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September 10 – 12, 2020

Winnipeg, Manitoba

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This conference will bring Strauss employees together for networking opportunities and educational purposes.

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September 10, 2020
8:00 am – 9:00 amBreakfast
9:00 am – 10:30 amPicking the Perfect Office Couch – Jonathan Strauss
10:30 am – 12:00 pmCalendar Colour Coding – Shari DirksWork that Wig – Georgette Topangu
12:00 pm – 1:00 pmLunch
1:00 pm – 2:30 pmScotch Pairing – Martin StraussVodka Pairing – Sydney Shore
2:45 pm – 4:00 pmPerogy Making (Hands-On Session) – Jen KowalukGiant Sandwiches (Hands-On Session) – Ryan Jones
8:00 pmSocial Night at the Beligum Club


September 11, 2020
8:00 am – 9:00 amBreakfast
9:00 am – 12:00 pmEverything Puppies – Victoria PeersMastering the Selfie Angle – Sophie Brandt-Murenzi
12:00 pm – 1:00 pmLunch
1:00 pm – 4:00 pmCoo Coo for Couscous – Radhouan JebenianiFat Biking 101 – Geoff Powell
6:00 pmQdoba Banquet Dinner


September 12, 2020
7:00 am – 8:00 amJane Fonda Inspired Aerobics Class – Coralee Dolyniuk
8:00 am – 9:00 amBreakfast
9:00 am – 12:00 pmCountry Living – Ryan MayoIndoor Laughing – Pamela Forsyth
12:00 pm – 1:00 pmLunch
1:00 pm – 4:00 pmHockey Mom Master Class – Katrina Derksen

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Picking the Perfect Office Couch – Jonathan Strauss
Did your business just celebrate its 20-year anniversary? Treat yourself to an office couch, you’ve earned it! Jonathan Strauss will go through his buying process and provide you with best practices.
Calendar Colour Coding – Shari Dirks
Nothing says organized like 72 different colours in your Outlook calendar! Shari Dirks will explore the benefits of colour coding your work calendar and give you tips on how to break it to a colleague that their assigned colour is baby poop green.
 Work that Wig – Georgette Topangu
Do you have multiple personalities? Give them each their moment to shine by pairing them with the perfect wig! Georgette Topangu (or Gigi depending on the wig of the day) will help you snatch the look.
Scotch Pairing – Martin Strauss
Come experience the finer things in life as Martin Strauss takes you on a Scotch pairing adventure. Martin has been training diligently for this session since his San Francisco days.
Vodka Pairing – Sydney Shore
Do you know what goes great with vodka? More vodka! Follow along as Sydney Shore leads this session by example.
Perogy Making (Hands-On Session) – Jen Kowaluk
This perogy recipe has been passed down through generations. Jen Kowaluk will give you a sneak peek at making perogies that have been shaming other potluck contributors since the 70’s.
Giant Sandwiches (Hands-On Session) – Ryan Jones
Want to make your colleagues jealous every day at lunch? Why not whip out a giant sandwich!? Ryan Jones will explore the key components of giant sandwiches including when to buy, where to buy and shelf life.
Everything Puppies – Victoria Peers
From airport transfers to puppy bowties, this girl knows her puppies. Victoria Peers challenges anyone to be a bigger dog lover than her. Warning: session contains cuteness overload.
Mastering the Selfie Angle – Sophie Brandt-Murenzi
The old method of taking a selfie from above at your most flattering angle is dead. Sophie Brandt-Murenzi will explore the selfie trend taking the world by storm. The more chins the better!
Coo Coo for Couscous – Radhouan Jebeniani
Stealing his wife’s recipe and taking all the credit, Radhouan Jebeniani will explore traditional Tunisian couscous recipes. Come hungry and try to build up your spice tolerance prior to the session.
Fat Biking 101 – Geoff Powell
Have you ever had the desire to bike a 25km trek through the snow on a cold, wintery day? No? What if the tire was fatter? Still no? Well, come listen to Geoff Powell talk all about it anyways.

Jane Fonda Inspired Aerobics Class – Coralee Dolyniuk
Grab your ankle warmers and leotards and join Coralee Dolyniuk for a 60-minute aerobics session inspired by her idol, Jane Fonda. What better way to start the day and get yourself ready for some intense learning!?
Country Living – Ryan Mayo
Join Ryan Mayo as he shares his journey of diving headfirst into the rural Manitoban lifestyle. Highlights include tractor licenses, outdoor cats and a Kinsmen membership.
Indoor Laughing – Pamela Forsyth
In this session, Pamela Forsyth will demonstrate how to laugh in a shared office space. Once you have mastered the indoor laugh through Pam’s teachings, you will be sure to put a smile on your colleagues’ faces and totally distract them from work they are trying to get done.
Hockey Mom Master Class – Katrina Derksen
Take out a second mortgage, enroll your kids in competitive hockey and join Katrina Derksen as she demonstrates how to strategically pack hockey bags and smelly teenage boys into an SUV. With her coffee thermos of wine in hand, watch her take on bad coaches head on.


Registration Fees

Registration ItemStrauss Member 
Social Ticket
Dinner Ticket

Early Bird Deadline : June 15, 2020 – save $100 on your conference registration!

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