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Our First Circuit Talk

August 17, 2020 – Building Back Better with Social Enterprise

Join us on Wednesday, August 19th at 5:30pm for our first event! We are hosting a great panel of experts who are going to share their diverse experiences in business, the economy and government. They will share their insight and perception when it comes to social enterprise and together paint a picture for what the future of the sector holds. Also, tune in to find out what is coming up next for the Social Venture Circuit and how you can stay involved.

Our discussion will include relevant topics such as:

  • Defining the scope of social enterprise,
  • Doing business from the heart pre and post COVID-19,
  • Economic growth and outlook for the Region of Peel,
  • Understanding and supporting underserved communities and,
  • Social and cultural shifts affecting the success and prosperity of the Region of Peel.

Daniel Francavilla is a creative strategist, consultant, speaker and mentor making a positive impact. As the founder of Now Creative Group, Daniel leads a team of creatives and strategists to provide branding and marketing services to startups, nonprofits and big brands. Daniel is passionate about helping others to create social change and is also the founder of non-profit organization ACCESS, through which he supports youth who are building their own initiatives for social good. Daniel received both a 40 Under 40 Award and a Business Excellence Award in 2018.

Iqra Khalid is the Member of Parliament for Mississauga-Erin Mills, currently serving her second consecutive term. She serves as the chair of the Women’s Caucus and the chair of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. She also serves as a member of the International Human Rights Subcommittee of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development. As a Member of Parliament she has conducted studies on contemporary human rights issues including online hate and human trafficking in Canada and around the world, participated in the vetting process for Federal judges, and spoken out on the human rights crises of minority groups such as the Rohingya. She also founded the Mississauga-Erin Mills Women’s council, a group of 12 dynamic and accomplished women who advise her on the issues facing women and girls in Mississauga. She also conducts regular town halls and informative seminars on a wide range of topics including mental health, seniors’ issues, community safety, immigration, and opportunities for youth and newcomers to Canada.

Judith McWhinney is the Regional Economist for the Region of Peel. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica and a Master’s degree in economics from McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Her Career as an economist spans over 30 years all in the public sector, in Canada as well as in Jamaica, where she was the director of economic planning and research at the Planning Institute of Jamaica.

Rebekah Gosyne is a passionate social justice activist, writer, and speaker. For as long as she can remember, she has felt burdened by the oppression of other people, motivating her to do what she can to advance their cause. This motivation has led her down incredible paths, such as the Miss World Canada Beauty with a Purpose Award in 2014 for her platform to combat national human trafficking, her research on global human trafficking being featured in York University’s Research Journal – YOUR Review, and receiving the Keg Spirit Foundation Award in 2016 for her committed community work. Upon completing an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Human Rights & Equity Studies, she became a World Vision Canada Youth Ambassador advocating for international social justice issues. Soon after, she worked for Plan International Canada promoting programs such as girls’ education. During this time, she also served as a Committee Member to an anti-human trafficking organization called Free-Them, lobbying different levels of government for better protection for survivors of human trafficking. That experience led her to more political work in the last two years, striving to bridge the gap between social problems and legislative action. Rebekah continues to work towards achieving social justice for all by encouraging people to think and act compassionately by educating them on social issues and providing them with actionable steps, through her blog, In Hope and Justice.

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