|12:30 – 1:45 pm
FAO Reports: Between the Covers- How data and analysis support transparency and trust.
The presentation will “go deep” into the methodology behind the creation of some of the key FAO reports, from data gathering, cleansing, modelling, analysis, messaging, to follow-up on performance/hits/quotes in Question Period, etc. Mr Weltman will involve a few key staff in the presentation, to get into some crunchy details on some of the elements, and help the audience understand some of the requirements needed to produce reliable performance evaluations.
Peter Weltman, Financial Accountability Office of Ontario
Peter was appointed Ontario’s second Financial Accountability Officer on May 7, 2018.Mr. Weltman has extensive experience working at the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) in Ottawa most recently serving as Director of Executive Services, Communication and Parliamentary Relations to the Parliamentary Budget Officer. He has also served as President of the Canadian Chapter of the International Cost Estimating and Analysis Association (ICEEA). Before working at the PBO, Mr. Weltman worked in different capacities for Industry Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) and the Treasury Board Secretariat.
|1:45 – 2:00 pm
Natasha a 30 year old singer/guitarist/songwriter. Born in London, Ontario, Natasha started music at the age of 6. Growing up singing in her local church and entering competitions lead her to pursuing music full time. With tons of performance experience over the last several years on various stages internationally, she captures audiences wherever she goes with her skilful guitar playing and powerful vocals. She is a versatile artist playing anything from blues, jazz, rock, to pop music. Now under her belt is over 10 years experience in the industry with notable performances opening for The Pixies and LIVE on tour in South Africa 2017.
|2:00 – 3:00 pm
Advancing Transformative Change: what is within reach?
We can help transform our world around us, addressing the most pressing challenges of our time, by building knowledge and understanding to inform necessary, strategic and transformative actions. Over the course of the last year, many of our lives changed on a dime: we have worked, played and lived in a fundamentally different way. Cities have needed to adapt, and responding with urgency, have unlocked critical and tricky issues such as access to housing, parks, and bike lanes. Using case studies from a variety of cities, Jennifer will explore the foundations for success in driving forward change and measuring its achievement.
Jennifer Keesmaat, Former Chief Planner, City of Toronto | Renowned Urbanist
Jennifer Keesmaat is passionate about creating places where people flourish. Named one of the “most powerful people in Canada” by Maclean’s, one of the “most influential” by Toronto Life, and one of the top Women of Influence in Canada, she spent five years as Toronto’s Chief City Planner, where she was celebrated for her forward thinking and collaborative approach to city-building.
A Distinguished Visitor in Residence Emeritus at the University of Toronto, Keesmaat continues to share her vision for cities of the future, and her belief in the importance of public sector leadership through a variety of publications including The Guardian, Macleans, The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, and on her podcast, Invisible City, where she covers a broad range of future city and technological topics.
Today, Keesmaat heads up The Keesmaat Group. With her team of city building experts, she provides inspiration through public speaking, and delivers impact through her consulting services pertaining to creating complete, walkable communities. She is also on the Advisory Board of the Urban Land Institute in Toronto and appointed to the International Panel of Experts for the Singapore Urban Redevelopment Authority.
|3:00 – 3:15 pm
Nagata Shachu Drumming Band
Nagata Shachu, based in Toronto, has enthralled audiences with its mesmerizing and heart-pounding performances of the Japanese drum (taiko) since its formation in 1998. The group has toured widely throughout Canada, the US and Italy and has performed at major engagements in Mexico and Lebanon. While rooted in the folk drumming traditions of Japan, the ensemble’s principal aim is to rejuvenate this ancient art form by producing innovative and exciting music that seeks to create a new voice for the taiko.
|3:15 – 4:15 pm
Reducing Inequalities by Focusing on Wellbeing: Evidence from the Canadian Index of Wellbeing
Canadians’ wellbeing is influenced by a complex interplay of factors in their lives. Through a comprehensive consideration of those factors and how they combine and interact, we better understand how wellbeing is entwined in the broader and more complex challenge of inequality. This is the approach taken by Canadian Index of Wellbeing (CIW). The CIW captures a broad range of indicators from diverse areas to reveal how inequality is manifested in the lives of Canadians, especially those who are most marginalised. This presentation will provide an overview of the CIW, its work from the national to the local, and how focusing on wellbeing can provide a pathway to more impactful social policy.
Bryan Smale, Director, Canadian Index of Wellbeing
Bryan Smale is Director of the Canadian Index of Wellbeing housed in the Faculty of Health at the University of Waterloo (UW) and a Full Professor in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies with a cross-appointment to the Department of Geography and Environmental Management. He received his Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Western Ontario and both his Master’s and B.A. in Leisure Studies from the University of Waterloo. He is currently a member of Statistics Canada’s Advisory Committee on Social Conditions, an Advisor to the Vanier Institute’s Canadian Family Well-Being Index, Past President of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Leisure Studies (CALS), and former Editor-in-Chief of Leisure/Loisir. His research is guided by a focus advocating for reducing inequities in wellbeing with particular interest in the role of leisure in the wellbeing of individuals and communities, the spatial distribution and analysis of quality of life in communities, time use allocation, and social indicators research. He was elected a Fellow to the Academy of Leisure Sciences in 2012 and honoured with the international Hall of Heroes Leadership Award by the Community Indicators Consortium in 2020.