Below is a list of the confirmed participants of the inaugural October 20th, 2012 Good Hundred Experiment.

 

Hosts:


Tad Hargrave – Co Founder of TheLocalGood.ca

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

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). And, over the years, he has become recognized as a leader in the wider movement towards green and local economies.

 

Nadine Riopel – TheSavvyDoGooder.com

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.

 

 

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Confirmed Participants (57):

 

Adam Rozenhart – digital strategist & marketing professional

web: www.theunknownstudio.ca twitter: @bingofuel

 Adam is the co-host and co-producer of a popular hyperlocal, talk-show podcast called the Unknown Studio. The show was born in 2009 out of a chance meeting in a bar. A lot of awesome stuff happens that way.  Adam is also co-founder of the popular websites OilersNation.com, FlamesNation.ca and CanucksArmy.com, now part of the Nation Network of hockey sites. During the weekdays, Adam is a digital strategist for Calder Bateman Communications, working with a variety of clients to develop and implement online marketing and engagement strategies.

 

Andrea Jones – Raising Spaces

twitter: @raisingspaces website: www.raisingspaces.ca

Andrea Jones is the founder of Raising Spaces, a small business and retail source of sustainable interior building products in Edmonton. With a degree from the University of Alberta in Human Ecology, Andrea expressed her passion for advancing sustainability in the field of hands-on education and environmental programming. Then, as she acquired a home of her own and avidly sought greener renovation products and information to upgrade it, she discovered a looming gap in the availability of authentically sustainable building materials, and simple accessible information about them. A short while later, Raising Spaces began to meet the need in Edmonton’s marketplace for an accessible source of the healthiest and most eco friendly renovation materials locally available.

 

Angela Watt – Sociable Events

web: http://sociableevents.ca twitter: @SociableEvents

Angela is a social event planner located in Stony Plain, AB. Planning events that use local suppliers first as well as educating clients on sustainable options is something she takes very seriously.  An avid supporter of the support local movement, Angela utilizes every opportunity to help promote local event industry professionals that cross promote other industry professionals that ultimately grow the local industry.

Angela Watt is the owner and lead wedding and event planner for Sociable Events. She is a Certified WPIC Wedding Planner, and is also a graduate of the Event Management Certificate from Mount Royal University. She has been planning events including weddings, corporate recognition and public engagement sessions across Alberta for the past 8 years.

 

Anna Bubel – C Returns

web: https://creturns.com/ twitter: @CReturnsGreen

Currently Anna is the “Director of Cash” for C Returns, where you {see} returns on cash, carbon and community.  Past lives include consulting to the non-profit sector on community economic development projects, developing affordable housing, creating community redevelopment plans, and crafting housing policy.  Anna owns a straw-bale, off the grid house and has hiked as high as 17,600 ft. in the Himalayas.  Her career goal is to use the tools of capitalism to further social, economic and environmental justice.  

 

Audric Moses – The Green Scientist

twitter: @audricmoses websites: www.greenscientist.ca and www.funkybugnaturals.com

Audric has been working in the biomedical research field since 2001. Prior to that, he obtained a Master of Science degree in Experimental Medicine studying the oxidation of HDL, and a Bachelor of Science with Distinction in Microbiology and Immunology. The emerging field of environmental health became a passion of his following the birth of his first child in 2005. He is currently the Manager of the Lipid Analysis Core Facility, an initiative of the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute and the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta. Audric currently lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada with his beautiful wife Marni and their two young children, Raine and Aysia.

 

Brenda Herchmer – Grassroots Enterprises

 
Brenda Herchmer is the owner of Grassroots Enterprises, a company specializing in community building and community leadership. Most recently she has served as the Director of ACE Communities, an innovative provincial initiative that has resulted in a methodology and resources for sustainable community change and growth.  

Previously she has taught at Niagara College in Ontario and also worked with others to found and then manage the Niagara Centre for Community Leadership. The Centre was acknowledged by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges as an “exemplary practice in community development” and was a finalist for the prestigious national Peter F. Drucker Innovation Award. Brenda is an avid writer and blogger, writes a weekly column, and is the author of three books. She has been acknowledged as a YWCA Woman of Distinction in Training and Education, and as winner of the Toastmasters Communication and Leadership Award.

 

Brent Macklem

Website: www.macklemfinancial.com twitter: @Hammer_Nuts

Brent Macklem is a U of A Business graduate with an interest in “Unveiling Wall Street”. Providing over 30 years experience as a financial services and products broker has allowed him to make complicated concepts easy to understand with his passion and humour.

Brent discovered that work and raising 4 daughters wasn’t enough so he involved himself in many charitable and volunteer positions in which providing security to track and field athletes during the Commonwealth Games and sending high school youth to foriegn countries to study for a year as the most challenging and rewarding.

Believing that Edmonton has a mass of exciting , passionate and caring individuals is what brings him excitement and great hope for the future.

