From September 13 to September 15, 2017, 395 people, representing over 230 organizations and government departments attended EconoUs2017 in Calgary.  Since 2001, CCEDNet has partnered with members across the country to showcase the amazing work being done in different regions, to raise awareness of the impact of community economic development (CED), to examine new ideas, resources and strategies that will make CED practitioners more effective in their efforts, and to connect people who share similar values and vision.

Thrive, a community leadership initiative of Momentum, brought together community partners including Calgary Economic Development, REAP Business Association, Institute for Community Prosperity at Mount Royal University and Calgary Regional Partnership to co-host EconoUs2017.

Download the full EconoUs2017 Report


Contents

  • Who Attended?
  • Collaboration in Action: Partners and Funders
  • EconoUs2017 Program
  • Energy and Values in Action
  • Evaluation
  • Learning and Recommandations
  • What’s next

 

Day 1. Minister Deron Bilous

Day 1. Shaun Loney & Chief Dr. Robert Joseph

Day 2. AM Plenary – Building Thriving Communities

Day 2. Social EnterPrize Awards

Day 3. Creating Good Jobs

Day 3. Strengthening Our Efforts

ECONOUS2017

TOURS

WORKSHOPS & PLENARIES

NETWORKING & BREAKS

SPECIAL EVENTS

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

Invisible
9:00am-2:30pm |Local Economy Tour Olds & Cochrane (These Tours Have Been Combined!)

Local Economy Tour Cochrane – The Way the West is Now

Downtown CochraneJust west of Calgary’s city limits is the bustling town of Cochrane. On this tour, you will discover how local economy initiatives are building community pride, revitalizing mainstreet and strengthening small business in Cochrane. The walking tour will begin at Cochrane’s Visitor and Resident Information Centre to learn from Mike Korman, Economic Development Manager, about the Proudly Cochrane, Made in Cochrane and Cochrane Dollars initiatives. You will then be guided through the Historic Downtown revitalization effort to show how Cochrane is strengthening the older section of the town to keep relevant with the major regional shopping developments south of the CP Rail Track. Lunch will be held at the Half Hitch Brewery which will include a Tour of this local microbrew success story.  

Local Economy Tour Olds – The Incredible Story of Community Empowerment

Just a short distance from Calgary is the Town of Olds. A rural community of 9100 people that is leading by example. On this tour you will meet passionate volunteers and visionaries that are building a thriving local economy for Olds and the region by strengthening social networks and prioritizing the arts and the environment.

The Olds Institute for Community and Regional Development is a 16-year-old CED organization with over 150 active volunteers and over a dozen working groups supporting a small staff team. They have pioneered Canada’s first 100% community owned and operated broad band network providing free WIFI in most parks and commercial areas in the community. This utility infrastructure and O-NET the Internet Service Provider operating on the network are social enterprises owned by the Olds Institute. The Olds Institute also operates an Information and Entrepreneurship Centre and retails electricity and natural gas. The proceeds from these activities support CED initiatives in the community.

Enjoy local food and craft beer while visiting some of the community’s social enterprises to discover how the community is growing capacity and building shared knowledge.

**Participants will be taken by bus to Olds leaving and returning from Hotel Arts.

12:00pm-2:30pm |Local Economy Tour - The Rise of Co-ops in YYC

See and learn firsthand how co-operatives drive innovation and foster resiliency in Calgary.  This tour will feature stops at different co-operatives ranging in size and focus, and will also provide an opportunity to get to know the city better.

This walking tour will be hosted by staff from the Alberta Community and Co-operative Association and feature presentations from co-op employees. The various stops will include: MEC, Alberta Community Energy, Grain Exchange, First Calgary Financial, Last Best Brewery, Servus Credit Union, and YYC Growers and Distributors.

Participants will learn about the daily workings of our co-op sector, and be able to discuss topics relevant to their work.

**No lunch served. Participants will be taken on a walking tour leaving and returning from Hotel Arts.

12:30pm-2:30pm |Local Economy Tour - Social Entrepreneurship and Alternative Financing Solutions

Can business create a positive social impact and make a profit? Come discover the heart of CMNGD (pronounced COMMONGOOD), a social enterprise, providing on the job experience and mentoring, at a living wage, to people living in our homeless shelter (The Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre) through a linen laundry service tailored to the hospitality industry.  Join the Founders and employees of CMNGD for an interactive tour of the first Solar Thermal Commercial Laundry Plant in Canada, designed by Eclipse Sustainability Projects, as we discuss how to do business differently by positively impacting people, planet, profit and purpose in business. CMNGD is not only creating a positive social impact but they’ve financed their business using ATB BoostR. ATB BoostR has been used by multiple Alberta businesses to crowdfund their business using reward based incentives. Learn more about rewards based crowdfunding and how social businesses like CMNGD and others are using it to fund their businesses.

**Participants will be taken by bus leaving and returning from Hotel Arts.

3:00pm-5:30pm | Opening Reception

Celebrate and connect with fellow community leaders from across Canada at the opening reception for EconoUs2017. Hear from Chief Dr. Robert Joseph from Reconciliation Canada and Shaun Loney, social entrepreneur, on reconciliation in the context of creating shared prosperity for all.

Location: Calgary Public Library, John Dutton Theatre

The opening reception is being held at the John Dutton Theatre on the second floor of the Central Library. The reception will kick off at 3:00pm with light food and refreshments while mingling with friends new and old from across Canada. At 3:30 sharp we’ll move into the theatre to hear from our MCs and speakers. Please don’t be late!

Getting there:

  • Meet at Hotel Arts between 2:30 – 3:00 and enjoy a guided walk with Calgary Economic Development to the John Dutton Theatre.
  • Arrive via public transit using the LRT City Hall C-Train Station
  • Park your bike on the east side of the Central Library
  • Park your car in the City Hall Parkade at 322 9 Ave SE or in the Impark lot at 332 6 Ave SE
9:00am-12:30pm | Empowering indigenous communities with stronger employment and economic development policies

(a workshop organized in partnership with the LEED Programme of the OECD) – presented by Sylvain Giguère from the OECD

In many OECD countries (including Canada, the United States, Australia, Mexico and New Zealand), there is a gap between indigenous and non-indigenous people on a range of critical socio-economic outcomes, including unemployment, educational attainment, and overall well-being. Well designed and targeted policies can assist indigenous peoples in developing skills to find long-term employment, while also contributing to broader economic development objectives and inclusive growth. This workshop will explore the role of federal, provincial and local policies in better preparing indigenous peoples for the labour markets of today and tomorrow. The workshop will focus on policy innovations in Canada and internationally that have positively contributed to the local employment and economic development outcomes of indigenous peoples. Discussions from this session will feed into an OECD report that will be published in December 2017.

Location: Hotel Arts – Spectrum 1/2

5:30pm-8:30pm | Food for Thought

Food For Thought is a feast for the senses! Enjoy 20+ local food and beverage sampling stations where you’ll savour Calgary’s finest ingredients while mingling with chefs and farmers. Learn why sustainable growing practices make a difference to your health, the planet and the local economy. Each ticket sold will provide a meal to someone in need through Mealshare. Proudly hosted by REAP Business Association in partnership with Hotel Arts.

Location: Hotel Arts

Alberta CED Gathering - 7:00 pm Hotel Arts Galleria Room

This gathering is designed to help us build relationships amongst Alberta CED stakeholders and inspire a sense of possibility for the future of CED in the province. We’ll dialogue about what’s possible for CED in Alberta and how we can move opportunities forward

If you would like to participate please contact: Sarah Leeson-Klym sleesonklym@ccednet-rcdec.ca or 204-218-1355

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

Invisible
6:30am-7:30am | Yoga in the Park

Location: Hotel Arts Galleria Room

Yoga with Natasha Peace

Natasha has been teaching yoga for 16+ years and is inspired by her love and fascination of the power of breath. Teachers who have inspired her along the way are Danielle Pechie, Rameen Peyrow, Nancy Gilgoff, Fiona Stang and many teachers throughout the city of Calgary. Her class will leave you feeling blissfully balanced!

7:30am-9:15am | Breakfast Plenary - Building Thriving Communities
Hear how community leaders from across Canada are using grassroots engagement to change lives and overcome challenges to build Thriving Communities.

