Opening Ceremony (August 12, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM)
Daniel Quan-Watson (He/Him)
Deputy Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs
Daniel Quan-Watson is a proud public servant who is passionate about the role that public institutions play in shaping Canada and the lives of Canadians. His appointment at Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada is his fifth appointment as a Deputy Minister. Much of his career has focused on work with Indigenous peoples and issues, having been the Senior Assistant Deputy Minister for Policy and Strategic Direction at the former Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Director General of the Aboriginal Justice Directorate at the federal Department of Justice, and Director of Aboriginal and Territorial Relations at INAC’s Northwest Territories Regional Office.
Additionally, Daniel has significant background in economic development and innovation issues, federal-provincial-territorial relations, labour relations and human resources issues, and cultural and ecological heritage matters. He has represented Canada on numerous issues at forums around the world and has represented the federal government in several national federal-provincial-territorial forums. Daniel is a pilot, sang for a time with the Regina Philharmonic Choir, has taught firearms safety and hunting courses, and has represented Canada in French, English and Spanish. His record for riding a Harley-Davidson from Ottawa to Edmonton is 46 hours and 10 minutes, one he intends never to repeat or beat.
Keynote Presentation (August 13, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM)
Lev Bukhman (he, him)
Founder and Managing Director, Studentcare
Lev 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.
Closing Ceremony (August 14, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM)
The Honourable Wally Oppal (He/Him)
Wally Oppal was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. After graduating from the University of British Columbia Law School, he was a trial lawyer for fourteen years. During this time he was appointed as a Special Prosecutor on many high profile criminal and commercial cases. In 2005, he was appointed as Attorney General of British Columbia and served as Minister Responsible for Multiculturalism until 2009. Mr. Oppal was involved in many significant reforms of the justice system, including the establishment of Canada’s first community court to deal with chronic offenders, developing new Rules of Court in order to promote quicker resolution of disputes and developing new initiatives in dealing with violence against women. A lifetime resident of British Columbia, Wally has dedicated his entire working life to the pursuit of social justice and community safety. His landmark report on policing in British Columbia led to many policing reforms after its publication in 1994. On September 27, 2010 the Lieutenant Governor in Council issued an Order in Council establishing the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry (the "Inquiry"). Mr. Oppal was named Commissioner of the Inquiry. Mr. Oppal is presently involved as a mediator and arbitrator, particularly in commercial disputes involving business, Government and First Nations. Also, Mr. Oppal is an adjudicator and commissioner in disciplinary matters under the Police Act of British Columbia. In 2017, the Government of British Columbia awarded Mr. Oppal with the Order of British Columbia which is awarded to persons who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in the service of the Province.
Workshop Session A1 (August 13, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM)
Topic: Anti-Racist Approach to Media Literacy
Speaker: Amrita Aggarwal (She/Her), Bakau Consulting
Amrita is a passionate storyteller and strategist, helping organizations attain an equitable and sustainable future. She envisions leveraging her energy and enthusiasm to affect positive social change in her community. She was raised by a theatre family and attained a unique blend of education in fine arts and business which all coalesced into her becoming a natural facilitator and strategist, leading organizations into a more inclusive future one policy and one conversation at a time.
Workshop Session A2 (August 13, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM)
Topic: Successful Negotiations: Before, During, and After
Speakers: Wassim Garzouzi, Partner, Raven Law LLP (He/Him), Raphaëlle, Laframboise-Carignan, Partner, Raven Law LLP (She/Her)
Wassim Garzouzi maintains a robust national practice dedicated exclusively to the representation of unions, with a particular focus on mediation and arbitration. In addition to litigating, Wassim bargains on behalf of trade unions in the provincial and federal sectors. He also acts as a nominee on interest arbitration boards in essential service industries, where he adopts a targeted approach to effectively achieve sector-wide advancements. Wassim is the Past President of the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers and currently sits on the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association‘s Board of Directors. He is a Part-Time Professor at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law, teaching the advanced Labour Law course, in both the French and English programs. In this same role, Wassim led a successful organizing drive resulting in the unionization of hundreds of faculty members.
