2013 Conference: Do Something…

Saturday, January 26th: Conference Keynotes

Ryan Walter

RYAN WALTER - Opening Keynote

Ryan Walter played and coached more than 1100 games over 17 seasons in the National Hockey League. Drafted second overall by the Washington Capitals in 1978, Ryan was named the youngest NHL captain in his second of 4 seasons, played 9 seasons and won a Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens, and returned to his home town to play his last 2 seasons for the Vancouver Canucks. He was named Team Canada Captain in the World Junior Tournament, was selected to play in the NHL All-Star game and for Team Canada in 4 World Championships, became a Vice-President of the National Hockey League Players Association, and was honoured as NHL Man of the Year in 1992.

Ryan has been inducted into the BC Hockey Hall of Fame, the Burnaby Sports Hall of Fame, named to the 30 all-time Washington Capitals’ Dream team, the top 50 all-time BCHL players and the top 100 Montreal Canadiens in 100 years. Ryan has a Master of Arts Degree in Leadership/Business. He is the author of 5 books, the creator of the board game Trade Deadline Hockey, and a regular contributor to both online and print magazines and newspapers. Ryan serves on the Hockey Canada Foundation’s Board of Directors and is a member of the Seton Hall Stillman Melville School of Business Leadership Advisory Council.

Currently the President of the American Hockey League’s Abbotsford Heat, Ryan won a Gold Medal at his inaugural 4 Nations Cup tournament as Head Coach of Canada's National Women's Hockey Team. He has been an NHL coach, co-founder and president of two start-up companies, a TV hockey analyst, and a hockey adviser and actor for both television and movies. Ryan's enthusiasm from the page, the screen, the bench, the boardroom, and the podium is contagious as he fulfills his mission to “Inspire the hungry spirit!”

Chris Turner

CHRIS TURNER - Closing Keynote

Chris Turner is one of Canada's leading writers and speakers on sustainability and the global cleantech industry. He is the author of The Leap: How to Survive and Thrive in the Sustainable Economy and The Geography of Hope: A Tour of the World We Need, which was a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year and a finalist for the Governor General's Award for Nonfiction, the Alberta Literary Award for Nonfiction and the National Business Book Award. Turner was a featured speaker at the 2008 Alfred Deakin Innovation Lectures in Melbourne, Australia, and a 2010 Fleck Fellow at the Banff Centre.

Turner's first book was the international bestseller Planet Simpson: How a Cartoon Masterpiece Documented an Era and Defined a Generation. His magazine writing has earned seven National Magazine Awards and appeared in Fast Company, Time, Utne Reader, The Walrus, The Globe and Mail, Canadian Geographic and many other publications. He is also a featured blogger at MNN.com. Turner lives in Calgary with his wife, photographer Ashley Bristowe, and their two children.

Thursday, January 24th: Spotlight on Student
Leadership Keynotes

Alan Davis


Dr. Alan Davis was appointed President of KPU September 1, 2012. A native of Reading, England, Dr. Davis has held leadership positions at renowned institutions in the United States and Canada, including roles at the British Columbia Open University, Athabasca University, Niagara College and Vancouver Community College. Most recently, he served as President of Empire State College at the State University of New York. Dr. Davis is a member of the Board of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, and has served on various committees and commissions with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the American Council for Education. He is past President of the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education and is on the Board of the Collaboration for Online Higher Education Research.

Aside from his extraordinary academic contributions through publications and presentations, Dr. Davis is also a published playwright. Dr. Davis has devoted his career to higher learning and continues to be passionate about the success and achievements of individuals taking it upon themselves to earn an education.

Kim Baird


Kim Baird currently serves as the Strategic Initiatives Director for Tsawwassen First Nation. Kim was the elected Chief of the Tsawwassen First Nation for six terms, from 1999-2012. She had the honour of negotiating and implementing British Columbia’s first urban treaty on April 3, 2009 and has since overseen numerous economic and institutional development projects for TFN. Kim was the first woman, who was not an MLA, in BC history to address the BC Legislature on October 15, 2007 when the British Columbia Treaty Legislation process was initiated.

