The 2017 Gathering: Manitoba's CD/CED Conference

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Thank you to all of our attendees, volunteers and presenters for another great year!

October 20, 2017 | 8:00am - 4:15pm

St. John's High School | 401 Church Ave.


Manitoba GatheringLooking at the present challenges we face, we know that the only way to move forward is to build our shared future together. To do this well, we need to understand our shared history and how it has produced the systemic injustices of the present. We must put the voices of those most affected by injustice at the centre of efforts toward justice, and make space for having difficult conversations and critical self-reflection. Understanding that social change is a long-term project, we have to think about how we will support each other as we do this work. We know that the solutions to the large-scale problems that we face are found locally, and we should not limit ourselves in imagining what a better future will look like. This year we invite you to join us at the 15th Annual Gathering as explore these local solutions and dream big about how we will build our future together. 

Keynote Speaker

Carol Anne HiltonCarol Anne Hilton, MBA is the CEO of Transformation International an award winning Social and Economic development company. Carol Anne is a recognized leading First Nation’s business entrepreneur with a Masters Degree in Business Management (MBA) from the University of Hertfordshire, England. Carol Anne is from the Nuu chah nulth Nation on Vancouver Island.

Carol Anne works to incorporate an Aboriginal worldview while bringing First Nations, industry and government together to design new approaches for sustainable, inclusive development. Carol Anne brings project management experience across industries in resource management, governance, and regional development. Carol Anne is currently authoring ‘Indigenomics - a Global Power Shift’ and has been an instructor at
Camosun Business School Leadership Program as well as at Simon Fraser University’s Community Economic Development Program, the University of Winnipeg’s Masters in Community Planning Program and most recently with the Banff Center Indigenous Business Program.

Transformation has been recognized with a BC Aboriginal Outstanding Business Achievement
Award, a Creating Wealth Award from the National Indigenous Council of Elders and Business of the
Year Award from the Nuu chah nulth Economic Development Corporation. In November 2015, Carol
Anne was also recently nominated for work in multi-culturalism by the BC Government.
Carol Anne was recently appointed as an advisor on the Federal Economic Growth Council. Carol
Anne currently serves as Director on the Vancouver Island Investment Fund, the World Fisheries
Trust, the Victoria Community Micro Lending Society, and is a Director on Community Social
Planning Council as well as a past Director of the founding board for the First Nations Health
Authority and served for 9 years on Council of Hesquiaht First Nation.

Spoken Word Poet

Chimwemwe Undi is a poet and linguist based on Treaty One territory in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Her work has been featured on the stages of the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word and the Edinburgh International Book Festival, and in the pages of Room, ARC and Prairie Fire, among others. Her debut chapbook, The Habitual Be, is out from University of Nebraska Press. She holds a Master of Arts in linguistics, with a concentration in critical discourse analysis, from York University. 


You can see the full program list of workshops here.

The Gathering is an annual pay-what-you-can event where Manitoba’s community builders connect, learn, and celebrate success. It is open to all from staff of community organizations, to civil servants, funders, students, academics, or anyone interested in community development and community economic development.

The 2017 Gathering in Review

Click here to download the 2017 Gathering Final Report

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