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Keynote Address
Robyn Newton, Robyn Newton Research & Consulting

Robyn Newton has over 17 years of experience with social planning and research working at the District of North Vancouver and the Social Planning and Research Council of British Columbia. In January 2010, Ms. Newton established her independent Social Planning and Consulting business.  She works primarily with municipalities in BC and Alberta, in the development of social plans and policies. Ms Newton has extensive experience in assessing needs and creating policy in the areas of social planning, social sustainability, affordable housing, homelessness, accessibility, child care, and diversity. She has developed policies for addressing the needs of families, children, youth, seniors, people with disabilities, immigrants, and First Nations and Metis communities. She is especially passionate about improving access to affordable, suitable housing for all Canadians.
Lunch guest speaker: 
The Honourable Doug Griffiths, Minister of Municipal Affairs

Doug Griffiths was first elected as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta at the age of 29 for the constituency of Wainwright in a by-election on April 8, 2002. He was re-elected to the Legislature for a second term to represent the constituency of Battle River-Wainwright on November 22, 2004, and for a third term on March 3, 2008.

On October 12, 2011 Mr. Griffiths was sworn in as Minister of Municipal Affairs.

In addition to his duties as an MLA, he has served as Parliamentary Assistant for the Department of Finance and Enterprise and is currently a member of the following standing committees:

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Rent Calculation 101
Christine St. Amour, Account Control Co-ordinator, Calgary Housing Company

Christine St. Amour is an Account Control Co-ordinator with over 10 years experience in subsidized housing, specializing in rent calculation. Prior to working in subsidized housing, Christine worked for eight years in the banking industry. Christine’s experience with the bank included working as a Loans Manager and Loan Center Supervisor. She also took a few years to stay home and raise four children, which she claims is the job that required the most dedication and managerial skills. Christine enjoys volunteering with community and school programs. She is certified in conflict resolution and has completed the Canadian Securities Course.

WHMIS Training
Lindsy Doering, Safety Advisor, Calgary Housing Company

Lindsy Doering has over seven years experience in occupational health, safety and environment. Lindsy started her career off in the oil and gas industry; she hoped to fill a professional position in marketing but was given a great opportunity to work in a new area of health and safety. Since then, Lindsy graduated from the University of Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Certificate program and is currently the Safety Advisor for Calgary Housing Company. Lindsy oversees the Health and Safety program, providing safety counsel and assistance across the organization to ensure awareness of and adherence to all safety legislation. Lindsy hopes to write her Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) exam to obtain her professional designate.
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