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  • FORTitude Forum: Fueled By Connection

    WHAT: FORTitude Forum- Fueled by Connection is an all day leadership forum for those looking to develop or refine their leadership skills.  Starting on Thursday, June 16th evening with an optional networking event and leading into a high energy day on Friday the 17th, FORTitude is an interactive, high energy leadership forum for an anticipated audience of 150 managers, entrepreneurs and leaders without titles looking to improve their leadership skills, communication skills, and connection.  FORTitude Forum empowers people through impactful strategic and tactical sessions, an inspired Emcee, and our outstanding Keynote Speaker, Dr. Jody Carrington.

    We want you to be involved!

    WHO: Everyone! Anyone wanting to enhance their influence or their organization’s efficacy through improved leadership skills and competencies.  

    WHEN: June 17, 2022

    WHERE: Dow Centennial Centre-Fort Saskatchewan, AB


    WHY: To empower leaders and transform leadership; amplify growth and development of the leaders in the Heartland.

    TICKETS: Tickets are on sale now. To register, click HERE

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


  • June 16th & 17th 2022  |  Live Event

    Proposed Schedule of Events (Please note this may be subject to change)

    Thursday, June 16th 

    Sponsored by The Fort Distillery

    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm: (Optional) Tasting | Tour | Networking at The Fort Distillery (registration required)

    Friday, June 17th

    7:00 am - 7:45 am: (Optional) Fitness Class - Sponsored by Mind & Body by Temple

    7:45 am - 9:00 am: Registration | Breakfast | Fuel | Connect (Business Engagement Hall | Networking)

    9:00 am - 9:30 am:  Welcome & Opening Remarks

    9:30 am -10:30 am: Connect with Brand to Direct Through Marketing: An Unfussy Solution - Corey Brewis

    10:30 am - 11:15 am: Move | Break | Connect (Business Engagement Hall | Networking)

    11:15 am -12:15 pm: Enhancing Business Results Through Ruthless Prioritization - Ada Tai

    12:15 pm - 1:45 pm: Lunch | Shop | Connect (Business and Engagement and Networking)

    1:45 pm – 2:45 pm: Emotional Intelligent Leadership - Rena Rachar

    2:45 pm - 3:00 pm: Move | Break | Connect (Business Engagement Hall | Networking) 

    3:00 pm -4:15 pm: Keynote Session  with Dr. Jody Carrington

    4:15 pm: Move | Drink | Connect (Drinks and Networking)

  • About the Presentations

    Keynote - Dr. Jody Carrington


    As an entrepreneur, CEO, and clinical psychologist, Dr. Jody Carrington believe that every successful team must have the inherent ability to repair and reconnect if they ever hope to serve their clients well. Her leadership style promotes building healthy relationships among her employees to ensure synergy and a positive, dynamic workplace. By combining her expertise as a workplace leader and clinical psychologist, Dr. Jody will motivate other leaders to change their team-building approach from the inside out.


    Corey Brewis, Unfussy 


    Whether as a parent, a great business leader, or a brand, it's critical to forge an emotional bond with someone before you can effectively convince or inspire them to take some sort of positive, meaningful action. Mattering matters. Through instruction, example, and practice, learn why and how to:

    • Be yourself — even if that means being yourself, and become a brand catalyst and champion versus simply an enabler
    • Build the strong brand foundations, platforms and concepts you need to create competitive advantage and break the noise barrier
    • Expose the beating heart of your brand for deeper, more endearing emotional impact, and narrative and visual cohesion sure to move your organization beyond conformity and toward ambition with unity and purpose
    • Strategically weld your brand to vision, mission and value propositions that deliver more upon consumer needs than wants... eliminating the risk of competing solely on price, location, features, or perceived quality of goods and services alone

    Marketing communications is a tool. It can be dull and cumbersome, or it can be powered by solid brand muscle to generate breakthroughs in a noisy marketplace and achieve personal and organization vision more quickly and aggressively. No fuss and no muss; this lighthearted presentation is all business: driven by the simple and tidy notion that you must first Connect with Brand in order to Direct through Marketing…The Unfussy way.



    Ada Tai, BaDaB Consulting Inc.


    Did you feel that you did not have enough time to do everything for your business during the pandemic? Or not having enough support to do everything? Or did not know what to expect given the lingering uncertainty? If your answer is “yes,” then you are not alone. While the pandemic has consumed so much of leaders’ energy and time, there never seems to be a shortage of asking them to “do more with less.”

    This high-energy session will use Goal Setting as a tool and will be delivered using a combination of lecture-style, discussions, activities, and self-reflection to help:

    • Re-evaluate your goal setting tactics and use a “laid-back” goal setting approach to identify your business priorities.
    • Challenge your traditional thinking of productivity and explore how to “achieve more by doing less.”
    • Effectively communicate the alignment between your results and your business objectives.


    Rena Rachar, Rena Rachar Coaching


    Everything we sense travels through our bodies in the form of electrical signals, which enter at the base of the spinal cord, travel through the emotional centre, then up to the rational region of the brain. In other words, we experience things emotionally before our reason kicks in. When we improve the communication between these emotional and rational centres of the brain, life gets better. We know this now: emotional intelligence is a strong predictor of workplace performance, successful leadership, and more fulfilling relationships.