Kim has received a number of prestigious awards, including a honourary doctorate degree from Simon Fraser University, KPU Distinguished Alumni Award, Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award, the National Aboriginal Women in Leadership Distinction Award, Vancouver Magazine’s Power 50 Award, and Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 Award. She is also a member of the BC Hydro, the Aboriginal Skills Group, UBC Vancouver President’s Advisory Committee on Aboriginal Affairs, Chief Joe Mathias Scholarship Foundation, Canadian Electoral Democracy Association, BC Agenda For Shared Prosperity Advisory Council and the TFN Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors. Kim has been appointed to the Premier’s Aboriginal Business Investment Council and the Minister’s Advisory Council on Aboriginal Women. She is also a “Spark” mentor for the Girls Action Foundation. She believes strongly in supporting professional and leadership development of young women. Kim is a proud mother of three young girls and her ancestral name is Kwuntiltunaat.

2013 Leadership Conference Session Speakers

In addition to Keynotes, conference delegates can choose three Saturday workshops. Space is limited in each session, filled on a first-come-first-served basis:


Stephanie Cadieux


Honourable Stephanie Cadieux
BC MLA, Surrey Panorama
Minister of Children & Family Development

Session Description
When life throws you an obstacle, you have choices in how you react. "What are you going to do about that?" is a key question. Stephanie will share her own experience and observations about making an impact while overcoming challenges.

Presenter Bio
Stephanie Cadieux was appointed Minister of Children and Family Development on September 5, 2012. She formerly served as Minister of Social Development, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development and Minister of Labour, Citizens' Services and Open Government. Stephanie was elected MLA for Surrey-Panorama in the 2009 general provincial election. Stephanie serves as vice-chair of both the Cabinet Committee on Open Government and Engagement and the Cabinet Committee on Families First. Formerly, she served on the Special Committee to Appoint an Information and Privacy Commissioner, the Select Standing Committees on Health and on Children and Youth and the Special Committee to Review the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Stephanie worked with the BC Paraplegic Association as director of marketing and development and was manager, accessibility for 2010 Legacies Now. She has been an active community volunteer and was the president of Realwheels Society, a member of the advisory panel with International Collaboration On Repair Discoveries (ICORD), and a mentor with the Y.W.C.A. Stephanie has lived in Surrey for ten years with her husband and enjoys sailing and travel.

Andrea MacDonald


Andrea MacDonald
Creator of Community Yoga Vancouver

Session Description
Do you ever feel like you're just not sure what your passion is? Maybe you care about so many things you just can't pick one? This workshop will help you connect with your passion and clarify the direction of your path towards a fulfilling, rich life. Participants will be offered a chance to do some internal exploration and ask themselves honestly: What does my heart want? What am I called to do? It will be an hour of reflection, active listening and dropping out of your patterns and expectations to discover what you truly love. Come with honesty, curiosity and as few expectations as possible.

Presenter Bio
Andrea is one of the founders of Community Yoga Vancouver - an accessible and anti-oppressive collective of teachers, eccentrics and healers. Before becoming a yoga teacher Andrea spent several years as an organizer and volunteer coordinator. She worked on many issues from oil-tankers to affordable housing. She brings a passion for social justice and community building to her teaching and strives to make her classes safe, accessible and empowering. Her writing has been published on Elephant Journal and in UBC's Ignite Journal. You can read her pieces and see her updated teaching schedule and anti-oppression policy at Moonlitmoth.

Richard Loat


Richard Loat
Founder & CEO, Five Hole for Food
Five Hole for Food | @mozy19

Session Description
This session is all about inspiring you to leave the world a better place when you leave it, than when you arrived; empowering you to stand out in a super-saturated world of everything. It will challenge you to re-think everything you do and how you can differentiate yourself. It might even provoke you to feel a bit uncomfortable, to ask questions, question why you do what you do, and to emerge stronger and more determined to follow your dreams, passions and goals.

Presenter Bio
Richard Loat is CEO and Founder of Five Hole for Food, a non-profit redefining the social giving landscape. At 22, he was selected as one of BC's top 24 under 24, and has been the brainchild of a non-profit that has risen from a single 140-character tweet, to raising over 200,000 pounds of food in just 2 years. An SFU alumnus, Richard is determined to make a difference with everything he does ranging from mentoring youth through to his work as a disaster relief response team member. An avid athlete, he has an interest in testing the boundaries of social media and coming up with new creative ways to use the mediums. No one hands you a roadmap for your dreams, passions and ambitions. Richard is creating a roadmap for everyone and invites you to join him.

David Paterson


David Paterson, PhD
Associate Dean, Administration for the Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University
SFU Education

Session Description
Dr. Paterson has served on Provincial, National, and International Boards of Directors for Counselling and community organizations. He is a former Vice President of Delta Upsilon Fraternity (Alberta Chapter) and past president of the North Delta Minor Hockey. His talk explores the related concepts of learning by doing and making it up as you go.

