Registration opens Jan. 21 for staff and leaders conference

University of Western Ontario alumnus and Global National host Kevin Newman, comedian Brett Leake, and Food Network chef David Adjey are part of the lineup of guest speakers for the 2009 Western Staff & Leaders’ Conference during reading week.


Newman (BA ’81) will share his perspectives on the changing world during the four-day event, held Feb. 17-20 hosted by the Staff Development Steering Team. He will be joined by Leake, a stand-up comedian with Muscular Dystrophy who has been featured on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Adjey, acclaimed chef, author and host of the Food Network’s Restaurant Makeover.


Kevin Newman



Western President Paul Davenport, author and management consultant Adwoa Buahene, and Richard Ivey School of Business professor Denis Shackel will also offer keynote speeches.


The conference will commence on Feb. 17 with the presentation of the Western Awards of Excellence. This award recognizes the exceptional performance of staff who exemplifies the university’s aim of providing the best student experience in Canada.


The conference will continue Feb. 18-20 with engaging keynote speakers, unique on-campus site tours, and interactive concurrent sessions that revolve around the conference theme: Possibilities: Yours To Discover.


The conference is open to all Western staff and unit leaders, at no cost to participants.

Visit the conference website at to view the schedule and session descriptions. Registration begins at 9 a.m. on Jan. 21.