Speaker Series - calgary

Empathetic Leadership

How to Lead with Both Strength and Compassion

Event Details:

Regardless of job title, we are all human beings and we are emotional creatures. Your ability to understand the emotions of your team members allows you not only to become a more effective communicator and problem solver, but also to build the rapport, trust, and relationships that fuel team and business success. Leaders need to increase human connection and bring more compassion to the workplace. Learn from top Canadian companies who are leading with compassion and discover simple tools and tips to integrate empathy and compassion to your people and culture programs.

Learning Objectives:

  • Manage and adapt emotional behaviors that impact leadership in a variety of workplace situations
  • Integrate empathy to promote strong relationships
  • Apply collaborative, inclusive, and creative communication practices
  • Gain emotional insights to understand and implement change
  • Implement emotionally intelligent motivational skills to achieve team results


8:00 am – Registration & Networking

8:30 am – 10:00 am – Breakfast, Networking & Discussion

10:00 am – Breakfast Concludes

10:00 am – 10:30 am – Optional Networking


Katherine Emberly – President, Business, Brand and Communication, Shaw Communication

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Katherine Emberly currently holds the role of President, Business, Brand and Communications and has held a series of leadership positions since joining Shaw in 2004. In her current role Katherine leads the Shaw Business team, oversees branding for all Shaw companies and directs all internal and external communications.  Katherine’s previous roles at Shaw include Senior Vice President, Marketing, Vice President, Operations, Vice President Focus to Deliver, Vice President, Marketing, Vice President, Communications and Public Relations, Director, Corporate Communications and Manager, Advertising.

Prior to joining Shaw, Katherine worked at a number of top Advertising Agencies in Canada and holds a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics degree from University of Alberta.  In 2012 Katherine completed the Harvard Business School CTAM Executive Leadership program. Katherine is married to University of Calgary professor Dr. Reed Ferber and together they have two young daughters Lucy and Lily.

Bryan Gould – President & CEO, Aspenleaf Energy Limited

Bryan Gould Is President and CEO of Aspenleaf Energy Limited, a privately held oil company backed by ARC Financial and Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. Aspenleaf operates assets in the Swan Hills and Leduc regions of Alberta, having acquired Arcan Resources Ltd in 2015 and NEP Canada Ltd. In 2018.

Bryan was born and raised in Toronto. He attended the University of Toronto and graduated in 1982 with a Master of Applied Science (Chemical Engineering) degree.  Upon graduation, he joined Shell Canada as a reservoir engineer and moved west to Calgary.  He has experience in development and operations of conventional oil and gas assets, oil sands and unconventional resource plays.

Bryan is a seasoned oil and gas executive with more than 25 years of experience with Royal Dutch Shell/Shell Canada and more than three years with Athabasca Oil Corporation.  He has a track record in strategy implementation, and has completed over $20 billion of transactions, including corporate and asset acquisitions and sales, and joint ventures with large international organizations.

Bryan is married with two teenage children. His personal interests include gardening, running and reading.

Audrey Mascarenhas – President and CEO, Questor Technology Inc.

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Audrey Mascarenhas has worked in energy for over 35 years with Gulf Canada Resources Ltd. and Questor Technology Inc. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Master’s Degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Calgary. She is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineers. Audrey served as a distinguished lecturer with the Society of Petroleum Engineers in 2010/2011. She is a member of the Schulich Industry Engineering Advisory Council and currently chairs the Canadian federal government clean technology strategy table. Audrey was the recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 Prairies Award for Cleantech and Environmental Services and received a national citation for Values-Based Innovation. She was chosen by Business in Calgary as a 2014 Leaders of Tomorrow, is a 2014 Board Diversity 50 cohort and one of Canada’s 2017 Clean50. Audrey is a fellow of the Energy Futures Lab, co-chairs the Governor General’s Innovation Awards assessment committee and Questor was recently recognized by the Cleantech Innovation exchange (CIX) as one of the Top 10 Most Innovative Cleantech Canadian Companies.

Tony McGrath – Chief Executive Officer, The GRAND

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Tony McGrath has four decades of life and leadership experience from being an elite athlete, soldier, banker, corporate executive, entrepreneur, freelance mentor and business consultant on 2 continents. His journey has included amazing highs and crushing lows, remarkable milestones and daunting personal challenges.  Tony is a living example of resilience, and reinvention.  Recently he has been entrusted with re-imagining the future for The GRAND, one of Canada’s oldest and most iconic theatres.


Jenn Lofgren – Founder, Incito Executive Leadership Development

Jenn Lofgren is the Founder of Incito Executive and Leadership Development, an organization that help executives unlock their leadership potential. With over 15 years’s experience, Jenn has worked with executives and entrepreneurs across Canada and worldwide, helping them grow into inspired, authentic leaders. Jenn is one of only 54 recipients of the highly esteemed Master Certified Coach (MCC) designation in Canada, and was named the 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year by Distinctive Women Magazine and was awarded Mount Royal University’s Outstanding Alumni Award for Professional Achievement in 2018.

Jenn is currently a board member of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, The Grand Theatre, and the Calgary Youth Justice Society, and she has served on various professional and community boards, including: CPHR Alberta and the Bissett School of Business Dean’s Advisory Council. Jenn is also a dedicated partner with the Women’s Executive Network (WXN), and a member of the Forbes Coaches Council.


The Westin Hotel
320-4th Avenue
Calgary, AB T2P 2S6

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February 27, 2019
8:00 am - 10:30 am
Calgary, AB