CPKC Women’s Leadership Summit
Tuesday, August 22, 2023
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Marine Drive Golf Club
7425 Yew Street
Focused on providing engaging content and instruction that encourages female participation in golf, attendees will participate in a golf clinic, listen to a panel of female leaders across various male-dominated industries and network with their peers.
The theme for this year’s event is “Breaking the Grass Ceiling”. Panelists will speak to the challenges women face when they play golf, and the challenges women face when working in businesses dominated by their male counterparts.
The schedule for the day includes:
Chief Commercial Officer, Golf Canada
An established sports marketing professional, Lisa Ferkul joined Golf Canada in the role of Chief Marketing Officer in March 2022 before transitioning to Chief Commercial Officer one year later. In the CCO role, Lisa has oversight on key revenue driving areas for the organization – Partnerships and Corporate Sales.
Prior to joining Golf Canada, Lisa spent over a decade with Scotiabank most recently in the role of Director & Head, Canadian Sponsorship Marketing. During her time at the bank, Lisa was a key member of the deal team that negotiated the transformational $800MM MLSE partnership expansion including the naming rights Scotiabank Arena, as well as official bank status of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors. As a passionate ally, she also led the evolution of the hockey portfolio launching the hockey for all strategy and its supporting advertising campaign.
Recognized in 2017, as one of George Brown’s 5 To Watch, Lisa was also acknowledged as one of the most influential women in hockey by the Toronto Star in 2018, and more recently as one of publications’ “Women of Influence” making an impact in the world of sports in 2022.
Lisa is an active member of the sports marketing industry, holding the position of Vice-Chair on the Sponsorship Marketing Council of Canada, a mentor with the Toronto chapter of Women in Sports & Events (WISE), as well as a member of the BlackNorth Initiative’s Sports & Entertainment committee. She is a graduate of Western University (Honours BA, Kinesiology) and earned a Public Relations Post-Graduate Certificate from the Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.
Vice President of Basketball Operations and Player Development, Toronto Raptors
Teresa Resch is the Vice President of Basketball Operations and Player Development for the Toronto Raptors. A graduate of Augustana University in South Dakota, Resch has worked for MLSE since 2013, previously having worked for Life Time Fitness and the National Basketball Association. She earned her MBA from St. Thomas University in Miami, Florida in 2006.
Senior Vice President, Marketing, Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Currently serving as the Senior Vice President of Marketing for the Vancouver Whitecaps, overseeing brand, marketing, and digital content.
Previously, led the growth of the Canada Games brand through a comprehensive brand positioning, visual identity and website refresh project, elevating the potential of the next generation of Canadian athletes and engaging marketing and broadcast partners to do the same.
A leader in the commercial growth of the Olympic Movement in Canada with over 10 years between OCOG and NOC, specializing in commercial rights management, business development, sponsor engagement, and building strategic partnerships.
Proud Brock University Sport Management grad, past member of the Brock University Board of Trustees and past Chair of the Brock University Alumni Association representing over 100,000 alumni. Mentor and advocate for the next generation of women working in sport.
Director of Golf, Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club
Ashley Zibrik was appointed the Club’s 8th Director of Golf and Head Golf Professional on Friday, July 19th, 2019. She served as an Associate Professional at Shaughnessy since 2012. Ashley has been a PGA of Canada Professional since 2007 and is currently serving her fourth year on the PGA of B.C. Board of Directors. Ashley was named the Vice-President of Administration on the PGA Board of B.C. Board of Directors – she is the first female executive in the history of the PGA of B.C. Ashley has a great passion for teaching. In addition to her executive duties, Ashley is also a Career Advisor for the PGA of B.C. She was named the PGA of Canada’s Class “A” Professional of the Year in 2016 (Moe Norman Award) and received the Association’s Professional Development Award in 2014 (Tex Noble Award). Born and raised in Squamish, B.C., Ashley, a decorated U.S. collegiate player, attended Boise State University where she won two NCAA Division I tournaments. She is also a two-time winner of the PGA of BC Women’s Championship (2012 and 2018).
Founder and President, Iron Lady Golf
Lindsay Knowlton has a long history in golf. Her dad got her interested in the sport when she was 14 (because he needed a friend to play with!). Shortly after taking up the game (and finally getting the ball off the ground), Lindsay got the “golf bug”!
Lindsay started playing in competitive events which earned her a full scholarship to Ohio State University where she was the captain of the team and earned All American Honors. She was a 3-year member of Canada’s National Team, 3 time Ontario Champion and won a silver medal at the 2004 World Championships.
After years of competitive golf, Lindsay moved into the corporate workforce realizing that she wanted to help more women “say yes” to the golf invitations they were getting (for work, to play with family, friends etc). She started Iron Lady Golf to help empower women, build their confidence and create community out on the golf course. To date, Iron Lady Golf has taught over 25,000 women how to play golf. Lindsay is a PGA of Canada Class A professional, Taylormade Golf Advisory Board Member, Ontario Golf Association Ambassador and most of all, passionate about building community.
Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, CPKC
Maeghan Albiston is Vice-President and Chief Human Resources Officer of CPKC, responsible for leadership of the company’s Human Resources function across North America, including the areas of talent management, recruitment, total rewards, occupational health and leadership development.
In her role, Ms. Albiston also oversees the management of the company’s pension plans, which includes CP’s defined benefit pension plan, one of the oldest and largest corporate pension plans in Canada.
During her nearly 20 year career at the railroad, Maeghan has held a number of leadership roles, most recently as Vice President Capital Markets where she acted as the primary point of contact for the financial community with oversight for the investor relations, treasury and pension functions.
Maeghan holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta.