Across the country public consultation projects are taking place in a number of industries involving numerous stakeholders. Attend this summit to gain knowledge of the latest techniques, grassroots engagement, sensitive negotiations and access to online tools.
Source key strategies and lessons learned to help you enhance your existing consultations and engagement activities. Develop mechanisms to engage your citizens and stakeholders effectively and get your project approved.
Gather expertise from our elite speakers who will share how to help you thrive. Adopt new methods to respond to negativity, demands, and regulations. Implement, sustain and continuously improve your consultation and engagement methods.
Your first step – THIS CONFERENCE!
Darren Fry is the Director of Strategic Growth for Walker Environmental, a subsidiary of Walker Industries which is a 5th generation, family owned company based in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Walker Environmental provides a variety of environmental and resource recovery solutions to the public and private sectors including; biosolids management, composting, renewable energy, waste and recycling drop-off, waste disposal, waste logistics & transfer and food residual management.
Darren is a recognized leader in the resource recovery industry in Ontario. With over 12 years of experience in both the US and Canada, Darren has developed and implemented creative solutions for managing the waste created by our society. He is Geotechnical Engineering Technologist and is an expert in landfill management and landfill gas utilization. Darren has developed 6 facilities where landfill gas is recovered and converted to produce over 40 Megawatts of renewable energy resource. Darren also has the proud distinction of being a pioneer in the fight against climate change. As early as 2003, Darren has helped develop 4 landfill gas emission reduction projects and traded over 2 million emission reduction credits in the voluntary markets.
In his current role, Darren is responsible for leading an Environmental Assessment for a new modern landfill facility to help Ontario meets its waste disposal needs. He also provides internal ‘social design’ support to integrate a participative, transparent and collaborative approach as Walker Environmental explores opportunities for investment in waste management infrastructure across Canada.
Judy Pfeifer is Vice-President, Strategic Communications at Metrolinx.
Judy oversees internal and external communications functions including marketing, branding and media relations, builds stakeholder support for Metrolinx initiatives, and liaises with government and community partners.
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 has served as the Vice-Chair of the Liveability Committee and as a member of the Policy & Advocacy Committee with the Toronto Region Board of Trade, a Board member with Environmental Defence and a founding member of the Emerging Leaders Network (CivicAction). She is also a sought-after speaker on communications, stakeholder relations and communications.
Judy holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Carleton University and a graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management from Seneca College.
Mary Simon, OC, QC, comes from Kuujjuaq, Nunavik and was born in Kangiqsualujjuaq, Nunavik (Arctic Quebec).
She is the recent past president of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the National Inuit Organization. (2006-20012) Ms. Simon completed her term as Chairperson of the National Committee on Inuit Education with a mandate to implement a comprehensive national strategy, aimed at improving Inuit educational standards and achievements. (2012-2014) Ms. Simon is a founding member of Canadians for a New Partnership, an organization of distinguished Canadians working to rebuild the relationship between the Indigenous Peoples of Canada and Canadians.
She has advanced critical social, economic and human rights issues for Canadian Inuit regionally, nationally and internationally. Over four decades she has held senior leadership positions including, President of Makivik Corporation (the Land Claims Organization for Inuit of Nunavik), President of the Inuit Circumpolar Council, Canadian Ambassador For Circumpolar Affairs as well as to the Kingdom of Denmark. She is the Founding Chair of the Arctic Children and Youth Foundation.
Ms. Simon led Canada’s negotiations during the creation of the eight Nation, Arctic Council in the mid 1990’s. The Arctic Council includes the Indigenous Peoples of the Circumpolar Region as Permanent Participants.
She is an Officer of the Order of Canada, Recipient of the National Order of Quebec, the Gold Order of Greenland, the National Aboriginal Achievement Award, the Gold Order of the Canadian Geographic Society, the Symons Medal, and the Governor General’s Northern Award. She has been inducted into the International Women’s Hall of Fame. She is a Fellow of the Arctic Institute of North America and of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society.
Mary Simon has also received many other distinctions including nine honorary doctorates of Laws from Canadian Universities (McGill, Guelf, Trent, University of Alberta, Memorial, Carleton, Queens, Loyalist College, and Mount Saint Vincent.)
She also served as Chancellor of Trent University.
In 2013 Ms. Simon received recognition as a nation builder from the Famous Five. She was recently honoured, by the Public Policy Forum for her contributions to public life, public policy and governance in Canada.
She is also an Honorary Witness for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Randall Arsenault (Randy) is a sworn Police Officer for the City of Toronto located in southern Ontario, Canada. He comes from a family of 5 boys, four of whom followed his fathers’ footsteps and became Police Officers. Randy has worked both in a uniform and in a plainclothes capacity for every Unit at a Divisional level and liaises with several other units including Aboriginal Peacekeeping, Financial Crimes, Marine, Victim Services, Community Mobilization and K9, to name a few. After working for years in both the Street Crime and Youth Services Units, he came to the realization that Policing isn’t all about continuous action or physical altercations. Randy partnered with many different businesses and organizations to develop programs and initiatives which now involve thousands of youth across the province. His current position as Community Engagement Officer allows him to engage all members of the public, both young and old, in new and unique ways. He has embraced social media as a powerful tool to engage new people, get messages out to the community and to break down many traditional Policing barriers.
