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Cultural Experiences and Wellness Breaks

Power UP NORTH 2023 is about The Future Focused Entrepreneur 

and that's why this year's themes are centered around Future Proof Business Finances, Future of Tourism and The Future Face of Employment.

At Power Up North 2023 we are proud to offer a wide selections of Cultural Experiences and Wellness Breaks through out the conference. It is our goal to provide unique mental health breaks as well as entertaining and educational cultural experiences for the enjoyment of attendees.

Wellness Breaks

Wednesday - Breakout Room 3

Topic: Box Breathing

Box or Square Breathing is an effective relaxation technique you can use anywhere, anytime! Many high-pressure professions, such as the military, professional athletes, and nurses already utilize this technique to calm down the nervous system and regain focus. All you need is your breath and imagination

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Alanna Ansell

Alanna has been a member of the Counselling and Wellness Team at Portage College for the past 5 years. She enjoys developing and implementing mental health initiatives and encourages everyone to take part in their wellbeing. Alanna has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Alberta and is working towards a master’s in counselling psychology.

Wednesday - Breakout Room 1

Topic: Vitamin Injections

Vitamin injections are a great way to get essential vitamins and minerals into your system quickly and efficiently. I offer these injections as a convenient solution for those who may struggle to consume or absorb the necessary daily amount of vitamins through diet alone. These injections can help improve energy levels, improve mood, encourage weight loss, and promote overall health and wellbeing. Whether you're looking to supplement your diet or just give yourself an extra boost, vitamin injections could be the perfect choice!

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Dr. Kathryn King  BSc., ND 

Kathryn King is a Naturopathic Doctor who practices in Lloydminster, Canada. She earned a BSc. in Biology from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver before attending the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto. Dr. King's background in science, coupled with her extensive experience in Vipassana Meditation and 20 years of Yoga, have fueled her keen interest in the physiological and energetic aspects of wellness.


She focuses in physical medicine, including acupuncture, dry needling, cupping, craniosacral therapy and injection therapy. Above all else, she is dedicated to addressing the root cause of her patient's concerns—often originating from gut issues or hormone imbalances.


Dr. King's approach is comprehensive and varied due to her vast travels, volunteer work experiences with her own health journey, and years of observing patients make life-changing decisions to improve themselves.


She believes that healthcare should be understandable for all people regardless of medical knowledge level so she strives to explain everything without confusing jargon. All of Dr. King's efforts are dedicated to bringing natural healing to her patients through whole-person care.

Wednesday - Breakout Room 2

Topic: Singing Bowls

Using the relaxing frequencies of sound to bring harmony to the mind and balance out the brain. Ideal to end the seminar day so participants can leave feeling relaxed.


Nikki Zahara

Certified Crystal Singing Bowl Practitioner, Meditation Practitioner, Essential Oil Curator, Reiki and Access Bars Practitioner.

Wednesday - 4:30 – 6:00/6:30pm

Topic: Headshots

Having a professional headshot is important for a business owner because it creates a strong first impression and establishes credibility.


It can convey professionalism, trustworthiness, and approachability, which are crucial for building relationships with clients, partners, and customers.


A well-done headshot can also align with the brand image and help the business owner stand out in a competitive market.

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Susie O’Connor - Images Studio

Welcome to Image Studios! I'm Susie O’Connor, the creative force behind this family-owned portrait photography business that specializes in capturing the essence of people. With a deep appreciation for freezing moments in time, I had the privilege of working alongside my father, fostering artistic growth while preserving memories. My journey began in our Cold Lake studio and have since extended to serve the Bonnyville, Saint Paul, Lac La Biche, and Lloydminster areas.

 I've garnered numerous provincial and national accolades, culminating in my recent honor as Portrait Photographer of the Year in Alberta.


