David Isaac, also known as Wugadusk in his traditional name, is a Mi’kmaq originally from Listuguj, Quebec but was raised in Vancouver within the traditional territory of the Coast Salish peoples . He has been a long-time advocate for Indigenous health, the environment and has previously served as the Executive Director for the Vancouver Native Health Society as well as the Centre for Native Policy & Research. Most recently, he joined the Canadian Federal government’s Cleantech Economic Strategy Table for the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and regularly contributes to national energy policy formation and debate.
David is the President of the W Dusk Energy Group, which works with Indigenous communities to harness the power of their renewable energy resources in tandem with broader community development initiatives like planning, food systems and infrastructure development. W Dusk is actively deploying megawatt and community scale solar farms throughout North America.
W Dusk is currently working on green hydrogen and has completed two of British Columbia’s largest community owned (distributed power) solar projects and North America’s first Indigenous owned utility scale solar farm in the Fisher River Cree Nation.
When David is not working, he can be found immersed in nature and is an avid ocean yacht racer.
Vincent is a serial entrepreneur and an innovator at heart, with more than 20 years of experience in commercializing enterprise software. As the former Technical Lead at Google Earth, Vincent had the unique opportunity to work with the latest GIS technologies. Later, he joined Dassault Systemes as a Product Portfolio Manager, where he was responsible for the successful delivery of multiple mining-related products.
During the past 7 years, Vincent has been involved in the creation of three different technology startups, and has worked with various oil and gas and environmental companies to improve efficiency and collaboration across their projects.
Kendra MacDonald is the CEO of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster responsible for driving innovation and growth in the ocean economy. Together with a team working across six cities in Atlantic Canada, Kendra is focused on changing the culture of doing business in the ocean, increasing collaboration across ocean sectors and Canada’s global reach.
Kendra was previously a Partner in Deloitte’s Risk Advisory practice and the Chief Audit Executive of Deloitte Global.
Kendra speaks regularly on the topics of innovation, future of work, and disruptive technologies, and also serves on the Board of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and is the Past-Chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Technology Industries.
Over the course of her career, Kendra has both lived and worked in Ottawa, Montreal, Australia and Hong Kong before moving to St. John’s in 2010 where she now resides with her husband and two children.
In her role as head of Sustainable Impact, Frances Edmonds is responsible for driving business from sustainability leadership. Focusing on Canadian’s sustainable procurement practices Frances is working to change how Canada buys. She also oversees HP Canada’s full suite of corporate social responsibility programs including strategic partnerships with key nonprofit organizations and an industry leading volunteer program. Under Frances’s leadership, HP became the most sustainable technology company in Canada1 in 2018.
From being a founder of WWF’s Living Planet @ Work and Living Planet @ Campus programs to her TEDx talk demonstrating the power of collaboration, Frances seeks new and innovative ways to leverage the power of HP to create meaningful change across Canada. Hear more in her recent podcast.
Frances also has a passion for environmental education developing and implementing global environmental education and volunteer programs for HP. She is frequently featured in the news as an expert resource for media on sustainable impact. In 2020 Frances was invited to participate on the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) expert panel on the Circular Economy with the report to be published in 2021.
Frances received her second Clean 50 award in 2017 recognizing her as one of Canada’s top sustainability professionals. She sits on the boards of Learning for a Sustainable Future and the Schulich Centre for Responsible Business advisory council.
Frances started her career with the UK Government as an enforcer of environmental health and safety requirements followed by her role as manager of environmental health and safety in Canada’s chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Frances has a degree in Environmental science from Bradford University (UK), a post graduate diploma in Occupational Health and Safety and is a Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP).
Michael Chiasson is a speaker, musician, television host and writer who has been inspiring people for over 20 years. He has been one of the top communicators for students across Canada and the United States. Using his experiences and proven practical strategies, Michael partners with organizations that want to help their leaders and team members make the greatest impact. As the founder of The Chiasson Group and a Canadian registered charity (Access 52), he exudes an unparalleled passion for helping others on and off-stage. It is more than a career, it is his life’s work.
Alanna Mitchell is a Canadian journalist, author and playwright. She is fascinated with the intersection of science, art and society. Her second book, Sea Sick: The Global Ocean in Crisis, was an international best seller that won the U.S.-based Grantham Prize for excellence in environmental journalism in 2010. With help, she turned it into a one-woman play in 2014 and has been performing it ever since in Canada and other countries. It’s an odd creature: A non-fiction play performed by a non-actor. Go figure. It was nominated for a Dora award in Toronto for outstanding Indie play.
Alanna is in the throes of making my most recent book Malignant Metaphor: Confronting Cancer Myths: A Memoir into a play. She is also a playwright-in-residence at The Theatre Centre and has just finished her fifth book, The Spinning Magnet, about the Earth’s magnetic field.
Being a journalist, Alanna also writes freelance magazine and newspaper articles and occasionally makes radio documentaries for CBC. She has done work for the New York Times science section, CBC’s Quirks & Quarks, National Geographic, The Guardian, GQ India, The United Church Observer and Canadian Geographic Magazine.
She loves to give talks, as long as they are conversations with an audience. Some of the topics include: Climate change, Ocean change, Cancer, John Franklin’s expedition, Evolution, Charles Darwin, Neonic pesticides, the Earth’s magnetic field.
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