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The Victoria Forum 2024
The Victoria Forum 2024 - Building Trust for a Shared Future

Victoria Forum 2024

SPEAKERS 

Victoria Forum 2024

SPEAKERS

 

The Victoria Forum 2024

In today’s intricately connected world, humanity stands at a significant juncture. Existential threats loom large, and their profound impact is felt in every corner of our globe. We share not only a physical space but also an inherently inter-dependent one. Yet, a pervasive and increasing crisis of trust complicates our path forward. Within this critical context, the Victoria Forum emerges as more than just a gathering; it is an urgent call to collective action to combat the erosion of trust that has already occurred, build trust across the various divides that are hampering collective action and promote reconciliation.

August 25 - 27, 2024

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    Mayor Marianne Alto

    City of Victoria
    Mayor Marianne Alto image

    Mayor Marianne Alto

    City of Victoria

    Victoria Mayor Marianne Alto is a facilitator by trade with university degrees in law and science.  A businesswoman active in community causes for decades, Marianne was first elected to Victoria City Council in 2010, and elected as Mayor in 2022.

    Mayor Alto is currently co-chair of the Victoria/Esquimalt Police Board, in addition to many other committees and organizational bodies in Victoria, the capital region, and beyond. Mayor Alto is matriarch of the City Family (a unique collaboration among the City, the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations) having nurtured a long, rich relationship with those Nations. 

    A zealous advocate for increased housing supply and affordability, Mayor Alto actively facilitates civil discourse toward the realization of an intentionally transformed city.  Mayor Alto convened the city’s first collaboration with Island Health and service providers working in the various fields of harm reduction, addictions and mental health, and initiated the city’s first open data portal, driving the city’s commitment to open government.  She continues to be committed to expanding the city’s efforts at smart city technology, in particular as it enables Victoria’s capacity for climate adaptation, disaster planning and response, optimizing citizen engagement and inclusion, public transportation and the lifecycles of infrastructure assets.  

    Married and a mom of two boys, Marianne is a lifelong activist who vigorously advocates for equity, inclusion and fairness for everyone.  She owns and operates Azimuth Research & Consulting, a firm specializing in problem solving, change management and facilitation. 

     

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    Mayor Rebecca Alty

    City of Yellowknife
    Mayor Rebecca Alty image

    Mayor Rebecca Alty

    City of Yellowknife
  • Dr. Mike Ananny image

    Dr. Mike Ananny

    Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, University of Southern California
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    Dr. Mike Ananny

    Associate Professor Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, University of Southern California

     

    Mike Ananny is an Associate Professor of Communication and Journalism and Affiliated Faculty of Science, Technology, and Society at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

    He studies how people build the digital news infrastructures, algorithmic systems, and artificial intelligences that create public life — and tries to show how these cultures and systems can better serve public interests.

    He co-directs the interdisciplinary USC collective MASTS (Media As SocioTechnical Systems), the Sloan Foundation project Knowing Machines (with Kate Crawford and Jason Schultz), and the USC Center on Generative AI and Society, and is on the Steering Committee of USC’s Center on Science, Technology and Public Life.

    He was a 2022 Visiting Professor at the University of Helsinki Institute for Social Sciences and Humanities, a 2018-19 Berggruen Fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and has held fellowships and scholarships with USC’s Society of Fellows in the Humanities, Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism, Harvard’s Berkman-Klein Center on Internet and Society, Stanford’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, LEGO, and Interval Research.  He was a founding member of Media Lab Europe, a postdoc with Microsoft Research’s Social Media Collective, and has consulted for LEGO, Mattel, and Nortel Networks.

    He is the author of Networked Press Freedom (MIT Press, 2018), co-editor (with Laura Forlano and Molly Wright Steenson) of Bauhaus Futures (MIT Press, 2019), and is preparing a manuscript on the public power of silence (under contract with Yale University Press). He publishes in various interdisciplinary academic venues including Journalism & Media Studies, Science & Technology Studies, and Critical Internet Studies, and regularly gives expert commentary to national and international media on contemporary events and controversies.

    He holds a PhD from Stanford University (Communication), a Masters from the MIT Media Laboratory, a Bachelors (Computer Science & Human Biology) from the University of Toronto, and writes for popular press publications including The AtlanticWIRED, Harvard’s Nieman Lab, and the Columbia Journalism Review.

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    Dr. Vanessa Andreotti

    Faculty of Education, University of Victoria
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    Dr. Vanessa Andreotti

    Dean Faculty of Education, University of Victoria
  • Anjali Appadurai image

    Anjali Appadurai

    Climate Emergency Unit
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    Anjali Appadurai

    Director Climate Emergency Unit

    Anjali Appadurai is a climate justice campaigner and political strategist. She got her start organizing youth movements from around the world to ensure that Global South social movements’ demands were heard in the halls of power. Today, Anjali is Campaigns Director at the Climate Emergency Unit and runs the Padma Centre for Climate Justice, a project that brings together diasporic communities to build power around issues of climate and economic justice. Anjali has also engaged with the electoral system, running as an NDP candidate in the 2021 federal election and as a candidate in the 2022 BCNDP leadership race.

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    Honourable Janet Austin

    Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia
    Honourable Janet Austin image

    Honourable Janet Austin

    Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia
  • Honourable Lloyd Axworthy image

    Honourable Lloyd Axworthy

    Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada
    Honourable Lloyd Axworthy image

    Honourable Lloyd Axworthy

    Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada
  • Sébastien Beaulieu image

    Sébastien Beaulieu

    Security & Emergency Preparedness,Global Affairs Canada
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    Sébastien Beaulieu

    Director General Security & Emergency Preparedness,Global Affairs Canada

    Sébastien Beaulieu is a senior executive at Global Affairs Canada, and a career diplomat since 1998. He is currently Director General, Security & Emergency Management, and Chief Security Officer.

    He has been Chief of Staff to the Associate Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (2010-12), Ambassador of Canada to Tunisia (2012-15), Middle East Relations Executive Director (2015-17) and Syria

    Envoy (2017-19), as well as Ambassador of Canada to Senegal (2019-21).

    He has also worked on Canada-U.S. relations, climate change, international security, trade policy and international trade litigation, in addition to assignments in Geneva & Paris. In support of Canada’s public diplomacy, he is engaged with the University of Victoria as Adjunct Professor with the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business, and co-founder of the Victoria Forum.

    Education:

    • Bachelor in Social Sciences, Université de Moncton, NB, Canada (1995).
    • Juris Doctor (J.D.), McGill University, Montréal, QC, Canada (1998).
    • Editor-in-Chief, McGill Law Journal (1997-98).
    • Law Society of Ontario, ON, Canada (2000).
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    Kim C. Baird

    Kwantlen Polytechnic University
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    Kim C. Baird

    Chancellor Kwantlen Polytechnic University

    Kim Baird is an accomplished leader advising Indigenous communities, governments, businesses and other organizations on Indigenous matters. She is the Chancellor for Kwantlen Polytechnic University and is the owner of Kim Baird Strategic Consulting. Her continued goal is to improve the quality of life for Indigenous people through her services in relation to First Nation policy, governance, and economic development; as well as First Nation consultation, communication, and engagement issues. Kim also helps with reconciliation planning for companies and organizations. Kim is recognized for her communication, negotiation, and facilitation skills, and has extensive public speaking experience. She is on several boards including Canada Infrastructure Bank and FPX Nickel Corp.  Kim is a member of both the Order of British Columbia and the Order of Canada, is an Indspire Laureate  and holds an Institute of Corporate Director’s designation.

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    Stephanie Cairns

    Strategic Policy Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions
    Stephanie Cairns image

    Stephanie Cairns

    Director Strategic Policy Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions

    Stephanie is the Director of Strategic Policy at the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions. Over the last 30 years she has worked on circular economy, sustainable communities, climate and carbon pricing policies with leading climate change and environmental non-governmental organizations, research institutes, and expert panels, including the International Institute for Sustainable Development, the Municipal Natural Assets Initiative, the Smart Prosperity Institute, and the Pembina Institute. She was the first woman appointed as National President of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, is past Chair of the Galiano Conservancy Association, and is currently a Coordinating Lead Author for the North American Biodiversity and Climate Change Assessment.

    Stephanie has advised political leaders at every order of Canadian jurisdiction, and held the 2022/23 Kinross Chair in Environmental Governance at the University of Guelph. She has a Clean50 Lifetime Achievement award and shares a Harkin Conservation Award.

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    Senator Andrew Cardozo

    Senator for Ontario
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    Senator Andrew Cardozo

    Senator for Ontario

    Senator Andrew Cardozo is a recognized expert on public policy, a columnist, and an artist. His policy areas of expertise span Canadian government and politics, broadcasting and cultural policy, skills development especially the future of work, multiculturalism and diversity.

    He was appointed to the Senate on the advice of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in November 2022, before which he was the President and co-founder of the Pearson Centre for Progressive Policy.  Over the past decade he worked to elevate open public policy dialogue by bringing together thought leaders from all political backgrounds, from business, labour, NGOs and the broader public to address the major challenges facing Canadian society.  Prior to that he has been Executive Director of the Alliance of Sector Councils working on skills development across some 30 economic sectors, and Executive Director of the Canadian Ethnocultural Council, where he worked on policies and legislation in employment equity, immigration, multiculturalism and the Canadian constitution.

    Senator Cardozo has been a columnist for the Toronto Star and Broadcast Dialogue, and since 2014, a regular contributor to the Hill Times.  He was also an Adjunct Professor and Lecturer at the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University.

    He has served as a Commissioner of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) where he championed Canadian content, diversity in broadcasting, and played a key role in the licensing of the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN).  Since then, he has volunteered as an adjudicator for the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council.

    Senator Cardozo was a stay-at-home dad when his children were young. An immigrant from South Asia, with origins in Goa, India and Karachi, Pakistan, he has worked on the successful integration of diversity issues in the mainstream of Canadian public policy.  He was a board member of the Catholic Centre for Immigrants (Ottawa), the YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region, Media Awareness Network, the Institute of Media Arts, Policy and Civil Society (Vancouver) and has been active with Big Brothers Big Sisters (Ottawa).

    He has been the recipient of several awards: the 2023 DreamKeepers Citation for Outstanding Leadership award commemorating the historic role of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the125th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada Medal, the Reelworld Film Festival Guardian Angel Award (Toronto), le Prix annuel du Centre de recherche-action sur les relations sociales, CRARR (Montreal), and Big Brother of the Year (Ottawa).

    Senator Cardozo holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science from York University and a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Carleton University.  He has also studied art at the Ottawa School of Art and is an accomplished artist, generally of abstract landscapes and has been featured in several art shows in the Ottawa area, while his art hangs in many countries. He has two adult children who live and work in Ottawa.

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    Dr. Liz Carlson-Manathara

    School of Social Work at Laurentian University
    Dr. Liz Carlson-Manathara image

    Dr. Liz Carlson-Manathara

    Associate Professor School of Social Work at Laurentian University

     

    Dr. Elizabeth Carlson-Manathara is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Laurentian University and a non-Indigenous scholar whose work focuses on the roles of non-Indigenous peoples in decolonization and Treaty relationships, and on anti-colonial methodologies and decolonial change through public education and film. She is a co-author of the book Living in Indigenous Sovereignty and a filmmaker with the Stories of Decolonization Film Project.

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    Michael Cholod

    The Peace Coalition
    Michael Cholod image

    Michael Cholod

    The Peace Coalition
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    Andrew Chunilall

    Community Foundations of Canada
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    Andrew Chunilall

    CEO Community Foundations of Canada

    Andrew joined Community Foundations Canada in 2013 and became CEO in 2017, following a six-year tenure as Vice-President of Finance for the London Community Foundation and his long-standing service as a finance and regulatory expert for Canada’s philanthropic milieu. Now at the head of the community foundation movement, Andrew is working closely with the Community Foundations of Canada Leadership team, Board and foundations in Canada and abroad to help the philanthropic sector transform, innovate and meet the new challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. An increasingly active public speaker, Andrew is helping raise awareness for how the philanthropic sector’s convening power, leadership and action around targets such as the Sustainable Development Goals can help Canadian communities reach their full potential.