In an era where selfies abound, my passion lies in crafting portraiture that stands the test of time. At Image Studios, we harmonize a fresh and fun approach with timeless techniques to create portraits that exude natural elegance and relaxation, ensuring they become cherished heirlooms for generations to come.

Wednesday - 4:30 – 6:30pm

Topic: Axe Throwing

Have you ever tried Axe Throwing?

Have some fun and destress during the break with Axes & Apples.

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Axes & Apples

Established in the height of the COVID pandemic of 2021, Axes & Apples opened its doors and has quickly become a popular destination for the Lakeland community.  Growing as an international sport, axe throwing is becoming a family favourite for all skill levels.

The 'Apples' quickly becomes apparent with a menu of more than 50 varieties of hard apple cider, both from across Canada and around the globe, including a selection of non-alcoholic beers and ciders.

And as an added surprise to first time visitors, Axes & Apples hosts a lineup of retro arcade games of more than 15 titles from the 80s and 90s, still just 25¢ to play!


Axes & Apples will be featured with their mobile axe throwing platform, available from 4:30-6:30pm at the Power Up North Entrepreneurs Conference.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Bizz Houck

Calling Cold Lake his home for more than 10 years, Bizz has built Axes & Apples with the intent to give back and provide a safe environment for the community to enjoy.

A decorated veteran with more than 16 years of service, Bizz continues to dedicate himself as a member in the Canadian Armed Forces regular force, standing as an example that military members can pursue entrepreneurial dreams and ideas while continuing their commitment to defending national interests.

Thursday - Breakout Room

Topic: Massage therapist

5 minute Back/Neck Massage


Massage Therapist

There are some things in life where it's better to receive than to give, and massage is one of them. 

5 minutes of various massage will help all the participants feel better and happy. 

Cultural experiences


Wednesday - 6:45pm

Topic: Kehewin Native Dance Theatre

Dancing the RED PATH: Various pow wow dance styles and their histories. Dancers share their dance style with traditional stories of each dance being shared.

Kehewin Native Dance Theatre

Founded in 1991 by Melvin and Rosa John, Kehewin is Native Theatre, Dance and Storytelling. It is community workshops, interactive performances and classroom visits.

Kehewin tours Storytelling and Dance Theatre shows nationally and internationally for audiences of all ages. Our troupe was voted 3rd favorite dance company in Alberta, Canada in 2005 during Alberta Scene in Ottawa, Canada.

We have toured throughout the world, performing in Switzerland, new Zealand, Germany, Italy, France, Mexico, Ecuador, the U.S., Canada and Australia.

Every Summer Kehewin provides theatre and dance training for Native youth during the Summer Training Program in the Kehewin studios on Kehewin First Nation. We also provide Native Studies, Craft, Dance and Theatre workshops to interested communities and schools.

Training has become an integral part of Kehewin annual operations. Kehewin has developed its own training process, which we have named NAH (this means ‘here’ or ‘take this’ in several Native languages). This process is community oriented and culturally based. We have also developed a community workshop manual that is now used throughout Canada.

Kehewin Native Dance Theatre also provides resource materials about community theatre and native Studies.

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Thursday - 8:00am

Topic: Four Directions Bracelet

The four directions have been honored since time immemorial where by each direction represents a state of being, Spiritual, Physical, Emotional and Mental. The four directions also recognize and honour the four races of mankind, each is represented by a color: Red, White, Black and Yellow.

The bracelet – with four colors placed on leather – represents the Circle of Life.

The four directions

EAST – Yellow            SOUTH – Red

WEST – Black            NORTH – White

Robert Rayko

Robert Rayko is a Cree man who is a member of Whitefish Lake First Nation #128.  He is also the Cultural and Community Facilitator for Portage College. In this role he works collaboratively with staff and faculty to develop programs improving cultural awareness, to decolonize the College’s programs and services and to incorporate Indigenous Ceremony.  He does this work through connecting with Elders and Knowledge Keepers from the seven First Nations and four Métis Communities in the College’s region.

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