Amplify ~ Speaker’s Bio

/Amplify ~ Speaker’s Bio
Amplify ~ Speaker’s Bio 2017-06-30T15:40:54+00:00


Morning Plenary with Hon. Deb Matthews

Deb Matthews is Ontario’s Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development. In this role, she is implementing the most ambitious reform of student financial assistance in North America and is leading the government’s efforts to better prepare Ontario’s workforce for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

As Ontario’s Minister Responsible for Digital Government, she is focused on delivering simpler and better services for Ontarians. She also serves as Deputy Premier and Chair of Cabinet. In her previous role as President of the Treasury Board, she was instrumental in ensuring the government delivers on its commitment to balance the budget by 2018. She has also served as Minister Responsible for Poverty Reduction, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, and Minister of Children and Youth Services. She was first elected to the Ontario Legislature in 2003 as the MPP for London North Centre. She was re-elected in 2007, 2011 and 2014.

Greetings from Ontario Centre for Workforce Innovation

Dr. Trina Foster brings over a decade of experience as a leader in the creation, management, and translation of research across a wide range of areas. She has worked in a variety of environments and across sectors to demonstrate how research-based activities can inform and support stakeholder communities. Her past roles involved developing and leading multifaceted, interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral teams that use research to address complex questions of importance to society. Most recently Dr. Foster was Director, Research & Global Academy at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) where she provided oversight and leadership to international research networks as well as led the strategic development and operationalization of CIFAR’s activities to support tomorrow’s research leaders.

Launching Careers – Presenting Sponsor RBC

Madeleine Barker
Director, Development Programs – RBC

Helping bridge the school to work transition for Ontario’s young people.Young people have a big stake in shaping our future and the ambition to do so. We need to engage them, delve deeper into their shared experiences and keep asking the question – what is transitioning from school to work really like, and how could it be better? Providing work-integrated learning opportunities is just one way to help young Canadians prepare for the new world of work, navigate the critical transition from education to employment and break the “no experience, no job” cycle they feel trapped in. Madeleine Barker will share RBC’s strategic initiatives to support youth transitioning from school to work and toolkits to help others do the same. RBC is top employer for young people and recently announced a significant investment to help prepare young people for the future of work.

Gillian Johnston
Co-Director, Career Development Practitioners Certification Board of Ontario

The Canadian Standards & Guidelines for Career Development Practitioners were rolled out across Canada in 2002. They were designed to ensure core competencies and specializations could be measured by practitioners, the public and by employers across the country. The process to provide certification of career development practitioners, based on the Canadian Standards and Guidelines, has been established in BC, Alberta, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. In June 2011 representatives from a cross section of Career Development Practitioners in Ontario met to propel the movement for Certification in Ontario. From this meeting, a stewardship group was elected to guide this process.

Decent Work Presentation

Cathy Taylor
Executive Director, Ontario Nonprofit Network

Cathy has been a member of the ONN team since June 2012. Throughout her 20 years working in the nonprofit sector, in-cluding as the founding Executive Director of the Volunteer Centre of Guelph/Wellington, she has been passionate about collaboration and leadership in the sector. Cathy works with sector colleagues from across Ontario and Canada, as well as private sector and government officials, to create an enabling policy environment for nonprofit organizations.

Cathy’s roots are in the environmental movement and she has been active in municipal politics. She holds a degree in political studies and history from Queen’s University, and at-tended the Maytree-York University Executive Directors Lead-ership program. Outside of work, she enjoys time with her family and her garden in Erin, Ontario.

Amanda Terfloth
Filmmaker – Better Way to Build the Economy Alliance

Over the last decade, Amanda has worked in the production world on over 80+ episodes of factual television, 3 broadcast documentaries, several dramatic shorts and multiple projects for the NFB including an interactive game website. She has applied her scripted and documentary experience to the crossover world of branded content and will forever fight for projects that tell the most engaging story possible with available resources.

Her editing background is something that constantly comes in handy when it comes to wrangling stories and sound bites from concept to post. With first-hand experience in precarious work both inside and outside the Canadian media industry, she is passionate about the use of film and documentary formats to spark change. In September 2016, she began researching employers for what would evolve into the Better Way to Build the Economy video series and is excited about the potential to expand the conversation surrounding decent work.

Sandra Moll
Occupational Therapist and Associate Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University.

She has over 25 years of experience as a researcher, clinician, educator and advocate, with a primary focus on mental health and employment. She is currently leading several projects focusing on the workplace mental health and support needs of youth in Ontario.

