Conference News

Business Conference Update: Breakout Speakers Announced!

We are pleased to announce that the Breakout Session Speakers have been finalized and we are ready to introduce them to you! Read below for previews on some of the many exciting speakers we have planned for you to experience on Thursday, March 23rd. To see the total line up of breakout sessions, click here.

Bill Given, City of Grande Prairie – Started from the Bottom, now I’m Here.

bill givenBill Given is the Mayor of Grande Prairie, and a proud resident of our community since 1977. Bill will be speaking about how he got his start in politics, and where it has taken him in his career.

Amber Knudsen, HUB Insurance – The Insurance Industry and You 

 Amber Knudsen, CAIB, is a Marketing Underwriter Advisor with HUB Insurance. She will be taking about how to begin your career in the insurance industry and a look at the day-to-day operations of the various positions available

Yuri Smith and Taj Johnson, Fuse Realty – Technology and Real Estate Marketing

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Yuri Smith

Taj and Yuri are real estate agents with Fuse Realty located here, in Grande Prairie. They will be speaking about  their advanced, and innovative use of social media marketing, virtual reality, and even drones!

Brandon Sperling, MNP Accounting – So I got my Accounting Degree.  Now What?

Brandon Sperling, a recently completed CPA who works with MNP, will discuss the options for accounting articling students at pursuing a career in public practice.

To read the rest of our Breakout Session line up, click here!

GPRC Business and Office Admin students, are you interested in attending this year’s Business Conference? Submit your registration online by clicking here.  Please be sure to register by the deadline: Friday, March 17th.


2017 GPRC Business Conference Keynote Speakers Announced!

Just in! GPRC’s Business Conference has locked in two amazing Keynote Speakers for the morning and afternoon of Thursday, March 23rd!

Ryan Blais

Introducing our morning speaker…

Ryan Blais – Nine10 Inc!

Ryan Blais, a 1997 graduate from St. Joes in Grande Prairie, achieved notoriety as one of the world’s top Freestyle Aerial skiers.   Over a 13 year career on the World Cup circuit, Ryan had two victories and a total of eight top 3 placings… Click here to read the rest of Ryan Blais’s story! 

Introducing our afternoon speaker…

Mike Reeve – Velocity Video!
Mike Reeve grew up in Grande Prairie, graduating from the Composite High School in June 2003.  He attended GPRC part-time (3 courses per term) from 2003-2005, eventually earning a Business Administration Certificate. Along the way, Mike also took a summer course in Action Sports Film Making from the University of Southern California… Click Here to read the rest of Mike Reeve’s story!

Both of our exciting Keynote’s will be speaking about stories relating to this year’s Business Conference theme:  Imagine, Innovate, and Inspire.

Stay tuned for more updates, and don’t forget to register for the conference online!

2017 Business Conference- We’re getting warmer!!

As the end of February approaches, the beginning of March gets closer! If you don’t already know, Grande Prairie Regional College’s annual Business Conference is set to debut on Thursday, March 23rd at 9:00 a.m, here in the College theatre.


The Conference is open to current GPRC Commerce, AU Degree Completion, Business Admin and Office Admin students. (Selected local high school students will also be invited.)

Be sure to save your seat by visiting our Registration page. By pre – registering, you are reserving your spot to experience our talented line up of Breakout Sessions and exciting Keynote Speakers. You will also receive a complimentary lunch provided by the College.

(Register early and your name will be entered into a draw for the chance to win a $20 prepaid lunch gift cards redeemable at the GPRC cafeteria.)

Click here to register!

The deadline to register for the Business Conference is March 17th at 5:00 p.m.

We hope to see you there!!