Past Events

Gratitude Gala Awards 2013
Keynote Speaker: Arlene Dickson
A star of CBC’s award-winning television series Dragon’s Den, author and acclaimed entrepreneur Arlene Dickson was our keynote speaker. Arlene is a South-African refugee who came to Canada at three years old. She has gone on to become one of Canada’s most successful and prominent business figures as the CEO and owner of Venture Communications, one of Canada’s top independent marketing communications firms.

Arlene was added to Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 Hall of Fame and PROFIT and Chatelaine Magazine’s TOP 100 Business Owners. She was also awarded the Pinnacle Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence, Ad Rodeo’s Lifetime Achievement Award, McGill University’s Management Achievement Award and was even recognized as a Global Television’s Woman of Vision. With her refugee roots, Canadian citizenship and powerful influence, there could not be a more perfect fit for the 2013 Gratitude Gala than Arlene Dickinson.

Gratitude Gala Awards 2012
Keynote Speaker: Milt Steagal
Since retiring from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers as the Canadian Football League’s All-Time record holder for yards received and touchdowns scored, Milt Stegall has focused much of his energy on sharing his philosophies on commitment, discipline, and success as a motivational speaker with the world. Drawing on his passion for success, he empowers corporate executives, non-profits, and youth, alike, to maximize their potential.

Leveraging his signature charismatic delivery to encourage audiences to face fears and overcome obstacles as a first step toward achieving their goals and dreams, Milt has addressed numerous corporations, delivered keynote address at several non-profit functions and motivated countless underprivileged youth.

It goes without saying that Mr. Stegall is undoubtedly one of the most renowned and adored ‘home town heroes’ in Winnipeg and a perfect fit to headline the Gratitude Gala Awards.

Gratitude Gala Awards 2011
Keynote Speaker: Montel Williams
Montel is the name behind one of the longest running talk shows in the history of television. An Emmy Award® winning host and the Executive Producer of the Montel Williams Show, Williams reached households across North America presenting them with challenging social issues for 17 years.

Battling Multiple Sclerosis and depression daily, Williams has built the Living Well with Montel brand by incorporating life experience and the information he has accumulated through personal account and professional opinions. Living Well is focused on helping individuals live better physically, emotionally, financially and spiritually.

Montel Williams is an avid supporter of initiatives that serve to help refugees. He played a vital role in the ‘Ante-up for Africa’ charity poker tournament and supported refugees whom had experienced horrific circumstances by using his popular talk show as a platform to spread mass awareness of their shocking experiences.

Mr. Williams’ presence as keynote speaker and celebrity endorser at Gratitude Gala’s inaugural Awards is a pragmatic example of believing in each other, and being there for each other.

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