Event Speakers and Facilitator

Al Etmanski

Keynote Speaker

Al Etmanski is an author, community organizer and social entrepreneur. His most recent book, Impact: Six Patterns to Spread Your Social Innovation is a Canadian bestseller. Al has been on the advocacy front lines for more than four decades. He has had a few hits and lots of misses. Along the way he has earned a few lessons particularly about what doesn't work.

Al believes the 21st century requires us to become solution based advocates. He can think of no more important pursuit for citizens than refreshing our democratic institutions.

He has received Vancouver's Civic Merit Award, the Order of British Columbia, the Order of Canada and the "Big Picture" award from his colleagues in the disability movement.

He blogs at aletmanski.com
Visit his website and follow him on Twitter: @aletmanski


Michael Prince

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Michael Prince teaches courses in disability, public health, social policy, and public administration. Research interests include trends in social policy over the past 50 years and the next generations; federal-provincial relations; indigenous governance; and disability politics and policy issues. From 1997 to 2005, he served as Associate Dean and then as Dean of the Faculty of Human and Social Development at the University of Victoria. 

As an author, Professor Prince has 250 publications including 19 books (authored, coauthored and edited); 38 articles in scholarly journals; 59 monographs and research reports; and 74 chapters in books. He has published over 60 articles and opinion editorials in newspapers and professional periodicals.

ln 2007, Dr. Prince received a Presidents Award from the Canadian Association for Community Living, in recognition of "exceptional contribution to Canadians' understanding of public policy that builds an inclusive and accessible Canada." ln 2011, he received the University of Victoria Community Leadership Award. In 2012, Professor Prince was presented a Queen Elizabeth 11 Diamond Jubilee Medal for his public services. Dr. Prince was named Academic of the Year in 2014 by the Confederation of Faculty Associations of British Columbia.

Visit his full profile and links to his published works.
Follow him on Twitter: @princepolity

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Sheila Beauchemin


Sheila Beauchemin has over 20 years experience in management positions in British Columbia. This experience involves 12 years as a public servant working in the areas of corporate services, financial policy analysis and treaty negotiation and ten years as an independent consultant providing services in the areas of advice, facilitation and research and writing. Sheila holds a Certified Professional Facilitator designation from the International Association of Facilitators.

As a provincial treaty negotiator for the Province of BC, Sheila was responsible for undertaking negotiations with First Nations and managed stakeholder engagement to gather feedback on negotiations and utilize this input to structure negotiation approaches. This involved considerable work with local government officials, particularly in the lower mainland.  

Sheila has facilitated over 55 diverse groups ranging in size from small executive leadership teams of six to large cross-organizational groups of 50 - 200+. 

Visit her website and follow her on Twitter: @S_Beauchemin