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Amanda Hachey

Amanda Hachey

Director, NouLab

Biography

MASTER OF CEREMONY

Amanda’s strengths are in facilitation, public engagement, systems thinking, sustainability, and process design.  She believes that in order to solve our biggest problems we need to 1) understand them from diverse perspectives – to see the whole system, 2) we need to listen to each other with curiosity and an open mind and 3) we need to experiment. NouLAB is the convenor of the processes to dig into root causes, innovate lasting solutions, and the change the way we tackle big problems.

She has spent the last 12 years working in community economic development with projects in the US, France, Panama, Vietnam, and Sweden. She returned to New Brunswick with a renewed passion to help Atlantic Canada realize its potential.  Amanda has worked as a consultant with co-operatives, businesses, and communities on strategic processes to integrate sustainability. Recent clients include: Town of Riverview, City of Moncton, Province of New Brunswick, Pratt & Whitney, Genuine Health, Picaroons, Co-operative Enterprise Council of NB.

Amanda has Bachelor of Business Administration from University of New Brunswick Saint John and a Master’s in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability from the Blekinge Institute of Technology in Sweden.

Francine is Algonquin from the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg.

Ethel Côté

Ethel Côté

Founder, mécénESS

Biography

MASTER OF CEREMONY

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.

Tony Armstrong

Tony Armstrong

CEO, Locality

Biography

Plenary session “The Power of Community”

Wednesday, September 26

Tony joined Locality as CEO in July 2014. Locality helps communities improve peoples’ lives through community enterprise, community asset ownership and social action – campaigning for a ‘local by default’ approach to public services.

Previously Chief Executive of Living Streets (since 2008), the national charity for pedestrians, Tony has motivated people around the UK to take action to improve their local environments and local economies, campaigning for better quality streets, and has influenced policy to make walking safer and easier.

Before joining the third sector, Tony was a civil servant for 9 years and held a number of senior policy adviser roles in Government. He worked on neighbourhood regeneration and renewal and health improvement and was one of the original members of staff of the Government’s Neighbourhood Renewal Unit from 2001. He was responsible for national work on neighbourhood management, and health inequalities and the development of Local Strategic Partnerships.

Matthew Green

Matthew Green

City Councillor, Hamilton

Biography

Plenary session “Building a Fair Economy from the Ground Up”

Tuesday, September 25

Matthew Green was elected in 2014 to serve as Councillor for Ward 3 (Hamilton Centre) in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He is the first Councillor of African-Canadian decent in Hamilton’s history.

Matthew is a graduate of Political Science from Acadia University. He continued his learning at McMaster University and has completed Executive Education courses in the Marshall Ganz course on Leadership, Organizing, and Action from the Harvard Kennedy School and Governance for Non Profits from the Harvard Business School. Since being elected he has given keynote speeches and attended panels for many organizations including the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the Broadbent Institute, the Ontario Federation of Labour, Toronto District Labour Council, C.U.P.E Ontario and the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists.

Matthew has been awarded the inaugural Friends of Labour Award from Hamilton District Labour Council, a J.C. Holland Award from Hamilton’s Black History Committee, and a community appreciation award from the Hamilton Native Womens’ Centre.

As a City Councillor, Matthew’s advocacy has focussed on ecological, economic, and social justice. Matthew passed the Blue Dot Motion, making Hamilton the first city in Ontario to adopt an environmental bill of rights. Matthew’s advocacy opposing police carding and racial profiling had a direct impact on provincial policy resulting in more stringent regulations on how local police interact with our community. He is a strong advocate for affordable, dignified housing, actively supporting inclusionary zoning, and serves as Vice Chair and Treasurer for City Housing Hamilton. He fought for improved consumer protections for residents by taking on the payday loan industry’s predatory lending practices and made Hamilton the first Ontario City to licence payday loan outlets.

He currently lives in Ward 3, the community he serves, with his partner Jayde and his absolute purpose in life, his son Langston.

Maeva Vilain

Maeva Vilain

City Councillor, Montreal

Biography

Plenary session “Building a Fair Economy from the Ground Up”

Tuesday, September 25

Maeva Vilain is a city councillor in Jeanne Mance, one of the Plateau Mont-Royal districts in Montreal. Elected under the banner of Projet Montréal, she is on the team of Mayor Valérie Plante, who has been running the city since November 2017. Maeva sits on the Committee on Economic Development and Housing as well as that of the Inspector General.

