Registration open for Staff and Leaders Conference

Come find, build and share your insights with the campus community by taking part in the 14th annual Western Staff & Leaders’ Conference.

Scheduled for Feb. 17-19, the conference will feature keynote speakers, workshops and tours to strengthen your connection to the institution and each other. There will be a variety of opportunities to learn about health, culture, technology, parenting, career development and more.

Visit for details. Registration opens at 9 a.m. on Feb. 2.

Among the keynote speakers are:

  • Annie Griffiths, one of the first women photographers to work for National Geographic She will share her stories and breath-taking pictures from meeting people and exploring places from around the world. She is founder and executive director of Ripple Effect, a collective of photojournalists who are documenting the programs that help poor women deal with the effects of climate change;
  • Alex Russell, co-author of Drop the Worry Ball: How to Parent in the Age of Entitlement. Russell will provide a fresh perspective and greater understanding of how parent can help our young people thrive;
  • Warren Macdonald, inspirational speaker and mountain climber. In 1997, while climbing on a remote Australian island, a rock fell and left him pinned under a one-ton boulder. For two days, he lay trapped and alone. Amazingly, Macdonald survived but lost both of his legs mid-thigh. Ten months later, Macdonald climbed Cradle Mountain in Tasmania using a modified wheelchair. Two year later, he became the first double above-knee amputee to reach the summit of Africa’s tallest peak, Mt Kilimanjaro;
  • Jennifer Gardy, senior scientist at the BC Centre for Disease Control and guest hosts on CBC Television’s The Nature of Things. Gardy challenges the myths, sees whether or not the science holds up and will offer new insights about the choices you make, and a greater appreciation for how science can help us lead healthier, happier lives.