Saturday March 11 – Morning Workshops
Ottawa Bureau Chief for The Canadian Press
Heather Scoffield is the Ottawa Bureau Chief for the Canadian Press. Previously, she worked as a reporter for Reuters and The Globe and Mail. Heather widely worked on global crises, fiscal and monetary policies. She joined The Canadian Press to cover federal politics, social policy and environmental policy. Heather has won five National Newspaper Awards including one for her work on the shooting of October 22, 2014, on Parliament Hill.
Special Advisor, International Business Development, Global Affairs Canada
Marcy Grossman is a special advisor for international business development at Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa. Previously, Marcy served as Consul general for the Consulate General of Canada in Denver and Miami and as Senior Trade Commissioner at the Canadian Consulate General in Los Angeles and Dallas. A graduate of Carleton University, she was an Honorary Board Member for WorldDenver, a non-profit community organization dedicated to advancing a deep understanding of global affairs and cultures.
MP for Abitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik—Eeyou, New Democratic Party
Romeo Saganash is the New Democratic Party’s MP for Abitibi, Baie-James, Nunavik and Eeyou since 2011. He is the first Member of Parliament from an Aboriginal community to be elected in Quebec and the first Cree to obtain a Bachelor of Law in the province. In his functions, he served as critic for Energy and Natural Resources and for International Development as well as Deputy Critic for Intergovernmental Aboriginal Affairs. In the 1990’s, Romeo was Deputy Grand Chief of the Grand Council of the Crees and the Director of Quebec Relations and International Affairs. He also served as Vice-Chairman of the Cree Regional Authority and founded the Cree Nation Youth Council in 1985. Romeo has played an important role in the negotiations which have led to the Paix des Braves Agreement between the Quebec government and the Grand Council of the Crees in 2002.
Jenn Jefferys is a strategic communications consultant and political columnist from a small town in Ontario. Her work has been published by iPolitics, Power & Influence magazine, the Ottawa Citizen and VICE News. She has supported the communications efforts of the Native Women’s Association of Canada, the Assembly of First Nations and Equal Voice. Her provocative bi-weekly column at The Hill Times, Millennial Suffragette has stirred wide public acclamation. Previously, she worked as a Communications Officer at the Assembly of First Nations and as a Research and Communications Advisor for Equal Voice National. She volunteered for CHEO Hospital and Famous 5 Foundation.
POLITICS AND DEMOCRACY
Leader of the New Democratic Party, MP for Outremont
Thomas Mulcair has been the leader of the New Democratic party since 2012. A law graduate, he pursued a career in Quebec’s civil service before being elected to Quebec’s National Assembly in 1994. As Environment Minister, he enacted legislation that enshrined the right to live in a healthy environment in Quebec’s charter of rights. He joined the Federal NDP in 2007 and elected as MP for Montreal riding of Outremont
Senior Producer, The House on CBC Radio
Journalist Nick Gamache is the Senior Producer of CBC Radio’s top rated political show, The House, which reaches close to 1 million listeners every week. He is also the face and voice of the CBC’s Parliamentary Bureau every morning on CBC Radio and News Network. Nick began his career at CBC in Quebec City. In the course of his duties as researcher, producer and reporter, Nick has travelled widely across Quebec.
Saturday March 11 – Afternoon Workshops
Winner of YQLW Award
Dafina Savic won the Young Quebecers Leading the Way Award in 2016 for her distinctive leadership in founding Romanipe, an organization mobilizing around efforts to combat prejudice faced by Roma. A graduate of McGill University, Dafina founded Romanipe, a non-profit organization mobilizing around efforts to combat prejudice faced by Roma. She is also the Human Rights Coordinator at the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre.
Anne Minh-Thu Quach
MP for Salaberry-Suroit, New Democratic Party
New Democratic Party youth critic Anne Minh-Thu Quach has been the MP for Salaberry-Suroît. Anne got involved in politics in 1988 promote the involvement of youth in public affairs, education and social justice. Since her election in 2011, she has taken the lead on many environmental and health files. Anne works to defend public services, the protection of environment and social justice in Canada. She has tabled bills on environmental protection.
CANADA IN THE WORLD
Writer, Journalist & Communications Consultant
Specialized in development economics, Latin America, energy and climate change, Christopher Neal has held senior communications management positions at the World Bank Group and was Director-General of Communications at the Canadian International Development Agency and worked as a communicator with CUSO and the Canadian Council for International Cooperation. He began his career as a reporter and feature writer at The Montreal Gazette and the Ottawa Citizen, and a freelance correspondent in Latin America.
Former Canadian ambassador to the Dominican Republic
Todd Kuiack is Emergency Management Director at Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada. An Algonquin from Pikwakanagan, Todd is a former Canadian Ambassador to the Dominican Republic and has 11 years in the foreign service at the Canadian embassies in Costa Rica, Mexico, Chile, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. Todd did volunteer work in an orphanage in the Dominican Republic and worked with Live Different to build homes for people living in severe poverty.
SOCIAL ISSUES AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Mike de Souza
Managing Editor of National Observer
Political and environmental reporter Mike de Souza is the Managing Editor of the National Observer in Ottawa. A Montreal native, Mike has covered politics for more than a decade at National Assembly and Parliament Hill and worked as a journalist for Reuters, Postmedia, National Affairs and the Montreal Gazette. In recent years, his work has focused on energy and environment policies in government and industry.
Vice-president of the Federation étudiante collégiale du Québec (FECQ)
Youth activist Elyse Tremblay-Longchamps is Vice-President of the Fédération étudiante collégiale du Québec and a member of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Youth Council. She served as External Vice-President of the Regroupement des étudiants et des étudiantes du Cégep de Lanaudière and worked with newcomers as a volunteer for the Comité régional d’éducation pour le développement international de Lanaudière. Elyse received the Lieutenant-Governor’s Medal for Youth and the Medal of the National Assembly in 2016.