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YES Atlantic 2017 Speakers

Stay tuned as we gradually release our speaker list.
Karina LeBlanc

Karina LeBlanc

Speaker Meet Karina: Executive Director of the Pond-Deshpande Centre Past Vice President of Operations at Autism Pro Past president of the Board of Directors of the YMCA Fredericton Campaign Co-chair of the “Your New Y” fundraising initiative Brand Manager of Feminine Care at Procter & Gamble Inspired yet? I know we sure are! #YESAtlantic #SEJAtlantique

Joanna Killen

Joanna Killen

Speaker Meet Joanna: Joanna Killen is a New Brunswicker, born in Saint John and pretty hard to convince that where she's from isn't the land of opportunity. After many years of working with small businesses in various marketing and sales capacities and with many of her own crafty small ventures along the way, Joanna and co-founders Corey Dugas and Nicholas Clermont created Momentum Canada. #YESAtlantic #SEJAtlantique

Tiziana Zevallos

Tiziana Zevallos

Co-Chair Tiziana Zevallos is a third year international student at St. Thomas University double majoring in Digital Journalism and Political Science. She is a PDC student ambassador from the 2015 cohort interested in creating change through narrative and storytelling. Currently she is co-producer and host of the podcast ‘The Drop’, which explores the social entrepreneurship environment in Fredericton from a youth perspective. #YESAtlantic #SEJAtlantique

Matt DeCourcey

Matt DeCourcey

Speaker Meet Matt: Member of Parliament for Fredericton Matt DeCourcey is a community outreach and engagement specialist, and proud New Brunswicker. He was elected as the youngest-ever Member of Parliament for Fredericton. He is Chair of the government’s Youth Caucus and served on the Special Committee on Pay Equity and the Special Committee on Electoral Reform. #YESAtlantic #SEJAtlantique

Imelda Perley

Imelda Perley

Elder-in-Residence and Instructor Mi'kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre #YESAtlantic #SEJAtlantique

Rachel Mathis

Rachel Mathis

Speaker Rachel Mathis is the founder of Invigorate Leaders which runs leadership programming and peer groups for high school students. Rachel is passionate about building strong roots for communities by investing in youth and giving them the tools they need to flourish. She is currently attending Mount Allison University pursuing a Psychology degree. #YESAtlantic #SEJAtlantique

Katie Davey

Katie Davey

Speaker During her time at UNB, Katie was the President of the UNB Student Union while also participating in the PDC Student Ambassador Program. Currently the Special Assistant to the Office of the Premier, Katie tried to bring a lens of social intrapreneurship and innovation to her role. #YESAtlantic #SEJAtlantique

Gerry Pond

Gerry Pond

Speaker Meet Gerry: An inspiring innovator and social entrepreneur, Gerry Pond has over 45 years of in-depth experience in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector. Most recently, Gerry was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada. #YESAtlantic #SEJAtlantique

Kaiya Hemmings

Kaiya Hemmings

Speaker Kaiya Hemmings is 7 years old and is in grade two at Samuel De Champlain in Saint John. She has a youtube channel called 'Heart Fun' that features her experiences living life to the fullest spreading messages of love, kindness and inclusion. She has raised money for food banks and anti-bullying initiatives by selling her Heart Fun T Shirts that also express messages of love and inclusion. #YESAtlantic #SEJAtlantique

Julia Feltham

Julia Feltham

Moderator Meet Julia: Weirdo. Social Entrepreneur. Mom. Singing Cellist. Consultant & Collaborative Community Developer. #YESAtlantic #SEJAtlantique

Amanda Hachey

Amanda Hachey

NouLab Facilitator Meet Amanda: Amanda has Bachelor of Business Administration from UNB Saint John and a Master’s in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability from Sweden. With economic and community development agencies she has worked with small-to-medium sized enterprises, co-operatives and communities in strategic planning, civic engagement, facilitation and capacity building. #YESAtlantic #SEJAtlantique

Rivers Corbett

Rivers Corbett

Speaker Meet Rivers: Rivers Corbett, MBA is an award winning serial entrepreneur, international speaker, startUP entrepreneurial thought leader, and author. He is a founding board member of StartUP Canada and host of the StartUP Canada Podcast Show. Most recently, he joined the Opportunties New Brunswick team to significantly move the needle on the spirit and actions of entrepreneurship throughout the province. #YESAtlantic #SEJAtlantique

Joanna Nickerson

Joanna Nickerson

Speaker Meet Joanna: With a strong background in both business and non-profit organizations, Joanna is motivated to enable social entrepreneurship in the region. Joanna manages the B4 Change Accelerator – a program which facilitates and nurtures high-impact ventures. #YESAtlantic #SEJAtlantique

Patsy Chamberlain

Patsy Chamberlain

Speaker Patsy Chamberlain was the Executive Director of Enterprise South East from 2010 to 2012 and has been working in the Economic Development field for over 20 years. While her expertise is in rural regions, she has had the opportunity to work in urban areas throughout her career. #YESAtlantic #SEJAtlantique

Dominique Leger

Dominique Leger

Speaker Meet Dominique: I grew up in Fredericton, New Brunswick and left for the big city just seconds after I was handed my high school diploma to study Fashion Marketing and Merchandising at Toronto's International Academy of Design and Technology. Missing the face to face connections with new individuals and desperate for a creative outlet Dominique created In Pursuit; the first and only Mobile Boutique serving Eastern Canada. #YESAtlantic #SEJAtlantique

Daimen Hardie

Daimen Hardie

Speaker Meet Daimen: After graduating Mount Allison University with a BA in International Relations, Intercultural Studies and Environmental Studies, Daimen Hardie co-founded CFI. He designs and implements the organization’s projects at home and abroad. Daimen has also completed a Permaculture Design Certificate in Uganda. #YESAtlantic #SEJAtlantique

Barb Stegemann

Barb Stegemann

Speaker: Meet Barb: Barb Stegemann was born in Montreal, Quebec and built her own boutique PR firm and created innovative, award winning campaigns that garnered private sector and government funding and won numerous marketing awards. She launched The 7 Virtues Beauty Inc., a company that began by sourcing essential oils distilled from legal crops to provide an alternative to the illegal poppy crop for farmers. #YESAtlantic #SEJAtlantique

Mary Blatherwick

Mary Blatherwick

Speaker Meet Mary: Mary has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art Education and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax NS, a Masters in Art Education from the University of British Columbia, and a PhD from the University of Roehampton, London England. Mary is the ED of the Atlantic Centre for Creativity; an interdisciplinary centre established within the University of New Brunswick. #YESAtlantic #SEJAtlantique

Micheal Corbett

Micheal Corbett

National Bank Pitch Judge Mike began his career in Commercial Banking in 2006. He has financed numerous different types of businesses over the years, at all levels of their growth cycle. He has been involved with many different business organizations over the years, and remains active in the business community. Mike joined National Bank in 2014 and works from both the Saint John and Fredericton branches, covering all communities in the surrounding areas. #YESAtlantic #SEJAtlantique

Andrea Feunekes

Andrea Feunekes

Moderator Meet Andrea: CEO and Co-Founder Andrea Feunekes has been instrumental in building Remsoft into a world leader in the field of sustainable resource management. Her passion lies in data-driven, sustainable planning and helping businesses to better manage their land assets, while ensuring their economic and environmental sustainability. Remsoft has grown under Andrea’s leadership over the past 25 years and currently serves over 200 clients on six continents. #YESAtlantic #SEJAtlantique