At Empowering Minds, we come from different backgrounds with different experiences and personalities, but we are united in our passion and commitment to working with youth. We strive to live what we teach as we practice personal development and set a strong example of leadership and confidence to the young people we come in contact with. All of our instructors are Rapport certified meaning they receive extensive training and comprehensive coaching to ensure that all of our programs are successful.
A visionary leader with an entrepreneurial spirit, Deanna Werklund is the founder and CEO of Emergenetics Canada (2013) and Volunteer President and founder of the charity for youth leadership, Empowering Minds (2007).
Tracy is the Principal Owner of Shindigz Ventures Inc, a firm concentrating on event management, fundraising and business development skills.
Alexis has 25 years of experience in designing and delivering systems to support the development of adult and youth leadership. She has been instrumental in developing the
We are extremely excited to attract and retain such a well-respected and influential group of leaders to our Board of Directors.
A visionary leader with an entrepreneurial spirit, Deanna Werklund is founder of Emergenetics Canada (2013) and Empowering Minds (2012).
Ruth holds a Bachelor of Commerce (BCOMM), Finance and Human Resources from the University of Alberta.
David Ghoris is the Director of Content for DMG Events.
A WestJet Tech Ops Director for 12+ years, along with other manger and leadership roles spanning over 33 years in the airline industry and corporate charter.
Marius has over twenty years of international experience in the defense and commercial industries,
Lauren is the Digital Marketing Lead at Chic Geek, a Calgary-based non-profit organization supporting the retention of women in technology.
Grant dedicates time to teaching intensive leadership programs to adults and teens, helping them get the most out of their own lives.
As a passionate young woman, McKenna has over 8 years of experience with youth leadership training and is dedicated to impacting and empowering people every day.