2021 Workshops and Presentations

Opening Ceremony Speech: David Eby ; AMS Nest- The Great Hall                                                                 

David Eby is the MLA for Vancouver-Point Grey, first elected in 2013. A proud local resident, David was appointed in July 2017 to his current role as Attorney General by Premier John Horgan and in 2020 he became Minister for Housing as well. Before he was elected, David was the Executive Director of the BC Civil Liberties Association, an adjunct professor of law at theUniversity of British Columbia, president of the HIV/AIDS Legal Network, and served on the Vancouver Foundation's Health and Social Development Committee. An award-winning human rights lawyer, he has been repeatedly recognized in local media as one of British Columbia's most effective advocates and has appeared at all levels of court in BC. His years of legal advocacy at Pivot Legal Society to protect the human rights and dignity of homeless and under-housed residents of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside were recognized in 2011 by the UN Association in Canada and the B.C. Human Rights Coalition with their annual award.

Keynote Address: Lev Bukhman ; AMS Nest- The Great Hall                                                               

Lev Bukhman founded Studentcare in 1996 while still a law student at Western University. Basing his vision on his experience as Vice-President of Finance of McGill’s student government, Lev set out to create an organization with the culture, values, and capabilities to revolutionize student health care in Canada. Today, Studentcare is a national leader in student health care serving over one million students. In addition to a B.A. from McGill University, Lev holds a M.Sc. (Econ) from the London School of Economics and a LL.B. from Western University. He has also been profiled by the Montreal Gazette and La Presse newspapers as one of Montreal’s top “40 under 40.” Lev serves on the Faculty of Arts Advisory Board of McGill University. He is also an avid runner and skier who recently completed his latest half marathon, raising over $10,000 for charity.

Session A1: Dr. Elizabeth Cawley     - Room 2306                                                            

Dr. Elizabeth Cawley joined the ASEQ team as Director, National of Mental Health Strategy. Dr. Cawley hold her PhD in Psychiatry from McGill University and specializes in post-secondary student mental health. She is one of the expert members on the Technical Committee developing Canada's National Standard for the Mental Health and Well-Being of Post-Secondary Students. As an active member of this committee Dr. Cawley is helping to write the book on campus mental health. Over the years she has consulted at a number of top Canadian universities, assisting them with the development and implementation of their mental health strategies. She was also a board member at Kids Help Phone, working to successfully bring Crisis Text Line to Canada. In addition, Dr. Cawley has been involved with a number of private and non-for-profit organizations focused on developing innovative solutions for mental health service delivery on post-secondary campuses across the country.   

Session A2: Jackie Asante - Room 2309                                                                                  

Jackie Asante is a life-long communications strategist, and a Senior Vice-President at FleishmanHillard HighRoad (FHR), a public relations and government affairs agency with offices across North America and across the world. In her 10-year tenure with FHR, Jackie has led communications campaigns for long-term clients in a range of industries including in the professional services, retail and tourism sectors. Many of the projects she has been responsible for have included outreach to local, national and international media. In addition to developing and implementing hundreds of communications strategies, as a 20+ year executive coach and trainer, Jackie has supported her clients in their interaction with media of all types. Her experience has included training corporate CEOs, investment advisors, municipal government reps, philanthropists, MDs, RCMP officers, and Canadian Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

Session B1: Ariana Barer   - Room 2306                                                                                       

Ariana Barer is an Educator at UBC’s Sexual ViolencePrevention and Response Office (SVPRO).  SVPRO is a confidential place for those who have experienced, or been impacted by, any form of sexual or gender-based violence, harassment, or harm, regardless of where or when it took place. We recognize that you are the expert of your own experience, and you get to decide what is right for you. We aim to be a safer space for all by respecting each person’s unique and multiple identities and experiences. All genders and sexualities are welcome.

Session B2: Amanda Kao  - Room 2309                                                                                        

Amanda Kao is the founder and CEO of The Bad Academy, an organization that creates and produces workshops for self-identifying women taught by self-identifying women with the intention of teaching women to be more self-sufficient and self-confident, but, more importantly, to have more fun! Bad Academy has taught over 60 workshops ranging from car maintenance to psychedelics to knife sharpening to skateboarding. Outside of Bad Academy, she works as an HR and Operations consultant for tech, social and environmental justice, and various start-ups, and is passionate about building community. Amanda's presentation will focus on answering the question: How can we incorporate more equity and diversity in the organizations we lead, and empower the communities we work and live within?

Presentation: Peter Guo ; AMS Nest- The Great Hall                                                                                  

Peter Guo works at MNP and leads the Enterprise Risk Services practice in British Columbia. Based in our Vancouver office, Peter provides risk management, consulting, and assurance services to private and public organizations. With three years of student leadership under his belt (including President of UTSU!), he’s been in our shoes and is here to tell you what you need to know about running an effective student organization.

Prior to joining MNP, Peter was a partner at a BigFour firm, where he led the Systems and Process Assurance and Controls practice in B.C. He has developed and executed methodologies in CEO/CFO certification and project risk management and governance. With risk and controls expertise in large transformational projects, Peter provides clarity, recommendations, and practical solutions to executive and board stakeholders in complex IT implementations, business process improvement initiatives, post-merger synergies, operational cost reductions and systems conversions.A Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA,CA), Peter is a designated specialist in IT and IT audit (CITP,CISA). He holds the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified inRisk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), Certified Information TechnologyProfessional (CITP), Associate Business Continuity Professional (ABCP), and certified Board Director (ICD.D) designations.

Presentation: John Bailey                                                                                                   

John Bailey became CEO of the Regina Food Bank in April2019. He is responsible for modernizing operations and leading a strategic transformation of an established organization.  Prior to joining the team at the Food Bank, John worked at an executive level in both the private and non-profit sector in Regina.   John earned his MBA from the University of Regina and has been a speaker and lecturer in Non-Profit Sector Leadership andInnovation.  In 2020, John was named a CBC Saskatchewan Future 40. He currently lives in Regina with his wife and two daughters.

Closing Keynote Speech: Peg Fong                                                                            

Peg Fong is a journalist and an educator and the host and writer of the podcast Alone Together: A Curious Exploration of Loneliness.  She teaches journalism at Langara College and Corpus Christi and applied communications at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.  She is currently the Vancouver correspondent for The Economist Magazine and was the former western bureau chief of The Toronto Star, and a staff reporter at The Globe and Mail and The Vancouver Sun. She was a producer and reporter for the CBC in Vancouver in radio, television and online. During the pandemic, Peg created the international podcast Alone Together: A Curious Exploration of Loneliness which launched its first season with 25 episodes in January 2021. A second season began on September 10, 2021 with new episodes published every Friday. The show looks at the universal issue of loneliness through the perspective of history, science, pop culture and art with interviews from experts around the world.

Gala Presenter: Dr. Amita Kuttner                    

Dr. Amita Kuttner is co-founder of moonlight institute, a non-profit organization that seeks to create frameworks for an equitable and just future, taking into account the realities of the climate emergency, as well as technology, and decolonization. Amita holds a PhD in astronomy and astrophysics from the University of California, Santa Cruz; their research focused on black holes, wormholes, quantum effects, and the early universe. Amita ran for Canadian Parliament in 2019 and served as Critic for Science and Innovation for the Green Party of Canada from September 2018 to February 2020, bringing forward policy on artificial intelligence and emerging technologies. Amita ran for leadership of the Green Party of Canada in 2020 on a platform of justice, science, and resilience.