Kerry Max (opening)


Kerry Max has over twenty years of public and private sector experience in international development policy and programming, including in private sector development, trade, investment, development finance and project management.

Kerry is currently Deputy Director for Development Research and Engagement in Global Affairs Canada.  His previous government roles include Head of Aid to Nicaragua, Team Lead for private sector development specialists, and Lead Economist for the Americas.  Kerry recently returned from two years as Director of Inclusive Financial Services for MEDA.

Kerry has an M. Phil. in Economics from Oxford University, and an honours BA in International Development (Political Economy and Physical and Ecological Resource Management), from the University of Toronto.

Kerry has worked in: Antigua, Barbados, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Jamaica, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Indonesia, Kenya, Nicaragua, Peru, Sri Lanka, St. Lucia, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, Yemen and Zimbabwe.

Jacqueline Stein (Closing)

Aga Khan Foundation, Development Champion Speaker

Jacqueline in India

Jacqueline in India

Jacqueline in Zambia

Jacqueline in Zambia

Jacqueline holds a Master's Degree in International Communications and Development from City, University of London and has spent the past several years living and working abroad with a diverse roster of international organizations and start-up enterprises. Her work has taken her throughout Canada, the United States, Brazil, Austria, India, and Zambia, and she has traveled extensively in East, West, and South Africa. Jacqueline's mantra is 'so long as we live in this world, we have a responsibility to it'. She is passionate about human rights issues, particularly as it pertains to the livelihoods of women and children, and stimulating economic growth through responsible business.


Dr. Darryl Reed


Dr. Reed is Associate Professor of Business and Society Program for York University, and held teaching positions at several other universities. Dr. Reed has a wide range of research interests in the field of Business and Society, including corporate governance, community economic development, business ethics and development ethics. He has published in a number of business and economic ethics journals and contributed to several books about corporate governance, co-operatives in global economies, and fair trade.


Jose Abad-Puelles

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Jose Abad-Puelles was formerly the Category and Supply Chain Specialist for Coffee at Fairtrade Canada and now presently serves as the Coffee Account Manager for Canada. Jose was raised in a small farm in Northern Peru; there, he experienced all the challenges and struggles that small farmers face in the developing world; that experience made him develop a strong passion for agriculture and rural development. He began his career working on international trade negotiations and promoting alternative sustainable agriculture practices in the Andean region.  Then, he worked for USAID as a capacity development consultant on trade and development in Latin America. After that, he worked in Peru managing and supervising development projects funded by international aid organizations. In Canada, after doing research on Fair Trade and its impact on small coffee farmers, he joined Fairtrade Canada as a Coffee Specialist. Jose and Fairtrade Canada share the same believes that empowerment and social justice are key elements for international development.

Derek Zavislake


Derek Zavislake, co-founder of Merchants of Green Coffee with his brother Brad, is obsessed with delivering the freshest cup of coffee possible. The 20-year-old Toronto company imports and markets premium unroasted coffee beans from farmers around the world for consumers and some of the city’s top restaurants and cafés. Derek has a deep passion for both high quality coffee and educating his customers about how and where the coffee is grown. He is active in outreach and advocacy for fair trade and strongly believes in ethical practices and values in creating small businesses. He has worked with the Cooperativa COMISUYL in Honduras to source Solar Cafe.

Nadia Harduar

Nadia Harduar is the Sustainability Project Coordinator at the University of Toronto Scarborough with a Master of Environmental Science Degree.  She is the Chair of the Sustainability Food User Sub Committee and worked alongside the Business Development Office and SCSU over the last three years to achieve the campuses’ Fair Trade designation, which took place on May 17th, 2016, making UTSC the 15th Fair Trade Campus in Canada. She has strongly pursued educating students on living a more sustainable life and the effects that their purchasing power can have, particularly with everyday commodities like coffee, tea and sugar. She recently had the opportunity to visit cooperatives in Costa Rica on the Fair Trade Origins Trip with the Canadian Fair Trade Network.


