Emerging Project Management Trends

Speakers - Symposium 2022

Speaker Profiles


Manjit Minhas - Keynote Speaker

  • Co-star of CBC's Dragons’ Den
  • Founder of the 10th Largest Brewery in the World
  • Host of The Manjit Minhas Podcast

About Manjit Minhas

Manjit Minhas is an award-winning, born and raised Calgarian, engineering student turned beer baroness entrepreneur who founded Minhas Breweries, Distilleries, and Wineries at the ripe age of 19 years old with her brother, Ravinder Minhas, who has grown the company to the 10th largest brewery in North America. Selling over 7 billion pints of world class beer!

She is the host of a Top 10 Apple Podcast (The Manjit Minhas Podcast) where she interviews top business leaders and CEO to gain insight and to hear how you can too walk the path of success. She is an accomplished public speaker and mentor. Minhas is widely recognized for her role as the straight-talking tough Dragon investor with flair on the multi-award-winning CBC show, Dragons’ Den for the last 7 years/season.

Manjit’s leadership has been recognized numerous times including Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, Alberta Centennial Medallion, Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of The Year, Chatelaine Magazine’s Top Entrepreneur Woman of The Year, and Forbes and PROFIT Magazines Top 100 Women Entrepreneurs in Canada.

Manjit sits on numerous public, private and charitable boards and is actively involved in her community to support Canadian entrepreneurs and women’s initiatives. Manjit lives in Calgary with her husband and two young daughters.


Alan Mallory

  • Professional Speaker
  • Author of The Family that Conquered Everest
  • Mountaineer and Avid Adventurer

About Alan Mallory

Alan is an international speaker, author and performance coach who is passionate about leadership and reaching new heights in all that we do! His unique philosophy of life revolves around empowering people and embracing an agile mentality focused on relationships and results. By understanding what drives and motivates us, we are able to cultivate more innovative and effective ways of thinking and taking action. Alan holds a degree in engineering from Queen’s University and a masters in psychology from Adler University, giving him a well-balanced approach to the outer and inner challenges we all face.

Alan has worked internationally with large organizations as a professional engineer and project manager developing patents and solutions to complex challenges in the mining and metals industry. Building experience through a lifestyle of adventure and challenge, Alan embarked on the journey of a lifetime and set a world record

on Mount Everest along with three members of his immediate family. He is also an accomplished musician specializing in the electric violin – a distinctive talent that he integrates into many of his programs.


Brent Peckover


About Brent Peckover

Mr. Peckover delivers innovation programs to develop new product lines, as well as projects for external clients that leverage global resources. At Christie, Brent built the global PMO and is now launching new products designed to disinfect indoor spaces around people using light.

Brent’s passion is building high-performing teams that solve problems today but look to create a brighter, safer world for future generations.


Aina Aliieva

Agile Coach | Scaled Agile | Enterprise Coach | Speaker| Top 30

About Aina Alive

Aina Alive is an entrepreneur and an acclaimed Agile coach who is enabling people to build thriving tech careers. 

As a founder of Bee Agile Tutoring, Youth Career Consultant, Mentor, and Speaker, she is helping people to cultivate the required skills and knowledge that is needed to succeed in the tech industry. A highly sought after and engaging coach, her coaching includes courses and workshops to equip future Tech Leaders for the roles like Scrum Master, Product Owner and Project Manager with the right mindset, tools, and techniques.

Mentoring 100+ people Aina noticed similar questions and mistakes people make while pivoting their careers. This gave her an idea for her book “It starts with you” released in March 2022.

She has been featured in Top 30 Female Entrepreneurs in 2021 by The NYC Journal, helped more than 100 people to get their dream job and contributed insightful pieces to the NASA Space Apps event.


Dale Van Looyen

About Dale Van Looyen

Dale is a globally recognized authority in IT Asset Management and is currently serving on a Committee of Experts formulating ISO standards for IT Asset Management Systems (ITAMS) and leads the ITAM practice at NewRocket, one of the world’s largest ServiceNow advisory and consulting organizations. Her 20+ year career includes strategic roles in Project and Program Execution, Procurement and Supply Chain leadership, and Service Management Program leadership, as well as successfully launching several business ventures.

Focused on helping her customers build cross functional Policy, Process and Governance (PPG) frameworks for IT Asset Management, Dale supports organizations on their journey towards greater security and resiliency, financial efficiency, successful transformation, and improved customer experience.


Hayley Kellett and Jay Reid

  • Co-founders of The Making-Box
  • Adaptability coaches 
  • Structured improvisers

About Hayley Kellett and Jay Reid

The pace of workplace change is accelerating. Hayley Kellett (she/her) and Jay Reid (he/him) offer teams tools to access and activate their adaptability with little fuss and maximal joy. Since 2013 they have served a diverse spectrum of organizations across the world including Shopify, Google, The Nature Conservancy of Canada, The University of Calgary and even a forensic firm through their organization, The Making-Box -- which believe it or not, started as an improv comedy theatre. Weird, right?

Hayley and Jay value discovery, community and accountability, and believe in the transformative power of blending aha-moments with haha-moments. So, when working with them you can expect to leave feeling a little lighter than when you arrived.

Both Hayley and Jay are recipients of Guelph, Ontario, Canada's Top 40 under 40 award. However, only one of them has stage-kissed Whose Line Is It Anyway star Colin Mochrie.