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Civil Society Organizations

  • Executive Director, Canadian Unitarian Council cuc.ca.  Implemented Carver Governance processes to strengthen decision making, developed and directed a national staff team to support this faith based organization in social, environmental, justice and public policy advocacy, improved programs and services to strengthen Canadian Unitarian Universalist communities, participated in national and global responses to justice and environmental issues.
  • Executive Director, Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada, the national voice of Canadian Inuit Women, that, “leads and supports Canadian Inuit women in policy development, program and projects in all areas of interest to them, for the social, environmental, political and economic betterment of the women, their families and communities”.  For five years Jennifer grew this organization – from an annual budget of less than $800,000 in 2003 to about $2,500,000 in 2008.  Projects to help Inuit women and their families across Canada’s far north increased from four to thirty two initiatives – and Pauktuutit is now invited to provide input on several important policy forums across Canada and internationally.
  • Executive Director, Counterpart Canada. "Working towards a world that is more peaceful, sustainable, just and inclusive."
  • Inaugural Executive Director, Troubadour Institute, whose goal is to be a catalyst to "promote child honouring."

Government

  • Developed a comprehensive Community Engagement process for the Canadian Government side of massive two-nation, multi-stakeholder environmental program. Process has been incorporated into Strategic Plan and is now being implemented.
  • Provided Economic Development perspective to self-governance issues being addressed by the Canadian Senate Standing Committee on Aboriginal Peoples.
  • Communications Opportunities for the New Millennium -- providing strategies that are enhancing the effectiveness of a key Federal Government Department.
  • Time sensitive analysis and strategic policy to Parliamentarians to facilitate the passage through the Canadian Parliament, of legislation to assist Small Business Enterprises.
  • Comprehensive Report on Canada's Displaced Older Workers.

Business

  • Member of the Canadian Delegation to North American Institute 1998 Summit on Small Business in Mexico City. Achieved international recognition and support for the economic and social contribution of small and medium enterprises.
  • Directed Communications to educate Canada's principal trade and business associations on ways to establish strategic alliances as a practical economic strategy for small businesses - the Canadian Business Networks Coalition.
  • Strategic Advisor to key partner in new Canadian mining industry Business Network. Strategic alliance now bidding successfully for large international contracts.

Environment and Cities

  • Facilitated several environmental business initiatives while serving as Manager, Intergovernmental Affairs for Economic Development, Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto.
  • Initiated the World Cities And Their Environment Congress, culminating in the 'Toronto Declaration' signed by Municipal Leaders representing more than 100 global megacities.
  • Developed environmental themes for Intergovernmental Roundtable on the Economy, Economic Summit and Canadian bids to host the World’s Fair and Pan Am Games.
  • Presented paper on "Ocean Cities and Water" at an IDRC discussion about the challenges facing our large cities and the world's water resources.
  • Presented paper to the Learned Society on the Emerging Security Issues resulting from the environmental challenges facing our large cities.

 

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