Presented in Partnership with The Ignite Leadership SummitThe Ignite Leadership conference is happening on March 12 – 14, 2017 at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. I think this conference and its theme is well timed for Albertans. If you haven’t already looked into it, you should. What I love about Ignite is that it disrupts traditional views of leadership conferences. Gone are boring and dry presentations, replaced with fireside chats, panels, workshops, and outdoor exploration. This is your chance to get educated and inspired through innovative session formats including: workshops, panels, high performance breakouts, one-on-one sessions and sessions that get you moving, all in one of the most beautiful settings in the world! It might just be the thing that puts you on the course you’ve been wishing you were on. There are a lot of reasons that each person would be interested in attending – and these are my top 10.

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The theme of the conference is to ignite your resilience – let’s face it, sometimes you just want to call it a day, but a successful leader knows how to be resilient and to lead others to be as well. And with a workplace environment that’s seemingly changing every day, being resilient is a much-needed skill to have.

Become a better leader

The work force is also looking for and celebrating leaders. Gone are the days of where a packed resume could get you a job. No, you need to rise above the crowd, you need to be able to inspire your co-workers and peers. You need to lead them into their own professional futures. Ignite will teach you crucial skills like the art of Flawless Execution, Design Thinking and Purpose Mapping.

Mountain Activities

It’s a conference that utilizes what Banff has to offer – the great outdoors with different activities that will help you become a better leader by promoting balance in your life like yoga, hiking and mountain meditation. So don’t feel bad to close your laptop and take in the fresh air. It’s the best of both worlds.


Just like the one at Everest, but with cell phone chargers. Basecamp at Ignite will be your hub for the conference. That’s where you’ll find a one-of-a-kind expo featuring fantastic vendors, engaging demos and presentations and the Summit community lounge. You’ll also be able to book one on one sessions with vendors. This is your chance to squeeze in every value of the ticket. It’s about connections that will push you upwards and that all starts at Basecamp.

Rescue Dogs

One of the sessions includes a Rescue Dog Demo from the Canadian Avalanche Rescue Dog Association. Dogs! If you’re wondering what this has to do with resilience, this quote from the site will clear that up for you, “Because avalanches are an imminent hazard, the teams maintain a constant readiness to respond when needed, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. ‘When you’re buried, every second counts.’”

The Banff Centre

People dream of going to Banff even once in their life. This is your chance to go to Banff for work! It’s one of the most beautiful places in the world. Any chance you get to go out to Banff should be seized. The Banff Centre is a creative hub in the mountains. Not only will you be staying here, but you will also have multiple opportunities to take tours of the facilities and learn more about what is done there.


There is usually networking at most conferences, but with interactive activities, it will be even easier to network the other people at the seminar. A lot of the networking opportunities will take place at the Basecamp, or at some of the social events around town. It’s amazing how much you can learn from meeting like-minded people, so make sure you take advantage of these opportunities.


There is a diverse set of speakers with backgrounds in different areas of resilience. Including a Top Gun Marine Fighter Pilot, an adventure photographer,Certified Executive Coach, the creator of the Making Magnificence Project and disaster researchers.

Learn to Benefit Your Team

One of the great things about this conference is that, if you can become more resilient, then your teams will too. One of the keynote sessions is Ignite Positivity! Workplace Practices That Transform Culture with Deborah Connors from Well-Advised Consulting Inc. Taking something back to your team will be an added bonus!


Stop spinning

Still not sure? I’ll tell you this much. No one can force you to start to take control of your life and your career. You have to do it. And you have to be purposeful about it. The world we live in moves fast and people are learning new skills each and everyday. The Ignite Leadership Conference is a perfect combination of education and adventure, with a splash on inspiration and yes, a little hope. If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, be sure to grab your ticket.

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Are you interested in going to this conference? I have one pass to give away, valued at $1,199. To enter, add a comment about what you would accomplish at work and/or at home with some added resilience. Contest closes February 26th.

Mike Morrison


  1. As someone who works solo from home on various projects designed to bring adventure and inspiration into people’s lives, this event sounds like the perfect blend. Most of my business, writing and photography takes place around tourism and I’d like to bring back the unqiueness of discovery and get away from the bland boring packaged tours that have turned adventure into a commodity.

  2. As a freelancer working from home specializing in tourism, I sometimes find it hard to “break out”, be proactive and do the networking needed to lead efforts to grow tourism in the smaller communities around me. Gaining insight from others and learning from peers may help get me out of bad patterns.

  3. I have a great team, but I would like to take them to the next level and make them amazing. They work so hard providing support to families who have kids with disabilities so I want to work hard for them.

    Also, my work and home life cross over a great deal (I have two kids with disabilities). I would love the opportunity to build on how to use my personal knowledge yet still keeping balance in my life:)

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