Gem Conference 2020 is curated to be a journey of personal discovery + learning. We want attendees to reflect about where they've been and create a clear vision about where they're going. We will also dig into key topics facing businesses including brand protection, money, building community + reconciliation.

FULL EXPERIENCE Our full experience attendees will enjoy the a day and a half of panels (June 3rd + June 4th), keynote talks, interactive sessions + networking with out speakers. Day one is designed to push you out of your boundaries, get clear on what you want our of business and life. Day two digs into key business issues, growth stories and lessons learnt.

Full experience attendees will enjoy an exclusive cocktail hour + network with our speakers, and will enjoy day two in the front section rows (getting up close + personal).

GA EXPERIENCE Will join us on day two (June 4th) of the conference including our keynotes, getting into topics like money and brand protection, reconciliation + diversity. We have a full day of meals and enjoying locally made food, and over 3 hours of networking time with other attendees.  

Wednesday, June 3rd 2020

11:30-12:00 // Welcome + Registration

12-12:50 // KEYNOTE Local luxury fashion designer Stacey Martin Bafi-Yeboa

12:55-1:30 // PANEL "Second Life" Moving on to new career paths and what they learnt along the way

1:35-2:15 // Mindful values & purpose session w/ Taryn Watts 

2:15-3:00 // Network, snack + stretch break

3:00-3:45 // PANEL "Creative bossing up" Pitching yourself and taking your brand, blog, ideas to the masses with Carly Watters + Andrea Collins

3:50-4:25 // A talk on bravery + business w/ Kristen Coutts

4:30-5:30 // "Branding Blueprint" + interactive session

5:30-7:00 // Networking + cocktails with our speakers.

Day one includes a snack break, and a charcuterie + cocktail hour. Coffee + tea bar will be available all day.

Thursday, June 4th 2020

8:30-9:30 // Registration + Breakfast

9:30-10:15 // LIVE PODCAST RECORDING Jenna Rae + Ashley Nicole of "Jenna Rae Cakes" in conversation with Laura Kelly of the podcast "You might not like it".

10:20-10:50 // PANEL "The new main street" selling the experience + building community in off the beaten path locations with Chi of the Thirsty Maiden + Tina Lamontagne of the Yoga Attic


11:00-11:40 // PANEL "Brand Protection" The low down on intellectual property, trademarks, patents and everything in between w/ Jamie-Lyn Craft + Chris Fitz-Hardy

11:45-12:30 // PANEL "Funding 101" Bootstrapping vs. Funding vs. pitching... raising money for your biz or next wild idea w/ Sheena Brady of Tease Tea and The Founders Fund and Dr. Elizabeth Goldspink of Hello.me

12:30-1:30 // Lunch + shop

1:30-2:10 // PANEL "Hustler to CEO" How I built my brand w/ Melissa + Sacha Leclair of LD Shoppe and Leclair Decor, Alicia Ott of Bee Savvy and TBD.

2:15-2:50 // PANEL "The influence industry" Going beyond the gram, creating profit through engaging platforms + building audiences.

2:55-3:25 // FIRESIDE CHAT "Business to burnout" What happens when you experience burnout and advice on how to avoid it w/ Dr. Tracy Dalgleish + Mallory Rowan.

3:25-3:55 Refresh + Connect

3:55-4:35 // PANEL "Reconciliation + Business" A conversation with indigenous entrepreneurs and #realtalk on how businesses can be a part of reconciliation w/ Hillory Tenute of Otter Daughters + TBD

4:40-5:40 // KEYNOTE "In conversation with Sarah Nicole Landry of @thebirdspapaya" On transformation and how she went from waitressing + running an etsy shop to living a life she never thought possible. Moderated by Dominique Baker.

5:40-6:30 // Post conference networking hour

Day two includes a morning coffee service, lunch service, afternoon snack + refresh. We will be offering vegan and non-vegan friendly options.

 *** subject to change. More speakers being added.