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Here’s who’s coming to the 2015 Good Hundred Experiment:

 

 

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Tad Hargrave – Co Founder of TheLocalGood.ca

web: www.marketingforhippies.com and www.thelocalgood.ca twitter: @TadYeg

Tad is a co-founder of TheLocalGood.ca – an Edmonton network that helps Edmontonians live the local good life by supporting and connecting good local things together.

He’s also a hippy who developed a knack for marketing (and then learned how to be a hippy again). Despite years in the non-profit and activist world, he finally had to admit he was a marketing nerd and, in the end, he became a marketing coach for hippies. Maybe it was because he couldn’t stand seeing his hippy friends struggle to promote their amazing, green and holistic projects. Maybe it was because he couldn’t keep a 9-5 job to save his life.

Whatever the reason, for almost a decade, he has been touring his marketing workshops around Canada, bringing refreshing and unorthodox ideas to conscious entrepreneurs and green businesses that help them grow their organizations and businesses (without selling their souls).

 

Nadine Riopel – TheSavvy DoGooder

web: http://www.thesavvydogooder.com/ twitter: @philanthusiast

A lifetime of searching for the best way to make the world a better place has led me to the conclusion that the best path for me to do that is to help others make their giving more engaging and effective. On the way here, I studied international development and business administration as a university student; had misadventures as a serial volunteer; coordinated workplace giving and fielded soliciations as the executive assistant for a large company; and spent several years as a professional charitable fundraiser.

 

 

Confirmed Participants:

 

Adrian Buchanan, Xenos/80 Network Systems

What He’s Up To:

As someone who has been homeless as recently as 10 months ago, I am looking for ways to increase access to computers to people living in the current shelter system by starting an initiative to supply and install inexpensive Linux based workstations in places such as The Hope Mission, The Bissell Centre, and the Boyle Street Community Centre. The idea is to keep the systems cheap, yet effective at job/apartment hunting and plentiful in spaces where they’ll be utilized the most.

Why He’s Coming:

I want to network with socially driven people in the Edmonton Area and develop better professional connections so I can more effectively enact change.

Interwebs: http://xenos80.ca/@XEN_OS

Alexandra Frederickson, Land Stewardship Centre

What She’s Up To:

I would be attending to represent my organization, Land Stewardship Centre (LSC) because I believe they do wonderful work to benefit communities and the environment. LSC has several programs and resources that educate, engage and enable people to be better stewards of the land. For example, through their Watershed Stewardship Grant program, LSC allocates funds to community groups who are doing on the ground projects which improve the health of the watershed.

Why She’s Coming:

I want to raise the awareness of my organization and show how we can help people/groups who are trying to be more environmentally friendly. For example, we have partnered with municipalities throughout Alberta to try and help them better inform their residents on sustainable living in a rural setting. I believe sustainability and environmental awareness is such an important topic, one that still holds much relevance in this ever developing world. It’s not so much about promoting my company but promoting ways to be more sustainable. I also want to learn and be inspired from the other innovative and motivated people in attendance.

Interwebs: http://www.landstewardship.org/, @LSC_ASN

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Ally Whittaker, Communications Consultant

What She’s Up To:

I am a communications consultant – My day job is writing and editing for Alberta Education, but I also work on web-based communications for local non-profits in my spare time. As a community relations coordinator with The Local Good, I create and develop the Local Goods newsletter and events page. After being constantly amazed at all the goodness I have found in Edmonton, I make it a priority to share the exciting things happening in our city with anyone and everyone!

Why She’s Coming:

Despite living in the area most of my life, I am remarkably new to the Edmonton scene of do-gooders. In the past year, I have thrown myself headfirst into the community, and I am excited to spend a weekend learning from and connecting with other movers and shakers. Not to mention, as a representative of the Local Good, I am looking forward to meeting others and adding to my ever growing list of the best things to share in Edmonton.

Interwebs:@allydubs

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Angie Tarasoff, Education Innovator

What She’s Up To:

I am working on ways to make learning more accessible, more relevant and more engaging. I started by focusing on the needs of Alberta’s K-12 students, but in recent years, I have started to think that to be successful, we need to think beyond that arbitrary classification to consider how entire communities and systems learn together to advance socially, culturally and economically.

Why She’s Coming:

I have a lot to learn. This will be an opportunity to learn from the community. My second reason is that I’m cooking up an idea to work on next year – one that would take the challenges identified by this group this year and feed them to K-12 students in Edmonton to see if they might be able to solve them.

Interwebs: http://education.alberta.ca/@angietarasoff

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Anna Davidson & Kalea Turner-Beckman, Alberta Yarn Project

What They’re Up To:

The Alberta Yarn Project is committed to making yarn made in Alberta accessible to the people of Edmonton. Our dream is a co-operatively run retail space that sells this local yarn and local beer: the Yarn Bar. As a workers’ co-operative, each person who works here would have a say in how the bar gets run, and profits would be shared amongst the workers, enabling us to move away from the structure of tipping. We want to create an inclusive place to buy local yarn, drink local beer and connect.

Why They’re Coming:

We, Anna and Kalea, are interested in networking and hobnobbing with like minded Edmonton folks. We want to build on the relationships we started when we met people at Green Drinks and at The Resilience Festival. 
As an emerging company we are looking for advice, mentors, and collaborators. We are interested in conversations about co-ops and working within the capitalist structure while maintaining our anti-capitalist values.
We also are keen to take intentional time to focus on building the foundation of our business.

Interwebs: http://www.albertayarnproject.com/@ABYarnProject

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Antoine Palmer, Sustainival

What He’s Up To:

SUSTAINIVAL.com – We operate the world’s first green carnival. (Yes, it’s a full on carnival).

SUSTAINITECH.com – We build and operate hyper-local vertical farms inside of shipping containers.

BORINGINVESTMENTS.ca – We buy and hold commercial real estate. Pretty boring, but it supports my other projects. We are just starting to seriously explore building science and efficiency retrofits. 