 

Brittney Le Blanc – YEG Blogger & Tweeter

web: http://about.me/britl twitter: @britl

A former radio journalist, Brittney Le Blanc now works at the Edmonton Journal on Capital Ideas Edmonton. Forming a network of entrepreneurs, they hope to encourage a sharing of expertise that helps business owners help business owners. In her spare time she co-organizes Edmonton Girl Geek Dinners, tweets far too much, doodles dinosaurs, and overdoses of caffeine and pop culture. She is constantly learning and works with various organizations in town including the Jerry Forbes Centre, 630CHED Santas Anonymous, and the Edmonton Public School Foundation.

 

Candyce Morris – buddhiBaby

 twitter: @littleladymo

Candyce is mom to a beautiful and energetic baby boy (8 months old).  Over the last 10 years she has worked for several local companies, most recently Wild Tangerine and Lotus Soul Gym.  Since becoming a mom her focus has shifted to everything baby and she wondered how she could combine her new love with her business experience, from this buddhiBaby was born! Candyce and buddhiBaby co-creator Harmony consider themselves to be hip, modern mamas who want to share the lifestyle they are creating for their families. With so much information available they want to share what’s worked for them and leave it to you to decide what’s best for your family.  Their idea is to share favourite mom & baby products, educate families, and create an awesome non-judgemental community.
 
 

Carol Neuman – Co-Chair of the Next Gen Committee

twitter: @carolneuman

By day, Carol is the Executive Director of ASEC, a provincial post-secondary advocacy group. By night, Carol is a community organizer, serving as a co-chair of the NextGen committee, board member for LitFest: Edmonton’s Non-Fiction Festival and a co-founder of the 10 Mile Meal, launching this January.

 

Catherine Broomfield – Executive Director of iHuman Youth Society

website: www.iHuman.org

I’m Catherine and I love my job! As Executive Director of iHuman Youth Society I get to see “good” in action every day. iHuman’s name comes from an Inuit term which refers to the symbiotic relationship of the individual within the collective community. The authentic culture at iHuman is one of acceptance, openness and genuine willingness to support youth who exhibit high risk behaviours and have challenges that often result from trauma that remains unresolved. Our focus is to offer the youth opportunities to explore the creative process, which often brings up feelings of anger, loneliness and fear. In our programming, we have witnessed how trauma can be healed through providing a safe environment of trust and support. The outcome, is a youth with a brighter future and a pathway to healthy life choices.

 

David Jones – Community Inciter

twitter: @YegDaddy

David brings a unique perspective and skillset to his work in the community.  David is a former youth worker, a police officer, and a believer in grass roots work in creating stronger and safer communities.   David’s most recent work includes being one of the founders of the spoke, a youth-focussed build-a-bike program designed to redirect teens in the Edmonton core away from gang recruitment.  The Spoke was recently assumed by the Edmonton Bicycle Commuters as one of the core programs running out of their new North location. The program and its success were featured in the 2012 State of the City Report. Now that the spoke is holding its own, David is looking for new ventures in community building. David is a proponent of and believer in seemingly subtle actions becoming transformative in the greater community. David is also an active participant in civic politics, having held various directorships on both the Pleasantview and Alberta Avenue Community Leagues Boards.

 

Debbie Walker – Jerry Forbes Centre
 

Leader in the Non-profit sector since 2005, when I was Director of CHED Santas Anonymous.  After moving the charity 9 times in and out of warehouse space in only 5 years, I was asked to solve the problem long term.  I said YES and without knowing what I had promised to do, moved forward with excitement.  How hard could this be to build a business case a besides  I love problem solving?!  Alas, the Jerry Forbes Centre for Community Spirit was born.  This will be a business centre to house charities who wish to share common spaces and save on operations costs.  Once we surveyed the community of supporters, they wanted to see the warehouse/office space used year round not just at Christmas.   We partnered with the Christmas Bureau of Edmonton and now have over 30 other charities interested.  We will be breaking ground in2013 for a facility that is 30,000 square feet of warehouse and 40,000 square feet of office space.  We are halfway to our goal of $21.3 M. 

I also have a husband and 3 almost-adult daughters that are amazing and patient and wide-eyed as they watch me gather momentum.  I do, get a lot of NO’s with a sprinkle of YES’s as our team raises funds and excitement.  Love building an amazing network of passionate, people who get it.

 

Deborah Merriam – The Local Good

Deborah is part of the small-and-mighty core team of The Local Good (formerly Edmontonians Supporting A Green Economy), a grassroots nonprofit network who host Green Drinks & educational seminars, and have the city’s most comprehensive newsletter of local and green lifestyle resources.

Deborah is also a sustainable interiors specialist and slow designer, who came to her calling after detours through biomedical research, horticulture, volunteerism, and motherhood. She is currently taking a research sabbatical from her values-based interiors business, ecoDomestica reDesign, to study the slow design movement, which strives to combine sustainability, locavorism, skilled artisanship, and timelessness. She lives in Edmonton with her family, and she shares her passion for building community through living locally, sustainably, and creatively by blogging about bicycle culture at Loop-Frame Love and all aspects of the slow movement at Sustainable | Slow | Stylish.