    Outside of Community Foundations of Canada, Andrew has been highly active in the nonprofit community for 15 years, serving on numerous boards including Community Living London and Art for AIDS International. In 2014, he was appointed to the Board of the Southwest Local Health Integration Network by former Minister of Health, Deb Matthews. In 2015, he was among 250 selected emerging leaders to participate in the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. He recently joined the Board of WINGS, the global network of grantmaker associations and philanthropic support organisations.

    With a background in education in economics and commerce, Andrew obtained his chartered accountant designation in 2002 and began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as a manager in the Assurance and Advisory Group.

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    Mayor Charlie Clark

    Mayor of Saskatoon
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    Mayor Charlie Clark

    Mayor of Saskatoon

    Charlie Clark was re-elected Mayor of Saskatoon in 2020 for a second term with a mandate to build a strong economic future where no one is left behind. Charlie will do this by continuing to foster innovative partnerships that build solutions to keep people safe, keep people working, and strive to make Saskatoon the most livable mid-sized city in Canada.

    Charlie is passionate about Saskatoon. He believes our history of innovation, problem-solving, and collaboration can position us as a leading city across Canada. His approach is centered on the belief that partnerships among groups with different perspectives can offer the best solutions to the challenges being faced by cities across the world. He is committed to building a community where people see each other’s strengths instead of differences, where families can thrive, and children are able to see a future for themselves here.

    He is married to Sarah Buhler, a law professor at the University of Saskatchewan, and they have three children: Simon, Ben, and Rachel.  

    Previous to serving as mayor, Charlie was the Ward 6 City Councillor for ten years. Before elected life, he worked in the areas of mediation and community economic development. He has bachelor’s degrees in conflict resolution and education as well as a master’s degree in environmental studies.  

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    The Rt. Honourable Joe Clark

    Former Prime Minister of Canada
    The Rt. Honourable Joe Clark image

    The Rt. Honourable Joe Clark

    Former Prime Minister of Canada

    Joe Clark (born June 5, 1939, High River, Alberta, Canada) is a Canadian politician who served as prime minister of Canada from June 1979 to March 1980, the youngest person ever to win the post.

    Clark obtained a B.A. in history (1960) and an M.A. in political science (1973) from the University of Alberta and taught political science there from 1965 to 1967. He had been active in politics since 1957 in support of the Progressive Conservative Party; from 1962 to 1965 he was national president of the Progressive Conservative Student Federation. In 1967 he directed the campaign organization that brought Peter Lougheed to power as premier of Alberta, and from 1967 to 1970 he served as executive assistant to Robert Stanfield, then the Conservative leader in the House of Commons. Clark himself was first elected to Parliament in 1972, and he was elected leader of his party in 1976.

    In 1979 the Progressive Conservatives won a plurality of seats in Parliament, and Clark became head of a minority government. Only six months after he took office, however, his government fell on a budget question; in the subsequent general elections in February-March 1980, his party was defeated by the Liberals headed by Pierre Elliott Trudeau. Clark served as the leader of the Progressive Conservative Party until 1983. That year he held a formal leadership-selection meeting and was defeated by Brian Mulroney. Clark served in Mulroney’s government as secretary of state for external affairs (1984–91) and president of the Queen’s Privy Council (1991–93).

    He also served briefly (1993) as United Nations special representative to Cyprus. In 1998 Clark was again elected leader of the Progressive Conservatives, and in 2000 he won a seat in the House of Commons. He stepped down as party leader in 2003, and the following year he resigned from the legislature. In 2006 Clark became a professor at the Centre for Developing-Area Studies at McGill University. He later wrote How We Lead: Canada in a Century of Change (2013).

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    Christina Clarke

    Indigenous Prosperity Centre
    Christina Clarke image

    Christina Clarke

    Executive Director Indigenous Prosperity Centre
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    Blaine Cook

    EarthNet
    Blaine Cook image

    Blaine Cook

    Co-founder and CTO EarthNet
  • Wanda Costen image

    Wanda Costen

    Smith School of Business at Queen's University
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    Wanda Costen

    Dean Smith School of Business at Queen's University
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    Gregor Craigie

    Author, Broadcaster
    Gregor Craigie image

    Gregor Craigie

    Author, Broadcaster
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    Jeff Cyr

    Raven Indigenous Outcomes Funds
    Jeff Cyr image

    Jeff Cyr

    Managing Director Raven Indigenous Outcomes Funds
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    Senator Donna Dasko

    Senator for Ontario
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    Senator Donna Dasko

    Senator for Ontario

    Donna Dasko was appointed to the Senate by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on June 6, 2018.

    She is a respected national pollster, media commentator, and private sector business leader with considerable public policy experience. She holds a Ph.D. and MA from the University of Toronto and a BA (Hons) from the University of Manitoba.

    Dr. Dasko was formerly Senior Vice-President of Environics Research Group Ltd, and built the firm from a small consultancy into one of Canada’s leading research firms. During her career, she led major research studies for federal and provincial departments and agencies, private sector clients, and NGOs, in areas including the economy, budget priorities, tobacco control, health promotion, national unity, and many others. She was a leader in developing media-sponsored polling including the Globe-Environics Poll and election and special feature polling for the CBC.

    As a community volunteer, she served in many roles including President of St. Stephen’s Community House, Director of the United Way of Greater Toronto, Governor of the Canadian Unity Council (devoted to Canadian unity and federalism), Chair of the National CEO Roundtable for the Alzheimer Society, and Advisor to GreenPac (which promotes environmental leadership).

    Dr. Dasko’s passion for the promotion of women in politics has guided much of her advocacy. She is a Co-Founder and former National Chair of Equal Voice, a non-partisan organization aimed at electing more women in Canada. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF), which promotes equality rights for women. In 2015, she co-founded the Campaign for an Equal Senate for Canada, an initiative to promote a gender-equal Senate. She works with National Democratic Institute on issues related to women in politics internationally.

    She is a Senior Fellow at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy and taught in its Master’s program before her Senate appointment. She is a member of Statistics Canada’s Advisory Committee on Social Conditions.

    Dr. Dasko was born and raised in Winnipeg. She has two children, a daughter and son.

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    Principal Patrick Deane

    Queen’s University
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    Principal Patrick Deane

    Principal and Vice-Chancellor Queen’s University

    Patrick Deane became the 21st Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s University on July 1, 2019.

    Dr. Deane is the former President and Vice-Chancellor of McMaster University, a position he held for nine years. Prior to that he served as Vice-Principal (Academic) at Queen’s and also held a number of academic administrative appointments at Western University and the University of Winnipeg.

    Dr. Deane is a Professor of English Literature, with his principal research focus being the relationship between cultural production and British politics in the first half of the Twentieth Century.

    He read English and Law at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa, before undertaking graduate studies and receiving both an M.A. and a Ph.D. in English Literature from Western University. He also taught at Western from 1988 to 2001 following some years on faculty at the University of Toronto.

    Dr. Deane was the first recipient of the John Charles Polanyi Prize for Literature in 1988, and was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. He was made an Honorary Life Member of the Alma Mater Society of Queen’s University in 2010.

    He is President of the Governing Council of the Magna Charta Observatory (Bologna), Vice-President and Treasurer of the International Association of Universities (Paris), served as Chair of the Universities Canada Standing Committee on Research, 2019-2023, and a member of the Campaign Cabinet for the United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington.

     

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    Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell

    Former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
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    Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell

    Former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

    The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell is the longest-serving Lieutenant Governor of Ontario (2014-2023). She carried out thousands of constitutional and ceremonial duties and encouraged Ontarians to think deeply about their role as residents of a province and as global citizens. She became known as Ontario’s “Storyteller-in-Chief”. Building a resilient and sustainable society was the focus of her mandate. Safeguarding democracy was her passion.

    Ms. Dowdeswell’s eclectic public service career has spanned provincial, federal and international borders and transcended disciplinary lines, engaging the public in complex issues of social significance. She contributed globally as Under Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme. She was the founding president and CEO of the Nuclear Waste Management Organization, and later the President and CEO of the Council of Canadian Academies. She has served on the boards of Canadian and international corporate and non-profit organizations.

    Ms. Dowdeswell is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a member of the Order of Ontario and is the recipient of numerous distinctions and fellowships. She holds 11 honorary doctorates.

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    Janis Dubno

    Sorenson Impact Center, David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah
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    Janis Dubno

    Managing Director Sorenson Impact Center, David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah

    Janis Is a Managing Director at the Sorenson Impact Institute, David Eccles School of Business, University of Utah, where she leads the Institute’s Impact Finance group. Janis is a pioneer in outcomes-based financing field and has extensive impact finance experience. Janis received an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Economics and Political Science from Yale College. In 2015, Janis took a leave of absence from the Institute to join the Obama Administration as a Pay for Success Fellow and lead the Department of Education’s Pay for Success initiative. She was a Senior Policy Advisor to the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) providing expertise on the Maternal, Infant, Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Pay for Outcomes authority. Prior to joining the Institute, Janis was Director of Early Childhood and Education Policy for the nonprofit Voices for Utah Children where she led efforts to secure state funding for early childhood programs and was the architect of the Utah High Quality Preschool Program Social Impact Loan, the first early childhood Pay for Success project in the country.

     

    Janis has 15 years of experience on Wall Street structuring innovative financial transactions.  She has experience in project finance, and corporate and utility debt and equity new issuance; however, her expertise is in structuring whole loan and agency collateralized mortgage obligations (CMOs). She was the lead structurer for the securitization of the Resolution Trust Corporation’s (RTC) Savings and Loan assets and worked closely with Moody’s to develop the final structure that saved millions of dollars in credit enhancement for the RTC. Janis’s tenure on Wall Street included working at The First Boston Corporation, UBS Securities and Bear Stearns & Co, among others. Janis has been an adjunct professor in the finance department of the Gore School of Business at Westminster College and the economics department at the University of Utah.

     

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    Alicia Dubois

    Boann Social Impact
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    Alicia Dubois

    Chief Investment Officer Boann Social Impact
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    Teresa Dukes

    Social Innovation Office at Government of Manitoba
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    Teresa Dukes

    Executive Director Social Innovation Office at Government of Manitoba
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    Supriya Dwivedi

    Office of the Prime Minister of Canada
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    Supriya Dwivedi

    Senior Advisor Office of the Prime Minister of Canada
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    Carson Ebanks

    National Gallery of the Cayman Islands
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    Carson Ebanks

    Founding Trustee National Gallery of the Cayman Islands

    Carson Ebanks is a Justice of the Peace, a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, and a member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE). He holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES Hons. Urban and Regional Planning – Peace and Conflict Studies Minor) Dean’s Honour Roll, from the University of Waterloo, Ontario Canada, and a Master of Arts – Planning in Community and Regional Planning (MA, PLA) from the University of British Columbia, Canada.

    Mr. Ebanks was the Director of Planning for the Cayman Islands from 1991 – 1997. Since 1997, he served the Cayman Islands Government as a Permanent Secretary and Chief Officer, for the Cayman Islands Government, until he retired in 2011.

    He is a founding trustee of the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands and has also served on the Boards of the Central Planning Authority of the Cayman Islands as Executive Secretary, the Cayman Islands Civil Service Co-operative Credit Union (VP), the Housing Development Corporation, the Water Authority-Cayman, the National Roads Authority, Cayman Turtle Farm, the Cayman Islands Port Authority, the Cayman Islands Airports Authority, Cayman Airways, and the National Trust of the Cayman Islands.

    Mr. Ebanks is the President of the Cayman Islands National Karate-do Association, the Cayman Islands Weightlifting Association, and the Secretary General of the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee. He is also the first Vice President of the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees (CANOC) and chairs their Sustainability Commission. Mr. Ebanks also serves on the Sustainability Commission and the Legal Commission of Centro Caribe Sports, and was on the Co-ordination Commission of Pan Am Sports for the 2023 Pan American Games. He has a black belt in Wado Ryu Karate Do, and is a three-time Olympic Sailor.

    He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Consolidated Water Co., and its Compensation and Corporate Governance Committees, as well as its Subsidiaries Cayman Water Company and OCEAN Conversion (Cayman), Consolidated Water (Honduras), Consolidated Water (Rotan), and Desalco Ltd. With a keen interest in life-long learning, Mr. Ebanks is also a member of the Board of Governors of the University College of the Cayman Islands, and its Academic and Administrative Committee, and its Human Resources Committee.

