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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

Prototyping solutions to increase Canada Learning Bond take-up

The Canada Education Savings Program is working with the Department’s Innovation Lab to understand the experience of families as they make decisions whether to save for post-secondary education and how they save. This workshop will work hands on with prototypes to increase Canada Learning Bond take-up. In this workshop, participants will help validate, challenge and improve these concepts.


Speakers
avatar for Teresa Bellefontaine

Teresa Bellefontaine

Design Project Lead, Employment and Social Development Canada, Innovation Lab
As Design Project Lead at the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) Innovation Lab, Teresa brings experience in lab methodology and approaches, including design thinking, complexity theory, systems thinking, foresight and collaborative group facilitation techniques. Her... Read More →
avatar for Monica Soliman

Monica Soliman

Research Advisor, Employment and Social Development Canada
As a Research Advisor at the ESDC Innovation Lab, Monica works on leveraging behavioural science and design thinking methods to improve programs and service delivery for Canadians. In her work, she uses a mix of qualitative and quantitative research methods and data analysis techniques... Read More →


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

1:30pm

What is financial empowerment? Financial empowerment 101
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
avatar for John Stephenson

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
avatar for Dean Estrella

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 →
avatar for Karina Hurtado

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 →
avatar for Steve Vanderherberg

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
President Ballroom A

3:00pm

3:30pm

Applying the behaviour change framework to financial empowerment

In this interactive workshop, service providers will learn and apply the Behaviour Change Framework (BCF) adapted from Bridgeable. The BCF can be used by teams that develop and implement programs to generate ideas that can address or leverage client behaviours in order to reach your program’s ideal goal.


Speakers
avatar for Philippe Raphael

Philippe Raphael

Research and Evaluation Officer, Prosper Canada
Philippe Raphael is a Research and Evaluation Officer at Prosper Canada and has over five years of experience conducting research and program evaluations in universities and community organizations. His current work focuses on understanding the impact of financial empowerment services... Read More →
avatar for Ayesha Umme-Jihad

Ayesha Umme-Jihad

Research and Evaluation Officer, Prosper Canada
Ayesha Umme-Jihad is a social justice scholar and researcher, motivated by inquiry, analysis, and the empowerment of others. She is passionate about social justice issues, understanding power and privilege in Canadian society, and upholding anti-racism and anti-oppression values.Currently... Read More →


Monday May 7, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
President Ballroom A

3:30pm

Resources for working with Indigenous Peoples
Learn about tailored models, tools and training that can support you to deliver financial wellness programs with Indigenous communities. 

Speakers
avatar for Nene Kraneveldt

Nene Kraneveldt

Owner, Imagination FX
Nene Kraneveldt is a community development specialist who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the research and projects she undertakes. A member of the Hupacasath Nation (one of the 14 Nuu-chah-nulth Nations), Nene has worked with First Nations, Aboriginal organizations... Read More →


Monday May 7, 2018 3:30pm - 5:00pm
President Ballroom B

5:30pm

Networking dinner with Dean Estrella
Network informally over dinner with leaders from our field who want to continue the conversation. Dean Estrella from Momentum is hosting a dinner at Richmond Sushi about integrating financial empowerment programming at an organizational level. Note this is a pay your own way opportunity.

Monday May 7, 2018 5:30pm - 7:30pm
TBA

5:30pm

Networking dinner with Jane Rooney
Limited Capacity full

Network informally over dinner with leaders from our field who want to continue the conversation. Jane Rooney, Canada's Financial Literacy Leader from the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada will host a dinner at Earls about supporting Indigenous Peoples' financial literacy. Note this is a pay your own way opportunity.

Monday May 7, 2018 5:30pm - 7:30pm
TBA

5:30pm

Networking dinner with John Stephenson
Network informally over dinner with leaders from our field who want to continue the conversation. John Stephenson from Prosper Canada is hosting a dinner at Earls about advocating for policy change in a financial empowerment context. Note this is a pay your own way opportunity. 

