John M. Miller (BA, MA, CPF, CTF) Certified Professional Facilitator and ToP™ Methods Trainer Facilitator of Productive Successful Public Consultations John Miller is a well-informed, passionate, yet neutral third party presence in situations that are politicized or conflicted. He is familiar with the public sector through his 20 years experience as a consultant and his two degrees in Political Science. He has worked with all three levels of government in Canada, in both training and consulting capacities. Consultations have been both internal with staff and executives and external with stakeholders and the general public. His background in community development and consulting with a wide range of NGOs equips John to help participants address the larger and deeper issues in a trusting, constructive atmosphere.
Karen is a stakeholder engagement, innovation, and communication consultant. She has more than 20 years experience in post-secondary education, journalism, and stakeholder engagement along with training in public participation. For 10 years, Karen led the journalism program at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta, through innovation and change as communication technologies and practices evolved. She specialized in citizen participation in the news and pioneered innovative uses of technology and collaborative partnerships with community organizations to increase student engagement in learning. Karen now uses her teaching background to create facilitative processes that engage stakeholders in mutual learning and collaboration. She is actively involved with IAP2 Canada as a webinar presenter. Karen wrote a white paper on evaluating public engagement (2016) for the organization. As a result of this work, she was invited to help the City of Edmonton Council Initiative on Public Engagement by creating evaluation standards.
John is the manager of community initiatives for the City of Hamilton. He oversees a diverse community portfolio that includes the 25-year Hamilton Community Vision, Age-Friendly Hamilton, Local Immigration Partnership, Strategic Youth Initiatives and Hamilton’s first Urban Indigenous Strategy.
He is a well-respected municipal expert on public engagement and community strategic planning. He has a great passion for raising the engagement consciousness of the community, and ensuring diverse community voices are used to shape municipal priorities.
John is a director and treasurer at Hamilton Community Legal Clinic, and also sits on the on the Program Advisory Committee of Humber College’s Research Analyst Post-Graduate Program. He is a credentialed Project Management Professional (PMP), with a Master’s degree in Development Studies.
In July 2017, he was selected as a community baton bearer in Hamilton for the Queen’s Baton Relay, leading to the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia.
Liz Yeigh joined the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, as Director of Strategic Engagement in the Strategy and Policy Division in September 2016. She brings to this position a wealth of experience in the areas of public policy development, government decision-making, intergovernmental relations, stakeholder engagement and finance and administration.
Prior to joining the AGCO, Liz worked at the Ontario Ministry of Finance as the Director of the Gaming Policy Branch, where she was responsible for overseeing the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, and leading provincial policy work on gambling and horse racing.
Liz began her career with the Ontario Public Service in the early 1990’s and has held a variety of progressive leadership positions within the Ontario government working at the ministries of Community and Social Services, Health and Long Term Care and Consumer and Business Services.
Liz is a graduate of St. Michael’s College at the University of Toronto with a B.A. in Economics and English.