Athena Leadership Changeleaders Conference


On November 2, 2016, nearly 500 changeleaders converged in downtown Winnipeg, taking in exciting opportunities to connect and grow together.  The conference, Canada’s first millennial leadership development conference, featured powerful keynotes and discussion panels and sold out in less than 5 business days. Athena’s goal was to bring learning and opportunity to more millennial women in Manitoba and on November 2, we changed the conversation, changed perspective, and changed our future - together.

As a result of changeleaders, Athena Leadership was able to donate $20,000 to the scholarship fund, announce a new donation of $5,000 to Ka Ni Kanichihk through our friends at United Way Winnipeg, and increase the grantable amount of the Leader of Tomorrow Scholarship to $3,000.


Manitoba’s first millennial leadership conference

November 2, 2016
Fairmont Winnipeg
2 Lombard Place

Athena Leadership is proud to host changeleaders, the first of its kind in the Canadian Prairies. The conference, with proceeds benefiting community and scholarship development, will feature powerful keynotes and discussion panels with over 400 young leaders in attendance. changeleaders will develop tangible and definable leadership skills that can be put into action immediately: changeleaders is for the development of Manitoba Millennial Women and Men and those within the community who recognize the value of supporting millennial leaders. changeleaders is a place for change agents; gathering hundreds of Manitoba’s brightest millennials, important entrepreneurs, creative leaders, and community heavyweights together.

Nicole Verkindt, Founder of OMX (Offset Market Exchange)


Nicole Verkindt

Founder, OMX (Offset Market Exchange)

Nicole Verkindt is the Founder & President of Canadian technology company, OMX ( The platform is the only one in the world that manages obligations that government contractors have to invest in local businesses. The platform is an online marketplace to help companies attract investment and increase their exports from foreign government contractors whom have to spend locally as a result of government contracts (offsets). It is the first software built that provides real-time electronic tracking and data analytics of the exact economic benefits that flow to local companies. It is a truly innovative platform, used by the worlds largest contractors such as Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems and Suncor (oil & gas), and is the only one of its kind globally. Having penetrated the Canadian market, they are now successfully expanding globally. Previously, she led a manufacturing business selling to Governments around the world.

Nicole is also on the Board of the Canadian Crown Corporation, CCC (Canadian Commercial Corporation) that performs all government to government contracts between Canada and other countries around the world. She is also on the Board of the Peter Munk School of Global Affairs, known for their Munk Debates. Further, she is a weekly commentator on CBC’s business show, The Exchange “Round Up” and CBC “On the Money” focusing on technology and business news. She is also a “Dragon” on Next Gen Dragon’s Den, which is dedicated to early stage technology businesses. 



Kim Ulmer

Kim Ulmer, MBA

Regional President, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and North Western Ontario, Royal Bank of Canada

Paul Soubry

Paul Soubry

President & CEO, New Flyer Industries


Laurie Bonten

Laurie Bonten

Senior Vice President, Senior Investment Advisor, Bonten Wealth Management Group at National Bank Financial

Sonia Prevost Derbecker

Sonia Prevost Derbecker

Vice President, Education, Indspire

MaryAnn Kempe

MaryAnn Kempe

Chief Human Resources Officer, Birchwood Automotive Group

Kim Jeremic

Kim Jeremic

President, EQ3

Chrissy Troy


Chrissy Troy

Co-host of The Ace Burpee Show, 103.1 Virgin Radio

Lindy Norris

Panel Moderator

Lindy Norris

Founder & President, Athena Leadership, Director of Business Development and Marketing, Pitblado Law

What Millennials Want
  • Contribute meaningfully to their organization

  • Create positive social and environmental change

  • Collaborate with a diverse group of people

  • Develop a successful and enriching career as a senior leader

  • Invest themselves in work they are passionate about

Why You Should Attend
  • Be inspired and motivated by changeleaders

  • Develop tangible leadership skills that can be put into action immediately

  • Connect with and build a tribe of like-minded individuals

  • Attend a conference that's dedicated to the professional and personal growth of millennials, a first of it's kind in the Canadian Prairies

What Changeleaders Will Do
  • Inspire young leaders to think bigger in personal and professional development

  • Help connect millennials in Manitoba

  • Nurture and expand leadership capacity, providing tangible advice to move forward

  • Foster world-changing ideas, community impact, and collaboration








Bronze Sponsors

Athena Leadership is committed to enriching and empowering millennial women and men as leaders. We understand millennial women are interested in a forum to develop genuine relationships, be inspired by insightful speakers with tangible advice, and focus on key issues facing them. They routinely seek out advice on how to find and build their passions all while working in a globally connected world. They want to know how to connect with “their tribe”, how to live and lead an authentic life, how to lean in together, and how to turn adversity into opportunity. We want to help them find all of these answers and more.