Location: Hotel Arts

**Breakfast will be served in the lobby between 7:30 – 8:00am.

9:15am-9:45am | Networking Break
Location: Hotel Arts
9:45am-11:00am | Workshop Block 1

BLOCK 1 – 9.45 am – 11.00 am VENUE BILINGUAL
Sustainable Development Goals Hotel Arts – Spectrum 2 Y
Alberta Economic Development and Trade: Resources for Corporations and Communities Hotel Arts – Spectrum 1  
Community Hubs: Better Together First Baptist Church – Fellowship Hall  
Roundtable on social innovation and social finance Hotel Arts – Main Ballroom Y
WorkLinks: The strength of innovation and community Memorial Park Library – Meeting Rm 1  
Broadband in rural communities Community Wise -2nd Flr Boardroom  
Meeting People Where They Are: paradigm shifting community impact First Baptist Church – Underwood Room  
The living wage as a CED strategy Memorial Park Library – Meeting Rm 2  
The Changing Nature of Agriculture Community Wise -The Underground Room  

For workshop descriptions visit https://2017.econous.ca/workshops

**(Please note that the Community Wise venue is inaccessible via wheelchair)

11:00am-11:30am | Networking Break
Location: Hotel Arts
11:30am-12:45pm | Workshop Block 2

BLOCK 2 – 11.30 am – 12.45 pm VENUE BILINGUAL
Anti-racist Organizational Change First Baptist Church – Underwood Room  
Coop ways of making renewables accessible and do-able Community Wise -The Underground Room  
Place based CED: a partnership approach Hotel Arts – Spectrum 1  
Building bridges between worker co-operatives and social enterprise Hotel Arts – Spectrum 2 Y
Microenterprise in the age of the gig economy Community Wise -2nd Flr Boardroom  
Working Women: supporting careers and family Memorial Park Library – Meeting Rm 2  
Social Purchasing: a market-based tool for building healthy communities Hotel Arts – Main Ballroom Y
Social Impact Measurement First Baptist Church – Fellowship Hall  
Stronger Together: Local Business Networks Create Shared Prosperity Memorial Park Library – Meeting Rm 1  

**(Please note that the Community Wise venue is inaccessible via wheelchair)

For workshop descriptions visit https://2017.econous.ca/workshops

12:45pm-2:15pm | Lunch
Enjoy the bustle of Calgary’s street food culture at Central Memorial Park. Choose your lunch from a variety of food trucks offering locally made, high quality and sustainable options sure to please any palette!

Location: Central Memorial Park

2:15pm-3:30pm | Workshop Block 3

BLOCK 3 – 2.15 pm – 3.30 pm VENUE BILINGUAL
Three Cities, Three Approaches to CED Hotel Arts – Main Ballroom Y
Bridging the gap with Indigenous communities Community Wise -The Underground Room  
Saving Main Street Memorial Park Library – Meeting Rm 2  
Micro Lending as a CED tool Hotel Arts – Spectrum 2 Y
Discover Hidden Talent: tap into the untapped labour market Hotel Arts – Spectrum 1  
Leadership for the New Economy First Baptist Church – Fellowship Hall  
Exploring the Potential of Social Franchising in Canada Memorial Park Library – Meeting Rm 1  
Local Investing First Baptist Church – Underwood Room  
Making Money Make a Difference Community Wise -2nd Flr Boardroom  

**(Please note that the Community Wise venue is inaccessible via wheelchair)

For workshop descriptions visit https://2017.econous.ca/workshops

3:30pm-4:00pm | Networking Break
Location: Hotel Arts
4:00pm-6:30pm | Craft Brew Tour

Craft brewing is on the rise across Canada. Alberta has grown from 19 breweries in 2014 to 51 today, with a new brewery opening every month. New local breweries bring more options for consumers, more tourism to the province, and most importantly, they create jobs in communities in every part of Alberta. Our craft brewers are an important component of the local food movement reconnecting people to the land, to those that make their food and to the community.

Beer sampler tray with 5 different types of beer in glassesTerry Rock, Executive Director of Alberta Small Brewers Association will be our guide. We will travel to Calgary’s Northeast to visit three local brewers. Toolshed had humble beginnings in a backyard toolshed. Don’t be fooled by their name and roots, they are the fastest growing brewery in Calgary. We’ll cap the tour stopping by Common Crown whose goal is to bring people together through music, the arts, and beer.

By the end of this tour, we promise you’ll have fallen in love with our brewers, our beer, and our city.

Breweries included:

  • Tool Shed
  • Common Crown
  • Zero Issue Brewing

 **Participants will be taken by bus leaving and returning from Hotel Arts.

4:00pm-6:30pm | Beakerhead Tour
Beakerhead art installation, tentacles coming out of building with astronaut in the foreground

Photo by Trevor Lalonde

TOUR THE UPS AND DOWNS OF HUMAN INGENUITY!

Let one of Beakerhead’s enthusiastic Curiosity Rovers take you on a tour of some of the 2017 Beakerhead installations. You’ll get a dose of delight — and science! — on this 60-minute walking tour. Beakerhead is a smash-up of art, science, and engineering that runs from September 13 – 17, 2017. This year, the major installations create a larger-than-life story of Snakes and Ladders, highlighting the ups and downs of invention and innovation. The tour will take you through multiple experiences that are vastly different but share a common theme of celebrating human potential and imagination.  Join us for an exploration of the game-changing characteristic of people who have stood here since the beginning of human history to today. The installations are approximately 15 minutes apart, so wear your walking shoes.

** Participants will be taken on a walking tour leaving and returning from Hotel Arts.

 

4:00pm-6:30pm | Techstock Tour
Join us as we escort you to the Alastair Ross Technology Centre, one of the city’s largest innovation hubs, for TechStock 2017. This year, we explore how technology and social innovations are making a profound impact on our society and driving change in areas such as sustainability, health, education, gender equality, and more. Walk through our exhibition halls and visit 30+ companies and organizations that are driving change for an afternoon of energy, interactive technology and displays, food trucks and more.

This annual event, presented by Innovate Calgary, runs as part of Beakerhead, a week-long smash up of art, science, and engineering.

**Participants will be taken by city transit (accompanied by volunteers) leaving and returning from Hotel Arts.

6:00pm-10:00pm | Doing Business Differently: An Evening of Celebration and Alignment
TRICO Foundation social enterprize awardsJoin Trico Charitable Foundation for the Social EnterPrize, where two Canadian social enterprises will receive $100,000 each for demonstrating best practices, impact and innovation in Doing Business Differently.

These recipients will then be joined by two past recipients – Potluck Café and Catering and Mission Possible – for a panel conversation about alignment, the ‘secret sauce’ behind their success. The discussion will highlight the power of aligning the three EconoUs2017 themes, and aligning concepts that are too often thought of as mutually exclusive: using strong business models while also strategically utilizing grants, being a lead organization while also embracing community partnerships, and addressing the immediate needs of those in poverty while also seeking systemic change.

2017 Social EnterPrize Recipients:

 Location: Hotel Arts

**The evening will kick-off in the lobby of Hotel Arts at 6:00pm with exhibits and mingling with social entrepreneurs and community leaders that are innovation for shared prosperity. At 7:15pm we’ll move into the ballroom for dinner and the Trico Social EnterPrize Awards Ceremony.

Individual tickets are available for this event only here.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

Invisible
6:30am-7:30am | Yoga in the Park

Location: Hotel Arts Galleria Room

Yoga with Uttamjeet Kaur

Uttamjeet Kaur describes the call to practice Kundalini Yoga as a voice impossible to ignore. Completely different from other styles of yoga, she was attracted to the unique facets of Kundalini Yoga. Uttamjeet is described as a grounded and comical yogi. She encourages people to be respectful of their bodies while at the same time she safely pushes you to go beyond the limits created by the mind. Her class will leave you feeling empowered, focused and aware of your full potential.

Kundalini Yoga is considered the most comprehensive of yoga traditions, combining meditation, mantra, physical exercises and breathing techniques. It works quickly to give you grace, balance, and most of all the ability to remain calm, centred and clear through life’s challenges. Previous experience in yoga is not required in order to achieve results with your very first class.

For more on Kundalini Yoga visit Studio Sat Nam.

7:30am-9:15am | Breakfast Plenary: Creating Good Jobs

Raising the Democratic Stakes:
Community Economic Development Strategies for Polarized Times

Looking to the end of this decade, we can see community economic developers are up against rising inequality, disruptive technology and polarizing politics. The good jobs that were the foundation of shared prosperity are disappearing. Citizens have been reduced to stakeholders in a local economic development process that too often acknowledges their interests but not their democratic power. It’s a time of experimentation with bold strategies to “raise the stakes” — to build power among residents and workers for decent work and equitable economic growth. It’s also an era of unprecedented collaboration in workplaces, neighbourhoods and cities everywhere.  Panelists will discuss their current strategies and collaborative efforts, and challenge participants to reflect on what we can do to create sustainable livelihoods for all in the 21st century.

This plenary will explore how we as community leaders can unify and strengthen our vision to create good jobs and shared prosperity for all.

Panelits: 

  • Colette Murphy (Executive Director, Atkinson Foundation)
  • Sylvain Giguere (Head, Local Economic & Employment Division (LEED), OECD)
  • Alejandra Bravo (Director of Leadership and Training at the Broadbent Institute)
  • Jessica Bonanno (Chief Financial Officer & Director, Employee Ownership Program (Democracy Collaborative)

Location: Hotel Arts

**Breakfast will be served in the lobby between 7:30 – 8:00am.

9:15am - 9:30am | Networking Break
9:30am-11:00am | From Learning to Action Part 1
What if we could leverage the collective talent and ideas of attendees at EconoUs2017 to create, improve, and work on actual projects in actual communities across Canada? What if you could bring the idea you’ve been working on and get focused coaching from the brilliant minds who will be at the conference?  What if you came to a learning conference and left with concrete action steps informed by that learning?

This year we will spend our final plenary session moving from learning to action through a rapid design and peer coaching process that helps accelerate ideas using the talent that’s in the room. Up to a quarter of the participants at EconoUs2017 will have an opportunity to work on their projects in a collaborative and dynamic process.  Think about the work you are doing, questions you have and places you are stuck. Gain the insight of a small group of peer coaches who will help bring fresh perspective and new ideas to your work. As a peer coach, you will gain inspiration and exposure to ideas that relate to work you’re doing while being part of helping bring great ideas to life.