Kenneth Macdonald (MODERATOR)


BSc honors (E. Michigan), MA (Seton Hall), LLB (Dalhousie), LLM (Ottawa), is a Research Associate with the International Law Research Program (ILRP) at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), a Legal Research Fellow with the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL), and the Manager of the CISDL International Secretariat. Mr. Phillips has most recently served as Interim Director of the Centre for Law Technology and Society at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law. In the past he has served as Legal Researcher for the Ramsar Convention Secretariat, a representative to the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, and as a private sector sustainability consultant. His research focuses on access and benefit sharing (ABS), governance of marine and terrestrial biodiversity, financial incentives relating to sustainable development, carbon offsetting and renewable energy promotion, and legal measure to support achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Sara Seck

Sara L Seck is an Associate professor at the Faculty of Law, Western University, in London, Ontario, and a Senior Fellow with the International Law Research Program of the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo, Ontario. Together with Neil Craik, she co-directs the BSIA/CIGI International Law Summer Institute. In 2015, Sara received the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Academy of Environmental Law’s Emerging Scholarship Award for her extensive research contributions on transnational corporate accountability, colonialism, and resource extraction in international environmental law. She has published numerous book chapters and journal articles, including in the Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal, the McGill Journal of Sustainable Development Law and Policy, and the Canadian YearBook of International Law. Her current research interests include business responsibilities for human rights and climate change, international legal theory, and sustainable development. She is a member of the editorial board of the Business and Human Rights Journal (Cambridge University Press), a member of the board of the Canadian Council of International Law and the Canadian branch of the International Law Association. Originally from St John’s Newfoundland, Sara holds an LL.B. from the University of Toronto, and a PhD from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University in Toronto, where she was the recipient of a SSHRC doctoral fellowship.

Conner Tidd

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Mr. Connor Tidd, M.Sc candidate (University of Toronto), BA (McGill), is a current graduate student with the University of Toronto’s Institute for Management and Innovation in the Masters of Sustainability Management program and the Senior Strategy and Innovation Officer for the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law. His current research focus is on the divergence of regulatory approval and social license to operate in environmental areas. He has won numerous awards including the top 30 under 30 Sustainability, Development, and Human Rights Leader award from the Center for Development and Strategy, gold awards at the recent COP22 for work on the dignified migration of climate refugees, and the potential for interstate climate litigation before the international court of justice. Previously he has worked for Bayer CropScience, the University of Toronto, and McGill University. 



Raj Reddy (Moderator)

Professor, Department of Human Geography, University of Toronto

Dr. Guo Chen

Guo is an Associate Professor of Geography and Global Urban Studies at MSU. She is a recipient of the MSU-ISS Teaching Award in 2010. She has published over thirty articles, book chapters, and an edited book. Guo’s research activities focus on the dynamics, spatial manifestations, and social and environmental consequences of the urban transformations in China and other emerging countries. In particular, her work explores four broad themes: 1) measuring, mapping, and representing the changing landscape of urban poverty and deprivation; 2) identifying the drivers of changing inequalities within and across cities as well as between social groups; 3) evaluating policy responses in housing for the poor and welfare; and 4) theorizing the nexus of urbanization, inequality, and justice in emerging urban contexts. Trained as an urban and economic geographer, planner, and spatial analyst, she employs a mixed methodology involving quantitative and qualitative approaches that include intensive field work, household surveys and interviews, and spatial and statistical analyses of a combination of census, socioeconomic statistics, survey data, remote sensing and land-use data, and visual materials to gain integrated insights into the socio-spatial, economic, and environmental dimensions of rapid urban changes.


Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto | Senior Fellow, Global Cities Institute


Richard Stren is Emeritus Professor of Political Science, and Senior Fellow at the Global Cities Institute. His major area of interest is comparative urban policy with a special interest in developing countries. Professor Stren is a member of the editorial advisory board of five international journals. He has written or edited 18 books in both English and French, and more than 50 articles and book chapters. He has been consultant to UN-Habitat, CIDA, SIDA (Sweden), the World Bank, USAID, and the Cities Alliance. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political economy from the University of Toronto, and a master’s and doctoral degree in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. In 2014 he was given an honorary doctorate by the University of Quebec (INRS), and a Norton Long Career Achievement Award by the American Political Science Association.