After high school, Randy followed his passions and became a licenced carpenter. This assisted him as he slowly moved to commercial real estate and property management. During this time he volunteered at the Toronto Police Aboriginal Peacekeeping Unit where his father worked. It was at this time Randy saw a different way of Policing, when the term ‘Community Policing’ was in its early stages. Randy has partnered with community members to run Social Media Introductory Courses for adults and seniors, and Social Media Safety Courses for students and youth. He also speaks about community engagement and proper techniques for getting a positive message out to the community to both private and government institutions, school boards, other Police Services, and anyone else who requests assistance.
Throughout his career, he’s received Teamwork Commendation Awards, a Local Heroes Award, and the Rotary Clubs Service Above Self Award.
Being a fan of country living, Randy stays busy by constantly working outdoors. If you know him at all through social media, then you’ll definitely know his dog Duke and that he’s a fan of nature and the great outdoors. He’s a big supporter of the notion that if you’re not having fun with it, then it’s not worth doing!
For the past 16 years, Ms. Smith’s career has focused on communications in various areas of health care in Northwestern Ontario. She established and managed communications programs for Dilico Anishinabek Family Care, the Community Care Access Centre for the District of Thunder Bay and Canada’s newest medical school, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. In her role with the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Foundation, Smith developed strategic communications initiatives to support the organization’s goal to raise over $3 million annually. Smith now leads the Communications & Engagement activities of Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, with a goal to advance world-class Patient and Family Centered Care in an academic, research-based acute care environment.
Smith joined the health care communications field after gaining several years’ experience in marketing, promotions and publicity in broadcasting and the arts. She applied her communications experience to the design of curriculum for a new post-graduate Corporate Communications program at Confederation College of Applied Arts and Technology in Thunder Bay. She also assumed the role of instructor for the Media Relations and Corporate Communications Events classes.
Nancy Evans is responsible for The Electrical Safety Authority’s (ESA) communications and stakeholder relations functions. ESA is mandated by the government of Ontario to improve electrical safety in the province through the administration of regulations, collaboration with stakeholders, and safety awareness programs.
Nancy has worked in communications, public affairs, and public relations in both corporate and consulting roles for more than 20 years. Before joining ESA, she was Senior Vice President at Environics Communications leading the corporate and financial services practice group. Prior to that, she was Director of Global Communications at Manulife Financial, an international financial services company. Over the course of her career she has worked with companies in a range of sectors including energy, financial services, consumer products, media, retail, automotive, association and not-for-profit.
Eddison Lee‐Johnson is a graduate of The University of British Columbia (Master of Science in Forest Resources Management), and University of Sierra Leone (Bachelor of Education, Agricultural Science and Community Development). He has 12 years of progressive Senior Management experience working with Non-‐Profit organizations, First Nations and private companies. His professional interests are in environmental management, negotiations of IBAs, Community engagement and development, Program development, stakeholder engagement and capacity development. Eddison is a member of three reputable professional organizations: Professional Agrologist of Alberta (P.Ag.), Environmental Professionals of Canada (EP) and Member of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS).
His work experience includes: Head of Sector-‐ APEGS; Capacity development Program Officer-‐ Conciliation Resources and Care International; Director of Natural Resources-‐ Stellaten First Nation; Senior Environmental Coordinator and Manager, Community Development-‐ Fort McKay First Nation.
His passion for nature and respect for culture is intrinsic in his work as an environmentalist, community development practitioner and stakeholder engagement professional.
Eddison volunteers as Program Coordinator at Rehoboth Alliance, a community advocacy group, where he utilizes his skills in program development, donor relationship and strategic planning to promote advocacy activities of Rehoboth.
In his leisure, he plays soccer, enjoys gardening, runs and reads.
Andrew Hilton has over 20 years of communications experience in journalism, government, public affairs, corporate communications and stakeholder relations. A journalist by training, Andrew specialized in politics and public policy at CBC television. Andrew then served as a communications advisor an Ontario premier and cabinet minister. Moving abroad, Andrew worked for Burson Marsteller in Beijing, China, focusing on strategic communications for multinational clients in the energy sector. Andrew then worked for a renewable energy multinational in China, Germany and Denmark, before moving back to Canada, where he is currently Director of Communications and Public Engagement with Waterfront Toronto, a public agency delivering one of the world’s largest urban revitalization projects. At Waterfront Toronto, Andrew leads an integrated communications team delivering award-winning public engagement and consultation on sustainable, mixed-use new communities and public spaces that are redefining Toronto’s formerly industrial waterfront.