11:00am - 11:30am | Networking Break
11:30am-12:45pm | From Learning to Action Part 2
What if we could leverage the collective talent and ideas of attendees at EconoUs2017 to create, improve, and work on actual projects in actual communities across Canada? What if you could bring the idea you’ve been working on and get focused coaching from the brilliant minds who will be at the conference?  What if you came to a learning conference and left with concrete action steps informed by that learning?

This year we will spend our final plenary session moving from learning to action through a rapid design and peer coaching process that helps accelerate ideas using the talent that’s in the room. Up to a quarter of the participants at EconoUs2017 will have an opportunity to work on their projects in a collaborative and dynamic process.  Think about the work you are doing, questions you have and places you are stuck. Gain the insight of a small group of peer coaches who will help bring fresh perspective and new ideas to your work. As a peer coach, you will gain inspiration and exposure to ideas that relate to work you’re doing while being part of helping bring great ideas to life.

Facilitated by: Chris Corrigan (Process Artist, a Teacher and a Facilitator of Social Technologies)

Location: Hotel Arts

12:45pm-1:00pm | Networking Break
1:00pm-2:30pm | Lunch and Closing Reception - Strengthening our efforts
Lunch will be served while we, as a delegation, continue to consider ways to advance innovations for shared prosperity on a national scale. In a ‘fireside chat’ and interview style setting we’ll hear from ATB CEO and community leader Dave Mowat in regards to how we can take bold new steps towards building thriving communities, creating good jobs and doing business differently. You will leave EconoUs2017 with what you came for (and more): new ideas, reflections, insights and a feeling of being part of a larger movement with others across the country.

Location: Hotel Arts

2:30pm-4:30pm | Poolside Party
Got some time to kill before your flight departs? Want to savour the EconoUs2017 vibe a little longer? Whatever your reason, you’ll find friends ready to hang out and keep the inspiration flowing poolside at Hotel Arts.

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Chief Dr. Robert Joseph

Chief Dr. Robert Joseph

Ambassador for Reconciliation Canada

Biography

Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, O.B.C. is a true peace-builder whose life and work are examples of his personal commitment. A Hereditary Chief of the Gwawaenuk First Nation, Chief Joseph has dedicated his life to bridging the differences brought about by intolerance, lack of understanding and racism at home and abroad. His insights into the destructive impacts these forces can have on peoples’ lives, families and cultures were shaped by his experience with the Canadian Indian Residential School system. As one of the last few speakers of the Kwakwaka’wakw language, Chief Joseph is an eloquent and inspiring Ceremonial House Speaker. He shares his knowledge and wisdom in the Big House and as a Language Speaker with the University of British Columbia, an internationally recognized art curator and as co-author of “Down from the Shimmering Sky: Masks of the Northwest Coast”.
Opening Reception

Shaun Loney

Shaun Loney

Author and Social Enterprise Developer

Biography

Shaun is a longtime member of the Canadian CED Network, an Ashoka Fellow (first in Canadian Prairies) and an Ernst and Young‘s Entrepreneur of the Year (2014). He has co-founded and mentored 11 social enterprises including BUILD Inc (2011 Scotia Bank EcoLiving Green Business of the year and 2013 Manitoba Apprenticeship Employer of the Year). Shaun was Director of Energy Policy for the Government of Manitoba (2002-2008 and political advisor to Gary Doer’s NDP (1997-2002). Shaun lives in Winnipeg, with his partner Fiona. Between them they have three teenage boys. Shaun is proud to be part of a strong and visionary social enterprise team that is flourishing across the country. Shaun recently published An Army of Problem Solvers, his second book following BUILD Prosperity: Energizing Manitoba’s Local Economy.
Opening Reception

Ethel Côté

Ethel Côté

Founder, mécènESS

Biography

Ethel Côté has been involved in social solidarity economy for 30 years. Founder of mécènESS, Ethel is interested in various fundraising strategies for the common good. She was selected as the 2015 Champion of Women’s Economic Empowerment by UN Women and is a social economy referent within the Quartier du monde association and the Réseau des entrepreneures solidaires. She has a graduate degree in community economic development from Concordia University and a certificate in rural development from Université Laval and the University of Saskatchewan. Ethel is co-chair of the Alliance économique francophone, administrator of the Coop Zone, the PanAfrican Institute for Development and the Centre espoir Sophie. She is also president of the artistic social economy enterprise Compagnie Vox Théâtre.
Conference MC

Nadia Kidwai

Nadia Kidwai

Journalist and Radio Host, CBC Manitoba

Biography

Nadia was born and raised in Cardiff, Wales and graduated from Oxford University with a B.A/ M.A. in Politics & History. Since arriving in Winnipeg in 2004, she has worked in various sectors with a passion for diversity, multiculturalism, and community empowerment through grassroots community development, policy planning and research in the Government of Manitoba, journalism (CBC Manitoba, Winnipeg Free Press), and co-founding the Canadian Muslim Leadership Institute. Previously, Nadia was Chair of the Manitoba Women’s Advisory Council, advising the Minister Responsible for the Status of Women, and council member of Immigration Partnership Winnipeg.

Currently Nadia is a journalist and radio host with CBC Manitoba.

Most importantly, she is the mother of 2 young boys and therefore well versed in Star Wars, Minecraft and other equally important cultural phenomena.

Thursday Morning Breakfast Plenary: Building Thriving Communities

Colette Murphy

Colette Murphy

Executive Director, Atkinson Foundation

Biography

For Colette Murphy, philanthropy has always been more about the power of people than the power of money to change the world.

A Canadian who was raised in the US, Colette cut her teeth as an activist working alongside refugees who found their way to Toronto in the 90s. Since then, she’s earned a North American reputation as a reliable ally, a tenacious advocate for social and economic justice, and a creative collaborator across traditional lines. Best known as an organizational capacity builder at United Way Toronto and a champion for inclusive local economies at the Metcalf Foundation, she has also worked behind-the-scenes on innovative poverty reduction, anti-racism and leadership development initiatives over the course of her career.

As the Executive Director of the 75-year old Atkinson Foundation, Colette focuses on strengthening movements for decent work, shared prosperity and democratic renewal.  These efforts are inspired by the example set by Joseph Atkinson who knew poverty before he knew wealth as the publisher of Canada’s largest daily newspaper, the Toronto Star.  To this day, the foundation’s public policy agenda and investment strategies reflect Mr. Atkinson’s deep personal concern for the lives and livelihoods of working people, and his pragmatic vision of a just society.

Friday Morning Breakfast Plenary: Good Jobs

Fred Khonje

Fred Khonje

Community Development Manager, Affinity Credit Union

Biography

Fred Khonje is the Community Development Manager at Affinity Credit Union, a values based financial co-operative based in Saskatchewan. He is a long time resident of Saskatoon and loves to be involved in all things to do with community economic development, and social enterprise. His 14 year career path engaging in the social economy has covered a variety of areas including non-profit housing, community economic development, co-op and social enterprise business development, housing policy development and social financing.

Fred holds two undergraduate degrees from the University of Saskatchewan (Bachelor of Arts Psychology and Sociology) and received his MBA in Community Economic Development from Cape Breton University. His greatest work is serving as a husband and proud father of two.

Thursday Morning Breakfast Plenary: Building Thriving Communities

Béatrice Alain

Béatrice Alain

Director of Partnerships and Head of International Relations, Chantier de l'économie sociale

Biography

Béatrice Alain is the Director of Partnerships and head of International Relations at the Chantier de l’économie sociale. The Chantier de l’économie sociale has a long tradition of engaging in international dialogue, both to learn from best practices and to share experiences that have made Quebec an internationally recognized ecosystem that enables the development of the social economy. In recent years, Mrs. Alain has been particularly interested in ways and strategies that facilitate dialogue between stakeholders from different sectors and countries in order to strengthen the development of the social economy. From 2011 to 2016, she helped create and coordinate the RELIESS, an international transfer and liaison center on public policies for the social economy. More recently, she directed the organization of the Global Social Economy Forum-GSEF2016, an international event co-organized by the City of Montreal and the Chantier de l’économie sociale focusing on collaborations between local governments and actors of the social economy that took place in September 2016 and gathered more than 1500 people from 62 countries. Ms. Alain holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science and a master’s degree in international relations.
Thursday Morning Breakfast Plenary: Building Thriving Communities

Dave Mowat

Dave Mowat

President and CEO, ATB Financial

Biography

Dave Mowat is a banker. That sounds pretty straightforward. And it is, in the sense that he deals with a lot of big numbers, understands the confusing world of banking, leads a lot of creative team members, and continually thinks about how to serve hundreds of thousands of customers across the province of Alberta. But he’s also a banker who’s not afraid to talk about love. He loves the idea of transfor​ming banking to make it work FOR people and to do that; he’s not afraid to be a bit different.

Dave used to be VanCity’s CEO and was known for the organization’s commitment to corporate social responsibility. He brought this passion forward to ATB Financial, the largest Alberta-based financial institution in 2007. As President and CEO Dave has helped ATB achieve a #2 ranking in Great Place to Work Canada’s large and multinational category (2017), be named one of Canada’s Top 50 Best Workplaces for Women (2016) and make the Aon Hewitt list of Canada’s 50 Best Employers (2015). Dave himself was at the top of Glassdoor’s list of Highest Rated CEOs in 2016 and was also recognized by Alberta Venture as one of the Top 50 Most Influential People.

