Speaker Series Supports High River’s Economic Recovery


HIGH RIVER, AB: As part of the Town of High River’s strategies for economic recovery after the 2013 flood, two of Canada’s most sought-after public speakers on business and marketing will be coming to town to share their inspirational stories and motivating experiences with the community.

“Our local businesses are key to the foundation and quality of life we enjoy in High River,” said Mayor Craig Snodgrass. “This is why we are doing everything possible to support our current businesses, as well as attract new ones to the community.”

The event will feature Frank O’Dea, who will tell his rags to riches story, from living on the street to becoming one of Canada’s most successful entrepreneurs, including founding The Second Cup. “We think Mr. O’Dea’s story will resonate with High River residents, many of whom have had to face their own challenges since the flood,” said Sharon McCormick, manager of planning – renewal operations for the Town.

Attendees will also hear from Max Valiquette, an expert in youth culture, media and marketing, who will speak on successfully managing a multigenerational workplace. “This is a topic that all small and large businesses deal with on a daily basis,” says McCormick. “Mr. Valiquette will provide business owners with information on how to capitalize on the varied skills of their employees, as well as assist them with creating a productive and effective workforce.”

The event will be held on Wednesday, Mar. 25 at the Highwood Golf and Country Club in High River. Networking, cocktails and appetizers will begin at 5 p.m., with the two presentations and book signing by Frank O’Dea to follow.

Special early bird tickets are on sale now for a limited time and can be purchased online at www.highriver.ca. This event has been made possible through a grant from The Calgary Foundation.