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Saturday, January 16 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
The Community Advantage

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Why is Community Empowerment important? What does this look like? What root causes of poverty can it address? How can we use insights from the past few days to create a space for community empowerment in our workplaces, schools, and communities? Join this panel session as we seek to address these questions!

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Emily Nickerson

Mining Shared Value
Emily Nickerson is a Research Analyst with Mining Shared Value, a venture of Engineers Without Borders. Before joining, Emily worked with Pollen Group evaluating systems-change approaches to agricultural market development in Tanzania. Previously at Purpose Capital, an impact investment... Read More →

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Jonathon Araujo

Business Growth Leader, CORE Advisory
Jonathon Araujo is an Ojibway business leader from Ontario.  He specializes in economic development with First Nation communities and organizations specifically in business,3 P's finance and investment strategies. Jonathon is currently a managing partner for Pontiac Community Developers... Read More →
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Meaghan Daly

President, Forward Vision Games
Meaghan has a degree in finance and worked as an equity trader/market maker for major Canadian banks and investment firms for over 7 years on Bay Street. She was a trader during the financial crisis and saw first hand what happens when governments, businesses and financial institutions... Read More →
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Matthew Nahdee

Managing Director, Pontiac Community Developers
Matthew's experience has been framed around the areas of Indigenous community development in both domestic and international locales. Matthew's work involves facilitating the conception and operations of sustainable enterprise for various indigenous communities. By addressing the... Read More →
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Rock Palmer

Growing up in Northern Ontario provided me with an appreciation for the natural beauty of the outdoors and I experienced how the relationship between people and their natural surroundings contributed to the local culture. These experiences manifested in my decision to study geography... Read More →
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Andrew Spring

PhD Student, Centre for Sustainable Food Systems, Wilfrid Laurier University
Andrew Spring has a diverse background in sustainability and the environment.  Trained as an environmental engineer, his expertise is creating innovative programs to engage communities in sustainable planning or environmental conservation. Andrew has developed award-winning programs... Read More →

Saturday January 16, 2016 1:30pm - 3:00pm EST
Hamilton Convention Centre, Albion C (Second Floor)