Conference 20192019-05-03T07:40:07-06:00

District Conference
May 3-5, 2019

Are you looking for a path to your future? It’s a bright future with big sky and straight roads making navigation a snap.

Join us in the Paris of the Prairies for inspiring educational sessions, networking opportunities and the District 99 International Speech Contest. We’re looking forward to seeing you with all District 99 Toastmasters at the annual conference and AGM, Navigate to Your Future. Check out the agenda at a glance.


Keynote speaker: Tragedy to triumph

Friday, May 3 | 7:30 PM | Ballroom B

Jess Tetu

Owner, Just For You Day Spas, Founder & CEO, Lia Reese Canada Co-Founder, Entrepreneur306 Business Consulting Founder & CEO, seventyone Recovery Resources

Jess is an award-winning serial entrepreneur making waves across Canada in the beauty and spa industry while at the same time impacting her community through a dedication to philanthropy.

Overcoming adversity at a very young age, she began her adult life on her own at the age of 15 years old. She relocated to Saskatoon from her small home town of Craik, SK, with little more than a backpack and a bus ticket, and through dedication, determination and hard work has become a multi award winning, top entrepreneur in Canada. She was named one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40, awarded the SK Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and honoured with YWCA Women of Distinction Award, on top of dozens of other prestigious accolades. She employs more than 120 women and men across the province, is a highly sought after public speaker, and is extremely committed to her community.

Plenary education speaker: Navigating your career through the lens of change management

Saturday, May 4 | 8:00 AM | Ballroom B

Dr. Debbie Moysychyn, MBA
Chief Change Artist, Re3 Consulting

With 25 years of experience helping companies create sustainable change and high-performing organizational cultures. Dr. Moysychyn facilitates change mastery by engaging and mobilizing people. She works at the intersection of operations and organization. Her leadership style has been forged from a career built upon strategy development and execution, business process improvements, change management, communications, project management, and organizational effectiveness.

In addition to her consulting work, Moysychyn is an Adjunct Professor and Senior Lecturer at Brandman University, where she instructs non-traditional, adult graduate students in the School of Business and Professional Studies. With oversight to all Healthcare Administration curriculum, she also teaches Strategy, New Product Development, Marketing Principles, and Business Management.

Saturday After-Dinner Keynote: Your voice.  Your challenge. Your future.

Saturday, May 4 | 8:45 PM | Ballroom B

Neil Wilkinson, DTM, PIP
International Director

Your voice.  Your challenge. Your future.

A long-time Toastmaster, Neil Wilkinson recalls a time before he embarked on his Toastmasters’  journey.  Neil was devastated when he lost the power of his voice and his ability to shape his words and his future. He hopes the story will inspire you to maximize your voice, to express yourself in any situation and to open up a whole new world of possibilities.

Sunday Morning Keynote: The pathway to leadership and the future of our organization

Sunday, May 5 | 11:15 AM | Ballroom B

Larry Marik
International Director, Region 4 (2018-2020)

Larry Marik started his Toastmasters journey 12 years ago. He joined Toastmasters as a charter member for Money Talks, a corporate club with U.S. Bank. Since then he has served in multiple clubs, leading up to a serving a role as District Director where his District became Distinguished. Currently, he is on the Toastmasters’ Board of Directors as an International Director from Region 4.

Optional Plenary: Navigate to your future with Pathways           

Sunday, May 5 | 7:20 AM | Canadian Room

Glenn Walker, DTM

This is an opportunity to discuss challenges and opportunities as clubs navigate the Pathways Educational Program. Questions and comments are welcome.

Concurrent Education Sessions

Communication through advanced visualization

Saturday, May 5 | 1o:00 AM | Manitoba Room
Saturday, May 5 | 2:00 PM | Manitoba Room

Steve Zurakowski

Join Steve for an interactive look at how emerging visualization technologies are changing the way we communicate, create and educate. Explore the differences between virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) and how these technologies can enhance communication, sales and marketing, safety training and health and wellness initiatives. You’ll learn how to plan, prepare and integrate these new technologies into business strategies.

Don’t suck at LinkedIn: building a better LinkedIn profile

Saturday, May 5 | 1o:00 AM | Canadian Room

Marc Haines, DTM

As a Toastmaster you are finding your voice. You are developing skill and capacity as a stronger communicator and a stronger leader. That’s a brand…. That’s your personal and professional brand! So how come your LinkedIn profile doesn’t reflect that? In this enlightening session, professional speaker, service and leadership expert, Marc Haine, DTM, will dive deep into LinkedIn best practices. Practices that can help you get noticed with a brand that is a true reflection of who you are, and, who you want to be.