Achilles Kallergis

Research Scholar, NYU Urban Expansion program


Achilles Kallergis is a Research Scholar in the NYU Urban Expansion program. He is also a doctoral candidate in Public and Urban Policy and teaches at the Graduate Program for International Affairs at the New School University. His research interests include urbanization in the developing world with a particular focus on informal settlements.  He has consulted for the Gates Foundation, UN-Habitat and the World Bank and has collaborated with community networks such as Slum Dwellers International and the Asian Coalition for Housing Rights.




Jim MacLellen (Moderator)


Dr. MacLellan s a broad background in ecology, sociology and economics, as well as a proficiency in computational procedures relating to, optimization, simulation, data management, and decision analysis.  Jim employs these tools and techniques, including ecosystem modeling, decision analysis and consultative methods to support his research into environmental decision-making over appropriate social and economic scales. Jim has also taught, lectured and guest lectured internationally and throughout Canada, focusing on the pragmatic application of knowledge and techniques. Jim is currently co-developing the Rapid Adaptation Assessment for Climate Change (RAACC) which identifies climate change impacts, and structures the consideration of adaptation/mitigation options.  RAACC represents a quick review of adaptation options for a specific region or sector. The approach seeks to develop a balance between stakeholder participation and quantitative analysis.


Jack Caravanos

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Jack Caravanos is Professor of Global Environmental Health at New York University's College of Global Public Health and also serves as Director of Research for Pure Earth (formally Blacksmith Institute). Carrying only a few hand-held machines in his backpack, he travels to remote areas of Zambia, Indonesia and Bolivia to study lead and other toxic wastes in the earth and provide safe and healthy solutions to improve community health. In cooperation with research partner, Pure Earth, an international non-profit organization dedicated to solving pollution problems in low- and middle-income countries, Jack is working to "quantify the global burden of disease of air and soil pollutants." Using a cooperative model, he works within the structures of local governments to convince them with evidence-based research what steps they can take to lower pollution levels in soil. Impact on reducing the toxins can be staggering and with an upwards of 500 known toxic waste sites in a given country, there is still much research to do.

Dr. Bridget Bergquist


The primary aim of her research program is to increase our understanding of the biogeochemical cycles that are important for life on Earth and how these cycles have evolved over time through the use of trace metal and stable isotope geochemistry.  Besides the inherent importance of metals in the environment (i.e., in their roles as nutrients or toxins), the chemistry of metals is often linked to, or plays a controlling role in, environmental processes including carbon cycling, ocean circulation, and weathering and transport of chemicals in nature.  Understanding metals in the environment is especially important in a changing world where human activities are perturbing many natural cycles and will have impacts on our food sources, health, and climate.  Combining research on metal biogeochemistry (both laboratory and field) with studies of natural metal isotopic variations has the potential to yield insights into the modern global cycles of metals as well as past conditions on Earth.  Specifically, she is using this approach to improve our understanding of the Fe cycle of the ocean, Hg biogeochemical cycling and bioaccumulation, and also Ca weathering and transport.


Peter Rosenbluth, MSc.

Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto | Senior Fellow, Global Cities Institute

Peter is a results based management specialist as well as an environment and development specialist with over a decade of experience working for non-profit organizations in Canada and Southeast Asia. Peter has been a consultant to academic institutions, environmental organizations and Aboriginal governments and has worked on issues ranging from mercury toxicity in fish to the creation of transnational environmental management institutions.

With an interdisciplinary background in geology, economics, environmental sciences and international development, Peter helps to ensure that the AGC develops cross-cutting solutions to the multifaceted challenges of the artisanal gold sector.  He holds a B.Sc. in Earth Sciences and Economics from McGill University and a Master of Environmental Studies from York University.

