The first 10 lab partners from across Ontario met today. They are all engaged in the process of developing public infrastructure projects, and negotiating benefits for low-income and equity-seeking communities.
- Kusma Baker, Toronto Community Benefits Network;
- Mark Ellerker, Hamilton-Brantford Building Trades Council and Hamilton Community Benefits Network;
- Frazier Fathers, United Way Windsor-Essex County and the Windsor-Essex Community Benefits Coalition;
- Heather Marshall, Toronto Environmental Alliance;
- Olivia O’Connor, ACORN-Canada;
- Adaoma Patterson, Region of Peel and the Peel Poverty Reduction Strategy Committee;
- Rosemarie Powell, Toronto Community Benefits Network;
- Mercedes Sharpe Zayas, Parkdale Activity-Recreation Centre and the Parkdale People’s Economy Project;
- Dusha Sritharan, Toronto Environmental Alliance; and
- Ashley Reyns, ACORN-Ottawa.
This digital meeting was the springboard for their first face-to-face lab meeting in Moncton (NB) from September 24 – 26, 2018. In addition to the lab, they’ll participate in EconoUs 2018 organized by CCEDNet, the Canadian Community Economic Development Network.
At this national conference, Colette Murphy will moderate a plenary session called “Building a Fairer Economy from the Ground Up” — a panel discussion among three city councillors, Matthew Green from Hamilton (ON), Maeva Vilain from Montreal (PQ), and Matthew Brown from Preston (UK). Alejandra Bravo and Mercedes Sharpe Zayas will deliver a “Community Benefits 101” workshop.