Character Abbotsford
Conference

 

Date
Friday, October 25th. 2019

Location

Abbotsford Arts Centre
2329 Crescent Way, Abbotsford, BC

Includes

Lunch by Restaurant 62

Questions or comments: character.abby@gmail.com

 
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Tickets

Early bird price $125 (ends September 30)
Regular price $150
Student price $75

 

Keynote Speakers

 
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Barb Stegemann

CEO and Founder, The 7 Virtues | Celebrated Social Entrepreneur | Best Selling Author

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Barb Stegemann first launched her perfume company, The 7 Virtues, in her garage, armed with only a dream to help war-ridden nations rebuild. Just eight years later, it is now an award-winning social enterprise — supporting suppliers in countries such as Afghanistan, Haiti, and the Middle East.

Stegemann has been named one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada, she is a best-selling author of The 7 Virtues of a Philosopher Queen, and the subject of the award-winning documentary Perfume War.

 

Perfume War is a documentary that charts Barb’s journey of helping support farmers in Afghanistan to grow rose and orange blossom oils to turn into perfume for the western market – paying them twice the income over illegal poppy used for the world’s heroin

 
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Mike Smith

Founder, Skate for Change & The Bay

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Mike has influenced hundreds of thousands of people across the US and Canada through his non-profit organizations and speaking engagements. With a proven track record for building community, he is a leader in youth outreach and working to end generational poverty one young person at a time. Mike is founder of Skate for Change (SFC), a global youth movement that empowers skateboarders to give back to the homeless in their communities. SFC chapters have now spread to 80+ major cities worldwide creating an unlikely connection between the homeless and skateboarding communities. Another program founded by Mike is The Bay, a 30,000+ square-foot youth outreach center, where he empowers kids to discover their passions and build life and professional skills through skateboarding, music and art.

 
 

Breakout Speakers

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Character in the Midst of Crisis: The Abbotsford Senior Story

Rob Comeau, Principal of Abbotsford Senior School
Named one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals

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Fostering Every Day Heroes in our Communities

Jenn Cusick, Luminate Wellness

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Becoming a Bcorp

Field House and Carla Heim, Business Development Bank of Canada

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Ethical Leadership

Co-presented by Deputy Chief Constable Paulette Freill (above) and Staff Sergeant Crystal Jack, Abbotsford Police Department

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Ethical Leadership

Co-presented by Deputy Chief Constable Paulette Freill and Staff Sergeant Crystal Jack (above), Abbotsford Police Department

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Building Community Through Storytelling

Paul & Jennifer Henczel from Inspired Influencers

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Leading with Integrity: Stories of those who have inspired me

Vijay Manuel, Head of MEI Schools

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It's all about people: Building your foundation for future success

Stephen Pasiciel, Kerkhoff Technologies

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Finding the Strength in Your Community

Mike Serr, Abbotsford Police Chief

 
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Thank you to our sponsors

 
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