Keynotes & Guest Speakers
TRACEE MCDANIEL (Sunday Morning Plenary)
Tracee McDaniel is a lifelong advocate working to ensure equality, justice and human rights protections for all trans and gender non-conforming people. She is the founder and Executive Director of Juxtaposed Center for Transformation, an advocacy, consulting and social services referral organization that empowers the diverse trans and gender non-conforming community, and is an anchoring organization of the Trans Housing Atlanta Program, which provides transitional housing to homeless and marginalized transgender and gender non-conforming people
HON. SELINA ROBINSON (Sunday Morning Plenary)
Selina Robinson was elected as the MLA for Coquitlam-Maillardville in 2013 and re-elected in 2017. Selina had previously served as the Official Opposition spokesperson for mental health and addictions, seniors, local government and sports and as a City Councillor in Coquitlam for two terms from 2008 to 2013. Prior to political life, Selina had a 20-year career as a family therapist working in the private, non-profit and public sector, and was the Director of Development for SHARE Family and Community Services.
EDDY ROBINSON (Monday Morning Plenary)
Eddy Robinson has worked on the frontline of social services and advocated for Indigenous communities locally, provincially and nationally for the past 25 years. He has evolved into a noted Anishinaabe artist, musician, educator, facilitator, trainer and public speaker, and is involved with numerous local district school boards, colleges, universities, corporate institutions and several Indigenous/Aboriginal organizations. Eddy emphasizes the utter importance of engaging Indigenous people in a respectful and reciprocal way.
VIJAY GUPTA (Monday Lunch Plenary)
Vijay Gupta is a violinist whose interest in neurobiology and mental health issues has made him a world-renowned advocate for the regenerative power of music. A TED Senior Fellow, Gupta founded the musical engagement program Street Symphony, which empowers citizen-musicians in communities experiencing extreme poverty, incarceration, and homelessness. Called “a riveting speaker” by The New Yorker, Gupta is a passionate advocate for artistic voices at the centre of social justice.
DR. ART HISTER (Tuesday Morning Plenary)
Dr. Art Hister worked with transient youth at the Pine Free Clinic, and later became a “media doctor,” for CBC Newsworld and BBC Radio 5. He is a daily health analyst on Global TV, as well as the host and writer of A Medical Minute on CKNW. Hister has written two Canadian bestselling books, as well as numerous articles for Reader’s Digest, The Globe and Mail, and The Medical Post.
LINDA NAZARETH (Tuesday Lunch Plenary)
Linda Nazareth is an economist, author, blogger, broadcaster and speaker. The Senior Fellow for Economics and Population Change at policy think-tank the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, she is an expert in demographic and economic trends and how they will shape our future. Linda’s latest book is Economorphics: The Trends Turning Today into Tomorrow. Originally a presentation on strategic planning, Economorphics examines the demographic and economic changes hitting the global economy, and how they’ll impact consumers, workers and organizations.