2017 Vibrant Communities Speaker Series

Vibrant Communities Speaker Series – Social Innovation in Edmonton

Urban-Systems-2017-09-05 Social Innovation Eventbrite
Prepare to be inspired as you join us for a discussion about the future of social innovation in Edmonton. There are many ways that social innovation can be defined, but simply put it is applying new ways of thinking to better the world.

The doors will open later this year at Edmonton’s first social innovation hub at MacEwan University. It will offer co-working space, programs and a supportive community where people will come together to make their world better. The leaders of this project, Dr. Leo Wong and Amor Provins will join us with social innovator Aleeya Velji and community partner Jordan Reiniger (Boyle Street) to provide a holistic view of the current landscape in Edmonton.

When: Tuesday September 19th, doors at 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: Yellowhead Brewery – 10229 105 Street Northwest, Edmonton

Reserve tickets on our Eventbrite page.
Doors at 6:00 PM, our presentation begins at 6:30 PM. Cash bar available with appetizers and discussion afterwards.

Our Guest Speakers

Dr. Leo Wong

Urban-Systems-LeoWong-EventPostDr. Leo Wong, BCom, PhD is an Assistant Professor at MacEwan University School of Business, and the Director of the Social Innovation Institute at MacEwan. Dr. Wong teaches and researches progressive business practices that are aligned with conscious consumerism, responsible advertising, socially and environmentally responsible thinking and ethical decision-making, while working with a generation of students who will shape our sustainable world. He has done applied research with social enterprises, taught undergraduate and graduate business courses related to sustainability and designed courses focused on corporate social responsibility. In addition, he was a research fellow for the Aspen Institute and the Beyond Grey Pinstripes program. In the community, Leo has been involved with a number of initiatives including the United Nations Principles for Responsible Management, the United Nations Global Compact, has volunteered on the board for the International Association for Volunteer Effort and founded a few local organizations focused on youth empowerment and youth volunteerism.

Amor Provins

Urban-Systems-Amor2904-EventPostBorn and raised in Edmonton, Amor Provins is a multi-talented entrepreneur, product designer and community change-maker. She runs Hunt Amor, one of Alberta’s most recognized custom jewelry brands, known for its bold designs and minimalist approach. The 33-year-old spent eight years working in the social sector, focused on aiding homeless and at-risk youth, through rural, urban and international communities, including Australia. As one of the founding members of Apricity – a collective working to amplify the cause of others by raising awareness and funds for non-profits and an instrumental contributor in the creation of Timbre Studios, a co-working space open to designers, artists and other creatives, Amor continues to actively display social consciousness in her progressive business practices. Now, she’ll be putting that experience to good use as she leads the launch of MacEwan’s own entrepreneurial incubator. the Social Innovation Hub, Roundhouse.

Aleeya Velji

Urban-Systems-Aleeya-EventPostAleeya is a social innovator that is exploring how to infuse systems thinking and universal design methods into the daily work habits of organizations. Aleeya thinks in systems and developed her understanding of complex environmental, social, and economic challenges through her work as an educator, an ABSI Connect Fellow, and as an intrapreneur within a municipal and provincial government setting. Most recently Aleeya is championing the design, development, and future direction of Studio 44. This space will become the flagship hub for social lab processes within a public sector environment. Aleeya is also an advocate for growing the understanding of this work through her role as a convenor of the SDX (systemic design exchange) community of practice, in partnership with the Alberta CoLab. and her teaching engagements at MacEwan University, Mount Royal University, and University of Alberta on the topic of social innovation and social change lab processes.

Our Host – Tim Querengesser

Urban-Systems-TimQTim Querengesser is a communications consultant, public speaker, entrepreneur and award-winning journalist based out of Edmonton. But mostly, he’s an urbanist. Tim has written articles from Asia, Africa and across Canada, and recently concluded a writing residency at the Banff Centre where he worked on a memoir about car dependency. Tim is the former editor of Metro Edmonton and is currently the editor for The Yards.

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