 
Diane Kereluk – Stony Plain BRZ
 
 
Emma Sanborn – Environmental Management Grad
 
Emma is a BSc Human Dimensions of Environmental Management grad who was recently spit out into the real world. She hit the ground biking, taking on eastern Canada in an 8-week loop-dee-doop cycling tour. It was great and she learned a little French. Now what? Je ne sais pas. She only has life planned up to the Good Hundred party and will be volunteering at this day.
 
 
Glyn Murgatroyd, BPE, BScOT

website: www.theraskills.ca

University of Alberta graduate and practicing Occupational Therapist in Edmonton, Alberta. Current working as team leader on a MSK unit in a Rehabilitation Hospital. Glyn will be volunteering during the day and doing video interviews. He is the doting husband of Nadine Riopel.

 
 
Godo Stoyke – Carbon Busters
 
 
Godo Stoyke is a green consultant and award-winning environmental researcher and presenter specializing in energy efficiency and zero carbon design for new and existing buildings. As President of Carbon Busters, Godo has helped reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 78 million kilograms CO2e and utility costs by over $26.6 million for its North American and European clients. 
 
A published author, Godo’s books, The Carbon Buster’s Home Energy Handbook and the Carbon Charter: a blueprint for a carbon free future, released by New Society Publishers are now available in local bookstores across North America. Home owners can cut their carbon by 73% and save over $17,800 over five years with the Handbook, learning which measures yield the highest returns for the environment and the pocketbook. 
 
Leveraging years of research, Godo and his partners now offer a program to Edmonton homes and community buildings, through a local non-profit, C Returns; beginning with home energy assessments to installation of energy efficient and renewable energy products with the best returns. Godo is one of the founding directors of C Returns. www.CReturns.com

The ultimate Carbon Buster, Godo has designed his own solar home with power consumption 15 times lower than the Alberta average and was selected as one of 50 green Canadians making a difference by Green Living Magazine in 2008. Godo is currently enrolled in a  Ph.D program in lifecycle assessment and zero carbon design and specializes in zero carbon buildings, sustainable community infrastructure, integrated eco-industrial design, zero carbon  retrofit recommendations and entity-based greenhouse gas management strategies.

 

Hannah MacDonald – The Local Good
 
 
Hannah MacDonald has just moved from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia to Edmonton this summer! She is an environmental enthusiast, scientist and activist. She has been involved in east coast environmental education in both work and play. Working with environmental non-profit in Nova Scotia, Hannah was involved in water conservation and coastal erosion education campaigns involving everyone from students to seniors. She also volunteered with Velo Cape Breton spreading the word through the media and on-the-road as a cycling ambassador. She is the newest core member of the TheLocalGood.ca – helping to run their ‘The Local Goods’ newsletter, Green Drinks and also helping with this event.
 
 
Harmony Ryan – buddhiBaby
 
 
Before becoming a mom, Harmony worked as an ESL Teacher Consultant by day and a yoga teacher by night. She is the other half of buddhiBaby, an in-the-works online Baby Boutique and Community for Parents. Harmony and buddhiBaby co-creator Candyce consider themselves to be hip, modern mamas who want to share the lifestyle they are creating for their families. With so much information available they want to share what’s worked for them and leave it to you to decide what’s best for your family.  Their idea is to share favourite mom & baby products, educate families, and create an awesome non-judgemental  community.

 

Jacqueline Fraser – Co-Chair Social Media Breakfast Edmonton

Twitter @SavageTiner LinkedIn: http://ca.linkedin.com/pub/jacqueline-fraser/23/453/441

I am a lifelong learner and a volunteer extraordinaire who is always looking for opportunities for growth. I am a 2nd year Digital Media and IT student at NAIT specializing in Business/System Analysis. I am a mature student with over 10 years of industry experience in Government, Private sector, and Non-Profit. I am very active in my community; in fact, I was selected as one of 20 national scholars in part because of my leadership skills and community engagement/service.

I currently a NAITSA student senator, co-chair Social Media Breakfast Edmonton, a committee member on the Women in Technology and Trades (WITT) committee at NAIT, a team leader for the community engagement team for the Edmonton Fringe Festival, and a working committee member on Edmonton’s NextGen. These are in addition to many other smaller and shorter volunteer projects I get involved with.  This year I am working on focusing my volunteer efforts and learning to be okay with saying no (at least a little more often).  In the past I have been the Vice President on my Condo Board, held several board positions on my community league and too many other things to list.

I believe in the power of one’s network and I am always open to new connections and building relationships. If we haven’t met, there is no better time than the present, reach out by email: Jacqueline.M.Fraser (at) gmail (dot) com.

 

Jasmin Smith – Pop Up Shops

 
Jasmin is a  local designer, passionate about shop local and the handmade movement sweeping the nation. She sells her handmade creations at markets around the city as well as in her online store http://www.etsy.com/shop/JewelsbyJasmin
 
Wanting to find more ways to share her passions, Jasmin teamed up with a friend, to create AlbertaCraftAlert.com, a blog for designers, crafters and craft enthusiasts. She blogs about Alberta markets, showcases local designers, and writes how-to articles sharing her experiences in selling online and in markets for the past 5 years. She  is also helps run OntheSpotPopUpCraftSale.com, a market aimed at promoting local artists, crafters and designers as well  as filling empty retail locations with temporary installations, such as craft shows and art installations. It is her goal, through these markets, that more rental managers and property owners come see the value in these events and open up their empty retail locations, thus helping to promote a richer, more vibrant community.
 