Why He’s Coming:

GOOD people need to get together. The GOOD 100 Experiment is a beautifully curated and consistent space, one of the few in Edmonton. I’m coming to meet with and connect with the folks in town who are committed to social enterprise, sustainability, and having a GOOD time while we make the world a better place. 

As we grow in our sophistication and capacity as do-GOODers, the kind of community fostered through the GOOD 100 becomes increasingly important and powerful. We’re just getting started, but as a community we can have a real impact in this City and beyond.

Interwebs: http://www.sustainival.com/@palmer108

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Aretha Greatrix, Wicihitowin

What She’s Up To:

I have been involved with Wicihitowin since 2012, first as a staff members and now as the Chair of the Board. 

We are an organization that focused on relationship building with both Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

Why She’s Coming:

This will be my first time attending the Good 100 Experiment. I am looking forward to learning what others are doing in the community. As a part of a community driven organization, the best collaborations come out of listening to the community. I look forward to listening and sharing.

Interwebs: http://www.wicihitowin.ca@simplyaretha

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Brea Johnson, Heart and Bones Yoga

What She’s Up To:

I am a movement educator and yoga teacher. I help people feel better in their bodies through yoga, biomechanics and natural movement. Through workshops, private sessions, retreats and online classes you can learn how to have a sustainable body so that you can do the things you love with more freedom and ease.

Why She’s Coming:

I went last year and it was so much fun. Made some great connections with a variety of interesting and passionate people. I had some great insight and inspiration for my business that still carries through one year later. It was really wonderful to share space, ideas and conversation with other people in this fabulous city.

Interwebs: http://www.heartandbonesyoga.com@heartnbonesyoga

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Brooks Hanewich, Chrysalis

What He’s Up To:

I’m the manager of social innovation and enterprise at Chrysalis, which is really just a fancy way to say that I get to play with new ideas, and particularly explore how these ideas relate to persons with disabilities. At the moment I’m focused in two areas: 1) how human centred design can be used to develop better social connections for people, and 2) the potential of share economy models to provide social connections and financial opportunities for marginalized people.

Why He’s Coming:

Working together is extremely important, particularly when we’re looking to tackle complex issues. After reading through the list of confirmed participants, I’m really looking forward to throwing ideas to this group and seeing where it might lead.

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Bryan Kloosterman, A-Team

What He’s Up To:

Founder of A-Team a Christian Men/Boy mentoring group using a combination of shop class, outdoor education, field trips, for boys in North East Edmonton who do not have positive male role models in their lives. I am also working on an idea of providing free/low cost driver training, and sourcing affordable transportation that would allow the working poor to be able to access semi skilled jobs opportunities that are not public transportation routes.

Why He’s Coming:

I want to connect with people outside my own personal network, that are passionate as I am about finding ways to help the working poor to break out of the intergenerational poverty cycle . As an activist all to often when proposing a new idea, or a new way of doing things I am met with a mindset that “it can’t be done” and the hardest part getting the ball rolling is to get people on board. The Good100 Experiment will expose me to others who may have resources or knowledge that I can use without me having to rediscover whats out there already.

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Bryana Rousselle, SPUD.ca

What She’s Up To:

Currently, Bryana is working hard to connect with people in the community as a representative of SPUD, to create exciting and meaningful interactions around local food sources in Edmonton. Whether it’s doing juicing workshops in office buildings to handing out organic fruit at marathons and charity events to talking to customers on the phone, she’s always looking for ways to share the importance of buying local and organic. 

Why She’s Coming:

The importance of available healthy food in the community became especially apparent to Bryana when she began working with the University of Alberta Campus Foodbank. She continued her work in community health as a student member of the Healthy Campus Unit, a University Health and Wellness Services group dedicated to creating healthy opportunities for students. From there she realized her passions of food security and urban agriculture and hopes to find ways to learn more and be involved with each. She is very excited to be a part of SPUD Edmonton, where she gets to help plan events in the community centered around healthy food and engage with Edmonton customers through customer care. She hopes to always be finding new ways to connect and work with other people in these areas to continue to to good in the community. She believes that we should not just be striving to do less bad, but instead should be striving to do more good, to improve the world around us.

Interwebs: http://www.SPUD.ca@BSRousselle

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Cailín Mills, Knitmonton

What She’s Up To:

We love YEG so much that we want to make it even prettier- one yarn bomb/knit graffiti installation at a time. Knitmonton is about bringing joy to the everyday of life and reminding people that beauty can be found even in the urbanist of streets… without destruction. Past work included partnering with Valour Place for a Armistise Day installation, bombing a fence with sunflowers at an Alzheimers Centre and showering the old Charles Camsell site with hearts.

Why She’s Coming:

While I may be the head shenanigator, we are a team of knitters and crocheters of all ages who value fibre arts. Working with the community is important. Looking for new ideas and projects is why participating at this event may inspire us for bigger and better things. Inspiration comes from many places and people. Finding like minded members of our community makes the scheming far more enjoyable.

Interwebs: http://www.facebook.com/knitmonton@knitmonton, @knotsalot

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Chad Mielke, Peace Power Corporation

What He’s Up To:

I’m the owner of Peace Power Corporation, a boutique power retailer (and soon gas and green energy) operating throughout Alberta with specific focus on the Peace Region and Edmonton area. We offer 8 critical advantages over the big four retailers, Epcor, Enmax, Direct Energy and Just Energy: lower price, convenience, penalty-free contracts, we give back 10% of profits, consumer education & awareness, consumer advocacy, seniors and non-profit rates, and exceptional Alberta-based customer service.

Why He’s Coming:

Peace Power sees a substantial opportunity to spread the word about the innovative customer experience our company offers. Our primary mandate is to help consumers lower their cost of electricity and gas while offering education and market awareness. Too long have Albertans been kept in the dark with respect to how our electricity and gas markets operate and the choices they have. Peace Power does things differently than the big four: Epcor, Enmax, Direct Energy, and Just Energy and we want Albertans to hear about it. For example our company is 100% online and paperless, we are highly engaged in social media, we have special seniors and non-profit rates, we have penalty-free contracts, and we give back 10% to community but to name a few.

