*The following speakers have been confirmed for the EconoUs2017 program. More speakers to be announced soon!
Chief Dr. Robert Joseph
Ambassador for Reconciliation Canada
Author and Social Enterprise Developer
Director of Partnerships and Head of International Relations, Chantier de l'économie sociale
Dr. Gordon Slade
Chairman, Shorefast Foundation
Journalist and Radio host, CBC Manitoba
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.
Director, Strategic Development and Custom Learning, Community Sector Council of Nova Scotia
Senior Consultant, Centre for Race and Culture
Educator and Project Administrator, Centre for Race and Culture
Manager of co-operative services, Alberta Community and Co-operative Association
Director, Alberta Solar Co-op
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.
Social Enterprise Director and Founder , All About Kindness
Liora Sobel is the Social Enterprise Director and founder of ‘All About Kindness’, a social enterprise aimed at improving access to equitable employment opportunities for mothers, while improving the improving women’s experiences through life stages cycle. Liora brings over 10 years of management experience in not-for-profit organizations serving women and children and is a current board member of a VAW organization in Toronto, ON.
Executive Director, Jessie's - The June Callwood Centre for Young Women
Maritza Sanchez has worked for Jessie’s Centre for the past 20 years and is the current Executive Director. Her passion for leading this innovative organization and making changes to improve women’s access to equitable work, while parenting, stems from the challenges she faced as teen mother and her ambition and unfailing determination to be a great parent and devoted employee.
Executive Director, Momentum
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.
Associate Consultant , Eco-Ethonomics
President, Eco-Ethonomics Inc.
Manager, New Initiatives for EDGE
President and Founder, REAP Business Association
Owner, Lowen's Skincare
Co-owner, True Buch
Community Social Worker, City of Calgary
Community social worker, City of Calgary
Thrive Community Economic Development Coordinator, Momentum
Co-founder of MatchWork and the current Executive Director of Gateway Association
Co-founder of MatchWork and Executive Director at the Sage Seniors Association
Co-founder of MatchWork, founder of GetNeighbour.com and co-founder of MyNewly.com
Director of Economic Development Programs, Ministry of Economic Development and Trade