When not making things, or making things happen, she takes business courses part time to help turn her into a more savvy businessperson. Jasmin is also an administrative and accounting wizard at Vets Sheet Metal, a local sheet metal shop that has been in business since 1921. Talk about supporting local businesses!

 

Jennifer Banks – Founder of Make Jen’s Day and Spreader of Kindness

 

Jennifer Banks is a mom to two daughters (4 and <1) and a self-proclaimed nerd (although she does prefer the term- Geek Chic). When she’s not working for an online marketing firm you can find her blogging about technology and parenting on www.techmommy.ca or on Twitter or LinkedIn.

She started Make Jen’s Day as a way to thank the people who have helped her in the past including friends, family, teachers and strangers. Jennifer asked her friends, family and social media followers to give back to charity for her birthday. Within 4 days, people had done 115 acts of kindness, charity and giving. Since July, a total of 387 acts have taken place and the number keeps going up!

Jennifer firmly believes that kindness creates ripples and you never know just how much impact they will have.

 

Jennifer Summerfeldt – Natural Childbirth Advocate

website: http://www.holdthepromise.com/

Jennifer is a mother of three amazing children, a rebel, an activist, a writer, a feminist, and an entrepreneur at heart. For over a decade now, she has been a voice and pioneer of natural birth, midwifery politics, and for the undisturbed birthing paradigm. She holds an inspired vision that supports the healing of our planet; through healing birth. She is known to emphasize the fact that birth isn’t something to be afraid of, but rather something to be honored, respected, and fearlessly experienced.  Over the years, Jennifer has lived on the edge of current culture, and has endured much ridicule and interrogations regarding her passion. Most recently, with much enthusiasm, she has been asked to help steward a pilot project to co-create a Birth Sanctuary in Goa India (website being developed). It will be the first sacred birthing center of its kind; offering education, apprenticeships, and birthing opportunities within the quantum & sacred midwifery paradigm of care. It is with deep excitement and honor that Jennifer brings this knowledge to the foreground.

 

Joey Hundert – Sustainival

 
Joey is a young executive, social entrepreneur and community organizer, and he calls Edmonton his home.  He has spent the last 9 years living and growing in Edmonton and learning the ropes of entrepreneurship, movement building and bringing ideas to life.  He is somewhat madly obsessed with sustainability due to a belief that the quality of life for so very many people could be just so much higher, and that it can be raised while respecting our global habitat.  Joey has been involved in ventures and adventures as varied as venture capital to multi-day grassroots community gatherings.  It is his sincere wish to permanently inspire 100 million people, through the dreams and aspirations of Sustainival.

 

John Ennis – Edmonton Economic Development Corporation

website: www.edmonton.com twitter: @JohnEnnis7 and @EEDC

John Ennis is an Economic Development Officer at Edmonton Economic Development Corporation. He joined EEDC in 2010, and prior to that, he enjoyed a career in marketing and sales (Ford of Canada, TELUS, Bell Canada, Motorola Canada).

In his role at EEDC, John has a focus on Edmonton quality of life strategies that look at building and promoting the great experience of living in Edmonton. Our quality of life is an important differentiator for Edmonton to compete for the retention and attraction of the people it needs for a growing and sustainable economy. He is leading an initiative that supports the role that local independent business plays in Edmonton and region.

John was born and raised in Edmonton, and like many, is passionate about all the city has to offer. He has a desire to see Edmontonians embrace all that is unique in Edmonton, our neighbourhoods and mainstreets, pursue what is possible, and build a future together.

Favourite Topic: Let’s talk about Local …

Flourishing local businesses give rise to a vibrant and sustainable economy, and a rich and connected community life. The conditions are right to make a difference in enriching our local economy. In various ways, people and organizations are working individually and collaboratively to create a strong local economy. There is an escalating excitement about all things local in Edmonton.

Passionate community leaders like you, and our local businesses, have a role to play in enhancing the quality of life in our community. Let’s talk about the Edmonton situation and the opportunity that we have to support our local business. Let’s talk about the impact that this will have on our economy, and our quality of life. And let’s talk about what we are doing, the role that business plays, and what is next. Edmonton offers Canada’s best combination of thriving economy and vibrant quality of life.

 

Karolina Gizela Peret – Hotreckers

website: www.hotreckers.com twitter: @taoqueen

Karolina is the founder and creator behind Hot Reckers TV series on Earth Clean up. Revolving around land reclamation and de-­contamination of toxic lands and sites all over the planet, her idea brings together entertainment and real world solutions to problems plaguing humanity.

With several years of international travelling around Asia, Europe and North America, Karolina has global people skills. A science geek at heart (she has a BSc in Environmental and Conservation Sciences from the University of Alberta and an applied degree in Aquatic Biology from Mount Royal University), she brings a fresh green perspective to environmental issues.