Interwebs: http://www.peacepower.ca/, @PeacePower

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Chelsea Coghill

What She’s Up To:

I’ve recently moved to rural Athabasca to learn and practice bio-dynamic farming and permaculture. I study psychology and holistic health, practice and teach group exercise and yoga, am an avid outdoor cyclist and have engaged in the personal development experiential learning and teaching arena as a participant, volunteer, facilitator and coach over the past twelve years. I am currently seeking to learn and teach the community to more effectively meet our needs from a more traditional approach.

Why She’s Coming:

My value and need to be more a present and active contributor in Edmonton’s community has become increasingly more important to me as I continue to be witness and invited to participate in the powerful work that I see the Local Good doing. It’s clear that a group of driven, passionate and knowledgeable individuals with a variety of experience and skill sets is needed to create the positive shifts that the world so dearly needs. I want to expand my context around what those changes could be and how I can continue to be an active and even stronger contributor.

Interwebs: @chelseacoghill

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Chris Corrigan, Edmonton Bicycle Commuters Society

What He’s Up To:

I have been involved for three years with The Edmonton Bicycle Commuters Society as a volunteer in its board of directors. The society provides services such as an educational do-it-yourself bike shop & is also a recycling resource for the City. Second-hand goods are upcycled back into the community for use, away from the landfill. This is a good compliment to my day job as a bicycle courier, in which I have also developed a special interest in urbanism, urban planning, and green architecture.

Why He’s Coming:

The good 100 will allow me to bounce ideas off of other folks with vision. Their resources and experience contribute to the betterment of people and our ever urbanizing, globalized world, and I wish to get a start on my own contribution.

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Chris Gusen, Make Something Edmonton

What He’s Up To:

Make Something Edmonton is a community-powered initiative dedicated to building our city’s image and reputation. We do this by developing and sharing stories about our city’s makers – anyone with the courage to take an idea to reality – and motivating more Edmontonians to follow their example. We seek to empower citizens from every walk of life to participate in our unusual hybrid of community-building, cultural change and storytelling.

Why He’s Coming:

I learned a lot from the people I met at last year’s Good Hundred and I know this year’s Experiment will be just as valuable. My experience at Make Something has taught me that city branding and city building are two sides of the same coin. Our work overlaps with what many Edmontonians are doing in the realms of public engagement, urbanism, activism and community-building. With these intersections in mind, I’m grappling with three big questions right now: 

How can Make Something Edmonton bring the most value to our city’s engaged citizens? What gaps should we fill so that we can collaborate with other groups that work on building community and shaping our city without inadvertently duplicating their efforts? What our role, as storytellers, in accelerating positive changes in our city?

Interwebs: http://www.makesomethingedmonton.ca/@chrisgusen

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Chris Ulmer, Urban Matters

What He’s Up To:

I am a part of a new social enterprise called Urban Matters CCC, which is a Community Contribution Company that aims to catalyze new approaches to sustainable community development and activate cross-sector networks to achieve systems change. We are driven by a belief that there are vast, untapped opportunities to improve community
wellbeing and that we can play a transformative role, translating a focus on community deficits into a shared accountability for developing positive solutions.

Why He’s Coming:

I eagerly await the opportunity to listen and learn through sharing stories, taking the time to enjoy each other and what we are doing and forging new relationships that strengthen our ability to work together for better communities. This will be a great opportunity to let go of individualism and stop talking about community and embrace being a part of it.

Interwebs: http://www.urbanmatters.ca/

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Christina Ignacio-Deines, ID Bohemia

What She’s Up To:

I am designer, artist and partner in I-D BOHEMIA Lifestyle, Events and Interiors, where I create experiences and spaces centered around connection, well-being and beautiful living. The projects we’re working on include: a Bohemian LEGO wedding, Dîner en Blanc , Harvest Gala for the Lois Hole Hospital, Lobster Lovers Gala for BGCBIGS, Dinner by Design in Calgary, a condo renovation, DAAWAT Restaurant interior, and numerous private events. My BHAGs are to do a TED talk and write a book!

Why She’s Coming:

After such an amazing experience last year, it simply makes sense to be part of this great event again. Many professional and personal relationships that I value deeply today began at the Good 100 2014. I’m passionate about sustainable living and community building and am always looking for ways to support the city I love and also to incorporate sustainability into my work. If you want to collaborate with me or you have a cause and you need the skills of someone like me, I’d love to meet you!

Interwebs: http://idbohemia.com/, @idbohemia

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Christy Boulter, Green Realtor

What She’s Up To:

I became a Green Realtor 9 years ago to begin building bridges that support sustainable lifestyle choices. I came to this industry with a wealth of knowledge about hospitality, health, & home economics which I utilize when assisting my clients. It is my belief that with a solid foundation many dreams are possible; I feel honoured to walk through the unique details of every file.

Why She’s Coming:

I am grateful for the opportunity to share my experiences as a Green Realtor. Balancing live/work/play choices can be tiring, when you add the myriad of healthy living options now available; overwhelm can lead the way with the dreams of owning a green home & the reality of the initial costs. Depending on my clients timeline & budget, many compromises for the pocket book can be found without complete compromise of sustainable value; I witness this transformation one yard at a time.

Interwebs: http://www.homelifeguaranteed.com/@yeggreenliving

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Crys Vanier, Centre for Race and Culture

What She’s Up To:

From a wide-range of interests, the two most abiding are community-building and human equity. These offer perspective to my professional role in strategy, my education pursuits in innovation and my motivate to chair an Edmonton non-profit, the Centre for Race and Culture, which delivers educational, research, training, cultural evaluation and other programs in pursuit of and ultimate goal to eliminate racism.

Why She’s Coming:

In seeking to build community and develop human capacity, systems and structures, in a way that contributes to more resilient society, I recognize that the network and community you contribute to and build together is the most important step toward success. The Good 100 will provide a forum for ideas and meeting others who have similar goals.

