Kijiji founder headlines Opportunity South Summit

By Geoff Smith (@GeoffSmithLNN on Twitter)
September 13, 2018 - 12:12pm

LETHBRIDGE – The founder of Kijiji headlines the lineup of speakers for the 2018 Opportunity South Summit and business expo Oct. 2-3.

Janet Bannister, the keynote speaker, started the popular classified ad website in 2005. Bannister previously worked as a brand manager with consumer goods giant Procter and Gamble before helping grow eBay as a major marketplace.

The lineup also includes Kelly Lendsay, who will talk about Indigenous workplace inclusion; Sandra Huculak of ATB, who will discuss corporate social responsibility; and Robert Palmer, WestJet’s manager of public affairs, about the company’s investment in serving Lethbridge.

Chamber president Kristie Kruger said the speakers are in keeping with this year’s theme, “Southern Alberta Strong.”

“We’re extremely proud of this lineup, to continue to talk about not only what southern Alberta has currently but what our future vision is and how much stronger we could be,” she told reporters Thursday, Sept. 13.  “I think, especially, the southern Alberta region has a great opportunity for strength in building diversity through our economy and making our community one of the strongest that it can be, actually across Canada, not just Alberta.”

The Oct. 3 summit will also include breakout sessions. In addition, the Chamber has planned the Leaders of Lethbridge Mixer, the evening of Oct. 2.

“The opportunity to come and network at the mixer for the Leaders of Lethbridge is just a great opportunity to pick up where you left off, what’s happening in the city, where our economy is right now; an opportunity to connect with other business members,” Kruger explained.

The trade show, on Oct. 2, is open to the public. Summit registration is now open, and vendors can still sign up to take part. People attending the Opportunity South Summit will have a chance to win a round trip for two anywhere WestJet flies.

Proceeds from the event will be put to use by the chamber in its regular activities.

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