Angela Li-Muller 

Adjunct Professor with the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto

Dr. Angela Li-Muller specializes in environmental health and regulatory toxicology, evaluating the impact on human health from exposures to chemicals from air, water, or soil. Over the years working at the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Toronto Public Health and Health Canada, Dr. Li-Muller has been involved as a scientist developing regulations, guidance and policy documents. She has acted as an expert witness and as a problem solver during environmental crises. In addition, she has provided front-line advice on risk assessment and management to concerned citizens and groups. Dr. Li-Muller published in peer-reviewed journals and government reports including reports on risk assessment guidance at contaminated sites, case specific health risk assessments and other studies. Dr. Li-Muller is currently serving as Adjunct Professor with the Dalla School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. In 2015, Dr. Li-Muller was awarded Health Canada Contaminated Sites Division's Instant Award for leadership in developing guidance on human health risk assessment for short duration chemical exposures at contaminated sites.

Dr. Li-Muller has led and participated in a number of projects on health assessments and management of mercury at the local, national and international levels including: development of blood/hair reference level for methyl mercury in humans, development of fish consumption advice for women of childbearing age and young children, input into Canada-wide Standards for mercury, study impact of air mercury emission from a crematorium. She also contributed to Canada's negotiation position towards Minamata Convention for Mercury.


Paul Kingston (Moderator)

Director, Centre for Critical Development Studies | Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto

Paul Kingston is interested in the politics and power that underpin the dynamics of development and/or underdevelopment.  He approaches this from the discipline of political science but with a historian’s eye to the longer term political, economic, and institutional processes that influence development trajectories. His most recent research has focused on the political dynamics of development in weak and fragile states.


Jose Carlos Prem

Country Director, Compassion Guatemala

Jose Carlos Prem joined Compassion International in Guatemala as Country Director in 2008. Having earned a Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering and an MBA, he brought his knowledge and expertise to serve as the leader of Compassion in his country. Compassion advocates for vulnerable children, releasing them from poverty and helping them to become responsible and fulfilled adults through partnership with the local Christian churches. Today, Compassion International reaches more than 57,000 children in rural and urban communities in Guatemala, and almost 2 million children worldwide. Before joining Compassion, Jose Carlos served in leadership roles at several companies in the manufacturing sector. In his spare time, Jose Carlos enjoys photographing Guatemalan landscapes, and playing guitar, chess and tennis.


Program Coordinator, Master of Theological Studies in Development | Professor, Wycliffe College

David has been teaching courses at Wycliffe College since 2009, and is Director of the Urban and International Development program. He is also senior partner at Kabisa International and at eCurious, where he helps NGOs with innovation and strategy, research and evaluation, and capacity building. He teaches as an adjunct faculty member in the Conrad Grebel / University of Waterloo Master of Peace and Conflict Studies, as well as in Humber College’s graduate diploma in International Development Management. David is into complex and integrated tapestries—seeking to interweave vibrant faith, academic excellence and professional effectiveness into the worlds of social change, community development and aid. Over the past 32 years he has had opportunity to be a listener, facilitator, manager, researcher and trainer with organizations, church agencies and humanitarian projects in 25 countries. David has authored academic, industry and popular publications in the fields of biblical studies, poverty and theology, global issues, faith-based humanitarian organizations, urbanization, community development, environment, gender and NGO management. David is married and has three adult children. If you can’t find David, he’s somewhere in an urban community project with a group of students. Or he’s happily sweating another NGO through birth pangs into its next strategic era. (He also may have snuck off to his woodworking shop, or disappeared among the islands of Georgian Bay.)


Director of Programs, International Development and Relief Foundation

Jessica Ferne currently oversees an extensive global portfolio of humanitarian response and sustainable development programs. As the Director of Programs for IDRF, she leads the organization in building collaborative implementation partnerships with diverse stakeholders, and has overseen programming across South Asia, the Middle East, Eastern and Southern Africa, the Americas, and Eastern Europe. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Council for International Cooperation, an international development and education network working globally for social justice, as well as for Licensed to Learn, which provides over 3,500 Ontario youth with free peer-led academic support and leadership opportunities. A passionate social justice advocate, Jessica has previously served in various management, research, and technical assistance capacities in Canada and internationally, with a particular focus on emergency response, refugee health, youth engagement, and sexual and reproductive health and rights. Jessica holds a Master of Public Health degree from the Dalla Lana School of Public Health (University of Toronto), as well as a Bachelor degree in Philosophy (University of Ottawa). She has completed post-graduate certificates in Advanced International Project Management (University of Toronto) and Humanitarian Response (Harvard University).