Interwebs: http://www.cfrac.com/home

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David Rauch, Open Edmonton

What He’s Up To:

I am a cofounder of Open Edmonton, a citizen-led civic tech meetup in Edmonton. We pilot new technologies that improve public life. In the past, we have conducted a crowdmapping exercise to collect the location and information of over 900 pieces of public art, we’ve scraped the provincial restaurant inspection database and shared the data (with Provincial blessing), created new digital public engagement tools, and more. We bring together tech and non-tech people for positive projects.

Why He’s Coming:

Our group is a small band of tech-savvy makers with digital solutions looking for community organizations with issues/problems to fix. Our volunteers have skills in web design, machine learning, data visualization, data management, and community organizing.We have capacity to take on new community projects.

Interwebs: http://www.makesomethingedmonton.ca/makers/1146-david/, @OpenEdmonton

Deepika Mittra, Opening Spaces

What She’s Up To:

I am passionate about helping people find relevant and realistic ways to work self-care into everything that they’re up to. I know when I look after myself, I can offer my best self to the world around me. I also know how hard it can be to prioritize my needs and the barriers that get in the way. I am a Clinical Social Worker and Certified Practitioner of Mind Body Medicine and offer workshops, private and group sessions to help you live life the way you want.

Why She’s Coming:

I participated last year and really enjoyed the community and energy of Good 100. It has been wonderful to have that community feeling continue throughout the past year and I look forward to developing it even further. I also have some ideas that I’d love to continue building on!

Interwebs: http://www.openingspaces.ca/

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Denika Piggott, Alternative Land Use Services

What She’s Up To:

My passion encompasses sustainable community systems. Being born and raised on a farm I developed a deep connection and appreciation for food and the people who grow our food at a young age. I am currently envolved with a not for profit grassroots program called Alternative Land Use Services. ALUS is a community-led, Farmer-delivered program that assists farmers to restore marginal agricultural land into natural habitats and pays farmers for the Ecosystem Services produced on their land.

Why She’s Coming:

I am full of passion and would love to learn and share knowledge with like-minded people from all walks of life. Continuous learning is key for personal growth. The more I can grow, the more I can influence and support my local community and indirectly, the world.

Interwebs: http://www.ALUS.ca, @denikapiggott

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Duncan Kinney, Green Energy Futures

What He’s Up To:

I am coming for several reasons. I have a lot of projects that I’m running off the side of my desk where it’s time to find collaborators: Redeveloping Rossdale Power Plant with solar power, Finding a use for the Queen Elizabeth Planetarium, preferably as a theatre/arts space, Developing an alternative financial services option for low/moderate income Edmontonians as a poverty reduction tool, Doing a pilot study on unconditional cash transfers as a poverty reduction tool in urban Edmonton.

Why He’s Coming:

I want to run the projects I am working on past people and get feedback as well as find collaborators.

Interwebs: http://duncankinney.com/@DuncanKinney

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Ellen Christopherson, Elevated Robotic Services, Inc.

What She’s Up To:

I own a start up that uses electrically powered unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, aka drones). We collect aerial data with various sensor for many different industries for a variety of purposes including surveying, mapping and inspections. Using a variety of software we transform the data into information. We are able to show our clients their impact on the environment, assess their inventory, monitor infrastructure and give them critical knowledge during emergencies such as spills.

Why She’s Coming:

I am motivated by the people surrounding me. I have heard that motivated people who want to change the world are participating and this is something I’d like to be involved in with the hopes that we can do more together than I can alone

Interwebs: http://www.elevatedrs.com/@elevatedrs

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Ginette Jobb

What She’s Up To:

I have been a volunteer Board member with the Waldorf Independent School of Edmonton for the last 3 years. It is incredibly important and gratifying work, pioneering this young, thriving alternative school. Grassroots community building is my thing. 
I am a Storyteller, Writer, Teacher, and Parent Educator. And I do knit!
I am also a grad of the first cohort of Next Up, what I call ‘activist boot camp.’ 
Primarily, I am a darn good mother to my three awesome kids.

Why She’s Coming:

There are few things I love more than creative collaboration and opportunities to maximize our collective potential! I am coming as an ambassador and advocate of the WISE but also as an individual, to re-connect with the wider Edmonton scene again….brainstorm, be inspired, absorb some awesome facilitation skills, make connections for the future, etc.
I looked over the list of who is coming and thought WOW! This will be so fantastic!

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Gert Reynar, Leduc Food Bank

What She’s Up To:

I have been the Executve Director of our regional Food Bank for 10 years and have worked on some creative ways of gleaning and developing programs for the clients such as cooking workshops to better understand how to use the food received in a hamper. The School Snack Attack program to address the increasing need for snacks in our schools for children and youth who come to school hungry. Presently interested in creating a social enterprize to include individuals with challenges.

Why She’s Coming:

I find it quite stimulating to be surrounded by individuals who can think outside the box and feel that great ideas and connections can be harvested from such a gathering.

Interwebs: https://www.leducfoodbank.ca, @leducfoodbank

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Jamie Pratt, Girl Gone Wild Docs

What She’s Up To:

I independently create and produce a documentary multimedia project about environmental and social justice. I produce videos, blogs, and songs that I post on line that inform people on and advocate for various social and environmental causes.

Why She’s Coming:

Last year the Good Hundred was one of the best experiences of my life. I would love to reach out to other members of the Edmonton Do-Gooder community to create collaboration and to support each other in our respective endeavors.

Interwebs: http://www.girlgonewilddocs.ca/@jamiegonewild

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Janine Halayko, You Can Ride Two

What She’s Up To:

I am a pediatric physiotherapist and one of the volunteers and co-ordinators with You Can Ride 2- a program that aims to facilitate cycling opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Thanks to the support of the Edmonton Bicycle Commuters Society, Inclusion Alberta, the Alberta Cerebral Palsy Association and many others, over 100 children with disabilities are able to ride with their families this summer.

Why She’s Coming:

I would love to hear about how others achieve sustainability and balance as they seek to grow their ideas and programs. I am also excited about the possibility of new partnerships with other people and organizations that support individuals with disabilities.

