*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
Workshop Lead: Co-operative Ways of Making Renewables Accessible and Do-able
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.
Dr. Gordon Slade
Chairman, Shorefast Foundation
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
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.
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.
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
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
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. Workshop lead: Three Cities, Three Approaches to CED – Lessons to Share.
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. Workshop lead: Three Cities, Three Approaches to CED – Lessons to Share.
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
Connected Communities Coordinator, Parkland County
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)