SPEAKERS


 
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Nigel Etherington:

Director and co-founder of Isla Power, an advisory service focused on furthering sustainability and corporate responsibility and founder of Planet and Company. Board Chair of the Efficiency Capital Corporation and former board member of the Canadian Solar Industries Association.

 
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Hamoon Ekhtiari:

Founder & CEO of Audacious Futures and Founding Director of Studio [Y] at MaRS. Member of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference, AdR Fellow at University of Cambridge, recipient of University of Waterloo’s Alumni Achievement Medal, and Canada Millennium Scholar.

 

Arts & Science Alumni FACILITATORS


 
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CARY FERGUSON

Cary is a lawyer practicing energy, climate change and environmental law and policy at DeMarco Allan LLP, Canada’s first climate change and clean energy law firm. He regularly appears representing a wide range of clients on matters before the Ontario Energy Board, including First Nations, electricity generators, energy storage companies, and industrial energy users. Prior to joining DeMarco Allan, he provided strategic regulatory advice at the Ontario Power Authority and the Independent Electricity System Operator, focusing on electricity system planning, northern development and First Nations issues. 

Cary holds a Bachelor of Arts and Science (Honours) from McMaster University, a juris doctor from the University of Toronto, and a Certificate in Transnational Legal Studies from the Centre for Transnational Legal Studies, London. He sits on the boards of the Toronto Chapter of Young Professionals in Energy and Raconteurs Storytelling Projects, the executive of the Climate Change Lawyers Network and the Association of Power Producers of Ontario's Conference Planning Committee. In his spare time, Cary enjoys photography, restoring old leather shoes, and hiking.

 
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EMILY TRUDEAU

Emily Trudeau graduated from ArtSci in 2014, with a combination in History. From there, she went on to study Russian History and Politics at the Centre for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. During her Masters she spent a year aboard, studying and working in St. Petersburg, Russia; Uppsala, Sweden; and Budapest, Hungary. In 2016-2017, Emily was awarded a place in the Ontario Legislature Internship Programme (OLIP), a ten-month non-partisan internship. OLIP interns work for a government and opposition MPP at Queen’s Park and participate in comparative study tours. She now works as a Legislative Assistant for a Member of Provincial Parliament at Queen’s Park.

 
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ERIN O'NEIL

Erin O’Neil graduated from Arts & Science in 2008 and proudly calls Hamilton home. She has worked in various roles in advancement communications at McMaster University for the past seven years and recently completed a master’s in philanthropy and nonprofit leadership at Carleton University. Erin is the founding chapter lead of Hamilton Ladies Learning Code, a volunteer mentor with the G(irls)20 Girls on Boards project, and the founder of Broad Conversations, an experiment to foster conversation on a broad range of topics relevant to feminist broads in Hamilton. Broad Convos consists of a newsletter, discussion evenings and social hangouts, plus a radio show on CFMU 93.3 FM. Erin sits on the board of Cobalt Connects, a Hamilton arts service organization, and on the management committee at the Sexual Assault Centre of Hamilton and Area (SACHA). She joyfully participates in local Hamilton culture, and is particularly fond of live, loud music in the city.

 
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SHOHREH SOLTANINIA

Shohreh is a Policy Advisor at the Ontario Public Service's Policy Innovation Hub. As a Policy Advisor, Shohreh works with public servants across ministries to apply non-traditional and human-centred approaches to complex policy issues. Prior to joining the Hub team, Shohreh worked at Metrix Consulting, in Toronto, as a learning system designer and spent a year in Cambodia working with a social enterprise organization to advance socio-economic outcomes. Shohreh is a 2011 Artsci alumna and has a M.A. in International Security from L’institut d’études politiques in Paris, France, and a MSc. in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics in London, United Kingdom.

 
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HEATHER FARNWORTH

Upon graduating from the Arts & Science program in 1985, Heather went on to receive her MBA from Western University and began work at IMAX Corporation immediately thereafter. She held various Senior Management positions –from Director of Sales, which saw her relocating to East Asia to establish an Asia-Pacific office, to Director of Worldwide Strategic Partnerships, where she conceived and led a strategic sponsorship/partnership initiative for the company. Following her near two decades at IMAX, Heather joined the Ontario Science Centre as Director of International Sales and Featured Products in 2005. In this capacity, Heather manages the International Sales Team’s efforts to expand current international marketing activities, the development and negotiation of sales of exhibits and exhibitions, and the development and implementation of business strategies for touring travelling exhibits.