*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
Journalist and Radio host, CBC Manitoba
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.
Executive Director, Atkinson Foundation
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.
Community Development Manager, Affinity Credit Union
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.
Director of Partnerships and Head of International Relations, Chantier de l'économie sociale
President and CEO, ATB Financial
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
Executive Director, Potluck Café Society
Founder and CEO, Trico Homes
Wayne and his wife and business partner, Eleanor, founded the Trico Charitable Foundation in 2008 which focuses on provoking innovation and building capacity in social entrepreneurship, through influencing public policy, conducting research and thought leadership initiatives in the space of created share values and B-Corp. In addition to his passion for engendering social change, Wayne is ardent about supporting lifelong, accessible learning, and sat on the board of Calgary’s Bow Valley College for eight years. In 2014, Mr. Chiu put forth $3 million towards that belief in the largest donation ever for the college, which resulted in the institution renaming its School of Business after him.
Chiu has been recognized with numerous awards, most recently being appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada, a Canadian national order within Canada’s honours system, and one of our country’s highest civilian honours. Wayne has also been awarded with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Other awards of note are the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of Year Award, the SAIT President’s Partnership Award, the Immigrant of Distinction Award, the Generosity of Spirit Award, and the Calgary Citizenship Award.
Chiu holds an Institute Certified Director Designation and has extensive board governance expertise in both the public sector and business community. He served on of the Board of Directors of Resverlogix Corporation, a leading biotechnology company engaged in the development of novel therapies for important global medical markets; the United Way of Calgary, the Libin Foundation, the Calgary Stampede Foundation and the Telus Community Boards.
Process Artist, a Teacher and a Facilitator of Social Technologies
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.
Chief Financial Officer, Shorefast Foundation
Thursday Morning Breakfast Plenary: Building Thriving Communities
Head, Local Economic & Employment Division (LEED), OECD
A Canadian national, Sylvain Giguère joined the OECD in 1995, first to work in the Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs (DELSA). In 2002 he was appointed Deputy Head of the LEED Programme, where he developed a policy research agenda to help governments achieve better results by improving their ability to coordinate and target policy. The work has produced policy lessons on a broad spectrum, from employment, skills and inclusion to innovation, entrepreneurship and migration. LEED reports to a governing board of 36 countries and works extensively with emerging economies and practitioners around the world to get the broadest feedback.
Sylvain’s work has been published widely by the OECD and other publishers such as Palgrave Macmillan and Nikkei, and translated into many languages. He studied at University of Quebec at Montreal and Queen’s University (Kingston, Ont.), obtaining a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in economics, specialising in labour demand modeling, and holds a Ph.D. in economics (Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne), on economic policy in conditions of interdependence.
Executive Director, Trico Charitable Foundation
Director of Leadership and Training at the Broadbent Institute
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.
Executive Director and CEO, Mission Possible
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.
Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Government of Alberta
He was first elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Edmonton-Beverly-Clareview on April 23, 2012, and again on May 5, 2015.
Mr. Bilous was born and raised in Edmonton and is very proud of his Ukrainian ancestry. He graduated from the University of Alberta with a bachelor of education degree in 2001.
Prior to his election in 2012, Mr. Bilous taught and mentored students at Edmonton’s Inner City High School and was active in his community of Beverly Heights.
Between 1995 and 2005, Mr. Bilous was involved in a number of projects with the Canada World Youth program, a volunteer youth program focusing on international development. His work with Canada World Youth took him to Quebec, Tunisia and China.
Mr. Bilous lives in the Beverly area in northeast Edmonton with his wife Rose and his stepchildren.
Senior Consultant, Reos Partners
Chief Financial Officer & Director, Employee Ownership Program (Democracy Collaborative)
Conscious Business Catalyst, Conscious Brands
Project Manager, Community Hubs Initiative Calgary
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
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
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
Executive Director, Jessie's - The June Callwood Centre for Young Women
Executive Director, Momentum
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
Executive Director, the Saint John Learning Exchange
Member of the Board, 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.
Coordinator, The Saint John Learning Exchange
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.
Equity Framework Coordinator, CommunityWise Resource Centre
Co-Founder, VOICES: a Coalition of Queer and Straight People of Color
Manager, Workplace Mental Health, Mental Health Commission of Canada
CEO, Prospect Human Services Society
Co-founder and Managing Partner,Buy Social Canada and Co-founder, Social Enterprise Institute
Commercialization Manager for Kinetica Ventures, Innovate Calgary and Co-President, Engineers Without Borders Calgary City Chapter
Regional Economic Prosperity Lead and Manager, Calgary Regional Partnership, Calgary Region Economic Development Alliance
Mark van Engelen
Co-Founder and Director, Earth Educators
Co-Founder and Director, Earth Educators Inc
Founder & Executive Director, LOCO BC
Chief Executive Officer, Edmonton Community Foundation
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.
Social Planner Responsible for Community Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Initiatives, City of Vancouver
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.
Anna De Paoli
President, De Paoli & Associates Inc.
Director, Institute for Community Prosperity
Founder, REVAMP Marketing
Board Member, SPICE - Solar Power Investment Cooperative of Edmonton
Manager of Community Investment, Vancity
Project Lead, Alberta SouthWest Regional Economic Development Alliance
Baker and Co-founder, The Grain Exchange
Assistant Professor, Queen's University Faculty of Law
Managing Director, Corporate Social Responsibility and Community Investment, ATB Financial
Director of Programs and Development, Boyle Street Community Services
Executive Director, le Réseau québécois du crédit communautaire (RQCC)
Executive Director, Social Enterprise Fund Canada
Co-founder and Director, Local Investing YYC
Manager, Vancouver Island Community Investment Co-operative
Executive Director, Co-operative Enterprise Council
Project Lead, the Community Development Learning Initiative
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.
Founding Director, Social Value Lab
Co-Director, SEED Winnipeg
Executive Director, Urban Matters CCC
CEO, Kanuu Indigenous Innovation Society
Public Policy Manager, Momentum
Evergreen and Gold Renewable Energy Ltd., Solar Energy Society of Alberta, Ceres Medical Inc.
Consultant: Change Management, Collective Impact, Organizational Development, Strategy & Evaluation
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.
Executive Director Canadian Worker Co-operative Federation (CWCF)
“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.”
Program Coordinator, Next Up Calgary
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.
Executive Director, CCEDNet
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.