AGM 2011: “Building the Future”

May 15, 2011 | Chamber News

Darrell Cole of Career Trek (l), and Sandra Altner of the Women’s Enterprise Centre (r), talk about, arguably, the two most important aspects of our future

Two of the most important aspects of the future are our youth and growing entrepreneurs (and yes, the more those two areas overlap, the brighter our future will be).       

In this session, Darrell Cole of Career Trek spoke about “Helping our Youth Determine Their Future Career Path” and Sandra Altner of the Women’s Enterprise Centre explained “The Value of Developing Entrepreneurs.”             

Below are brief bios of Darrell and Sandra, followed by videos of their presentations and the PowerPoint to Darrell’s presentation.     

Darrell Cole: Darrell Cole is the creator and founder of Career Trek Incorporated, a Winnipeg-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to helping young Manitobans achieve their educational and career potential.  Career Trek’s award-winning work is internationally recognized for its dynamic programming that allows young people (and their families) the opportunity to experience the value that gaining a formal education can have to their lives.  Darrell is a social entrepreneur whose interests lie in creating social wealth by finding new solutions to old challenges.  As a Winnipeger with deep family roots in small town southwest Manitoba (Miniota, Virden and Pipestone) Darrell is honoured to be able to speak to today’s topic. 

Sandra Altner: A seasoned entrepreneur originally from New York, Sandra owned a women’s clothing boutique before completing her MBA and starting The Management Exchange, a management consulting firm that was the first in Winnipeg to offer the Self-Employment Program (SEP). The Management Exchange specialized in strategic and market planning. In 2000, Sandra was awarded the Women Business Owners of Manitoba Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the Contribution to Community category. She is a fellow of the Canadian Association of Management Consultants and is past president of the Institute of Certified Management Consultants of Manitoba. She was named CEO of the Women’s Enterprise Centre of Manitoba in 2007.

Click here to access the PowerPoint to Darrell’s presentation.



Thanks to our host, the Brandon Chamber of Commerce, and a special thanks to our sponsors; they helped make our AGM possible and the success it was (click on company title to access its website):

AV Sponsor

Avent Pro 


Rogers Communications

Chair’s Reception



Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance

Canadian National Railway

Tribal Councils Investment Group

Place Louis Suite Hotel

Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba


Meyers Norris Penny

Victoria Inn

Maple Leaf

Entrepreneurship, Training & Trade

Credit Union Central of Manitoba

Imaginet Resources Corp

MTS Allstream

Procurement Services Branch

Southport Aerospace

Manitoba Pork Council

Manitoba Lotteries

Manitoba Hydro

Manitoba Public Insurance


Cando Contracting Ltd.

Thompson Dorfman Sweatman

Corporate Supporter

PCL Constructors Canada

The Canadian Wheat Board

TD Merchant Services

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