Presenter Bio
Dr. David Paterson is Associate Dean (Administration) for the SFU Faculty of Education and is academic coordinator of the MA/MEd program in Counselling Psychology. He is a Senator and Hon. Life Member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, Executive Vice President of the BC Assn of Clinical Counsellors, and member of the Executive Council for the International Association of Counsellors.

Robert Ironside


Robert Ironside
KPU Professor, Finance

Session Description
With the failure of Lehman Brothers on September 15th, 2008, the global economy entered into a dangerous new phase. The 30 year run-up in debt that had fuelled so much of the growth experienced by the Western economies came to a screeching halt. Five years later, we are still suffering from the overhang, with no clear resolution in sight. How does a new graduate protect their economic future in such an uncertain world? Participants will leave with a better appreciation of the precarious nature of the global financial situation and the impact that it can have on everybody.

Presenter Bio
Robert is currently a Faculty member at KPU teaching Finance. He has received six awards for excellence in teaching and has taught and delivered consultations across Europe, Asia, South America and South Africa. During his engagement in the Finance Industry, he has been the President and CEO of Learning Dividends, a corporate account manager at two of Canada's largest banks, and was the co-founder and Director of Primeline Capital Corp.

Chris Rogerson


Chris Rogerson
Director, Office of Academic Integrity and Good Conduct,
Simon Fraser University

Session Description
One size does not always fit all! This is especially true when it comes to leadership as one style does not work in all circumstances. But how do you know what style to use and when? Situational Leadership is a practical leadership tool that helps a leader assess the current situation and decide the appropriate leadership style to achieve the desired result! This session will provide a practical overview of the skill of Situational Leadership so that leaders can best understand how to adapt their leadership style to get the results they are seeking.

Presenter Bio
Chris Rogerson is an experienced facilitator and leadership trainer. As a professional educator, currently working at Simon Fraser University, he specializes in developing tomorrow's leaders today, by paying attention to interpersonal communication, team dynamics, and formal leadership development. As a lifelong learner, Chris brings a strong theoretical foundation in learning, leadership, human development and interpersonal communication. Chris has a Bachelor of Arts in Social psychology, a Masters in Arts in Leadership Training and is currently completing his Doctorate in Education specializing in Higher Educational Leadership.

David Lecovin


David Lecovin
KPU Business Faculty; Practicing Lawyer; Founder, Once Upon a Time Tours

Session Description
David will discuss certain themes and parallels that he has stumbled upon about leadership while working and studying in very different fields and industries. Surprisingly, there are things you can learn about being a leader that are not so different, no matter what it is you choose to do with your life. Probably the most revealing facets are the discoveries you make about yourself.

Presenter Bio
David Lecovin is proud to be a full-time instructor at KPU, teaching Business Law and Employment Law. He also subs as an assessor for law students trying to pass the bar exam and become lawyers. He has a part time law firm where he helps small business clients, primarily in the recreation and tourism industry. One of his greatest passions is being an instructor in the outdoors. He is a kayak guide and instructor and recently started his own business, Once Upon A Time Tours.

Ange Frymire Fleming


Ange Frymire Fleming FCPRS APR
KPU Professor & Co-ordinator, PR Diploma Program

Session Description
Conquer your fears by learning some of the tips of the trade! Discover some of the tips that professionals apply for speaking confidently and professionally. You will learn: Relaxation exercises; Tips to wow your audience; and Characteristics of excellent speakers. The session is 60 minutes of fear-bashing fun and learning that will spark your confidence in yourself.

Presenter Bio
Ange Frymire Fleming has over three decades of experience in communications. She spent seven years in banking management and seven years in radio as promotions manager, broadcaster and reporter. In 1992, she founded Vocal Point Communications, a full service PR and communications firm. A multiple award-winning professional, she was awarded her Fellowship (FCPRS) and APR (Accredited Public Relations Practitioner) with the Canadian Public Relations Society, she has been a freelance journalist since 1989. Her stories have been published in Vancouver Lifestyles Magazine, Vancouver Sun, Georgia Straight, North Shore Voice, Architectural Digest, Nelson Daily Times and numerous newsletters.

