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Thought Leaders & Presenters

We have assembled a robust program with thought leaders and presenters 
who will help frame and guide the dialogue at interCHANGE. 

Pieter de Vos

Pieter de Vos is a facilitator, documentary photographer, and academic. He has completed over 240 projects with public sector organisations and non-profits of varying sizes and complexities in Canada and abroad. His assignments have ranged from supporting the integration of mental health services for refugees; to facilitating workshops across the province on sustainable development and energy transition; to working with schools to improve Aboriginal parent engagement; to undertaking research to better understand the role of voluntary sector organisations in Alberta.

He has extensive community development experience. Pieter has a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Alberta. His research focuses on using narrative and visual methods to explore community understandings of home and belonging in an informal settlement in South Africa. He is currently advancing the use of participatory photography and digital storytelling to amplify the voices of marginalised communities. He has facilitated workshops on these methods in Kenya, Sweden, Tanzania, Pakistan, Haiti, and the USA (Louisiana). These community-based projects have animated the dialogue on poverty and homelessness, HIV/AIDS, sexual identity, childhood injury, and gender and race relations.

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For more information and to follow Pieter's work, visit: www.pieterdevos.ca

Mark Cabaj

While studying the Solidarity movement in Krakow, Poland, in mid-1989, Mark experienced a variety of tumultuous events that signalled the end of communism in Eastern Europe – including walking on the Berlin Wall with a million people the week it came down in November 1989. He then rolled up sleeves and worked as an Investment Advisor in Poland’s Foreign Investment Agency, the Foreign Assistance Coordinator for Grants in the new Ministry of Privatization, and the Mission Coordinator for the creation of the United Nations Development Program’s fi rst regional economic development initiative in Eastern Europe.

Back in Canada, Mark was the Coordinator of the Waterloo Region’s Opportunities 2000 project (1997-2000), an initiative that won provincial, national and international awards for its multi-sector approach to poverty reduction. He served briefl y as the Executive Director of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet) (2001) and was Vice President of the Tamarack Institute and the Executive Director of Vibrant Communities Canada (2002-2011).

Mark’s current focus is on developing practical ways to understand, plan and evaluate efforts to address complex issues. This includes challenges such as neighborhood renewal, poverty and homelessness, community safety, educational achievement and health. He is particularly involved in developing and promoting developmental evaluation, a new approach to assessment which emphasizes real time feedback and learning in emerging, messy and sometimes fast-moving environments.

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Mark is President of the consulting company From Here to There
and an Associate of Tamarack – An Institute for Community Engagement.

Jocelyne Daw

Jocelyne Daw is a recognized pioneer and leading expert in the evolution of authentic business and community partnerships and in the integration of social purpose, community engagement and partnership development. For over 25 years, she has worked at the intersection of tri-sectoral partnerships between businesses, government and nonprofit organizations. Throughout her professional career she has embraced a steadfast commitment to building substantive and sustainable partnerships. She has developed countless innovative and mutually beneficial relationships and empowered people, organizations and systems to work together to build healthy and vibrant communities. Jocelyne is a certified Partnership Broker and Partnership Broker Trainer through the International Partnership Brokers Association.

Jocelyne is an internationally published author and speaker. Her books Cause Marketing: Partner for Purpose, Passion and Profits (2006) and Breakthrough Nonprofit Branding: Seven Principles to Power Extraordinary Results (2010) published through John Wiley & Sons, a leading business publisher. have been Amazon best sellers. She is a keynote speaker committed to strengthening knowledge of creating shared value, social purpose branding, and creating cross-sectoral partnerships for social innovation and impact for audiences in Canada and the United States.

In 2012 the Calgary Association of Fundraising Professionals recognized her leadership work in the systems integration of community engagement, partnership development, fundraising and marketing, presenting her with the Outstanding Fundraising Professional award. Jocelyne is actively involved in the community and serves as a board member for the Trico Charitable Foundation, a private foundation focused on social enterprise. She is a member of the global Shared Value Initiative Advisory Board and a member of the Calgary Counselling Centre board of directors.

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Jocelyn is the Founder and CEO of

JS Daw & Associates.