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Symposium to focus on creating 21st century leaders

The third annual Georgie-Odette Leadership Symposium, February 6 at the Caboto Club, will attract 400 participants, including students, alumni and business leaders from the Windsor-Essex area and beyond.

“The Leadership Symposium is part of the commitment by the Odette School of Business to developing the leadership capabilities of all of our students,” said Allan Conway, dean of the Odette School of Business. “The challenge facing business today is leadership, and our leadership initiative will assess, measure, coach, and develop our students as we create opportunities for them to practise leadership skills that will equip them to take on the leadership dilemmas of the 21st century.”

The daylong event will feature three keynote speakers:

  • Chris Overholt, CEO of the Canadian Olympic Committee;
  • Avik Dey, senior principal at the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and co-founder of Coyotes Management LLC, the general partner for the Arizona Coyotes Hockey Club; and
  • Anna Maria Tremonti, host of CBC Radio’s The Current.

Fourteen other session speakers—including Richard Peddie, former CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment; Mike Brkovich, president of the Walkerville Brewery, and Tanya Todorovic, principal at the executive search frim Odgers Berndtson—will discuss their careers to provide practical advice for students and business professionals about how to realize their aspirations.

New this year is a panel of recent Odette graduates who will share what they’ve learned about how to be successful after graduation.

The symposium’s title sponsors are brothers Vincent Georgie and Trevor Georgie, both graduates of the business school.

“Bud and Ed Odette built Eastern Construction as a team,” said Vincent Georgie, now a UWindsor marketing professor. “They shared their success with the generations of students at the Odette School of Business who will benefit from their generous spirit for years to come. My brother and I recognize the importance of giving back to the Odette School of Business and the University of Windsor and we encourage others to do the same.”

 Find more information, including an agenda and online registration, on the symposium website.

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