Emily Cordeaux is Coordinator, Research & Evaluation at Imagine Canada, where she conducts research on topics that Canadian charities and nonprofits need to know about. Her most recent research explores the attraction and retention of young workers in the nonprofit sector. Emily holds a Master of Public Policy from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from Concordia University.

Kim Patel is currently the Director of Employment Services at St. Stephen’s Community House, a multi-service community-based agency in Toronto. She has been in the employment field for close to two decades supporting job seekers in a variety of programs in many roles including Resource Counsellor, Job Developer and Coordinator. Kim strives to empower her team to provide exceptional support to the Employment & Training Centre’s participants. This support includes finding employment opportunities that fall within the decent work realm.

Program Design Lab presented by Ontario Centre for Workforce Innovation (OCWI)

Trudy Button
Ontario Centre for Workforce Innovation, Regional Coordinator, Western Region

Trudy has been highly committed to providing students, new graduates and job seekers with the tools they need to be career-ready before entering the workforce. Her career has spanned Student Services, Human Resources and Government. Most recently, she worked with Student Support Services at Huron University College (London) where she administrated the student exchange program, career advising, and the Leadership & Professional Development program. She is an advocate of life-long learning and bringing together job seekers, employers and stakeholders to find solutions that work.

Chanelle Pépin
Regional Coordinator, North Eastern Region, Francophone

Chanelle has been passionate about the welfare of others and her community for many years. For over 6 years, she was an employment consultant with Collège Boréal’s employment office, a position that allowed her to meet exceptional individuals seeking to enter (or re-enter) the workforce and provide them with tools and support though their transition. Her various work experiences have allowed her to liaise and maintain strong links with community services in her Region. She believes that through community collaboration we can find practices that best work to build a more resilient workforce. In her spare time, Chanelle loves spending time with her family, volunteers in her community and attends as many live rock concerts as she can.

Financing Fundraising

Mide Akerewusi
Founder & CEO, AGENTSC

Mide graduated with a B.SC.(Hons) in Business Studies and Sociology from the University of Surrey. He also possesses an M.Sc.(Econ) in The Politics of Asia and Africa from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London – UK. He is a visiting lecturer at George Brown College for the department of Business and Legal Studies.

He is an inspired and energetic fundraising specialist with a uniquely diverse perspective. He has successfully led fundraising teams in a variety of the UK’s most successful and best known social impact charities, including the British Red Cross, The Children’s Society, and Scope. Mide’s inspiration to establish AGENTSC, a fundraising company specializing in nonprofit sustainability and systems for increasing major gift funding, came after he served nearly five years as Director of Leadership Philanthropy at Canada’s pioneering and award winning social innovation – Pathways to Education.

Cathy Mann of Cathy Mann & Associates, has spent three decades working in the charitable sector. Since 1994 as a philanthropy professional and before that as Executive Director of child-serving agencies. During Cathy’s tenure as Executive Director, Frontier College Foundation won the “Excellence In Fundraising for Small Shops Award,” from the International Association of Fundraising Professionals, representing 30,000+ fundraisers from 7 countries. Since 2007, as part of Cathy Mann & Associates, Cathy has advised multi-level and community- based organizations working in social justice, with youth, in education, with indigenous communities and in healthcare. She is the Academic Coordinator of and instructor in Ryerson University’s Fundraising Management Certificate program and is a frequent speaker and writer.

Michael Braithwaite is the Executive Director for Raising the Roof. What that means is together with his amazing team of 4, he works to create innovative solutions to preventing and ending homelessness across Canada. Although he doesn’t look it, Michael had been working in the area of social services for over 23 years, the first 17 of those with the YMCA and most recently with 360°kids in York Region. Along the way he has managed to get a degree, diploma and a certificate. He is someone who believes in action, as it’s only through taking action that any true progress really gets made.

Data Talks: Understanding Impact and Communicating Success

Nation Cheong
Director, Youth Initiatives, United Way Toronto and York Region

For the past 17 years, Nation has dedicated his professional and personal time to supporting young people in communities across Toronto. He has played many roles throughout his career that has led to social, cultural and systemic impact. He is a respected partnership builder, community animator and developer, artist, musician, teacher, and social change agent.

After eight years serving the Regent Park community at Dixon Hall, Nation helped to lead the Youth Challenge Fund (YCF), a 46.6 million dollar investment in youth-led/ youth-driven initiatives across Toronto’s inner suburban communities. The work focused on the needs of the city’s most underserved youth and led to the investment of 111 initiatives across the inner suburbs, including 17 legacy initiatives. As United Way’s Director of Youth Initiatives, he oversees the implementation of United Way’s Youth Success Strategy, working with the provincial and municipal government, private sector partners and community agencies to tackle the employment challenges that over 80,000 youth face in the GTA.

