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Speaker Series 2012/13

  • Research Open House - 3rd Floor York Lanes. On September 25, 2012, IRIS along with the projects and groups on the 3rd Floor of York Lanes host an open house. Guest Lecture by Michael Johnny from the Knowledge Mobilization Unit.
  • David Miller: Nations Talk. Cities Act. - On November 22, 2012, IRIS hosted former city of Toronto mayor David Miller who spoke on the challenges facing cities today, and the steps he took to combat this while he was mayor. The presentation had a specific focus on Toronto city plans and how they are driving action on combatting climate change. View David Miller's presentation.
  • Transnational Business Governance Interactions (TBGI): Analyzing Competition, Coordination and Conflict in Transnational Business Regulation - On Wednesday, November 21, 2012, Juila Black, Professor of Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science spoke about TBGIs. The interdisciplinary TBGI Project, co-led by Stepan Wood (Osgoode), is housed by IRIS.
  • Green Development Law in Canada: New Forms of Property or the Same Old Dirt? - On October 25, 2012, Professor Deborah Curran, Hakai Professor in Environmental Law and Sustainability at the University of Victoria spoke about green development case studies, focusing on the legal innovations and burdens that sustainable development offers for both the public interest and private property. 
  • Doing Business with the Poor-On January 15, 2013, Tal Dehtiar , Founder & CEO of Oliberté, co-founded MBAs Without Borders, international charity that has engaged hundreds of business professionals from around the world to volunteer and help build small and social businesses in over 25 developing countries including Haiti, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Pakistan, Nicaragua and Colombia. 
  • Innovations in Education and Sustainable Development: The Uganda Rural Development and Training Program -On January 29, 2013, Dr. Bryan Smith, President, Broad Reach Innovations Inc. and advisor, Uganda Rural Development and Training Programme. Bryan has worked with the UN Foundation and the UN Office of the Secretary-General. He is committed to supporting the growth of leadership and broad community learning capabilities in developing countries. 
  • Innovations in Global Health and Grand Challenges Canada -On February 5, 2013, Dr. Ken Simiyu, Program Officer, Grand Challenges Canada. Ken Simiyu leads the Stars in Global Health program that is designed to enable innovators in low- and lower-middle-income countries and Canada to develop their bold ideas with big impact to improve global health conditions. 
  • Financing Inclusive Business for Sustainable Development and Poverty Alleviation -On February 26, 2013, Hany Assaad, Co-founder Avanz Capital. He is a co-founder of Avanz Capital, his own private equity firm focusing on emerging markets, where he is Chief Portfolio, Risk & Compliance Officer managing the sourcing, screening and negotiating of investments, as well as risk management. Hany will talk about impact investing for poverty alleviation and sustainable development.
  • Transforming the Corporate Gift Market to Create Sustainable Employment and Empowerment in Poor Communities-On March 5, 2013, Angie Draskovic, Founder & CEO of ZOË Alliance about investing for profit of a social purpose  that harnesses corporate spending to help developing global communities grow their economies resulting in an innovative and sustainable approach to poverty alleviation and exclusion. 
  • Jobs for the Poor: Reducing Poverty through Impact Sourcing -On March 19, 2013, Karim Harji, Impact Sourcing. Karim Harji is the co-founder and a Partner at Venture Deli, a firm that builds and capitalizes ventures that matter to the world. He also led initiatives that provided growth financing and advisory services to franchises and large corporations seeking to enhance their social impact.
  • Learning from Failure -On March 26, 2013, Ashley Good, Engineers Without Borders and Founder Admitting Failure, her work helps increase organizational performance by maximizing the “learning ROI” from failures and building an acceptance of failure as a catalyst for the innovation and collaborative learning needed to address complex problems.

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