Breakfast & Keynote - Darby Allen

Friday, Mar 9, 2018
8:30 am - 9:30 am

Known as the face of the Alberta wildfires-and widely celebrated as a national hero - Darby Allen is an exemplar of selfless courage and level-headedness under pressure. Allen was Regional Fire Chief of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, an area that encompasses the community of Fort McMurray. In spring 2016, he spearheaded the evacuation of the city's entire population while the rest of the world watched. Throughout the ensuing weeks of operations, he worked tirelessly with first responders and volunteers, who came from across the nation (and globe) to assist. His updates to the media were not only a means of reliable information, but a source of optimism - Allen provided calm reassurance as the lead spokesperson throughout the rescue efforts.

Darby's presentation will provide actionable takeaways that are relevant for leaders in any field: lessons on encouraging and trusting your teammates wholeheartedly; never losing focus on the moment by worrying about the larger story; and establishing unbreakable relationships that observe and celebrate the smallest of human elements-like the power of a Canadian flag to boost morale and welcome evacuees home.