An interactive session about story

Saturday, May 5 | 1o:00 AM | Alberta Room

Jock loves telling and hearing a good story. In his many years as an English teacher, he developed a unique method for planning and telling stories. Now, as a Toastmaster, he has adapted his technique to the spoken word. In his session, you will actively participate in building a story (based on the 3I-RACER acronym and the “picture” of a story) and actually telling a story.

Strategies for leadership success: the 7 step leadership model

Saturday, May 5 | 1o:00 AM | Courtyard Meeting Room

Carol Blair

Do you realize that being an Area Director is one of the greatest leadership development opportunities available to you? District 99 recognizes and values the significant role that Area Directors play in helping the District and its clubs achieve important goals. In late 2017 a Leader Development Working Group was created to examine and enhance the role of Area Directors. The work resulted in a practical handbook, identifying a 7-step leadership model designed to encourage Toastmasters to seek the Area Director position and become the best they can be in that role. In this session Carol Blair, who served as chair of the Working Group, will share the 7-step leadership model and how it can help you get started on one of the most incredible leadership opportunities in Toastmasters.

Create a speech from one word

Saturday, May 5 | 2:00 PM | Alberta Room

Omar Nef

This session is designed to support new speakers who struggle to create their first speeches, as well as the mentors who have the responsibility to guide new speakers. In this workshop attendees will learn a simple but powerful recipe (or speech structure) to enable them to excel in their journey to create a speech. Attendees will experience in real time how the structure works and the ease of new speech creation.

Public relations tea party

Saturday, May 5 | 2:00 PM | Courtyard Meeting Room

Tanya Turner

It’s a D99 Toastmasters conference first – a marketing and communications tea party and sharing social. Anyone interested in public relations should attend. Together, we’ll sip and learn. This session will be steeped with PR surprises, successes and opportunities. Plus, you’ll walk away with 5 actionable FB tips!

Up close and personal with Dr. Debbie Moysychyn

Saturday, May 5 | 2:00 PM | Canadian Room

Dr. Debbie Moysychyn

Learn more from Dr. Moysychyn. Dig into strategies for creating sustainable change and high-performing organizational cultures.


Hoop Dancing

Friday, May 4 | 9:00 PM | Ballroom B

Enjoy a presentation by Hoop Dancer, Lawrence Roy Jr and singer, Elmer Tootoosis. The hoop represents the never-ending circle of life. It has no end or beginning and reminds us that we are all connected.


Neil Currie, a Billy Joel tribute band

Saturday, May 5 | 9:00 PM | Ballroom B

Neil Currie regularly plays to a full house. His Billy Joel show has appeared at the Bassment jazz club in Saskatoon four times in the last three years. Neil Currie holds a Doctoral degree in Musical Arts from UBC and has taught in the U of S musical department since 1999. He is the lead singer and pianist in the group and has performed extensively on cruise ships (Holland America and Disney), as well as the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival.

Bring Your Club Banner

Represent your club at the conference with your club banner. Learn more and confirm your club’s participation. Just mail the conference chair Linda Holmevik your club name and your assigned club member’s name and phone number.


Registration Instructions:

An entire weekend of learning, networking and fun with entertainment and meals for only $295. Rates increase to $325 after April 15.

Click on the image of the form at the right and download it.

It’s a weekend full of learning and fun and there are limited spots available! Secure your spot today with this fillable form (PDF). Email the completed registration to and send your e-transfer to Cheque and credit card payments are also accepted.

Can’t make it to the entire weekend of learning and fun? Take advantage of individual event pricing. Use the registration form (pdf) to register for only the events that fit your schedule.

  • Friday Opening Ceremony, keynote, Welcome buffet & social evening $50
  • Saturday night banquet & live band with dance $75
  • All-day Saturday including banquet & live band with dance $200
  • All day Saturday NO banquet or dance $150
  • International Speech Contest (Saturday) $45
  • Evaluation Contest only (Sunday) $35
  • All day Sunday (Keynote, brunch, evaluation contest & educational sessions) $100

Here are the details on the club growth incentive that offers free registration to new members in clubs that have grown by 12 or more new Toastmasters.

Registration Form

Hotel Reservations

Conference venue and hotel is the Saskatoon Inn and Conference Centre 2002 Airport Drive, Saskatoon. Mention “Toastmasters D99 Convention” rate for Friday and Saturday $139.00
Book by April 3, 2019

Bus from Edmonton Registration

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