Gordon and Maureen sponsor a speaker series, which enables the Murray Edwards School of Business to bring successful entrepreneurs to Saskatchewan, annually, to address students and the public. The Haddocks were excited about celebrating a decade of fabulous guests in early 2017. The presentation by Bryan McCrea and Evan Willoughby, on March 16, 2017, was inspirational.
All of the speakers have a strong connection to Saskatchewan, the U of S, and/or the Murray Edwards School of Business, and they have led interesting entrepreneurial lives. The event is always inspiring for those who attend. In 2018 the Haddocks will begin a new decade of presentations.
Lessons From a Lifelong Entrepreneur
Duane Smith began his speech by sharing the lessons he learned, as a child, while running his chicken and egg business. Duane, the former CEO of AgTech, shared his entrepreneurial journey and the truths he discovered along the way. Through experience, Duane developed the art of making a deal. One of his biggest deals occurred when he sold his award-winning company. He referred, often, back to his early days in the chicken business and that, along with his enthusiasm, made him the perfect speaker for the inaugural Get a Bigger Wagon Young Entrepreneur Awards.
Listen to Duane Smith's Speech.
Watch the inaugural Get a Bigger Wagon Young Entrepreneur Awards.
The Haddocks presented Duane with an original Denyse Klette painting, featured in Maureen's second book titled Get an Even Bigger Wagon. The painting illustrates a story titled "One With the Wind" which stresses the joy of having an idea and making it work. In this story, the boy learns that there are no free rides in life.
L to R, Gord Haddock, Maureen Haddock, Duane Smith, and Dean Keith Willoughby
A GREAT TIME TO BE AN ENTREPRENEUR
John Williams, President, and CEO of Canwest Commercial and Land Corp shared his entrepreneurial journey, which began in refrigeration and has evolved through 18 businesses into a successful family business. John openly shared many of his pivotal life lessons, and the Haddocks felt they had much in common with the Williams.
Pictured L to R: Maureen Haddock, Gord Haddock, John Williams, and Dean Keith Willoughby of Edwards School of Business.
The Haddocks presented John with an original Denyse Klette painting featured in Maureen's second book, titled Get an Even Bigger Wagon. The painting illustrates a story titled "Cliff Hanger," which stresses the importance of hanging onto your dreams and your reputation.
FROM UNIVERSITY TO THE REAL WORLD
The tenth presentation in the Haddock Entrepreneurial Speaker series was fun and energized. Members of the audience laughed, took notes, and were genuinely engaged. The message for the day was the importance of getting to know people - many people. Friendship can lead to mentorship, which can lead to partnership, as it did with Bryan, Evan, and the Haddocks. Bryan and Evan also shared five key lessons from their experiences. The audience remained well past five o'clock, asking excellent questions.
Listen to the presentation HERE.
Pictured above L to R:
Gord Haddock, Evan Willoughby, Dean Keith Willoughby, Bryan McCrea, and Maureen Haddock (Note: The Dean is not related to Evan)
Maureen and Gord presented Bryan and Evan with original paintings done by Denyse Klette for Maureen's book entitled Get an Even Bigger Wagon. Evan Willoughby received "Caught in a Web," while Bryan McCrea received "The Carnival Conspiracy." Both stories illustrate life lessons applicable to entrepreneurs.
"Every story is worth telling."
Mr. Paul Martin dazzled the audience with his "outside the box" thinking. He motivated everyone to dig deeper when forming opinions and to pay attention to what is happening locally and globally while going through life. His passion for Saskatchewan is equal to that of the Haddocks'.
Listen to his presentation HERE,
Pictured above L to R:
Maureen Haddock, Gord Haddock, Paul Martin, and Dean Daphne Taras
The Haddocks presented Mr. Martin with a Denyse Klette painting from the book Get an Even Bigger Wagon written by Maureen Haddock. The story is titled "Another Day, Another Plan." The boys in the story decide to bike from Rosetown to Clearwater Lake, before lunch. Lessons are learned.
“We get Paid to Talk.”
Since their beginnings on the radio, together, as morning show co-hosts, Brent Loucks and Penney Murphy have been “professional talkers.” As the eighth presenters in the series, Brent and Penney chose to use the interview format, so familiar to them. They shared their life experiences by asking candid questions of each other. It was obvious that their skill in talking helped them navigate their broadcasting careers, their marriage, and their businesses. Everyone in attendance listened eagerly, laughed often, and learned something new.
Pictured above L to R
Gord Haddock, Maureen Haddock, Dean Daphne Taras, Penney Murphy, and Brent Loucks
Maureen and Gord presented Brent and Penney with an original painting by Denyse Klette, created for Maureen's second book, Get an Even Bigger Wagon. This painting was chosen for the dedication page, as well as to illustrate "Fighting Words," a story about adolescent moodiness, eventually, cleared up by a schoolyard fist fight.
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