Leadership Panel

The Leadership Panel consists of provincial leaders in business, the arts and the Aboriginal community. They will answer your questions and provide insights about what has made a difference in their lives and how you can learn from their journeys.

Saskatchewan Panel MODERATOR
Pam Klein B.A., M.Ed.

Pam’s background is a tapestry of experiences. A graduate of the University or Regina, she earned a M.Ed. from the University of Manitoba. Pam has lived and worked around the world and across Canada.

Pam brings clarity to the most rapidly changing areas our society has encountered in decades — communication, marketing and advertising. As President of Phoenix Group, Pam delivers insight and communication strategies for a diverse portfolio of businesses. She leads a talented team by example: striving for excellence, creating a rewarding work environment (“it is our home away from home”) and giving back to community.

She has served as past Board chair of SaskFilm, past board member of the Hospitals of Regina Foundation. She currently serves on the board of directors of the MacKenzie Art Gallery and Camp Circle of Friends.  Joy comes from her fabulous family, community volunteerism and a fulfilling career.

Susan Barber, Q.C.
, is a partner with McDougall Gauley LLP in Regina, Saskatchewan.  She obtained her Bachelor of Arts (English) from the University of Regina in 1984 (Great Distinction), graduated with her LLB from the University of Saskatchewan in 1987 and has practiced with the firm since her call to the bar in 1988.  Susan practices generally in the area of civil litigation with particular emphasis on labour, employment, human rights and pensions.  She periodically acts as a mediator and arbitrator and has conducted numerous workplace harassment investigations.  She is designated in the Canadian Lexpert directory as a leading practitioner in labour and in The Best Lawyers in Canada in the area of labour and employment law.  In June, 2006, she was appointed as an adjudicator to hear and determine claims of former students of Indian residential schools across Canada.

In 2000, Susan was awarded the YWCA Women of Distinction award in the category of “Business, Labour and Professions.”   In 2007 she was named in Saskatchewan Business Magazine as a “Woman of Influence” and, in the same year, received the Community Service award from the Canadian Bar Association, Saskatchewan Branch.  She was featured in the Summer, 2010 edition of “Fine Lifestyles” Magazine as one of five “Women of Influence.”  She has made many contributions to the legal community and the community at large as a volunteer.  Most recently she served on the Board of Governors of the University of Regina and as Chair of Information Services Corporation.

Rachel Mielke
, at just 29, has taken
the fashion and jewellery industry by storm. She was the only Canadian Jewellery designer invited to attend a 2008 Pre-Oscar Luxury Gifting Lounge in LA as well as other elite events such as the Toronto Fashion Incubator’s press & buyers breakfast, CCMA’s and the Gemini’s. Rachel exploded into the media in 2008, being featured in Lou Lou, Fashion, Western Living, Sweet Spot.ca, CTV News, Canada AM, Global TV and in newspapers across Canada. Rachel was also named the Regina Chamber of Commerce’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year, the YWCA’s Young Woman of Distinction and the Women Entrepreneurs of SK’s Emerging Business of the Year. Rachel also battled and won, when she faced off on CBC’s Dragons’ Den. Now partnering with business mogul and philanthropist, W. Brett Wilson, H&B is a force to be reckoned with.

Rachel is no over night success. She is a marketing and branding guru. She has used her passion for guerilla marketing techniques and her strong insight into branding to get her company noticed in a sea of jewellery designers and cookie-cutter products.

Rachel is a passionate and dynamic speaker. Her business education and practical business experience combine to deliver a substantial message with a youthful vibrance that will leave the audience inspired.

Alanna Mitchell
is a journalist and author who writes about science and society. Her latest book Sea Sick: the global ocean in crisis, is an international best-seller and won the coveted Grantham Prize for environmental journalism in 2010. She grew up in Regina and has spent a lot of her career reporting from other places, including from the bottom of the ocean in a four-person submersible, from Antarctica, the Arctic, Madagascar and Zanzibar. She lives in Toronto.