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  • Curated by Women, for Women.


    Thank you for joining us!

    WHAT: FORTitude Forum-The Future Leader is a full-day, high energy, interactive leadership forum for women looking to improve their leadership skills through strategic and tactical sessions, and an inspiring keynote speaker Jody Urquhart sharing years worth of experience and insight into empowering women in business.   

    WHO: ALL WOMEN!  Women wanting to enhance their influence or their organization’s efficacy through improved leadership skills and poise.  

    WHEN: November 16, 2021


    WHY: To empower women and amplify the growth and development of women in the Heartland.


    Tell your lady friends, tell your colleagues, tell your boss....this is an event you don't want to miss!


  • November 16th, 2021  |  Virtual Event

    The Future Leader

    In this Forum, we want to highlight Innovation, Automation, Communication and Transformation.
    Being prepared for growth opportunities, how do you capitalize on these possibilities. How do you communicate for success? How are you getting noticed? What is all this fuss about innovation and how do you do it?

    Schedule of Events

    8:30 - 9:00 am: Virtual Coffee with the Keynote *Premium ticket holders only

    9:00 am:  Welcome & Opening Remarks

    9:15 am -10:45 am: Keynote Speaker

    Jody UrquhartBliss Out! Feel-Good Habits to Propel you Forward


    11:00 am -12:00 pm: Breakout Session #1

    Aligned Authenticity. Crafting your Unique Leadership Vision
    Katherine Loranger: Katalyst Coaching

    Inclusion and The Future of Work

    Tifanny Connauton, Beyond Diversity


    12:45 pm – 1:45 pm: Breakout Session #2

    Digital Transformation for Women

    Michelle Andrishak, WOW! Women in Business

    Communications for Result Driven Outcomes

    Stacey Lozinski, Catalyst Communications


    1:50 pm -2:50 pm: Breakout Session #3

    How to Write a Bio for Impact

    Laurette Lee, Phoenix Career Development

    Women in Wealth - Investing in You

    Renee Houtstra and Megan Parker, Kindred Self Care Community


    3:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Panel Discussion ~ A Woman's Leadership Journey - Conversations with Local Leaders


  • Meet the Speakers

    Jody Urquhart, Bliss Out! Feel-Good Habits to Propel You Forward

    Would you like to feel good no matter what? With simple, fun feel-good habits you can. It all comes down to this: Joy is not a goal, it’s a feeling. It’s not something you have to work for, it’s something you have. Learn to rely on this innate passion to build positive momentum early on in your day to propel you forward.

    Jody will inspire you to unleash wild positive emotion on your day and the vitality will move you forward. 


    Katherine Loranger, Katalyst Coaching

    For over 25 years, Katherine has been driven to spark lasting, heartfelt transformation for fearless and fierce souls in process… working to research, study and implement results-oriented principles and programs to incredible success. Through her evocative and expertly guided series of vision building and life mastery classes and workshops, heart-centred entrepreneurs, organizational leaders, and dreamers learn to realign their efforts and energies with their soul’s purpose to design, build and realize their wildest fantasies… igniting a world of limitless possibilities and changing the trajectory of their lives, their businesses, and their relationships for the better.  Firmly grounded in the belief that anything conceivable is indeed achievable, Katherine’s personal leadership journey includes establishment of the first university-based sexual assault centre in Canada, selection to and participation in the Leadership Victoria community leadership program, various Curriculum Development and Alumni Committees, and the Minerva Foundation Women’s Learning to Lead program; and development and facilitation of a provincial-wide community-based leadership program (Leadership BC). She has also served on a variety of Boards of Directors in positions including Chair of the Victoria Young Entrepreneurs Association, President and Past President of the Fort Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce, and as Chair of the Fort Saskatchewan Women in Business Committee.


    Tiffany Connauton, Beyond Diversity

    Tiffany Connauton is the Founder and CEO of Beyond Diversity Inc.  Tiffany brings a valued perspective to work in the Equity, Inclusion and Diversity space that comes from her years of lived experiences.  Having worked with small organizations as well as global organizations there is a depth to her understanding of the topics. Recognizing that issues in this space are critical to success and often complex she is dedicated to helping organizations, leaders and individuals learn and grow.

    Tiffany enjoys spending time with her family exploring the outdoors. Travel and backcountry hiking are some of her favorite activities. Her care for people and empathy are her super powers, as she describes them, which have led to strong friendships and relationships in her life. She places great value on living without limitations and pursues ways to grow her experiences in all areas of her life.


