Keynotes

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DAY 1MORNING PLENARY

HON. DAVID EBY

ATTORNEY GENERAL AND MINISTER RESPONSIBLE FOR HOUSING

David Eby, Q.C., is the MLA for Vancouver-Point Grey; he was first elected in 2013. He has served as Attorney General since July 2017, during which time he has led multiple priority government initiatives, including: the establishment of a provincial public inquiry into money laundering (the Cullen Commission); a provincial ban on union and corporate political donations; award-winning reforms to protect British Columbians’ free expression from silencing strategic lawsuits against public participation (SLAPP); and, establishing laws enabling a national class action against opioid producers and manufacturers for their alleged role in the overdose crisis. Before he was elected, David was the executive director of the BC Civil Liberties Association and an adjunct professor of law at the University of British Columbia. An award-winning human rights lawyer, he has been repeatedly recognized as one of British Columbia’s most effective advocates. twitterBird @Dave_Eby

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DAY 1AFTERNOON PLENARY

LIANNE HANNAWAY

CHARTERED PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTANT AND FOUNDER, WEALTHNUVO

Lianne Hannaway is a Chartered Professional Accountant, an experienced financial executive and an investor. Lianne is the founder of wealthnuvo, a financial platform designed to help good savers become badass investors and build generational wealth. She is a Board Member and Treasurer at The Equality Fund, a groundbreaking collaboration that supports women’s rights organizations and feminist movements globally with a backing of $300 million from the Canadian government. She is also a board member of Kids Help Phone, Canada’s only 24/7, national support service providing professional online and telephone counselling and volunteer-led, text-based support to youth across Canada in both English and French. Previously, Lianne was an advisory partner at KPMG, and held a variety of senior finance roles at TMX Group. twitterBird@Lianne_Hannaway

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DAY 1AFTERNOON PLENARY

CASSIE DOYLE

CHAIR, BC HOUSING BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND DIRECTOR, FRASER BASIN COUNCIL

Cassie Doyle has served as the Chair of BC Housing’s Board of Directors since 2017. She is a former deputy minister with both the federal and BC provincial governments, and represented Canadian interests as Consul General in San Francisco and the Silicon Valley. Cassie has a strong interest in how boards can shape values and be transformational in creating inclusive organizations. She has extensive governance experience and served on the boards of Oxfam Canada, ONPHA, the United Way in Ottawa and San Francisco, and Vancouver Affordable Housing Agency.

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DAY 2MORNING PLENARY

CAROL ANNE HILTON

CEO AND FOUNDER, INDIGENOMICS INSTITUTE

Carol Anne Hilton is the CEO and founder of the Indigenomics Institute and the Global Center of Indigenomics. She is a dynamic national Indigenous business leader, author, speaker and senior adviser with an international MBA from the University of Hertfordshire, England. Carol Anne is of Nuu chah nulth descent from the Hesquiaht Nation on Vancouver Island. She is the author of Indigenomics – Taking A Seat at the Economic Table and is an adjunct professor at Royal Roads University School of Business. twitterBird@Hesquiaht

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DAY 2AFTERNOON PLENARY

GABRIELLE PETERS

DISABLED WRITER AND POLICY ANALYST

Gabrielle Peters is a disabled writer and policy analyst, a commissioner on the Vancouver City Planning Commision and co-founder of Dignity Denied and the Disability Filibuster. She is known for applying an intersectional disability analysis to local, provincial and national policy issues. As lead author of the Broadbent Institute's policy submission on BC's accessibility legislation Gabrielle expanded the radical theory of accessibility by integrating the lessons of disability justice, harm reduction and trauma-informed practice. She recently co-authored the VCPC - Climate Emergency Extreme Heat and Air Quality Mitigation and her writing has appeared in Maclean’s magazine, CBC and other publications. Gabrielle lives in social housing on provincial disability benefits. twitterBird@mssinenomine

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DAY 2AFTERNOON PLENARY

DR. AMEIL JOSEPH

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, SOCIAL WORK, MCMASTER UNIVERSITY

Ameil Joseph has over 10 years of experience in social work and mental health fields in governance, hospital, supportive housing, settlement, crisis respite, forensic Assertive Community Treatment and community-based Early Interventions settings. Ameil’s research works with contributions from the perspectives of critical mental health, postcolonial theory, critical race theory, and critical disability studies to study the historical production of ideas about difference, normalcy, eugenics, race, ability and mental health pertaining to mental health, criminal justice and immigration policy, law and practice. twitterBird@ajesusjoseph

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DAY 3MORNING PLENARY

JOHANN HARI

AUTHOR

Drawing on international research and diverse studies, Johann Hari’s latest book Lost Connections proposes a simple but radical premise: as depression and anxiety rates rise around the world, maybe we need to look at the causes of mental illness beyond our own brains. His previous book, Chasing the Scream, similarly penetrated our beliefs surrounding addiction. As he persuasively shows audiences, the cure is in solving systemic problems of isolation and poverty – and working towards making people feel they belong. Hari’s is a campaign of human connection. He has written for many of the world’s leading newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Le Monde, The Guardian, The Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, The Nation, Slate, El Mundo, and The Sydney Morning Herald. twitterBird@johannhari101

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DAY 3CLOSING PLENARY

ERIC KLINENBERG

AUTHOR AND PROFESSOR

Eric Klinenberg is the Helen Gould Shepard Professor of Social Science and Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. He is the author of Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life, Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone, Fighting for Air: The Battle to Control America’s Media, and Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago, as well as the editor of Cultural Production in a Digital Age, co-editor of Antidemocracy in America, and co-author, with Aziz Ansari, of the New York Times #1 bestseller Modern Romance. His scholarly work has been published in journals including the American Sociological Review, Theory and Society, and Ethnography, and he has contributed to The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Review of Books, and This American Life. twitterBird@EricKlinenberg