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What does a Build Back Better Budget mean for Canadian communities?

Friday, February 5th from 11:00AM - 12:00PM PST.


As Canada's 2021 federal budget draws nearer, billions of dollars have been set aside for what hopes to be a robust and resilient pandemic recovery. Local governments on the ground are beginning to wonder what this could mean for their communities.

What does it mean to build back 'better', and who decides? It's time to discuss how the priorities of diverse Canadians will be reflected in significant upcoming public investments. 

Join us at this Webinar to learn:

  • The implications of the upcoming budget for local governments

  • A look into the economics of government budgeting in 2021

  • The role that public engagement can, and must, play to ensure a fair and equitable recovery from COVID-19

  • Plus, an introduction to a new and ambitious participatory effort to engage Canadians

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Meet Our Guests

Toby Heaps

Toby Heaps

Toby is the CEO and co-founder of Corporate Knights Inc., a media, research and financial information products company based in Toronto, Canada, focused on promoting sustainability. He is also publisher of Corporate Knights Magazine. Heaps spearheaded the first global ranking of the world’s 100 most sustainable corporations in 2005, and in 2007 coined the term “clean capitalism.”


Mira Oreck

Mira Oreck

Mira Oreck is a member of the Task Force for a Resilient Recovery, an independent and diverse group of Canadian finance, policy and sustainability leaders. Oreck is Executive Director of the Houssian Foundation. She is a strategic leader with experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors in both Canada and the United States. Over the past 15 years, she has served in leadership positions with national organizations providing policy, communications and public engagement expertise. 


Howard Jang

Howard Jang

Howard R. Jang was appointed Vice President for Arts and Leadership at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in 2018. As Vice President for Arts and Leadership, Jang is responsible for delivering year-round arts and leadership training programs in alignment with Banff Centre’s mission and vision. Jang is also professor of Professional Practice in the School for the Contemporary Arts and Director of the SFU Woodward’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts. Prior to his SFU appointment, Jang served as Executive Director of Arts Club Theatre Company in Vancouver for 14 years.


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Thom Armstrong

Thom Armstrong is the CEO of the Co-operative Housing Federation of BC. CHF BC acts as a voice for housing co-operatives in BC, and represents and advocate on behalf of co-op members. Armstrong has more than 30 years of experience in the co-operative housing movement, holding leadership positions in Saskatchewan, Ontario and B.C.



Sabrina Bowman

Sabrina is the eDemocracy Network Campaign Director. She graduated from Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo and has spent over a decade working in the not-for-profit sector on environment, climate change, politics, and international health in Ottawa, San Francisco, and Toronto. She has been a campaigner, organizer, outreach director and executive director. Sabrina is a trainer at the Institute for Change Leaders and she co-organized the 2014 and 2017 Canroots organizing conferences in Toronto. 

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Andrea Reimer

Andrea Reimer spent four terms in local government including 10 years as the lead on public engagement on Vancouver City Council, where she also served as Deputy Mayor and Chair of Policy and Strategic Priorities. She recently completed a fellowship at Harvard in recognition of this work and is currently teaching about power, policy and engagement at UBC and SFU in Vancouver, Canada.


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Ethelo is an online platform that empowers groups to collaborate on decisions. Ethelo helps communities focus collective intelligence to reach the best decisions quickly and fairly.

Ethelo's unique technology enables groups to analyze millions of decision possibilities, producing smart results that everyone can support. Ethelo enables organizations to break the ceiling on the maximum size of effective groups, scaling group intelligence with group size.

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