Building Better Workspaces: Making Moments Matter

Ninth Annual Stephanson Cooke Interprofessional Learning Event

The Stephanson Cooke Event is a student-led professional conference available once a year to all students within Mount Royal's Health, Community and Education faculty. Each year, this event focuses on an array of common health sector topics with the aim of bringing together attendees to critically discuss solutions to these problems.

Through professional collaboration, this event assists Mount Royal’s future graduates in developing leadership skills, knowledge and interprofessional competencies that will prepare them for lifelong success in their careers. 

This event is made possible by the ongoing generous support of Agnes Cooke.

This year’s event intends to help students recognize their role in influencing positive and respectful academic and workplace cultures through AASAS’ province-wide campaign #momentsmatter. Healthy, inclusive and safe workplaces effectively address sexual harassment. Positive workplace culture is essential for personal well-being, team success and job performance, but creating positive cultures can be a bit of a mystery. Post-event, students are provided with resources to recognize healthy/unhealthy workplaces and tools to take action. 

Event details

Date: March 3, 2022
Time: 9 – 11:50 a.m.
Location: Online — Google Meet and Zoom (see below for links)

Event programme

  • Welcome 
  • Land Acknowledgement
  • Introduction and welcome from Dr. Stephen Price, dean, Faculty of Health, Community and Education
  • Part 1 — Naheed Nenshi
  • Part 2 — Leading Change with Anthony Parker
  • Intermission
  • Part 3 — Facilitation and interactive learning with Kiara Mikita

Post-event, you will receive a Certificate of Completion and gift card winners will be drawn (20 x $25 Everything cards).

Our partners

Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services (AASAS)

The Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services' primary work is to provide leadership, coordination and collaboration of sexual assault services in Alberta. 

Leading Change

Leading Change is the call to action of the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters (ACWS). It calls on all Albertans to get involved in preventing violence against women and girls. It will truly take a community effort to reduce and eliminate violence in our society. Leafing Change offers customized violence prevention training to workplaces, government groups, sports teams, post-secondary campuses, and communities. Leading Change, along with our partners from the Calgary Stampeders, will explore how new professionals may see impacts of violence in the workplace, as well as what it means to be a leader in ending domestic and sexual violence.

Naheed Nenshi

Naheed Nenshi is a passionate Calgarian, an accomplished business professional, and a community leader with a solid track record of getting things done. His real passion, though, is making cities, especially Calgary, better.

Dr. Kiara Mikita

Dr. Kiara Mikita is a creative and playful educator and researcher who has lectured and taught at the University of Calgary, Mount Royal University, and in the broader Calgary and Alberta communities. Kiara’s doctorate explored how people make sense of sexual violence, and her postdoctoral fellowship focused on the scholarship of teaching and learning. Kiara works as an Educational Development Consultant with the Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services (AASAS) and as a Learning and Instructional Design Specialist at the University of Calgary with the Cumming School of Medicine and the Faculty of Social Work. Kiara’s interests include teaching and learning about sexual violence, social justice, and transdisciplinary collaboration among professionals working in gender-based violence. Kiara is also an MRU alumna, holding an applied undergraduate degree in Justice Studies.



#momentsmatter is a three-year, province-wide campaign that celebrates Alberta leaders who are taking a personal role in building positive and respectful workplace cultures that promote health and safety — and help stop sexual harassment.

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