She was the political attaché to the NDP MP Alexandre Boulerice from 2011 to 2017. She worked on safeguarding Canada Post and electoral reform. She has also been a journalist for Radio-Canada International, specializing in international news and the integration of newcomers to Canada.

Maeva was born and raised in Paris (France). She graduated from the Institute of Political Studies in Lille (France) and has a certificate in journalism from the University of Montreal. She immigrated to Montreal at the age of 23. She is the mother of two young children.

Matthew Brown

Matthew Brown

City Councillor, Preston (UK)

Biography

Plenary session “Building a Fair Economy from the Ground Up”

Tuesday, September 25

Councillor Matthew Brown is a leading voice of economic localism and community wealth building in the UK.

Since April 2018, Councillor Matthew Brown leads Preston’s City Council and represents the Tulketh ward. Prior to his election in 2002, he has had portfolios that include community engagement and inclusion, social justice and policy initiatives.

Matthew has been widely credited as the driving force behind the ‘Preston model’, an economic model that re-directs procurement from external suppliers to local producers as a response to central government funding cuts that have ravaged the city’s budgets since 2011. Recently, Matthew and the Preston model have gained traction with economists searching for alternative economic theory and practice. He has been featured in The Guardian, the Mirror and Ed Milliband’s live Reasons to be Cheerful event.

Matthew was recently named a Fellow of the Democracy Collaborative, a US-based research institute dedicated to developing new strategies for a more democratic economy.

Colette Murphy

Colette Murphy

Executive Director, Atkinson Foundation

Biography

Plenary session “Building a Fair Economy from the Ground Up”

Tuesday, September 25

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.

Colette and her partner David have two children, Celeste and Malachy. They live in a Toronto neighbourhood that has perfected the art of the street party.

Dale Prest

Dale Prest

CEO, the Climate Forest Company

Biography

Plenary session “A sustainable environment and an economy that works for all”

Tuesday, September 25

Dale is the Chief Executive Officer at the Climate Forest Company, a recent start-up that has been spun out of Community Forests International to bring their carbon offsetting work to a regional scale. He has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Dalhousie University and is finishing up a M.Sc at St. Francis Xavier University where he is investigating the long-term impact of clearcut harvesting on forest soil carbon storage in the Acadian Forest. Dale comes from Mooseland, NS, where he grew up logging in family owned woodlots.

Lois Corbett

Lois Corbett

Executive Director, Conservation Council of New Brunswick

Biography

Plenary session “A sustainable environment and an economy that works for all”

Tuesday, September 25

Lois recently returned home to NB, after 30 years away working on environmental policy elsewhere, to join Conservation Council of New Brunswick as Executive Director. Lois was most recently a Senior Policy Advisor to three Ministers of the Environment in Ontario since 2003 before establishing her own consulting practice. She was previously the Executive Director at the Toronto Environmental Alliance where she helped Toronto City Council adopt its progressive Smog Action Plan, ban the use of cosmetic pesticides, develop its Climate Change Action plan and its waste diversion plan, as well as amendments to its sewer use by-law and building permit process. At TEA Lois also successfully developed the campaign that saw provincial political parties’ commit to phase-out coal-fired electricity in Ontario.

Lois’ first job in the environmental movement was at the Conservation Council of New Brunswick in 1981 where she was employed as a summer student. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Saint Thomas University in Fredericton, NB

Joanna Reynolds

Joanna Reynolds

Director of Social Enterprise, Centre for Social Innovation

Biography

Plenary session “The big IDEA for real change”

Monday, September 24

Jo works alongside community groups, foundations, social entrepreneurs, and business leaders to advance the application of social finance and social entrepreneurship. With roots in community development at West Neighbourhood House working with youth, newcomers to Canada, and adult literacy, Jo then jumped into working alongside the visionaries at Social Innovation Generation to advance social finance in Canada. In this role, she supported the Canadian Task Force on Social Finance, report, “Mobilizing Private Capital for Public Good” that led to the start of the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing where she was a founding team member​. Over this period, Joanna curated Canada’s Social Finance Forum, and co-authored the report the “State of the Nation: Impact Investing in Canada”. Jo also is proud to have supported SocialFinance.ca as a knowledge catalyst for engaging policymakers, community members, investors and changemakers. Joanna regularly speaks on social enterprise and impact investing and participates as a guest lecturer at various post-secondary schools.

