(un)define your Leadership (Morning) - Jean Swanson
Councillor Jean Swanson was elected to City Council in 2018 as a member of COPE (The Coalition of Progressive Electors). Some of her platform includes a rent freeze, building modular housing and increasing social co-op, providing a clean, safe, and free drugs and culturally appropriate treatment on demand to stop the opioid crisis, and reducing the police budget to reallocate it into services for low-income and criminalized people.Councillor Swanson has worked to get governments to reduce and end poverty for about 40 years, for which she was awarded the Order of Canada in 2017. She’s author of the book Poor Bashing: the politics of exclusion. For the last 12 years she volunteered at the Carnegie Community Action Project working for more and better housing, higher welfare rates, and stopping gentrification in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
(un)define your Leadership (Afternoon) - Chris “MooMan” Nyarady
Chris Nyarady is a podcaster and entertainer who graduated from the University of New Brunswick where he studied multimedia and theatre. After spending a few years in Halifax where he immersed himself in the comedy scene, Chris moved to Vancouver in order to peruse a career in animation. Being a passionate pop culture junky and self-described “geek,” Chris also produced and hosted Geeks versus Nerds Vancouver, the Vancouver branch of a live comedy podcast he was heavily involved with in Halifax. Geeks versus Nerds is a debate/comedy show that has existed in Vancouver for 7 years, has featured over 100 panelists, and has been recognized as one of the best podcasts in Vancouver as part of the Westender's Best of City awards in 2017.Chris' Living Library session will discuss the unique trails and tribulations in producing a monthly comedy show within the “geek scene.” It will also be about how to foster a community through the shared love of pop-culture, and how to give an opportunity for passionate individuals to perform and speak publicly who otherwise wouldn't have a platform to be heard.
Leadership (un)bound (Morning) - Kathy Kinloch
Kathy Kinloch is President of the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), Canada's premier polytechnic institution, a position she has held since January 2014. Kathy is recognized for leading organizational renewal in complex environments. Through a number of senior leadership and executive roles, she has spearheaded change initiatives in the post-secondary as well as government and health care sectors. Acknowledgements of Kathy’s accomplishments include Top 100 Public Sector Leaders, WXN ranking of Canada’s Top 100 Women for the past three years, Most Influential Women in Business – BC Business magazine, Influential Women in Business Awards – Business in Vancouver magazine, Top 50 Power List –Vancouver Magazine, Woman of Distinction – YWCA Metro Vancouver, and an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Royal Roads University. Kathy's board positions include Business Council of BC, Polytechnics Canada, Surrey Hospital and Outpatient Centre Foundation, and Telus Corporation. She is also a member of the Business Council of Canada's Business Higher Education Roundtable.
(un)cover Vulnerability (Morning) - Sarah Jickling
Sarah Jickling is a Vancouver-based musician, performer and mental-health advocate. Her first solo album, 2017’s When I Get Better, is a marriage of shimmering pop melodies with candid lyrics about her recovery from bipolar disorder. Her new album The Family Curse is an exploration of intergenerational trauma and mental illness within families. Jickling’s music approaches the darkest subject matter with frank honesty and a keen ear for beauty, sincerity, and hope. This year Jickling is continuing as a touring performer with the BC Schizophrenia Society’s Reach Out Psychosis program and has been selected as an artist-in-residence by UBC’s Wingspan Disability Arts program. She has been widely featured on television, podcasts, blogs, and at live events performing and speaking about her experiences with mental illness, and earned top spots at competitions like CiTR’s Shindig!, Seattle’s EMP Soundoff, 102.7 The PEAK Performance Project, and Canada’s Walk of Fame Music Mentorship Program.
(un)cover Vulnerability (Afternoon) - Gina Best
Gina Best is a serial entrepreneur and a maverick coach/life interrupter with a penchant for pushing people’s buttons and compelling business owners to deal with their personal issues so they can attack their businesses with passion and authenticity. Gina owns one of BC’s largest mortgage brokerages, runs her own business building workshops, coaches’ entrepreneurs across the country and has a ground breaking life interruption program to support other breast cancer thrivers – one boob down. She speaks to an inspires audiences across the continent, and still finds – rather makes – time to be a mostly patient mom to two wild boys, a witty and wonderful friend, a shoe hoarder, and a bold and gracious mentor to young business women in her community. Gina is the first to admit that she has it all and she earned it – through hard work, tears (like full out sobs), anger, self-doubt, grit, and hustle. Gina’s session will question the rules you have in your head. It will inspire to ask the question why and how you operate personally and professionally We all have rules, they form as we grow up, some told to us, some we make up along the way. These rules are the filters we use to operate in day to day life. Some are great and some totally screw with us. It is time to look at these rules and change things up, the status quo no longer works, gone are the days leaders lead with distance and stoicness. Today’s successful leaders are different, they question the rules and then make their own. They embrace the v word – vulnerability, share who they are and thrive to do different. Connection and relationships are the core of everything, it’s time to stop hiding, start to question the rules and filters you have and see the amazing possibilities.
(un)derstand Your Filters (Afternoon) - Corrina Keeling
Multidisciplinary artist Corrina Keeling is a sidewalk chalk revolutionary, graphic recorder extraordinaire, and maker of music to move you. She aims to use songwriting, illustration, digital projection, and theatre to create containers in public spaces that allow us to reflect and participate more meaningfully in complex conversations about power and inequity, justice and accountability, and place and belonging. She's curious about how to invite people into accepting and embracing the kind of discomfort that’s necessary for healing and change, and hopes her work can embody the qualities she sees as some of the best medicine for these strange times: curiosity, creativity, deep listening, and the practice of graceful mistakes. Corrina believes pants without pockets are rude as hell, and she spends the majority of her free time trying not to take herself too seriously, and also looking for her headphones.
(un)least the Possible (Morning) - Raji Mangat
Raji Mangat is the Executive Director of West Coast LEAF, a Vancouver-based non-profit organization committed to systemic legal advocacy to secure gender equality. Prior to becoming the Executive Director, Raji managed the organization's litigation portfolio as the Director of Litigation. Raji feels fortunate to have had a diverse legal practice, taking her from a clerkship with a justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, to private practice at a global commercial law firm in New York City; from working on cases at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in The Hague to advocating for robust protection of rights and freedoms under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms here at home. She holds a bachelor's degree in political science and international relations from the University of British Columbia, a master's in international affairs from Carleton University's Norman Paterson School, and a law degree from the University of Victoria.
(un)learn History (Morning) - Bronte Burnette
I’ve always loved to imagine stories—my mind can run a little wild with it. My favorite part of being a librarian is that I have the privilege to curate & tell the story of all the data in the world, & help someone find the one piece they need. I am currently an MLIS candidate at UBC, & previously worked in admissions at a Latino-serving university in Texas. I graduated from the University of Montana where I served as the Women’s Center Director, a student run & led organization. I was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, holding a few offices there too. My current work is with Indigenous & non-Indigenous folks at Xwi7xwa Library, helping them find Indigenous perspectives, knowledge and content for both professional & personal reasons. In my free time, I’m either reading romance novels or mountain exploring with my dog & my boyfriend.
(un)derstand Your Filters (Morning)- Stacey Forrester
Stacey (she / her) is a former nurse, and current community planner, activist, writer and visual artist who raised in the lush rainforests of the ancestral Nuu-chah-nulth territories. Stacey is Co-Founder of Good Night Out Vancouver, a non-profit aimed at increasing safety and inclusion in the arts and music. Acting on her passions of music and community, Stacey is now self-employed in the music industry, supporting festivals, venues and artists to collectively increase safety at their events, through education, policy and art.