In Conversation with Trailblazers

Speaker Series


Susan Thompson
September 10, 2018, Winnipeg, MB

Susan Thompson is a well-known and highly regarded leader. With a wealth of experience and a highly engaging personality, Susan is a mentor for all those who know her. Susan was a business leader and entrepreneur over a 15-year period as business owner of Birt Saddlery, located in downtown Winnipeg. Susan led the City of Winnipeg through two terms as the Mayor. She has served as a diplomat as the Consul General for Canada, Minneapolis. As the founding President and CEO of The University of Winnipeg Foundation, she provided a high level of commitment to her community. She continued her commitment to her community as Executive Consultant for the Winnipeg Art Gallery to help raise $65 million for the WAG’s exciting new Inuit Art Centre.

‘Let Them Howl’ Play performed by Future Trailblazers
January 20, 2018

The Nellie McClung Foundation sponsored the writing of a very successful reading play, Let Them Howl by Sharon Bajer. Part of the mandate of the The Nellie McClung Foundation is to educate future generations to the importance of the legacy of Nellie McClung: human rights, the importance of holding office; and securing and exercising the right to vote. The encore performance of the play will be performed by future trailblazers.

Judge Kim Prost
March 8, 2019

Judge Kimberly Prost is a Canadian judge on the International Criminal Court. She was elected to a nine-year term on December 8, 2017 and assumed full-time duty on March 9, 2018. She was the third Canadian Judge at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. She served as Chef du Cabinet to the President of the International Criminal Court before her election to the bench. From June 2010 – August 2015 she was the first Ombudsperson for the UN Security Council’s Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee, tasked with advising the Committee and making recommendations on requests from individuals or organisations who are subject to global sanctions, such as asset freezes and travel bans, as a result of “listing” by this committee.

Future Trailblazers
Fall 2019

Meet the Future Trailblazers. Speakers from various Winnipeg youth leadership organizations will participate in a round-table discussion.

In Support of
The Nellie McClung Trailblazer Scholarships

The Manitoba Government and the Nellie McClung Foundation present the Nellie McClung Trailblazer Scholarships. These awards are for female students considering careers in the exciting fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), business or underrepresented trades. Careers in these areas offer excellent job opportunities, great earning potential and stimulating work environments.

Two categories of awards are being offered:

Grade 12 students:
– Five awards of $1,000 will be granted to female students in grade 12 who have demonstrated an aptitude in an
area of study that could lead to further education and/or careers in STEM, business or underrepresented trades.

Post-secondary students:
– Five awards of $1,750 will be granted to female students who are in their first year of post-secondary study in
STEM, business or underrepresented trades programs.

Selection criteria for both of these awards will ensure the diversity of Manitoba’s population is reflected, including awards to students from Indigenous, northern and rural communities.