Speakers & Topics
BRAVE, HONEST CONVERSATIONS IN THE PUBLIC ARENA
Mayor Helps believes that it is her job as Mayor of Victoria to employ business sensibilities and community values to lead an organization that serves all of its citizens. With a transparent and common sense approach to decision-making, Mayor Helps has championed both citizen-led and local-business-led initiatives in a variety of areas. She's leading a transformation at City Hall in order to foster a more innovative, proactive and responsive culture to meet and exceed the needs of residents and the business community.
Susanna Haas Lyons
Susanna Haas Lyons, MA, is a civic engagement specialist. She designs participation strategies, facilitates complex meetings and provides training for better conversations between the public and decision-makers. Bridging online and face-to-face methods, she has worked for over 15-years on complex public and stakeholder engagement projects across North America. Susanna teaches in Simon Fraser University’s Dialogue and Civic Engagement certificate program and the Justice Institute of BC’s Center for Leadership. She is also a judge for Canada’s International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) annual awards that recognize excellence and innovation in public participation.