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The ABLE Financial Empowerment Conference is a national biannual conference for all stakeholders interested in fostering financial empowerment for people who live on low incomes.
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Monday, May 7 • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
What is financial empowerment? Financial empowerment 101

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A session for practitioners that are new to the world of financial empowerment and hoping to learn from the champions of this work on: what it is, how they define it, and why they think it's critical to their practice.

Moderators
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John Stephenson

Manager, Program Delivery & Integration, Prosper Canada
John M. Stephenson is a program manager at Prosper Canada where he leads the Financial Empowerment Champions national initiative. John has developed a network of service providers across Canada, supporting their frontline work with marginalized communities. Prior to coming to Prosper... Read More →

Speakers
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Dean Estrella

Financial Literacy Manager, Momentum
Dean Estrella is the Financial Literacy Department Manager at Momentum, a change-making organization based in Calgary, AB that combines social and economic strategies to reduce poverty. He is a dedicated social worker with a strong focus on partnering with low-income individuals and... Read More →
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Karina Hurtado

Community investment Specialist, United Way of the Alberta Capital Region
Karina Hurtado holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics. She has spent over 19 years working in the social sector both in Canada as well as overseas in countries such as Peru, Bolivia and Cuba. Her life’s work and passion is focused on the areas of poverty reduction, community... Read More →
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Steve Vanderherberg

Director of Strategic Initiatives, WoodGreen Community Services
Steve Vanderherberg is WoodGreen’s Director of Strategic Initiatives. In his role, Steve oversees WoodGreen’s Financial Empowerment program, which provides financial supports for low income individuals including running one of the largest free income tax clinics in Toronto... Read More →


Monday May 7, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm PDT
President Ballroom A