In 2010, she was hired as a professor with KPU in Metro Vancouver, teaching with the Applied Communications, Public Relations and Entrepreneur Leadership departments. She was promoted in November 2012 to Co-ordinator, Public Relations Diploma Program, where she teaches, counsels and mentors students in their career development. As the 2011 CPRS Canadian Mentor of the Year, Ange is involved in mentorship programs, providing guidance to students, novices and practitioners in a cross-section of industries. Her public speaking career began when she worked as a deejay and a news reporter for multiple radio stations throughout BC. Speaking credits include broadcasting, voice-overs for documentaries and commercials, emceeing and teaching Public Speaking at BCIT. She has trained hundreds of clients on grooming, media training and is an accredited Toastmasters professional. Coaching continues in her role of professor at KPU.

Ross Laird

Beyond Charisma and Strategy: Building Holistic Leadership through Collaboration & Facilitation

Ross Laird
Consultant, best-selling author, KPU Faculty in Interdisciplinary Expressive Arts (IDEA)

Session Description
Our contemporary notions about leadership are founded on the ideal of personal empowerment. The leader is strong, confident and charismatic. And yet, the best leaders are not that way at all. In fact, the most effective leaders get themselves out of the way. They focus on empowerment of the group rather than the individual, they encourage trust and empathy, they facilitate empowerment of the community. The best leaders make themselves invisible. These days we don't see much of this approach, and the general absence of authentic leadership is one of the reasons -- perhaps the main reason -- the world is in such deep distress. And yet, many people are searching for ways to discover, or rediscover, a more humane style of leadership that is not about spin, branding, strategy, and competition -- a leadership that instead is founded upon service, authenticity and character. This session will explore what it means to take a few steps toward a more authentic, collaborative, and holistic style of leadership.

Presenter Bio
Ross Laird is an interdisciplinary scholar, consultant, teacher, best-selling author, and creative artist. He works with post-secondary learners, educators, counsellors, social service providers, and many other groups on a wide variety of projects and initiatives. He is particularly interested in the foundational role of personal and group development in all aspects of human life, in the many paths and mysteries of self-awareness, and in the nature of healing. Ross is an advocate for personal health, educational renewal, and community development. He enjoys running, rock climbing, woodworking, and studying ancient cultural practices of creativity and spirituality.

Steven Vu

Three Milestones for Terrific Leaders/Managers

Steven Vu
Consultant, NewGen Technologies; Youth Entrepreneurial Committee Chair, The Self-Employment and Entrepreneur Development Society (SEEDS); KPU BBA Student

Session Description
“Leadership is unlocking people's potential to become better” (Bill Bradley). This session will provide you with insight into how as a leader you can unlock your team's potential. This will be based on Steven's personal experience, leadership reading as well a as advice from mentors and great leaders in our community. Steven was the president of AIESEC KPU for two years and will share with you what he learned from his mistakes and successes. It will be based on three key lessons that Steven believes helped make the difference he needed to succeed.

Presenter Bio
Steven has recently joined NewGen technologies and brings his experience in successfully running student nonprofit initiatives. He was the president of AIESEC KPU, which is a chapter of the world's largest student run nonprofit focused on providing youth with leadership and international exchange opportunities. With his leadership, Steven was able to forge strong relationships with key stakeholders, improve overall organization performance and increase AIESEC's impact within the community. Currently, Steven is also a student at KPU in the Entrepreneurial Leadership Degree program. However, his interest in technology has led him into competing and winning global IT businesses case competitions. These competitions have hundreds of competitors from the best universities in the world. Steven has been able to place 1st in both the North American prestigious SFU Case-IT competition and Asian APEX Global case competitions in Singapore. His success as president of AIESEC KPU as well as representing Canada and BC in international competitions has allowed Stevrn to be identified as one of Surrey's Top 25 under 25 by the Surrey Board of Trade. Steven continues to give back to the community through volunteering his time with The Self-Employment and Entrepreneur Development Society (SEEDS) as the chair of the Youth Entrepreneurial Committee.

David Harvey

Negotiation: Skills for Business and Life

David Harvey, B.Comm., M.Ed., CHRP
KPU Professor, Melville School of Business

Session Description
We negotiate many things in business and regular life. In business this ranges from purchase & sale agreements to terms of employment in a new job. In life the range is even broader - what movie we will see with that significant other to who's paying for the next round of drinks. This short session aims to highlight and practice some of the key skills we all need in order to perform better in negotiating situations. After attending you should be a better negotiator and understand how to both get a good deal and the importance of ensuring there is value added for all participants in your negotiations.