Monday May 7, 2018 5:30pm - 7:30pm
TBA

5:30pm

Networking dinner with Murray Baker
Network informally over dinner with leaders from our field who want to continue the conversation. Murray Baker from Family Services of Greater Vancouver is hosting a dinner at Felicos about what policy enhancements and empowerment supports, are necessary to facilitate low-income Canadians saving for retirement. Note this a pay your own way opportunity.

Monday May 7, 2018 5:30pm - 7:30pm
TBA
 
Tuesday, May 8
 

6:30am

Self-care activity
Meet Caroline Munshaw from Prosper Canada in the hotel lobby at 6:30 a.m. for a walk in the area around the hotel. Don't forget your walking shoes!

Tuesday May 8, 2018 6:30am - 7:30am
TBA

7:30am

Breakfast
Tuesday May 8, 2018 7:30am - 8:30am
Prefunction Ballroom

8:30am

Musqueam welcome
Join us for a traditional Indigenous opening ceremony and a welcoming address.

Speakers
KK

Kwes' Kwestin

Elder, Musqueam Indian Band


Tuesday May 8, 2018 8:30am - 9:10am
President Ballroom

9:10am

Introduction: Setting the stage
Hear opening remarks introducing ABLE, financial empowerment, and the conference goals.

Tuesday May 8, 2018 9:10am - 9:40am
President Ballroom

9:40am

Household financial health: Lessons from the U.S. Financial Diaries study
The U.S. Financial Diaries tracked the financial lives of 235 low- and moderate-income households over the course of a year, documenting emerging challenges to the financial well-being of 40% of American families. The co-author of this landmark study will share key insights from her research and a panel will reflect on what this means for how we understand and improve the financial well-being of people living with low incomes here in Canada.

Moderators
avatar for Elodie Young

Elodie Young

Director Impact and Innovation, Prosper Canada
Elodie Young is the Director of Impact and Innovation at Prosper Canada. She joined in 2013 and is responsible for developing and evaluating new programs that build the financial security of Canadians living on a low income. Her work also includes mobilizing our community of practice... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Jerry Buckland

Jerry Buckland

Professor, Menno Simons College
Jerry Buckland is Professor of International Development Studies at Menno Simons College in Winnipeg, Canada. His research and teaching areas include research and evaluation methods, financial empowerment (micro-finance / financial inclusion / financial literacy), community-based... Read More →
avatar for Judy Duncan

Judy Duncan

Executive Director/Head Organizer, ACORN Canada
Judy Duncan founded ACORN Canada over 13 years ago in August 2004. Under her management the organization has now grown to over 113,000 members, 22 chapters and five offices across the country. Previously, Judy worked as a lead organizer for Washington ACORN for just over a year. Judy... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Schneider

Rachel Schneider

co-author of The Financial Diaries and the Omidyar Network Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Aspen Institute Financial Security Program, Aspen Institute FSP
Rachel Schneider is the co-author of The Financial Diaries: How American Families Cope in a World of Uncertainty. The Financial Diaries connects the findings of the ground-breaking U.S. Financial Diaries research project, which collected highly detailed data about how 235 households... Read More →


Tuesday May 8, 2018 9:40am - 10:30am
President Ballroom

10:30am

11:00am

Population focus - Financial well-being for Canada’s northern, rural and remote communities
Limited Capacity seats available

Financial empowerment services are literally few and far between in Canada’s northern, rural, and remote communities. Learn how organizations have mobilized creative solutions and new partnerships to bring financial education resources to communities that are among the hardest to reach.

