CMA Alberta Speakers Series

Through the support of the Certified Management Accountants (CMA) of Alberta, the Faculty of Management is pleased to offer an ongoing calendar of exciting speakers and presenters.

The CMA Speakers Series features entrepreneurs, philanthropists, businesspeople and others who have achieved a high level of success in their fields and/or made an important contribution to their community.

Speakers will appear throughout the fall and spring terms. Check back here periodically for information on upcoming events and registration information.



Upcoming events:

February 7-8, 2013

Catherine Murray - 8:00 p.m., Thursday, February 7, Coast Lethbridge Hotel "Southern Room".

Keynote Speaker

Murray is a co-host on BNN’s Market Sense and the anchor of The Business News, Canada’s leading business newscast. Her talks draw from her extensive experience in the fields of business, finance and retail.

Before joining the BNN team in 2011, Murray was the Managing Director and Head of Institutional Equities at North South Capital, which she co-founded in 2009.

Murray co-founded North South Capital to fill a need in the marketplace for money-making ideas, transparency in terms of pay and incentives, and an emphasis on “the client comes first”. If you focus your business on the client and put the client first, says Murray, you will succeed - even during times of economic uncertainty.

Prior to co-founding North South Capital, Murray was Vice-President of Institutional sales and Trading at Deutsche Bank, and an associate at Goldman Sachs for Institutional Sales and Trading.

Michael "Pinball" Clemons - 2:00 p.m., Friday, February 8 at the University of Lethbridge, Student Union Ballroom.

Few people exemplify the qualities of personal excellence, teamwork, community leadership, and overcoming the odds better than CFL legend Michael “Pinball” Clemons.

Pinball joined the National Football League in 1987, and the CFL Toronto Argonauts in 1989. He was nicknamed “Pinball” because of his running style: his diminutive size and extraordinary balance allowed him to “bounce” between defensive players, drawing comparisons to a pinball machine.

In 1990, he was honoured with the CFL’s “most outstanding player” award, after setting the single-season record for all-purpose yards. He played his last game as an Argonaut in 2000, before becoming head coach of the team.

In 2009, Pinball was appointed to Vice-Chair of the team. That same year, he founded the Michael “Pinball” Clemons Foundation, which is dedicated to helping disadvantaged youth. He is also currently working with Marc and Craig Kielburger, founders of Free the Children, in an initiative to build schools and clean water systems in Africa.

With boundless energy, Pinball’s talks centre on the potential for each of us to achieve anything we set our minds to.

Catherine Murray Michael "Pinball" Clemons

If you would like to register (free of charge) to attend either of these events, please click here to go to our webform.

Past events:

Craig Kielburger - Activist and Founder, Free the Children

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 | 7:00 p.m.

U of L Students Union Ballroom | refreshments provided

Thursday, March 22, 2012 | 4:00 p.m.
Shaw Conference Centre - Salons 11 & 12
refreshments provided

Friday, March 23, 2012 | 12:00 noon
Telus Convention Centre | Macleod C & D
refreshments provided

Tickets are free with limited seating.
Online registration:

Craig Kielburger co-founded Free The Children in 1995 at only 12 years of age. Today, he remains a passionate full-time volunteer for the organization, now an international charity and renowned educational partner that empowers youth to achieve their fullest potential as agents of change.

Free The Children delivers innovative programming to more than 3,500 youth groups and hundreds of thousands of young people in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.

Craig is also the co-founder of Me to We. An innovative social enterprise, Me to We provides people with better choices for a better world, including socially conscious and environmentally friendly clothes and accessories, as well as life-changing international volunteer trips, leadership training programs and materials, and books which address issues of positive social change.

Craig is a New York Times bestselling author and has written seven books. His latest, released in June 2011, is the children’s book Lessons from a Street Kid.

Craig has a degree in peace and conflict studies from the University of Toronto and is the youngest-ever graduate of the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA program. He has received ten honorary doctorates and degrees, The Roosevelt Freedom Medal, The World Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child (often called the Children’s Nobel Prize) and is one of the youngest recipients of the Order of Canada. Craig’s work has been featured in multiple appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, 60 Minutes and The Today Show; and in People, Time and The Economist.

Don Bell - Founder and Former Executive Vice-President, WestJet

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Don Bell is widely credited with helping to make WestJet one of the most successful airlines in North America.

In his role as “executive vice-president of culture,” Don strove to create a unique atmosphere for his employees, realising that happy staff members create happy customers. Recently retired, Don encourages business leaders to take their businesses to new heights by aligning the values and interests of their company with those of their employees, along with a little dose of common sense and a large dose of heart.

During his tenure, WestJet exemplified the optimal environment for success, winning various business awards including The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awardfor Canada, and an International Entrepreneurship Award for Outstanding Teamwork. WestJet was also named Canada’s most respected corporation for customer service in 2005.

Cathrine Ann - Award-Winning Entrepreneur and Inspirational Speaker

Friday, February 10, 2012

Cathrine Ann is a survivor against all odds with a rags to riches story.

She was homeless, unemployed, and penniless... but determined to turn her life around. At the age of forty she took a risk, combining her street smarts and raw ambition to launch her business, Consumer Connection, a multi award-winning and multi-million dollar business venture providing contract employment to thousands.

Cathrine has since won numerous entrepreneurial awards including the prestigious YWCA Women of Distinction award for Entrepreneur/Innovator.