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    Kristi Fairholm Mader

    Thrive Impact Fund; Scale Collaborative
    Kristi Fairholm Mader image

    Kristi Fairholm Mader

    Managing Director Thrive Impact Fund; Scale Collaborative
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    Dr. Stacey Fitzsimmons

    International Business at University of Victoria's Peter B. Gustavson School of Business.
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    Dr. Stacey Fitzsimmons

    Associate Professor International Business at University of Victoria's Peter B. Gustavson School of Business.

    Stacey Fitzsimmons (Ph.D. SFU Beedie School of Business, Canada) is an Associate Professor of International Business at University of Victoria’s Peter B. Gustavson School of Business. Her research objective is to support globally mobile employees at work, by improving the way international organizations manage them. She does this by examining how multicultural, immigrant and refugee employees contribute to their global teams and organizations, how international organizations manage and leverage their globally mobile employees, and how domestic (non-immigrant) employees react to their immigrant colleagues. Stacey’s research has been published in Academy of Management Review, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of World Business, Human Resource Management Review, Organization Studies, and Organizational Dynamics. She received the AOM’s International Human Resources Scholarly Research award and WAIB’s (Women in the Academy of International Business) emerging scholar award. She currently serves on WAIB’s board, and was awarded competitive visiting Fellowship positions at the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Studies (GIBS), South Africa, and the University of Sydney Business School. She is lead editor on two special issues in progress now; one on global mobility of people in the Journal of International Business Studies, and one on equality, diversity and inclusion in the Journal of World Business.

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    Vivian Forssman

    ResilienceByDesign Lab at RoyalRoads University
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    Vivian Forssman

    ResilienceByDesign Lab at RoyalRoads University
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    Dr. Suzanne Fortier

    McGill University
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    Dr. Suzanne Fortier

    Past Principal and Vice-Chancellor McGill University

    Suzanne Fortier served as the 17th Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University from 2013 to 2022. Prior to her appointment as Principal, Professor Fortier was President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) from 2006 to 2013, and held the position of Vice-Principal (Academic) from 2000 to 2005 and Vice-Principal (Research) from 1995 to 2000 at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, where she was a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and in the School of Computing (1982-2006).

    A native of St-Timothée, Québec, Professor Fortier graduated from McGill with a BSc (1972) and a PhD in Crystallography (1976). Her research work has focused in the development of mathematical and artificial intelligence methodologies for protein structure determination. She has also made contributions to the development of novel techniques in crystallographic data mining to gain new insights from the large structural databases.

    Professor Fortier was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2018. She is also an officer of France’s National Order of Merit, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and was named a Specially Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (2015). She holds honorary doctorates from Thompson Rivers University, Carleton University, and the University of Glasgow.

    Professor Fortier currently serves as Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global University Leaders Forum (GULF), as a member of the HEC Paris International Advisory Board, on the Boards of the McCall MacBain Scholarships at McGill and the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), and is an Academic Member of the Board of Governors of the Technion Israel Institute of Technology. She also serves on the Canadian Business-Higher Education Roundtable, the Catalyst Canada Advisory Board, as well as the Boards of Directors of Montreal International, and the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation.

    She has previously served as a member of several boards and councils, including the federal government’s Council of Science and Technology Advisors (CSTA), the Board of Directors of the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Steering Committee of the Networks of Centres of Excellence, the Ontario Task Force on Competitiveness, Productivity and Economic Progress, Universities Canada, the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, the Canadian Federal Minister of Finance’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth, the Conference Board of Canada, and served as a member and Vice-Chair of the Science, Technology and Innovation Council (STIC).

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    Teara Fraser

    Iskwew Air
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    Teara Fraser

    Founder and CEO Iskwew Air
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    Arti Freeman

    Definity Insurance Foundation
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    Arti Freeman

    President and CEO Definity Insurance Foundation
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    Senator Rosa Galvez

    Senator for Québec
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    Senator Rosa Galvez

    Senator for Québec

    Rosa Galvez, originally from Peru, is one of Canada’s leading experts in pollution control and its effect on human health. She has a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from McGill University and was a professor at Université Laval à Québec for over 25 years, heading the Civil and Water Engineering Department from 2010 to 2016. She specializes in water and soil decontamination, waste management and residues, sustainable development, environmental impact assessments, and climate risk to infrastructure.

    Throughout her career, she has been requested by private, governmental and community organisations to offer expert advice. She has advised a number of international organisations including on Canada-US and Quebec-Vermont agreements regarding the protection of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River. She also conducted an important study on the catastrophic oil spill at Lac-Mégantic.

    Senator Galvez is a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec and the Pan American Union of Engineering Societies. She is also a Fellow of Engineers Canada, the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, and the Canadian Academy of Engineering. Her research has led her around the world to countries such as France, Italy, Belgium, Japan and China.

    Senator Galvez was appointed to the Senate on December 6, 2016, representing Québec (Bedford). She is currently a member of the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources, and a member of the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance. Since her appointment, she has also served on the Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications and the Special Committee on the Arctic.

    She has published several policy papers including a discussion paper on Canada’s building codes and a white paper on a clean and just recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. In March 2022, she published a white paper on Aligning Canadian Finance with Climate Commitments, which led to the introduction of Bill S-243, the Climate-Aligned Finance Act, legislation to help guide Canada’s financial sector in its transition to a net-zero economy.

    Her parliamentary work on climate and the environment has earned her several awards, including the Clean50 Award 2021, the 2022 Ecological Society of America Regional Policy Award, and the 2023 Top 25 Women of Influence Award.

    She lives in Quebec with her husband, Luke, and has three children, Virginie, Lydia and Francisco.

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    Dallas Gislason

    South Island Prosperity Partnership
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    Dallas Gislason

    Interim CEO South Island Prosperity Partnership
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    Jason Goldsworthy

    Centre for Ocean Applied Sustainable Technologies (COAST)
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    Jason Goldsworthy

    Executive Director Centre for Ocean Applied Sustainable Technologies (COAST)
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    Adel Guitouni

    Director of Programs
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    Adel Guitouni

    Professor, Gustavson School of Business Director of Programs

    Adel Guitouni is an award-winning associate professor of management sciences, operations research and decision support systems at the Gustavson School of Business. His PhD and master-level students benefit from his multi-disciplinary approach to teaching and professional activities, which includes his work with the Canadian government where he directed large scientific teams involved with major events and strategic initiatives such as the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and G8/G20 summits, and a variety of projects with the Canadian Forces.

    Since 2011, Adel has actively engaged in several educational activities that support the democratic transition and socio-economic development in the MENA region (i.e., Tunisia and Libya) from providing coaching sessions to senior government officials to obtaining grant funding to develop the country’s leadership capacity. In 2014 in partnership with Tunisian higher education institutions, he established a not-for-profit non-governmental organization dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship development and innovation.

    Adel has published numerous refereed papers and book chapters, and is the recipient of several multi-million dollar research grants. On the research side, he has made several contributions to multiple criteria decision aid (MCDA), supply chain management, information systems, resource management and cloud computing. His research interests include the automation of planning and scheduling, net-enabled dynamic resource management and supply chain management, classification and machine learning, multiple criteria decision analysis, multi-objective optimization, collaborative decision making and decision support systems.

    Through his research Adel’s goal is to help improve the decision-making process at the individual and corporate level. Through his entrepreneurship and leadership project work, he hopes to empower youth and leaders by giving them the tools to change their world.

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    Prof. Penny Gurstein

    CMHC Housing Supply Challenge’s Housing Research Collaborative
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    Prof. Penny Gurstein

    Co-lead CMHC Housing Supply Challenge’s Housing Research Collaborative
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    Dr. Kevin Hall

    University of Victoria
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    Dr. Kevin Hall

    President University of Victoria
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    Dr. Trevor Hancock

    School of Public Health and Social Policy, University of Victoria
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    Dr. Trevor Hancock

    Professor School of Public Health and Social Policy, University of Victoria
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    Lisa Helps

    BC Builds’ Project Origination and Process Innovation Initiative
    Lisa Helps image

    Lisa Helps

    Executive Lead BC Builds’ Project Origination and Process Innovation Initiative
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    Chief Ava Hill

    Commonwealth Sport Canada
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    Chief Ava Hill

    Board Director Commonwealth Sport Canada

    Ava Hill, whose traditional name is Iohahatie, was born on the Six Nations Reserve and is a Mohawk, Wolf Clan.  Ava was the Elected Chief of the 56th and 57th Six Nations Elected Council. Prior to holding the Office of the Elected Chief, Ava was a Councillor for District Two for three terms, a total of nine years.   After serving for fifteen years as a member of the Six Nations Elected Council, Ava did not seek re-election in 2019.

    During her tenure as Chief, Ava represented the Chiefs in Ontario on the Ontario Provincial Cabinet Committee on Poverty Reduction and Social Inclusion up until June 2018.

    In the 80s and 90s, Ava spent time working with the Chiefs in Ontario as the Executive Director of the Chiefs in Ontario Office and also at the Assembly of First Nations as the Executive Assistant to the National Chief.  Subsequent to her work at the AFN, Ava was the Executive Assistant to the Co-Chair of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples.

    Ava is a former member of the Board of Governors at the University of Waterloo.  She is currently a member of the National Consortium for Indigenous Economic Development at the University of Victoria and a member of the Advisory Council for Victoria Forum 2020.  She is also the Co-Chair, along with the President of the International Commonwealth Games Federation, for a Working Group that is working on a Declaration on Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples Through Sports.

    Ava is a Board Director for Commonwealth Sport Canada.  As well, she is a member of the Canadian Advisory Board for Right to Play.

    Ava is currently one of the Co-Chairs for the Capital Campaign Committee which is raising funds for a New Museum and Art Gallery at the Woodland Cultural Centre.

    She is also a member of the Amethyst Selection Committee for the Ontario Public Service and was invited to be a Witness Ambassador for the Four Host First Nations/Canadian Olympic Committee Bid to host the 2030 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and Whistler.

    She was awarded with the YMCA Peacemaker Medal for 2020, which was presented by the YMCA of Hamilton, Burlington and Brantford, and also received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Brock University in October 2021.

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    Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon

    Cascade Institute
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    Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon

    Executive Director Cascade Institute

     

    Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon is one of Canada’s foremost public intellectuals and a bestselling author. He is considered among the world’s leading experts on the intricate links between nature, technology, and society, with his current research focusing on threats to global security in the 21st century. Tackling subjects such as economic instability and climate change as well as how people, organizations, and societies can better solve complex problems, Homer-Dixon shows audience how to adapt and prosper in a world of ever-increasing complexity.

    Homer-Dixon is currently the founder and executive director of the Cascade Institute at Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia. Previously, he directed the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Toronto for nearly two decades. In 2008, Homer-Dixon joined the faculty at the University of Waterloo where he founded the Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation. He retired from his faculty position as a University Research Chair in 2021.

    A bestselling author, Homer-Dixon has written multiple award-winning books, including The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization; The Ingenuity Gap: Can We Solve the Problems of the Future?; and Environment, Scarcity, and Violence. His latest book, Commanding Hope: The Power We Have to Renew a World in Peril, was published in 2020. Homer-Dixon also writes regularly for the Globe and Mail and has been published in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Scientific American, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Financial Times. He’s been called “one of the best-informed and most brilliant writers on global affairs today,” by The Guardian.

    A sought-after speaker, Homer-Dixon has spoken at leading universities, to government agencies, and to major industry associations throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe. He has also provided briefings to the Privy Council Office, the Department of Foreign Affairs, and the Department of Defence in Canada; the Foreign Office in the United Kingdom; and to the White House, the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Council, and the State Department in the United States.

    Homer-Dixon received a Bachelor or Arts in political science from Carleton University and a PhD from MIT in international relations, defense policy, and conflict theory.

     

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    Dr. Courtney Howard

    Global Climate and Health Alliance
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    Dr. Courtney Howard

    Emergency physician and Vice-Chair Global Climate and Health Alliance

    Dr Courtney Howard is an Emergency Physician in Yellowknives Dene Territory in Canada’s subarctic, a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Calgary, and a Community Research Fellow in Planetary Health at the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research.

