Speakers Leveraging Our Strengths - 2016.



Jacob Dicker
Programme Officer, Innoweave

Jacob is a Program Officer with the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation's Innoweave program. He joined the Foundation in 2014 after completing an MA in Public Administration at Carleton's School of Public Policy and Administration. Jacob also holds a BA and MA in History from Queen's University. His work has appeared in Carleton Perspectives on Public Policy and The Globe and Mail.

Workshop: Validating Business Ideas for Impact



Mike Gifford
President, OpenConcept Consulting Inc.

Mike Gifford is the Founder and President of OpenConcept Consulting Inc., a web development agency specializing in the Drupal software, and a Certified Benefit Corporation. The company has over 17 years of experience in architecting secure, scalable, inclusive and sustainable solutions for the non-for-profit, public and private sectors, as well as an historic engagement in striving to build a better Internet using open-source software.

Pushed by a desire to build better and more inclusive software, Mike has been involved with accessibility since the beginning of the 90s. He has spearheaded accessibility improvements in Drupal since 2008, and officially became Drupal’s Core Accessibility Maintainer in 2012. As a techie at heart, Mike likes to get into the code when he gets the chance. Being familiar with everything from accessibility issues to system administration provides the ability to understand the technological big picture.

Workshop: Building a Triple Bottom Line



Doug Pawson
Executive Director, CISED

Doug has been working with social enterprise for years, having previously gained significant experience with Causeway Work Centre and as a Social Finance Fellow with the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing. Doug is building upon his B.A in Political Studies and English from Bishops University, his Master of Philosophy in Policy Studies from the University of New Brunswick and his MBA in Community Economic Development from Cape Breton University by undergoing his PhD at Carleton University, supported by the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship in Impact Investing & Policy Innovation. Doug’s passion for social enterprise has led to his work as the Executive Director of CISED, where he continues to support and grow the social enterprise sector in Ottawa.

Workshop: Building Social Procurement Policies and Community Benefit Agreements



James Puddicombe
Research Assistant, Carleton Centre for Community Innovation

James recently graduated with a Masters degree in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership from Carleton University. James was awarded Carleton University 2016 Award in Social Innovation for his work in the field of impact investment. Currently he is a Research Associate for Dr. Tessa Hebb at the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation where he is investigating the role that social procurement can play in our community. As an active volunteer with the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Ottawa, James is motivated to find new ways to transform community issues.

Workshop: Building Social Procurement Policies and Community Benefit Agreements



Brenda Richardson
Director Social Enterprise Development, CISED

DBrenda has worked in entrepreneurship, micro-credit, and social enterprise for over 20 years and has been involved with CISED since its creation in 2009. In her past role as Director of Business Development at Causeway Work Centre, she worked closely with the four social enterprises under Causeway's umbrella helping them to grow in scale and impact. Brenda has a MBA specializing in Community Economic Development from Cape Breton University and a Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation from the University of Waterloo. She is passionate about social enterprise and its role as a catalyst and conduit for community well-being and social democracy.

Workshop: Validating Business Ideas for Impact



Kathleen Kemp
Director Social Enterprise Development, CISED

Kathleen joins CISED after graduating from the Telfer School of Management with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce with a specialization in management, where she dedicated the majority of her university career to growing the social entrepreneurship culture in the Ottawa area. Her work over the past 4 years with social enterprises mainly stems from her leadership role as the President of the University of Ottawa Enactus team, where she was paramount in starting, growing and sustaining several social enterprises. One of her most notable accomplishments was the success of her own business, CigBins, which she co-founded to provide meaningful job opportunities to individuals with mental illness and eliminate cigarette butts off of city streets. Kathleen’s dedication to social enterprise continues to thrive through her work as the Director of Social Enterprise Business Development with CISED.

Workshop: Validating Business Ideas for Impact



Richard A. Bright
Director Lending Services, Community Forward Fund

Richard’s financial services career spans over 45 years with experience in retail, corporate and investment banking, human resource development, credit union general management, discount and full service brokerages. He has worked across North America for firms in Los Angeles, New York, Toronto, Ottawa and many points in between. He is the former CEO of the Defence Community Financial Services Credit Union, prior to which he was a senior international corporate banker and relationship manager with the Royal Bank. Prior to retiring from the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments, he was responsible for adjudicating investment complaints brought against Canadian investment firms and mutual fund dealers.