Moderators
avatar for Jérémie Ryan

Jérémie Ryan

Director, Financial Literacy and Stakeholder Engagement, Financial Consumer Agency of Canada
Jérémie has had a long career in both the public and private sectors. After more than ten years working in the financial services industry, Jérémie joined the Compliance and Enforcement Branch of the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) in 2004 where he was responsible... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Stewart Anderson

Stewart Anderson

Manager, Community Investment, Vancity
Stewart has worked in the financial services sector for over 25 years, and has a strong background in economic development, project finance, and corporate lending, as well as a keen awareness of the importance of relationship building. His clients have included Indigenous Social Service... Read More →
avatar for John Cockburn

John Cockburn

Financial Empowerment Coordinator, Sudbury Community Service Centre
John is a Financial Empowerment Coordinator with the Sudbury Community Service Centre and Credit Counselling Sudbury. He has varied life experience, working in every field from 911 dispatch to credit counseling, which helps him connect with the people he helping on a personal level... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Gilray

Jessica Gilray

Community Outreach Program Coordinator, Yukon Literacy Coalition
Jess is a certified teacher with an extensive background in social work. She has over 15 years of experience teaching and counselling adults and children from various cultural backgrounds and socio-economic situations. For over four years she has been working in the Yukon teaching... Read More →


Tuesday May 8, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
Cambie

11:00am

Promising practice - Government financial empowerment trailblazers
Limited Capacity filling up

Innovative governments are embracing financial empowerment as a new way to build financial well-being in the communities they serve. Hear from leading edge municipal and provincial governments on how they’re using financial empowerment strategies, policies and programs to help people build their financial stability.

Moderators
avatar for Marlene Chiarotto

Marlene Chiarotto

Director, Program Delivery and Integration, Prosper Canada
Using financial empowerment framework as a complementary approach to poverty reduction in Canada. Working with partners across all sectors to make sure everyone in Canada has access to the financial policies and programs that will support their financial wellbeing and inclusion. Marlene... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Althea Arsenault

Althea Arsenault

Manager Resource Development, Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation
Althea Arsenault is the Manager of Resource Development with the New Brunswick Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation (ESIC). Her responsibilities range from project management, policy and procedures, national Poverty Advisory Committee, finance, performance indicator statistics... Read More →
avatar for Tobias Novogrodsky

Tobias Novogrodsky

Director, Toronto Employment & Social Services, City of Toronto
Tobias Novogrodsky currently serves as a Director of the Toronto Employment & Social Services (TESS) division at the City of Toronto. In this role, Tobias leads the division's strategic planning, policy, and business intelligence functions. In a previous role with TESS between 2016... Read More →
avatar for Katie Walker

Katie Walker

Community Development Social Worker, Citizen Services, The City of Edmonton
Katie is works with the City of Edmonton as a Community Building Social Worker in Financial Empowerment on a City Wide Basis. In the past, she has done a range of local community development work including supporting the Make Tax Time Pay Program, Financial Literacy Fairs, and RESP... Read More →


Tuesday May 8, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
Bridgeport

11:00am

Promising practice - One-on-one financial help: Established and emerging models
Vulnerable Canadians have historically had few places they could turn for free, quality, unbiased, personal financial help, but this is starting to change. Learn more about different one-on-one financial help approaches that are supporting people to achieve their financial goals and improve their financial well-being. 

Moderators
avatar for Ana Fremont

Ana Fremont

Manager, Program Delivery and Integration, Prosper Canada
Ana Fremont is a Program Manager at Prosper Canada. In her role, Ana leads the Ontario Financial Empowerment Champions Project and oversees a number of financial empowerment projects delivered in partnership with community groups, governments and the private sector to ensure that... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Stacie Baker

Stacie Baker

Manager, Learner Financial Empowerment, Bow Valley College
Stacie holds a B. Ed Degree and brings with her 20+ years of experience working in post-secondary education. Her current role is managing Financial Aid and Financial Empowerment at Bow Valley College in Calgary, and she has been a member of the Calgary Financial Empowerment Collaborative... Read More →
avatar for Jose Jaime Guerrero

Jose Jaime Guerrero

Clinical Counsellor and Financial Mentor, Family Services Greater Vancouver
Jose Jaime Guerrero works as a Clinical Counsellor and Financial Mentor for Family Services Greater Vancouver (FSGV). He guides people to understand their behaviour towards money and empower themselves to reach financial security. Jose blends his financial background with his clinical... Read More →
avatar for Tanya Raso