    The Vice-Chair of the Global Climate and Health Alliance, Dr Howard has researched menstrual cups and wildfires, and led policy work and advocacy regarding social tipping points and the health sector, ecoanxiety, vaccine equity, active transport, plant-rich diets, fossil fuel divestment, carbon pricing, coal phase-out, hydraulic fracturing and with regards to Canada’s Oil Sands. She led the 2017-2019 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change Briefings for Canadian Policymakers and was the 2018 International Policy Director for the Lancet Countdown.

    Dr Howard was the first woman president of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, and is the President-Elect of the Northwest Territories Medical Association. She recently completed a Master of Public Policy Degree at the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University where she focused on using a planetary health lens to facilitate the transition to economies centered around wellbeing. She is part of the Editorial Advisory Board of the Lancet Planetary Health and the Journal of Climate Change and Health. She has two young daughters and loves to dance.

    TEDX: Healthy Planet, Healthy People
    Drcourtneyhoward.ca

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    Dr. Emily Huddart

    The University of British Columbia
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    Dr. Emily Huddart

    Professor of Environmental Sociology The University of British Columbia
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    Stephen Huddart

    Director of Regenerative Economy
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    Stephen Huddart

    Adjunct Professor Director of Regenerative Economy

    Stephen’s early career included work as a documentary filmmaker in Latin America; co-owner of a jazz cafe in Vancouver, executive positions with the BC SPCA, and work with a children’s troubadour and advocate.

    In 2003 he joined the McConnell Foundation, serving as CEO from 2011 to 2020. Under his stewardship the foundation applied social innovation and solutions finance to regenerative partnerships with Indigenous organizations, governments, financial and academic institutions, and civil society. He was involved in creating Canada’s $755 million Social Finance Fund, and co-founded the Transition Accelerator.

    In 2022, McGill University awarded him an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. He lives in Victoria and is an adjunct professor at the University of Victoria’s Gustavson School of Business.

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    Dr. Victoria Hurth

    Institute for Sustainable Leadership, Cambridge University
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    Dr. Victoria Hurth

    Institute for Sustainable Leadership, Cambridge University

    Dr Victoria Hurth works at the intersect of academia and hands-on decision-making to help drive long-term well-being for all (sustainability). She enables decision-makers to cut through the chaos via strategic and operational clarity on purpose, sustainability, ESG, governance, marketing and culture. 

    Among other achievements, Victoria co-led the 5-year development of the first global ISO standard in Governance of Organizations (ISO 37000:2021), was the Technical Author for the world’s first national standard in Purpose-Driven Organisations (PAS 808:2022) and advised the UN on the methodology for SDG 12.6.1 (sustainability reporting). 

    As a Fellow of the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) Victoria is engaged in a range of executive and academic leadership programmes. She is an advisor for UnaTerra Venture Capital, SACE (Italy’s national export underwriter) and Creatives for Climate and has been a reviewer for ISAR Honors (UNCTAD) and was a member of WBCSD’s working group on Governance. 

    Victoria is currently a Non-Executive Director of the organic standards companySoil Association Certification Ltd and on the Governance Advisory Committee of Planet Mark. She has over 20 years of experience in business transformation, having previously worked for 3M and Accenture and by developing cutting-edge theory as a full-time Associate Professor of Sustainable Business and Marketing. 

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    Cordell Jacks

    Regenerative Capital Group
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    Cordell Jacks

    CEO Regenerative Capital Group
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    President Joy Johnson

    Simon Fraser University
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    President Joy Johnson

    President and Vice Chancellor Simon Fraser University

    Joy Johnson is president and vice-chancellor of Simon Fraser University, and professor in its Faculty of Health Sciences.

    As president, Joy is committed to carrying out SFU’s vision to be a leading research university, advancing an inclusive and sustainable future.

    Prior to her appointment as president, Joy served as SFU’s vice-president, research and international, and oversaw the evolution of cutting-edge research, innovation, and international engagement across eight faculties.

    Under her leadership, SFU’s achieved the fastest growth of any Canadian university research income of any university in Canada, with a focus on mobilizing knowledge to enhance the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of its communities.

    Prior to SFU, Joy had a distinguished career in academics and research. She is an elected Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and has co-authored more than 180 peer-reviewed articles.

    Professor Johnson is a director and current vice-chair on the Universities Canada board.

     

     

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    Adam Kahane

    Reos Partners
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    Adam Kahane

    Co-founder and Director Reos Partners
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    Raj Kalia

    Dark Matter Labs Capital
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    Raj Kalia

    Co-lead Dark Matter Labs Capital
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    Paul Kershaw

    School of Population and Public health, University of British Columbia
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    Paul Kershaw

    Associate Professor School of Population and Public health, University of British Columbia

    Dr. Paul Kershaw is a farmer morning and night. By day, he is an academic, public speaker, media contributor and volunteer.  At the University of BC, he founded the Generation Squeeze Research and Knowledge Mobilization lab to be a centre of scholarly activity about generational equity, the conditions into which Canadians are born, grow, play work and age, and the public policies that shape those conditions like housing, child care, parental leave, work-life balance, taxation, retirement, etc.

    Dr. Kershaw was recognized as “Academic of the Year” in 2016 by the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of BC in honour of the outstanding scholarship and knowledge mobilization that he leads from his Generation Squeeze lab.

    Kershaw studies and mobilizes knowledge about these themes in the Faculty of Medicine’s School of Population & Public Health because research shows that health doesn’t begin with health care.  Health begins with the social, economic, environmental and policy factors that shape the conditions into which we are born, grow, play, work and age.  These are often called the social determinants of health.

    Before joining the Faculty of Medicine, Paul earned tenure at UBC in 2010 in the College for Interdisciplinary Studies, publishing routinely in political science, sociology and health related journals, and earning two national prizes from the Canadian Political Science Association for his scholarship regarding gender and public policy.

    Guided by scholarship about how to mobilize academic knowledge into action, Paul launched the Generation Squeeze lab in response to frustration that peer reviewed literature was having too limited influence on how Canadian governments budget for the social determinants of health, particularly for younger generations.  In response, Kershaw now devotes considerable time to the community engagement commitment in UBC’s Strategic Plan, Place and Promise, to “Be a leader in fostering public understanding of societal issues and in stimulating action for positive change.”  He therefore currently targets a lot of his publications and other scholarly activity for the broader public and decision makers so that existing academic evidence has greater potential to influence Canadian government budgets, along with political platforms from across the ideological spectrum which shape those budgets.

    To support this aim, Kershaw founded Generation Squeeze, co-hosted at his Lab at the University of BC, the Vancity Community Foundation and the non-profit Association for Generational Equity (AGE).  Generation Squeeze is building a powerful organization to speak up for younger Canada in the market place and the world of politics, and is intended to become the largest community engagement initiative ever launched from a Canadian university.  With numerous partners, Kershaw has designed the campaign to be a rigorously evaluated pan-Canadian population health initiative that responds to the recommendation of the WHO Commission on the Social Determinants of Health to tackle the inequitable distribution of power.

    There is presently an unintended power imbalance between older and younger generations in Canada as it relates to government budgeting.  For example, whereas the Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP) exists to advocate for the aging population, there had been no pan-Canadian organization to speak up for younger generations until Generation Squeeze started.  Younger generations are also a third less likely to cast a ballot during elections compared to older generations, even though political parties shape their platforms around who shows up.  As a result, there is a generational spending gap in Canadian budgets which largely accounts for why international comparisons position Canada near the bottom of OECD countries when it comes to investing in the social determinants of health for the generation raising young children.  Kershaw is researching and evaluating the degree to which supporting younger Canadians to mobilize equal generational power alongside their parents and grandparents can mitigate the political-cultural factors which currently result in Canada’s poor international ranking, and slow pace of implementing the existing research about the social determinants of health for younger generations.

    Dr. Kershaw is recruiting graduate students who are keen to work and study as part of the Gen Squeeze Research and Knowledge Translation Lab.  Students interested in working with Dr. Kershaw should first review the Gen Squeeze website, and explore whether their interests overlap with policy areas identified at http://gensqueeze.ca/policies.  Alternately, students interested in the scholarship of Knowledge Mobilization are also invited to contact Dr. Kershaw’s lab to explore the possibilities for collaboration.

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    Dr. Saul Klein

    Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria
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    Dr. Saul Klein

    Former Dean & Professor Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria

    Saul Klein was a Professor of International Business in the Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria (Canada), where he served as Dean from 2012 to 2023.

    Born in Zimbabwe, Saul has had a broad-ranging career spanning developing, developed and transition countries. He holds a BA in Economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel) and MBA and PhD degrees from the University of Toronto (Canada). From 1996 to 2001, before joining the Gustavson School, he was the SA Breweries Professor of Marketing and International Business at the Wits Business School (South Africa).  Previously, he was a Senior Fellow in Marketing at the National University of Singapore.  He has also held full-time appointments at Wake Forest University and Northeastern University in the United States, and has been a visiting professor at Melbourne Business School (Australia).

    Before taking on the role of Dean, he was Head of International Business, and Director of Executive Programs at the Gustavson School. He is also an Extraordinary Professor of Marketing and International Business at the Gordon Institute of Business Science at the University of Pretoria (South Africa).

    Saul specializes in the areas of Marketing Strategy, Global Business and International Marketing.  He has provided consulting assistance to over 60 different organizations, in these areas, in Canada, the USA, Singapore and South Africa.  He has also led strategic planning workshops for a wide variety of organizations in different sectors.

    As Dean, Saul launched the Gustavson School’s Brand Trust Index, to measure the extent to which Canadians trust over 400 different brands, and he drove the business school’s commitment to responsible management education.

    He currently serves on the Board of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD). He was previously a member of the Boards of Mediterranean Entrepreneurship Development and Innovation (Tunisia), and Primeserv Group Ltd (South Africa). the National Consortium for Indigenous Economic Development (Canada), the Centre for Asia Pacific Initiatives (Canada), and on the international business school advisory committees of UIBE (China), Beijing Jiaotong University (China), NSYSU (Taiwan) and the University of Pecs (Hungary).

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    Tiara Letourneau

    Rewrite Capital Advisors
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    Tiara Letourneau

    CEO Rewrite Capital Advisors

    Tiara Letourneau is the CEO and Co-founder of Rewrite Capital Advisors, an M&A advisory firm dedicated to creating employee ownership for mid-market companies. She is a Director of the Canadian Employee Ownership Coalition and was instrumental in fighting for the design and creation of Canada’s new Employee Ownership Trust (EOT) legislation.

    Tiara’s background is in international development and the financial industry. She holds a Masters of Finance from Cambridge University. In 2010, she was awarded an Action Canada Fellowship and in 2014 was given the Financial Leader’s Award from the People’s Bank of China School of Finance at Tsinghua University. She helped design the United Nations Green Climate Fund’s Private Sector Facility for co-investing in climate change. She now designs employee ownership transformation strategies, to help Canadians protect their businesses and to reduce wealth inequality.

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    Dr. Wilton Littlechild

    Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations
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    Dr. Wilton Littlechild

    Former Chief Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations

    Wilton Littlechild, Ph.D., is a Cree chief, residential school survivor, and lawyer who has worked both nationally and internationally including with the United Nations to advance Indigenous rights and Treaties. He has also – through leadership with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission – raised awareness of former Canadian policies that decimated the livelihood and culture of Indigenous Canadians.

    Born in Alberta, Wilton Littlechild was raised largely at residential schools from 1951 to 1964, where he spent 14 years surviving through study and sport. After leaving residential school, he studied physical education at the University of Alberta and law at the University of New Mexico, where he continued his balance of academics and hockey.

    Chief Littlechild was a member of the 1977 Indigenous delegation to the United Nations (UN), and worked on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. He organized within the UN to increase Indigenous input in the economic and social issues the UN tackles. In the 1980s, he worked on the lawsuit to prevent patriation of the Canadian Constitution until the Aboriginal and Treaty Rights were protected and, in more recent years, has been a regional and International Chief on Treaties No. 6, 7, 8.

    Chief Littlechild has been a member of parliament, Vice-President of the Indigenous Parliament of the Americas, North American representative to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, and a chairperson for the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Commission on First Nations and Métis Peoples and Justice Reform.