Sarah Delicate is a speaker, trainer, coach and consultant specializing in outcome-based performance measurement and management in the helping sector. Sarah brings a comprehensive ‘no-fluff’ approach to achieving results with integrity while thriving within a compliance framework. Sarah’s life-work and expertise is within the social sector, where she has supported 100’s of organizations and 1000’s of staff across Canada in employment, literacy, settlement and education. As a keynote, Sarah consistently leaves the audience energized and motivated for action.

School to Work Transition

Orville Wallace has over sixteen years’ experience providing support to youth across the city, including helping those in conflict with the law obtain employment and gain access to pro-social life skills. Orville completed a degree in Sociolinguistics at the University of Toronto, and currently serves as a Program Manager with the Youth Opportunities Fund at Ontario Trillium Foundation where he oversees many community grants for youth-led groups. Orville has demonstrated a strong passion for youth advocacy and topics related to Youth Justice.

In 2007 Orville founded the Youth Justice Network of Toronto, a network that now consists of over 600 social service workers city-wide with a vested interest in working with youth in conflict with the law—a project for which he received the 2008 YMCA Peace Medallion. He currently chairs this network. Orville regularly shares information on a variety of community events, programs for youth, social service workers and community residents through means of his Youth Justice Network email distribution list. In 2007, Orville also facilitated the Roots of Violence Review for the Jane and Finch community, and produced a report for the Premier.

Today Orville remains actively involved in the planning and moderating of many community events. He believes in community capacity building and encourages youth and residents to participate in community programs and events.

Lamin Jabbi is currently a professor and a program co-ordinator for College Opportunities Program at Seneca College, and he also teaches in the General Arts program there. He was born in the Gambia West Africa. Lived in Canada since 1986, and he is a graduate of University of Toronto. Lamin has spent most of his adult life in education. He taught a variety of courses at the Post-Secondary level for 11 years. Lamin was also a public school teacher in the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) before joining Seneca College. He has also worked in the area of Peace Education primarily with Poor and disadvantaged youth in India and Africa. He participated in many educational conferences and sat on various panels both here and abroad, dealing with making Post-Secondary Education accessible to marginalized youth. In addition, Lamin has also worked collaboratively with various community partners to recruit and support marginalized students with their educational career goals.

Madeleine Barker
Director, Development Programs – RBC

Madeleine is the director, development programs for RBC where she and her team are responsible for development strategies and programs that attract and develop diverse early talent. One of the signature programs, RBC Career Launch offers recent college and university graduates across Canada a unique one year paid internship designed to help them transition from education to employment and break the ‘no experience-no job’ cycle. Madeleine is a passionate advocate for young people and believes meaningful work experiences are critical to develop the skills needed for young people to unlock their potential. Over her 20 years in financial services, Madeleine’s diverse career includes experience serving clients and leading teams in branches, work in communications, change management, business and people strategy.

Tanya Dacres
Senior Manager People Strategy at SapientRazorfish, CHRL

Tanya possesses over 15 years of Human Resources experience that include Talent Management, Organizational Development, Training and Development, Diversity and Inclusion and Leadership and Management coaching. In her current role of Senior Manager People Strategy she is a key member of the human resources function in the North America Business Unit. She partners with the Regional Business lead to conceive, create, implement and execute localized People Strategy Solutions that drive business results and people development.

Tanya understands the importance of culture to employee engagement and retention and has worked with local talent across the Toronto and Detroit offices to create a connected and high performing team. This work has resulted in the Toronto office being named #9 on the 2016 Great Places to work list in Canada. A great accomplishment that she hopes to continue in 2017!

Kelly Hoey has been the Executive Director of the Halton Industry Education Council (HIEC) for the past 16 years. HIEC is one of several industry education councils in Ontario that are committed to advancing cooperation between business and education in support of workforce and economic development. Kelly takes great pride in working in partnership with employers, community agencies and all levels of government. In recent years, Kelly’s focus has been on harnessing technology to connect stakeholders and build community capacity through HIEC’s provincial on-line communities and Kelly is passionate about extending learning beyond the classroom and helping youth make informed career decisions about their futures.

The Strategic Need to Improve Industry Expertise

Angela Hoyt, principal of Evolution Group, is an experienced facilitator, consultant and trainer. Backed by a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, Angela has almost thirty years of experience in the Employment Service sector as a front-line practitioner, Director and Consultant. She supports leaders and their teams to build the organizational capacity required to bridge the gap between people seeking work, and employers seeking employees.