Presenter Bio
David Harvey is a husband, father, educator and Certified Human Resources Professional. He has 30+ years of experience in post-secondary education, hospitals, provincial government, forestry and consulting. David has negotiated marriage, divorce, parenting teens, collective agreements and the resolution of hundreds of grievances. His research & consulting interests include: customer service, organizational and HR strategy, labour relations and the interface between corporate culture and physical facilities. An avid reader in a variety of genres David engages in a wide variety of fitness activities that facilitate his love of fine food, craft beer and good wine.

Mustafa Abousaleh

The Mind of a Leader

Mustafa Abousaleh
Technology Entrepreneur
Wanna Trade It

Session Description
You are a leader with strong experience and skills under your belt. You might be opinionated and passionate about your beliefs on leadership by virtue of your experience. You like to hear what other passionate leaders have to say and, whether you agree with them or not, you enjoy the discussion and pick up a thing or two to adapt in your life. After all, you are always looking to grow and improve your perspective and understanding. We will be exploring a few practical methods and tips that will help you in your leadership journey. Yes - it is a journey and not a goal! What practical framework can be used to ground oneself in his/her specialty? What can one do to open major horizons of self-growth in today's world? Come to this workshop and bring along your passions and opinions!

Presenter Bio
Mustafa Abousaleh has spent many hours in the past ten years working with various local, national and international organizations with various interests and objectives. He has held several leadership positions ranging from volunteer to president, and this has given him tremendous skills and experience in team dynamics, conflict resolution and revival of inactive entities. Due to his interest in world political and humanitarian issues, Mustafa has had the opportunity to meet and learn from individuals who are making a real difference in the world. Within the context of recent global phenomena, Mustafa has worked on international projects and campaigns. He built a large international network of influential leaders and activists. This experience has given Mustafa the opportunity to acquire a deeper understanding of large team management, social media utilization, public relations, political and social change. Mustafa graduated from UBC in Electrical Engineering with a biomedical specialization. He is currently finishing a unique program at UVIC that combine's a Master's of Engineering with practical technology entrepreneurship experience. Throughout his program, Mustafa has been privileged to interact with and learn from many successful leaders in the business world.

Jeremy McElroy

Why age doesn't matter and experience is relative

Jeremy McElroy
General Manager, KPU Student Association

Session Description
This session is all about inter-generational inequity and how young people can take charge of their workplaces, schools and communities. In other words, it's about how youth can go about fixing the problems created by previous generations. In this session we will explore perceptions of age, ageism, 'relevant experience' and how to respectfully challenge the generational hierarchy that prevents a lot of change from happening. We will also talk about beer, Skytrains, and other fun stuff.

Presenter Bio
As the General Manager of the KPU Student Association, Jeremy spends every day working with students to improve student life at KPU. An alumnus of UBC, Jeremy served as a two-term executive of UBC's Alma Mater Society, working with university administrators and provincial legislators to help improve the student experience, while also having some fun. With nearly a decade of community service and activism experience, Jeremy has worked on numerous grassroots issues, election and referenda campaigns, and still found time to eventually graduate. Jeremy is a beer connoisseur, community activist, and rarely takes no for an answer.

Daniel Tseghay

Idle No More and Bill C-45

Daniel Tseghay
BC Green Candidate for MLA Vancouver - False Creek

Session Description
When the Harper government quietly and without consultation passed omnibus budget legislation, Bill C-45, First Nations communities were the first to respond to what they consider a violation of their treaty rights and a violation of the environment. The Idle No More movement, although it speaks to many other issues, initially grew out of this critique of Harper's withdrawal of protection for our nation's lakes and waterways. One question we will explore in this workshop is: How will the Idle No More model of leadership shed light on, and help deal with, environmental protection?

Presenter Bio
Daniel Tseghay is a freelance writer who has written for the Georgia Straight, the Toronto Star, THIS Magazine and others. he is currently the Green candidate for MLA of Vancouver-False Creek.

Chamkaur Cheema

Who Wants More? A guide to getting the most out of your career

Chamkaur Cheema
Faculty and Chair, KPU Business -- Entrepreneurial Leadership

Session Description
“Do what you love or love what you do and you will never work a day in your life.” That seems to be a fairly simple and straightforward way of getting more from your career. This, however, will be hard to remember when you are working 70 hours a week for a boss that never seems to be satisfied with your work, you have a mortgage to pay, your first child has joined hockey and the days are rainy and short. How depressing does that sound? The answer to preventing this sorry state of affairs and truly getting more from your life and career is to join me at the 2013 KPU Student Leadership Conference. You will learn how to make more money, gain more enjoyment from your career and life, and provide positive leadership to those around you.