    In addition to his ongoing work with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, he’s continued to run his own law firm in Erminiskin Reserve, Alberta, and maintains his commitment to sport. He has been inducted into seven Sports Halls of Fame.

    He has been awarded the Order of Canada and in 1993, the Canadian government awarded Chief Littlechild the Canada 125 Medal. He is a 2015 Laureate of the Indspire Awards and was recently honoured with the Alberta Award of Excellence.

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    Senator Tony Loffreda

    Senate of Canada
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    Senator Tony Loffreda

    Honourable Senator Senate of Canada

    Mr. Tony Loffreda was appointed to the Senate of Canada in 2019 by the Governor General of Canada on the advice of the Prime Minister. He is the first Canadian born Senator of Italian descent.

    He currently sits on the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance and the Standing Senate Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration. He also serves as Deputy Chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade, and the Economy. Senator Loffreda also serves on several Senate Working Groups. He is a member of various parliamentary associations and interparliamentary groups, including serving as Vice-Chair of the Canada-Italy Interparliamentary Group and Chair of the Canadian Chapter of the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He is a member of the Independent Senators Group.

    Prior to his appointment, Senator Loffreda was a Vice Chairman and Executive at RBC. He brings to the Senate over 35 years of experience in the financial industry.

    Senator Loffreda has served on various boards and committees including, but not limited to, the Concordia University Board of Governors; the Integrated Health and Social Services University Network for West-Central Montréal; Montréal International; the Italian-Canadian Community Foundation; the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada; and the executive committee of the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montréal.

    Once nominated to the Canadian Senate, Senator Loffreda retired from RBC and resigned from the twenty-one boards he was serving on.

    He is a leading philanthropist, active in service to many communities, having chaired fundraising activities across the province for various causes such as the Giant Steps School; the Montréal Jewish General Hospital; McGill University Goodman Research Centre; the Montréal Cancer Institute and many more. He is also a frequent and sought-after speaker on economic and community issues.

    Among his many awards and distinctions, he is a recipient of the Lieutenant Governor of Québec’s Gold Medal for Exceptional Merit; the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal; the Governor General of Canada Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers; the Canadian Italian Business and Professional Association’s Person of the Year Award; the Philhellene of the Year Award by the Hellenic Community of Greater Montréal; and the Senate of Canada 150th Anniversary Medal which he received prior to his appointment. He was also inducted as an administrator into the Montréal-Concordia Soccer Hall of Fame.

    Senator Loffreda passed the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Final Exam and earned a USA – Certified Public Accountant designation through the University of Illinois.

    Senator Loffreda also holds a Chartered Global Management Accountant international designation from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

    He earned his Bachelor of Commerce degree with a major in accounting from the University of Concordia. He lives in Montreal with his wife, and they have two children.

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    Rik Logtenberg

    Earthnet, Climate Caucus
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    Rik Logtenberg

    Co-Founder Earthnet, Climate Caucus
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    Dr. Basma Majerbi

    Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria
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    Dr. Basma Majerbi

    Associate Professor Gustavson School of Business, University of Victoria
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    Honourable John Manley

    Former Minister of Finance of Canada
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    Honourable John Manley

    Former Minister of Finance of Canada
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    Professor Thomas Marois

    McMaster University
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    Professor Thomas Marois

    Canada Research Chair in Public Banking McMaster University
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    Jason McBride

    Pearson College
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    Jason McBride

    Head Pearson College
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    Senator Marilou McPhedran

    Senator for Manitoba
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    Senator Marilou McPhedran

    Senator for Manitoba

    Born and raised in rural Manitoba, Canada, called to the Bar of Ontario (1978-2007), named a Member of the Order of Canada (1985) in recognition of her co-leadership in the successful campaign for stronger gender equality protections in the Canadian constitution and appointed to the Senate of Canada by Governor General David Johnston on the recommendation of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in 2016, Marilou McPhedran is a legally trained advocate and educator who specialized in teaching and developing systemic and sustainable change mechanisms to promote equality and diversity, having co-founded several internationally recognized non-profit Canadian organizations, such as LEAF – the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund, which has conducted constitutional equality test cases and interventions for 30-plus years, METRAC – the Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children, and the Gerstein Crisis Centre for homeless discharged psychiatric patients.

    She founded the International Women’s Rights Project in 1998 and the Institute for International Women’s Rights at Global College in 2009 – based on her intergenerational models “evidence-based advocacy” and “lived rights”. When Chief Executive Officer of a Federal Centre of Excellence based at York University, Canada, she directed staff and programs that included a cyber research network on women’s health and rights.

    She has developed human rights courses online and in the classroom and has chaired three independent inquiries into the sexual abuse of patients (1991-2015), co-investigated and co-authored applied research, including: the first international study to assess impact of the UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women in ten countries (1998-2000); What about accountability to the patient? (2001), the National Study on Rural, Remote and Northern Women’s Health in Canada (2001-2003); the textbook, Preventing Sexual Abuse: a Legal Guide for Health Care Professionals (2004); a strategy paper for Canada’s ambassador to the UN, Engendering the ‘Responsibility to Protect’ Doctrine (2005); Women’s Constitutional Activism in South Africa and Canada (2009 International Review of Constitutionalism); 28-Helluva Lot to Lose in 27 Days: The Ad Hoc Committee and Women’s Constitutional Activism in the Era of Patriation (2015).

    Her authorship includes: the 2006 National Journal of Constitutional Law article, Impact of S.15 equality rights on Canadian society: beacon or laser?; the 2007 Supreme Court Law Review article A Truer Story: Constitutional Trialogue; and the 2014 Michigan State Law Review article, Complements of CEDAW – U.S. foreign policy coherence on women’s human rights and human security.

    A pioneer in research and advocacy to promote human rights through systemic reform in law, medicine, education, governance, she chaired the 2006 international Forum on Women’s Activism in Constitutional Reform, held the Ariel F. Sallows Chair in Human Rights at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law, was appointed Chief Commissioner of the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission in 2007, and was Principal (Dean) of The University of Winnipeg Global College in Manitoba from June 2008 to July 2012, then served as the Human Rights Fellow in the UNFPA Geneva Liaison Office and taught as a Visiting Professor at the UN-mandated University for Peace in Costa Rica in 2012-13.

    From 2008 to 2019, she was a tenured full professor at the University of Winnipeg. She was the founding director of the Institute for International Women’s Rights at Global College from 2009 to 2016 and the creator / director of the annual ‘Human Rights UniverCity’ summer institute based at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights from 2011 to 2018.

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    Senator Marie-Françoise Mégie

    Senator for Québec
    Senator Marie-Françoise Mégie image

    Senator Marie-Françoise Mégie

    Senator for Québec

    Senator Marie-Françoise Mégie was appointed to the Senate on November 25, 2016, by the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau. Senator Mégie represents the province of Québec and the Senatorial Division of Rougemont.

    Senator Mégie’s professional career encompasses over 35 years as a family physician and nearly 30 years as a university professor. Born in Haiti, she arrived in Quebec in 1976, and rose through the ranks of the medical profession while also pursuing university teaching, becoming a clinical associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Montréal.

    She helped establish the Maison de soins palliatifs de Laval in 2009, where she served as medical director until December 31, 2016.

    Her medical practice focused on providing health care services for seniors, persons with severe disabilities and end-of-life patients.

    Senator Mégie served as President of the Association of Haitian Physicians Abroad (AMHE) for five years, and chaired the organization Médecins francophones du Canada from 2014 to 2016.

    She was also the editor-in-chief of the Médecins francophones du Canada’s newsletter.

    Dr. Mégie has received numerous awards for her professional, volunteer and personal contributions.

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    Senator Julie Miville-Dechene

    Senator for Québec
    Senator Julie Miville-Dechene image

    Senator Julie Miville-Dechene

    Senator for Québec

    Since her appointment to the Senate in 2018, Julie Miville-Dechêne has presented two senatorial initiative bills: the new law Bill S-211, against forced labour and child labour in supply chains, effective January 1, 2024; and Bill S-210 which would make it mandatory to implement age verification mechanisms to protect minors from exposure to online pornography. This latest bill was adopted in April 2023 by the Senate and is currently under study in the House of Commons.

    She is vice-chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications.

    Julie Miville-Dechêne has had a long career in the public service where she stood out for her talent as a communicator.

    Very early on, she devoted herself to journalism, a career that would take her across Quebec, Canada, and the United States for more than 25 years, and through which she would meet people from every culture and background. Julie Miville-Dechêne was a correspondent for CBC-Radio-Canada television in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa and Washington. She covered the constitutional talks, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the US intervention in Haiti to name a few.

    In 2007, she became the first woman ombudsman of Radio-Canada, an experience that helped her gain solid expertise in ethics. These public decisions took a good hard look at the mechanics of journalism and exposed mistakes or bias.

    In 2011, Julie Miville-Dechêne was named Chair of the Quebec government’s Conseil du statut de la femme. For five years, she modernized the institution by making it relevant for young women. She also used her independence to raise the profile of the institution and to speak publicly on the major issues affecting women, including sexual violence, and by taking part in field research. Under her leadership, the Conseil published noteworthy papers on prostitution, honour-based violence, and surrogate mothers. She expressed serious concerns about the government’s secularism charter in 2013.

    In 2016, she made the jump to diplomacy, successively serving as the Quebec representative as part of the Permanent Delegation of Canada to UNESCO, then as the Quebec government envoy for human rights and freedoms.

    In 2008, she was the recipient of the Reconnaissance UQAM Award for her exceptional contribution to the development of her profession. In 2005, she received the Raymond-Charette Award for exceptional quality of French in broadcast journalism. In 2002, she won the New York Festivals International Advertising Award for her report on children and terrorism, Les enfants et le terrorisme.

    Ms. Miville-Dechêne holds a graduate degree in conflict prevention and resolution from the Université de Sherbrooke, a Master’s Degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York, and a Bachelor’s Degree in political science from the Université du Québec à Montréal.

    Senator Miville-Dechêne is Co-Chair of the All-Party Group to Combat Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking.

    In addition to her senatorial activities, Julie Miville-Dechêne is a volunteer administrator of a non-profit organization (NPO): Share the Warmth

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    Sherry L. Monastyrski

    Oneida Nation of the Thames
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    Sherry L. Monastyrski

    CEO Oneida Nation of the Thames

    Sherry L. Monastyrski is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Oneida Nation of the Thames, where she is dedicated to fostering a vibrant community rooted in Oneida culture and language and creating spaces where people feel valued. 

    With over 15 years of experience in senior roles at the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians, Chiefs of Ontario, and the Assembly of First Nations. Her extensive background in governance and advocacy reflects her deep commitment to helping underrepresented groups find their voice and fuels her work in advancing the rights and interests of Indigenous Peoples. 

    Sherry’s academic career started at Western University and was a student at Kings College, with a degree in Political Science. Sherry holds a Master’s in Indigenous Governance from the University of Victoria and a law degree from the University of Ottawa. 

    Her leadership is marked by a strong dedication to inclusive governance and community well-being. Sherry serves on the Board of Directors for Equal Voice, which is an all-partisan registered charity that promotes the inclusion of women, 2LGBTQQIA+, and BIPOC communities in places of political power and influence. 

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    Senator Lucie Moncion

    Senator for Ontario
    Senator Lucie Moncion image

    Senator Lucie Moncion

    Senator for Ontario

    After a distinguished career of more than 38 years in the co-operative financial institutions sector, the last 16 as President and CEO, Lucie Moncion was appointed to the Senate in November 2016. As a representative of Ontario’s francophone community and as part of her parliamentary duties, she works in official languages and the cooperative sector. She is the Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Internal Economy, Budgets and Administration.

    A native of Ottawa, Senator Moncion holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a specialization in Cooperative Administration from Laurentian University, a Master of Business Administration from the Université de Moncton, and a Corporate Director designation from Laval and McMaster Universities.

    She has extensive knowledge of Ontario’s Francophone minority communities, as well as an in-depth understanding of the economy, business climate and Francophone communities in Ontario. She has recognized expertise in the areas of cooperatives and social entrepreneurship.

