Bissett Networking Day: Keynote Speakers
Ken King | President and CEO of Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation12:45 - 1:30 p.m.
Bella Concert Hall | ED 1200
Ken King is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation, the company that encompasses the NHL Calgary Flames, the AHL Stockton Thunder, the WHL Calgary Hitmen, the CFL Calgary Stampeders and the NLL Calgary Roughnecks.
Born and raised in Hanley, Saskatchewan, King is a strong believer in support for the community; he is involved with several organizations including the TELUS Community Board, the Calgary Sport Tourism Authority, Director of the Calgary Airport Authority and is a former Chairman of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.
In 2005, King received an Alberta Centennial Medal for outstanding contributions to the province of Alberta. He also received an honourary doctorate degree from the University of Calgary in 2012 and an honourary degree from Mount Royal University in 2014.
Prior to joining CSEC in 2001, King enjoyed a 30-year career in the newspaper business that included senior executive positions in Canada’s leading newspapers, including President and Publisher of the Calgary Sun and Calgary Herald.
King and his wife Marilyn have two daughters and they are proud grandparents to Amanda’s twin boys and Jocelin’s son and daughter.
Laval St. Germain | Pilot and Adventurer
11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Bella Concert Hall | ED 1200
Laval St. Germain attempts to balance the demands of family, career and adventure. Laval believes the time for action is now – stop dreaming and start doing.
Laval was the first Canadian to summit Mount Everest without the aid of oxygen in May 2010, the first person to ski down Iraq’s highest peak and has to date climbed 6 of the 7 Summits (highest peak on all 7 continents), and in the summer of 2016 made the fastest solo ocean row crossing of the North Atlantic ocean from mainland Canada to mainland Europe.
Inspired in his childhood by the likes of Jack London, Farley Mowat, Ernest Hemingway and Antoine de Saint-Exupery. In addition the adventures of Shackleton, Messner, Dr. John Rae, Roald Amundsen, and Richard Burton kept Laval St. Germain dreaming of deserts, stormy southern oceans and high mountain peaks. Terry Fox was perhaps Laval’s most poignant influence, teaching him that simple humanity, human endurance and the ability to tolerate pain are nearly boundless. All of these authors, adventurers and one true Canadian hero’s influences were set against a constant diet of National Geographic magazines and wanderings in the bush of north central Alberta.
At the age of 17, Laval taught himself to telemark ski, quickly becoming an expert. Interspersed with these sport interests, Laval was working hard at developing his flying career. Working as a labourer in the northern Alberta oil industry, attending university, flying sky-divers, tree planters in the northern British Columbia bush, forest fire spotting aircraft and a floatplane in the remote bush of northern Quebec gave Laval the experience to be hired as an airline pilot at age 21.
The travel benefits that come with a career in aviation allowed Laval to visit the far off mountain ranges, jungles, and rivers that he read about as a child. Using no travel agents, tour agencies or guides Laval was organizing extreme adventure travel in locales as diverse as the Andes, the Caucasus and the Amazon, all before age 25 and nearly all solo.