Interwebs: http://www.youcanridetwo.ca/@youcanridetwo

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Jason Darrah, Public Engagement

What He’s Up To:

I am a mostly civil servant who is fortunate to bring together my passion for community-building, democracy and communications in a role working for the City of Edmonton. I am helping re-imagine the way the City engages with Edmontonians to improve consultation processes, enhance community capacity and foster leadership, and improve the nature of City-citizen collaborations. I am a champion of Open Government, good neighbours and bicycles. And my dog.

Why He’s Coming:

I want to learn more perspectives on how to retool the City’s public engagement approach. I hope to mobilize leaders from a diversity of interests to join projects like the Everyday Political Citizen, the Edmonton Insight Community, the Council Initiative on Public Engagement, Open City initiative and maybe even launch ChangeCamp Edmonton #2.

Interwebs: http://www.edmonton.ca/publicinvolvement@jdarrah

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Jason Halbauer, Breakfast Television

What He’s Up To:

I work for Breakfast Television and strive to produce content that is socially positive and will influence socially positive thought and action. I also am involved in a local sketch comedy group and am launching a couple podcasts.

Why He’s Coming:

I love the opportunity to meet and connect with exciting people around.

I like to consider myself a problem solver/helper and love the idea of helping others with their positive social ideas. Similarly, I would like to meet people who would be able to help me with projects and ideas I may have bubbling up.

Interwebs: http://www.jasonhalbauer.com/@JasonHalb

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Jerome Cranston, GIS Analyst and World Changer

What He’s Up To:

By day, I’m a GIS Analyst with the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute, working on diverse projects such as planning caribou habitat restoration, evaluating ecosystem services, and mapping wetlands, grizzly bear habitat, and human footprint. By night, I dream up ways to Change the World. My wife and I founded the Hinton Community Greenhouse before moving to Edmonton in 2013. My current project is to create an organic, off-grid, cooperative farm, woodlot, and animal sanctuary.

Why He’s Coming:

I hope to learn from the collective wisdom of 100 smart people, and share my ideas with others who might be interested.

Interwebs: http://abmi.ca

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Jess McMullin, Citizen Experience

What He’s Up To:

Since 2009 I’ve dedicated my design practice to helping the public sector work better for people. As a consultant I work with teams of public servants and other change makers to design better government service experiences, promote policy innovation through design thinking, and build design capability within government and the social sector. I speak and lead workshops globally, and have been involved in design and user experience since 1996.

Why He’s Coming:

Innovation happens at intersections, edges, and overlaps. The Good 100 looks like a great place for finding new connections and opportunities to grow personally and professionally.

Interwebs: http://www.citizenexperience.org/@jessmcmullin

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Judi Keefe, The Local Good

What She’s Up To:

I work for The Organic Box during the day as Dispatch organizing the daily deliveries throughout Edmonton and surrounding areas. In doing this work I have learned about the physical boundaries and intricacies of the city map, and subsequently have grown to appreciate the people doing the work which keep this city running…including my coworkers!In off hours I coordinate social media for The Local Good. An amazing team…nuff said!

Why She’s Coming:

As a young professional still getting gears rolling in the city, I am keen to meet others who are key players in Edmonton. As social media for TLG I would love to attend to capture the event for Twitter/Facebook/etc. for real-time and future promotion of the event.

Interwebs: http://www.theorganicbox.ca@judithjoy

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Kara Deringer, Holistic Chamber of Commerce

What She’s Up To:

We are connecting professionals in the community who are passionate about holistic lifestyle. We are interested in the environment, social change, physical and emotional well-being, etc. We are garnering our energy to support each other in promoting a shift “out there.” We are about social change and responsibility. Given people’s busy schedules, our monthly meetings are intended to be a place to learn, network, and socialize. This isn’t “networking” in the traditional sense. It’s authentic.

Why She’s Coming:

Business Owner and Change Agent with ADD – cannot seem to stay focused on one project or one place to make a difference!

Interwebs: http://www.holisticchamberofcommerce.com/ab-edmonton@karaderinger

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Kathryn Joel, Get Cooking Edmonton

What She’s Up To:

I run a culinary studio offering Cooking Classes and Corporate Events, with a focus on using and promoting local produce and ingredients.

Why She’s Coming:

I attended the Good 100 Experiment in 2014 and was deeply enriched by the experience. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet others who are committed to supporting local and progressive business models in Edmonton.

Interwebs: http://www.getcookingedmonton.com/, @getcookingyeg

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Kerstyn Lane, Sustainability Engagement Specialist, Green Drinks Coordinator

What She’s Up To:

I will be the Sustainability Engagement Specialist with the UofA Student’s Union and I am a Green Drinks Coordinator with the local good. Projects we work on include the Campus Gardens, Bike Library and Workshop, UAlberta Farmers’ Market, and volunteer opportunities for engagement with sustainability education and action.

Why She’s Coming:

I would like to network with more people in the community who are doing great work to build collaborations and initiate positive change in our city.

Interwebs: http://www.su.ualberta.ca/services/sustainsu/@KerstynEliz

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Kevin Gangel, Verdigo

What He’s Up To:

Verdigo: Social Enterprise making “being green” fun & competitive instead of boring & guilt ridden. We gamify real-world behaviour change and disrupt corporate brand engagement for a values-based conversation between company and consumer. The more outside your comfort zone your green action is, the higher you score. Corporations sponsor your action inside 1 of 8 Impact Areas and 1 of 8 Areas of Life. That cash generates more green action. You’re already playing, you’re just not keeping score!

Why He’s Coming:

Edmonton has amazing people. The more they connect, the more possibility flourishes in our community. The more we share, the faster our ideas become reality as intentionality meets action. The more we know each other, the more we can lend our expertise and knowledge to speed the shift we all yearn for. I’m pretty sure I’m already a champion for what the other attendees are creating in the world…I just don’t know what it is and how to lend a hand. And I’m clear that the other attendees are already champions for what I’m up to: That the economy and the environment are one, whole and complete in each other…they just don’t know what it is and how to lend a hand. Committed action inside a fundamentally new paradigm is what brings transformation into the world. Let’s get to it!

