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Georgie-Odette Leadership Symposium Announces Launch Event

Georgie-Odette Leadership Symposium Announces Launch Event


The Georgie-Odette Leadership Symposium ( was held on November 17th at the Odette School of Business. This event, organized by undergraduate and MBA students, is instrumental in the Odette School of Business’s commitment to preparing corporate leaders of tomorrow.

The committee has developed a day-long program that features a powerful list of regional and international keynote speakers:

  • Sergio Marchionne, CEO, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
  • Michael Rossi, President, adidas Group Canada
  • Justine Fedak, Sr. V.P. and Head of Brand, Advertising and Sponsorship, BMO Financial Group
  • Ferio Pugliese, Executive V.P. Customer Care and Corporate Affairs, Hydro One
  • Alex Mac Lean, Founder, East Coast Lifestyle
  • Marnie Mc Bean O. C., 3x Olympic Champion and Author
  • Thomas O’Brien, President and Founder, Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards

Area professionals and students will be able to engage with these successful leaders and find out how they manage to stay ahead in the global marketplace. There will be a special, limited availability session, Coffee with Sergio Marchionne, to provide a more personal forum with the head of FCA. This year’s Symposium will also integrate myGOLS, a custom app for Apple and Android devices. Participants will be able to stay on top of event announcements, interact with other professionals through social media and pose questions to the speakers.

About the Georgie-Odette Leadership Symposium (

The Georgie-Odette Leadership Symposium is an annual event, hosted by the Odette School of Business, University of Windsor, targeted at students and business professionals bringing together proven industry business leaders who speak on various aspects of successful leadership.

It is one of three elements funded by the Richard Peddie Leadership (RPLI) initiative in order to help develop students’ leadership capabilities at the business school, positioning the school to be at the forefront of assessing and developing student leadership potential.