JA Southern Alberta Annual Leadership Breakfast

Are you looking to expand your network, meet the next generation of business talent, address real-life entrepreneurial challenges, and learn from the personal experiences of business innovators? Than this event is for you.

Join us for The JA Leadership Breakfast Series: Lessons from YYC Entrepreneurial Leaders and learn how to set yourself and business up to succeed in today’s global economy.

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The 2017 Breakfast will showcase YYC’s entrepreneurial leadership and you will:

  • Network with like-minded executives and entrepreneurs interested in enhancing their business performance.
  • Meet the next generation of entrepreneurial and business talent – JA Company Program Students and Alumni – Young entrepreneurs and leaders themselves.
  • Join an interactive discussion and Q&A moderated by Global TV / News Talk with a panel of YYC business leader, including:
    • Andrew Chau, Co-Founder, Skip the Dishes (acquired by Just Eat)
    • Amanda Hamilton, Owner, Amanda Hamilton Designs
    • Leighton Healey, Co-Founder & CEO, Bootkik
    • Stephen Murphy, Executive Vice President, Banking, Canadian Western Bank

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Our Panelists

Andrew Chau

Andrew Chau is the co-founder and Head of Business Development and Strategy at SkipTheDishes. SkipTheDishes is a technology company which provides on-demand food delivery by connecting over 10,000 restaurants across North America with consumers and food couriers. Founded in 2012, SkipTheDishes is now in over 40 markets across Canada and the US and was recently acquired in 2016 by Just-Eat (LSE: JE) for $200M in one of Western Canada's largest tech exits to date." Andrew’s volunteer activities includes working with high school students to launch and run a small enterprise through JA Southern Alberta’s Company Program. Over a four year period, student obtain the real-world skills and experience that they need to achieve their dreams of becoming entrepreneurs.

Amanda Hamilton

Founded in 2009, the studio of Amanda Hamilton Interior Design has become one of the most sought after in Western Canada. Located in Calgary and Vancouver, the studio holds a diverse design portfolio in both the residential and commercial markets. Projects range from custom built homes, to large-scale renovations and commercial projects. Amanda is a mentor to students with the Harry G. Schaefer Mentorship Program and has mentored in the past for Women in Leadership and the National Council of Interior Design Education. Amanda is the current chair for the World of Choices committee for JA Southern Alberta, which focuses on career mentoring for young women. She is also a finalist for the Silver Stevie Award for Female Entrepreneur of the Year in Canada, a recipient of Avenue Magazine’s 2017 Top 40 Under 40 Award and a sought after speaker.

Leighton Healey

Leighton is a serial entrepreneur, innovator, and community & business leader with over twelve years of experience establishing, launching, and growing successful ventures. In 2016 he founded Bootkik, where he has built a team launching an AI driven e-learning and way-finding platform for small to medium size business owners.

In addition to Bootkik, Leighton is the founder of the Advance Group of Companies (professional services) and The Healey Corporation (residential & commercial real estate). He is also the co-creator of 'Made in Calgary', a movement dedicated to helping strengthen the local business community in Calgary, Canada.

Stephen Murphy

Mr. Stephen Murphy has been an Executive Vice President of Banking at Canadian Western Bank since March 2016. Mr. Murphy is responsible for all branch operations, including business and personal banking, product development, equipment financing and corporate lending. He also provides executive oversight for the business operations of Optimum Mortgage, National Leasing, CWB Maxium Financial and CWB Franchise Finance. Mr. Murphy joined CWB with extensive leadership experience from his 20 years in the finance industry. He is an active member of the community, having served on various community and not-for profit boards including the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation, Junior Achievement of Central Ontario and the Business Council of BC. Mr. Murphy was also chair and director for the BC chapter of TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.