Unlike other science geeks, this girl is also an international model and actress. With experience working for Louis Vuitton in Tokyo, Anna Sui in Bangkok, and Christian Dior in Hong Kong, her portfolio speaks for itself. Geek slashie model, she likes to call herself.

With experience in both theoretical and practical settings, Karolina has worked on many projects -­ from green roofs to land reclamation in the oil sands and everything in between (including lab coats and Erlenmeyer flasks). She also travelled extensively around Holland mapping the geo-­topography and soil profiles. Leading a team of 7 in her final year of university to produce a 400-­‐page professional land reclamation proposal, she’s no stranger to managing projects.

If Karolina could be summed up in a few words it would probably be intense, studious, and fun! Seriously, there’s nothing this girl doesn’t do! Guitar, yoga, painting, hip-­‐hop… it’s all fair game. She speaks Polish fluently, and conversational German and Spanish, with plans for French and Italian in the future.

 
Kaz Mega – MEdeity Multimedia Consulting
 
twitter: @kazmega
 
Kaz is a multimedia consultant and spoken word poet in Edmonton who is working to help create an arts based community center in Edmonton.
 

 
Kim Tanasichuk – Web & Graphic Designer
 
 
I did not begin working as a web and graphic designer. Most of my life has involved working with plants. From age 14, I worked in greenhouses, landscaping, landscape design, etc. and I love learning, and exploring many aspects of plant life. Eventually I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Plant Biology.
 
So how did I get into design? Several years ago I decided I wanted to be self-employed and I started with garden-related work. But as time went on, I longed to work, play and experiment with Nature just for myself, instead of always for someone else. So I honoured that heart request and started “weeding” out the plant work. I was always very artistic, had a strong intuitive sense of computers and loved learning, so I just started playing with design. Friends and family noticed my work and wanted my design skills for their projects. Now eight years later, I am a full-time web and graphic designer with work attained from referrals alone! I love the creativity in my work, and I love that my clients are in the wholistic and eco fields – it makes my work meaningful.
 
 
Liandrah Macklem – Indigo Drinks
 
 
The work I do now is sweet and fulfilling. People who need the safe comfort of privacy come to my home, where I use my own techniques to channel the guidance they need in order to move forward with confidence. Some of them come once a year, bringing me the tales of how my work helped and sustained them. Some come every month. Some have become my students. All of them have become a part of my family circle.
 
People who need the company of joyful friends come to my workshops, which are on varying topics – abundance, spiritual safety, spiritual mission, tools of ascension, global awareness peace jam (family movie night for communities). I believe that people come to me because I empathize with and understand the adolescent that lives inside each person, still feeling awkward, isolated and outside the circle. I understand the global sense of adolescence that just wants to belong and be loved, and for some reason people come to me for help with feeling included, worthy, loved, part of the circle.
 
I guess that’s why they call me . . . ‘Cosmic Mama’ (and typical of a mama, I don’t take enough time for myself, so I don’t have a webpage, and I need help with my Twitter account, but you can find me on Facebook – Liandrah – Psychic Guidance, Facebook – The Abundance Project)
 
 
Lita MacDonald – Localize Your Food
 
 
 
Lucas Coffey – Music is a Weapon
 
 

 

 

 

Marcela Mandeville – COO, Alberta Women Entrepreneurs

 
International business has always been a passion for Marcela.  Through a globally-focused BCom, designation as a Certified International Trade Professional, volunteer leadership for AIESEC and OWIT (Organization of Women in International Trade) Alberta, and more than ten years of global work experience as a human resource skill development project manager, Marcela explored the world of business.
 
Marcela’s interest in entrepreneurship combined with her business experience in Canada and abroad led her to Alberta Women Entrepreneurs.   As Chief Operating Officer of this non-profit organization, she aims to help women entrepreneurs through the development of programs to support access to local and global business opportunities. 

Marcela is proud to be a member of the Salt River First Nation in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories and to have family ties to Mexico.  Her family’s unique perspective and commitment to hard work, perseverance, open-mindedness, and respect have formed the cornerstones for her personal and work experiences.

She believes strongly in contributing to the community.  Currently, Marcela sits on the Board for Literacy without Borders, participates in the Edmonton Wicihtowin Circle of Shared Responsibility and the Future Aboriginal Business Leaders Symposium, as well as volunteers for the Edmonton Humane Society. 

 

Michael Walters – Community Organizer

web: www.michaelwalters.ca twitter: @OrganizerMike

I am a community organizer who grew up in the oilfield town of Drayton Valley; my upbringing connected me to the importance of family, the value of hard work, and, after my family was hit by illness, a first-person perspective on poverty. My roots have shaped the work I am passionate about.

At the Bissell Centre, I began a long career of giving voice to communities and getting results for Edmontonians. I trained homeless people to become leaders, entrepreneurs, and advocates for themselves. As the director of the Community Action Project, I worked to make communities safer and spur economic development by redeveloping derelict houses. I helped build the Greater Edmonton Alliance, a diverse citizens’ group that successfully lobbied City Council to support infill high rise development and to include urban agriculture as a significant part of Edmonton’s future.

I am 41 years old and live in Aspen Gardens with my wife, Kara, a registered nurse, and my sons, Isaac and Samson who are amazing and fantastic.

