2016 Speakers: Millionaire Entrepreneur, Miss Canada rights activist, technology innovator and more.
SCHOLAR AND INVENTOR
Dr. Antle pushes the boundaries of computation to expand the ways we think and learn. As a designer and builder of interactive technologies, her goal is to explore the way in which these innovations can improve, augment, and support children’s development. Her interactive technologies have been deployed to facilitate collaborative learning about aboriginal heritage, sustainability and social justice; improve learning outcomes for dyslexic children; and teach self-regulation to disadvantaged children.
In 2015, Dr. Antle was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. This is the highest honour for a scholar in Canada, acknowledging her as one of Canada’s intellectual leaders. Currently, Dr. Antle is a Professor in the School of Interactive Arts + Technology at SFU.
Alexa Mazzarello is a Vancouver-based freelance photographer and visual storyteller. In 2015, she created BodyThoughts, a multimedia experience that aims to ignite new conversations about body truths for content creators.
Alexa holds a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University and a Masters of Public Health from Queen’s University, and decided to explore an unconventional route of using academia in her freelance, artistic pursuits. Alexa’s thought-provoking work is heavily influenced by her academic background in sociology, psychology, and public health. Alexa is passionate about using storytelling to start important conversations that spark change.
A true immigrant success story – Dan arrived in Canada as a teenager with little knowledge of English, and no contacts. The pivotal point in his life came about when Dan realized that his passion and potential did not reside in academia, but within the world of entrepreneurship. He then dropped out of school to pursue his dreams.
Today, Dan is a multi-millionaire entrepreneur, an international best-selling author, and a highly sought after business mentor. He is leading a paradigm shift in the world of entrepreneurship, digital marketing, and personal achievement. Every year, Dan empowers people all over the world to look beyond the norms of society by adopting a lifestyle and attitude that maximizes success in all facets of life.
LGBTQ Activist and
Gay Syrian Refugee
"Danny Ramadan is a Jack-of-all-trades who found his calling in activism, civil justice, journalism and creative writing. As an LGBTQ activist, he has been involved in coordinating online and on-the-ground efforts to support gender and sexual minorities in Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon, as well as his birthplace, Syria.
Danny is passionate about the values of volunteerism and democracy, and the causes of social justice and LGBTQ refugee’s rights. His commitment to and advocacy of refugees’ rights across Canada is expressed through his work as an experienced journalist, storyteller, and public speaker.Today, Danny is the Volunteer Coordinator at QMUNITY – B.C.’s Queer Resource Centre. Each day, he strives to give back to the community that welcomed and embraced him since his arrival in Canada in September 2014."
At 16, Ian was studying at the University of British Columbia. Post-graduation, he worked as a bookkeeper and treasurer at various companies, as well as a management consultant at Bain & Company. It was during these corporate years that he was overcome with a strong need to redesign the way in which entrepreneurs manage their finances.
Introducing Bench – a Vancouver-based tech company with 260 employees that work to offer small business owners thoughtfully-designed software and a dedicated bookkeeping team to remove the headache that is accounting. In 2016, Ian topped the prestigious Forbes’ Top 30 Under 30 list for his work at Bench – he was presented this award just one year after receiving the same accolade from B.C. Business Magazine.
MissyJena spent 14 years as an educator and avid observer of student learning within the Vancouver School District. Her experiences and awareness of subtle nuances in human interactions lead Jena to step away from the established education system, and instead, create a new framework for learning that's delighting humans of all ages.
MissyJena is the founder of calmversation; a multi-dimensional approach to authentic, creative and high impact communication. Jena's playful personality and thoughtful nature has inspired thousands of people to connect across the globe through #calmversation. Hear Jena's story as she reflects on human and social development through a very innovative and forward-looking lens.
Social Venture Entrepreneur
Nohémie Mawaka is a daughter of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and immigrated to Canada with dreams of becoming an influential figure for other aspiring black women. In elementary school, she was called an ‘oreo.’ A decade later, she is the only black woman sitting in United Nations international meetings. Nohémie hopes that her journey of challenging and defying social norms may serve as an inspiration for others.
Nohémie currently works in east Congo with vulnerable populations recovering from warfare as a creative global health strategist. As a proud Afro-Canadian and social venture entrepreneur, Nohémie hopes to build an international brand that will benefit people globally. This way, the world can see the full potential of black women, and that when given the right tools, they too can conquer the world.
Rosan has been working for the last few years at Vancouver General Hospital providing individual and group psychotherapy treatment to adults dealing with depression, anxiety, adjustment and personality issues, obsessive compulsive disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorders.
In 2012, Rosan completed her Masters of Counselling Psychology degree with the specialization in Vocational Rehabilitation Counselling, focusing on the psychosocial and vocational impact of neurological, physical, sensory, neuropsychological and pain related disabilities and chronic illness. Through this program, she had the opportunity to complete clinical placements at GF strong rehabilitation centre as well as WorkSafeBC.
Human Rights Activist
Tara Teng is a TV host, Miss World Canada 2012, and a human rights activist. She was named Canada’s “Woman of the Year” in 2011, named one of the Globe and Mail’s “Top 25 Most Transformational Canadians,” and received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal in recognition of her vast human rights work. Her advocacy has helped to pass new laws in Canada that protect victims of human trafficking, and she established Canada’s first Municipal Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking.
Today, she continues to work with organizations around the world to combat gender-based violence and human trafficking. She also invests in her community as a mentor with the Miss BC leadership program and is the BC Director for the Joy Smith Foundation, working to end human trafficking and support the rehabilitation of survivors across Canada.
Zebulon grew up in the Yukon, where life was all about the environment. It directed a daily routine that was practical and often harsh – which made creativity challenging, but without restriction. Free of the pressures that come with childhood social interaction, he dove deep into exploring the area that surrounded him. It is where, to this day, Zebulon says he owes all of his creative inspiration. He believes that humans are creative beings and have an obligation to the environment in which they live. He feels that it is imperative for us to use this creative nature and foster a relationship with our environment. Only through this will we be able to create a better “human-earth relationship.”
November 12, 2017
Granville Island Stage
1585 Johnston St, Vancouver
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM