Founder & CEO:
Inspired after a life-altering trip to Kenya, he sold his real estate business to launch Change Heroes, a ground-breaking friend funding platform that has raised over $1,000,000 to fund 100+ projects, including schools, libraries, scholarships, and anti sex trafficking work in 12 developing countries that will impact over 100,000 people. He gave the opening keynote at the Harvard University Social Enterprise Conference, and lectures on social entrepreneurship at New York University. Taylor recently addressed delegates from around the world at the United Nations in New York, and is considered a pioneer and thought leader in the social entrepreneurship and social enterprise space. All that being said – Taylor is equally happy to have surfed the longest wave in the world (in Peru), meditated with Zen monks in Japan, trained as a yoga teacher in Costa Rica, run with the bulls in Spain, built schools in Kenya, stepped foot on every continent and explored 35 countries.
Student Mobilization Coordinator
International Justice Mission
Kelly joins IJM Canada with several years’ experience in student program development and management, and demonstrated proficiency in curriculum design. Her passion for the rescue and restoration of victims of violent injustice was demonstrated through her service as an Aftercare Fellow with IJM Cambodia in 2011, and previously, as an Aftercare Intern at IJM HQ. Prior to joining IJM Canada, Kelly served as the Human Trafficking Program Developer with the Women’s Support Network of York Region, where she was responsible for developing and coordinating a new community collaborative project to assist women trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation within the York Region of Ontario.
What is the title of her talk?
“Seeking Justice” : The global work of International Justice Mission
What will the content & focus of her presentation be?
My presentation will describe the global work of International Justice Mission to end violent oppression against the poor.
We will focus on our interventions in the commercial exploitation of minors and bonded slave labor in South and Southeast Asia through client stories. .
We will examine how IJM’s unique collaborative casework model is successfully transforming justice systems. Participants will learn how they can engage in IJM’s work.
Photo: Rehab Minstry
Founder, Pastor & Team Lead
Joanna graduated from Tyndale Seminary in 2010 with a Master of Divinity in Biblical Studies. The Lord has made her aware of the marginalized people in society. She was convinced that the gospel of Jesus Christ is both words and deeds. The parable of the Sheep and the Goats (Matt 25: 31- 46) commands us to serve the least in the society. Joanna takes these words to heart.
What is the title of your talk?
Ethnic Minorities – the true faces of prostitution.
What will the content & focus of your presentation be?
Majority Prostitutes in Canada and US are foreign born. They are subjected to exploitation, abused, isolation and discrimination. the talk focus on efforts by Rahab Ministry to help these women. And the potential devastated effects of prostitution legalization on these foreign born sex workers.
A representative from the Canadian Border Service Agency
Focus: addressing the security and border issues surrounding human trafficking. We are excited to hear his insight on this topic!
Varka works at FCJ Refugee Centre located in Toronto as the Anti-Trafficking Coordinator. The FCJ Refugee Center focuses their attention to both refugees and other individuals who are at risk because of their personal immigration status.
Ottawa Coalition Against Human Trafficking
shows admiration through her strength as a local Ottawa survivor from domestic sexual exploitation. She will address the future and development efforts of human trafficking, especially through her eyes of a survivor. She now works as a member for the Ottawa Coalition to End Human Trafficking (OCEHT), as a key role for frontline partner training, victim services analysis and outreach.
Const. Graham Hawkins
Constable Graham Hawkins is an avid participant in human trafficking within the region of Waterloo. He is a member of the Waterloo Regional Police Service, and Human Trafficking Investigator for the Strategic and Tactical services Criminal Intelligence Branch. He has devoted his time with teams of investigators to find criminals who exploit victims and also brought these criminals to justice.
M.A. Global Governance
The Role of the NGO
Clara Yoon is a recent graduate from the University of Waterloo’s (UW) M.A. in global governance at the Balsillie School of International Affairs. Her research addressed global justice and human rights, with a focus on the human rights situation in North Korea, migration and human trafficking, and inter-Korean relations. She has been published in a book and co-authored a policy brief as a Junior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). Outside of her academic work, she also was involved with People for Successful COrean REunification (PSCORE) as a summer intern in South Korea, attended the 22nd Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, and volunteered with JAYU for the 2nd annual North Korean Human Rights Film Festival in Toronto. She looks forward to continuing research and work related to transnational advocacy networks and the efforts of state and non-state actors to build and establish more peace in the Asia-Pacific, particularly the Korean Peninsula.
WPIRG Breakout Session: Trafficking & The Aboriginal Community
WPIRG’s mission is to foster and support UW students and others to research, educate, and take action on environmental and social justice issues while motivating community participation and responsibility by encouraging members and others to be concerned, informed, and active in their community.
Engineers Without Borders Breakout Session
“Engineers Without Borders helps people in developing countries use technology to improve their lives.”
Engineers Without Borders Canada and their first mission statement was founded in 2000 by CEOs, George Roter and Parker Mitchell on a napkin in a coffee shop. With a dream of an organization that would enable engineers to contribute something other than another bridge or another electrical grid, they started off with biweekly meetings in George’s parents’ living room. By the end of 2000, over 1000 members had joined and a handful of chapters were starting. And in January 2001, EWB’s first volunteer left for a four month internship in India.