Stephanie Allen

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Stephanie Allen is a nationally recognized housing expert whose 21-year career spans the housing continuum from market development to supporting homeless people living in encampments. She holds a bachelor’s in business administration and her master’s in urban studies was internationally recognized by the Western Association of Graduate Schools (WAGS) and ProQuest for her research into Black community displacement across Canada. Stephanie’s current work focuses on thought partnerships with leaders and communities who are creating real estate strategies and housing projects where people and planet can thrive. Stephanie has worked in the private, non-profit, and public sectors, is a co-founder of Hogan’s Alley Society, and was awarded the 2021 BC Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism Awards, in the Breaking Barriers category. She is an occasional opinion writer and has appeared in several documentaries and news features for her analysis on historical and contemporary urban issues.


Mohamed Huque

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Mohamed Huque has spent his entire career advancing social change, from grassroots organizations to global charities. He is the Director, Community Impact at Toronto Foundation, one of the largest community-based funders in Canada. Previously, he was a strategy consultant advising some of the world’s leading NGOs on programs that ranged from supporting micro-enterprises in Afghanistan to establishing agricultural co-operatives in Sudan. As a former charity executive, he helped develop Canada’s first national reading strategy and also led a frontline social service agency supporting low-income communities. He is a past Board Chair at Amnesty International Canada and presently the Co-Chair of Amnesty International’s Americas Region Steering Committee.


Mitchell Anderson

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Mitchell Anderson is Lead Minister at St. Paul’s United Church in Saskatoon. Mitch is Dënesułiné and a member of the English River First Nation, holds a women and gender studies degree alongside MBA and Master of Divinity degrees, and operates from a well-rounded view of what strong communities are made of — including recognition of the vital role of business in community economic development. Mitchell currently serves as Board Chair of Affinity Credit Union, as Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee with Sask Central, as a trustee of the United Church of Canada Pension Plan, and previously was chair of the Board of Directors at the Inspirit Foundation.


Lilian Chau

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Lilian Chau is the CEO of Entre Nous Femmes Housing Society, one of Canada’s first women-led community housing organizations serving women and single-parent families in Metro Vancouver. She is a strong advocate for gender equality, social justice and reconciliation with Canada’s Indigenous peoples and a champion for the community housing sector.  Lilian is a Registered Professional Planner with extensive experience in urban and community planning, affordable housing development and financing, impact investing and public engagement. Her prior roles include Director, Community Real Estate with Brightside Community Homes Foundation, Community Investment Portfolio Manager, Impact Real Estate with Vancity Credit Union, and as an urban planner within municipal, territorial and First Nations governments and agencies. Lilian currently serves on the boards of Hiyám ta Sḵwxwú7mesh Housing Society with the Squamish Nation and the BC Non-Profit Housing Association.


Kat Cadungog

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Kat Cadungog is Executive Director of the Foundation for Environmental Stewardship (FES), a youth-led, youth-serving organization committed to empowering youth and advancing a more inclusive, fair, prosperous and sustainable future. Kat is passionate about building youth-for-youth climate support systems, mainly The Youth Harbour and Now for Net-Zero, so far raising 4 million dollars across both projects to provide youth with financial, technical, and networking support to amplify and scale their work. In addition, Kat supported the expansion of the SDGs training program to over 90 schools across Canada, the US and UK, and contributed to over 50 community action projects in high schools. Kat’s passion for sustainability and supporting youth leadership permeates her personal life and current volunteer roles as a Community Climate Transitions Advisory Group Member with Tamarack Institute for Community Engagement and as a board member of the Sustainability Network. In 2022, Kat was named a Future of Good Young Impact Leader and a Top 30 Under 30 Corporate Knights Sustainability Leader.


Indi Madar

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Indi Madar is Senior Manager, Social Impact with Choice Properties REIT. Indi’s contributions to Canada’s social finance sector are rooted in holistic view of what it means for communities to thrive, and she has supported initiatives spanning housing, financial wellbeing and literacy, climate action, youth engagement and more. Indi has previously held management and advisory roles focused on ESG and Community Impact at the Canadian Credit Union Association. Indi serves as a member of the Advisory Council for the Financial Resilience Institute, while also helping run Brown Girl Outdoor World, an organization committed to carving out space and new narratives for Black, Indigenous and People of Colour in outdoor adventure and recreation.


Emeline Le Guen

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Emeline Le Guen brings more than 10 years of experience in supporting and financing non profits and impact ventures, in France and Canada. She has been a project manager at La Caisse des Dépôts, a state-owned financial institution supporting and financing public policies in France towards economic, social and sustainable development. In Canada, she led the development and the launch of Thrive Impact Fund, an impact first and place based fund, investing through flexible debt in social enterprises in British Columbia. She is now part of the Development team at Le Chantier de l’Economie Sociale, a Montreal-based non-profit committed to advancing social impact within Quebec’s economy. She is committed to social innovation and helping impactful solutions scale up to foster inclusive and thriving communities.


Brian Smith

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Brian Smith is an experienced leader and advisor in the social innovation and impact investing space.  He is an Advisory Member for TELUS Pollinator Fund for Good and the co-founder and Board Chair of Persephone Brewing Company – a Certified B Corp that is widely recognized as an early adopter and model of ecologically positive systems, including regenerative agriculture and community impact.  Working at the intersection of clean technology, finance and climate action, Brian is passionate about mobilizing finance solutions that can catalyze the adoption of regenerative agriculture and other nature-based solutions to the climate emergency. Brian served as Executive Director of a Community Futures office and was a co-founding partner and CEO at Rhiza Capital, where he helped unlock more than $180M of new capital for investment in the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


Brendan Reimer

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Brendan is the Strategic Partner of Values-Based Banking at Assiniboine Credit Union, where he works to integrate and embed the principles and practices of values-based banking into ACU’s core functions, culture, and daily work. He leads ACU’s B Corp Certification journey and the credit union’s commitment to using business and finance as a force for good. Brendan also provides national leadership as the co-chair of the Canadian Credit Union Association’s Community Impact Committee, locally on the Board of Directors at SEED Winnipeg, and at ACU with through initiatives including ACU Pride, Indigenous Leadership Circle, and the Eco-Excellence Team. Building on a previous role as the Manitoba Regional Director at the Canadian CED Network, Brendan is a passionate educator and organizer dedicated to creating inclusive, fairer, and more sustainable economies and communities.


Benjamin Scott

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Benjamin Scott, is the Founding Project Director / Co-Lead of EntrepreNorth, a proud member of the Tłı̨chǫ Nation and true Northerner at heart. He has a passion for supporting organizations to redefine business practice through an Indigenous worldview, and sharing business knowledge and tools to help build entrepreneurial leadership and capacity within communities. He is the creator of The Multi-Directional Business Compass which offers an Indigenous-centred perspective for thinking about business, community, and economic impact in a more circular and holistic way. The Compass framework now serves as the foundation of EntrepreNorth’s programming to empower Indigenous entrepreneurs to build sustainable business and livelihoods across Northern Canada. At EntrepreNorth, Benjamin is spearheading the development of a Northern Impact Fund to improve access to capital for Northern Indigenous entrepreneurs and social innovators and drive greater economic reconciliation and justice. He holds a MBA in Indigenous Business and Leadership from SFU, a BA in Urban Studies from UofC, and a Leadership Certificate from UofA. He is also an Action Canada Fellow Alumni and NDN Collective changemaker fellow.