Dave serves on the boards of Telus, STARS, Alberta Blue Cross, the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton, and the National Music Centre in Calgary. He is also a staunch supporter of Dogs with Wings, a service agency working with blind and autistic children. Dave has an Honorary Doctor of Law degree from the University of Alberta. He and his wife Sandy have raised three children and now enjoy traveling and riding road bikes together

Closing Reception

Chris Corrigan

Chris Corrigan

Process Artist, a Teacher and a Facilitator of Social Technologies

Biography

Chris Corrigan is a process artist, a teacher and a facilitator of social technologies for face to face conversation in the service of emergence. His business is supporting invitation: the invitation to collaborate, to organize, to find one another and make a difference in our communities, organizations and lives.

Chris works with organizations seeking to improve their work, communities seeking to improve their future, people looking to improve their lives. He holds and cares for process – the ways in which we work together – to encourage people to make their best possible contributions. He has an unflagging belief that the answers and leadership we need arise out of collaboration and conversation. By facilitating skillful dialogue, he does his best to hold space for futures to emerge.

Friday Plenary: From Learning to Action

Diane Hodgins

Diane Hodgins

Chief Financial Officer, Shorefast Foundation

Biography

Diane works with investors and other partners in the philanthropic, government and educational communities to achieve the Foundation’s mission. Her experience working with entrepreneurs in both the profit and non-profit fields as a Chartered Accountant adds a unique perspective to the strong leadership team. Diane is passionate about sharing the merits of the Fogo Island project, an alternative business model where social and economic value are achieved in tandem.

Thursday Morning Breakfast Plenary: Building Thriving Communities

Alejandra Bravo

Alejandra Bravo

Director of Leadership and Training at the Broadbent Institute

Biography

Alejandra Bravo is Director of Leadership and Training at the Broadbent Institute, where she builds backbone for progressive organizing in Canada.

Previously she was Manager of Leadership & Learning at Maytree, where she designed and delivered political and civic training for emerging and diverse leaders.

Alejandra contributes to movement building as a facilitator, trainer, mentor and strategist with various social change efforts. Active in the community benefits movement, she supports organizers and leaders.

She has a 25-year history of working for progressive social change with grassroots, immigrant, and labour groups. Alejandra has worked as a community organizer, political staff and has been a City Council candidate in Toronto.

Friday Morning Breakfast Plenary: Good Jobs

Matthew Smedley

Matthew Smedley

Executive Director and CEO, Mission Possible

Biography

Rev. Matthew Smedley currently serves as the Executive Director & CEO of Mission Possible in Vancouver, BC. Matt has served as a pastor in the inner city and has over 5 years of experience working in the trades. He holds a graduate certificate from SFU in Community Economic Development, has done coursework in theology and sociology, and has a B.S. from Cairn University.

Over the past 10 years, Matt has helped Mission Possible transition its programming from offering basic street-level care to being a leading community economic development organization in Vancouver’s downtown eastside. Through its employment readiness program and social enterprises (MP Maintenance and MP Neighbours that employ an average of 50 individuals per year in transitional jobs) Mission Possible is transforming lives by helping people experience a renewed sense of dignity and purpose through meaningful work. Mission Possible was a recipient of the Trico Social EnterPrize in 2011.

Thursday Evening Plenary: Celebrating Doing Business Differently

Sarah Leeson-Klym

Sarah Leeson-Klym

Manitoba Regional Director, CCEDNet

Biography

Sarah believes that communities are the experts of their lived experience and that CED provides great approaches for them to develop creative and grounded solutions to the biggest challenges we collectively face. She first obtained an Arts and Cultural Management certificate from MacEwan University, then worked and volunteered in a range of capacity building programs before graduating with a BA (Honours) degree in Social Justice Theory and Practice from the University of Winnipeg in 2012.

Starting in 2011, her previous position as Learning and Engagement Coordinator focused on engaging CCEDNet’s Manitoba members, creating learning programs, coordinating The Manitoba Gathering, and the Enterprising Non-Profits program for social enterprise development. Sarah is active in her neighbourhood as a board member of the Daniel McIntyre St. Matthews Community Association. She is also a dedicated board member of the growing Rainbow Trout Music Festival and a regular volunteer for the LITE Wild Blueberry Pancake Breakfast.

CLOSING RECEPTION

WORKSHOP: Building bridges between worker co-operatives and social enterprise

Thursday Morning Breakfast Plenary: Building Thriving Communities

Dan Kershaw

Dan Kershaw

Executive Director, Furniture Bank

Biography

Dan Kershaw is the Executive Director at Furniture Bank, one of Canada’s rapidly growing  social purpose enterprises. Passionate about ‘business for good,’ Dan is the force behind the remarkable, positive growth the charity continues to enjoy. Fueled by a pioneering nature, Dan remains committed to ensuring the comfort and dignity of the clients Furniture Bank proudly serves. His particular knack for building one of a kind, intrapreneurial teams is evident at Furniture Bank. A human resources model, this is a team that continues to outperform in a culture dedicated to furnishing hope across Canada.

His is a storied career that spans well over two decades across a wide variety of industries and sectors. A celebrated thought leader, Dan holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a Masters in Environmental Studies from Waterloo University. Dan also teaches at Georgian College and their new “Social Entrepreneurship in the Non-Profit Sector” Program in Barrie, Ontario.

Thursday Evening Plenary: Celebrating Doing Business Differently

WORKSHOP LEADS

Andrea Wall

Andrea Wall

Project Manager, Community Hubs Initiative Calgary

Biography

Andrea is the Project Manager of the Community Hubs Initiative, a tri-party partnership between The City of Calgary, Rotary, and United Way to prototype and activate six unique Community Hubs across Calgary by 2021.

As a volunteer, Andrea serves as the Board Chair of Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre, and is the past chair of Calgary+Acumen – the local chapter of a global nonprofit dedicated to Changing the Way the World Tackles Poverty through impact investments in social enterprises. She holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Calgary and is currently completing an MBA with a Community Economic Development focus through Cape Breton University.

Workshop Lead: Community Hubs, Better Together

Kaitlin Lauridsen

Kaitlin Lauridsen

Senior Consultant, Centre for Race and Culture

Biography

Kaitlin is an educator with the Centre for Race and Culture. A passionate, young facilitator, Kaitlin is dedicated to asking the uncomfortable questions and encouraging her audiences to dig deeper and get curious. Kaitlin completed her Master’s in Public Health where her researched examined racism as a determinant of health. She continues her anti-racism work through a social determinants lens.
Workshop Lead: An Anti-Racism Approach to Organizational Change

Sahar Ibrahim

Sahar Ibrahim

Educator and Project Administrator, Centre for Race and Culture

Biography

Sahar recently joined the Centre for Race and Culture as an Educator and Project Administrator after completing her B.A. in Medical Anthropology focusing on mental health and social wellness. Sahar is also one of Canadian Roots Exchange’s Youth Reconciliation Initiative (YRI) Leaders, and works with a team to create and facilitate spaces that aim to build bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth. Sahar is a young, racialized woman.
Workshop Lead: An Anti-Racism Approach to Organizational Change

Seth Leon

Seth Leon

Manager of co-operative services, Alberta Community and Co-operative Association

Biography

Seth Leon is the manager of co-operative services at the Alberta Community and Co-operative Association. He volunteers in his community as a volunteer tool librarian, and as a board member for Calgary Can. He is waiting patiently for the Montreal Canadiens to win their 25th Stanley Cup.
Workshop lead: Co-operative Ways of Making Renewables Accessible and Do-able.    Local Investing.

Colin Rioux

Colin Rioux

Director, Alberta Solar Co-op

Biography

Energy professional focusing on sustainable energy solutions

As a registered Professional Engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA), Colin Rioux’s career started in natural gas production and business development with EnCana Corporation (formerly PanCanadian) in Drumheller, Alberta, and progressed to reserves and M&A evaluations on Canadian deep basin assets.

Workshop lead:Co-operative Ways of Making Renewables Accessible and Do-able.

Jeff Loomis

Jeff Loomis

Executive Director, Momentum

Biography

Jeff Loomis is the Executive Director with Momentum, a Community Economic Development (CED) Organization in Calgary. Momentum partners with people living on low-incomes to develop sustainable livelihoods and works to develop local economies with opportunities for all. He serves in a number of volunteer capacities, including as a Board member of Prosper Canada and Vibrant Communities Calgary.
Workshop lead: Microlending as a CED Tool

Carla Leon

Carla Leon

Manager, New Initiatives for EDGE

Biography

Carla Leon is the Manager of New Initiatives for EDGE – A Network for Ministry Renewal & Development within The United Church of Canada. EDGE works to spur innovation and impact within the network of United Churches across Canada, including through stimulating social innovation and social enterprise activity. Carla is the President and CEO of Small Business Solver, a enterprise that supports small business owners to grow their businesses.
Workshop lead: Strategies for Scaling-Exploring the Potential of Social Franchising in Canada.

Ryan Turnbull

Ryan Turnbull

President, Eco-Ethonomics Inc.

Biography

Ryan founded Eco-Ethonomics in 2008 with the vision of transforming the economy by bringing social responsibility, impact and innovation to business, organizations, government and communities. Since that time, Ryan has consulted on over 250 projects with partners in the non-profit, for-profit and social enterprise sectors. Ryan holds a M.A. and B.A. in philosophy from Carleton University.
Workshop lead: Strategies for Scaling-Exploring the Potential of Social Franchising in Canada.

