There has been a shift in the way we work.

Employers today are looking for a new kind of leader; one who understands and practices the soft skills required to innovate in any field. Today’s industries demand value-based leadership and people with the essential communication skills needed to help companies adapt to change.

The 2018 IxL Conference is a 1-day professional development event that invites you to discover new principles of innovation by leadership, giving you an opportunity to practice these essential skills before you graduate. BCITSA Career Services has developed this full day of keynote speakers, panel discussions, and hands-on practice sessions to provide you with an opportunity to learn directly from industry professionals in management roles, as they help you grow into a leader in your field.



Schedule – April 7, 2018

8:00 am Registration & Networking
8:30 am Welcome Address: SA + Sponsors
9:00 am Keynote Speaker: Trevor O’Rourke
9:55 am Breakout Session Speaker Introductions
10:00 am Break & Transition Great Hall
10:30 am Breakout Sessions: Know Your Why?

Reggie Mueller | Martin Hunter | Tiffany Elsener | Jennifer Curleigh

11:30 am Networking Lunch Great Hall
12:30 pm “If not You, Then Who?” – A Musical Key Note with Lowry Olafson
1:00 pm Panel: Approaches to Innovation & Leadership at Work

Manisha Narula | Stacey Mulcahy | Tiffany Chester | Naitik Mehta

1:55 pm Breakout Session Speaker Introduction
2:00 pm Break & Transition Great Hall
2:10 pm Breakout Sessions: Adding Value to Your Work

Mandy Hansen | Chris Hardwick | Vanessa McCormick | Eliana Carrillo

3:10 pm Break & Transition Great Hall
3:20 pm Keynote Speaker: Mark Brand
4:20 pm Closing Remarks
4:30 pm Event Ends


keynote speaker trevor orourke

Trevor O’Rourke

Regional Manager,

keynote speaker mark brand

Mark Brand

CEO, MB Inc. & President,
Positive Access Link

musical keynote

Lowry Olafson

Songwriter and Professional Speaker

reggie mueller

Reggie Mueller

Regional Sales Leader,
First West Insurance

martin hunter

Martin Hunter


tiffany elsener

Tiffany Elsener

Training Manager,

jennifer curleigh

Jennifer Curleigh

Culture Collaborator,
SPARK Creations

manisha narula

Manisha Narula

Director of Education,
League of Innovators


stacey mulcahy

Stacey Mulcahy

Project Manager,
Microsoft Labs

tiffany chester

Tiffany Chester

Head of Marketing,
Light House Labs

naitik mehta

Naitik Mehta


mandy hansen

Mandy Hansen

Insight Specialty Consulting

chris hardwick

Chris Hardwick

The Executive Committee

eliana carrillo

Eliana Carrillo

Communications Director,
Ledcor Construction

vanessa mccormick

Vanessa McCormick

Executive Director,
VLM Solutions Services




Who Can Participate?

Current part time and full time BCIT student can participate. However, the applicants will be screened as per their applications and only selected students will be invited for the conference by March 30th , 2018

What is the difference between innovation and leadership?

Innovation is often viewed as: the application of better solutions through more-effective products, processes, services, technologies, or business models. Leadership is a process of social influence in which a person can enlist the aid and support of others in the accomplishment of a common task. The combination of these two skills will help you to become more successful in your career.

What will I get out of it?

Like any conference, you take away as much as you put in. Meaning: we’ll bring the knowledge and experience, you bring the curiosity and eagerness to learn. Expect to walk away with a new definition of leadership and a competitive edge over your classmates. All conference attendees will also receive a Certificate of Participation.

Sounds Amazing. How do I register?

Currently enrolled BCIT students can apply for a 2018 IxL Conference Pass by filling out their application form here. Eligible applicants will be contacted with details about picking up their pass and preparing for the conference.

Where can I see the list of speakers?

Click Here

Will there be food?

Yes. All meals at the conference are included in your registration. Please indicate any dietary restrictions on your application form.

Can I bring a guest with me?

No. Conference passes are by invite only, selected through an application process.

Do I have to pre-register for sessions I want to attend?

Yes. Individual breakout sessions need to be pre-registered. Keynotes and open panels do not require pre-registration. Click here for more details.

Is the IxL Conference related to Peak Leadership in any way?

IxL Conference programming was built around the pillars of the Peak Leadership program including: …

Is there a dress code?

Yes. Please dress in business casual. We also recommend comfortable shoes.

Where can I get more information or ask a question about the 2018 IxL Conference?

General questions can be directed to Darshana Dave at BCITSA Career Services.

Email: ddave@bcitsa.ca