplaces and work cultures. This invites leaders to ponder, “How might we do what we do?” This curious mindset is the hallmark of effective leadership. This talk will share a model to engage that learning mindset in individuals, teams and across organizations so that people can do what they do powerfully and purposefully at work.


Learners will take away:

  • Understanding how socio-economic history emerges in the modern organization
  • A model for organizational learning
  • Ideas to create a learning workplace
  • A sense of purpose and intention around leading and learning

Kristen Cumming - Cantos Performance Management

Kristen Cumming’s career is focused on improving the connection between people and their work. Her 20 years’ experience in career development and human resources is complemented by a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a Master of Education degree in Workplace and Adult Learning. Kristen instructed eight years with the Bachelor of Management Business Economics program at the University of Alberta – Augustana Campus and for the past 20 years operated a successful consulting practice through which she serves as a speaker, facilitator and trainer on recruitment and retention, leadership and execution.

Kristen Cumming, Keynote

Jenifer Horvath

Hack Your Brain To Improve Motivation, Productivity and Success

Are you tired of slogging through the day stressed, overwhelmed and putting off your growing to-do list? Our typical response to ever-growing workloads is to work harder and put in longer hours. Rather we should step back and examine what makes us do this and what might need to change to avoid burnout. This session will also uncover why we struggle to get things done and what to do about it. You’ll leave with actionable tips, based on the latest neuroscience and psychology, and a renewed motivation to achieve your goals realistically.   

Jenifer Horvath - Heartlifted

Jenifer Horvath is a part-time Business Advisor at Alberta Women Entrepreneurs, working to help Alberta women start, build and scale their businesses. Jenifer also runs her own business, Heartlifted, where she coaches women to reduce their stress, overwhelm and guilt so they can be more calm, happy and productive at work and home. Jenifer has over 20 years of marketing, social media, management, consulting and coaching experience with international and Alberta-based organizations. She’s passionate about supporting women to achieve their dreams and is excited to be part of the Women In the North Conference.

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