Featured Speakers

Hon. Claire Trevena

Hon. Claire Trevena
Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure

MLA North Island
Government of British Columbia

Claire Trevena was first elected MLA for North Island in 2005 and was re-elected in 2009, 2013 and 2017. She is the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. Claire served as the Official Opposition spokesperson for a number of ministries. A former journalist, activist and international development worker, Claire came to Canada in the early 1990s as the BBC’s Canada correspondent.


Bowinn Ma

Bowinn Ma
Parliamentary Secretary for TransLink
MLA North Vancouver-Lonsdale
Government of British Columbia

 

Elected as the MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale in May 2017, Bowinn is also a licensed Professional Engineer and certified Project Management Professional. Prior to being elected MLA, she managed terminal expansion and redevelopment projects at the Vancouver International Airport. Bowinn’s degree in civil engineering included an academic focus on transportation engineering, which serves her well in her efforts to improve transportation on the North Shore and throughout the Lower Mainland.


Spencer Chandra Herbert

Spencer Chandra Herbert
MLA Vancouver West End/Coal Harbor 
Government of British Columbia

 

Spencer was elected as MLA in 2008, 2009 and 2013 and 2017. He previously served as the Official Opposition Critic for Tourism, Arts, Culture, TV and Film & Environment Spokesperson and previously served on BC’s Finance Committee, and also the Independent Police Investigations Unit Oversight Committee and served as the past chair for the Rental Task Force. A strong community activist, he tackles issues head on. Consistently voted Vancouver’s Best MLA by readers of the Georgia Straight, he was also voted Vancouver’s Unsung Hero by the readers of the Westender.


Elder Ruth Adams

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Elder Ruth Adams
Tsawwassen First Nation

I was born October 8th 1942 in Vancouver B.C. to Constance Jacobs, from Tsawwassen First Nation and my father Clarence Morgan, from Chehalis Nation. I am the eldest of eleven children. I grew up in Mission area but I spent my summers at Tsawwassen First Nation with my Grandparents Sophia and Peter Jacobs. Those summers are where I learned a lot about my heritage.

My husband Norman Adams and I have been married for fifty-seven years and we have four daughters. We raised them in Delta but eventually we all settled down on Tsawwassen First Nation Lands. I spent thirty years working at Delta Hospital until I retired at sixty-five years old.

My passions lay in politics, reconciliation, and first and foremost, for my community. I was very involved in the treaty process for Tsawwassen First Nation which makes me very proud. Being the matriarch of my family, it makes me very thrilled to see my grandchildren and great grandchildren following in my footsteps and learning their culture, traditions and heritage where I did as a child.


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Sarah Jama
Organizer
Disability Justice Network of Ontario (DJNO)

Sarah Jama is a community organizer from Hamilton, Ontario. She is co-founder of the Disability Justice Network of Ontario (DJNO),  is a current board member with the Hamilton Transit Riders Union, an organizer with the Hamilton Community Benefits Network, and is working with the Hamilton Wentworth District School Board to create curriculum around combating anti-black racism. She has given over one hundred lectures, presentations, and keynotes on issues surrounding leadership, diversity, justice, and works at the Hamilton Centre for Civic Inclusion as a Program Coordinator.


Amina Yasin
Co-Chair, Canadian Institute of Planners Social Equity Committee

Urban Planner

Amina Yasin is Co-Chair of the Canadian Institute of Planners Social Equity Committee. She currently works as an Urban Planner in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. Her interest and research commitments have actively embraced her unique professional and lived-experiences to advocate for an increased emphasis on responsive and inclusive planning. Amina has given several presentations on inclusive planning, mental health and neurocognitive health inspired by her passion for inclusive cities.


Barbara Chamberlain

Barbara Chamberlain
Active Transportation Division Director
Washington State Department of Transportation

Barb Chamberlain is Director of the newly created Division of Active Transportation, with Washington State Department of Transportation. Barb served as the Executive Director of Washington Bikes from 2012 to 2015, then became Chief Strategic Officer (CSO) when Washington Bikes and Cascade Bicycle Club merged to form the nation’s largest statewide bike nonprofit.


Robin Mazumder

Robin Mazumder
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar

Ph.D Candidate, Cognitive Neuroscience
University of Waterloo 

Robin Mazumder is a thought leader and accomplished keynote speaker sought out internationally to provoke thoughtful discussions on cities and well-being. He is currently completing his doctorate in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Waterloo, where he is studying the psychological impacts of urban design. His interest is inspired by his love for cities as well as his experience working as a mental health occupational therapist. Robin is a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholar. 


