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SPEAKERS & PANELISTS

APPROVED FOR 10 IDCEC HOURS (HSW)


KEYNOTE
The Honourable Ratna Omidvar, C.M., O.Ont.
Senator for Ontario, The Senate of Canada Distinguished Visiting Professor, Global Diversity Exchange (GDX) at the Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University

Ratna Omidvar is an internationally-recognized voice on migration, diversity and inclusion, She is both founding Executive Director and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Global Diversity Exchange (GDX), Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, Toronto.


SPECIAL ADDRESS
Richard van der Laken

Acclaimed Dutch designer and entrepreneur, Designpolitie (Design Police), What Design Can Do

Richard van der Laken is an acclaimed Dutch graphic designer, entrepreneur, initiator and on a fierceless mission as an unlikely globetrotting ambassador for the social impact of design.

 

 

 


MIGRATION PANEL

Jon Penndorf

MichaelUngar

RichardVanDerLaken

Kay Brenders
VP, Newcomer Services and Workforce Development at WoodGreen Community Services.
Jon Penndorf,
FAIA, LEED AP (BD+C)
Senior Associate
Perkins + Will
Michael Ungar
Ph.D.
Resillience Research
Centre at Dalhousie
University, Halifax
Richard van der Laken
Acclaimed Dutch
designer and
entrepreneur,
Designpolitie (Design
Police), What Design
Can Do
     
Ghayda Hassan
Clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at UQAM university in Montreal.

 

 

 

 


DIVERSITY PANEL

ValeryFletcher
LouisaTaylor
LisaAndermann
AngelaD
MODERATOR
Valerie Fletcher

Executive Director
Institute for Human
Centered Design
Louisa Taylor
Director
Refugee 613

Lisa Andermann
M.D.
Associate Professor
Department of
Psychiatry
University of Toronto
Psychiatrist, Mount
Sinai Hospital

 

Angela Draskovic
CEO
Yonge Street Mission

CULTURE PANEL

TrevorKruse
HabonAli
KiaWeatherspoon
David Cordell
MODERATOR
Trevor Kruse
Interior Designer and
Partner
Hudson Kruse

 

Habon Ali
M.Sc.PI
Associate, PMP,
Urban Strategies Inc.
Kia Weatherspoon
Allied ASID,
Designer
Determined
By Design
David Cordell,
WELL AP, LEED AP,
NCIDQ,

Senior Associate
Perkins + Will
       

 

 

     

GUIDED TOURS

DavidMiller
Susan Spencer Lewin

 

 
David Miller
Founder and Principal
Architect, MJMA
Tour of Aquatic Centre
Susan Spencer Lewin
Principal Architect
CS&P Architects
Tour of the Regent Park
Community Centre

 

 

 

 


BIOGRAPHIES

HabonAliHABON ALI
M.Sc.PI, ASSOCIATE, PMP, URBAN STRATEGIES INC.

Habon is an Urban Planner and certified Project Management Professional with experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Her professional background has encompassed multiple disciplines including: community development, waterfront planning and transportation planning and policy. Habon was the project manager and planner on several high profile projects including the award-winning Central Transit Corridor Community Building Strategy in the Region of Waterloo. The Strategy identifies key directions for community building, for place-making and moving people within, to and from the Central Transit Corridor. Most recently Habon was involved in the development of a master plan for a downtown cultural hub in the Town of Oakville. Presently she is managing the creation of a Comprehensive Plan, Local Waterfront Revitalization Plan and Downtown Economic Development Strategy for the City of Troy, NY that will address current and future community needs and planning issues. Habon also provides planning and development approval services for large-scale and complex development applications in Toronto and Mississauga.

As a former DiverseCity Fellow (2009) and member of the Emerging Leaders Network, Habon has worked collaboratively with city leaders to collectively assess and advance proposals that better integrate diverse voices into the city building process. While a Fellow, Habon co-founded Local Democracy Week – an annual event that encourages youth to actively participate in building their schools and communities.