    Michelle Andrishak, WOW! Women in business

    Michelle is recognized by online magazine Thrive Daily as one of Alberta’s 13 most inspiring female entrepreneurs, she is passionate about empowering women in business to increase productivity, profitability, and joy in their entrepreneurial journey.  Michelle is an International Business Consultant, Award-winning, Certified Business Coach, professional public speaker, entrepreneurial trainer and founder of WOW! Women in Business.  She holds a Bachelor of Business with a double major in accounting and marketing.

    As a lifelong learner, Michelle holds a Certified Management Consultant Designation (CMC Canada) and is dedicated to constantly up-leveling her skillset.  Her 25+ year career and entrepreneurial journey have taken her to sitting in the CFO seat for a financial institution, developing successful “side hustle” home-based businesses in the arenas of importing, retail sales, property management, and communications consulting.  Michelle’s business-building journey has taken her to international stages as a professional public speaker and entrepreneurial trainer and now engages her in her own business consulting/coaching and business owner training firm.  Growing her business, and working with women like you, has been one of the most rewarding adventures in Michelle’s life. She understands the entrepreneurial roller coaster – the highs and lows of being a woman in business and is here to support you through it all.

    Stacey Lozinski, Catalyst Coaching

    Stacey Lozinski’s 30-year career in media, hospitality and work in the non-profit sector has allowed her to excel in the marketing and communications space, with notable success in business development, strategic planning, client relations, operational management and event planning. Bringing tremendous amounts of energy and passion to her work, Stacey’s reputation has been anchored by assisting organizations reach their goals through outside-the-box strategies. What fun is there inside the box anyway?
    Beyond her role as Executive Vice-President of Marketing at Catalyst Communications, Stacey is a longtime resident of Sherwood Park, having raised two daughters in the community, while taking on a myriad of volunteer opportunities as a board member with numerous local organizations over the years, including the Sherwood Park and District Chamber of Commerce and the International Women’s Day Committee.  She currently sits on the board for Sherwood Park Highland Gathering and is proud to be on the organizing committee for the FORTitude Forum.  Stacey’s workshop on Communications for Result-Driven Outcomes will provide participants with an in-depth understanding of building a fully-fledged, strategic communications plan, including establishing built-in objectives and a strategy to determine the effectiveness of their execution on an ongoing basis


    Laurette Lee, Phoenix Career Development

    Laurette Lee is a passionate Career Consultant and the business owner of Phoenix Career Development. What does the legendary career look like? She is an employment specialist that has been doing Career Development for 7 years. She teaches a program that is based on proper theories to get your dream job. With clients ranging from students, immigrants, people with disabilities, and the general population that I hate their job. She has worked with 3 non-profit companies and found a need within the industry that was not getting addressed properly. We all have had jr high/high school Career Development teachers that had no idea how to actually teach you to get your dream job.  Laurette's clients love working with her to find where their potential thrives. 


    Renee Houtstra & Megan Parker, Kindred Self-Care Community

    We're Renee and Megan, we are experts in self-sabotage and by bringing attention to your self-care, we help you take control back in your life.
    We've been through years of training, research and experience to teach our community what WORKS so that you don't have to waste time getting back to who you are.  We excel at getting to the root of what's going on, what's stopping you and we know what will help YOU find energy and motivation again.  We did this for ourselves and we've done this for hundreds of clients. 
    We've learned how to use our introverted and anxious natures to our advantage.  We now have these incredible connections with the people in our life and have the energy and motivation to be living our dream life one step at a time.  We've achieved our work-life balance and now do the things that we used to only pin on our Pinterest boards and we do this together as Kindred Self-Care Community.



  • Thank you to our Forum Partner for their support in bringing this impactful educational forum to our community. 

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    Are you interested in sponsoring this groundbreaking event? Please click HERE for the Future Leader Sponsorship Package

    Contact Craig Berry at membership@fortsaskchamber.com to discuss sponsorship opportunities.

  • FORTitude Committee Members:

    Sneda Vargas- Alberta Labour

    Stacey Lozinski- Catalyst Communications

    Roxanne Carr- Women Rising

    Connie Shears- Staples | Ultimate Spa Supply

    Rob Arnold - Mix 107.9 | Homefield | FortSaskOnline

    Sherry Cote- Town of Bruderheim

    Amy Oshanyk - Sturgeon County

    Leanne Doetzel - Resident, Strathcona County

    Tamara Dabels - Fort Saskatchewan & District Chamber of Commerce

    Stacy Dieckman - Fort Saskatchewan & District Chamber of Commerce