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Disruption, Data and Determination

Join us for an exclusive opportunity to learn, be inspired and network in downtown Calgary.

  • Learn best practices from industry leaders and top faculty in strategy and analytics at Smith
  • Be inspired by four-time Olympic medalist, long track speed skater, Denny Morrison
  • Network with business leaders and fellow members of the Queen’s community

Seating is limited and this event will sell out quickly. Register today to reserve your spot.

Proceeds to support the Dean's Innovation Fund at Smith School of Business.


  • October 23
  • 10:00am-2:30pm
  • Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire, Wildrose Ballroom
    255 Barclay Parade SW,
  • 79 (half day - morning or afternoon)
    99 (full day)
    Both options include lunch


10:00am Doors Open
Registration and welcome
10:30am Thriving in a World of Disruption
A lecture with Dr. Elspeth Murray and guests.
11:45am Lunch + Keynote
An inspiring session with Canadian Olympian Denny Morrison
1:15pm Machine Learning and Analytics
A look into the implications for the future of business, with Professor Stephen Thomas


Elspeth Murray
Associate Dean, MBA Programs

Thriving in a World of Disruption
Disruption is a fact of life for companies – and industries alike. How do we create more agile and resilient organizations in an environment that is increasingly volatile, complex and ambiguous? Join strategy professor Elspeth Murray and Calgary-based Queen's alumni Rob Bennett, Dino DeLuca and Phil Klassen to learn more about how your business can thrive in an ever-changing world.

Denny Morrison
Canadian Olympic Speed Skater

One of Canada’s most decorated long track speed skaters, four-time Olympic medalist Denny Morrison’s athletic career has been marked by defeat and disappointment, triumph and teamwork. Denny will share stories and inspiration from his Olympic journey.

Stephen Thomas
Adjunct Faculty

Machine learning and analytics are quickly becoming the most important general-purpose technologies of our era. From Siri to self-driving cars to beating humans at chess and Jeopardy, machine learning technologies are an ultra-powerful force in our lives. Analytics professor Stephen Thomas will demystify machine learning with success stories from the world of business, share the latest research and take a look to the future implications for these technologies.