Presenter Bio
Chamkaur Cheema is a Faculty member in the KPU Melville School of Business. He holds an MBA from Queen's University and a BA from the University of Victoria. In addition to teaching at KPU, Mr. Cheema is an active real estate investor and a financial advisor with Investor's Group Financial Services. He also serves on the Provincial Boards of the Insurance Council of BC, the Certified Management Accountants Society of BC and chairs BC Original Minds Society. In his spare time, he runs a creative thinking program at his daughter's school and mentors new graduates as they start their careers.

Green Jobs, Green Economy, and Green Future

Dave Walters
General Manager, KPU Student Association
Surrey CiTI

Session Description
British Columbia has a diverse history and an economy that has been traditionally based on the province's abundant natural resources. In recent years however, global economic crises, fluctuating commodity markets and severe climate-related events have destabilized BC's economy and have sparked a transition to a new, greener economy -- one that is being driven by clean and renewable energy technologies and more sustainable, environmentally-sensitive industry and business practices. The bulk of green jobs in BC are not new occupations but are, for the most part, developing from existing ones that are being re-tooled to help reduce the impact of humans on the environment, promote sustainability and to encourage the efficient use of energy and resources.

Presenter Bio
David Walters attended the UBC School of Social Work, the BCIT Wood Management Program, the VCC Computer Technology Program and the Ontario College of Art. He is currently a visual artist. David has past experience in the lumber industry as the owner of a small wood mill employing 20 people. He presently lives in Surrey Fleetwood and has been running a Montessori School for 23 years. David was also a candidate for the Green Party in six previous elections including: Municipal, Provincial and Federal. He has held a number of executive positions in the Green Party both federally and provincially. In the recent past David's most extensive interest has been in the fields of monetary reform, finance and banking. He believes the key to our green future is a better understanding of these fields through a deep commitment to critical thinking and a positive approach to that understanding.

Melanie Koenderman

Network like a Diplomat!

Melanie Koenderman
Dean of Students, Quest University Canada
Quest University Canada

Session Description
Alternate Title: Business Etiquette and Networking Skills: How to be charming AND effective in meetings, cocktail parties, interviews, and events.
Where should you put your nametag? What do you do if you don't know anyone at the event? What should you do with the olive pit? Learn the answers to these questions, and hone your etiquette and networking skills in this highly interactive workshop. There will be short instructions on basic etiquette, personal presentation, entering a room, how to greet and shake hands, how to wear a name tag, making introductions, giving and receiving business cards, how to hold a drink/eat at a cocktail party, how to 'mingle', talk, and network, with time after each instruction to 'practice' with your fellow participants! We will also touch on cultural differences in business etiquette, and, if time permits, dining etiquette. Join us for a fun workshop that will have practical application to various situations in your student leadership position and professional career.

Presenter Bio
As Dean of Students, Melanie Koenderman is part of the team that opened Quest University Canada in 2007. Prior to her work at Quest, Melanie was a diplomat with the Government of Canada, with postings at the Canadian High Commissions in Delhi, Singapore, and London, and travelling extensively for work within Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Part of her training as a diplomat included etiquette and public speaking, and she loves to share these important skills with post-secondary students through workshops and events.

Sean Park

Leader as Martial Artist

Sean Park
KPU Faculty, Interdisciplinary Expressive Arts (IDEA); PhD candidate, SFU

Session Description
Morehi Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido, said the martial artist aims not to defeat the opponent, but to meet and become as he is so that the hearts of both may be transformed. The heart is where we are pierced and entered by knowledge capable of breaking through barriers that deny intimate knowing. It is also from the heart where we express and share our wisdom. If education (from the Latin 'educere') means to lead from within and to transform the potential into the actual, how do we clear the way to lead from this place? The heart is a risky, difficult and dangerous place. We learn to hide and protect ourselves from the pain of being seen and going unseen for what is at the centre of our being. Entering into the heart puts us in touch with the conditioned judgment we carry. We see here that both the attacker and the lover are not 'out there', but within. How do we inquire into our own and others' experiences when we wish to close off, so that creative and generative ways of being can emerge? This participatory workshop is an embodied, contemplative inquiry into how we rest and move with the heart. Drawing from expressions in my journey as an educator, scholar and martial artist, I offer performances, perspective and practices that support creating opportunities with participants to illuminate the transformation of the heart as a collaborative project.

