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Thursday, October 18 • 09:45 - 11:00
Breakout Session 18 - Data for Impact: What Should be Shared, With Whom, and Who should Decide?

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Last year, over 7,000 publications included the phrase "data is the new oil". This powerful resource has already transformed the way companies do business and has clear potential to do the same for how we pursue social impact. Increased access to data could allow nonprofits to better integrate their services and track their outcomes, while also enabling evidence-based policy advocacy to the address root causes of social issues. Unlocking these opportunities will require major changes around what data is collected and shared, with whom, and under what conditions. Our panelists come from among 50+ civil society leaders who are working as a coalition to develop a joint policy agenda around data sharing in Canada. They are contributing their perspectives from philanthropy, service delivery, and policy advocacy to develop an effective and inclusive change agenda for the sector.

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Gladys Okine

Executive Director, First Work: Ontario’s Youth Employment Network
Gladys Okine is the Executive Director of First Work: Ontario’s Youth Employment Network. Ms. Okine specializes in developing solutions for marginalized youth, women, and newcomers. She has over 18 years of experience in successfully advancing employment and workforce development... Read More →
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Dr. Janet Smylie

Professor, University of Toronto
Dr. Smylie is a respected international leader in the field of Indigenous health. One of Canada’s first Métis physicians, her 25-year career has been focused on addressing inequities in the health of Indigenous peoples in Canada by bridging gaps in health knowledge and practice. Dr... Read More →
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Pamela Uppal

Project Lead, The Ontario Nonprofit Network
Over the past 10 years Pamela has been connecting theory with practice, engaging on three fronts: research initiatives, frontline work, and policy dialogues. She led a nonprofit organization at the University of Toronto, was a frontline worker in family services, built diversity equity... Read More →
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Jon McPhedran Waitzer

Powered by Data
Jon is passionate about convening diverse stakeholders around shared interests in a data-enabled social sector, with a commitment to facilitating equitable participation across differences in power and position. Jon's professional experience includes leadership roles across the fields... Read More →

Thursday October 18, 2018 09:45 - 11:00 EDT
Trinity III-IV, Ballroom Level