Stephanie Jackman

Stephanie Jackman

President and Founder, REAP Business Association

Biography

With a vision to create a greener local economy, Stephanie Jackman founded REAP Business Association in 2008. Today this network of 150 Calgary businesses represents $21 billion in revenue and 8,300 jobs. Together they are localizing procurement and using business as a force for change. REAP has received extensive recognition for its innovative approach to local economic development and its self-financing business model.
Workshop lead: Stronger Together, How Local Business Networks Create Shared Prosperity.

Louisa Ferrel

Louisa Ferrel

Co-owner, True Buch

Biography

Louisa Ferrel is the co-owner of True Buch, a Calgary-based kombucha company. Having lived the corporate life for over a decade, and gained many valuable life skills, Louisa is now working to build a socially responsible company and learning so much more along the way. Louisa is a strong believer in collaborating with other like-minded local businesses and is a passionate advocate for the Sunnyside community.
Workshop lead: Stronger Together, How Local Business Networks Create Shared Prosperity.

Chad Zelensky

Chad Zelensky

Owner, Lowen's Skincare

Biography

Chad Zelensky is the Creative Mastermind behind Lowen’s Skincare – a Calgary based niche cosmetic company. The company got its start when Chad, who happens to be a pharmacist with a pharmaceutical compounding background, devised a 100% natural diaper balm for his daughter Lowen to treat her persistent rash. The product line has expanded since, always keeping clean, healthy ingredients at the forefront of each formulation.
Workshop lead: Stronger Together, How Local Business Networks Create Shared Prosperity.

Megan Solamillo

Megan Solamillo

Community Social Worker, City of Calgary

Biography

Megan Solamillo, community social worker (CSW), City of Calgary, supports the CSW program’s CED plan for place based poverty reduction in targeted neighbourhoods. She has her BSW from the University of Western Ontario and MSW specializing in International and Community Development from the University of Calgary. Megan is not only passionate about CED in her work but also lives in Co-op housing and serves on her Co-op housing board.
Workshop lead: Placed Based Community Economic Development:A Partnership Approach.

Courtney Robertson

Courtney Robertson

Community social worker, City of Calgary

Biography

Courtney Robertson, community social worker (CSW), City of Calgary, has led the development of the CSW program’s CED plan for place-based poverty reduction in targeted neighbourhoods. Courtney holds a BA in development studies, a BSW and an MSW all from the University of Calgary. She also completed the Simon Fraser University CED program. Courtney serves as a board member for CommunityWise Resource Centre and Calgary Scope Society.
Workshop lead: Placed Based Community Economic Development: A Partnership Approach.

Philip Lozano

Philip Lozano

Thrive Community Economic Development Coordinator, Momentum

Biography

Phillip Lozano is passionate about connections and the surfacing of local knowledge, abilities, assets and resources within a community to create financial and social impact. Philip works with Thrive, where he has been partnering with community champions, entrepreneurs and local economy leaders around Calgary to catalyze place-based business ideas that build a resilient and inclusive economy for all. In a nutshell, he works with people who love their neighbourhood and want to utilize business to create more happiness. Philip believes the success of any sustainable enterprise is rooted in authenticity and knowing your true and total impact.
Workshop lead: Placed Based Community Economic Development.

Brooks Hanewich

Brooks Hanewich

Co-founder of MatchWork and the current Executive Director of Gateway Association

Biography

Brooks is a co-founder of MatchWork and the current Executive Director of Gateway Association. He has worked in the social sector for over ten years focusing on employment services, business development, innovation and social enterprise. He is currently completing his MBA in Community Economic Development from Cape Breton University.
Workshop leads: Microenterprise in the Age of the Gig Economy

Karen McDonald

Karen McDonald

Co-founder of MatchWork and Executive Director at the Sage Seniors Association

Biography

Karen is a co-founder of MatchWork and Executive Director at the Sage Seniors Association. She recently completed her MBA at the University of Alberta and has worked on several social enterprise startup projects. Karen was recognized in 2011 by Avenue Magazine as a Top 40 Under 40 in recognition of her professional and volunteer work in the community.
Workshop lead: Microenterprise in the Age of the Gig Economy.

Kenya Kondo

Kenya Kondo

Co-founder of MatchWork, founder of GetNeighbour.com and co-founder of MyNewly.com

Biography

Kenya is a co-founder of MatchWork and founder of the peer to peer marketplace GetNeighbour.com and co-founder of MyNewly.com. He currently is the Director of Tech Ecosystem and Industry Development at AEC. Kenya attained his MBA from Cornell University in 2015 and his BSc. in Math & Physics from the University of Alberta in 2005.
Workshop lead: Microenterprise in the Age of the Gig Economy.

Stacey Gellatly

Stacey Gellatly

Director of Economic Development Programs, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade

Biography

Stacey Gellatly is the Director of Economic Development Programs at the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade. She oversees three new funding programs announced through the Alberta Jobs Plan in 2016: the Alberta Investor Tax Credit (AITC), the Capital Investment Tax Credit (CITC), and the Community and Regional Economic Support Program (CARES). These programs encourage investors to provide entrepreneurs with greater access to the capital they need to innovate and expand, encourage timely large-scale capital investments, and assist regions and communities in attracting investment, supporting industries that provide diversification, and improving local business environments. Together they aim to encourage investment, support diversification, and create  jobs.
Workshop lead: Alberta Economic Development and Trade: Resources for Corporations and Communities. 

Christina Fowler

Christina Fowler

Executive Director, the Saint John Learning Exchange

Biography

Christina Fowler is the Executive Director of the Saint John Learning Exchange, a nonprofit organization working to reduce poverty through innovative education and employment programs.  She is passionate about finding ways to equip individuals with the skills and experiences they need to provide a better future for themselves and their families.  Christina is an authentic leader who thinks outside the box and takes calculated risks in order to respond creatively to social issues.  Only by taking risks can we see the greatest reward and increase impact.  Under her leadership three social enterprises, Voila! Cleaning Services, Stone Soup Catering and Express Cafe and the Impact Market have been launched and scaled.  Christina believes that in order to effect great change you must not be afraid to fail, but learn to pivot and be flexible in order to meet the changing needs of your community.
Workshop lead: Worklinks: The Strength of Innovation and Community.

Yvon Poirier

Yvon Poirier

Member of the Board, CCEDNet

Biography

Yvon has been a member of the CCEDNet since 2003 and he has been involved at the international level with the Network since 2003. He is a member of the Board since 2012 where he now acts as the Secretary and international delegate. He is also a member of CCEDNet’s Governance Committee and was Elections Officer from 2008 to 2012. He represents the CDÉC de Québec in CCEDNet.

He has participated in many RIPESS activities and gatherings, on various continents, from 2005 until today. Yvon took part in numerous World Social Forums including the last one in Montreal in 2016. Since October 2013, he has been a member of RIPESS’s Board and he acts now as Vice-Coordinator, he also is a member of a number of committees. Yvon is the head of RIPESS’s delegation at the UN Inter-Agency Taskforce on Social and Solidarity Economy. He also represents the RIPESS at the International Leading Group of the SSE, an organization led by France and a few other countries.  Through this latest involvement, he had the chance to speak at various events, including a UN meeting in September 2016. Yvon is RIPESS’s representative on the GSEF, Global Social Economy Forum Board.

Workshop lead: Three Cities, Three Approaches to CED – Lessons to Share. The Sustainable Development Goals:Harnessing a Global Agenda for Change.

Dayna Lutes

Dayna Lutes

Coordinator, The Saint John Learning Exchange

Biography

Dayna has been working in nonprofit since 2013 and currently serves as Coordinator of The Saint John Learning Exchange. She provides individual coaching and group facilitation as clients work towards specific education and employment goals. She is responsible for program development and ongoing process evaluation in efforts to maintain responsive programming clients.

Dayna holds a Bachelor of English and a Master in Adult Education and believes grassroots community level work is an essential element in poverty reduction. She is also an entrepreneur and owns her own yoga business providing accessible classes to the general public and has a special interest in the role of yoga in mental health and addictions.

Workshop lead: Worklinks: The Strength of Innovation and Community

Thulasy Lettner

Thulasy Lettner

Equity Framework Coordinator, CommunityWise Resource Centre

Biography

Thulasy Lettner is the Equity Framework Coordinator at CommunityWise Resource Centre. She is currently leading an Anti-Racist Organizational Change (AROC) project to strengthen CommunityWise’s capacity to address structural racism and create greater racial equity, diversity and inclusion. She also works as an independent process consultant, a mother of two, and a part-time farmer, raising chickens on pasture with her partner in Black Diamond, AB.
Workshop lead: Anti- Racism Approach to Organizational Culture.

Khalil Alomar

Khalil Alomar

Co-Founder, VOICES: a Coalition of Queer and Straight People of Color

Biography

Khalil Alomar is a Lebanese Canadian who has a background in Early Childhood Development. He is a mentor to Queer identified youth through Camp fYrefly and is one of the founders of VOICES: a Coalition of Queer and Straight People of Color. He aspires to create a community based non-profit dedicated to the education, facilitation, and promotion of Queer and anti-racist initiatives.
Workshop lead: Anti-Racism Approach to Organizational Change.