Presenter Bio
Sean Park is a trickster, fascinated with creatively exploring how our physicality opens the mind and heart (and vice versa). It is with, through and in our bodies that we realize our true nature and connect deeply with others. He is a PhD candidate in Arts Education at SFU and is writing about the connections between Eastern philosophy, embodiment, performance, self-authorship, dialogue and crazy wisdom. Sean is also a new faculty member at KPU teaching a number of Interdisciplinary Expressive Arts (IDEA) courses.

Spotlight on Student Leadership

Thursday, January 24, 2013, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Drop-ins welcome! Come and go!
Surrey Campus Conference Centre
FREE: No ticket required

PROGRAM: (scroll for presentation details)


KPU Leadership Conference Co-Chairs

Opening Remarks


Raja Sumal (Criminology)

"Find a Mentor, Be a Mentor"


Saed Abu-Haltem (Sociology)

"Why learn outside the classroom?"


Peter Stevens (Mathematics)

"Mathematics: Empowering the Student Through Story"




Andrew Mudiappu (Gen Studies)

“Owning Your Experience"


Shewit Kidane (Policy Studies/Poli Sci)

"Engaging in Community Leadership"


Isabel Scheuneman Scott (Crim/Psyc)

"Leading towards the path of social change for the homeless & mentally ill"




Isabel Scheuneman Scott, Maria Goldin, Alisha Chauhan (Psychology)

"The Leadership Journey of Research Assistants at Acting Together”


Maria Marcakis (Policy Studies)

"Policy Studies: A crash course for this new and elusive degree"




Guest Speaker: Dr Alan Davis, KPU President & Vice Chancellor
"Accidental Leadership"
President Davis shares from his experience growing into leadership as a student.




Jeeti Bhupal (Criminology)

"Growing into Leadership at KPU"


Kari Michaels (Philosophy)

"Working Together: Non-Hierarchical Collective Action"


Scott Jacobsen (Psychology)

"In-Sight: Travails in Founding an Undergraduate Journal"




Stevie Vu (ENTR)

"Three keys to being a first-time leader"


Fatima Zaidi (Criminology)

"The importance of youth involvement in the community"


Hardeep Sidhu (Marketing)

"Leading through Complex Systems"




Guest Speaker: Kim Baird, KPU Alumni & 6-time elected Chief of Tsawwassen First Nation


KPU Leadership Conference Co-Chairs

Closing Remarks

Student Presentation Details

Find a Mentor—Be a Mentor
Raja Sumal, 2nd Year Criminology
Kurt Penner, Faculty Advisor

An overview of the problem of youth unemployment after graduating from a post secondary institution and the impact of a lack of guidance and motivation, which can be provided by mentors and role models. This student will share his personal story with you, the effects of engaging thereafter with the university community and mentorship opportunities, and put out a call to action for others to strive to be mentors in their communities.

Why learn outside the classroom?
Saed Abu-Haltem, 3rd Year Sociology
Andrea Reynolds, OISS Staff; Advisor

An overview of the problem of youth unemployment after graduating from a post secondary institution and the impact of a lack of guidance and motivation, which can be provided by mentors and role models. This student will share his personal story with you, the effects of engaging thereafter with the university community and mentorship opportunities, and put out a call to action for others to strive to be mentors in their communities.

Mathematics: Empowering Students through Story
Peter Stevens, 2nd Year Mathematics
John Inglis, Faculty Advisor

Mathematics is one of the most (if not THE most) maligned disciplines amongst students at all education levels. One of the biggest reasons for this, I claim, is that mathematics has historically taken power away from students, leaving all but the mathematically-inclined confused and unhappy. I will argue that this is due to a misunderstanding of good leadership, and that a good leader is, in essence, a good empowerer. I will explore this through my experiences as both a mathematics student and tutor, suggesting that power can be restored to math students through the dying art of storytelling and the lens of fiction.

Owning Your Experience
Andrew Madiappu, 2nd Year
Bob Crockett, Faculty Advisor

Reflection on personal leadership skills, where they have taken me, and why it is beneficial to take every opportunity that comes your way.

Engaging in Community Leadership
Shewit Kidane, 2nd Year
“YES for Hope,” a tutoring program from the Eritrean Community in Metro Vancouver that stands for Young Eritreans Standing for Hope, was founded to pursue goals of Community, Change, and Hope and to promote cultural identity through activities such as education enhancement, native language retention, cultural arts retention, and mentorship. The founder discusses this initiative, its development and success.

