Speakers

Speakers 2019-02-13T10:10:37+00:00

Keynote Speakers

Cardinal Thomas Collins
Cardinal Thomas Collins
Bishop Mark Hagamoen
Bishop Mark Hagamoen
Bishop Bryan Bayda
Bishop Bryan Bayda
Debra Pozega Osburn, Ph.D
Debra Pozega Osburn, Ph.D

Cardinal Thomas Collins

Born and raised in Guelph, Ontario, Thomas Collins was ordained a priest in 1973.  He considered other paths, but was inspired by a high school English teacher who suggested he should consider the priesthood.

He earned undergraduate and master’s degrees in English, later pursuing theological training in Rome.  Specializing in the Book of Revelation, he earned his licentiate in sacred scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute and a doctorate in theology from the Gregorian University.

He was named Bishop of St. Paul, Alberta in 1997 and Archbishop of Edmonton in 1999.  Pope Benedict XVI appointed Archbishop Collins as Archbishop of Toronto in December 2006.  On February 18, 2012, he was elevated to the College of Cardinals in Rome.  Cardinal Collins was one of 115 cardinal-electors to participate in the 2013 Conclave in Rome, where Pope Francis was elected to succeed Pope Benedict XVI.

Bishop Mark Hagemoen

Born and raised in Vancouver, after completing his undergraduate degree (Bachelor of Arts) at the University of British Columbia, and a year of travel throughout Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Europe, Mark Hagemoen entered St. Peter’s Seminary in London Ontario, completing his Masters of Divinity degree in 1990. He was ordained in Vancouver by Bishop Lawrence Sabatini on behalf of Archbishop James F. Carney in May 1990. His pastoral assignments included ten years as the Director of the Office of Youth Ministry, and several pastorships.

He completed the National Certificate in Youth Ministry Studies and the Diploma for Advanced Studies in Ministry in 1997. He earned a Doctor of Ministry program at Trinity Western University, which he completed in 2007. In December 2007, he was honoured by Pope Benedict XVI, who recognized him as “Prelate of Honour” for his work in the Archdiocese of Vancouver.

Beginning in 2004, he was appointed for the Archdiocese of Vancouver to several administrative roles, including: Vicar of Pastoral Services; Moderator of the Curia, and Vicar General. He was appointed principal of St. Mark’s and president of Corpus Christi Colleges in 2011. He also served on a number of church, school, and other not-for-profit boards and committees.

On October 15, 2013, Pope Francis named Most Rev. Mark Hagemoen as the sixth Bishop of the Diocese of Mackenzie -Fort Smith. He was installed as the eighth Bishop of the Diocese of Saskatoon on November 23, 2017. Bishop Hagemoen currently serves on several committees of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB), and here in Saskatoon the boards of Emmanuel Health Saskatchewan, Saskatoon Catholic Schools Foundation, and Sanctum House.

Bishop Bryan Bayda

On May 2, 2008, the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, appointed Father Bryan as the fifth Bishop of the Eparchy of Saskatoon for the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in Canada. He was ordained as bishop on June 27, 2008 at St. George’s Cathedral in Saskatoon. As a member of the CCCB (Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops), he has served on the Doctrine Commission and currently on the Catechesis & Evangelization Commission. As a member of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC) Synod he has been the Youth Liaison and was their representative at the 2018 Papal Synod focusing on the theme: “Youth Faith & Vocational Discernment”.

Debra Pozega Osburn, Ph.D

As Vice President, University Relations, at the University of Saskatchewan, Debra Pozega Osburn is a member of the senior executive team at one of Canada’s top research-intensive universities.  She provides vision, leadership and direction for a team of more than 100 people focused on building strong, productive relationships with the university’s many communities and stakeholders; for building a culture of philanthropy; and for telling the institution’s powerful story. 

Debra Pozega Osburn brings a wealth of experience to the university’s leadership team, along with a passion for education that began at a young age and has helped define her career path.  The daughter of two public school teachers who were the first in their families to attend university, she completed a bachelor’s degree at Michigan State University in 1979 and worked as a journalist for more than a decade before returning to her alma mater to lead the media relations department.  Following that, she practiced as a principal and partner in a communications consulting firm that served the education, association and non-profit sector, before moving to the University of Alberta in Edmonton, where she served in a variety of leadership roles, including as Vice President, University Relations. She also has held various faculty teaching positions throughout her career, and has served as a director on numerous non-profit governing boards.

Debra holds both a master’s and Ph.D in American Studies from Michigan State, as well as a bachelor’s degree in journalism.  Her successes in both the public and private sectors have established her as a recognized expert in communications, public affairs, government relations and community relations, alumni relations, and fund development.