Nitika Rewari

Nitika Rewari

Manager, Workplace Mental Health, Mental Health Commission of Canada

Biography

Nitika Rewari is Manager, Workplace Mental Health at the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC). In her current role, she works with community stakeholders and policy makers to eliminate employment barriers for individuals living with a mental health problem or illness and to advance promising practices and recommendations outlined in MHCC’s 2013 report, The Aspiring Workforce: Employment and Income for People with Serious Mental Illness.
 Workshop lead: Discover Hidden Talent: Innovative Approaches for Employers to Tap into the Untapped Labour Market.

Social Purchasing: A Market-Based Tool for Building Healthy Communities.

Melanie Mitra

Melanie Mitra

CEO, Prospect Human Services Society

Biography

Melanie Mitra is CEO of Prospect Human Services. She specializes in the design/delivery of innovative employment solutions that integrate stakeholder priority objectives. She consults with stakeholders, including governments, on system level solutions – governance, systems transformation, mandate alignment, collaboration, integrated service design/delivery, performance management, resource allocation, and policy and accountability frameworks.
Workshop lead: Discover Hidden Talent: Innovative Approaches for Employers to Tap into the Untapped Labour Market.

David LePage

David LePage

Co-founder and Managing Partner,Buy Social Canada and Co-founder, Social Enterprise Institute

Biography

David’s is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Buy Social Canada and a co-founder of the Social Enterprise Institute. He is the Chair of the Social Enterprise Council of Canada and Chair of the Social Enterprise World Forum Board. He is a Program Adjunct for the Sandermoen School of Business, facilitator for the Groundswell Social Venture Program and sits on several other boards and advisory groups, including the Vancouver Farmers Market.
Workshop Moderator: Three Cities, Three Approaches to CED – Lessons to Share.  Workshop lead: Social Purchasing, A Market-Based Tool for Building Healthy Communities.

Aatif Baskanderi

Aatif Baskanderi

Commercialization Manager for Kinetica Ventures, Innovate Calgary and Co-President, Engineers Without Borders Calgary City Chapter

Biography

Aatif Baskanderi is a Newfoundlander who received both his electrical engineering bachelor & innovation management master degrees at Memorial University, and a social policy & international development MSc degree at the London School of Economics & Political Science. He has worked and volunteered his time with various engineering, government, and not-for-profit organizations across Canada, UK, and Sierra Leone. He is passionate about the potential of society for positive change through collaboration with a relentless pragmatic optimism. With lifelong interests in social justice, global development and STEM, volunteering with Engineers Without Borders was a natural fit… getting to about 10 years now. He currently works as a Commercialization Manager for Kinetica Ventures for Innovate Calgary, as well as serving as the Sustainable Development Goals Coalition Team Lead with the Engineers Without Borders Calgary City Chapter. His goal over the next year is to build collaboration across Calgary engineering community towards the SDGs, #YYCSDG. He also loves playing basketball/soccer/ball hockey, dancing, and nerding out on any topics with passionate people.
Workshop lead: The Sustainable Development Goals: Harnessing a Global Agenda for Change.

Bob Miller

Bob Miller

Regional Economic Prosperity Lead and Manager, Calgary Regional Partnership, Calgary Region Economic Development Alliance

Biography

Bob’s passion for ideas around economic justice and Jane Jacobs carried him through a B.A. in Economics (Honours, UofC), though he promptly got distracted to become an Urban and Regional Planner in Calgary for 35 years. On the side, he immersed himself in community-based groups and actions.  Along the way, Bob obtained an MA in Community and Regional Planning (UBC) and, more recently, completed the Community Economic Development program at Simon Fraser University.  As it turned out, he retired into another career to merge economics and regional planning in his role as the Regional Economic Prosperity Lead for a voluntary collaboration of municipalities (whose Board is a dozen Mayors).  Bob has provided leadership to the Calgary Region’s broadband and fibre initiative over the past three years, working closely with municipalities, other regions and the Province.
Workshop lead: Broadband in Rural Communities. 

Mark van Engelen

Mark van Engelen

Co-Founder and Director, Earth Educators

Biography

Mark is the Co-Founder and Director at Earth Educators. He has 15+ years of experience in educating, business change, implementation, improving operations and entrepreneurship. He has helped set up foundations and grow businesses through planning, consulting, impact measurement and optimising use of resources. 
Workshop lead: Social Impact Measurement.

Seema Jindal

Seema Jindal

Co-Founder and Director, Earth Educators Inc

Biography

Seema is the Co-Founder and Director of Earth Educators Inc. and got a M.Sc. in Sustainable Development from Haskayne School of Business. She has experience in providing solutions for CSR, Inclusive Growth and Social Innovation. Seema has worked with NGO’s to develop and execute effective stakeholder consultation, sustainable social enterprise business model and return on investment to engage variety of stakeholders.
Workshop lead: Social Impact Measurement.

Amy Robinson

Amy Robinson

Founder & Executive Director, LOCO BC

Biography

Amy has 18 years experience working with businesses ranging from SMEs to big industry, regional government and the UN to embed sustainability into operations. She founded LOCO BC to support local businesses and advocate for increasing local spending, highlighting how independent businesses strengthen communities, build resilience and foster innovation. 
Workshop lead: Saving Main Street

Martin Garber-Conrad

Martin Garber-Conrad

Chief Executive Officer, Edmonton Community Foundation

Biography

Martin Garber-Conrad is the Chief Executive Officer of Edmonton Community Foundation, the fourth largest community foundation in Canada, with assets of more than $500 million.

After a brief stint designing resource industry training programs, Martin has spent most of his career leading non-profit organizations.  His accomplishments include several social housing projects, restoring/repurposing historic buildings and starting a social enterprise—Kids in the Hall Bistro–in Edmonton’s City Hall.

At the Foundation, Martin’s interests include their nine-year old Social Enterprise Fund—started in partnership with The City of Edmonton. The SEF has successfully loaned $30 million to 50 charities and non-profits in Edmonton and takes a leadership role in the developing social finance movement in Canada.

Martin’s current passion and preoccupation is Edmonton’s new Community Development Corporation, in response to the End Poverty Edmonton strategy.

Workshop lead: Three Cities, Three Approaches to CED – Lessons to Share.

Wes Regan

Wes Regan

Social Planner Responsible for Community Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Initiatives, City of Vancouver

Biography

Wes Regan is the City of Vancouver’s Social Planner Responsible for Community Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Initiatives. Wes has worked in sustainable community economic development, communications, and community engagement since 2009, and up until September of 2015 he was the Executive Director of the Hastings Crossing Business Improvement Association, Canada’s first Social Innovation BIA. Wes was the Green Party of Canada’s Candidate for the riding of Vancouver East in the 2015 Federal Election. Finishing in the top 10 for Green candidates nationally in terms of vote percentage received, he still serves as Party Critic for Urban Affairs and Housing. He holds degrees in geography from both Langara College and Simon Fraser University, where he is currently completing his Masters in Urban Studies. Wes is also a Graduate of the Centre for Sustainable Community Economic Development at SFU where he is a part-time Instructor.

Passionate about environmental and urban sustainability he is a founding Director of the Vancouver Urban Farming Society and was a founding partner at Urban Stream Innovation, a food systems technology startup. Wes has experience serving on the Executive and advisory boards of several other advocacy organizations including Conversations for Responsible Economic Development (CRED BC), LOCO BC (Past Chair), the SFU Urban Studies Graduate Student Society, and the BC Partners for Social Impact, a Provincial policy think tank examining ways to support and enable social innovation in communities and regions in British Columbia.

Workshop lead: Three Cities, Three Approaches to CED – Lessons to Share.

Anna De Paoli

Anna De Paoli

President, De Paoli & Associates Inc.

Biography

Anna De Paoli is President of De Paoli & Associates Inc. Her mission is to start, grow and support businesses in rural communities so that these communities become and remain viable. In doing so she will help preserve a rural lifestyle. Anna has been consulting to a range of large Agri-business and not for profit boards and associations since 2010. She helps organizations evaluate projects, manage costs and make transformational change. 
Workshop lead: The Changing Nature of Agriculture.

James Stauch

James Stauch

Director, Institute for Community Prosperity

Biography

As Director of the Institute for Community Prosperity @MRU, James connects students to learning opportunities that help them make transformative change in their communities. He has worked in the field of philanthropy, and as a consultant, designing and advising on programs that support the emergence of community leadership and community investment practice, particularly in the Arctic and Far North, and in the Calgary and Greater Toronto regions.
Workshop lead: Leadership for the New Economy

Reva George

Reva George

Founder, REVAMP Marketing

Biography

Possessing an innate passion for social justice and collective impact, Reva developed a strong global background in sustainability and energy. After stints in the corporate world, she founded REVAMP Marketing, an agency instilling triple bottom lines into companies’ DNA. A Global EMBA from Rotman and the University of St. Gallen Switzerland, her life philosophy is that business and community can work together and she is on a mission to prove that.
Workshop lead: Co-operative Ways of Making Renewables Accessible and Do-able.