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LisaAndermann

LISA ANDERMANN
M.D. ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO & PSYCHIATRIST AT MOUNT SINAI HOSPITAL

Lisa Andermann, MPhil, M.D., FRCPC is an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, and a psychiatrist at Mount Sinai Hospital, where she works in the psychological trauma clinic and the Ethnocultural Assertive Community Treatment Team. Dr. Andermann is a consultant psychiatrist and former board member for the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture, and continues to be active on their health committee. She recently co-edited, with Laura Simich, a volume entitled Refuge and Resilience: Promoting Resilience and Mental Health among Resettled Refugees and Forced Migrants, International Perspective on Migration Series, Springer, 2014. Dr. Aldermann’s main areas of interest in research and teaching focus on cultural psychiatry.

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DAVID CORDELL
WELL AP, LEED AP, NCIDQ, SENIOR ASSOCIATE, PERKINS + WILL

David Cordell is a technical coordinator, sustainability leader, and senior associate of Perkins+Will’s Washington, D.C. office. His experience includes a variety of corporate, non-profit, healthcare, and hospitality projects for clients of various sizes. With over seven years serving as sustainability leader, he has worked on numerous LEED projects, several of which earned Platinum certification. In addition to his sustainability efforts, David has served as a project designer and technical coordinator for Perkins+Will for more than ten years. His projects have received multiple awards and have been published in Contract magazine, American Builders Quarterly, and Building Design + Construction.

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AngelaDANGELA DRASKOVIC
CEO, YONGE STREET MISSION

Angie Draskovic joined The Yonge Street Mission as President & CEO in June of 2013.  After 16 years as an executive in telecommunications, Angie moved into the social profit sector in order to support initiatives that invest in people and work toward the end of poverty. Just prior to joining YSM, Angie founded and led ZOE Alliance Inc, a for profit social enterprise that equipped and empowered village based businesses in developing nations for sustainable growth.  Angie serves on the Advisory Panel to the City of Toronto for the Poverty Reduction Strategy and currently co-chair's the Executive Directors Network in Regent Park. 

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ValerieFletcherVALERIE FLETCHER
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, INSTITUTE FOR HUMAN CENTERED DESIGN

Valerie Fletcher has been Executive Director since 1998 of the Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD). Fletcher writes, lectures and works internationally. She currently oversees projects ranging from the development of a new national website on accessibility and inclusive design in cultural facilities for the National Endowment for the Arts to a wide range of consultation and design services to public, and private entities in the US and globally. She created the IHCD User/Expert Lab which has over 200 people engaged in the evaluation of places, products and services. Her research focus is integrated social and environmentally sustainable solutions for multifamily housing, healthcare, culture, workplaces, and the public realm.

Fletcher’s career has been divided between design and public mental health and she is the former Deputy Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health where she oversaw the largest participatory planning process ever undertaken in a state mental health system. She was Principal of Fletcher Studio Design from 1978-1985.

She is a Special Advisor on Inclusive Design to the Open Society Institute and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs and Councillor for the International Association for Universal Design (IAUD) in Japan. She recently completed an international universal design benchmarking project for the government of Singapore and is creating a website on accessibility and universal design for the US National Endowment for the Arts. Fletcher has a master’s degree in ethics and public policy from Harvard University. The Boston Society of Architects awarded her the Women in Design award in 2005. She co-chairs the Design Industry Group of Massachusetts.

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Kay Brenders
VP, Newcomer Services and Workforce Development at WoodGreen Community Services in Toron

Kay Brenders brings over 25 years of experience leading strategic communications, policy development and program delivery in the not-for-profit sector, federal and provincial governments and the private sector.

Over her career, Kay has been involved in several key initiatives including social housing reform and municipal amalgamation in Ontario.  She has also led the strategic management and delivery of $5 billion in programming aimed at business innovation and commercialization, economic development and infrastructure improvements throughout Ontario.

As Vice President of Newcomer Services & Workforce Development, Kay’s focus at WoodGreen is in working to improve the lives of newcomers, helping them integrate and adapt to new lives in Canada; assisting single mothers (and their children), living in unstable conditions, successfully transition to sustainable employment and independent living; helping children and youth access after-school programs; and supporting job-seekers so that they can find meaningful employment and training.  Kay immigrated to Canada with her family, as a child and has a unique appreciation for the newcomer experience.  She welcomes the opportunity to make a difference and positively impact others facing life’s challenges.