 

Michelle Riopel – Urban Agriculture Enthusiast

Michelle is on a journey in search of a more sustainable world. Her background includes such diverse activities as; park officer; world traveler; UBC forest conservation graduate; land stewardship coordinator; and permaculturalist. She is currently exploring the worlds of urban agriculture, sustainable living, and group facilitation as she pursues her passions. She will be facilitating the afternoon open space discussion at the Good Hundred Experiment. 

 

Monika Czuprynski – Re.Set Therapy and Cash Mob Edmonton (AB)

Accomplished Massage Therapist and Flexibility Trainer, owner of Re.Set Therapy and Fitness Consulting. Monika looks forward to a long career of health research and therapies to compliment the growing interest of the public, and her own undying curiosity. Monika is one of the four organizers of Cash Mob Edmonton (AB) and is the producer and facilitator of Unique City Arts Production Company. Supporting ‘local-living’ and community strengthening initiatives, her goal is to bea contributing member of the Edmonton Community.

Natasha Chiam – Natural Urban Mamas

Natasha started out her career as a sales representative for a large pharmaceutical company.  Her free spirited and outspoken nature made her stand out in the room and build a large network. So big, that she netted a husband out of it! 
 
Once her son entered the picture, everything changed. The voice she used to promote pharmaceuticals became one of advocacy for mothers and children and those high powered sales and networking gatherings turned into social media platforms. 
 
By the time her daughter entered the world two years later, she had found her love of writing, sharing the lessons of living a natural urban life and telling her own truth.  
 
 

Nehal Mahmoud – John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights

twitter: @jhcentre website: www.jhcentre.org

Nehal is all about change. Whether it’s trying out the latest restaurant, exploring a different city or learning about a topic she’s never heard about, she’s always up for something new. But what really lies close to her heart is changing perspectives and mentalities for the betterment of society as a whole – and that’s what makes her job at the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights, where she’s responsible for marketing and communications, such a great fit! Communications, peace and human rights are three things (of many!) that she’s incredibly passionate about, and she loves having the ability to harness the power of communication to then use it as a tool to effect change. 
 
As cliché as it sounds, making the world a better place is her lifelong goal and she’ll always find small ways to make it happen – one idea at a time.
 
 
Paul Riopel – President of Emergency Preparedness Business Continuity
 

Paul Riopel Paul has over 24 year of experience in Emergency Preparedness and Response. He is recognized as an industry leader in Emergency Response and is the President of ERMC. Paul’s professional experience includes delivering Emergency Planning and Preparedness consulting to literally hundreds of clients in industry and government. His areas of expertise include: hazardous material audits, risk identification, plan development, plan audits, training, exercises and full-scale simulations. He also consults organizations on crisis communications, incident command, emergency operations centres, and equipment requirements for emergency response. He also heads up the Disaster Forum one (a preparedness conference he also heads up).

 

Robert Pelletier
 
 

Robyn Jacobsen – The Local Good & Clean Air Strategic Alliance

website: www.thelocalgood.ca & www.casahome.org twitter: @localgoodyeg

Robyn volunteers with The Local Good, a grassroots nonprofit network who host Green Drinks & educational seminars. Under The Local Good umbrella, Robyn’s organizational skills make her the perfect coordinator for the Edmonton Green Map project. The Green Map System has engaged over 800 communities in 65 countries in mapping green living, nature, and culture . . . and now it’s coming to Edmonton!

Robyn’s curiosity has also led her to start investigating the possibility of starting a fixers’ collective, a time bank, a tool library, a reskilling initiative . . . or a combination of some or all of these in Edmonton.

When Robyn is not charting a sustainable future with Green Maps or considering conscious consuming and green living, she is a project manager for the Clean Air Strategic Alliance (CASA). Honing her skills in facilitation and managing complex, multi-stakeholder projects, Robyn’s work at CASA aims to collaboratively develop innovative solutions to complex air quality issues.

 

Ryan Walraven – Raised First Promo

facebook: www.facebook.com/raisedfistproductions

I run a Music Productions company called Raised Fist Productions. To be normal is the average aim of the unsuccessful.

 

Sarah Dantzer – Mad Hatter Festival

twitter: @MadHatterKrewe

Throughout my life I have constantly been involved in multiple forms of community involvement from altar serving to camp counsellor, students union to Project Hope team member. I am extremely proud of the Mad Hatter Art & Music Festival I organize annually. We just hosted our fourth year in Leduc County. It was an incredible improvement from previous years and such a beautiful gathering of minds, talent and community. We do this to create a space in time where people can gather in order to encourage and grow with one another.

 

Shanthu Mano – Carbon Busters/C-Returns

website: www.carbonbusters.org/www.CReturns.com

Shanthu Mano is a green entrepreneur, increasing the end use efficiency of existing buildings and designing new zero carbon buildings through her business, Carbon Busters. With a background in Business, Psychology and Education, Shanthu has over 15 years of experience in managing programs that facilitate environmental education, project-based curriculum and sustainable and LEED® compliant building materials and designs.
 
