Friends of The Grove at Surrey Social Innovation Summit

Local and national experts will gather at the 2nd Annual Surrey Social Innovation Summit, November 23, to discuss how social innovation is helping communities develop new and creative ways to tackle some of the most pressing issues facing Canadian cities.

David will be a panelist at a session titled: “Champions of Change: Engaging Communities, Building a Movement.” He will be sharing stories about the amazing “champions of change” involved in the Friends of the Grove group. If you have a story or example of a local “champion of change” that you think should be highlighted, please let David know ASAP!

Among the important social innovation topics that will be explored are skills training and employment, immigration and settlement, project funding, community engagement, arts and culture, housing, Aboriginal social innovation, local economies and community planning.

Launched by the City of Surrey last year, the Summit is part of the city’s social innovation series, which now also includes a Social Innovation Leaders Breakfast Series that brings speakers with expertise in social innovation together with community leaders and passionate amateurs engaged in social change.

This year’s Social Innovation Summit, entitled Transforming Our Times: Social Innovations that Change People, Places and Priorities, and presented by Vancity, will build on the success of the 2015 summit with more than a dozen informative and thought-provoking sessions.

“With a population of more than half a million, and growing by 1,000 new residents every month, Surrey is one of Canada’s fastest growing and most progressive communities,” said Mayor Linda Hepner. “The annual Surrey Social Innovation Summit plays a key role in helping us build an even better community by bringing new ideas and voices to bear on issues facing our city and other communities across the region, province and country.”

Among the panelists coming to British Columbia for the Summit are Hazel Borys of Winnipeg and Beth Clarke of Toronto. Borys is the Managing Principal of PlaceMakers in Winnipeg and a TEDxManitoba speaker (Confessions of a Former Sprawl Addict). Clarke is the Acting Executive Director and Director, Employer Programs, Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC).

“While we learned a lot in 2015, we barely scratched the surface, so we’ve added more voices, more perspectives, and more depth to this year’s Summit,” said Councillor and Summit Chair Vera LeFranc. “Our program will see more than thirty local, regional and national leaders in social innovation provide their unique perspectives on how they’re collaboratively tackling issues and projects in their communities.”

This year’s Summit will also feature a session on Aboriginal social innovation, which will look at how social innovation is being used to scale up solutions to persistent social issues among aboriginal British Columbians. Sharing their insight on the panel will be: Tanya Corbet, Executive Councillor, Tsawwassen First Nation and board member of Kwantlen Polytechnic University; Leslie Varley, Executive Director of the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres; and Denise Williams, Executive Director of the First Nations Technology Council.

“Creativity and collaboration between government, agencies, academics, and the community are key to addressing complex community-based issues,” added Councillor LeFranc. “The tremendous experience and expertise of our Summit’s speakers and presenters speaks volumes about Surrey’s commitment to social innovation and our capacity to develop and implement progressive and creative solutions

The Summit’s complete list of speakers includes:
• Janice Abbott, Chief Executive Officer, ATIRA Women’s Resource Society
• William Azaroff, VP of Community Investment, Vancity
• Hazel Borys, Managing Principal, PlaceMakers (Winnipeg, MB)
• Andy Broderick, Managing Director, New Market Funds
• Robert Brown, President, Catalyst Community Development Services
• Mark Busse, Director, Creativity + Engagement, HCMA Architecture + Design
• Beth Clarke, Acting Executive Director and Director, Employer Programs, Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC)
• Sean Condon, Founder, Megaphone & Social Enterprise Developer, Vancity Community Foundation
• Tanya Corbet, Executive Councillor, Tsawwassen First Nation; Board Member, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
• David Dalley, Author, Friends of the Grove
• Tiffany Duzita, Director of Development, CLTF BC’s Director of Development
• Jill Earthy, Chief Growth Officer, FrontFundr
• Al Etmanski, Community Organizer, Social Innovator and Author
• Anita Huberman, CEO Surrey Board of Trade, Co-Chair Local Immigration Partnership
• Donna Jones, GM, Investment & Intergovernmental Relations, City of Surrey
• Tim Jones, Chief Executive Officer, Artscape
• Liz Lougheed Green, Director of Business and Community Development, Vancity
• Kevin McCort, President & CEO, Vancouver Foundation
• Grant Murray, Senior Vice President, Sales, Concord Pacific
• Patrick Nangle, Chief Executive Officer, MODO
• Ajay Puri, Cofounder, ChangeMakers Vancouver
• Darcy Riddell, Director of Strategic Learning, J.W. McConnell Family Foundation
• Mary Ellen Schaafsma, Director, Social Innovation and Research, United Way
• Sarah Schulman, Partner, InWithForward
• Michael H. Shuman, Board Member, Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE)
• Shawn Smith, Director, RADIUS, Simon Fraser University
• Mike Starchuk, Councillor, City of Surrey
• Jon Stovell, President, Reliance Properties Ltd.
• Sheldon Tetreault, Partner, Sheldon Tetreault Consulting
• Leslie Varley, Executive Director, BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres
• Denise Williams, Executive Director, First Nations Technology Council
• David Young, Chief Executive Officer, Sources Community Resource Centres

This year’s Summit sessions include:

• Transforming Our Times: The Case for Social Innovation
• Champions of Change: Engaging Communities, Building a Movement
• Philanthropy, Foundations and Investing in Social Innovation
• From Drawing Board to Reality: Innovative Approaches that Build and Brand Better Neighbourhoods and Cities
• Generating Social Innovation: People Partnerships and the Evolution of Ideas and Inventions
• Local Living Economies: Principles and Practices for Prosperous Communities
• Aboriginal Social Innovation: People, Potential and Prosperity
• From Housing to Homes: Building Solutions with Social Innovation
• Art, Creativity and Placemaking that Transforms Communities
• Capital Ideas: Financing Social Innovation
• Make Yourself at Home: New Canadians, Communities and the Economy
• Growing People, Growing Communities: Jobs that Change Lives

See here for more information about the Surrey Social Innovation Summit and to register.

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