TRACEE MCDANIEL (Sunday Lunch 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. Juxtaposed is also an anchoring organization of the Trans Housing Atlanta Program, which provides transitional housing to homeless and marginalized transgender and gender non-conforming people. Hear about Tracee’s personal story and the amazing work that she has done in building allies in the struggle for equality for trans and gender non-conforming people.
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. Hear how Eddy’s personal journey has evolved from an impoverished childhood, to the work he has done in the housing and education field that translates into a message of hope, empowerment and social change for the Indigenous youth and people today.
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, Vijay 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, Vijay Gupta is a passionate advocate for artistic voices at the centre of social justice. Join this inspiring presenter and musician to hear how the Street Symphony is breaking down the stigma of NIMBYism towards homeless and vulnerable populations.
DR. ART HISTER (Tuesday Morning Plenary)
Do you really need eight glasses of water a day? Or are four double cappuccinos just as good? In his engaging style, keynote presenter Dr. Art Hister delves into seniors’ health and safety, and what housing providers need to know about our aging population and what role we can play in supporting their health. Art Hister has worked with marginalized youth at the Pine Free Clinic, and is a well-known “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. He 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 upcoming new book is called Work Is Not a Place: Our Lives and Our Organizations in the Post-Jobs Economy – a broad look at the future of work. Join us as this keynote challenges us to think about how we can continue to recruit and retain our non-profit housing workforce in today’s, and tomorrow’s, economy.