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HBA Leadership Character & Candour Conference

Feb 9, 2021

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Conference keynote speakers: Wes Hall and Tracy Edwards MBE

Conference keynote speakers: Wes Hall and Tracy Edwards MBE

*This is a private event for Ivey students and is not open to the public.

The Institute for Leadership will be hosting the 8th Annual Leader Character & Candour Conference for the HBA1 students on Tuesday February 9, 2021. The event includes leaders who will deliver compelling messages about the importance character and candour in our professional and personal lives.  

Opening keynote speaker: Dr. Wesley J. Hall, ICD.D

Wes Hall is an established innovator, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. As Executive Chairman & Founder of Kingsdale Advisors, he has been named one of Canada’s most powerful business people. He is also the owner of QM Environmental, a leading environmental and industrial services provider; and Titan Supply, a top manufacturer and distributor of rigging and wear products serving industries in the oil, construction and transportation sector; and Harbor Club hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton, one of St. Lucia’s premier resorts.

Wes is also known for generosity, leveraging his business success to benefit others with a number of impactful charitable initiatives. He is Founder and Chairman of The Canadian Council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism and the BlackNorth Initiative, committed to the removal of anti-Black systemic barriers negatively affecting the lives of Black Canadians.

He is also a director of SickKids Foundation and a board member of Pathways to Education and Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Wes has also changed the lives of thousands of children in the Caribbean, donating both his money and time. In 2015, Wes was the recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s Award and in 2017 received an honorary doctorate, both from the University of the West Indies.

Closing keynote speaker: Tracy Edwards MBE

Tracy Edwards MBE shot to fame when she skippered the first all-female crew to sail around the world she and her crew raced Maiden in the 1989/90 Whitbread Round the World Race. Trouncing her critics Maiden won two legs and came second overall, the best result for a British boat since 1977, a result that remains unbeaten.

Tracy went on to skipper various all-female challenges and created the world’s first mixed gender professional racing team. In 2014 she found Maiden rotting in the Seychelles, raised the funds to buy her and restore her and in November 2018 she set off with a new all-female crew, on a three year world tour, raising funds and awareness for girls’ education. The Maiden Factor Foundation works with and supports communities to enable girls into education and empowers and supports them to remain throughout their teenage years.