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WCM Alberta x CFA Society Calgary Present: Live, Laugh… Layoffs! Networking & Panel Event

Wednesday, March 22nd 2023
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Calgary, Alberta

Live, laugh… layoffs! In recent months, the technology sector around the world has shed thousands of jobs, including in Alberta.

- Are we seeing a reckoning in the tech industry that has enjoyed tremendous growth in recent years, often prioritizing growth over profitability? Or is the industry right-sizing itself as it enters a new, more measured, and sustainable growth phase?

- What are the implications of this new environment on Alberta’s ability to diversify its workforce and economy?

- What lessons can be learned from past layoff cycles and applied to understand the current environment?

- What opportunities does the tech transition create for new graduates, existing professionals, and investors?

Join us in-person on Wednesday, March 22 for an intimate evening of networking over food and drinks at the Hudson, followed by an enlightening panel discussion that will address these questions and more.


- 5pm registration opens, networking including food & drinks
- 6:10pm panel discussion
- 7pm event concludes

WCM Student Members can purchase tickets for $15. Please email [email protected] for the discount code.

Alina Oprea, CFA, CFP

Wealth Advisor | CIBC Wood Gundy

With over 15 years of experience and by maintaining reputable industry designations, the CFA charter and CFP designation, Alina developed a keen eye for financial planning, identifying investment opportunities, managing risk, and providing expert fiduciary advice to help clients achieve their financial goals optimally. Alina works with a diverse range of high net worth clients, clients with multigenerational wealth planning needs, and institutional investors. Alina takes pride in having built a loyal and satisfied client network by providing excellent service. She strives to continue to do so for many more years to come.

Danielle Gifford, MBA

Executive Director | Movement51

Since the beginning of her career, Danielle has worked in and with start-ups in B2B and B2C technologies in AI, AR, and cloud platforms from Pre-seed to Series B. Formerly Creative Destruction Lab (CDL) and AltaML, she has experience in building and leading global and technical teams and developing AI products in digital media, finance, renewables, supply chain, and marketing. Today, Danielle leads Movement51 a female-focused education platform that provides programming across Canada for early-stage investors and founders looking to acquire tools, practice skills, and build their community for investing and raising capital.

Sarah Hargreaves-Hawitt, ICD.D

Partner | DHR Global

Sarah is a Partner in DHR’s Calgary office and a member of the Diversity, Industrial and Human Resources Practice Groups. Sarah served as a Partner for BluEra until DHR acquired the firm in September 2016. Previously, she was a Partner at a global talent advisory firm for 10 years, working in the global industrial market with a focus on the energy sector. She worked in sales roles with Sprint Canada and later joined a financial services consulting firm as an Account Executive, Branch Manager and Division Director. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Commerce in International Business from the University of Alberta. She completed the Advanced Program for Executive Search Consulting from Cornell University and holds an ICD.D designation having completed the Directors Education program through the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Tonya Fleming, LLB, MBA

Manager, Innovation in Finance (InnoFin), Corporate Finance | Alberta Securities Commission

Tonya Fleming leads the Innovation in Finance team at the Alberta Securities Commission (ASC), Corporate Finance Division where she works with growing and innovative businesses who are navigating securities laws as they raise capital. She represents the ASC on a number of multi-jurisdictional committees with the Canadian Securities Administrators as policy on novel securities law issues is being developed. Tonya began her career by practicing law for almost a decade with a national firm, specializing in securities law, mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. She then moved into the energy industry where she served as General Counsel and Vice-President of three fast-growing TSX-listed energy companies. Tonya is an experienced leader, lawyer and governance professional who has extensive experience providing advice and direction to Board of Directors and senior management on effective governance oversight and regulatory compliance. She currently serves as a Governor and a member of the Audit Committee of the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT).

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