    In addition, she has served on numerous boards of directors. She has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of Cooperatives and Mutuals Canada, Chair of the Audit and Governance Committees of TFO Media Group, Chair of the Circuit Champlain Working Group and Chair of the Coalition of Credit Unions and Caisses Populaires. She has also served as Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors of Nipissing University, and as a member of the Board of Directors of Collège Boréal.

    She is the mother of three children and grandmother of four grandchildren and lives with her husband Yvon in North Bay, Northern Ontario.

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    Dr. Kate Moran

    Ocean Networks Canada
    Dr. Kate Moran image

    Dr. Kate Moran

    President Ocean Networks Canada
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    Ry Moran

    University of Victoria
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    Ry Moran

    Associate University Librarian University of Victoria

    Ry Moran is Canada’s inaugural Associate University Librarian – Reconciliation at the University of Victoria. His role within UVic Libraries’ focuses on building and sustaining relationships to introduce Indigenous approaches and knowledge into the daily work of the Libraries and more broadly across the campus community.

    Ry came to this position from the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation hosted by the University of Manitoba. Prior to the NCTR, he served with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. On the TRC’s behalf, he facilitated the gathering of nearly 7,000 video/audio-recorded statements of former residential school students and millions of pages archival records.

    Ry’s life-long passion for the arts and music continues to be an important part of his life as he continues to write and produce original music. Ry is a distinguished alumnus of the University of Victoria and was awarded a Meritorious Service Cross by the Governor General. On May 29, 2024, Ry received and Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of British Columbia. Ry is a proud member of the Red River Métis.

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    Senator Jim Munson

    Former Canadian Senator
    Senator Jim Munson image

    Senator Jim Munson

    Former Canadian Senator
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    Andrea Nemtin

    Social Innovation Canada
    Andrea Nemtin image

    Andrea Nemtin

    Chief Executive Officer Social Innovation Canada
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    Peter Nicholas

    Social Finance UK
    Peter Nicholas image

    Peter Nicholas

    Director Social Finance UK
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    Dr. Isaac Odame

    Departments of Pediatrics and Medicine at the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
    Dr. Isaac Odame image

    Dr. Isaac Odame

    Professor Departments of Pediatrics and Medicine at the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

    Dr. Odame is the Hematology Section Head and Director of the Hemoglobinopathy Program, Division of Hematology/Oncology, the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), Toronto. He is the Medical Director of the Global Sickle Cell Disease Network based at the SickKids Centre for Global Child Health that is building enduring collaborations between clinicians/scientists worldwide to further research and advance care of patients with sickle cell disease (SCD), particularly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) that shoulder the heaviest disease burden.

    Odame is Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Medicine at the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. He was the Division Director and Alexandra Yeo Chair of Hematology in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto from 2013- 2024.

    Odame is playing a lead role in the World Coalition on Sickle Cell Disease (WCSCD), a unique multi-stakeholder, cross-sectoral, international public-private partnership that aspires to be the global focal point for efforts to address SCD in LMICs. Odame is the Principal Investigator on implementation studies to integrate early SCD diagnosis and care in primary health care facilities in sub-Saharan Africa. As a member of Steering Committees, Data Safety Monitoring Boards, and site Principal Investigator, he is actively involved in several clinical studies aimed at developing novel disease-modifying and curative therapies for sickle cell disease. Odame is currently Associate Editor of Pediatric Blood & Cancer journal and serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Lancet Child & Adolescent Health.

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    Senator Ratna Omidvar

    Senator for Ontario
    Senator Ratna Omidvar image

    Senator Ratna Omidvar

    Senator for Ontario
  • Senator Flordeliz (Gigi) Osler image

    Senator Flordeliz (Gigi) Osler

    Senator for Manitoba
    Senator Flordeliz (Gigi) Osler image

    Senator Flordeliz (Gigi) Osler

    Senator for Manitoba

    Senator Osler was appointed to the Senate of Canada on September 26, 2022.

    Flordeliz (Gigi) Osler is an internationally renowned surgeon and a dedicated advocate for health and health care.  Born and raised in Winnipeg to immigrant parents from the Philippines and India, she completed her medical school and residency training in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Manitoba.  She then did further subspecialty training at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver.  Dr. Osler holds a Graduate Certificate in Global Surgical Care from the University of British Columbia and has completed the Director’s Education Program from the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

    Senator Osler is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Manitoba and was the Head of the Section or Otolaryngology-Head and Neck at St. Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg from 2010 to 2019.  In 2018, she became the first female surgeon and the first racialized woman elected as President of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA).  While at the CMA she championed principles of equity, diversity and inclusion within medicine and led the development of the CMA’s first ever policy on equity and diversity.  Senator Osler has held leadership roles with the Canadian Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, was the 2021-22 President of the Federation of Medical Women of Canada, the 2022-22 Chair of the Canadian Medical Forum, and Co-Chair of the Virtual Care Task Force from 2019-2022.

    She is the recipient of numerous honours and awards.

    Senator Osler currently sits on the Standing Committee of Social Affairs, Science and Technology.

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    Dr. Ato Sekyi Otu

    William Osler Health System
    Dr. Ato Sekyi Otu image

    Dr. Ato Sekyi Otu

    Orthopaedic Surgeon William Osler Health System
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    Professor Taylor Owen

    Ethics and Communications, Max Bell School of Public Policy, McGill University
    Professor Taylor Owen image

    Professor Taylor Owen

    Beaverbrook Chair in Media Ethics and Communications, Max Bell School of Public Policy, McGill University
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    Dara Parker

    Vancouver Foundation
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    Dara Parker

    Vice-President, Grants and Community Initiatives Vancouver Foundation

    Dara is a social impact executive with over 20 years’ experience working in purpose-driven organizations. She currently runs a leadership consultancy, helping change-makers navigate complexity to get things done.

    She recently served as the Vice-President, Grants and Community Initiatives at the Vancouver Foundation, where she led a team of 26 and was responsible for deploying $50M annually in grants. Previously Dara has served as Executive Director of SVP Vancouver and the Executive Director of QMUNITY, BC’s Queer, Trans and Two-Spirit Resource Centre. Dara sits on the Board of Forward Global, and is the co-founder of Lezervations, a nonprofit facilitating networking events for queer and trans women.

    Dara lives with her partner in Syilx Okanagan territory, and spends her down time chasing her French bulldogs, Mr. Bumper and Sir Waffles.

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    Dr. Andrew Parkin

    Environics Institute
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    Dr. Andrew Parkin

    Executive Director Environics Institute

     

    Andrew Parkin is the Executive Director of the Environics Institute for Survey Research, a not-for-profit agency created in 2006 to conduct in-depth public opinion and social research on the issues shaping Canada’s future. 

    Prior to joining the Institute, Andrew served as the Director of the Mowat Centre and Associate Professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (2017-19), Director General of the Council of Ministers of Education Canada (CMEC) (2010-14), Associate Executive Director and Director of Research and Program Development at the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation (2004-10), and Co-Director of the Centre for Research and Information on Canada (2000-04).  He has also worked as an independent public policy analyst and consultant, providing strategic advice, issue analysis, and policy research to a variety of national and international clients in the areas of education and skills development, social and economic policy, and public opinion research. 

    Andrew has convened, informed, and led national and international discussions on a wide range of public policy issues and acted as an authoritative public spokesperson on education, federalism, and the Canadian political community in both official languages.

    A political sociologist by background, he completed his post-doctorate at Dalhousie University, his Ph.D. at the University of Bradford (U.K.), and his B.A. (Honours) at Queen’s University. He has received several academic honours, including a Commonwealth Scholarship and a Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship, and has authored or co-authored numerous publications on Canadian public policy.

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    Danya Pastuszek

    Tamarack Institute for Community Engagement
    Danya Pastuszek image

    Danya Pastuszek

    Co-CEO Tamarack Institute for Community Engagement

    Danya (she/her) grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts. She worked first at the International Rescue Committee, where she worked with resettling refugees, and then at The HOPE Program, working with individuals impacted by systems of criminal justice.

    In 2012, she began a decade with United Way of Salt Lake (UWSL), as it transitioned to focusing solely on facilitating multi-sector, multigenerational partnerships designed to support economic mobility. She supported community schools, neighborhood roundtables, and regional partnerships and co-created data and storytelling strategies that center people’s experiences and reflect the transformations that systems must make. She left UWSL in February 2022 to join Tamarack. Tamarack supports tens of thousands of people to build the skills to change systems; catalyzes nearly 200 local place-based and deploys the wisdom of changemakers and communities to impact public policy. Tamarack’s work is to contribute to social connection and economic, climate, and education equity.

    Her volunteer work is mostly in her local community, where she’s sat on the boards of Wise Owl Daycare and Renfrew County Family and Children’s Services and on the Corporate Services Committee of United Way East Ontario. She is currently the volunteer co-chair of a local school board’s parent involvement committee. She loves to read, bike, run, and watch young people discover both the beauty and the unrealized potential of the world around them.

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    Senator Kim Pate

    Senator for Ontario
    Senator Kim Pate image

    Senator Kim Pate

    Senator for Ontario

    Kim Pate was appointed to the Senate of Canada on November 10, 2016. First and foremost, the mother of Michael and Madison, she is also a nationally renowned advocate who has spent the last 45+ years working in and around the legal and penal systems of Canada, with and on behalf of some of the most marginalized, victimized, criminalized and institutionalized — particularly imprisoned youth, men and women.

    Senator Pate graduated from Dalhousie Law School in 1984 with honours in the Clinical Law Programme and has completed post graduate work in the area of forensic mental health. She was the Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies (CAEFS) from January 1992 until her appointment to the Senate in November 2016. CAEFS is a federation of local societies who provide services and work in coalition with Aboriginal women, women with mental health issues and other disabling conditions, young women, visible minority and immigrant women, poor women and those isolated and otherwise deprived of potential sources of support. Prior to her work with CAEFS, she worked with youth and men in a number of capacities with the local John Howard Society in Calgary, as well as the national office. She has developed and taught Prison Law, Human Rights and Social Justice and Defending Battered Women on Trial courses at the Faculties of Law at the University of Ottawa, Dalhousie University and the University of Saskatchewan. She also occupied the Sallows Chair in Human Rights at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law in 2014 and 2015.

    Kim Pate is widely credited as the driving force behind the Inquiry into Certain Events at the Prison for Women in Kingston, headed by Justice Louise Arbour. During the Inquiry, she supported women as they aired their experiences and was a critical resource and witness in the Inquiry itself. She also persuaded the Attorney General and Minister of Justice to initiate the Self-Defence Review and appoint the Honourable Madam Justice Lynn Ratushny to review the convictions and sentences of women jailed for using lethal force to defend themselves and/or their children against abusive men. She then worked tirelessly in pursuit of the implementation of the many positive recommendations from both. Senator Pate has been instrumental in building coalitions across the country with other equality-seeking women’s, anti-racism, anti-poverty and human rights groups and organizations; and, in this capacity, has worked with feminist legal scholars, lawyers, other professionals and front-line advocates and activists — from Indigenous communities to transition house and rape crisis centre workers.

    Kim Pate is a member of the Order of Canada, a recipient of the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case, the Canadian Bar Association’s Bertha Wilson Touchstone Award, and six honourary doctorates (Law Society of Upper Canada, University of Ottawa, Carleton University, St. Thomas University, Nipissing University and Wilfrid Laurier University) and numerous other awards. Her extensive list of publications, national and international speaking engagements and her strategic intervention and advocacy for substantive equality testify to her commitment to broader social, economic and cultural change. She continues to make significant contributions to public education around the issues of women’s inequality and discriminatory treatment within social, economic and criminal justice spheres.

    Senator Pate strongly believes that the contributions of women who have experienced marginalization, discrimination and oppression should be recognized and respected and she seeks to credit and empower women. She maintains contact with women in prison through her numerous visits to Canada’s federal prisons and strongly encourages other advocates, scholars, service providers, judges and parliamentarians to ground their efforts in a similar way.

    Senator Pate lives in Ottawa, Ontario.