Shanthu is one of the founding directors of C Returns, making homes and community buildings more energy efficient with over 207 product combinations that can save money and carbon in the City of Edmonton.
 
An active member of the community, Shanthu sits on several boards including the Livia Stoyke Foundation, the Provincial and National Working Groups for the Education for Sustainable Development (Alberta ESD Working Group/ESD Canada) and recently, the Greater Edmonton Alliance. Shanthu is passionate about sustainable communities and the promise they hold for our future. She has lived in an off-grid solar home for the last 21 years and is currently working on designing and building a project-based sustainable school, residences, farm and commercial buildings within the context of a zero carbon ecological village.

 

Sheniz Kassam – Co-Owner of Noorish Elixir Bar

website: www.noorish.ca twitter: @noorishyoursoul

 

 

 

 

 

Shirley Lowe – Edmonton’s Historian Laureate
Twitter: @salcomm
 
Shirley has recently been appointed Edmonton’s second Historian Laureate. During her two year tenure she will engage with a variety of communities to help promote their stories. She is the co-author of two community histories and an editor of another. Currently, Shirley is contracted by the City of Edmonton to help develop a strategic plan for Edmonton’s Business Revitalization Zones. These areas are the various “downtowns” of the city. She has experience and knowledge of these areas from her work as the Executive Director of the Old Strathcona Business Association, the Alberta Avenue and Beverly Business Associations and her former role as the chair of the Edmonton Council of Business Revitalization Zones. Her passion is local business.

 

Sylvia Forster – Courtney’s Closet
 
 
Just over a year ago my best friend Courtney was diagnosed with breast cancer at only 31 years old. We were all terrified, but ready to fight with her. As anyone who has been the friend/sister/brother/cousin/neighbour/coworker/etc of someone who gets this kind of news, the first words out of my mouth were “if there’s anything I could do”.
 
Although there wasn’t much we could do to alleviate the physical symptoms of what she was going through, we knew there was something we could do to help alleviate the financial struggle that comes along with being sick (taking time off work, drugs that aren’t covered, etc). That’s where Courtney’s Closet was born – friends and family donated gently used high end fashion which was sold at a one day sale & pancake breakfast. In one afternoon we raised $5,000 for our friend, and the greater success was that it helped her focus 100% of her energy on healing – one year later she’s finished treatment and cancer free. 
 
This year, we held the sale again to help another local woman going through a similar struggle. We were overwhelmed at the support we received from the Edmonton community which banded together to raise $7,000….for a face they’ve never seen or hand they haven’t shaken. We are excited to hold the third sale in the summer of 2013, and have started to brainstorm on ways to expand and grow in the hopes of raising enough to help several women in our community. 
 
Outside of the above I’m an ad junkie, working at Calder Bateman Communications as a media buyer & planner. I’ve lived in the Edmonton area my entire life, and love the city more than Ed Hardy loves rhinestones. I’m happily married to a handsome East Coaster, and we are proud parents of two fur babies.
 

Sylvie Lafreniere – Chef at Noorish

My canvas for creative expression is food. Fusing flavors from a divers aray of ethnic origins, to create unique meals. It is not just about taste, also great consideration for the nutritional value brought to the table is important. I believe in balance, raw to cooked foods. My meals are made from ingredients that are as pure and fresh as possible. Right now I am working as a private personal chef. My dream is to put together my recipes in a teaching format.The past couple of years have found me at a movie set cooking for production, and at Noorish café. I’m reached at joyfullyforyou (at) gmail (dot) com and also am on facebook.

 

Tegan Martin-Drysdale – Municipal Election Agitator

twitter: @teganmd

The next election in Edmonton is 12 months away – we are a group of young people who want great candidates to vote for and an increased voting turnout. Between now and October 2013, we will be working hard to make that happen.

 

Tommy Kalita – Edmonton Cash Mobs

twitter: @TommyisYEG & @cmedmontonab facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CashMobEdmontonAB website: http://cmyeg.com/

Tommy is co-founder of Cash Mob Edmonton. Cash mobs encourage members of a community to make a change and help support a local business. Mobbers typically spend 10-20 dollars at the business being mobbed, which creates an immediate economic stimulus while also using social media to shine a spotlight on the deserving company. Not only are cash mobs helping local businesses achieve financial success, they are creating everlasting customers and uniting people of the community.

Tommy is passionate about entrepreneurship and helping the local economy grow and prosper.  He is a proud Edmontonian and an advocate for the future sustainable growth of the city.  In addition to his work with Cash Mob, he is a Personal Relationship Manager at a major financial institution and acts as the Communication Director for Rotaract Club of Edmonton City Centre (Rotary International).

 

Tonia LaRiviere – Global Visions Film Festival 

twitter: @GlobalVisionsFF  @tonialariviere website: globalvisionsfestival.com

When asked what she does, she replies…”a little of this, a little of that” Tonia is the President of Global Visions Film Festival, Canada’s longest documentary festival dedicated to presenting socially relevant films from around the world exploring issues of social, economic and environmental development. The festival has seen an increase in growth and is focusing on connecting with community organizations to create responsible change and awareness of local and global issues.