In her role at Center for Social Innovation, Jo leads social enterprise development across a number of vibrant networks in Ontario and Canada. She is part of the team developing the Impact Dashboard and Soshent.net. and loves meeting and connecting with CSI members and others. Jo is grateful to live, learn, and play on the traditional territories of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples, (also known as ​Kingston) with her partner and two kids. You can find her engaged with her queer and trans communities, growing food, cycling, and generally enjoying life!

Sarah Leeson-Klym

Sarah Leeson-Klym

Manitoba Regional Director, the Canadian CED Network

Biography

Plenary session “The big IDEA for real change”

Monday, September 24

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.

Marie J. Bouchard

Marie J. Bouchard

Full professor, École des sciences de la gestion, Université du Québec à Montréal

Biography

Plenary session “The Social Innovation and Social Finance Strategy”

Tuesday, September 25

Marie J. Bouchard is a full professor at the École des sciences de la gestion at the Université du Québec à Montréal. She holds a doctorate in sociology from the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in France, and has been a member of the Centre de recherche sur les innovations sociales (CRISES) since 1995, where she is currently managing the Social Innovations and Collective Enterprises research area.

She was the university officer for the Community Housing Project of the Community–University Research Alliance (CURA) in social economy from 2009 to 2010. She was also the Canada Research Chair in social economy from 2003 to 2013.

In 2008, Marie published a statistical portrait of Montréal’s social economy, and in 2011, she completed a conceptual framework for the Institut de la statistique du Québec. In 2017, she also completed a conceptual framework for the uniformization of statistics on cooperatives for the International Labour Office.

Since 2015, Marie has chaired the Commission Social and Cooperative Economy of the International Centre of Research and Information on the Public, Social and Cooperative Economy (CIRIEC).

Francine Whiteduck

Francine Whiteduck

Founder, Whiteduck Resources Inc.

Biography

PLENARY SESSION “THE SOCIAL INNOVATION AND SOCIAL FINANCE STRATEGY”

Tuesday, September 25

Francine is the founder of Whiteduck Resources Inc., a company with national and international reach through a network of joint initiatives, project partnerships, and associates. WRI works in business, economic, education and social development disciplines with a particular emphasis in women’s development, and on projects that apply an impact investing mission-critical lens.

Since beginning, WRI and its partners have supported and led projects with broad social and environmental purposes such as the 2008-2013 gender mainstreaming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) SME Women and Trade Initiative Pilot designed to ensure inclusion of rural, remote and indigenous women in trade and in the development of export markets. Recently, Francine started Breakthrough Growth Accelerator, a project designed to engage organizations and support youth and others in intentional social and environmental enterprise pursuits that disrupt long-standing systemic barriers.

Francine currently serves as a Prosper Canada board member, a non-profit with a focus on developing financial empowerment and literacy for Canadians, and has served as a member of the Employment Services Development Canada Social Innovation Social Finance Steering Group. She is board governance ICD.d certified through the Institute of Corporate Directors.

In 2009, Francine was awarded the World of Difference Award by The International Alliance of Women for her contributions to the economic advancement of women, and in 2017 was honoured with the Bank of Montreal Award for Community Development and Charitable Giving.

Francine is Algonquin from the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg.

Bill Ninacs

Bill Ninacs

Consultant at the cooperative La Clé in Victoriaville

Biography

PLENARY SESSION “THE BIG IDEA FOR REAL CHANGE

Monday, September 24

Bill’s background includes management positions in the public and private sectors as well as wide experience in the community sector where he helped support service and advocacy groups, worker and consumer co-operatives, and other social agencies.  He has been active in CED for more than 25 years, notably as Coordinator of the first community development corporation in Québec and as Co-Director of the Canadian CED Network.  For more than 20 years, Bill has been a researcher in the field and on the subjects of empowerment-based interventions, local community development and the social economy, with publications in English and in French.  He has taught at the School of Community Economic Development at Southern New Hampshire University and in the CED program at Concordia University.  Currently Bill is also Associate Professor at the Université du Québec en Outaouais.

David Upton

David Upton

Co-founder, Common Good Solutions

Biography

PLENARY SESSION “EXPLORING THE OPPORTUNITIES OF SOCIAL INNOVATION ANS SOCIAL FINANCE”

Tuesday, September 25

David is a committed entrepreneur who is passionate about social change and using business as a tool to strengthen our communities. Blending these passions, the focus of his work over the past 25 years has been on building capacity within the social enterprise ecosystem on a regional, national, and international basis.

