COVID has amplified social challenges, but also accelerated innovative solutions and approaches.
HelpSeeker’s social technology supports this innovation, helping move Canada away from costly social research and towards accelerated social change.
In this webinar, we will hear from social innovation leaders on community safety (Edmonton Police Chief Dale McFee), housing (CMHC VP Innovation Steff Jones), homelessness (ESDC Director Ian Cooper) and social technology (Dr. Alina Turner) on what’s next as we build back better in recovery.
Spoiler alert: we won’t be recommending yet another study.
In this webinar, you will learn:
How HelpSeeker’s tools help communities translate social research into meaningful action.
What tools and support your community can use to support social change.
VP Innovation, CMHC
As Vice-President of Innovation at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), Steffan (Steff) Jones leads a team that has ambitions to shake up Canada’s housing system to make housing more affordable for all.
In 2018, Steff was instrumental in helping CMHC set a new strategy and course for the future, anchored by an ambitious goal – that by 2030, everyone in Canada has a home they can afford and that meets their needs. Encouraging innovation is a key part of this strategy. “CMHC has strong policies, programs and tools to put behind its 2030 goal. But these will only get us so far. We also need to experiment, explore new ways of working, and disrupt the status quo. That’s why we’re forging partnerships with new players, unearthing unique solutions and exploring cutting-edge technology.”Read
Chief, Edmonton Police Service
Chief Dale R. McFee, OOM is the 23rd Police Chief for the Edmonton Police Service. He has an extensive background in policing, including 26 years as a police officer in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan (nine years as Chief of Police) and six years as the Deputy Minister of Corrections and Policing in the Ministry of Justice for the Saskatchewan government.
He has been promoted by the Governor General of Canada to the Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces. He is a Governor General Leadership alumnus, former Citizen of the Year within his home community, and the recipient of a Provincial Policing Leadership award. He lectures nationally and internationally on the topics of leadership and change management in private and public sector organizations.Read
Director – Data Collection, Analysis & Results Reporting Division, in the Homelessness Policy Directorate at ESDC.
Ian is the Director – Data Collection, Analysis & Results Reporting Division, in the Homelessness Policy Directorate at Employment and Social Development Canada. In this role, he leads data-related activities in support of Reaching Home, Canada’s homelessness strategy, and research and analysis to advance understanding of homelessness in Canada.
Before joining the department, he previously worked in strategic policy and stakeholder relations at the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. Ian holds a PhD in Sociology from Carleton University, where he studied urbanization, labour migration and inclusive development.Read
Dr. Alina Turner
Co-President & Co-Founder of HelpSeeker
Dr. Alina Turner is the Co-President & Co-Founder of HelpSeeker, a social enterprise harnessing tech innovation for the greater social good. She is recognized as a leading researcher and thinker on social issues with proven implementation results.
Alina is a Fellow at The School of Public Policy, University of Calgary and serves on the Board of Directors for A Way Home Canada and the Alberta Rural Development Rural Advisory Board on housing and homelessness. Her work on system planning is recognized as a leading practice and often called upon as a model across communities. Her drive and passion for this work are grounded in her lived experience of the social issues she continues to challenge in her professional work.