We’re so excited for Ignite. Empower. Innovate. 2016, we couldn’t wait to pick the brains of some of our brilliant session facilitators, panelists and keynote speakers. We hope you’ll enjoy getting to know them before the conference and that you’ll take the opportunity to connect in person.

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We’re thrilled to host celebrated Canadian fashion designer and inspirational speaker Linda Lundström as our lunch keynote speaker at Ignite. Empower. Innovate. 2016.

Linda founded her eponymous brand in 1974 and has more than 34 years experience in the fashion industry, designing and building the Linda Lundström brand and a state-of- the-art Canadian lean manufacturing facility. She is recognized leader and influencer in the fashion, business, and manufacturing industries, and educational institutes.

A recipient of numerous awards, Linda has received three honourary PhDs, was named to the Order of Ontario in 1995, and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013. She is recognized as a champion of First Nations awareness and ethical manufacturing practices — and proudly uses the label ‘Made in Canada’.

Linda is a gifted storyteller and will generously share her experience of great success and great failure with humour and mischievousness. We know we’ll walk away inspired to move forward in our careers, to embrace the ‘f’ word (failure), and to have faith in ourselves and our businesses.

What can participants expect to learn during your keynote session?

“The audience will learn to look at their lives with a new perspective.”


What advice would you give to your younger self at the start of your career?

“Linda, you don’t need to try to please everybody.”


What skill do you think is most important for women to master in order to advance their career, and why?

“The ability to communicate directly, honestly, with positive intentions.”

What do women need to lead in the 21st century economy?

“A sense of purpose, a higher calling, a vision and the ability to inspire.”

What part of the event are you most excited about?

“I love gatherings with women who are curious, who are open to learn and generous to share. I am inspired by them and know that I will meet at least one person who was sent there for me to meet by Divine Appointment. That’s exciting!”

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