She is a mentor for the YWCA Girl Space program, a psycho-educational program that addresses key social issues facing young women, with a focus on empowering girls to become strong and assertive with healthy self esteem, leadership and relationship skills. She is a past nominee of the YWCA Woman of Distinction Awards.

She is a professional makeup artist, Alberta’s only artist certified as a Paramedical Camouflage Makeup Specialist, with Behavioral Skills and Image Enhancement Training, assisting burn survivors after trauma.

She has officially started her own communications business and is thrilled to bring awareness to wonderful, local organizations.

 

Toscha Turner – Alley of Light

twitter: @Smokingiris

Toscha is a mother, community organizer, and recent grad school dropout.  Place-making, shaped by how sound, people and institutions connect in an urban environment, has been a theme in her scholarly work, and her increasing involvement in the voluntary sector has gained momentum through affecting the fruition of such ideas. Toscha is a co-founder of the MEÆT micro-granting meal, and the 10 Mile Meal, launching this January, and currently serves as programming director for the Alley of Light, co-chair of NextGen’s Ignite, and associate producer for Mercury Opera.

 

Tracey Scarlett – CEO of Alberta Women Entrepreneurs (AWE)

website: www.awebusiness.com twitter: @traceyscarlett

Tracey is the CEO of Alberta Women Entrepreneurs, leading a team of dedicated professionals who connect female business owners to the knowledge, networks, capital and markets that they need to build strong, economically viable businesses.

Ms. Scarlett has over twenty years of experience in entrepreneurial environments including business start-up as the co-owner of a construction business and as a self-employed consultant & interim senior executive to life sciences and technology companies.

Extensive non-traditional career experience has led Tracey to be passionate about encouraging women to pursue careers in science and to become business leaders and entrepreneurs.

She volunteers as a mentor with several groups including TEC Venture Prize and the University of Alberta School of Business MBA program. She is a judge for the national RBC Women Entrepreneur of the Year awards and regularly speaks to groups about entrepreneurship and supporting women to expand their leadership roles.

Tracey lives in Edmonton and loves to socialize, travel, read and explore the river valley with her dog Daisy.

 

Valerie Lugonja – A Canadian Foodie

website: http://www.acanadianfoodie.com twitter: @ACanadianFoodie

As a passionate member of Slow Food Edmonton, an executive on the Slow Food Canada Board, the founder of Eat Alberta, a newly appointed Director on the Alberta Culinary Tourism Board and the owner or Taste Tripping: Culinary Tours, Travel and Cooking Classes, Valerie is committed to working with and promoting good, clean and fair trade regional heritage cuisine. Her most recent project, Cheesepalooza, has brought 20 local individuals with over 40 others, worldwide, together within a collaborative online and in-person environment to make cheese at home. Valerie’s website, A Canadian Foodie, provides evidence of her work and commitment.

 

Vladimir Solidario – The People’s Poets

twitter: @peoplespoets and @vladiyeg website: www.peoplespoets.ca

Edmonton based People’s Poets are two Edmonton emcees and a DJ who rap about social justice issues, local and global.  Representing their refugee roots from Chile this hip-hop collective mix rhymes about life experiences with social and political commentary.  Influenced by Latin American folk and protest music as well as hip-hop, People’s Poets bridge the social element of these genres in order to raise awareness of social issues and inspire others particularly youth to become involved in their communities. Performing regularly at a variety of music festivals, cultural events and international conferences, people’s poets combine music and action for social change and community building.  Aside from lending their voice and support to a variety of community groups, People’s Poets also offer workshops on hip-hop, art and resistance, and tools for expression.  Collaborating organizations include the Centre for Race and Culture, IHuman youth Society, Youth Emergency Shelter Society, Change for Children, John Humphrey Centre for Human Rights, and others.

 

Waymatea Ellis – Lead Singer of Souljah Fyah
 
 
Waymatea is the lead singer, face and founder of Canada’s top reggae band, Souljah Fyah. Honoured at the 2011 Western Canadian Music Awards for Urban Recording of the Year, Souljah Fyah has appeared at some of Canada’s most prestigious music festivals and was nominated for a JUNO Award in 2009. As a social studies teacher, she tied music to country and culture, sharing the message that “uniqueness is not a weakness.” She is currently studying to be a minister of prayer with the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers to enhance her work with children. She has also been recognized as one of Avenue magazine’s Top 40 under 40, as Women of Vision award from Global TV Edmonton, and most recently by the University of Alberta with an Alumni Award of Excellence. (photo by J. Procktor).
 
 

Zohreh Saher, President of Intervivos

website: www.intervivos.ca twitter: @zsaher

interVivos President since 2009, was raised by penguins following a childhood boating accident. She received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Alberta which she attended on a full football scholarship through an administrative error. She also obtained Masters Degree in Political Science from the University of Alberta. At grad school, she learned that not all issues can be reduced to black or white.

Thereafter, she worked for four years as an associate at a public policy firm in Edmonton. The highlight of that job was making a PowerPoint for former Prime Minister Joe Clark. Currently, she works as a Research Analyst for the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association. She enjoys swimming, despite the painful memories.

 

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