Highlights from Rise Up! 2018

Keynote Speakers

We’re thrilled to present a stellar slate of world-class keynote speakers. Addressing human rights and inclusion issues from a grassroots to global perspective, our keynote speakers will inspire new ways of thinking and change the way you see the world.

Post Conference Resources

Please note: presentations are posted for a period of six months after the conference. With 40 sessions and 57 presenters, Rise Up! 2018 gave participants a great deal of material to take home. Here we’ve included many of the presentations

Workshop Schedule

View presentations here. Thursday May 24, 2018 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Opening Keynote- Leadership: taking your vision to action in the nonprofit arena – Dr. Samantha Nutt Samantha Nutt is an award-winning humanitarian, bestselling author and acclaimed public speaker. A medical

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Keynote Speakers

We’re thrilled to present a stellar slate of world-class keynote speakers. Addressing human rights and inclusion issues from a grassroots to global perspective, our keynote speakers will inspire new ways of thinking and change the way you see the world.

Samantha Nutt

  Samantha Nutt is an award-winning humanitarian, bestselling author, and founder of the renowned international humanitarian organization War Child. Dr. Nutt’s keynote presentation will explore the meaning of social justice and community in the 21st century, touching on many of

Tomson Highway

  Tomson Highway was born in a snow bank on the Manitoba/Nunavut border to a family of nomadic caribou hunters. He had the great privilege of growing up in two languages, Cree, his mother tongue, and Dene, the language of

Bree-Anna Robertson

Bree-Anna Roberston is a self advocate from Prince George, BC. Bree-Anna has traveled around the world speaking about self determination and her own life, including the supports she receives through her micro-board. In 2016 she addressed the World Congress of

Sally Armstrong

Sally Armstrong is a Canadian human rights activist, journalist and author. She has covered stories in zones of conflict all over the world, advocating for the rights of women and girls. Armstrong’s keynote presentation will address the “ascent of women” and

Symbia Barnaby

Symbia Barnaby is a woman of Mi’kmaq/Haida decent. She is a single mother of six children (three of which have special needs), a storyteller and a Licensed Practical Nurse team lead at a complex care facility. She is an avid

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