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    Professor Maury Peiperl

    George Mason University
    Professor Maury Peiperl image

    Professor Maury Peiperl

    Former Dean George Mason University
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    Andrew Petter

    President Emeritus of Simon Fraser University
    Andrew Petter image

    Andrew Petter

    President Emeritus of Simon Fraser University

    Andrew Petter is President Emeritus of Simon Fraser University and Professor Emeritus in its School of Public Policy. He was Board Chair of Innovate BC from 2021 to 2024 and currently practices law with Arvay Finlay LLP.

    Prior to joining SFU, Andrew was a professor in the University of Victoria Faculty of Law where he served as dean from 2001 to 2008. From 1991 to 2001, he was an elected Member of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia and held numerous cabinet portfolios, including Aboriginal Affairs, Intergovernmental Relations, Advanced Education and Attorney General.

    As SFU President from 2010 to 2020, Andrew oversaw the development and implementation of a strategic vision that distinguished SFU as Canada’s “engaged university defined by its dynamic integration of innovative education, cutting edge research and far-reaching community engagement.” Under his leadership, SFU was named Canada’s top comprehensive university for nine of ten years in Maclean’s Rankings, and was rated first in the world for its impact on sustainable cities and communities in the 2020 Times Higher Education’s Impact Rankings.

    Andrew was inducted into the Order of Canada in 2019 and Order of B.C. in 2021 in recognition of his contributions to public policy and his leadership in advancing university-community engagement and higher education in Canada. In 2018 he was named recipient of Public Policy Forum’s Peter Lougheed Award for leadership in public policy.

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    Dr. Chris R. Kilford

    Canadian International Council
    Dr. Chris R. Kilford image

    Dr. Chris R. Kilford

    President Canadian International Council

    Chris is a member of the national board of the Canadian International Council, the editor (articles) of CIC’s online foreign policy magazine Open Canada, president of the CIC Victoria branch and a sessional professor with the Canadian Forces College and the Royal Military College of Canada.  He also holds a PhD in history from Queen’s University with a focus on civil-military relations in the developing world. Chris also enjoyed a 36-year career in the Canadian Army. He is a graduate of Canada’s Advanced Military Studies Course and was granted an equivalency for the year-long National Security Program in 2009. He also commanded 4th Air Defence Regiment, followed by various senior positions in the Department of National Defence including Director Future Security Analysis and Military Liaison Officer to the Senate Committee on National Security and Defence. From July 2009 until July 2010, Chris deployed to Canada’s Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan as the Deputy Military Attaché. On his return to Canada, he commenced Turkish language training after which he was sent to Canada’s Embassy in Ankara as the Canadian Defence Attaché with cross accreditation to Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkmenistan from July 2011 until July 2014. Chris retired from the military in September 2014.

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    Vinod Rajasekharan

    Future of Good
    Vinod Rajasekharan image

    Vinod Rajasekharan

    CEO & Editor-in-Chief Future of Good
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    Dr. Diane Redsky

    Kekekoziibii Development Corporation
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    Dr. Diane Redsky

    CEO Kekekoziibii Development Corporation

    Diane is a proud mother of three children and a Kookum (grandmother).  She is a First Nation member of Shoal Lake First Nation #40 in Treaty #3 territory with German ancestry and has long worked to address the myriad of issues facing Winnipeg’s urban Indigenous community in all areas all areas of health, justice, education and social services. She has served in both a professional and volunteer capacity with local, national and international agencies and has become a strong advocate for urban Indigenous children’s and women’s issues.  Through her leadership in several Indigenous led community-based organizations, she has helped to create numerous grassroots innovative programs rooted in Indigenous values that have helped build healthy communities through promoting the growth and development of the urban Indigenous community particularly the safety, protection and well-being of women and girls.

    She spent most of her career leading the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre – the largest non-mandated, non-profit, urban Indigenous-led organization in Manitoba and is a community-based, community-led, Indigenous-driven family resource centre that is a leader in community-based care for Indigenous children, youth and families in Winnipeg. She was instrumental in increasing investments from 1997: $1.8-million and 1-location to 2022: $22-million and 18-locations and rooting these services through honouring Indigenous knowledge and values. Diane answered the call to come home following the completion of Freedom Road which connects Shoal Lake 40 First Nation to Highway #1 and is the CEO of Kekekoziibii Development Corporation which is the economic arm of the Shoal Lake 40.

    2011-2015, Diane was Project Director for the National Task Force on Human Trafficking of Women and Girls in Canada.  This role led her to work with experts in Canada and abroad to address the sexual exploitation/trafficking of Canadian women and girls.  Together, we can give a voice to survivors, end this extreme form of violence against women and girls and stop this violation of human rights.  This meaningful work resulted in National Task Force Report with 34 recommendations to end sex trafficking in Canada.

    In 2018, Diane testified at the MMIWG2S+ National Inquiry on the epidemic of sexual exploitation and sex trafficking in Canada and brought with her Winnipeg Police Chief to present on promising practices when police and community work in partnership to protect vulnerable women and girls.  Currently she is Chairperson of the MMIWG2S+ Urban Working Group that launched their National Action Plan entitled: Urban Path to Reclaiming Power and Place, Regardless of Residency on June 3, 2021 and is currently working on an implementation plan.  Dr. Diane Redsky is also part of the Manitoba MMIWG2S+ Coalition made up of MMIWG2S+ family members, survivors and various community-based organizations throughout Manitoba and is the Chair of the Indigenous Women’s Circle that gives advice and direction to WAGE-Women and Gender Equality Department of the Government of Canada.

    Dr. Diane Redsky has been acknowledged: Honourary Doctorate Degree in Law from the University of Winnipeg, Order of Manitoba, Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal, Leadership and Innovator/Visionary Award by Joy Smith Foundation, Governor General’s Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case, Senate of Canada Medal, YMCA-YWCA Women of Distinction Award, Rotary Paul Harris Award and 150 Manitoba Trailblazer Award from the Nellie McClung Foundation.

    Diane’s belief in the inherent strength of the community continues to guide her along her life’s journey.

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    Dr. Joss Reimer

    Canadian Medical Association
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    Dr. Joss Reimer

    President Canadian Medical Association
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    Miles Richardson

    National Consortium for Indigenous Economic Development, University of Victoria
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    Miles Richardson

    Executive Director, National Consortium for Indigenous Economic Development, University of Victoria

    Miles G. Richardson O.C. is a citizen of the Haida Nation and Canada. He grew up among his people on Haida Gwaii, attended high school in Prince Rupert, BC, and in 1979 received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Victoria. From 1984 to 1996, he served as President of the Council of Haida Nation. Mr. Richardson was a member of the British Columbia Claims Task Force, which made recommendations to the Government of Canada, Government of British Columbia and First Nations in British Columbia on how the three parties could begin negotiations to build a new relationship and what negotiations should include. From 1991 to 1993, Mr. Richardson was a member of the First Nations Summit Task Group, an executive body representing First Nations in British Columbia. In October 1995, Mr. Richardson was appointed as a Commissioner to the BC Treaty Commission and was elected to a second term in April 1997. In November 1998, he was chosen as Chief Commissioner by agreement of Canada, BC and the First Nations Summit for a three-year term and was re-appointed in November 2001. In 2007, Mr. Richardson was named an Officer of the Order of Canada. Currently, he operates his own business advisory service and is the UVic Director of National Consortium for Indigenous Economic Development.

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    Dr. Gladys Rowe

    Indigenous Insights
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    Dr. Gladys Rowe

    Host Indigenous Insights

    Dr. Gladys Rowe (MSW) is Swampy Cree from Fox Lake Cree Nation in Northern Manitoba and also holds relations with ancestors from Ireland, England, Norway, and Ukraine. She currently resides on the occupied lands of the Duwamish and Suquamish peoples in Washington State with her family. Gladys’ research focuses on fostering decolonization and Indigenous resurgence at individual, organizational, community, and systems levels. This has included her work in social work, maternal child health, Indigenous full spectrum birth work, interdisciplinary arts practices, systems transformation, Indigenous innovation, and Indigenous evaluation.

    Gladys is a Scholar, Filmmaker, Poet, Author, Facilitator, Researcher, and Evaluator. She takes an interdisciplinary approach to her work and loves to think inside the circle when it comes to transforming the futures we are living into. She is the host of Indigenous Insights: An Evaluation Podcast – where she sits in conversation with Indigenous leaders across Turtle Island and beyond. She has collaborated on many projects including the Stories of Decolonization Film Project and the book, Living in Indigenous Sovereignty. 

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    Mike Rowlands

    Junxion
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    Mike Rowlands

    Partner & CEO Junxion
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    Professor Bukola Salami

    University of Calgary
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    Professor Bukola Salami

    Full Professor University of Calgary

    Professor Bukola Salami currently holds the rank of Full Professor and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Black and Racialized Peoples’ Health in the Department of Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. Professor Salami’s research program focuses on policies and practices shaping migrant, Black and racialized people’s health. She has been involved in over 90 funded studies totalling over $230 million. She founded and leads the African Child and Youth Migration Network, a network of 42 scholars from four continents. She led the establishment of the Institute for Intersectional Studies at the University of Alberta. In 

    2020, she founded the Black Youth Mentorship and Leadership Program. Her work on Black youth mental health informed the creation of the first mental health clinic for Black Canadians in Western Canada. She has presented her work to policy makers (including to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health). Her work has contributed to policy change, including that related to Black people’s well-being. She is an Editor for the Canadian Journal of Nursing Research and Associate Editor of the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ). She is an advisory board member of the CIHR Institute for Human Development, Child and Youth Health and Scientific Advisory Committee on Global Health to the Government of Canada.

     

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    Louise Savell

    Social Finance
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    Louise Savell

    Director Social Finance
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    Ms. Jill Schnarr

    TELUS
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    Ms. Jill Schnarr

    Chief Social Innovation & Communications Officer TELUS

    Jill leads corporate communications, media relations, government relations, brand marketing, sponsorships, community investment, TELUS Friendly Future Foundation, and corporate events. With over 30 years of telecom and tech industry experience, Jill has significantly influenced TELUS’ reputation as a global leader in social capitalism, enabling TELUS to be the most respected, admired and trusted telco brand in Canada and one of the most valuable Brands in Canada, with a 2023 brand value of $10.3 billion.

    Throughout her career, Jill has ensured TELUS’ social purpose approach focuses on business benefit, enabling every dollar invested in the community to return over 4 times back to TELUS in business impact and 150% to the community in societal impact. Jill leads TELUS Days of Giving, facilitating over 80,000 volunteers globally in 2023 alone, and our Team TELUS Cares programs, enabling over $1.6 billion giving and 2 million days of volunteerism since 2000. She has launched major TELUS marketing campaigns including We Give Where We Live, Go Pink, Share Love, All Connected and the Let’s Make the Future Friendly campaign.

    Jill was recognized as one of Canada’s Distinctive Women, Canada’s Most Powerful Women, one of the Most Influential Women in Vancouver, one of Ad Age’s 2022 Leading Women and as Most Innovative Leader by the Canadian Women in Communications. Under Jill’s leadership, TELUS was acknowledged as the Most Philanthropic Corporation in the World by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, one of Strategy Magazines 2021 Brands of the Year and was awarded the Prime Minister’s Inaugural Corporate Volunteer Award.

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    Dean Sanjay Sharma

    Grossman School of Business, University of Vermont
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    Dean Sanjay Sharma

    Dean Grossman School of Business, University of Vermont
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    Senator Paula Simons

    Senator for Alberta
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    Senator Paula Simons

    Senator for Alberta

    Paula Simons was appointed to the Senate of Canada in 2018, after a long and distinguished career as one of western Canada’s most acclaimed journalists.

    She has been a radio documentary-maker, a playwright, and an author of popular history, but she is best known for her work as a political columnist and reporter with the Edmonton Journal.

    Over the course of her 23 years at the paper, Senator Simons earned two National Newspaper Awards, one for investigative journalism and one for column writing. She earned a further six National Newspaper Award citations of merit for her columns and editorials on Alberta politics.

    Her work has also been recognized with awards from the UNESCO Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom, Journalists for Human Rights, the Society for Features Journalism, the Alberta Centre for Civil Liberties Research, the Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Mental Health Association and the Edmonton Historical Board.

    In 2021, she was nominated for her first National Magazine Award, for her regular column, On Second Thought, which appears in Alberta Views Magazine. She is also the host of her own political podcast, Alberta Unbound.