Anne-Marie Saulnier

Anne-Marie Saulnier

Director, Espace de concertation sur les achats responsables (ECPAR)

Biography

After having worked more than ten years in the social economy sector in Quebec, followed by ten years in international work for the Centre d’études et de coopération internationale (CECI), Anne-Marie Saulnier specialized in enterprise responsibility in global supply chain. She collaborates with United Nationals programs, international research centres and enterprises to strengthen the respect of work health, safety and the environmental conditions in Canadian organizations’ supply chains. In 2008, she co-founded Espace de concentration sur les pratiques d’approvisionnement responsable (ECPAR), a network of Canadian leaders who collaborate to implement sustainable development in their procurement from the social economy sector since 2008.

Workshop lead: Social Purchasing – A Market-Based Tool For Building Healthy Communities

Catherine Ludgate

Catherine Ludgate

Manager of Community Investment, Vancity

Biography

Catherine Ludgate is a manager of community investment at Vancity.  She has accountability for the delivery of the credit union’s microfinance programs as tools for poverty reduction and financial inclusion, including financial literacy and microcredit. She supports partnerships related to facing poverty in our communities, including the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition and the Living Wage for Families campaign and she spends a goodly amount of time talking to other employers about joining the Living Wage campaign. She is the developer of the award-winning “Each One, Teach One” financial literacy program which has now been shared with credit unions across Canada and more than 80 credit unions are now using this platform to mobilize their own staff in support of community financial literacy. Catherine works on a range of inclusive banking projects, from supports to refugees to banking services for community living members. She is committed to Principle 5 of co-operation (the importance of member education and training), and holds a masters degree in the management of co-ops and credit unions.
Workshop lead: The Living Wage as a CED Strategy

Bob Dyrda

Bob Dyrda

Project Lead, Alberta SouthWest Regional Economic Development Alliance

Biography

Bob grew up in Northern Alberta, moved from Grande Prairie to Grand Cayman at age 30 and enjoyed a lifetime of new experiences during his 7 years of living there. He now resides south of Pincher Creek. His passion is micro business and he has owned and operated three in the past two decades and they are all still operating today. For the past 3+ years he has been researching and learning about true high speed broadband and describes the topic as interesting and challenging.
Workshop lead: Broadband in Rural Communities 

Peter Driftmier

Peter Driftmier

Baker and Co-founder, The Grain Exchange

Biography

Peter Driftmier is a baker and co-founder of Alberta’s first worker-owned co-operative bakery- The Grain Exchange. His passion for local investment is rooted in a vision for world-class capacity in Alberta for non-extractive finance of democratic, community-controlled enterprises that provide for working-class and marginalized peoples. When outside of the kitchen, he is a community organizer and has a soft spot for Brazilian percussion.
Workshop lead: Local Investing.

Gail Henderson

Gail Henderson

Assistant Professor, Queen's University

Biography

Gail Henderson is Assistant Professor at Queen’s University Faculty of Law. Prior to joining Queen’s in July 2016, Professor Henderson was Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law. Her current research agenda focuses on securities regulation, the regulation of financial institutions and corporate forms for social enterprise. After graduating as Gold Medalist from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2005, Professor Henderson served as law clerk to The Honourable Louise Charron of the Supreme Court of Canada. Prior to pursuing graduate studies at the University of Toronto, she practiced commercial litigation and environmental and municipal law at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP in Toronto.
 Workshop lead: Local Investing

Sandra Huculak

Sandra Huculak

Managing Director, Corporate Social Responsibility and Community Investment, ATB Financial

Biography

Sandra Huculak is an experience maker. Her conviction to get on the ground and be in the lived experience of others infuses her approach to the $3+ million corporate social responsibility portfolio she manages with ATB Financial.
Workshop lead: Meeting People Where They Are – Paradigm Shifting Community Impact.

Jordan Reiniger

Jordan Reiniger

Director of Programs and Development, ‎Boyle Street Community Services

Biography

Jordan is the Director of Development for Boyle Street Community Services and General Manager of Boyle Street Ventures Inc. He holds a Master’s Degree in Poverty Studies and his career has included work in the public, private and social sectors.
Workshop lead: Meeting People Where They Are – Paradigm Shifting Community Impact.

Roselyne Mavungu

Roselyne Mavungu

Executive Director, le Réseau québécois du crédit communautaire (RQCC)

Biography

Roselyne Mavungu is the president and CEO of the Réseau québécois du crédit communautaire. She holds a Masters in Business Law from the Université Paris XII, a joint Ph.D. in Legal Anthropology and African History, as well as a diploma in Conflict Management and Resolution from the Université Paris V – René Descartes. Ms. Mavungu worked as deputy registrar at the Supreme Court of Montreal and was an entrepreneur at the same time. As president and CEO of Éditions Blue Hut, she won the “Homage” award in 2002 from the Corporation de développement de l’Est for her entrepreneurial success. She was the chairperson for the Board of Directors for Investissement Femmes Montréal and also took part in the Conseil des montréalaises, a municipal administration advisory body in charge of any files that have an impact on the living conditions of Montreal women. Ms. Mavungu continues her path as member of the Fonds Afro Investment Committee, which is dedicated to the black community of Montreal. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Chantier de l’économie sociale, a network connecting representatives from social economy enterprises, and is secretary-treasurer for Cap finance, a responsible, united financial network. In 2013, she was given the “Recognition” award for being a female immigrant role model, granted by the organization Place aux femmes, and the “Excellence” award for the Women in Management category from the organization Horizon Nord Sud. 
Workshop lead: Microlending as a CED Tool

Jane Bisbee

Jane Bisbee

Executive Director, Social Enterprise Fund Canada

Biography

Jane Bisbee is the Executive Director of the Social Enterprise Fund, one of Canada’s more active impact investment funds with $30M placed since 2008.  A special focus of her career has been the creation of non-traditional funding mechanisms for small business, in particular the cultural industries, through work with the Association of Canadian Publishers, the Alberta Motion Picture Industries Association, and the Province of Alberta. She is past president of the Edmonton International Film Festival and has served on many boards including the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, the Canada Give the Gift of Literacy Foundation and the Alberta Foundation for the Literary Arts. She was presented with a lifetime achievement award in 2006 by Alberta’s film industry, and is a fellow of the BALLE/RSF Financial Community Foundation Circle. When she has spare time, Jane is a bookbinder and paper maker, a spinner and weaver and historic re-enactor.
Workshop lead: Local Investing.

Quentin Sinclair

Quentin Sinclair

Co-founder and Director, Local Investing YYC

Biography

Quentin Sinclair is a Co-founder and Director. As an investment cooperative, Local Investing YYC provides capital to Calgary-based entrepreneurs that generate financial, social and environmental returns. Local Investing YYC removes barriers to receiving funding through traditional channels, while creating local impact through member investments that are RRSP and TFSA eligible. This local investment fund is a catalyst for quality jobs, equitable distribution of wealth and strong, sustainable communities.
Workshop lead: Local Investing

Rupert Downing

Rupert Downing

Manager, Vancouver Island Community Investment Co-operative

Biography

Rupert Downing is the Manager of the Vancouver Island Community Investment Cooperative and was one of its founding members.  He Chairs the BC Community Impact Investment Coalition and has worked in community economic development for the last 30 years in Canada, the UK and Latin America.  He co-owns a Fair Trade Social Enterprise, Laloca in Sidney BC, and led the seven-year Canadian Social Economy Research Program funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council to identify best practices and policies for the social economy.  He has been the Executive Director of the Canadian CED Network, and led a number of non-governmental agencies in BC while also serving as a senior civil servant in the BC government.
Workshop lead: Local Investing

Wendy Keats

Wendy Keats

Executive Director, Co-operative Enterprise Council

Biography

 Wendy Keats is the Executive Director of the Co-operative Enterprise Council, New Brunswick’s only CED agency devoted entirely to the development of co-ops and social enterprises. In her previous life, she spent nearly two decades as a CED consultant and has worked as a developer with 200+ co-ops and community-owned enterprises.  Having long recognized the critical importance of capital and investment programs for double/triple bottom.  
Workshop lead: Local Investing.

Abbas Mancey

Abbas Mancey

Project Lead, the Community Development Learning Initiative

Biography

Abbas Mancey is the current Project Lead for the Community Development Learning Initiative (CDLI) Calgary and is a Program Facilitator for the Elder Service Corps program at carya.

Over the past 12 years Abbas as worked in the areas community development and community building, violence prevention and activating resident leadership in Guyana, the Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa and more recently in Canada (Alberta). Through his current work with CDLI Abbas continues to seek out opportunities for collaboration around refining Community Development practice and learning. Abbas is a member of Men’s Action Network Calgary [MAN-C] which is a community-based group focused on engaging men and boys to prevent domestic violence. Good facilitation practice and good process design–along with a deep belief in our common humanity–guides much of his work.

Abbas has completed a Bachelor of Science from the University of Guyana, a Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies from the University of Calgary and is a Fogarty Fellow in Research Practice & Program Evaluation from The Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami.