He is the co-founder of Common Good Solutions, a founding member of the Social Enterprise Network of Nova Scotia, a past member of the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Social Innovation Committee and teaches social finance as an adjunct faculty member in the University of Fredericton MBA Program.

David LePage

David LePage

Chair, Social Enterprise Council of Canada

Biography

PLENARY SESSION “EXPLORING THE OPPORTUNITIES OF SOCIAL INNOVATION AND SOCIAL FINANCE”

Tuesday, September 25

David LePage is the Managing Partner of Buy Social Canada, a partner in the Social Enterprise Institute and Principal with Accelerating Social Impact CCC, Ltd. (ASI).

David provides direct support and strategic advice to blended value businesses, social enterprises and social finance developments. He is involved in multiple public policy initiatives and research projects to support the social enterprise ecosystem across Canada.

David’s other current roles include: Founding Member and Chair of the Social Enterprise Council of Canada; Chair of the Board of Directors of the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF); Instructor for Groundswell Social Venture Incubator; Member, Canadian CED Network Policy Council; Member, Imagine Canada’s Sector Pulse Committee; Program Adjunct in the MBA in Social Enterprise Leadership program at the Sandermoen School of Business. Previously, David was the Team Manager of Enterprising Non-Profits (ENP).

Natasha Jackson

Natasha Jackson

Director, Communities Nova Scotia, Province of Nova Scotia

Biography

Plenary session “The big IDEA for real change”

Monday, September 24
Carol Anne Hilton

Carol Anne Hilton

CEO, Transformation: Social and Economic Development

Biography

Plenary session “The big IDEA for real change”

Monday, September 24

Carol Anne is a recognized leading First Nation’s business entrepreneur with an international Masters Degree in Business Management (MBA) from the University of Hertfordshire, England. Carol Anne is from the Nuu chah nulth Nation on Vancouver Island.

Carol Anne was recently appointed as a senior advisor to the Federal Finance Minister on the Canadian Economic Growth Council. Carol Anne currently serves on the Canadian Community Economic Development Network Board and has recently been appointed to the McGill University Institute of Canadian Studies. Carol Anne has served as Director on the Vancouver Island Investment Fund, the World Fisheries Trust, the Victoria Community Micro Lending Society, Community Social Planning Council, the First Nations Health Authority and served for 9 years on Council of Hesquiaht First Nation.

Carol Anne works to incorporate an Aboriginal worldview while bringing First Nations, industry and government together to design new approaches for sustainable, inclusive development. Carol Anne brings project management experience across industries in resource management, governance, and regional development.

Carol Anne is currently authoring ‘Indigenomics – a Global Power Shift’ and has been an instructor at Camosun Business School Leadership Program as well as at Simon Fraser University’s Community Economic Development Program, the University of Winnipeg’s Masters in Community Planning Program and most recently with the Banff Center’s Indigenous Business Program where she is also currently a Fleck Fellow.

Kim Thompson

Kim Thompson

Executive Director, The Daenary Project

Biography

PLENARY SESSION “A SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT AND AN ECONOMY THAT WORKS FOR ALL”

Tuesday, September 25

A resident of the Eastern Shore since 1988, Kim has been instrumental in establishing natural building techniques as viable construction options in the Maritimes. Building her first straw bale home in 1993 with the help of community and friends Kim shared that experience through the production of video and resource materials to support others to take on similar projects. Since 1998 she has been teaching courses in natural building at the School of Architecture.

As a founding member of The Deanery Project, Kim has been Executive Director since 2011. She infuses all she does with her love for nature, learning, art, and sustainability.

Robert Lessard

Robert Lessard

Operations Director, Recycle Action

Biography

PLENARY SESSION “THE BIG IDEA FOR REAL CHANGE”

Monday, September 24

Robert Lessard is the Director of Operations at Recycle-Action, a social enterprise employing 50 people in Eastern Ontario. This company belongs to the Convex Group network.

Robert is a businessman who owned his own retail business for several years. He also owned a service company. He has also worked in the manufacturing and industrial sectors.

For the past 10 years, he has used his business acumen and entrepreneurial skills while developing his knowledge in the field of socio-economic development.

As a social entrepreneur, Robert believes that a social enterprise has a duty to prioritize its social mission. He recognizes that the constant challenge in such a context is to balance the needs of the company with those of the people who work there.

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