Tanya Raso

FEPS worker, Jane Finch Centre
Tanya is a Financial Empowerment Worker (FEPS) with the Jane Finch Centre. She is a graduate from the Assaulted Women and Children’s Counselor/Advocate Program and has completed training in Personal Finance. She has over 16 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector. Her... Read More →


Tuesday May 8, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
President Ballroom

11:00am

Research - Income volatility: Why it matters, and what we can do about it
Limited Capacity filling up

More and more Canadians are engaged in precarious work, with incomes that fluctuate unpredictably month to month and few, if any, workplace benefits to help them weather life’s emergencies. Learn from American and Canadian experts how income volatility is impacting Canadians’ financial stability and what we can do about it. 

Moderators
avatar for Rachel Schneider

Rachel Schneider

co-author of The Financial Diaries and the Omidyar Network Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Aspen Institute Financial Security Program, Aspen Institute FSP
Rachel Schneider is the co-author of The Financial Diaries: How American Families Cope in a World of Uncertainty. The Financial Diaries connects the findings of the ground-breaking U.S. Financial Diaries research project, which collected highly detailed data about how 235 households... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Rina DeGrazia

Rina DeGrazia

Vice President, Financial Education, TD Bank
Rina DeGrazia is the Vice President of Financial Education for the Canadian Personal Bank at TD Canada Trust. She is responsible for leading the future direction of financial literacy within the organization; helping to drive positive change for our employees, customers and communities... Read More →
avatar for Marie-Eve Dubé

Marie-Eve Dubé

Personal trainer / network marketer, H2oBody / M.E.Personla Training / GoodLife fitness
Marie-Eve Dube is passionate about well-being, health, fitness and business. She has found her calling in serving others, which she does by sharing health through movement, sweat, encouragement, hydration, breath, and lots of smiles and laughter. She works as a personal trainer and... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Jennifer Robson

Dr. Jennifer Robson

Associate Professor (Political Management), Carleton University
Jennifer Robson is an Assistant Professor at Kroeger College, Carleton University where she teaches in both the graduate program in Political Management and the undergraduate program in public affairs and policy management. Her active research projects address tax policy, wealth inequality... Read More →


Tuesday May 8, 2018 11:00am - 12:30pm
Richmond Room

12:30pm

1:30pm

Evaluation - How do we reduce the pain and increase the gain?
Limited Capacity filling up

Evaluation can often feel like a necessary but unwelcome cost of our work, rather than a  process to drive new insights into client needs and better ways to meet them. Join us for an engaging dialogue on why we evaluate programs, why it’s so hard in practice, and how we can do evaluation differently. 

Moderators
avatar for Allison Meserve

Allison Meserve

Senior Manager, Research and Evaluation, Prosper Canada
Allison Meserve is the Senior Manager of Research and Evaluation at Prosper Canada. Allison joined Prosper Canada in 2017 and is responsible for identifying key research and evaluation priorities, as well as leading innovative research initiatives for the financial empowerment field... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Reuben Ford

Reuben Ford

Research Director, Social Research and Demonstration Corporation
Reuben has extensive experience in the design and analysis of program and policy evaluations spanning education, employment, social assistance, family well-being, disabilities and residential mobility. Since 2003, he has directed the team at Social Research and Demonstration Corporation... Read More →
avatar for Steve Trites

Steve Trites

Manager, Research and Policy, Financial Consumer Agency of Canada
Steve Trites is the Manager of Research and Policy at the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada. His work directly supports the implementation of the National Strategy for Financial Literacy. He has considerable experience conducting, leading and enabling research and policy analysis... Read More →
avatar for Lynne Woolcott

Lynne Woolcott

Director of Community Response and Advocacy, West Neighbourhood House
Lynne Woolcott is the Director of Community Response and Advocacy at West Neighbourhood  House, in Toronto. She is responsible for House-wide innovation and planning, community development and relations and the Financial Empowerment and Problem-Solving program (FEPS). Her professional... Read More →


Tuesday May 8, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Cambie

1:30pm

Population focus - Financial well-being for newcomers and refugees
Limited Capacity seats available

Refugees and newcomers face unique challenges accessing financial information and services after their arrival in Canada. Learn about the innovative ways organizations are mobilizing financial empowerment approaches to help their clients build a stronger financial foundation for their new life.

