Regional Forum: Eastern Ontario

JOIN US on November 29, 2007 at Queen’s University from 12-4:30pm. Click here to register.

The Columbia Institute Centre for Civic Governance presents a forum for local leaders in Ontario who want to make a difference in their community. This half-day forum is designed to inform, inspire, and connect leaders from Eastern Ontario interested in progressive policies, by providing opportunities to dialogue with leading experts in the areas of environmentally responsible communities, building citizen engagement, and addressing the fiscal circumstances of boards and municipalities.

Registration closes on Nov. 22.  Forum fee is $85.

The Forum will be held at Ban Righ Hall, Fireside Room, Queen’s University, Kingston.

The Experts:

Gina Barber

gina barberSince completion of a Masters degree in Sociology from the University of Western Ontario, Gina has been teaching sociology at Fanshawe College. Alongside her academic career, Gina has been involved in a number of social justice initiatives. She was one of the founding members of the London Status of Women Action Group and has been an active member of the Federation of Women Teachers Associations, the London and District Labour Council, the London Social Planning Council, the London and Middlesex Housing Authority, the Children’s Aid Society Board of Directors and the London Public Library. In addition to her involvement with social justice initiatives, Gina has been active in politics since the late ’70s, managing federal, provincial and municipal campaigns. Gina assumed her current position as one of four controllers for the City of London in the municipal election of 2006, winning the second highest number of votes.

Hugh Mackenzie

hugh mackenzieHugh Mackenzie served as Executive Director of the Ontario Fair Tax Commission in the early ’90s, leading a comprehensive effort to untangle taxes and put cities and school boards on a sound financial footing. As a research association for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, he has dissected every Federal and Ontario budget since 1997. Hugh’s experience at the heart of provincial and municipal finance can give local leaders new insight into what changes to financial policies would really make a difference for local governments.

Katrina Miller

katrina millerKatrina Miller is Toronto Environmental Alliance’s (TEA) Campaigns Director. She oversees TEA’s advocacy and policy work on urban environmental issues. Katrina was instrumental in Toronto’s adoption and implementation of a curbside organics diversion program and a pesticides bylaw. She has had the opportunity to serve on many notable bodies including the Beautiful City Roundtable of Toronto and the Toronto Cancer Prevention Coalition. Currently her work is focused on urging Toronto to adopt a bylaw that gives the public the right to know about industrial pollution in their neighborhoods.


About Centre for Civic Governance

The Centre for Civic Governance works to support community leadership meeting today’s social and environmental challenges: climate change, Canada’s increasing equity gap, and shifting social trends. At the Centre for Civic Governance, our goal is to strengthen Canadian communities through sharing best practices, providing tools for locally elected leaders, and progressive policy analysis. We strive to provide knowledge and information to make real and positive social change.