Workshop lead: Leadership for the New Economy

Jonathan Coburn

Jonathan Coburn

Founding Director, Social Value Lab

Biography

Jonathan has worked for over 20 years to help social enterprises get started, grow and tell their story. Based in Glasgow, he is Founding Director of Social Value Lab – Scotland’s Centre for Social Enterprise Research & Development – an organization recognized for its pioneering work on social impact measurement. In his early career, he set up and managed some of Scotland’s first area-based social enterprise support programs and has gone on to lead the evaluation of many of main policy and funding programs in the country. More recently he has been responsible for the design and management of Scotland’s first Social Enterprise Census in 2015, and led on the consultation and writing of  Scotland’s recent 10-year Social Enterprise Strategy. Jonathan works in Scotland, across the UK and internationally – advising governments and leading nonprofits on issues relating to social enterprise strategy, performance and impact.
Workshop lead: Social Impact Measurement

Carinna Rosales

Carinna Rosales

Co-Director, SEED Winnipeg

Biography

Carinna is Co-Director at SEED Winnipeg- a community economic development organization established to reduce poverty in Winnipeg. She has played a lead role in developing the Business Enterprise Support and Training (BEST) program and has worked with various community partners to customize the program for specific audiences such as youth, newcomer and Indigenous entrepreneurs.  She was also involved in the design and development of Recognition Counts, a micro loan program for skilled immigrants seeking qualification recognition in Canada. Her work at SEED Winnipeg Inc. has allowed her to focus on both program and enterprise development for low income individuals, groups, neighbourhoods and projects with both a poverty reduction and job creation lens. Most recently, Carinna has been a part of the Manitoba Social Enterprise Strategy and the Manitoba Cooperative Association Board of Directors and focused on the development of local social enterprise endeavours in Winnipeg, as well as examining the Manitoba context of social finance via policy study, and participation with local and national practitioners groups.  Carinna’s background includes years of family business management in the hospitality sector as well as a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Manitoba, an Advanced Diploma in International Business, a Certificate in Mediation Services with a focus on Organizational Leadership and she has also recently graduated from Women’s Leadership Certificate program at the Coady Institute of Development at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. 
Workshop lead: Microlending as a CED tool

Trina Wamboldt

Trina Wamboldt

Executive Director, Urban Matters CCC

Biography

Trina Wamboldt is the Executive Director of Urban Matters CCC, which is a social enterprise that creates community impact through social enterprise development. Trina is a certified management consultant who works with Indigenous governments and organizations to help build socio-economic capacity.
Workshop lead: Bridging the Gap

Danielle Levine

Danielle Levine

CEO, Kanuu Indigenous Innovation Society

Biography

Danielle Levine is the CEO of Kanuu Indigenous Innovation Society, a social enterprise, founded by Urban Matters CCC. Danielle also serves on the Board of Directors of the Vancouver Native Housing Society. She most recently she ran the Ch’nook Indigenous Business Education program at the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia where she coached and inspired Indigenous leaders and entrepreneurs from across Canada.
Workshop lead: Bridging the Gap

Courtney Hare

Courtney Hare

Public Policy Manager, Momentum

Biography

Courtney has worked in Community Economic Development and sustainability for 15 years. She currently leads the Public Policy team at Momentum, a Calgary-based social enterprise, focusing on poverty reduction and economic inclusion.  Her day-to-day work is in collaboratively designing social and economic policy with municipal and provincial governments, most recently on the issues of payday lending, children’s education savings, and local investment funds. She is an active volunteer in her community, including co-founding two social enterprises: The Calgary Tool Library and the Bridgeland Farmers Market. She is passionate about sustainability and the interconnectedness of our environmental, social, and economic well-being.
Workshop Host: Local Investing

Warren Sarauer

Warren Sarauer

Evergreen and Gold Renewable Energy Ltd., Solar Energy Society of Alberta, Ceres Medical Inc.

Biography

Warren is an AB entrepreneur who believes that issues like climate change and Man’s impact on the environment, are beyond the scope of one person to solve, but can be addressed when we choose to come together for the greater good. He combines social justice sense with a deep understanding of high technology, environmental issues and energy applications, in the vision of what enterprises such as SPICE and his company EverGreen and Gold can achieve
Workshop lead: Co-operative Ways of Making Renewables Accessible and Do-able

Blythe Butler

Blythe Butler

Consultant: Change Management, Collective Impact, Organizational Development, Strategy & Evaluation

Biography

Blythe’s consulting practice focuses on strategy, evaluation, change management and capacity building to support the development of adaptive learning cultures within organizations.  Currently she is implementing the First 2000 Days Network, an innovative ‘collective impact’ initiative using network analysis, developmental evaluation, and capacity building to improve both process (systems) outcomes and early childhood development outcomes.

Blythe has a broad and diverse background in quality improvement, evaluation, strategic planning, change management and organizational development.   She is an accomplished facilitator and stakeholder engagement practitioner with over 15 years’ experience in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, including roles in community investment, corporate social responsibility, social enterprise, process safety management and change management.  Blythe is known for taking a multi-disciplinary approach to develop strategies that address complex challenges and translating those into practical action.

Blythe is currently a Board Member of the Human Venture Institute and the Wildwood Playschool, past chair of the Leadership Calgary Program Committee and a past Board Member for Volunteer Calgary (now Propellus). In 2008, Blythe was named to Calgary’s ‘Top 40 Under 40’ for her career achievements and contributions to the community. She holds a BComm in Finance and International Development from the University of Alberta, and has studied Journalism at Carleton University and Design Marketing at Parsons in New York City, and served as a Parliamentary Page in the House of Commons. 

Workshop lead: Leadership for the New Economy

Hazel Corcoran

Hazel Corcoran

Executive Director Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation (CWCF)

Biography

Executive Director of the Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation (CWCF) since 1995, and CoopZone (Co-op Developers’ Network) since 2009, Hazel Corcoran has been involved in all aspects of worker co-op development and support including capitalization, advisory services, research and writing. She has also been involved as a manager or director with other types of co-operatives and non-profit organizations. Trained as a lawyer and fluently bilingual, Hazel has served the co-operative movement in a variety of other capacities, including as Director of Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada, (June 2013-June 2016), where she was Vice President for the last two years. She was elected to the Board of The Co-operators representing the Alberta region in April of 2016. She is also a founding director of the Big Idea Rainbow Foundation, whose goal is to use music and other forms of popular culture to promote the co-operative movement. Hazel was born and raised in New Orleans but for most of her life has lived in Alberta.

“In my opinion, the power to act of cooperatives and mutuals is… vital, and creates hope to build a people-centric world, a world of solidarity.”

Workshop lead: Building Bridges in Canada: the Worker-Social Co-operative Movement, and the Social Enterprise Movement

Mike Byerley

Mike Byerley

Program Coordinator, Next Up Calgary

Biography

Sentiment without Action is the ruin of the Soul~ Edward Abbey

Today the world is wracked in urgent crises. How are these to be faced and still leave space to work for the good of future generations? In Alberta I’m constantly told that the Petrostate economy is “how it is” and we have no alternative system to be a part of. As an Albertan, I can see how changes made through connecting on ideas and values has profound impact. As an educator I see that skills, capacity and collaboration create and empower personal and systemic change. As a community organizer I see that shared purpose, common action and inclusion are successful in building the movement for justice. These are exciting times, sometimes fearful, often hopeful. Lately I’m finding my inspiration in finding other action oriented people and taking the steps to create just solutions to the intersecting climate and social issues we face here in Alberta.

In addition to coordinating the Calgary program since 2010, Mike is the program coordinator for the Next Up Climate Leadership Program.

Workshop lead: Leadership for the New Economy

Michael Toye

Michael Toye

Executive Director, CCEDNet

Biography

Michael Toye became Executive Director of CCEDNet in August of 2008, bringing a deep background in community economic development (CED) to the Director’s chair. Upon earning his Master of Social Work at McGill, Michael helped set up two worker co-operatives that provide research, consulting and training services related to CED and the social economy.

Michael’s involvement with CCEDNet dates back to 2000 when he helped organize CCEDNet’s National Policy Forum while serving as a coordinator with the Coopérative de consultation en développement La Clé. In 2003 he joined CCEDNet officially as Community Learning Program Director.

As CCEDNet’s program director from 2003 to 2006, Michael coordinated a 3-year action-research project exploring the links between social inclusion and CED. In addition, he led the coordination of CCEDNet’s annual national conferences, which attract hundreds of CED experts and practitioners from across the country each year.  Subsequently, Michael deepened his knowledge of Canadian social policy and parliamentary process by serving as a policy analyst at the Library of Parliament in Ottawa, while teaching courses on CED and social enterprise at Concordia University.

Michael has written a number of articles and other publications on CED and the social economy, including co-editing the book, Community Economic Development: Building for Social Change.

Workshop Lead: Roundtable on Social Innovation and Social Fiance

Erin Melnychuk

Erin Melnychuk

Business Development Manager - Momentum

Biography

 Erin leads Momentum’s Business Development strategies, including Thrive; Momentum’s community leadership initiative advancing a thriving, resilient, and inclusive economy for all. Erin has dedicated most of her career to using traditional business and economic development tools in non-traditional ways, tackling social and environmental challenges within our communities. She is a graduate of Simon Fraser University’s CED program.
Workshop lead: Placed- Based Community Economic Development: A Partnership Approach

Kyle Setter

Kyle Setter

Director of Strategy and Innovation, Connect First Credit Union

Biography

As the Director of Strategy & Innovation at Connect First Credit Union, Kyle Setter is responsible for the areas of strategy, business innovation, community investment and post-merger integration.

With over nine years of experience in strategy and marketing, he graduated with an MBA from the Ivey School of Business, focused on strategy and leadership. He is a graduate of the Dale Carnegie Program, a Beta Gamma Sigma inductee and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary.

 Workshop lead: Making Money Make a Difference

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