By: Adam Stanley
After two years of the CP Women’s Leadership Summit presented by ICON being a virtual affair, there is a ton of excitement to have the event return to an in-person setting this summer in Ottawa.
And it promises to be a day of inspiring stories, laughter and fun.
Hosted by TSN’s Lindsay Hamilton, the summit is taking place on Tuesday August 23rd, at the Infinity Convention Centre – just a short distance from the Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club.
The CP Women’s Leadership Summit has quickly become a can’t-miss event for business leaders in the community, with an unparalleled opportunity to network with like-minded professionals, senior leaders from a variety of industries, and the chance to hear from some of the biggest names in Canadian business and sport.
The key takeaways from the summit will be gender equity, representation, and seat-at-the-table conversations.
“We couldn’t be happier to have this year’s CP Women’s Leadership Summit back in person in Ottawa,” says Golf Canada Chief Marketing Officer and featured speaker Lisa Ferkul. “The line-up of speakers is one of our best yet, and with a ton of momentum behind the return of the CP Women’s Open, we know this year’s Women’s Leadership Summit is going to be a special one before the best golfers in the world take on Ottawa Hunt and Golf Club.”
This year’s keynote speaker is Arlene Dickinson, the General Partner of District Ventures Capital and of course, the star of the award-winning television series Dragons’ Den.
Dickinson’s venture capital fund has a laser-like focus on marketing, funding, and growing entrepreneurs and their companies in the food and health space. She has been on Dragons’ Den for 12 years, and is a best-selling author, podcaster, and public speaker, plus a member of Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 Hall of Fame. Her keynote address will be one of the most talked-about in Ottawa all year, with plenty of important insights from one of Canada’s top business minds.
While Dickinson’s keynote will be the highlight of the day, the panelists that make-up the balance of the day are some of the country’s biggest movers and shakers.
Alongside Ferkul, who has been a senior leader in the Canadian sports marketing space for more than a decade, attendees will also hear from gold-medal winning athletes, top-tier managers, and inspiring communicators.
The other panelists include:
- Cassie Campbell-Pascall (Two-time Olympic gold medalist in hockey)
- Steph Labbe (Olympic gold medalist in soccer)
- Tracy Schmitt (A quadruple amputee in the Canadian Hall of Fame)
- Caroline Lavallée (Senior Director of Communications & Marketing at MNP)
- Pam Arpin (VP and Chief Information Officer at Canadian Pacific)
- Karen Myers (Executive Director of Corporate Communications at the R&A)
- Clemmie Perry (Founder and Director at Women of Colour Golf)
- Tina Skeir (Member of Black Lives Matter Golf).
Hamilton, a long-time host of some of the biggest events on TSN along with SportsCentre anchor, will return to lead the day in person.
The last CP Women’s Leadership Summit to take place in person was in 2019 when the CP Women’s Open was played at Magna Golf Club, just north of Toronto. Attendees were treated to an inspiring keynote address from the LPGA’s chief brand and communications officer Roberta Bowman who spoke on the Tour’s new #DriveOn marketing campaign – developed by an all-female creative team.
This year’s summit begins at 9 a.m. EST, and while there will be a live broadcast, there is nothing like the opportunity to network in person, with colleagues or friends you may not have seen in awhile. Not to mention the chance to connect with some of our panelists, too!
Purchasing a table includes a three-course lunch, full access to the keynote address and panel discussions, and an exclusive takeaway gift.
While golf fans across the country will be thrilled to see the action unfold again come Thursday at the CP Women’s Open, the in-person return of the CP Women’s Leadership Summit presented by ICON on Tuesday of tournament week is set to be just as exciting.