Please accept our sincere thanks for attending the 2016 Education Conference in Victoria, BC. We hope you had a safe journey home.
We put together a short highlight video (BELOW) that we would encourage you to view and share with your co-workers. Photos from the conference are available on our Facebook page.
For nearly three decades, Rob Cottingham has helped leaders in government, labour, business and advocacy organizations connect with their audiences – in both the digital and offline worlds.
He has been the lead speechwriter on national and provincial election campaigns, coached leaders for televised debates, and written budget speeches, Throne Speeches and countless keynotes. As the Director of New Media with The NOW Group, he crafted award-winning engagement plans, copy and ad concepts for unions and other progressive clients. He's the co-founder of Social Signal, one of the world's first online engagement consulting firms.
Rob coaches speakers, communications staff and grassroots activists on personal leadership communications. He maintains a long-running blog on speechwriting and speaking at RobCottingham.ca.
Alex Hemingway is the CCPA–BC’s Public Finance Policy Analyst. His work focuses on the state of public services in BC, including education, health care, social programs and regulation. He also works on tax fairness — looking at the links between how our tax system is structured and the problem of growing inequality — and explores how high-quality, accessible public services can improve British Columbians’ quality of life.
Alex is finishing a PhD in Political Science at UBC, where his dissertation focuses on the relationship between economic inequality and inequality of political influence. He holds two master’s degrees from the London School of Economics (MSc Social Policy and Planning; MSc Global Politics), as well as a BA in psychology from SFU, with a focus on evolutionary psychology and the evolution of human morality.
Edith MacHattie is an occupational therapist who works at a child development centre in the Lower Mainland with school-aged children and their families. Edith sits on the BC Health Coalition (BCHC) steering committee as a rep for her union, the Health Sciences Association (HSA), and was elected labour co-chair of the BCHC in 2014. One of Edith’s passions is creating safe and accessible spaces for people to feel a sense of belonging in their community. She dreams about a public healthcare system with a focus on prevention and community-based care, and wants to be a part of making that a reality! She is getting ready to have her second child and is looking forward to going on maternity leave. Edith feels grateful to the workers who fought for this precious benefit.
Mr. Travis served as the Executive Director of the Canada Tibet Committee from 2007 to 2011, and is the founder of PIRA Communications. He is a former member of Quebec’s Estates General on the Situation and the Future of the French Language and its Comité d’examen sur la langue d’enseignement.
He has given guest lectures at the Université de Montréal, Columbia University, Concordia University, Carleton University and McGill University. His political commentaries have been published in the Montreal Gazette, Le Devoir, La Presse, the Ottawa Citizen, the Victoria Times Colonist, the Georgia Straight and The Tyee. As well his views have been sought by a variety of Canadian and international media, including Japan’s Asahi Shimbum, the Washington Times, the Christian Science Monitor, Al Jazeera, The Congressional Record, Toronto Star, Globe & Mail, La Presse, CTV, CBC and Radio- Canada.
At IntegrityBC, he is the Executive Director and is responsible for managing the office and the organization’s strategic direction.