Moderators
avatar for Mack Rogers

Mack Rogers

Executive Director, ABC Life Literacy Canada
Mack is the Executive Director of ABC Life Literacy Canada. Mack works with a remarkable team of educators, programmers, and communicators to develop and share literacy programs to communities across Canada. Mack has been developing educational programs for adults and children for... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mohammed Alsaleh

Mohammed Alsaleh

RSTP Trainer, Refugee Training Sponsorship Program
Mohammed Alsaleh is an International Keynote, TEDx Speaker, and the BC Refugee Sponsorship Trainer. After losing two cousins to cancer, Mohammed dreamt of becoming an oncologist. But like any other Syrian, life had other plans for him. During his final years of med school, he was... Read More →
avatar for Noemi Garcia

Noemi Garcia

Manager of the Settlement Mobile Services, North York Community House
Noemi Garcia is the Manager of the Settlement Mobile Services at North York Community House (NYCH) in Toronto, Ontario. She came to Canada under the Refugee Program in the mid-80s and has over 25 years of experience working with refugees and new immigrants to Canada. She currently... Read More →
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Amal Shire

Asset and Capacity Building Programs Manager, IRCOM
Amal Shire is a Somali born Canadian from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She came to Canada as a landed immigrant in 1997. Amal considers herself a global nomad at heart, having resided in over six countries including Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Pakistan and Switzerland. She obtained her... Read More →


Tuesday May 8, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Richmond Room

1:30pm

Population focus - Indigenous Financial Wellness: A holistic framework
Financial wellness recognizes the important role of individuals, families, and community in the financial lives of Indigenous Peoples. Learn about the financial wellness framework and how communities and organizations are supporting Indigenous Peoples to make healthy financial decisions that build wellness for themselves and others.

Moderators
avatar for Simon Brascoupé

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 →

Speakers
JB

Jocelyn Bebamikawe

Employment and Training Officer, Wikwemikong Development Commission
avatar for Eddie Buli

Eddie Buli

Business and Education Development Officer, Indigenous Consumer Assistance Network Ltd
Eddie Buli is an Indigenous person of mixed heritages from a cane farm outside of Gordonvale, Far North Queensland. Eddie is the Business and Education Development Officer with the Indigenous Consumer Assistance Network (ICAN), and developer/facilitator of the Yarnin’ Money financial... Read More →
avatar for Rachelle Venne

Rachelle Venne

CEO, Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women
Rachelle Venne of St. Albert, Alberta is the CEO of the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women (IAAW). She has a wealth of experience in the non-profit, corporate and government sectors which results in the delivery of well-rounded, transparent and caring decisions. Under... Read More →


Tuesday May 8, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
President Ballroom

1:30pm

Promising practice - High cost financial services: What's happening?
Limited Capacity filling up

Thousands of Canadians rely on high cost financial services each year, and new products seem to be appearing constantly. Join us in a discussion on what's driving these products, what kind of regulations are involved and the solutions needed from governments, the financial sector, and communities.