Leading Towards the Path of Social Change for the Homeless & Mentally Ill
Isabel Scheuneman Scott, Crimonology/Psychology
Wayne Podrouzek, Faculty Advisor

Exploring the connection between homelessness and mental illness as perceived by four participants who had experiences with the homeless and/or mentall ill. Discussing "perceptions" and how they may make social change more or less likely and reflecting on our own perceptions. The roles of volunteering and working with these marginalized populatons are discussed in relation to social change and taking a stand.

The Leadership Journey of Research Assistants at Acting Together (SSHRC-CURA Project)
Isabel Scheuneman Scott, Criminology/Psychology
Maria Goldin, 3rd year Psychology
Alisha Chauhan, 3rd year Psychology
Gira Bhatt, Faculty Advisor

The Acting Together SSHRC-CURA Project is a five year research project aimed at identifying factors that would protect youth from violence and gang involvement. In this presentation, three of AT-CURA's research assistants will be discussing their leadership experiences within the project, exploring how volunteering and working in various research and community settings can change oneself, how stepping out of one's comfort zone and leading others can help one understand the role of individuals in the larger society, and finally, how participating in community events can lead to positive social change. AT-CURA is a multidisciplinary, multi-institutional project involving 11 community agencies. The empirical data has been gathered from over 400 high school students as well as from seven focus groups and 50 interviews of youth, teachers, parents, and service providers. AT-CURA has provided unique opportunities through a range of activities which include not only academic research, but hosting community events, training sessions for youth, attending public forums, and interacting with community members.

Policy Studies: A crash course for this new and elusive degree
Maria Marcakis, 4th Year Policy Studies
Heather Harrison, Faculty Advisor

A review of the Policy Studies (POST) degree, what it is about, and jobs that can be obtained after graduation. A discussion of how this fits into the newly formed KPU Policy Students for Sustainability (KUPSS) and how students can get involved with a cause they care about to make change happen.

Growing into Leadership at KPU
Jeeti Bhupal, 4th Year Criminology
Kurt Penner, Faculty Advisor

Growing into Leadership at KPU Describing one person's experience with student leadership at KPU volunteering with the SLD department, specifically with Orientations 2011 and 2012: How the experience was significant, skills gained, and why others should get involved in developing and promoting KPU culture and pride.

Working Together: Non-Hierarchical Collective Action
Karilysa Michaels, 3rd Year Philosophy
Wayne Fenske, Faculty Advisor

Review of on campus organization of the women's club through non-hierarchical, collective principles, highlighting the successes and failures of such a model and how students and community members can adopt it as a whole or in part to garner greater success in their activities. Discussion of other community activism experiences and influences from across the country that have helped shape this style of leadership and its effectiveness versus the more common, hierarchical structure of campus and community groups.

In-Sight: Travails in Founding an Undergraduate Journal
Scott Jacobsen, 3rd Year Psychology
Dr. Wayne Podrouzek, Faculty Advisor

In-Sight is an independent undergraduate interview-based journal. The journal aims to gain insight into the background, expertise, and current thinking of academics from Graduate school upwards. Described within the presentation is the winding itinerary to creating an undergraduate journal and the various support structures in place. A personal story regarding the imagining and eventual creation of the journal generalizing into student-led projects, and pre-requisites on the student's part and institution's side for beginning monetarily low budget, but large endeavours.

Three keys to being a first-time leader
Stevie Vu, 4th Year, ENTR
Bob Crockett, Faculty Advisor

The three keys to being a first time leader A review of leadership and volunteer experiences that led to being recognized as one of Surrrey's "25 Under 25": his experiences as a student leaders at KPU, two terms as the president of AIESEC, a youth entrepreneurial committee leader for Surrey, and founding his own marketing consulting business.

Importance of youth and young adults' involvement in the community
Fatima Zaidi, 2nd Year, Criminology
Dave Lyon, Faculty Advisor

Although Fatima has had extensive leadership involvement in high school, through the Boys and Girls Club, and the United Way, her favourite volunteer experience is her current role as Faculty of Arts Representative for the KPU Student Association. Through this role she has successfully created the Academic Writing Program for Arts Students. Fatima will discuss these experiences and the importance of youth being active in the community to create a better future.

Leading through Complex Systems
Hardeep Sidhu, 3rd Year Marketing Management
Dr. Anthony T. Williams, Faculty Advisor

The organizational systems and how our perceptions of these systems can lead to ineffective leadership. A discussion of how to approach leadership in these systems in a more effective way.