Raphaëlle Laframboise-Carigan provides legal services in English and French in the areas of labour, employment, administrative, human rights, and constitutional law. She advises and represents clients in situations of wrongful dismissal, short term disability benefits, long term disability benefits, termination packages, discrimination, harassment, and accommodation.She acts in matters before federal and provincial courts, boards, tribunals, and arbirators on behalf of public and private sector unions and employees. She regularly mediates and litigates on behalf of her clients.Raphaëlle teaches and provides workshops on issues related to employment, labour, disability and human rights.
Workshop Session B1 (August 13, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM)
Speaker: Dario Garousian (He/Him), Crestview Strategy
Dario Garousian is a Campaign Strategist with Crestview Strategy and has over eight years of experience working as a political strategist and communications specialist, providing advice to senior political party leadership, and managing grassroots campaigns at multiple levels. Prior to joining the Crestview team, Dario worked as a Communications and Engagement Coordinator within the Government of British Columbia. He also brings both public and private sector progressive campaign experience from his time working on multiple successful municipal, provincial, and federal campaigns. Previously, Dario has served as a Director of Business Development and Communications in the hospitality sector, and as a Special Assistant in the Senate of Canada. In those roles he developed extensive knowledge of communications and stakeholder engagement strategies, to execute successful campaigns on a number of diverse issues.
Workshop Session B2 (August 13, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM)
Topic: Advocacy, Government Relations, and How to Get Sh*t Done
Speaker: Mackenzy Metcalfe (She/Her) , Executive Director at CASA
Mackenzy is no stranger to student politics, having served as the Vice-President of External Affairs at the University Student’s Council (USC) at Western University, leading government relations and advocacy for Western’s 35 000 students. Mackenzy also played an active role in external advocacy organizations in student politics. She served as the Vice-President of Finance at the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA), and as the Chair of Undergraduates of Canadian Research-Intensive Universities (UCRU). Mackenzy holds a Honors Specialization in International Relations from Western University and just finished her coursework for her Masters in Political Management from Carleton University, with plans to graduate in the fall. Outside of student advocacy, Mackenzy worked in Research at Summa Strategies, a government relations firm in Ottawa, Ontario. She has also contributed to various municipal, provincial and federal election campaigns. Since joining CASA in April of 2022, Mackenzy has enjoyed being back in the world of student advocacy and collaborating with bright student leaders.
Workshop Session C1 (August 14, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM)
Topic: Culture of Violence & Resistance
Speakers: Kyada Simons (She/They) & Parisa Jahanloo (She/Her), WAVAW
Hello! My name is Kyada. Currently I live, work, and play on the unceded traditional territory of the Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish, Coast Salish peoples. In my work, I center people's life experience while bringing my knowledge of somatic healing, land/element connections, and inner child work to support survivor's journey. I began working in this field at Wilfrid Laurier University supporting folks of marginalized genders through the diversity and equity office on campus. A few years and job positions later, I am now here at WAVAW continuing the work as a sexual assault counsellor! Outside of work you will most likely find me on the water paddle boarding or with my dog Luna.
My name is Parisa Jahan. I am a sexual assault counsellor at WAVAW. I provide trauma-informed one-on-one counseling to survivors of sexualized violence from marginalized genders which includes cis women and two-spirit, trans, and non-binary folks. I primarily apply techniques from CBT and person-centered theories. In 2016, I moved to Canada from Iran. As a former medical doctor in Iran, I was always interested in mental health and continued my journey here, earning a master's degree in counseling psychology at Yorkville University. I live with my two daughters and two adorable kittens, and I enjoy reading and watching movies in my spare time.
Workshop Session C2 (August 14, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM)
Topic: Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Speaker: Staci Hegarty (She/Her), Vice President of Equity and Inclusion for Envision Rise
Staci Hegarty is the Vice President of Equity and Inclusion for Envision RISE and a founding member of the organization. Staci holds a Masters degree in Anthropology and Higher Education. Her work centers on creating workplace cultures that are equitable and inclusive of all employees. Staci also leads a support group for parents of LGBTQ+ children. Staci will act as Account Manager and Subject Matter Expert for the Columbia Association engagement. In addition to her experience with Envision RISE, her expertise in higher education focusing on underrepresented adult learners gives her specialized insights into the educational aspects of creating change within an organization