Moderators
avatar for Jerry Buckland

Jerry Buckland

Professor, Menno Simons College
Jerry Buckland is Professor of International Development Studies at Menno Simons College in Winnipeg, Canada. His research and teaching areas include research and evaluation methods, financial empowerment (micro-finance / financial inclusion / financial literacy), community-based... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Anna Cameron

Anna Cameron

Public Policy Coordinator, Momentum
Anna Cameron is the Public Policy Coordinator at Momentum, a community economic development organization based in Calgary. As part of Momentum’s Public Policy team, Anna works to build support for social and economic policies aimed at reducing poverty and increasing economic inclusion... Read More →
avatar for Judy Duncan

Judy Duncan

Executive Director/Head Organizer, ACORN Canada
Judy Duncan founded ACORN Canada over 13 years ago in August 2004. Under her management the organization has now grown to over 113,000 members, 22 chapters and five offices across the country. Previously, Judy worked as a lead organizer for Washington ACORN for just over a year. Judy... Read More →
avatar for John Stapleton

John Stapleton

Innovation Fellow, Metcalf Foundation
John Stapleton is a writer, instructor and Innovations Fellow with the Metcalf Foundation. He worked for the Ontario Government for 28 years in the areas of social assistance policy and operations and was Research Director for the Task Force on Modernizing Income Security for Working-Age... Read More →


Tuesday May 8, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Bridgeport

3:00pm

3:30pm

The 1 billion dollar opportunity
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
avatar for Elizabeth Mulholland

Elizabeth Mulholland

Chief Executive Officer, 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
avatar for Timothy Ames

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 →
avatar for Simon Brascoupé

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 →
avatar for Marie-Josée Gagné

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 →
avatar for Steve Vanderherberg

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
President Ballroom

4:30pm

Closing remarks
Tuesday May 8, 2018 4:30pm - 5:00pm
President Ballroom

5:00pm

Reception
Tuesday May 8, 2018 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Prefunction Ballroom
 
Wednesday, May 9
 

6:45am

Self-care activity
Meet Althea Arsenault from New Brunswick Economic and Social Inclusion Corporation in the hotel lobby at 6:45 a.m. for a walk in the area around the hotel. Don't forget your walking shoes!

Wednesday May 9, 2018 6:45am - 7:45am
TBA

7:45am

Breakfast
Wednesday May 9, 2018 7:45am - 8:30am
Prefunction Ballroom

8:30am

Reducing poverty in Canada: Federal action and opportunity
Hear what the federal government is doing to tackle poverty, how this is contributing to reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples, and about our progress toward Canada’s first federal Poverty Reduction Strategy.

Speakers
avatar for The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos

The Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos

Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, Government of Canada
Jean-Yves Duclos was Director of the Department of Economics and a tenured professor at l’Université Laval. As a well-published author, conference speaker, and renowned economics expert, he was often asked to comment on current events in Quebec and Canada. In addition to his professorial... Read More →


Wednesday May 9, 2018 8:30am - 9:10am
President Ballroom

9:10am

Reducing poverty in Canada: Basic income – the next frontier?
Basic income is a bold idea that is increasingly garnering attention, support – and criticism – from across the political spectrum. Learn more about basic income from a policy and lived experience perspective. What do we mean by a guaranteed basic income? What are its potential benefits and limitations? Could it move us closer to our goal of financial well-being for all? 

Moderators
avatar for Nene Kraneveldt

Nene Kraneveldt

Owner, Imagination FX
Nene Kraneveldt is a community development specialist who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the research and projects she undertakes. A member of the Hupacasath Nation (one of the 14 Nuu-chah-nulth Nations), Nene has worked with First Nations, Aboriginal organizations... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Alana Baltzer

Alana Baltzer

Chair, Hamilton Organizing for Poverty Elimination (HOPE)
avatar for Sheila Regehr

Sheila Regehr

Chairperson, Basic Income Canada Network
Sheila Regehr is a founding member of the Basic Income Canada Network, and its Chairperson since 2014. She is also a former Executive Director of the National Council of Welfare, an independent advisory body to the federal government that published comparative reports on Canada’s... Read More →



Wednesday May 9, 2018 9:10am - 10:15am
President Ballroom

10:15am

10:45am

Population focus - Financial well-being for people living with disabilities
Limited Capacity seats available

For people living with disabilities, financial well-being involves their families, caregivers, and communities. Learn how organizations are providing holistic, tailored, and accessible supports to bridge service gaps, change institutional structures, and empower individuals to have a prosperous life.