Interwebs: http://www.verdigo.com/, @kegangel

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Kim Tanasichuk

What She’s Up To:

I do a lot of community things, mostly related to the holistic community. I used to co-organize Indigo Drinks, a monthly meetup for holistic and health/wellness field folks, and my work connects me with the holistic/eco community and I work closely with these businesses and individuals in my web design work. A recent endeavour was bringing together men’s group leaders in events I called the “Good Men Gatherings”.
There are a lot of things in the works in regards to my work in the community.

Why She’s Coming:

I suppose I should choose a particular project to focus on, and I choose the men’s work. But in essence I want support and inspiration in all of my community work.

Things on my mind:
— Building teams. I tend to work alone. And so it doesn’t feel as easy as calling people together to help. I think because it’s community work and I don’t want to take advantage of their time, want to have boundaries so no one feels burned out, etc but also need practice leading.
— Working with government – the men’s work got some attention from government organizations. I noticed this opened my consciousness to a more impactful way of doing things.
— Emotional support – Some of this is hard! The men’s event triggered folks, a couple friends fell away in relation to this, and I create from an emotional, spiritual place (which isn’t hard, but makes things take longer). I’ve been told that you know you’re doing something right if a few arrows are going past you. But it doesn’t make it feel good. I also get distracted thinking I have to always emotionally process it, every time this happens. How can I use my emotional sensitivity to hold compassion and openness, but also let some of that slide off me? I have been asking that question over and over, but with challenges sometimes you need to until you feel it and understand it.
— Getting grants, ideas for ways to get paid for my community work (ha, not that this is a huge money maker, but I want to bring my business mind to this)

Interwebs: http://www.kimtanasichuk.com/

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Klaas Rodenburg, Alberta Council of Technologies

What He’s Up To:

I have been a community volunteer / advocate in Edmonton since the mid 80’s and I have been involved with the Green Building Movement since 2002 including serving as a Director on the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and Chair of the Alberta Chapter of the CaGBC.

I am currently the President of the Alberta Council of Technologies (ABCtech) and lead the sustainability Ambassadors at Mammoet and work on their Sustainovation initiative.

Why He’s Coming:

I am always looking for opportunities to improve the livability of Edmonton, Alberta and the World.

Interwebs: http://www.abctech.ca/, @krodenburg

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Kurtis Ewanchuk, Aspen Centre for Integral Living

What He’s Up To:

Director of Aspen Centre for Integral Living.

Education, demonstration, and community development in the intersection of permaculture design, appropriate technology and regenerative politics.

Why He’s Coming:

To meet engaged folk and hopefully make new friends and allies.

Interwebs: @kurtise6

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Lana Whiskeyjack, Visual Artist

What She’s Up To:

I am a visual artist who works on many small projects with Indigenous women. Currently, I am working on a beauty project collaborating with another artist, with the hopes to have a successful exhibition. I am also working on a couple of research projects: 1) Indigenous women’s economic security; and, 2) Indigenous women’s medicine. I also involved with a community garden project in my community of Saddle Lake First Nations College and a healing garden at Blue Quills First Nations College.

Why She’s Coming:

I want to come to see the opportunities there are for the many projects I am working on. I want to network, bridge allies in making the world a safer, healthier, better place for our future. I want to be part of a collective movement of altruistic people working together for the benefit of ALL living beings.

Interwebs: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/lana-whiskeyjack/5b/571/424

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Laura Kemp, Sustainable Food Edmonton

What She’s Up To:

Laura Kemp has been working in the non profit field for over 25 years and brings a variety of experiences to the role of ED of Sustainable Food Edmonton. SFE runs over 90 community gardens and teaches urban agriculture in over 75 classrooms in Edmonton, as well they offer the Yardshare program linking land owners with gardeners. Laura’s goal would be to see food growing where there are now lawns. People sharing the open green spaces, having fun and eating well.

Why She’s Coming:

When you have someone like Laura Kemp involved, things happen! She has a background in Volunteer Management and links people to opportunities where they can grow and learn more about Canada. Currently she is involved in teaching people how to garden and grow their own food, which helps to battle food insecurity and hunger. Her recent speech with the David Suzuki Blue Dot movement showed her knowledge of the issues of inclusion and food security. With her sense of humor and story telling abilities, she is a great asset to any gathering.

Interwebs: http://www.sustainablefoodedmonton.org/

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Leslie Bush, The Local Good

What He’s Up To:

External Relations Coordinator for the Edmonton Bicycle Commuters Society, Treasurer for The Local Good, member of the Queen Alexandra Crossroads Engage Strategy Group, political dabbler, and advocate for a better Edmonton.

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” Jane Jacobs 

Why He’s Coming:

To connect and share with those who are trying to leave every place a better place than when they got there and learn how I can do more and do more effectively in that regard.

Interwebs: http://edmontonbikes.ca@lesoteric

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Lindsey Locke, Vegan and Vegetarians of Alberta

What She’s Up To:

I am a newcomer to Edmonton with a passion for community. I found the Vegans and Vegetarians of Alberta shortly after moving here and have been actively involved in friendly get-togethers with other like-minded individuals. I have also been handling the marketing for Change of Clothes, an event geared towards promoting ethical fashion both locally and globally! Last but not least, I have begun a Vegan Lifestyle blog to share my personal experiences, provide recipes and reviews of restaurants, develop my writing skills, and become more knowledgeable about Edmonton!

Why She’s Coming:

I would love to have the opportunity to network with other environmentally-minded individuals. I am excited to see how they manage their ideas to create a better environment for everyone. I am still looking for my niche when it comes to finding ways to improve the sense of community while maintaining a fun atmosphere within Edmonton. Because of this, I believe interacting with others who are a part of the Good 100 Experiment will be an eye-opener and help to bring out my creative side! I also think that this would be a fantastic starting point to network in this city.