As OTEC’s Vice President, Projects and Partnerships, Adam Morrison leads provincial workforce development initiatives in partnership with industry, government, education and non-profit community networks. Adam works closely with OTEC’s industry and community partners to integrate and align resources and systems, ensuring that businesses and destinations can attract, retain and advance a dynamic and competitive workforce that includes youth, newcomers, indigenous communities and people with a disability. Adam’s commitment to innovation in workforce development and education has led to his leadership of organizational research, capacity-building, and sector-level strategy projects at OTEC, including the recently launched ALiGN Network: A province-wide employment training and job matching model for youth. Adam holds a Master’s of Science degree from the University of Guelph in Capacity Development Studies with a specialization in soft systems methodology.

Mark Patterson is the Executive Director of Magnet, a new network powered by data-rich, job-matching technology that connects job seekers with employers based upon skills, preferences and talent needs. Under Mark’s leadership, Magnet has grown to connect over 90,000+ job-seekers, 9000+ employers, 30+ Universities and Colleges, and over 240+ community partners, since 2014. In addition, Mark also oversees Hire Immigrants, a program founded in 2007 to provide businesses worldwide with the tools and resources they need to better recruit, retain and promote immigrants, profiling good examples and innovative practices from employers around the globe.

Rodney I. Jones, B.Eng, MBA., provides overall direction and management of the Ontario Manufacturing Learning Consortium (OMLC) employee selection, training, and development programs. Rod played a key leadership role in the creation in 2014 of the OMLC – a joint initiative of Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME), the Canadian Tooling and Machining Association (CTMA), the Ontario Aerospace Council (OAC), and the Organization of Canadian Nuclear Industries (OCNI) that delivers work-based-learning to help manufacturing companies bridge their skills gaps quickly and efficiently with low risk.

He also is currently the Senior Industry Advisor for the Aerospace Team in the Trade Branch at Global Affairs Canada. In this engagement, which he commenced in October 2014, he provides the Aerospace Team with strategic advice based on his industry experience and expertise, to develop proactive strategies and tactics to ensure that Canadian industry interests, expectations, and capabilities are being supported internationally.

He is an experienced executive whose expertise is focused in strategic management, business development, marketing, project management and government relations. Rod holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree (Mechanical) from McMaster University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Wilfred Laurier University.

Sonny Brar comes with over 14 years of Retail, Human Resources, Health, Safety, Energy and Environment experience. He is currently the Vice President of Member Programs and Services at Retail Council of Canada and is an honors graduate of Criminology, Justice and Public Safety from Manitoba. Along with other functions, Sonny leads and supports RCC’s HR, Health, Safety, Energy, Accessibility and Member Programs, as well as supporting multiple RCC committees, and lastly sits on the Workplace Safety and Prevention Services H&S Steering Committee and Canada’s Retail Health & Safety Committee.

Sonny has also had great successes in his tenure and has been a recipient of 3 Presidential Excellence awards with Maple Leaf Foods and Toys“R”Us along with several H&S successes with his tenure at Sobeys and Ikea.

Pan-Canadian Employment Services – CCCBET

Janet Morris-Reade is the CEO of ASPECT BC (Association of Service Providers for Employability and Career Training). At ASPECT BC, she works to provide leadership, education, advocacy, and public awareness in support of community-based workforce development service providers, working with government and stakeholders to ensure that the needs of those seeking a meaningful and sustainable livelihood are met. She also serves on a number of boards and committees in BC and Canada.

Valérie Roy is the Executive Director of the Regroupement québécois des organismes pour le développement de l’employabilité (RQuODE). Valérie works with RQuODE’s members and partners to develop best practices and to develop the body of knowledge in the employment and training sector. She also serves on a number of boards and committees in Quebec and Canada and on the international stage. Over the years, she has worked to promote the career development field and coordinated provincial and pan-Canadian projects aimed at improving the employability of underrepresented groups.

Q&A with (A) ADM Shelley Unterlander

Shelley Unterlander currently works at the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development as Assistant Deputy Minister, Employment and Training Division. Prior to moving into this position, she was Director, Central Region within the same organization. In this position she provides leadership to a large division responsible for planning, leading and managing Employment Ontario programs and services. A key area of focus is community development and relationship building with a diverse range of stakeholders.Shelley Unterlander became Acting Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) of the Employment and Training Division (ETD), effective February 27, 2017. Shelley’s extensive experience in the Employment realm stems from her previous roles as the Director for Central Region within ETD and providing leadership to regional staff in order to support delivery of programs and services offered through the Employment Ontario network. Shelley’s background and experience at the management level and proven leadership skills throughout the years have already contributed to strengthening collaboration between the network and the Employment and Training Division.


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