The new economic reality

By Geoff Lee

March 9, 2017 10:56 AM

A fresh take on business learning will be presented during the 17th annual Business Education Conference.
Keynote speaker Angus Watt will set the tone at the half-day conference at the Lloydminster Golf and Curling Centre on March 14 with a talk on Alberta’s new economic reality.
“He’s going to give us a global view and how that’s affecting us locally,” said Darlene MacDonald, executive director of the Lloydminster Learning Council Association organizing the event.
Watt the guest speaker is the managing director, individual investor services for National Bank Financial in Edmonton.
He broadcasts over 55 times per week on Global TV Edmonton and 630 CHED radio.
MacDonald said she’s “unbelievably excited” to have Watt speak.
“He’s a very busy person and for him to come to Lloydminster is just an awesome opportunity for all of us to come and hear his world-wide perspective.”
The conference will start over breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and run until 12:30 p.m. with three panel discussions included.
“It’s a great way to get together and network and talk about issues,  successes and challenges particularly with the economy the way that it is,” said MacDonald.
“We’re going to have different panels and different people in the community.”
The first one is an Entrepreneurial Panel from 8-9 a.m., moderated by Glenys Reeves, executive director of the Regional Business Accelerator.
That will be followed by the Debt Load/Financial Literacy Panel from 9-10 a.m., moderated by Brad Onofrychuk, dean of the School of Business and Continuing Education at Lakeland College.
The last panel will be about Surviving and Thriving, moderated by Rob Saunders, former mayor of Lloyd, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Watt will deliver his message from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Tickets are $50 a person or $400 for a corporate table available to anyone by registering online at the Lloydminster Chamber of Commerce.
“We’re hoping (to attract) anyone from the general public, employers, business people or entrepreneurs, non-profit organizations and partners,” said MacDonald.
Synergy Credit Union and Servus Credit Union are the event sponsors with Marlin Travel covering the coffee breaks.
The agenda might also include a word about the Learning Council that functions to encourage and promote lifelong learning within the community of Lloydminster.
Their programs run from technology classes, family literacy and English language training for newcomers to mental health first aid.
“Our programs fill up very quickly,” said MacDonald.
“Our family literacy programs are at no charge and with the economy the way it is, we are finding they are full and we have waiting lists.”
The Learning Council is supported by Lakeland College, the Lloydminster Construction Association, the Lloydminster Chamber of Commerce and Destination Downtown Streetscapes.
“We’re really excited also to have sponsors for this event to help community members come out,” said MacDonald.
“That’s why we can keep our fee reasonable especially with these economic times.”

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