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TrevorKruseTREVOR KRUSE
ARIDO, IDC, REGISTERED INTERIOR DESIGNER, HUDSON KRUSE DESIGN

Trevor Kruse is the Principal and owner of Hudson Kruse, a rapidly growing interior design firm in Toronto, Canada.

Trevor’s company, Hudson Kruse Design, specializes in residential development projects across North America, including such notable projects as the Trump International Hotel and Tower Toronto, the Spire and Radio City for Context Developments, as well as City Centre West in Mississauga, and NY Towers in Toronto for the Daniels Corporation.  The firm was featured at Toronto’s Interior Design Show and was presented with a Design Effectiveness Award by Canada’s National Post.

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DavidMillerDAVID MILLER
FOUNDING PARTNER, MJM ARCHITECTS

A founding partner of MJMA, David is one of Canada’s leading designers of public realm community, recreation, and academic buildings. David’s talent and passion for design excellence has helped to create MJMA’s celebrated portfolio of award-winning public projects, that have come to represent the social hearts of communities across the country. David has received more than 50 design

awards in the past 5 years alone, for projects such as the multiple award-winning Regent Park Aquatic Centre. His talent for design is credited to his sympathy for heightening the user experience by engaging the site and neighborhood context, activating the pedestrian realm, and showcasing sustainable development.

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SUSAN SPENCER LEWIN
PRINCIPAL, CS&P ARCHITECTS

With over 20 years of professional practice, Susan Lewin’s project experience and design background is extensive, with a focus on excellence in design and the creation of sustainable, accessible buildings and communities. As former chair of the Canada Green Building Council GTA, Susan is a dedicated advocate for sustainability issues and believes that environmentally conscious design is a necessary and achievable goal. She currently teaches sustainability at the George Brown College School of Design, and lectures and publishes on sustainable building and community design. Susan’s work typically includes the management of large urban projects with complex approval processes, significant challenges and LEED Certification.

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THE HONOURABLE RATNA OMIDVAR
C.M., O.Ont.
SENATOR FOR ONTARIO, THE SENATE OF CANADA DISTINGUISHED VISITING PROFESSOR, GLOBAL DIVERSITY EXCHANGE (GDX) AT THE TED ROGERS SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT, RYERSON UNIVERSITY

Ratna Omidvar is an internationally-recognized voice on migration, diversity and inclusion, She is both founding Executive Director and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Global Diversity Exchange (GDX), Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University, Toronto. GDX is a think-and-do tank focused on diversity, migration and inclusion that connects local experience and ideas with global networks, and is dedicated to building a community of international leaders who see prosperity in migration. Ratna arrived in Canada from Iran in 1981, and her personal experience of displacement, integration and citizen engagement have formed the foundation of her work, in recognition of which Prime Minister Trudeau appointed her to the Senate of Canada as an independent Senator representing Ontario. In addition to numerous international honours, Ratna has been appointed to the Order of Ontario and the Order of Canada for her work advocating on behalf of immigrants and reducing inequality in Canada. A prolific author, she is co-chair of the Global Future Council on Migration, hosted by the World Economic Forum; director at the Environics Institute and Samara Canada; is the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council’s Chair Emerita, and was formerly the Chair of Lifeline Syria.

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JON PENNDORF
FAIA, LEED AP (BD+C), SENIOR ASSOCIATE, PERKINS + WILL

Jon Penndorf is a project manager and sustainability leader in Perkins+Will’s Washington, DC office. He is involved in the management and design of a variety of project types, from focused interior renovations to energy management across a full real estate portfolio. Jon is a recipient of the AIA’s Young Architect Award, the 2012 president of the AIA’s DC chapter, and the 2014 chair of the AIA’s Young Architects Forum advisory committee. With over 12 years of professional experience, Jon is engaged in many areas of the architecture community including community leadership, writing, and education.

