MASTER OF CEREMONIES
Sarah Stone has been an active member of ONE, a global anti-poverty organization, from its inception and has participated extensively in various ONE Canada initiatives including social media campaigns, petition deliveries, tabling at music events and conferences and recruiting and training new ONE members. Sarah works as a Nurse in maternal/infant care as a local hospital and also holds a BA in Religious Education. Sarah is passionate about advocacy and engaging new ONE members to become active and use their voice in the fight against global extreme poverty and preventable diseases. She has a particular interest in HIV/AIDS and global maternal health. Sarah lives in Waterloo, Ontario with her husband who is a pastor of a local church and their three daughters.
MR. ROD REGIER
Rod Regier, Executive Director of Economic Development for the City of Kitchener, received an Honours Bachelor degree in Geography at the University of Winnipeg, a Masters in Regional Planning at the University of Waterloo. After graduating from Waterloo, Rod worked briefly with the Region of Hamilton-Wentworth in planning policy and then for 16 years with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador in various capacities including municipal planning, regional economic development and provincial economic policy with a special focus on dialogue between business, labour and government on provincial competitiveness in global markets. In his current position, Rod provides leadership to a staff team and community of stakeholders implementing the Kitchener’s Economic Development Strategy – Make it Kitchener. Economic development services in Kitchener include the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre, Business Development, Downtown, Special Events, Arts and Culture and the Kitchener Market. Rod has participated in international development projects with the city of Kumasi in Ghana, West Africa and Morogoro, Tanzania. He is currently sitting on the Policy Unit for Urban Economic Development Strategies for Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Cities. He lives in downtown Kitchener with his wife, Lisa Langwieder, son Ben and daughter Ali. Off line, his recreational passion is hang gliding.
DR. PRIYANKA JAMWAL
Dr. Priyanka Jamwal is an Environmental Researcher from Ashoka trust in ecology and the environment (ATREE), who focuses on identification of contaminant sources in surface water bodies, modelling the fate and transport of contaminants in urban hydrological systems and assessing the risk to human health due to exposure to contaminants. Her empirical work has focused on quantification of microbial load from point and non-point sources in urbanizing watersheds. In addition to this, she has also evaluated the efficiency & efficacy of various wastewater treatment technologies. Currently she is working in an IDRC funded project focused on estimating trace metal loads in the urban streams, identifying the trace metal sources in urban catchments and assessing the risk to human health on exposure to trace metals. She is also working on simulation and prediction of free chlorine in real water distribution systems. Currently, Dr. Jamwal is a visiting scholar (RBC Fellow) at the Water Institute at the University of Waterloo.
MR. ELI DAY
Mr. Eli Day is a graduate of the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. He is a native Detroiter, where he started his career as a policy analyst and adviser to former Congressman Hansen Clarke (MI-13). Since his congressional days, he has transitioned into the world of criminal justice reform advocacy with JustLeadershipUSA. He blogs regularly at publications such as the Huffington Post on matters related to economic and racial justice, community self-determination and reimagining economic development. Additionally, he serves as a policy adviser on campaigns across the state of Michigan.
“As I matriculated into the study and work of public policy, it became clear: the policies I began interrogating and those that devastated my community were bound together by the cold facts of history…. Policymakers have long attributed social devastation to personal shortfalls. My goal is to help governments and institutions grapple constructively with their own.”
DR. CECILIA ROCHA
Cecilia Rocha (PhD, Economics) is the Director of the School of Nutrition at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada, and an Associate Researcher at the Centre for Studies in Food Security at that university. She has conducted research on food security conditions among immigrant populations in Toronto, urban food insecurity in South Africa, and the manifestation of food sovereignty in an indigenous settlement in Brazil. From 2004 to 2010, Rocha was the Director of the project Building Capacity in Food Security in Brazil, funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). As a member of the Toronto Food Policy Council, Rocha participated in the development of the Toronto Food Strategy (2009-2010). She was a member of the Expert Panel on the State of Knowledge of Food Security in Northern Canada (2012-2014) at the Council of Canadian Academies, and is now a member of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food).
DR. ALAN WHITESIDE
Alan Whiteside is CIGI Chair in Global Health Policy at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. Prior to this he was Director and Professor, Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD) which he established in 1998, at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, where is now a Professor Emeritus. He worked for the British Department for International Development as a Senior Research Fellow from 2009 to 2012.
He has been involved in researching HIV/AIDS for over twenty years. He is the author and co-author of books on HIV/AIDS. These are HIV/AIDS: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press), 2008, and with Tony Barnett, AIDS in the twenty-first century: disease and globalization (Palgrave), 2006 2nd ed. He is the author of numerous book chapters and academic papers.
He has held fellowships internationally (Leverhulme Visiting Professor, University of Southampton (2004-2006); Visiting Professor, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, and in 2009, Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Faculty of Arts and Social Science, Carleton University). He was appointed a Commissioner on the Commission on HIV/AIDS and Governance in Africa between 2003 and 2006.
He is a member of the editorial boards of African Journal of AIDS Research; Development Policy Review; Globalisation and Health and Journal of the International AIDS Society.
He has an ongoing commitment to development, with Swaziland and Southern Africa as a central concern. He is a member of the Waterford Kamhlaba United World College Governing Council; and from 2000 to 2012 was an elected member of Governing Council International AIDS Society and was treasurer from 2008 to 2012. In 2015 he was appointed as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.
MR. WADE SHEPARD
Wade Shepard spends his time traveling around the world reporting on emerging markets, technological developments, and urbanization as seen from the ground. He has a particularly strong interest in new cities, China's shanzhai manufacturing ecosystem, and the new trade routes between China and Europe. He is also the author of "Ghost Cities of China: The Story of Cities Without People in the World's Most Populated Country," a book which explores and explains the peculiar nuances of China's colossal urbanization movement, and writes for Reuters, The Diplomat, and CityMetric. Wade has been featured in, interviewed by, or appeared on CNBC Squawk Box, CBC The Current, Forbes, VICE, NPR Morning Edition, BBC World, among others. He is currently traveling to the new cities, logistics zones, and ports of China's "One Belt, One Road" initiative, more romantically known as the New Silk Road, collecting information, insights, and stories for a book on the topic. He blogs daily on vegabondjourney.com.
You can purchase his book on Amazon
Dr. Parthasarathy is India Value Fund Chair Professor of Sociology at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He has earlier worked or held visiting positions at the Australian National University, National University of Singapore, and Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin . He is the author of Collective Violence in a Provincial City (1997), and has co-edited “Women’s Self Help Groups: Restructuring Socio-Economic Development,” (2011), and “Cleavage, Connection and Conflict in Rural, Urban and Contemporary Asia” (2013). He has carried out research projects and published in the areas of urban studies, law and governance, climate studies, and disaster risk and vulnerability. His current research interests include urban informality with a focus on urban religion and politics, urban commons, transnational urbanism, legal pluralism and resource governance, and vulnerability to climate / disaster risks.
DR. CORRINE CASH
Dr. Corrine Cash holds a PhD in Planning as well as a Masters Degree in Environmental Studies, with a focus on land use planning.
Her work to date has run the gamut from private, public, and civil society sectors. Broadly, she has applied her various skills toward the fields of private sector development, sustainable enterprise development, planning strategy, assessing plan effectiveness, auditing city standards, sustainable urban development, political economy analysis, and climate change strategy. Dr. Cash has volunteered of herself and her time to a number of cities; by evaluating plan and policy effectiveness, as well as serving, (for a number of years), on the Board of Directors for social housing. For her work in this regard, she received the 'Award of Merit' for public service to the City of Kitchener, Ontario, Canada in 2015.
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