Spark in Full Swing at Pomeroy Hotel

Travis Fortnum


The 6th Annual Spark Women's Leadership Conference has taken over the Pomeroy Hotel in Fort St. John.

The conference aims to motivate women in the workforce to do and be their best.

Here's a look at the schedule for the two-day conference:
(Descriptions from

DAY 1 - Wednesday, May 15

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. - Registration
Registration is located outside the Ralph Room (Main Ballroom).

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. - Welcome
Official Conference Opening and Welcome

9:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. - Leadership: It Starts with YOU – Harness the Power of Personal Leadership | Michelle Ray
PLENARY SESSION: Our attitudes directly impact the atmosphere and the quality of our professional and personal relationships. Delivering her message with insight, wit, energy, and humour, Michelle’s engaging, informative, and dynamic opening keynote presentation offers practical, actionable strategies to help you take the lead, rise above the day-to-day challenges of work and life to be the best version of YOU! 

10:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. - Morning Break
Shift Up & Recharge + Networking Opportunity

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Bridging the Generation Gap | Rosemarie Barnes
BREAKOUT SESSION: As many as 5 generations can operate under one organizational roof, and each has their own work expectations. How can leaders and their teams function together effectively for the benefit of the organization and each other? In this session learn the different value propositions that motivate and empower each generation to succeed. 

12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.  - Luncheon
Feed your SPARK + Networking Opportunity

1:15 p.m.  - 1:30 p.m.  - Bl!nk Presentation | Raquel Garcia

1:30 p.m.  - 3:00 p.m. - Creating Success on Your Own Terms: Women of Fort St. John Panel Discussion | Julianne Kucheran & Jaime Adam
PANEL DISCUSSION: Creating success on your own terms involves navigating challenging transitions, taking risks, being willing to fail, and having the tenacity and resiliency to get back up. During this panel discussion Shona Nelson, Candance Soderberg, Becky Grimsrud, Kim Livingstone, and Devrey Crossley will share their stories and wisdom on how they created success on their own terms. Facilitated by Julianne Kurcheran & Jaime Adam

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Afternoon Break
Shift Up & Recharge + Networking Opportunity

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Holy Crap I’m Busy | Linda Edgecombe
PLENARY SESSION: This energy boosting session will re-focus, re-energize, and re-invent how you see your work and life. Hands-on and hilarious, Linda’s straight-shooting approach is packed with relevant, easy to implement solutions creating order out of your “busy”. Get ready to be energized! 

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Sparkler “Night Shift” Banquet Dinner
Sparkler "Night Shift" Banquet Dinner. Dinner music performed by Dana's Music Studio.

7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - This Would be Funny if it Wasn’t Happening to Me! How to Navigate the Future with Enthusiasm & Vigor | Jody Urguhart
PLENARY SESSION: This hilarious and provocative presentation shows you how to get in front of a constantly evolving future and proactively drive change. Be compelled to face the future and navigate change with a sense of urgency and vitality. 


DAY 2 - Thursday, May 16

7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Breakfast
Breakfast + Networking Opportunity

8:30 p.m. - 9:45 p.m. - The Flip Side of Failure | Sarah McVanel
PLENARY SESSION: Failure isn’t something we like to talk about, let alone experience. Through powerful stories of great Canadians – from Everest Climbers to 3M Scholars, from award-winning Journalists to Olympians – learn how failure was their gateway to success. In this energizing and entertaining presentation, you will awaken possibilities, deepen connections, and improve performance by seeing greatness in a whole new light. 

9:45 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. - Bl!nk Presentation | Ahmi Mack

10:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. - Morning Break
Shift Up & Recharge + Networking Opportunity 

10:30 p.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Sales Fundamentals for Non-Sales People… How to Sell Without Being Pushy | Shannon Ward
BREAKOUT SESSION: Everyone is a sales person! Don’t believe it? Good sales skills are critical to your personal and professional life – essential to moving forward, getting heard, and getting what you want. Shannon will share her secrets to authentic selling and mindset tools, revealing your sales strengths, and increasing confidence in selling your ideas, your business, or yourself!

10:30 p.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Values to Hang Your Content On: Strategies to Create a Loyal Following and Build Influence | Hannah Smith
BREAKOUT SESSION: How do you create an emotional connect with your followers? How do you tell your story in a busy, ad filled space? In this session Hannah Smith will share strategies for finding your people and showcasing your brand through examples of women empowering women. This session will give tangible tips and tricks to start your content marketing strategy.

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Luncheon
Feed your SPARK + Networking Event 

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Failure Resiliency Panel | Sarah McVanel
BREAKOUT SESSION: Building on Sarah's plenary keynote, the Flip Side of Failure, Sarah will provide local context with 3 powerhouse women, Jeanette Johnston, Nadya McLean and Jennifer Moore, as they share how they navigate through their very diverse career paths. Discover how their experiences, failures, and triumphs, have fueled their resiliency through accepting failure as an inevitable and undeniable reality.

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Finding Clarity in Chaos | Linda Edgecombe
BREAKOUT SESSION: Linda unpacks her research to reveal how we are the most unproductive and unhappy demographic of the past 30 years, and provides practical solutions and tools that will get you, your teams, and your organization back on track. Using straight talk and laughter, she shows how easy it can be to conquer the trauma of change. 

2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Afternoon Break
Shift Up & Recharge + Networking Opportunity

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - The Real Cost of Not Trusting Yourself | Pamela Barnum
PLENARY SESSION: Our fear of failure, the opinions of others, and comparing ourselves keeps us from reaching our goals. During this session, you will learn five strategies you can implement immediately to finally trust yourself and silence the self-doubt that’s been holding you back.

4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Conference Wrap Up
Closing Remarks

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