International Women's Day 2019

March 8, 2019
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Singhmar Centre for Learning
10215 108 Street NW
Edmonton, AB

Be a part of NorQuest College’s International Women’s Day celebration!

Bring your lunch and join us to celebrate and support #BalanceforBetter.

Friday, March 8
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Hot chocolate and treats (while supplies last)

  • Create your own fresh floral ring
  • Make an International Women’s Day button
  • Get inspired by NorQuest President & CEO Dr. Jodi L. Abbott and two guest speakers

Meet our Speakers

Dr. Jodi L. Abbott

Dr. Jodi L. Abbott is the President and CEO of NorQuest College. Since joining the college in 2010, Dr. Abbott has more than doubled NorQuest’s student population through expanded credit and non-credit programming; unveiled innovative partnerships including the Alberta Indigenous Construction Career Centre, the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation Hospitality Institute, the NorQuest College ATB Agency, and the Colbourne Institute for Inclusive Leadership; and enhanced NorQuest’s brand recognition. Under Dr. Abbott’s leadership, NorQuest College opened a stunning new campus addition, the Singhmar Centre for Learning, for fall term classes in 2017.

Dr. Abbott is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and currently chairs the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board. She was recently the Chair of Edmonton’s Health City and served as a trustee of the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation. In addition, she has a longstanding involvement with figure skating, including as an Olympic judge in 2010 and 2014. In 2011, Dr. Abbott was included in the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport and Physical Activity’s list of Canada's top-20 most influential women in sport. In 2013, she received the University of Alberta Alumni Honour Award in recognition of her international work with figure skating and for championing improved health-care services. In 2015, she was named as one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN), receiving the Trailblazers and Trendsetters Award for women who are either the first in their field or have made a major impact on it. Recently, she was named a Global Woman of Vision and for a second time, as one of Women’s Executive Network's 2018 Most Powerful Women.

Wedad Amiri

Wedad Amiri Wedad Amiri is the founder and CEO of a women’s clothing line, Afflatus Hijab. Afflatus Hijab was created in 2014 with a social platform of women empowerment and de-stigmatizing mental illnesses. Wedad decided to fully immerse herself in Afflatus Hijab after spending nearly seven years building programs for youth around mental health and character education.

With the spotlight being on women, each line focuses on a female driven campaign. She wanted to change the narrative on how Muslim women were seen in the media and in society in general so she began naming her pieces after strong Muslim women. Her other campaigns also included strong Indigenous women and women dealing with a mental illness, all of whom pieces were named after. Her latest campaign sheds light on single mothers and the struggles and stigma that come along with it

Wedad holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Alberta in Sociology and Political Science.

Catherine Vu

Catherine Vu In 1997, Vu co-founded Pro-Active Computer Solutions, taking a risk as a woman entrepreneur in a male-dominated sector. In 2003, Catherine bought out her partner, transforming the original company into Pro-Active IT Management Inc. The Pro-Active IT team continue to grow, building expertise on their quest for thought and action leadership in the information management industry.

Pro-Active IT is now a recognized force within the Alberta IT community, including participating in a special Silicon Valley development project in 2012. Building on a foundation of best-in-class practices, technical expertise and responsive customer service with integrity, Pro-Active IT has grown from humble roots into a thriving, customer-centric technology guide for our customers who are raving fans.

As an immigrant to Canada, Catherine believes in paying it forward and is dedicated to giving back to her community. Her recent support includes Alberta Easter Seals, Winnifred Stewart Association, Suit Yourself, Stollery Women Networks, and 1000 Women Advisory Committee just to name a few. Catherine's philanthropic work raises tens of thousands of dollars annually in the community. Pro-Active IT is proud to sponsor and participate in numerous charitable events and campaigns throughout the year.

This fun size entrepreneur is proud to be one of 22 founding mentors of U of A Venture Mentoring Services (UA VMS) program which now has 84 mentors. VMS mentors provide UAlberta students and alumni entrepreneurs with the guidance and mentorship to get themselves, and their venture, to the next level.

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