Interwebs: @thelindscat

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Lisa Daley, TrueCommunication.ca

What She’s Up To:

I share something called The Work of Byron Katie which is a way for people to find peace and okayness with themselves and the people in their world. It’s a simple and wonderfully effective method of self-inquiry that opens the mind and heart to a healthier, more honest way of living. My newest project, truecommunication.ca (launching next month), brings this Work into the business and corporate world. Peace, clarity and enjoyment at work support more love, fun and happiness at home.

Why She’s Coming:

This sounds like a powerful opportunity to learn, grow, share and create. There is so much goodness in Edmonton and I know we can expand on that by working together, leaning on each others strengths and opening into the world of possibilities that have yet to be discovered. I have the time, energy and interest to be of service and am honored to be invited to such a project.

Interwebs: http://www.thehumbleheart.com/http://www.truecommunication.ca/, @lisamjdaley

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Michelle Brewer, Mindful Eating

What She’s Up To:

I bring people’s attention to the food they are eating through meditation and a sense-heightened experience of a meal to help them realign to their intuitive hunger signals and to be curious about why they eat when they aren’t physically hungry or don’t eat when they are.  http://www.edmontonjournal.com/Fight+mindless+munching+with+slow+meditative+approach/10934809/story.html

Why She’s Coming:

Do you want to change the way you eat but get stuck somewhere between what you want to put into your mouth and what you actually put in your mouth? How you eat is how you live. There is so much pleasure and insight on the plate in front of you, waiting there for you to learn from. To offer your best to the world, you have to be your best self.

Interwebs: http://www.michellebrewer.com/

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Nancy Siever, Mind Alive

What She’s Up To:

Nancy is the President of the Board of Sustainable Food Edmonton. She volunteers at her church to help run the Little Green Thumbs program and does the bread run with the Food Bank. Her business Mind Alive designs and manufactures equipment for improving brain performance. These innovative products are used worldwide as a non-pharmaceutical approach to improved mental health, increased relaxation and well-being. Nancy has been involved with issues related to urban agriculture for many years.

Why She’s Coming:

Nancy Siever is passionate about urban agriculture, food insecurity and is the president of the board of Sustainable Food Edmonton. As an avid volunteer she helps to run a Little Green Thumbs program with her church and she drives for the bread for the Food Bank. Her business Mind Alive designs and manufactures equipment for improving brain performance. These innovative products are used worldwide as a non-pharmaceutical approach to improved mental health, increased relaxation and well-being. Nancy has been involved with issues related to urban agriculture and wellness for many years.

Interwebs: http://www.mindalive.com/

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Nathan Binnema

What He’s Up To:

I’m in the middle of a training program called the Olduvai Expedition: An Introduction to Shamanism. Brochure describing the program can be found here:http://mythicnature.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/OeX-Brochure2015.pdf. I am a member of Urban Green Cohousing, and serve on the Community Growth and Facilitation Sub-Committees. I volunteer for the Wilderness Youth Challenge Program (wycp.org), a relapse prevention initiative for youth at risk.

Why He’s Coming:

I believe that the capacity to work together effectively and intelligently in small, well-coordinated teams is the greatest underused and wasted resource that we have at our disposal in the quest to reverse the trends that are consuming everything – life on earth, the future, our hopes, dreams, joys and sorrows. I seek opportunities to study and troubleshoot humans working in groups so that we can learn how to repair this capacity together. This is the overarching goal underlying my involvement in the three projects listed above, as well as my desire to participate in the Good100 Experiment. I hope to gain some insights, and discover opportunities to continue my studies.

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Nicole Ebbesen Rowan, The Spirited Thrifter

What She’s Up To:

I have two main hats to bring to The Good Hundred: 1. I am a thrift style blogger on a mission to make secondhand sustainable fashion choices mainstream. 2. I am a pediatric Occupational Therapist with both a public and private practice. Though I don’t have specific projects in mind at this eleventh hour of submitting my application, I have big ideas every day.

Why She’s Coming:

I am seeking to be inspired and inspiring, to brainstorm, connect and be surrounded by people who think big and say yes.

Interwebs: http://www.thespiritedthrifter.com/,  @SpiritedThriftr

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Reakash Walters, NDP Candidate

What She’s Up To:

I believe in the power of human connection and community. I have organized local festivals like Cariwest festival and 5 Artists 1 Love. My background is in communications and my passion for Edmonton has led me to be involved in a variety of community initiatives. I am currently working on a Big Hairy Audacious Goal: I would like to be a Member of Parliament with the NDP. I have been volunteering with the NDP for the last few years and have fallen in love with the party’s values and beliefs.

Why She’s Coming:

Edmonton is bursting at the seams with people who are involved in amazing community initiatives–but we are so busy working in our own, sometimes disparate, communities that we don’t often have a chance to come together and learn from one another. I think the Good 100 experiment would be an excellent opportunity for me to share my experiences and the things I’ve learned from local projects and have the opportunity to gain insight from others doing similar (but different) work.

Interwebs: http://www.reakash.ca/, @reakash

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Ricardo Acuna, The Parkland Institute

What He’s Up To:

I am executive director of the Parkland Institute, a board member of Oxfam Canada, and a columnist at Vue Weekly. I was also actively involved in bringing the Next Up Leadership Program to Alberta, and continue to sit on the program’s advisory committees in Edmonton and Calgary. I am a politics and public policy geek, and love that I get to speak regularly to students, teachers, activists, and community groups around the province. I am passionate about mentoring young activists and leaders.

Why He’s Coming:

To expand the conversations about how we connect social change work, progressive business models, and political change in order to achieve true progress in the public interest.

Interwebs: http://parklandinstitute.ca/

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Stephanie Chai, The Local Good

What She’s Up To:

Co-Events Coordinator for The Local Good, random urban event curator, and nerdy planette who is undeniably curious.

Why She’s Coming:

To collaborate with the good folks who love Edmonton and want to make it a better place!

Interwebs: @sjchai

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Stuart Fix, ReNü Building Science

What He’s Up To:

Owner of ReNü Building Science, a local Edmonton firm, which offers integrated building envelope and mechanical systems design services. We are passionate about creating low impact buildings with healthy and comfortable indoor environments.
Stuart also sits on the Passive House Institute US’s technical committee, was a founding director of Passive Buildings Canada, and concurrently holds the part time position of Senior Sustainability Engineer with the City of Edmonton.

