Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Student Leadership

TRU LEADership Conference

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The purpose of the conference is to encourage aspiring and active student leaders to explore their knowledge, skills and values as they relate to leadership. Students will have an opportunity to network with other students and hear from Kamloops and TRU community members as they offer unique perspectives on leadership.

Tickets are $10 each - only 200 available!

Student registration is as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Click "buy a ticket" and fill in the registration form
  2. Follow the link to complete the Moneris payment process
  3. Once you receive a confirmation email go to and choose your sessions
Conference Agenda
8:30am to 9:00am Event registration
9:00am to 9:30am Welcoming remarks
9:30am to 10:15am Keynote speaker
10:15am to 10:30am Wellness break
10:30am to 12:00pm LEAD Lecture Series sessions
12:00pm to 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm to 2:30pm Workshop sessions
2:30pm to 3:00pm Wellness break and networking
3:00pm to 4:00pm Closing remarks

Keynote Speaker:

Janice Otremba Janice OtrembaProfessional Speaker & Certified Leadership Coach

When others run from conflict, Janice tackles it head on; she asks the tough questions and reveals the difficult answers—the ones that are hard to face but that will empower change. As a certified coach, professional speaker, and trainer, Janice helps individuals hone in on their true values, extend communication in ways they never thought possible, and reveal undiscovered choices. Whether she is providing training to an organization so they can build stronger teams or coaching individuals one-on-one, she enhances communication, collaboration, and profits. 

Nothing Janice does is cookie-cutter! Her dynamic personality and quick wit, along with an acute understanding of human behaviour, bring a lively and animated approach to her work. She speaks from personal experience and is pragmatic, cutting through the BS to navigate change.

Janice has more than twenty years of experience and education in holistic health care, counseling, and adult education. She provides her clients with a collaborative perspective in the areas of stress management, health and wellness, leadership, team development, and work-life harmony. She lives in Kamloops, British Columbia with her husband George.

Confirmed Speakers:
  • Pamela Fry, Learning Strategist - Early Alert

  • Sarah Ladd, Co-op Coordinator - Engineering
  • Tina Matthew, Associate Director - TRU Aboriginal Affairs
  • Nicholas Adams, Co-founder, Kamloops Makerspace
  • Michele Walker, General Manager, Violence Against Women Intervention and Support Services, Communications for YMCA Kamloops
  • Jacquie Brand, Director of Programs, Violence Against Intervention and Support Services for YMCA Kamloops
  • Katherine McParland, Executive Director, Away Home Kamloops Society

...and many more including inspirational students Michelle Davies, Narain Spolia, Yasir Khan, Samantha Baker and Kennedy Aberdeen.

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Student Leadership is defined in a variety of ways, and there are many ideals that make a great leader. TRU values and promotes the development of leadership in many capacities across campus that allow for various methods of leadership skill development. A part of post-secondary education is preparing students to succeed to their full potential in their field of work. And no matter where your journey takes you, understanding what it takes to be a great leader will prepare students for significant success in the future.

TRU provides many opportunities for students to engage in leadership positions across campus and in multiple facets: academic, personal and career development and campus life. No matter what your interests are or your experience, TRU provides opportunities for you to engage with students and build your leadership skills and abilities. Start today, and become the leader you’ve always hoped to be.

Explore your leadership abilities at the TRU LEADership Conference.