    In this session, we will focus on emotionally intelligent leadership, with an emphasis on blame-free conflict resolution. The most common ways of dealing with conflict often leave one or both parties dissatisfied. A lack of understanding in how the brain and body operate while under stress can lead to emotional outbursts, which trigger a similar response in the other party. And not knowing how to access the heart of the conflict—what is really going on—can leave us entrenched in our own views. This session will teach you how to better understand your own emotional data, which will quickly get you out of your own way. You will then have more capacity for empathetic listening, which (let’s be honest) will earn you loads of points. And I will give you the actual script for resolving any conflict that comes your way. (You’re very welcome!)

    If you want to earn more respect, trust, and loyalty from the people in your life, this session is for you.


  • Meet the Speakers

    Keynote - Dr. Jody Carrington

    Over the past 15 years, Dr. Jody Carrington has assessed, treated, educated and empowered some of our most vulnerable and precious souls on the planet. She is a child psychologist by trade, but Jody rarely treats kids. The answer lies, she believes, in the people who hold them. Especially when kids have experienced trauma, that’s when they need big people the most. Some of her favourites include educators, parents, first responders, and foster parents. Jody has shifted the way they think and feel about the holy work that they do.

    Before Jody started her own practice and speaking across the country, she worked at the Alberta Children’s Hospital on the inpatient and day treatment units where she held families with some of the difficult stories. They taught her the most important lesson: we are wired to do hard things. We can handle those hard things so much easier when we remember this: we are wired for connection.

    This all started when Jody received her Bachelor of Arts with Distinction from the University of Alberta. She completed a year-long internship with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police during that time, and worked along side families struggling with chronic illness at the Ronald McDonald House. She received her Master’s degree in Psychology at the University of Regina and completed her PhD there as well, before completing her residency in Nova Scotia.  



    Master of Ceremonies - Danny Hooper

    We’re proud to welcome Danny Hooper as the Master of Ceremonies for our 2022 FORTitude Forum: Fueled by Connection. 

    Raised on a cattle ranch near Tomahawk, AB, and gifted with an off-beat sense of humour and magnetic personality, Danny is still enjoying an enviable career in the entertainment business after almost 50 years!

    Having logged well over 10,000 hours behind a microphone as a country music recording artist, public speaker, comedian, radio host, brand ambassador, master of ceremonies, and fundraising auctioneer, Danny has developed a remarkable knack for keeping audiences of all types entertained and engaged.

    He has performed on stages at Disneyland in California, the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, and the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. As well, he served as the award-winning co-host of the 840 CFCW Morning Show for seven years, where he was honoured as a CCMA Major Market Radio Personality of the Year. During this same period, Danny was also a weekly columnist in the Edmonton Sun.

    If it’s true that laughter is good medicine, then get ready to start feeling a whole lot better.  Danny Hooper is in the house!


    Corey Brewis, Unfussy 

    Corey Brewis is a co-founder of Fort Saskatchewan, AB-based Unfussy — a "brand-first" marketing studio named one of Canada's Top Branding Agencies by Clutch Agency Review. A seasoned writer, brand revolutionist, and creative strategist, Corey holds a degree in Journalism and over two decades worth of experience in brand and brand strategy development, research and trend analysis, marketing, advertising, and communications strategy, conceptual development, and creative execution.

    Throughout the course of his career, Corey has been recognized as a Clutch "Game Changer” in the Branding Industry, and together with his wife and business partner, Cynthia Walker, has developed numerous Economic Developer’s Association of Canada, and International SAM, Summit and MUSE Creative award-winning brand, marketing, and communications strategies for local, national and international corporations, professional and personal services companies, non-profit organizations, government and regulatory bodies, and communities and municipalities of all sizes throughout North America. 

    In addition to his career in branding and marketing, Corey has worked in public relations (as an internal communications and community relations specialist) and has been published in major daily national newspapers and magazines as a freelance writer and photographer. A firm believer in mentorship, he’s also given numerous seminars, panel discussions and workshops to government and media professionals, corporate executives, entrepreneurial associations with members across all industries, Chambers of Commerce, and to emerging writers and designers from junior high to university levels.


    Ada Tai, BaDaB Consulting Inc.

    Ada is a consultant, a speaker, and an instructor.
    With an MBA Degree, Canadian and U.S. human resources designations, Ada provides pragmatic people management solutions to organizations while balancing vision, thought leadership, and execution.
    Through her consulting firm – BadaB Consulting Inc., Ada strategically integrates effective processes, programs, and practices into clients' daily operations, and provides customized training sessions that align with the organization’s business objectives. Besides, Ada has successfully coached a wide variety of people from diverse backgrounds, helping them search for jobs, and promoting their careers' growth and development.
    Ada is a sought-after keynote speaker and corporate trainer who is regularly called upon to speak on people management, and career development topics throughout the province.




    Rena Rachar

    Rena is an Edmonton based Emotional Intelligence Coach and Speaker. Experience has taught her that emotional literacy leads to greater joy, peace, and success. (Translation: when we feel better, we do better.) Rena’s clients are motivated to take an honest look at their emotional data, identify what’s been tripping them up, and step into a higher level of fulfillment in their lives. And along the way, most of them develop a deeper friendship with themselves, which makes everything more manageable…and way more fun. 

    Rena lives with her two young adult daughters and has had ample opportunity to practice and teach emotional intelligence in the home. (Translation: life gets messy, and much of what Rena knows has been learned through not getting it right the first time.) 

    And in case anyone is wondering, the quickest way to Rena’s heart is to quote anything from The Princess Bride or the Office. 





    General Tickets: $150+gst

    Premium Tickets: $225+gst
    (includes prime seating, separate lunch with Dr. Jody Carrington and a premium gift box worth over $100) 
    -Only 50 Premium tickets available-




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