Why He’s Coming:

I’d love the opportunity to meet like-minded Edmontonians, and to be a part of developing a network of action oriented do-gooder!

Interwebs: http://www.renubuildingscience.com/@reNu_bldsci

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Sydney Tordoff, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton and Area

What She’s Up To:

I started working in Volunteer Recruitment for Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton and Area in 2014 after moving back to Edmonton from Vancouver where I had been studying. Shortly after I started with the agency, I made the decision to become a Big Sister. The valuable things that I have learned from my role with the agency, and from actively mentoring my “little”, have driven my passion to find creative new ways to engage the community in supporting its children and youth.

Why She’s Coming:

I want to come to the Good 100 Experiment because I believe that this new found passion can only be enhanced by surrounding myself with others who want to see good things for Edmonton. I want to hear the ideas that everyone has about bettering our community. And I strongly believe that while we may all have different overall goals, the thoughts that we can exchange and the things we can learn from each other have such potential to be beneficial – no matter what one’s area of interest is!

Interwebs: http://bgcbigs.ca, @sydneytordoff

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Teneil Whiskeyjack

What She’s Up To:

Teneil Whiskeyjack is a local artist in the film & television industry. Her works include animations in both Cree & English. Her first film principal was in Hallmark Entertainment’s Dreamkeeper which garnered Teneil the Outstanding New Performance by an Actress in a film at the First Americans in the Arts Awards in Los Angeles. Teneil will also be on tour this fall with her most recent theatre production. Teneil is also a youth worker & 3rd year Bachelor of Arts student and mother.

Why She’s Coming:

I want to be a part of the Good 100 to ignite inspiration! Meet an array of people thriving to make a difference and offer my voice as an Indigenous artist and woman, this platform will allow me to share a unique perspective as well as keep an open mind to new and innovative ways with future collaborations.

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Tim Gourlay, FitSet

What He’s Up To:

I recently launched a startup in Edmonton that will make fitness more fun, exciting and accessible. Fitset offers one membership to an entire network of local boutique fitness studios around the city. Yoga, spinning, obstacle course training, dance, bootcamps and many more. A lot of people hate working out and my vision is to change that. We want to revolutionize the way people think about fitness & provide a service that truly improves quality of life!

Why He’s Coming:

I am new to entrepreneurship, and want to learn from others that are doing BIG things in both business and to improve the communities they operate in. I was able to attend the International Net Impact Conference in 2014, and by learning about the creative and innovative ways people are solving complex issues, I was truly inspired and motivated to make a difference myself. I think the good 100 Experiment will give me a similar experience, and a great opportunity find collaborations with others.

Interwebs: http://www.fitset.ca/@fitsetyeg, @timmacgregorG

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Tonia LaRiviere, The Local Good

What She’s Up To:

Tonia LaRiviere started working in film and television, and organically grew into PR supporting various events and not-for-profits in the city. I am currently on the Arthritis Society board of directors AB/NWT, part of The Local Good, core team and steering committee, co-cordinator of the Edmonton Resilience Festival and have taken on an organizing role and spokesperson of the Blue Dot Movement in Edmonton.

Why She’s Coming:

The Good 100 is about building community, growing as individuals and as a collective to bring about a culture of progressive thinking, value systems, open learning and teachings – growth – every time I am a part of Good 100, I am a little more connected to a vibrant community, and exposed to a wealth of learning and perspectives.

Interwebs: @tonialariviere

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Waymatea Ellis, The Brave and Beautiful Program

What She’s Up To:

I am a mother, minister, teacher, intuitive and spirit healer. I have just launched The Brave and Beautiful program, a 13 month program starting in June, aimed at helping women turn their biggest baggage into their greatest blessings.

Why She’s Coming:

I love this weekend so much. It has helped me enormously in my business, and has shown me a community of beautiful people who seek joy in their work.

Interwebs: http://www.waymatea.com/@waymatea

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Our Sponsors

 

 

Alberta Real Estate Foundation

Who they are:

Since our inception in 1991, we have invested almost $15 million in nearly 500 projects that enhance the Real Estate industry and benefit the people of Alberta. We help fund a diverse range of initiatives, including supporting studies in entrepreneurship and Real Estate, encouraging conversations about ground water, enhancing prairie wildlife habitat and helping low income households pay energy utility bills.

Why they are involved:

Telling stories of people doing good is what makes communities great. The Alberta Real Estate Foundation has been supporting communities and people in Alberta since 1991.

Interwebs: http://aref.ab.ca/

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SPARK

Who they are:

SPARK is Alberta’s first member-owned retail power co-operative focused on renewable energy. Besides offering competitively priced non-renewable electricity options, SPARK also provides customers with the opportunity to power their home with 100% “Made in Alberta” renewable energy. SPARK’s Green Offset Program cuts through the red tape and regulatory barriers, and allows small solar and wind generators in Alberta to sell their excess renewable energy to SPARK’s Green Power Rate customers.

Why they are involved:

Because we’re all about GREEN community power and trying to encourage Albertans to live more sustainably!

Interwebs: http://www.sparkyourpower.ca/

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Urban Matters CCC

Who they are:

Urban Matters CCC is a social enterprise, incorporated as a Community Contribution Company. We provide professional community development services, in partnership with community-based organizations and initiatives. We are mandated by the CCC designation to direct our profit to appropriate and related charitable organizations and/or reinvest in community oriented research and outcomes. We seek opportunities for systemic change, acting as neutral catalysts rather than traditional consultants.

Why they are involved:

We are truly committed to the communities we serve and believe that only through a cross-sector, collaborative approach can we begin to make a difference. The Good 100 event provides a platform for inspiration, learning and collaboration, all of which are necessary in order to achieve positive and consistent progress towards tackling the persistent, systemic problems that exist within our communities.

Interwebs: http://www.urbanmatters.ca/

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