Moderators
avatar for Timothy Ames

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 →

Speakers
avatar for Evelyn Huntjens

Evelyn Huntjens

Indigenous RDSP Navigator, BC Aboriginal Network on Disability Society
Evelyn Huntjens is a member of the Xeni Gwet’in – Tsilhqot’in People of the Nemiah Nation located in the heart of BC. Evelyn enjoys extensive experience working within the financial services industry as a financial planner. Evelyn’s main focus over her career has been to work... Read More →
avatar for Karen Lai

Karen Lai

Accessibility & Inclusion Consultant, Karen Lai
Karen Lai works as an independent consultant to increase accessibility and inclusion of people with disabilities. She holds a Masters of Arts in Human Kinetics where she examined the theories behind social inclusion of people with disabilities. She works with organizations, businesses... Read More →
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Tom O'Dwyer

Lead Tax Advisor, Ability Tax & Trust Advisors


Wednesday May 9, 2018 10:45am - 12:15pm
Cambie

10:45am

Population focus - Financial well-being for youth-in-care transitioning to independence
Limited Capacity filling up

Youth-in-care face complex barriers arising from their lived experiences and generally become independent at a much younger age than other young Canadians. Hear a former youth-in-care’s powerful story and learn how organizations are empowering youth to build their money skills as they transition into adulthood.

Moderators
avatar for William Litchfield

William Litchfield

Associate Vice-President, University Relations, Vancouver Island University
William is a connector, connecting community, industry, and government in support of Vancouver Island University as the Associate Vice-President, University Relations and Chief Advancement Officer. In addition, he serves as the Executive Director of the Vancouver Island University... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Sheri Fata

Sheri Fata

Manager of Education and Support Services, Thunder Bay Counselling Centre
Sheri Fata has been the Manager of Education and Support Services with Thunder Bay Counselling since 2011. Prior to her work with Thunder Bay Counselling, Sheri worked in the financial sector for over twenty years, where she held an array of roles that supported the development of... Read More →
avatar for Maya Ramchandani

Maya Ramchandani

Candidate, Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs, University of British Columbia
Maya Ramchandani is a former youth in care, she was raised in inner-city foster homes in Toronto facilitated through the Children's Aid Society of Toronto agency. Maya is a candidate for the Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs program at the University of British Columbia... Read More →
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Tia Schaefer

Peer Support Navigator, Tuition Waiver Program, Vancouver Island University


Wednesday May 9, 2018 10:45am - 12:15pm
Bridgeport

10:45am

Promising practice - Financial services innovation
Financial services can be complex to navigate and are rarely designed with vulnerable populations in mind. Hear about organizations that are innovating to deliver safer and more relevant products, and exploring new ways to enable customers/members to build their financial well-being.

Moderators
avatar for Aliza Gutman

Aliza Gutman

Senior Director, The Center For Financial Services Innovation
Aliza is a Senior Director at CFSI, focusing on helping financial services providers develop strategies, products, and services to improve their customers’ financial health. She began her tenure at CFSI leading the Consumer Financial Health Study, a major research initiative aimed... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Doug Pawson

Doug Pawson

Director, Social Business & Social Finance, Causeway Work Centre
Doug is the Director of Social Business & Social Finance at Causeway Work Centre, where he supports Causeway’s four social enterprises and three social finance programs. Collectively, these social enterprises employ 75 individuals with mental health challenges and other barriers... Read More →
avatar for Brendan Reimer

Brendan Reimer

Strategic Partner, Values-Based Banking, Assiniboine Credit Union
Brendan is the Strategic Partner of Values-Based Banking at the Assiniboine Credit Union. As a member of the Executive Team, he works with leaders to integrate and embed the principles and practices of values-based banking into ACU’s policies, strategic goals and targets, culture... Read More →
avatar for Eva Wong

Eva Wong

Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder, Borrowell
Eva is Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at Borrowell, a financial technology company that helps Canadians make great decisions about credit. Through its free credit score monitoring, personal loans and bank partnerships, Borrowell empowers consumers to improve their financial... Read More →


Wednesday May 9, 2018 10:45am - 12:15pm
President Ballroom

10:45am

Research - Do we have the data and insights we need to tackle financial vulnerability?
Limited Capacity filling up

Canadians continue to borrow more and save less. Do we have the data we need to understand what is driving this behaviour and growing financial vulnerability? Come to a discussion on what it would take to better understand the forces that shape our financial lives and what we can do about it. 

