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Power UP NORTH 2024 is all about helping businesses


We are proud to welcome a wide range of engaging speakers and instructors to support this year's themes and offer their insights and knowledge to help you get energized at this year's conference.

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Jennifer Barroll

Jennifer Barroll is a passionate communicator. With a background as an actor, media personality, and stand-up comedian, she uses her quick wit and energetic personality to deliver practical leadership training and communication tools.


Having worked with some of the biggest brands, including Nascar, Red Bull, and McDonalds, Barroll’s engaging storytelling and practical lessons empower leaders, teams, and individuals to learn, grow, and evolve in order to reach their full potential.

Barroll spent years working in the marketing and technology industries before starting her own successful marketing and communications company. In 2010, she co-developed a successful leadership and mentorship program for youth at risk, the Calgary Youth Justice Society’s “In The Lead” program. It’s still going strong today with thousands of participants.

In 2015, Barroll was named to Avenue Magazine’s “Top 40 Under 40” list in recognition of her work.

Diana Noble

Diana Noble is a self-professed serial entrepreneur living with her family in Fort McMurray.


At the tender age of 24, she stumbled into the world of entrepreneurship by accident when an opportunity landed at her feet. Instead of counting all the reasons why she wasn’t qualified or educated enough to start her own business, she tossed out the rule book and dove right in. Since then, she has successfully owned 5 separate businesses in the past 11 years spanning a variety of industries including legal, media, marketing, real estate and coaching/consulting.


Her passion for business led her to becoming an ICF Certified Business Coach where she uses her skills to help entrepreneurs take a 360° view of their business to address the gaps between where they are and where they want to be.


Through her own experience she knows that the only limits to what someone can achieve are the ones we impose on ourselves, and she enjoys partnering with entrepreneurs to bring their wildest dreams to fruition.

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Brad Kotowich

Brad is the Owner/Principal of Focused Leadership Group Ltd. His purpose in life is to nurture and align the individual and collective strengths within organizations to achieve success and ongoing growth.


His focus is on helping to build great workplace cultures, focused leaders and intentional strategy.


Since 2004, Brad has consulted with organizations of all sizes across all sectors. He is an energetic and engaging speaker that will ignite your hunger for more information following the session.



Sara Hurtubise

Lakeland HR Solutions

Sara Hurtubise founded Lakeland HR Solutions in 2017, where HR Professionals work with local organizations of different sizes and industries to meet their Human Resources needs.

Sara brings over 15 years HR experience, and passion to supporting Local Organizations and their leaders in building engaged workplace cultures. 


Cliff Turner 

ATB Financial

Cliff Turner is an Entrepreneur Ecosystem Strategist at ATB Financial, dedicated to supporting entrepreneurs throughout Alberta. His passion lies in supporting entrepreneurs in navigating the challenges and changes they encounter throughout all stages of their business journey.

Cliff has been a part of the small business ecosystem since 2005. He has founded and operated two business ventures, helped design and operate a medical supply mission effort in eastern Europe and worked with a national small business advocacy group to support Canadian small businesses. Now, as an Entrepreneur Ecosystem Strategist for ATB Financial, Cliff functions as a thinking partner, guide and connection to resources for small businesses. With a strategic and creative approach, he helps entrepreneurs deal with the challenges their business must face and the opportunities before them.

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Jason Garner


Jason was born and raised in northern Alberta and has spent his entire life in the region. He has spent the last 25 years of his career working in and for companies that support the Oil & Gas industry.


Although he enjoyed a successful career in Oil & Gas, he always knew that there was something more he wanted to do with his experience. Jason's passion lies in helping entrepreneurs and small businesses succeed using his extensive knowledge of industry to guide and advice. He believes that everyone deserves a chance to succeed and is committed to helping others achieve their goals.

When not working Jason enjoys spending time with his two teenage daughters coaching their activities and relaxing at the lake.


Juanita Marois

Metis Crossing


Please Note:  Speakers may change without notice.

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