Where Is the Conference?



Olds, Alberta


Pomeroy Inns & Suites at Olds College


Located at the corner of Highways 27 and 2A on the grounds of the beautiful Olds College campus, the Full Service Pomeroy Inn & Suites at Olds College has the spirit of a friendly rural lodge with the modern amenities of a big city hotel.

Where Can Visitors Stay While in Olds?

For hotels and related information, please click here to visit the Everything Olds website.


Power Up! Agenda

(agenda subject to change)

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8:00 am Doors Open – Pomeroy Inns & Suites at Olds Collegeolds_ab_photos_main

Located at the corner of Highways 27 and 2A on the grounds of the beautiful Olds College campus, the Full Service Pomeroy Inn & Suites at Olds College has the spirit of a friendly rural lodge with the modern amenities of a big city hotel.

8:15 am Registration and Check-infb-post-grownth



8:45 am Opening RemarksPowered by ATB Business atb-logo-from-website

At ATB Financial (atb.com/business), we’re committed to supporting the success of Alberta entrepreneurs. We have dedicated experts, innovative solutions and an unparalleled understanding of Alberta business.

Whether you’re starting a business, expanding it to new markets, or tackling your next entrepreneurial challenge, we’re here to help.


9:00 am Keynote Speaker: Rob Saik, Agricultural Futuristrobert-saik-ceo

In his capacity as Founder and now Global Business Development for Agri-Trend, Robert has been involved in the development of many new business processes and spearheaded several advancements in technology integration in agriculture including the development of The Agri-Data® Solution. which was a winner of Alberta’s 2002 E-business of the Year for on-line farm data management as well as 2015 Ag Innovation of the Year Award by Agri-Trade Show.


10:00 am Break


10:15 am Breakout Sessions 1 or 2 fb-post-start-ups

Session 1 – Start-Up 101

Business Start-Up 101: Business Link, Futurpreneur and Community Futures representatives will provide the basic how-to’s for a new start up, and offer guidance for ventures just beginning their entrepreneurial adventure. What is the best structure for your business? What kind of financing will you need? How do you research the market? How much do I have to spend on marketing my business? And how important is the business plan? This will be a jam-packed session of vital information.

Session 2 – Leadership in HR

How to Lead a Dysfunctional Team: Linda Wilson from The Leadership Centre in Red Deer brings this session based on Patrick Lencioni’s model from his book “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team”. Even if you wouldn’t define your team as dysfunctional, wouldn’t you love to learn how to take it to the next step of being a cohesive, high performing team? Lay a strong foundation for your journey from dysfunctional to cohesiveness; create an environment of Trust; value Conflict and open dialog while exploring differing perspectives; establish team and individual Commitment to the team’s goals; holding one another Accountable is the work of the team; and celebrating the Results as a team effort, not just for one person’s glory.


11:15 am Break


11:30 am Family Panel (To be announced)cropped-cropped-power-up-icon-concepts-dean.png



12:30 pm Lunchpomeroy-dining




1:00 pm Keynote Speaker: Jennifer Carlson, Founder of Baby Gourmetbabygourmet_jen_kitchen

A true entrepreneur, Jennifer began selling her homemade baby food at her local Calgary Farmer’s Market in 2006. The farmer’s market was a great place for market research where she incorporated the feedback from the local moms buying her food into building her growth strategy.


2:00 pm Break


2:15 pm Breakout Sessions 3 or 4 (Click to see sessions)fb-post-start-ups


Session 3 – Social Media & Marketing

Social Media and Digital Marketing: You’re trying to build an online presence and have limited budget and resources. What should you do first? In terms of marketing, start with the digital side of things. In this session, Brian Siddle of Strong Coffee Marketing will go through some of the most significant and actionable digital marketing initiatives a small business owner can do.

Session 4 – Crowdfunding & Finance

Financial Management and Crowdsourcing: ATB Financial hosts this informative and very important breakout session. An efficient and effective cash flow is critical to optimizing your business profitability. Understanding your cash flow also helps you to make more informed and timely decisions about your business finances. Learn more about Alberta BoostR, a rewards-based crowdfunding platform from ATB Financial designed for entrepreneurs and small businesses in Alberta. BoostR is ideal for businesses of all stages – from startup to well established – whether you’re looking to launch or reach the next level of growth.


3:15 pm Break


3:30 pm Keynote Speaker: MARTIN H. PARK Entrepreneur, Business Advisor, Speaker

Marty has owned and operated 13 companies since he was 21 years old. His first company was a technology startup, after which he ventured into audio production, retail, the hospitality industry and most recently advertising/marketing. The current co-owner and operator of two successful businesses, Marty is presently involved in operations in Calgary and the United States.

4:45 pm Closing Remarks – Olds Institute Print

As a non-profit community and economic development organization, The Olds Institute for Community and Regional Development is owned by the community and driven by volunteers. Also known as the Olds Institute, we leverage the resources in the community by empowering volunteers to build the innovative and entrepreneurial community that Olds has become famous for. Olds residents have opted to pitch in and support the initiatives that enhance the community and improve our quality of life.

5:00 pm Networking Lounge – Sponsored by Olds College oc-logo-gold-red_cmyk


Olds College is located between Red Deer and Calgary in the friendly town of Olds, Alberta just off the QE2 Highway.  The Olds College Brewery is located at the north end of our campus on the corner of Highway 27 and 2A in the same building as the Pomeroy Hotel.octv_olds-college-businessafterhours_4

Olds College has a 100+ year history in education supporting the agriculture and agriculture value-added sectors, so the idea of starting up a teaching brewery was seen by our board as a perfect fit for us!  So as not to reinvent the wheel, in 2012 Olds College began working with the Niagara College Teaching Brewery to create an Alberta based program.

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