Social Good Panel

Social Good Panel

We end our Social Good track with a panel of speakers, that includes guests from PM Volunteers, who will share their experiences in creating social good. We will explore the opportunities and challenges of working in this complex space, and perhaps dispel some of the myths that surround it. The challenges can be… interesting. The benefits can be… amazing - personally, professionally, for the communities we serve and for society at large. Whether you are experienced in working in this space or are new and interested, there will be much to discuss and learn. Please join us for a lively, informal and personal discussion on how we each can create a better world as individuals and as project managers!

Panel Moderator
Dr. Eamonn O'Laocha holds a Ph.D. in business from Warwick Business School in the UK, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP and Prince2 Practitioner). He is a high-level leader who is committed to organizational excellence in the delivery of community-focused services. He is a highly versatile and well-rounded professional leader and manager with extensive experience in strategy formulation and implementation, innovation and technology transfer, multi-party initiatives, financial management and reporting, operations management and organizational and individual capability development. He is a supportive and enabling manager whose approach is based upon positive regard towards others, mutual respect, transparency and clarity. Dr. O'Laocha's research interests include; innovation and technology transfer, professional practice in complex and dynamic contexts, governance in complex organizational and inter-organizational contexts, information systems strategy and operations, and innovative engaged approaches to organizational design , development, leadership and management.
Dr. Adam Simpson is an experienced advisor for development and peacebuilding initiatives. As Manager of Global Programmes for UN Women, he provides strategic guidance and oversight for the Programme Directorate's global portfolio. Adam is also an advisor to the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel for Women’s Economic Empowerment, which has brought together influential leaders to launch a shared global agenda that accelerates women’s economic empowerment in support of implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Adam previously worked for the United Nations Office for Project Services, overseeing projects in Asia, Europe and the Middle East. He also worked with the Aga Khan Foundation and NATO in Afghanistan, managing a suite of healthcare infrastructure projects in the northern provinces. He spent several years in the private sector as a management consultant with Vancouver-based AMBiT Consulting, where he worked on an award-winning project to establish Canada’s first distributed medical learning education programme, in partnership with the health sector, government, and academia.
As a hands-on CTO coming from a Computer Science background, Jason Hanley focuses heavily on Software Development, Project Management, and Product Management. The Rumie Initiative is a registered charity working to bring a wealth of free information to underprivileged children worldwide.
Tom Wanklin is Senior Planner for the DTES Planning Group with the Community Planning Division, in the Planning, Urban Design and Sustainability Department at City of Vancouver. He holds a degree in Planning from the University of Witwatersrand, and is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute. He has worked for many years in senior level planning positions in municipal and provincial government where he has grappled with complex planning and development issues related to housing affordability for low-income citizens and community economic development. Tom also has extensive experience in private sector planning environments as a consultant and a part time lecturer in tourism development planning and events management.
Wes Regan is the City of Vancouver's Social Planner Responsible for Community Economic Development (CED) and Poverty Reduction Initiatives and Director Emeritus of Simon Fraser University's Community Economic Development Program. Wes has worked in CED, communications, and community engagement since 2009 in the private sector and in various non-profit and government roles. Wes holds a Masters in Urban Studies (M.Urb) from SFU where he also completed his undergraduate degree in Human Geography. Keeping a foot in academia Wes is a current Faculty Member in the Department of Geography and Geology at Langara College and an Instructor at SFU’s CED Program specializing in public policy and social enterprise. Wes has served on the executive and advisory boards of several organizations including Conversations for Responsible Economic Development (CRED BC), LOCO BC (Past Chair), and the BC Partners for Social Impact, a Provincial policy think tank examining ways to support and enable social innovation in communities and regions in British Columbia. In 2015 he was appointed Critic for Urban Affairs and Housing for the Green Party of Canada by Elizabeth May and continues to serve in this role developing urban policy at the federal level. When not working or volunteering or ruminating on policy Wes enjoys trail running, hiking, and cycling and is a devoted Whitecaps season ticket holder with the RainCity Brigade Supporter Group.
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