Richard has been an active volunteer over his lifetime in a number of charitable programs and organizations most recently as Co-Chair of the Ottawa Chapter of the Motorcycle Ride For Dad, a national organization focused on prostate cancer research and education. Currently, he is Treasurer of Cahdco, an Ottawa based not-for- profit affordable housing development company. Richard is a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers, a Professional Financial Planner and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary.

Workshop: Leveraging Social Finance Tools



Michael Oster
President, Ottawa Community Loan Fund

Michael Oster became President of the Ottawa Community Loan Fund (OCLF) in December 2011, and since then has led OCLF to significant growth and renewed Community impact. Michael is a member of the OLIP Council (Ottawa Local Immigration Partnership) and co-chair of OLIP’s Economic Integration Sector Table.

Michael is a former Director of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, the Ottawa Community Loan Fund, and the High Performance Computing Virtual Laboratory (HPCVL), a consortium of Canadian Universities. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and is frequently asked to advise entrepreneurs. An active Community volunteer, in 2013 Ottawa Public Health presented the Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) Champion Award to Michael for his leadership of the Biodome Garden project at Brewer Park Community Garden.

Michael began his high-tech career with IBM then joined Sun Microsystems (now Oracle), for each company holding multiple roles with progressive responsibilities in both Ottawa and Toronto. With Cisco Systems Canada, he was National Director, Public Sector Business Development at the time of his planned early retirement, and led Cisco Canada’s vision, strategy and execution for the Education and Government vertical markets and related Community priorities. Michael’s further credentials include eight years of international experience with technology start-ups.

Workshop: Leveraging Social Finance Tools



Tessa Hebb
Distinguished Research Fellow, Carleton University

Dr. Hebb is a Distinguished Research Fellow with the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation, Carleton University, Canada. Her research focuses on Responsible Investment and Impact Investing. It is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Government of Canada. The Carleton Centre for Community Innovation is a leading knowledge producer on these topics together with non-profit and philanthropic leadership, northern communities and community economic development. Dr. Hebb received her Doctorate from Oxford University.

Dr. Hebb is a member of the steering committees of the UN- backed PRI Academic Network, the Heartland Network, Canadian Business Ethics Research Network, the Canadian Social Investment Organization and the Impact Investing Policy Collaborative. She lead a four year research project on US Public Sector Pension Fund Investment in Urban Revitalization based at Harvard University and funded by the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations (2004-2008). She is a frequent guest speaker on responsible investment issues in both Canada and the US. She has published many books and articles on responsible investing and impact investing policies including the volumesWorking Capital: the Power of Labor’s Pensions; No Small Change: Pension Fund Corporate Engagement; and The Next Generation of Responsible Investing.

Workshop: Leveraging Social Finance Tools



Jason Garlough
Executive Director, Ottawa Eco-Talent Network

Jason Garlough is the Executive Director of the Ottawa Eco-Talent Network and manages a network of advisors to provide pro bono advice, research capacity, and other assistance to support community action on environmental sustainability. He is also a co-founder of Hidden Harvest – a social purpose business – with the intent of helping Ottawa become a food-tree friendly city and is a former member of the City of Ottawa's Forests and Greenspaces advisory committee.

There are many ways that public policy can leverage our strengths to support social enterprises. This session will look at ways different ways that municipal bylaws, budgets, and policies can help or hinder a budding social enterprise. Our discussion will include how coyotes can prevent bylaw amendments for edible landscapes, why we legislate the transportation of compost, where you can legally pick fruit from publicly-owned trees, and if allowing urban homeowners to keep 70 pigeons in their back yard could help spark innovation

Workshop: Supporting Social Enterprise through Public Policy



Marie Eveline
Executive Director, Volunteer Ottawa

Marie Eveline the Executive Director of Volunteer Ottawa. She is a highly motivated leader with over thirty years of experience in the not-for-profit sector including eighteen years as an Executive Director. While with both the Canadian Printing Industries Sector Council (CPISC) and the Canadian School Boards Association (CSBA), Marie established a track record in building relationships among diverse organizations at national, provincial and local levels. Marie believes that real change happens at the community level through the efforts of volunteers committed to making a difference.

Workshop: Managing Organizational Change for Social Innovation – a Case Study