A superior consultation and engagement strategy is built from within. This event will show you how!
Featuring world class case studies and leading industry experts, you will take away practical solutions to forge a world class public consultation and engagement platform.
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This is North America’s biggest Public Consultation and Engagement event!
Lexa Hobenshield is Kinder Morgan Canada’s External Relations Manager, and has been with the company since 2007. Lexa leads the Stakeholder Engagement team for the Trans Mountain Expansion Project’s westernmost 150 kms in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland region.
Responsible for developing and executing the Project’s engagement program with stakeholders in this region, her goal is to contribute to making better project decisions based on local interests.
As a Human Geography Major at Simon Fraser University, she has always been interested in what influences behaviors within communities. She has spent 25 years in the communications and community relations field helping organizations improve decision making and accountability by engaging stakeholders in dialogue.
She makes her home in Port Moody with her husband, two children and Mischief the dog; an avid runner, she loves to spend time on local trails in the area.
Judy Pfeifer is Chief Communications & Public Affairs Officer at Metrolinx.
Judy oversees all aspects of Metrolinx’s communications strategy, and is responsible for overseeing corporate reputation, communications planning, internal and external communications, media relations, as well as government, community and stakeholder engagement.
Most recently, Judy held the position of Vice-President and Practice Lead with Hill+Knowlton Canada, where she implemented integrated communications plans in support of business objectives for clients in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.
In her previous positions with the Toronto Community Foundation, Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and City of Toronto, Judy provided leadership in policy, communications and stakeholder management.
Judy currently serves on the board of WoodGreen Community Services. She has previously served as the Vice-Chair of the Liveability Committee as a member of the Policy & Advocacy Committee with the Toronto Region Board of Trade, was a board member with Environmental Defence and was a founding member of the Emerging Leaders Network (CivicAction).
She is also a sought-after speaker on communications and stakeholder relations.
Judy holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Carleton University and a graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management from Seneca College.
Matthew Whitehead is a member of the Mikisew Cree First Nation (MCFN). His fluency in Cree and deep understanding of Indigenous Knowledge is derived from his traditional hunter-gatherer upbringing. His formal western education includes a Master’s degree in Environment and Management which gives him the unique ability to “walk” in both the western and Aboriginal worlds. His first job in the environmental field was as a National Park Warden in Wood Buffalo National Park in 1988. From 2008 - 2013, he worked as the Traditional Knowledge Coordinator for MCFN‘s Government and Industry Relations (GIR) department where he helped develop, conceptualize, and project manage numerous IK studies and projects including the implementation of MCFN’s Community Based Monitoring program. Additionally, he is a former co-chair of the Cumulative Environmental Management Association (CEMA) Traditional Knowledge Working Group.. His research stresses that the maintenance and preservation of Aboriginal identity, culture, lifestyle, and livelihood is predicated on a healthy environment. In May 2016, he was one of Seven Experts selected from approximately 50 potential candidates from across Canada to provide general guidance on the consideration and integration of Indigenous Traditional Knowledge (ITK) for the federal environmental assessment (EA) process.
Mary Lou Tanner is one of the strongest planning directors in Ontario. Mary Lou is currently the Director of Planning and Building for the City of Burlington, whose vision is to Grow Bold. Burlington is one of the first cities in the GTA to be growing solely through intensification, infill, and redevelopment. Mary Lou speaks passionately for city building: Build up, build smart, build beautiful.
Michelle Dwyer is an advocate for public engagement, believing that better decisions are made when municipalities collaborate with residents, businesses, and stakeholders. Michelle is currently the Corporate Public Engagement Lead for the City of Burlington. Michelle most recently was responsible for leading the 2015 – 2040 strategic plan exercise, where citizen involvement played a key role, in 2014 she lead a team to create the Engagement Charter Action Plan.