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.
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 geuinely engaged. The message for the day was get 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 more questions than usual.
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'.
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.
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.
Harold Warner, the seventh speaker in the Haddock Speaker Series, is a lifelong entrepreneur who shared his passion and his “outside the box” approach to innovation and commerce. He took the audience from the making of hot air balloons to building innovative portable structures, held up by air, that can be in place, overnight, to handle emergencies. He shared the evolution of this idea, the problem solving that was required, and the possibilities for the future. It was exhilarating.
Pictured L to R:
Dean Daphne Taras, Gord Haddock, Harold Warner, and Maureen Haddock
The Haddocks presented Harold Warner with a Denyse Klette book painting featured in Get an Even Bigger Wagon. The story is titled The Scientific Friend, and, in the story, the boy and his friend create a hot air balloon which looks much like a UFO. They also have a scare from a pipe bomb. Had things gone well, they might have something in common with Mr. Warner. However, things didn't go well.
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