Pinnacle Leadership Challenge Workshops

Workshops will be updated as they become available for the 2017-18 Academic Year. 

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Building and Executing Your Strategic Plan

dtPresented by Darcy Tuer, Entrepreneur

Wednesday, November 15 | 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Yellow Room, 2nd floor of Wyckham House (Z203)

Darcy founded his first software company, Halo Networks in 2000 while studying electrical engineering at the University of Alberta. After exiting Halo in 2003, Darcy co-founded and served as President of Spira Data Corp. from 2004-2014 while growing it into a leading oilfield services technology company with operations across North America.

Darcy currently serves as the Chair on the board of the Missing Children’s Society of Canada and has been a Director since 2011. Darcy recently co-founded ZayZoon which was recently named one of PayPal Canada’s 5 hottest and most promising financial technology companies to watch.




Presented by Katie O’Brien, Sociologist

Wednesday, November 8 | 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Yellow Room, 2nd floor of Wyckham House (Z203)

Katie O’Brien (they/them) is a sociologist, social work student, and poet originally from St. John’s, Ktaqamkuk (Newfoundland), situated on ancestral and unceded Beothuk and Mi’kmaq land. Since May 2017, they have enjoyed coordinating the #CalgaryGetsConsent initiative at the Calgary Sexual Health Centre. They are also the President of the Students’ Society of Social Work (3SW) at Mount Royal University. In their spare time, Katie loves singing in choirs and watching campy ‘90s television shows with their partner.



Talents, Teams, and Strengths: Unpacking your Gallup Clifton Strengths for Students; Learning the Language of Strengths (Exclusive to Pinnacle Leadership participants)

pic-for-pinnacle-bio-2016Presented by Andrea Davis (RSW), Student Advocacy Coordinator at the Students’ Association of Mount Royal University

Wednesday, November 22 | 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m | Yellow Room, 2nd floor of Wyckham House (Z203)

Andrea Davis is passionate about creating learning conversation opportunities between people and coaching individual students here on campus at MRU to become their best self-advocates through a strengths-based, anti-oppressive focus in her current work with SAMRU in the Student Advocacy Office over the past 6 years. Andrea is a registered Social Worker with the Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and holds two degrees; one in Social Work, and the other, a Bachelor of General Studies with a minor in Communications from the University of Calgary, with post graduate professional development work in conflict resolution. Andrea also brings seven years of management experience in both banking and retail operations as well as a variety of experiences in human services; a complimentary blend of both for-profit and not-for profit sector experience.

She has recently completed her certification requirements through Gallup, and is now a Gallup Certified Strengths Coach. Completion of her coaching certification further enhances her assistance of students in post-secondary with understanding their talents and strengths in thriving both academically and in the workplace. Gallup’s Clifton Strengths for Students testing is used internationally across sectors and is an evidence-based instrument proven to be both valid and reliable in its results over time. For more information on how Clifton Strengths for Students is currently being used in post-secondary, visit Gallup’s website.


Community Building Through the Arts: The Journey and Growth of a Social Entrepreneurship

Presented by Angela Dione and Angel Guerra, Co-founders

Wednesday, November 2 | 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Yellow Room, 2nd floor of Wyckham House (Z203)

Angela has trained as a shoemaker in Italy, a woodworker in B.C., and most importantly, became a mother to a beautiful daughter in 2014. She started her first business (a teahouse) at the age of 22, and became a recipient of Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40 at the age of 29. She has a BA in Communication and Culture from the University of Calgary with Minors in Psychology and Indigenous Studies. Angela continually strives to develop herself through education, experiences and self-knowledge. She follows her own path of artistic entrepreneurship, and aims to support others along the way.

Angel Guerra is the co-founder of Market Collective. She is passionate about community building through the arts, loves 5-cent candies and a good laugh, and enjoys 2-wheelin’ around. She also digs diggin’ in the dirt. Angel holds a B.A in Communications and Culture and a Masters Degree in Teaching, both from the University of Calgary. Through her education and experience, she combines her love for people, education, live music, art, accessible public space and entrepreneurship to contribute to the Market Collective.


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