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Sessions Speaker: Barbara May on Stumbling Blocks

Barbara MayStumbling blocks can be one of the biggest hurdles for a workforce if not dealt with properly… But stumbling blocks can be overcome and Barbara May can show you how! Through use of communication, problem solving and decision making activities to help people develop their teamwork skills, Barbara will guide you through the Stumbling Blocks Challenge so you can help turn stumbling blocks into building blocks! 


Presented by: Barbara May, Founder & CEO of Stumbling Blocks Team Building Seminars

With more than two decades of work experience behind her in fields as diverse as sport and recreation, education, not-for-profit management, entertainment and government, Barbara brings a uniquely powerful mix of personal stories, humorous examples, and real-world insight to her programs and clients. By talking openly about her struggles and triumphs, Barbara helps individuals and teams see and get past their stumbling blocks and be happy, motivated and productive.

Agenda for 2018 now available

The schedule is set for the 2018 Power Up! Alberta Entrepreneur’s Conference.

The conference is expanding this year with a hospitality evening the night of Monday, November 5 at the Big Rack Rentals Cow Palace at Olds Regional Exhibition. The evening’s purpose is showcasing local businesses that help to put Olds on the map, from small start-ups to expanding enterprises. Appetizers and a cash bar will be available as guests network and build connections leading into the full conference day on Tuesday.

The morning starts Tuesday with Registration and Check-in, and following opening remarks, futurist Nikolas Badminton will take the stage to open our conference. Following his presentation, three break-out sessions allow guests to join small groups of special interest and learning. The morning sessions will feature Catapult Entrepreneurs’ session, “Entrepreneur 101”, a brand-building session with Dwayne Holland titled “Positioned for Growth”, and Barbara May speaking to the topic of an integrated workforce, “Turning Stumbling Blocks into Building Blocks”.

A service provider showcase and lunch break allows for guests to continue networking and information gathering suited to their needs. Following these activities, popular social media speaker Joe Whitbread from Jo(e) Social Media Inc. will address the plenary group about the impact social media has in business today.

The afternoon break-out sessions will deliver content on sales and financing, with “Raising Capital” presented by Business Link, “The Pitch” from ATB’s Hannah Cree, and “The 10 Most Powerful Questions You Should Ask in Every Sales Meeting” with Kim Orlesky. Finally, ATB’s Vice President and Chief Economist Todd Hirsch wraps up the day with his closing keynote address.

Registration is now open on Tickets to the Monday evening event are included for registrants to the conference, and are $25 if not attending the conference.

For the full agenda of the day’s events, click here.

For details about Power Up!, please contact Harvey Walsh at Olds Institute, 403-556-1105 or email

Join our LinkedIN groups page and share your story


We’ve setup a LinkedIN group page here. Join up and share your story before, during and after the conference. Online networking is a great way to be in touch with other entrepreneurs in the region. What is your story? What’s your entrepreneurial story? Startup or growing or looking for new innovative ways to energize your business?


This all day conference is on Wednesday March 29th in Olds AB.

Get your tickets here. We offer Early Bird (until March 15th) and Student specials.

Let’s get social! Use: #powerupAB


Powered by ATB Business – Sponsor & Partner


At ATB Financial (, 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.

This all day conference is on Wednesday March 29th in Olds AB.

Get your tickets here. We offer Early Bird (until March 15th) and Student specials.

Let’s get social! Use: #powerupAB



Olds College signs on as Business Networking Sponsor

Olds College and the Olds College Brewery is coming on board as the conference’s official business networking sponsor.


From the Olds College Brewery website:

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.

The brewing industry in Alberta and Canada is growing rapidly.  We are seeing increasing numbers of craft breweries driven largely by strong consumer demand for a greater variety of great tasting, local craft beers.

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.

As a result of the Niagara partnership, we created a state of the art 2,000 square foot facility dedicated to teaching students the art and science behind brewing the best beer possible. Our brewing equipment is tailored for small commercial production with six 1,000 liter commercial fermenters plus eight 100 liter pilot systems used for testing recipes and for niche brewing.  Our fist student intake was in the fall of 2013 and we began to produce our first commercial brews in January, 2014.

In the spirit of working with and supporting the brewing industry, we are also starting to offer research and testing services to other breweries through the Olds College Centre for Innovation laboratories … our research arm.  We are quite excited about this as it is a first for Canada and it will help to raise the quality level of beer across the country even further!

As a working brewery we are a ‘social enterprise’.  This means we sell beer.  We sell cans, bottles, and kegs via our on-campus beer-store as well as at leading bars, restaurants, and liquor retailers across central Alberta!   As a social enterprise we are not profit driven.  All revenue from beer sales goes toward supporting education and in doing so, the brewing industry.  Our only goal is to train the next generation right and to produce the best beer possible while doing so.

We produce all types of beer and train students in all beer styles, so we are constantly turning out new and creative seasonal brews in addition to our four ‘core’ brands .





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. Guests can look forward to a deluxe complimentary hot breakfast, state-of-the-art fitness facility, pool, hot tub, waterslide, and fully equipped business centre. All this is yours along with exceptionally comfortable rooms and always-friendly service. There are few hotels in Olds, Alberta that offer the convenience, value and amenities of the Pomeroy.

Stay in any one of our 82 comfortable and functional rooms and suites and enjoy first-class amenities like Hypnos Sleep System beds with premium Eden Indulgence linens, flat screen TVs, ergonomic workstations, free Wifi Internet and Keurig Coffee station with a selection of Starbucks coffee.. Or enjoy the comforts of home in one of our spacious, full kitchen suites. Experience the freedom to cook your meals to your liking while staying with us and let us be Your Home Away from Home.

With a 5,800 sq. ft. conference centre and an onsite restaurant & lounge bar, the Just Jacks, and the Olds College microbrewery ( the beers can be bought in Just Jacks!), the Pomeroy Inn & Suites at Olds College is poised to become the town’s premiere affordable hotel located on the beautiful Olds College campus within walking distance to the Treatment Wetlands and Botanic Gardens.

The Olds College Brewery, which houses the Brew master and Brewery Operations Diploma program and also the commercial component for future Olds College beer. Why not purchase a Growler on site and enjoy locally made beers as and when you like!