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LouisaTaylorLOUISA TAYLOR
DIRECTOR, REFUGEE 613

Louisa represents a broad coalition of grassroots agencies and individuals responding to the global refugee crisis. Refugee 613 provides the platforms and people to connect key experts and decision-makers, mobilize volunteers, share information and inspire community action. It aims to open Ottawa to as many refugees as possible, unleashing the skills, energy and compassion of our professional and voluntary sectors to provide a warm welcome and improve integration. When she’s not leading a task force, connecting innovators and doers or setting up the next learning event, she’s telling stories and helping others tell theirs, whether in print, online, or in person. Louisa thrives on bringing diverse people together to spark connection and social change and is a not-so-secret policy wonk that sees huge creative potential in migration, diversity, health, human rights and open data.

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MichaelUngarMICHAEL UNGAR
Ph.D., RESILLIENCE RESEARCH CENTRE AT DALHOUSIE UNIVERSITY

Dr. Michael Ungar is among the best known writers and researchers on the topic of resilience in the world. His work has changed the way resilience is understood, shifting the focus from individual traits to the interactions between people and their families, schools, workplaces, and communities. As the Canada Research Chair in Child, Family and Community Resilience and Professor of Social Work at Dalhousie University, as well as a family therapist, he has helped to identify the most important factors that influence the resilience of children and adults during periods of transition and stress. He is the author of 14 books that have been translated into five languages, numerous manuals for parents, educators, and employers, as well as more than 135 scientific papers. Dr. Ungar’s immense influence comes from his ability to adapt ideas from his research and clinical practice into best-selling works like Too Safe For Their Own Good: How Risk and Responsibility Help Teens Thrive and I Still Love You: Nine Things Troubled Kids Need from Their Parents. His blog Nurturing Resilience appears on Psychology Today’s website.

Dr. Ungar is also the founder and Director of the Resilience Research Centre where he coordinates over five million dollars in research in more than a dozen countries. Dr. Ungar regularly provides consultation and training to organizations like the World Bank, UNESCO, and the Red Cross. He is the former Chair of the Nova Scotia Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, executive board member of the American Family Therapy Academy, and a family therapist who works with mental health services for individuals and families at risk. In 2012 Dr. Ungar was the recipient of the Canadian Association of Social Workers National Distinguished Service Award for his outstanding contribution to clinical work with families and communities.

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RICHARD VAN DER LAKEN
ACCLAIMED DUTCH DESIGNER AND ENTREPRENEUR, DESIGN POLITIE (DESIGN POLICE), WHAT DESIGN CAN DO

Richard van der Laken is an acclaimed Dutch graphic designer, entrepreneur, initiator and on a fierceless mission as an unlikely globetrotting ambassador for the social impact of design. His work is well known in graphic design circles. His Amsterdam design agency, Design Politie (Design Police) has shaped the cultural scene in the Netherlands and shot to fame in the ‘90’s on a wave of interest in the Dutch design. Today, he divides his time between designing for clients and running a global project called What Design Can Do. It started as a conference on the impact of design. It rapidly attracted thousands to Amsterdam’s state theatre and to exhibitions at the Stedelijk Museum. Earlier this year civic leaders in São Paulo invited What Design Can Do to Brazil. Now Richard is talking to the UN about a design response to the humanitarian crisis. In his career Richard was honored with many awards and nominations for D&AD, DesignMuseum Design Of The Year, ADCN (Art directors Club Netherlands), Dutch Design Awards and more. In 2008 a monograph about Designpolitie’s work came out under the title ‘The ABC Of De Designpolitie’. In 2015 What Design Can Do launched the book ’31 brilliant Ideas For A Better World’, curated by Richard. Richard is a frequent lecturer at creative conferences and art schools worldwide.

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KIA WEATHERSPOON
ALLIED ASID, DESIGNER, DETERMINED BY DESIGN

Kia Weatherspoon a veteran, educator, speaker, and President/ CEO of Determined by Design, LLC. She has 12 years of collective Interior Design experience in hospitality and multi-family design. In 2014 Determined by Design, LLC embarked on a non-profit project that led Weatherspoon to shift the company's mission.  They began elevating and creating Interior Design standards in affordable and supportive housing.  Currently an adjunct professor at Marymount University,  Weatherspoon also believes in service-based leadership, demonstrated through active involvement with the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) serving on various councils and the National Board.

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