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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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Tuesday, May 8 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
The 1 billion dollar opportunity

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Over one billion dollars in government benefits goes unclaimed each year by eligible Canadians due to barriers that prevent them from tax filing and/or applying. Our panel explores why so many still can’t access the benefits they’re eligible for and offers some new ideas on what we and governments can do about it. 

Moderators
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Elizabeth Mulholland

CEO, Prosper Canada
Elizabeth Mulholland is the Chief Executive Officer of Prosper Canada, a national charity dedicated to expanding economic opportunity for Canadians living in poverty through program and policy innovation. Elizabeth joined Prosper Canada in 2011, after a 25-year policy career in the... Read More →

Speakers
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Timothy Ames

Executive Director, Plan Institute
Tim is PLAN and Plan Institutes Executive Director; he manages both the leadership teams and the various initiatives of Plan Institute. Tim enjoys actively working with the board and partner organization’s that are key to our success. Tim’s business experience is matched only... Read More →
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Simon Brascoupé

Vice President, Education and Training, AFOA Canada
Simon Brascoupé, Anishinabeg/Haudenausanee – Bear Clan is a member of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation, Maniwaki, Quebec. He is the Vice President, Education and Training at AFOA Canada. Brascoupé is an Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University and an Adjunct Professor... Read More →
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Marie-Josée Gagné

Manager, Canada Revenue Agency
Marie-Josée Gagné is the Manager of the Outreach and Communications Section in the Benefit Programs Directorate at the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). The mandate of the outreach program is to ensure, through a client-centric approach, that Canada's vulnerable populations (Indigenous... 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 →


Tuesday May 8, 2018 3:30pm - 4:30pm PDT
President Ballroom