Real Talk: Future 40 virtual leadership conference

CBC Manitoba's Future 40 virtual leadership conference took place on March 27 at 10:30 a.m. CT via Chimwemwe Undi shared her poetry and Dorota Blumczynska gave the keynote address.
CBC Manitoba's Future 40 recipients participate in a virtual leadership conference. (WAG and Atelier Collective.)

CBC Manitoba's Future 40 virtual leadership conference inspires real talk

CBC Manitoba's Future 40 virtual leadership conference took place on Saturday, March 27.

CBC Manitoba's Future 40 Awards recognize the achievements of 40 Manitobans aged 40 and younger who have made outstanding professional or service contributions to the community, and who are making a difference in the lives of Manitobans.

Chimwemwe Undi shared her poetry with attendees, a keynote address was given by Dorota Blumczynska, and 3 discussion panels featuring nine Future 40 finalists were hosted by CBC Manitoba's Faith Fundal, Marjorie Dowhos and Marcy Markusa. 

Winnipeg Art Gallery's Qaumajuq was the virtual venue for the conference. (WAG and Atelier Collective.)

All attendees had access to an online screening room, which included video highlights featuring the Class of 2020 Future 40 finalists, as well as a sneak peek of 9 art pieces from the Winnipeg Art Gallery's inaugural exhibit, INUA, as part of the Qaumajuq opening.

10 lucky attendees also won limited edition CBC Manitoba prize packs.

Marcy Markusa hosts Future 40 leadership conference

Marcy Markusa hosted CBC Manitoba's Future 40 event and sat down with CBC Unreserved host Falen Johnson for a one-on-one interview as well as a panel discussion featuring Future 40 finalists from the business and innovation sector. (CBC)

Marcy Markusa, host of Information Radio, was the Future 40 Real Talk host for the morning. CBC Radio One listeners already know Marcy for her persistent interview style on air, but it was a treat to watch her in action online.

She also moderated a discussion panel talking about the opportunities and challenges for the Manitoba business sector with Future 40 recipients Jackie Wild, Pablo Listingart and Ben Marega.

Attendees visited INUA, the inaugural exhibit for Qaumajuq, virtually. (WAG)

The WAG's new gallery, Qaumajuq featured

The Winnipeg Art Gallery inaugurated Qaumajuq (formerly the Inuit art centre) at the end of March. Qaumajuq houses the largest collection of Inuit art in the world in a new, state-of- the-art building modelled after the shape of an iceberg.

Qaumajuq was the virtual venue for our Future 40 virtual leadership conference.

In partnership with the WAG, participants were able to visit a virtual art gallery featuring original commissions from INUA, the inaugural exhibit at Qaumajug, and learn the stories behind the art from the point of view of the artists. 

Chimwemwe Undi shares her poetry

Chimwemwe Undi opened the late morning session with her poetry. (CBC)

Chimwemwe Undi is a poet and spoken word artist living on Treaty 1 territory in Winnipeg. She is currently an articling law student at TDS. She has performed at multiple literary festivals, in Canada and abroad. She is also a poet in residence with Poetry in Voice, a national organization that seeks to foster a love of reading and poetry in high school students.

The poet used her opportunity as a speaker at last month's Future 40 Real Talk Leadership conference to address systemic racism in Canada and loss of opportunity it means for so many Blacks. Read more and watch her performance here.

Dorota Blumczyńska wins Manitoba 150 award 

Dorota Blumczynska shared her story of resilience as a newcomer. (CBC)

In addition to being awarded a Manitoba 150 award for her contributions to the province as the executive director of the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM), it was recently announced that Dorota Blumczyńska is the new chief executive officer of the Manitoba Museum.

Since arriving in Manitoba as a refugee in 1989, Dorota's journey from a new immigrant to the head of one of Manitoba's biggest cultural institutions is a story that many attendees drew inspiration from.

As a speaker at the Future 40 Real Talk Leadership conference, Blumczyńska delivered a keynote speech that chronicled her journey as a newcomer, losing her mother, surviving the Child and Family Services system and finding out who she is as a person, and discussed how that is guiding her in moving to her new position. Read more and watch her moving address here.

Real Talk discussion panel hosts

Marjorie Dowhos

Marjorie Dowhos moderated a panel on education and science. (CBC)

Marjorie Dowhos is the host of Radio Noon on CBC Radio One 89.3 FM / 990 AM. Marjorie joined CBC Manitoba in 2010 and has worked as a reporter and most recently as host of CBC Winnipeg News at 11.

Marjorie moderated a panel discussing issues facing the education and science sector in Manitoba with panelists Tammy Wolfe, Natalie Rodriguez and Ashley Stewart-Tufescu.

Faith Fundal

Faith Fundal moderated a discussion panel on arts and culture. (CBC)

Faith Fundal is host of CBC Manitoba's Up to Speed, bringing you the day's top local, national and international stories. Faith is an award-winning News and Current Affairs multimedia journalist well known for getting to the heart of stories that spark meaningful conversation.

Faith is also host of They & Us, an original podcast from CBC British Columbia, inspired by Faith's own journey exploring gender identity. 

Faith moderated an arts and culture panel exploring how Manitoba's creatives have kept creating during a global pandemic. Joining this panel were Future 40 finalists Reanna Merasty, Sasha Amaya and Jonathan Niemczak.