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Studio Bell, Home of the National Music Centre
850 4th Street S.E.,
- Mark Hopkins, co-artistic director of Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre
- Nadia Fatah, youth program developer at Somali Canadian Women and Children Association
- Brittany Harker Martin, assistant professor of leadership, policy and governance at University of Calgary
- Aaron Park, director of bands, Calgary Stampede Foundation
- Zahra Al-Harazi, UNICEF Canada Ambassador
- Eric Termuende, founder of DRYVER
- Lauren Voisin, founder of Robots Are Fun and future electrical engineer
- Manjit Minhas, Dragon on Dragon’s Den and co-founder and CEO of Minhas Breweries, Wineries and Distillery
Mark Hopkins is a theatre artist, community builder, and the co-artistic director of Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre, Calgary’s leading purveyor of site-specific theatre. He’s also associated with the Calgary Foundation, the Centre for Newcomers, and VoteKit Calgary. Mark founded We Should Know Each Other and is deeply involved in Human Venture Leadership, a group that studies patterns in human striving, failure, and achievement to help our species thrive.
Brittany Harker Martin is a thought leader working in leadership, learning, and the arts and an assistant professor of leadership, policy, and governance at the University of Calgary. She has collaborated with Stanford’s Gardner Center, Harvard’s Leadership Institute, the Rozsa Foundation, the Carnegie Foundation, and the Royal Conservatory. She regularly presents research on social empowerment and is the president of Mindset Consulting, Inc.
As director of bands for the Calgary Stampede Foundation, Aaron Park has overseen three major youth programs: the Calgary Stampede Showband, the Showriders, and the Band of Outriders. Aaron is a private brass clinician who teaches at local schools and facilitates student-leadership workshops for youth programs. He is a volunteer with the Alberta International Band Festival and Calgary Arts Development and serves on the University of Calgary Senate.
Nadia Fatah is a young Canadian born to Somali parents who immigrated to Canada in the 1980s. In the third year of her bachelor of education degree, she has taken a break to gain practical experience dealing with at-risk youth, newcomer youth, and their families. Nadia is a youth program developer with Somali Canadian Women and Children Association, and she has been a mentor and coordinator in Schools as a Community Hub.
Zahra Al-Harazi is the Canadian Ambassador to UNICEF, an internationally acclaimed speaker, and the CPO and co-founder of the new tech startup Elangogo. She was CEO and founder of Foundry Communications, an award-winning marketing and communications studio. She is one of Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40, a Business in Calgary Leader of Tomorrow, a Chatelaine Top Female Entrepreneur, and one of the Women’s Executive Network’s 100 Most Powerful Women. She has received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants award. She sits on the boards of the Global Transportation Hub, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, and the Entrepreneurs’ Organization Toronto.
Eric Termuende is founder of the Dryver Group, a consultancy focused on attracting and retaining top talent. Eric has been featured in Forbes and the Huffington Post, and in 2015, American Express placed him among its Top 100 Emerging Innovators under 35. He was community integration chair for the Global Shapers Community Calgary and is a former Canadian G20 YEA delegate, representing Canada in Sydney. In 2016, he spoke at TEDxBCIT in Vancouver, and his new book, Rethink Work, is now available on Amazon.
Manjit Minhas is a 36-year-old petroleum engineering student turned beer baroness and is in her her second season on CBC’s Dragons’ Den.Â She is the co-founder of Minhas Breweries, Wineries, and Distillery, and she has over ninety brands of beers, spirits, liqueurs, and wines that she produces and markets in Canada, the USA, and 16 other countries. Last year her company’s revenues exceeded $187 million. Manjit believes that knowledge of science and engineering can enhance people’s lives. She serves on the boards of the Trans Canada Trail and West Island College and is the co-chair of the United Way 2017 campaign. She lives in Calgary.
Lauren Voisin started Robots Are Fun when she was eight. She regularly exhibits her projects at the Calgary Mini Maker Faire and Make Fashion and was a speaker at the San Francisco Maker Faire. She participated in a Google Edu Startup weekend in the fall of 2013 and won the crowd favourite award. She has been featured in Owl magazine and currently sits on the board at the University of Calgary’s Werklund Youth Leadership Centre. Lauren wants to encourage other kids to try robotics and see what they can create.