    Senator Simons is the deputy chair of the Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry, and a member of the Standing Senate Committee on Transportation and Communications. She has also served as a member of the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources.

    Born and raised in Edmonton, Senator Simons holds a B.A. Honours degree from the University of Alberta, and a Master’s degree from Stanford University.

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    Dr. Peter Singer

    Former Special Advisor to the Director General of the World Health Organization
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    Dr. Peter Singer

    Former Special Advisor to the Director General of the World Health Organization
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    Shauna Sylvester

    Definity Foundation
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    Shauna Sylvester

    Definity Foundation

    Shauna Sylvester, believes that the best anecdote to increased polarization is authentic engagement, informed dialogue, and deep listening. With 35 years of experience as a dialogue practitioner and facilitator, Shauna seeks to build relationships among diverse groups to solve complex problems.  Shauna is Senior Fellow of the Definity Foundation, Founder and Lead Convenor for Urban Climate Leadership, a project of MakeWay, and the Lead Facilitator for Resilient Point Roberts: Going Solar a community-led initiative to bring solar to this small US exclave community. Shauna is the former Executive Director of the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, the Urban Sustainability Directors Network – US and Canada, and Co-Founder of five local and international dialogue initiatives: the SFU Public Square, Renewable Cities, Carbon Talks, Moving in a Livable Region. and the IMPACS – the Institute for Media, Policy and Civil Society.

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    Professor Rebecca Taylor

    University of Southampton
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    Professor Rebecca Taylor

    Pro Vice-Chancellor (ASEAN) and CEO (Malaysia) University of Southampton

     

    Professor Rebecca Taylor is the Pro Vice-Chancellor (ASEAN) and CEO (Malaysia) at the University of Southampton. Her research interests lie in the field of International Economics and Developments in Economics Education. 

    She has designed and directed a number of Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) funded projects focussed on innovative approaches to the teaching and learning of mathematics and statistics in Economics. She has also worked with the Economic and Social Research Council and the Higher Education Academy on addressing the identified skills deficit in quantitative methods across the social sciences. 

    Rebecca is the Vice President of the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and the Chair of the LUISS Business School International Advisory Board. She also chairs the European Online Course Certification Board and regularly contributes to conferences and workshops related to developments and innovation in higher education.

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    Dr. Modupe Tunde-Byass

    Black Physicians of Canada (BPC)
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    Dr. Modupe Tunde-Byass

    President Black Physicians of Canada (BPC)

    Dr. Modupe Tunde-Byass is a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of the UK and The Royal College of Surgeons of Canada. She is an active staff at North York General Hospital and an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Toronto.

    Dr. Tunde-Byass is the President of the Black Physicians of Canada (BPC) and her work focuses on advocacy, mentorship of Black learners, community building, leadership, and collaboration with key national organizations. 

    She is passionate about maternal mortality, morbidity, and birthing experiences in the Black population. She has made many media appearances and recently she was featured in an episode of the CBC documentary series For the Culture with Amanda Parris exploring Black maternal deaths. She is the co-author of Achieving equity in reproductive care and birth outcomes for Black people. CMAJ 2024.

    Dr. Tunde-Byass is involved in key quality initiatives in the province like Vagina Birth After Cesarean Section, Early Pregnancy Loss and low risk pregnancy QBP. She is co-founder of Women’s Health Education Made Simple (WHEMS) an on-line evidenced based educational tool for women. 

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    Ryan Turnbull

    Member of Parliament for Whitby
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    Ryan Turnbull

    Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry Member of Parliament for Whitby
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    Adam van Koeverden

    House of Commons of Canada
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    Adam van Koeverden

    Member House of Commons of Canada
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    Leslie Varley

    BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres
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    Leslie Varley

    Executive Director BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres
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    Steve Waddell

    Bounce Beyond
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    Steve Waddell

    Founder and Co-Lead Steward Bounce Beyond

    Responding to the 21st century’s enormous global challenges and realizing its unsurpassed opportunities require fundamental change – transformation – in our mental models, structures and institutions, cultures and values, and relationship with the natural environment. For over 40 years Steve has been supporting this through community organizing, consultations, education, research, and personal leadership.

    Local to global work with others as clients, funders, and project partners has included the Global Knowledge Partnership, the UN Global Compact, World Bank, Global Reporting Initiative, Ford Foundation, Humanity United, Civicus, International Youth Foundation, USAID, International Development and Research Centre, Forest Stewardship Council, and Future Earth.

    Developing innovative organizing structures and approaches for change are a common theme in Steve’s work. In the ‘80s he co-led transformation of the world’s largest community credit union, VanCity Savings; in the ‘90s he was on the forefront of intersectoral (business-government-civil society) collaboration as a new organizing form; in the ‘00s he was a leader in developing global multi-stakeholder change networks like the UN Global Compact, Transparency International and the Forest Stewardship Council. For the last decade he has focused on development of “transformation systems” as massive collective action innovations. Steve is currently Lead Steward of Bounce Beyond, supporting initiatives developing paradigmatic change. He also leads FEST, a global community of leading practitioners and thought leaders developing the field of financing systemic transformation.

    Three key concepts are associated with Steve’s work on transformations: “societal learning and change,” which is a deep collaborative change strategy to address chronic and complex issues; “global action networks”, which are an emerging form of global governance for deep change; and “transformation systems” that form around issues and places.

    Dozens of publications include the books Societal Learning and Change: Innovation with Multi-Stakeholder Strategies (2005); Global Action Networks: Creating our future together (2011); and Change for the Audacious: a doers’ guide to large systems change for a flourishing future (2016). Steve has a Ph.D. in sociology and an MBA. He a Canadian-American living with his husband alternatively in Boston and the woods of western Massachusetts.

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    Dr. Andrew Weaver

    University of Victoria
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    Dr. Andrew Weaver

    Professor University of Victoria

    Dr. Andrew J. Weaver is a Professor in the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of Victoria. He was also the Canada Research Chair in Climate Modelling and Analysis until he was elected as a BC Green Party MLA in the 2013 BC Provincial Election representing the riding of Oak Bay-Gordon Head. In 2015 Dr. Weaver assumed leadership of the BC Green Party, leading them to an historic election result in the 2017 provincial election with three elected MLAs holding the balance of power in an NDP minority government. He returned to UVic after completing two terms as an MLA.

    Dr. Weaver received his B.Sc (Mathematics and Physics) from the University of Victoria in 1983, a Master of Advanced Studies in Mathematics from Cambridge University in 1984, and a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of British Columbia in 1987. He has authored or coauthored over 200 peer-reviewed papers in climate, meteorology, oceanography, earth science, policy, education and anthropology journals. He was a Lead Author in the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 2nd, 3rd, 4thand 5th scientific assessments. He was the Chief Editor of the Journal of Climate from 2005-2009.

    Dr. Weaver is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, American Meteorological Society, American Geophysical Union and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Over the years he has received a number of awards including the NSERC-Steacie, Killam and Guggenheim Fellowships and the CMOS President’s Prize, the Royal Society of Canada Miroslaw Romanowski Medal and the A.G. Huntsman Award for Excellence in Marine Science. In 2008 he was appointed to the Order of British Columbia and in 2014 he received an honourary D.Sc. degree from McMaster University.

    For his work developing British Columbia’s CleanBC economic plan collaboratively with the BC NDP, he and the Minister of Environment, George Heyman, received 2020 Clean 16 and Clean 50 awards for outstanding contributions to sustainable development and clean capitalism in Canada.

    His book, Keeping our Cool: Canada in a Warming World was published by Viking Canada in September 2008. His second book, Generation Us: The Challenge of Global Warming was published by Raven books in 2011.

     

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    Senator Judy White

    Senate of Canada
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    Senator Judy White

    Senate of Canada

    Judy White is a Mi’kmaq, a member of the Flat Bay Band, and a King’s Counsel lawyer with significant experience in human rights issues, Indigenous governance, and legislative matters.

    Ms. White was previously the Assistant Deputy Minister of Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation in the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and, through an interchange arrangement, served as Director of Engagement for Distinctions-based Legislation with the Government of Canada.

    She has worked on numerous boards and in governance, serving many agencies in various capacities, including as the former Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Newfoundland and Labrador, Chair of the Inuvialuit Arbitration Board, and Co-Chair (Indigenous) of Equal Voice’s Newfoundland and Labrador chapter.

    In 2022, Ms. White received the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the advancement of gender equality. She is also the 2023 recipient of the prestigious Gordon M. Stirling Distinguished Service Award from the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador.

    Ms. White holds a Bachelor of Laws from Dalhousie University with a particular emphasis on Indigenous law. She also completed the Intensive Program in Indigenous Lands, Resources, and Governments at York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School, the Leading People and Investing to Build Sustainable Communities Program – an Indigenous certificate program – at Harvard Business School, and the Chartered Director Program at McMaster University.

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    Dan Wicklum

    The Transition Accelerator
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    Dan Wicklum

    CEO The Transition Accelerator
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    Dr. Nel Wieman

    First Nations Health Authority (FNHA)
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    Dr. Nel Wieman

    Chief Medical Officer (CMO) First Nations Health Authority (FNHA)

    Dr. Nel Wieman is the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) at the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) in British Columbia, where she has worked since 2018.  She is Anishinaabe (Mishi-Baawitigong First Nation, Treaty 5 Territory) and lives, works and plays on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples – the səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. 

    Dr. Wieman completed her medical degree and psychiatry specialty training at McMaster University. Canada’s first female Indigenous psychiatrist, Dr. Wieman has more than 20 years’ clinical experience, working with Indigenous people in both rural/reserve and urban settings. Her previous activities include co-directing an Indigenous health research program in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto and the National Network for Indigenous Mental Health Research, being Deputy Chair of Health Canada’s Research Ethics Board, and serving on CIHR’s Governing Council. She has also worked and taught in many academic settings, has chaired national advisory groups within First Nations Inuit Health Branch – Health Canada, and has served as a Director on many boards, including the Indspire Foundation and Pacific Blue Cross.  Dr. Wieman served as the President of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada (IPAC) from 2016-2022. She was one of the 6 Indigenous physician founders of the National Consortium on Indigenous Medical Education (NCIME).  She was appointed to the BC Provincial Task Team charged with beginning implementation of the recommendations arising from the “In Plain Sight” report. 

     

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    Leslie Woo

    Civic Action
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    Leslie Woo

    CEO Civic Action
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    Senator Yuen Pau Woo

    Senate of Canada
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    Senator Yuen Pau Woo

    Senate of Canada

    Appointed to the Senate of Canada in November 2016, the Honourable Yuen Pau Woo sits as an independent representing British Columbia. He served as Facilitator of the Independent Senators Group from 2017 to 2021.

    Senator Woo has worked on public policy issues related to Canada’s relations with Asian countries for more than 30 years. From 2005-2014, he was President and CEO of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, during which he also served on the Standing Committee of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) and as Chair of PECC’s State of the Region Report. He is a Senior Fellow at Simon Fraser University’s Graduate School of Business, and a member of the Trilateral Commission. He also serves on the Advisory Boards of the Mosaic Institute and the Canadian Ditchley Foundation.

    Senator Woo is a joint chair of the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations and a member of the following Senate Standing Committees: Foreign Affairs and International Trade; Banking, Trade and Commerce; and Rules, Procedures and the Rights of Parliament.

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    Mark Zacharias

    Clean Energy Canada
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    Mark Zacharias

    Fellow, Simon Fraser University President Clean Energy Canada
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    Dr. Jiaying Zhao

    Department of Psychology and the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia
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    Dr. Jiaying Zhao

    Associate Professor Department of Psychology and the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia

    Dr. Jiaying Zhao is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Zhao is also a faculty affiliate with the Center for Effective Global Action at University of California, Berkeley, and an invited researcher at J-PAL at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Zhao a Killam Research Prize recipient and the UBC Sauder Distinguished Scholar. She uses psychological principles to design behavioural solutions to address financial and environmental sustainability challenges. Specifically, she examines the cognitive consequences of poverty and designs interventions to alleviate the psychological burdens in low-income individuals. In addition, Dr. Zhao develops behavioural interventions to encourage climate actions, recycling, composting, and biodiversity conservation. 

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