This year, the Community Innovation Forum will be hosting a fireside chat in partnership with the Creative Cocktail, for the keynote presentation of the evening. To register for the Fireside Chat and Creative Cocktail, click here
Keynote Fireside Chat
“Giving, Learning and Innovation: How foundations and post-secondary institutions can help revitalize local economies.”
Moderated by: Julie Davis, Vice President, External Relations & Advancement, Trent University.
Dr. Tony Tilly – President, Fleming College
Dr. Steven Franklin – President & Vice Chancellor, Trent University
Stephen Huddart, President and CEO, J.W. McConnell Family Foundation
Dr. Steven Franklin, President & Vice Chancellor, Trent University
Steven E. Franklin is President and Vice-Chancellor of Trent University in Peterborough, where he holds a joint appointment in the Department of Geography and the Environmental Science program. Dr. Franklin specializes in the application of satellite and aerial remote sensing in forestry and wildlife management. He has taught at the University of Waterloo, Memorial University of Newfoundland, University of Calgary, and University of Saskatchewan, where he also served as Vice-President Research.
Dr. Tony Tilly, President Fleming College
Dr. Tony Tilly is President of Sir Sandford Fleming College. Appointed in 2004, Dr. Tilly came to Fleming with background in teaching, educational leadership and consulting. Tony’s focus is a strategic plan with six priorities, including excellence in student learning, superior services and facilities, sustainability, growth with positive results, building community success, and developing the Fleming working environment. Tony serves on several community-based boards and the board of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges. He is immediate past chair of the Committee of Presidents of Ontario’s colleges.
Stephen Huddart, President & CEO, J.W. McConnell Family Foundation
Stephen Huddart is the President and CEO of the J. W. McConnell Family Foundation in Montreal, a national private foundation, founded in 1937, whose mission is ‘to engage Canadians in building a society that is innovative, inclusive, sustainable and resilient’.
Before joining the Foundation staff as a senior program officer, he worked as a documentary filmmaker, journalist, geophysical observer, curator, natural food store manager, jazz restauranteur, humane educator, fundraiser, and CEO of a social enterprise in the music and publishing business.
He has a Masters of Management degree from McGill University.
Stephen serves on the advisory boards of Philanthropic Foundations Canada, the Canada Chair in Sustainable Community Development, the McGill Initiative in the Social Economy, and the McGill Faculty of Religious Studies.
Moderator – Julie Davis, CFRE, Vice-President, External Relations & Advancement, Trent University
Ms. Davis is the Vice-President of External Relations & Advancement at Trent University. Prior to Trent, she served at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre Foundation as President and CEO. Earlier on, she was a management executive with Quaker Oats Company of Canada in Peterborough.
Her experience includes several progressively-responsible positions in marketing and communications with Unilever Canada, and began her career on a research assignment with the British Columbia Ministry of Communications and Culture.
She has held responsible leadership positions with several volunteer organizations here and elsewhere, and studied at University of Technology in Sydney, Australia, graduating in 1988 with a B.Bus. (Marketing) degree. She continued her education with additional studies in public and media relations taken at Ryerson University over the past decade.
Ms. Davis has government, not-for-profit and private sector experience and has an
International level of understanding on issues related to management, administration and leadership in alumni relations, marketing, communications, government relations and fund-raising.