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Al-Etmanski.jpgAl Etmanski is an curator, author, blogger, advocate and social entrepreneur specializing in innovative, multi-sector solutions to complex societal challenges. He is currently a partner in the national collaboration, Social Innovation Generation (SIG). SiG is dedicated to scaling up innovative solutions to deeply rooted social problems and exploring new methods of financing the social sector.  Al is an Ashoka fellow, and a faculty member of John McKnight’s Asset Based Community Development Institute (ABCD). He is co-founder of Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN). He proposed and led the successful campaign to establish the world’s first savings plan for people with disabilities – the Registered Disability Savings Plan.



Ken Gauthier is a social entrepreneur and led in the development of the Urban Matters CCC social venture platform as a means to achieving better outcomes for communities.

Urban Matters, a registered CCC, aims to operate at the intersection business and philanthropy by developing systems changing initiatives and collaborations, and business models to support them sustainably. Urban Matters CCC actively solicits unlikely collaborations between sectors and actors with a focus on pragmatic and impactful outcomes. Urban Matters CCC also serves as a community social innovation lab and is actively developing its new business model in real time.

Ken is also a principal/owner at Urban Systems, a 40-year-old consultancy that specializes in community development in Canada, as well as a Director of the Urban Foundation, a registered charity focused on achieving better outcomes for youth in communities.

Ken actively volunteers as the co-chair of the BC Partners for Social Impact: a provincial network of peers, influencers and volunteers committed to the cause of social systems change in British Columbia. The BC Partners for Social Impact have been instrumental in developing enabling policy and legislative changes aimed at reducing barriers and nurturing a flourishing social innovation ecosystem in BC; such as establishing the first hybrid business incorporation model in Canada, the Community Contribution Company. Ken is also president of the Kelowna Community Development Society , a local non-profit society dedicated to supporting aging adults with developmental disabilities, and a director with the Project Build Society, an innovative model to deliver affordable market housing options to families.


MollyHarrington-Photo2.jpgMolly Harrington has worked for the British Columbia public service since 1994 and has been the Policy and Research Division Assistant Deputy Minister since September 2008. She holds a B.A. in economics and history from the University of Toronto and an M.A. in planning from the University of British Columbia. Molly commenced her government service with Small Business, Tourism and Culture, working on economic mitigation strategies; then moved to Forest Renewal BC, working with community, employment and business development programs with local government and first nation communities; and on to be a part of the Treaty Negotiations Office, she worked as both a negotiator and as Director of the Treaty Implementation and Legislation Branch. She co-ordinated and oversaw implementation of the Nisga’a Treaty obligations by line ministries and crown agencies. Molly served as CEO and ADM within the Ministry of Finance from 2005 to 2008 in charge of the Crown Agencies Secretariat. Over the past 3 years, Molly has been the ADM of Policy and Research at the Ministry of Social Development and is responsible for income and disability assistance policy and the province’s disability strategy.