Moderators
avatar for Elizabeth Mulholland

Elizabeth Mulholland

Chief Executive Officer, 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
avatar for Chantal Hicks

Chantal Hicks

Research Manager, Social-Analysis and Modelling Division, Statistics Canada
Chantal Hicks is a Research Manager in the Social Analysis and Modelling Group at Statistics Canada. She currently leads the socio-economic microsimulation program at Statistics Canada. This program includes the Social Policy Simulation Database and Model (SPSD/M), a static microsimulation... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Jennifer Robson

Dr. Jennifer Robson

Associate Professor (Political Management), Carleton University
Jennifer Robson is an Assistant Professor at Kroeger College, Carleton University where she teaches in both the graduate program in Political Management and the undergraduate program in public affairs and policy management. Her active research projects address tax policy, wealth inequality... Read More →


Wednesday May 9, 2018 10:45am - 12:15pm
Richmond Room

12:15pm

1:15pm

Marketplace discussions
This interactive session allows participants to choose the conversation they wish to have with practitioners, policymakers, and funders. If you are attending the conference and want to apply for the chance to pitch your financial empowerment topic, resource or tool apply now. Deadline: March 29, 2018.

Wednesday May 9, 2018 1:15pm - 2:45pm
President Ballroom

2:45pm

3:15pm

Bold visions for building financial well-being for all
Improving the financial well-being of all Canadians remains a challenge, despite the work of so many dedicated organizations. Too often, frontline organizations are expected to solve ‘downstream’ problems created by ‘upstream’ policy, regulatory and institutional weaknesses. Hear from a panel of bold thinkers about their ideas on how to achieve transformative change in Canada.

Moderators
avatar for Adam Fair

Adam Fair

Vice President, Strategy and Impact, Prosper Canada
Adam Fair is the Vice President of Strategy and Impact at Prosper Canada. Adam began his career in social development at Prosper Canada in 2007. He is responsible for leading the strategic and operational planning, and managing partnership development. Adam studied politics and economics... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Carmen Daniels

Carmen Daniels

Research & Communications, Indigenous Consumer Assistance Network Ltd
Carmen is a Cree Métis from Edmonton, Alberta, and has been living in Cairns, Australia for the past 16 years. She is the co-founder and researcher at the Indigenous Consumer Assistance Network (ICAN), which provides specialized financial counseling and financial capability (literacy... Read More →
avatar for Aliza Gutman

Aliza Gutman

Senior Director, The Center For Financial Services Innovation
Aliza is a Senior Director at CFSI, focusing on helping financial services providers develop strategies, products, and services to improve their customers’ financial health. She began her tenure at CFSI leading the Consumer Financial Health Study, a major research initiative aimed... Read More →
avatar for Hannah Moffatt

Hannah Moffatt

Population Health Equity Initiatives Leader, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority
Originally from St. John’s, Newfoundland, Hannah has made herself at home from coast to coast - in Montreal, QC, Vancouver, BC and Antigonish, NS and now in Winnipeg, MB. She has a B.Sc. in Environmental Health from McGill University and a Master of Public Health from Simon Fraser... Read More →


Wednesday May 9, 2018 3:15pm - 4:15pm
President Ballroom

4:15pm

Closing remarks
Wednesday May 9, 2018 4:15pm - 4:30pm
President Ballroom

4:30pm

Musqueam closing
Speakers
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Kwes' Kwestin

Elder, Musqueam Indian Band


Wednesday May 9, 2018 4:30pm - 5:00pm
President Ballroom