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October 19, 2023

Hosted by

ATB Financial &

Community Futures Peace Country

In partnership with:
  • Smoky River Regional Economic Development

  • Conseil de Dévelopement Économique de l'Alberta

  • Northern Sunrise County Economic Development

  • Alberta Jobs, Economy and Trade

  • Peace River & District Chamber of Commerce

  • Northern Lakes College

  • Peace Region Economic Development Alliance

What it's all about!

Is YOUR business suffering from employee staffing shortages?
Do you have difficulty finding and keeping the right talent? 
Are you in tune with the resources and contacts who can help support you?
Elevate your future and put your business back on track.
 REGISTER NOW to attend the PowerUp! Forum!



Russ Dantu is an internationally renowned speaker who has been delivering workshops, seminars and keynotes on customer service, presentation skills and successful trade shows since 1997. In 2009 and again in 2010, Russ placed in the top 1% out of over 30,000. Russ Dantu placed in the Top 10 out of 30,000 people at the finals for the people competing for the coveted title of Toastmasters World Championships of Public Speaking World Championships in Las Vegas.

Russ delivers keynote, workshop and training sessions on customer service, sales, conflict resolution, dealing with difficult people, and communication. He is passionate about helping others elevate their communication skills to increase productivity, team performance, sales and organizational success. Russ designs effective solutions to solve employee issues, create a positive culture, build customer/client relations and increase customer/client retention. He has been delivering presentations on these subjects since 1999.

Jennifer Ireson, Balanced Perspectives Human Resources

At Balanced Perspectives, our mission is to assist our clients in meeting their mission with our proven track record in developing, implementing, supporting, and maintaining  Human Resource programs and best practices to help companies and employees. Growing companies need help setting up for employee success. Balanced Perspectives covers all areas of human resources from HIRE to RETIRE. ​

Our experiences range from oil and gas start-ups, professional and para-professional companies to unionized provincial & territorial governments and cash-strapped not-for-profits. 

Layne Gardner, Lynn Florence, Economic Development Officers

Economic Development is the driving force behind the development and sustainment of quality businesses and employment opportunities in our Region. Its mission is to provide progressive business-oriented leadership, fostering industry and government partnerships and advocating for advanced education opportunities to assist in the growth of the business community.  Layne Gardner will share updates and resources for current Economic Development projects in Peace River.


The Northern Sunrise Economic Development officer is committed to working with local business and industry, ensuring that they have the support they need to sustain and expand their operations; also determining viability of trade and investment opportunities to attract new businesses and industries to the region. Lynn Florence brings us news, updates, and other community resources to help you flourish.

Darren Frederick

As a consultant with Cold Lake First Nations, Darren brings us a wealth of knowledge, experience, and thoughts on methods for collaboration with Indigenous groups and stakeholders. The economic potential of the Indigenous people is vast and far reaching - and impacts you!

Intentional Networking 

Participate in this guided activity to enhance your networking skills and grow your connections! Guided by Networking Pro, Russ Dantu!

Where & When


Thursday, October 19, 2023


Chateau Nova

Peace River, AB


$75.00 full day registration


  • Full day forum attendance & materials.

  • Catered hot lunch.

  • BONUS! 20% off tickets to the Small Business Celebration Event immediately following the forum. Hosted by The Peace River & District Chamber of Commerce and Community Futures Peace Country.

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