Maddy Ruvolo

Maddy Ruvolo
Disability Activist

Master of Urban and Regional Planning ’20, UCLA

Maddy Ruvolo is a disability activist and transportation planning student in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program at UCLA. She currently serves as a researcher at the UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies and previously worked at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and the Marin Center for Independent Living, a disability rights organization.


Alex Haadaard

Alex Haagaard
Director of Communications
The Disabled List

Alex is a queer disabled designer and activist, who specializes in applying tacit and embodied disabled knowledge to the design of digital systems and services. They have previously worked at Cardiff Metropolitan University and OCAD University, and have led #CripTheVote campaigns in Canada and the UK,to call attention to disability justice issues in electoral contexts. Their current work is focused on development of ‘disability-led’ design methods, and they are especially excited to explore how these methods can be used to build cities that are safe and welcoming for everyone.


Rooted in Rights

Anna Zivarts
Program Director
Clark Matthews
Lead Producer
Vanessa Link
Creative Production
Rooted in Rights

Rooted in Rights tells authentic, accessible stories to challenge stigma and redefine narratives around disability, mental health and chronic illness. As part of Disability Rights Washington, our Seattle-based team of disabled video producers, editors and digital organizers partner with both local coalitions and national advocacy campaigns to fight for concrete changes for our community.


Franke James

Franke James
Artist, Author, Activist

Franke James is an artist and activist focused on the environment, human rights and free expression. She enjoys a car-free lifestyle having sold her only car in 2007 to reduce her carbon footprint. Her 2018 song “Gasoline, Gasoline (The World’s Aflame)” is a romantic tune about breaking up with the fossil fuel. It won Music Video of 2018 from the American Electric Auto Association and has been featured in numerous film festivals in the USA and Canada. Franke is the author of three books: Banned on the Hill (2013), Bothered By My Green Conscience (2009) and Dear Office-Politics (2009). She is the recipient of BCCLA’s Liberty Award and the PEN Canada / Ken Filkow Prize.


Teresa Pocock

Teresa Pocock
Disability Artist, Self-Advocate

 

Teresa Pocock is a disability artist, author, and self-advocate who lives in Gastown. Teresa enjoys navigating Vancouver on foot and by public transit – and she has some tips to make the City safer and more accessible for people like her who have intellectual disabilities and physical challenges. Teresa is the author of two illustrated books, “Totally Amazing: Free To Be Me” (2018) and “Pretty Amazing: How I Found Myself in the Downtown Eastside” (2016), which were published with assistance from the Vancouver Foundation. She has exhibited her art at Gallery Gachet and the Vancouver Outsider Art Festival.


Allen Mankewich

Allen Mankewich
Independent Living Resource Centre

 

Allen previously worked for the Government of Manitoba in their disability programs branch, and has also worked for the Canadian Centre on Disability Studies on national and international projects. In June 2015, he participated in the United States Government’s International Visitor Leadership Program, where he learned how advocates, disability organizations and different levels of government work together so disabled people in the United States can exercise their civil rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act. One of his passions is active transportation for disabled people.


Bronwyn Berg

Bronwyn Berg
Independent Living Resource Centre

 

Bronwyn Berg is a disability justice activist, published writer and public speaker. She has been featured in several literary magazines as well as long-listed for the CBC fiction contest. She co-founded CripCanLit, an organization advocating for disabled access to and within the literary community across Canada. She has also acted as a consultant with disability organizations on a variety of issues. Originally from Alberta, Bronwyn has served as a disability rights consultant for the City of Kelowna and now makes her home on Vancouver Island where continues to fight for action on access, safety, support and inclusion for disabled people of all backgrounds. Bronwyn shares her life with her disabled partner, disabled dog, and ableist cat.


Tom Thivener

Thomas Thivener
Active Transportation and Regional Lead

WATT Consulting Group 

Thomas Thivener has had a major influence on active transportation in the US and Canada, on the municipal front. He joined The City of Calgary in 2012 as the Cycling Coordinator to help implement the new Cycling Strategy policy. For the last four years he led the Active Transportation Projects Section of the Liveable Street Division for The City. Previous to moving to Canada, he worked as the City of Tucson’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator. Recently he relocated to Vancouver and works for WATT Consulting Group as its Active Transportation and Regional Lead.

 


Thomas McClean

Thomas McClean
 

Thomas is a member of the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition's community action network, and currently completing the can leadership training for anti poverty advocacy. He is a member of the All on Board campaign advocating for affordable transit and an avid active active transportation cyclist.


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