John Horgan

HON. JOHN HORGAN (Morning Plenary Keynote)

John Horgan was first elected MLA in 2005 and then again in 2009 and 2013, serving the constituency of Langford-Juan de Fuca. He was named leader of the BC New Democrats in 2014 and in 2017 became the 36th Premier of British Columbia. Horgan has a Master of Arts degree from Trent University and fromSydney University in Australia. As Premier, he is committed to doing away with division in BC politics, and working with all MLAs on campaign finance reform and increased transparency in government.

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HON. SELINA ROBINSON (Morning Plenary Keynote)

Selina Robinson

Selina Robinson was elected as the MLA for Coquitlam-Maillardville in 2013 and re-elected in 2017. Robinson 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, Robinson had a 20-year career as a family therapist working in the private, nonprofit and public sectors, and was the Director of Development for SHARE Family and Community Services.

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Tracee McDaniel

TRACEE MCDANIEL (Lunch Plenary Keynote)

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 McDaniel’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.

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EDDY ROBINSON (Morning Plenary Keynote)

Eddy Robinson

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

VIJAY GUPTA (Lunch Plenary Keynote)

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.

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BILL BAKER (Morning Plenary Keynote)

Bill Baker

Since Bill first learned to talk, he has been telling stories: to grandparents, teachers, that nice lady at the grocery store. With storytelling in his heart, Bill founded BB&Co Strategic Storytelling to help organizations and their leaders bring more meaning to their work and their workforce, using the power of storytelling to do so. BB&Co works with organizations all over the world, including GE, Cisco, TELUS, Rideau Hall Foundation, Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport and Ocean Wise. For five years, Bill sat on the Community Outreach Committee for Streetohome, and now sits on the Board of Directors for the Alzheimer Society of BC. Bill’s engaging keynote will enlighten us on how we can use storytelling to increase the impact of our communications and, with that, our ability to engage, persuade and inspire others.
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LINDA NAZARETH (Lunch Plenary Keynote)

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.

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