Dr. Katherine Marshall

Senior Fellow, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs | Executive Director, WFDD

Katherine Marshall is a senior fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, where she leads the Center's program on Religion and Global Development, and Professor of the Practice of Development, Conflict, and Religion at Georgetown University. After a long career in the development field, including several leadership positions at the World Bank, Marshall moved to Georgetown in 2006, where she also serves as a visiting professor in the School of Foreign Service. She helped to create and now serves as the executive director of the World Faiths Development Dialogue.



Bettina Von lieres (MODERATOR)

SaraH Weinberger

Justice and Corporate Accountability Project


Sarah is a JD candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School, a senior editor of the Journal of Law and Social Policy, and a researcher with the Justice and Corporate Accountability Project (JCAP). She holds a BA in Indigenous Studies & Hispanic Studies from Trent University, and has studied at the University of Victoria and the Universidad Veracruzana, in Mexico. Sarah first became interested in mining justice while living in the Sierra Madra region of Oaxaca, an Indigenous region heavily impacted by resource extraction. Sarah co-authored The "Canada Brand", a JCAP report investigating 15 years of violence associated with Canadian mining companies in Latin America. Her research investigates trends in corporate disclosure of violence reportedly linked to Canadian mining projects abroad and the legal framework that regulates disclosure obligations for publicly-listed companies.


Cory Wanless


Cory Wanless is a lawyer at Klippensteins Barristers and Solicitors in Toronto. Cory represents clients nationally and internationally in the areas of corporate accountability, First Nations rights, environmental law, defamation and affordable housing.

Along with Murray Klippenstein, Cory Wanless currently represents 13 Mayan Q’eqchi’ in three ground-breaking lawsuits against Canadian company HudBay Minerals regarding human rights abuse in Guatemala.  Cory and Murray also recently represented a coalition of human rights organizations in an intervention at the Supreme Court of Canada in the ongoing legal saga against Chevron for pollution of the Amazon rainforest.  Cory is a frequent litigator, and has appeared before all levels of court in Ontario and Alberta, and has argued before the Supreme Court of Canada.

Cory is a frequent speaker on the topics of corporate accountability, mining and human rights, and has guest-lectured at various universities and faculties of law throughout Canada.  He is a graduate of the University of Alberta (B.A.) (2004) and the University of Toronto (J.D.) (2008). 

Philippe Tremblay

Philippe Tremblay is a Senior Legal Advisor at Lawyers without Borders Canada (LWBC). Prior to holding this position, he served LWBC first as Colombia Program Officer and then Legal Director.  Before joining LWBC, Philippe Tremblay worked for the Geneva-based Association for the Prevention of Torture, where he coordinated the global campaign for the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture and managed the Asia-Pacific Program.

Philippe Tremblay obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Law (LL.B.) at the University of Montreal in 1994, and completed his Masters in International Law (LL.M.) at the University of Quebec in Montreal in 2000. He has been a member of the Quebec Law Society (Barreau du Québec) since 1996, and has undertaken long-term professional assignments in Rwanda with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and in Colombia and Afghanistan with the International Committee of the Red Cross.

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Fanta was born in Guinea but raised a little bit everywhere. Before moving to Canada, she had visited a number of African countries and lived a little bit of a transient childhood living in Guinea, Rwanda, Tanzania and Ghana. As a result, Fanta gained an interest in conflict and development, especially as it relates to the relationship between countries and organizations of the Global North and the Global South. Fanta is a Program Associate in the JHR team. She works collaboratively on the Program in the Democratic Republic of Congo and she helps organize JHR’s Youth Engagement Program. She is a previous JHR intern who is also a graduate of the University of Toronto where she studied Peace, Conflict, & Justice studies, Political Science, and History.