2007 Conference Videos

Maureen O'Neil

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Length: 33:11
President, IDRC
Opening Keynote, Thursday
Maureen O'Neil, President of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), has spent a good part of her professional life in the areas of public policy, research, policy analysis and development. She has been a member of the UN Committee for Development Planning as...   Read more »

Madame Adisa Yakubu

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Length: 48:58
Closing Keynote, Thursday
Popularly called Mama Adisa mainly by the youth who come into contact with her, is a professional teacher. She has served as the Assistant Regional Officer for the National Council on Women and Development for the Northern Region in Ghana. A proponent of the literacy approach to development, she established the Nwodua Adult Literacy School, in the Northern Region of Ghana. Adisa also believes...   Read more »

The Rt. Hon. Michaëlle Jean

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Length: 26:32
Governor General of Canada
Closing Keynote, Thursday
Michaëlle Jean has been the Governor General of Canada since September 27, 2005. Jean is a master of languages being fluent in English, French, Spanish, Italian and and Haïtian Kréyòl. She was a reporter for Radio-Canada and hosted news and affaires programmes...   Read more »

Robert Fox

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Length: 38:20
Executive Director, Oxfam Canada
Opening Keynote, Friday
Robert Fox is Executive Director of Oxfam Canada. Robert has been involved with Oxfam for more than thirty years, first as a high school student in the 60's participating in the Miles for Millions walk, then again in the 80's as a volunteer at the national office, then as a program officer for Central America, and then as the Representative for...   Read more »

Tim Brodhead

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Length: 43:53
President, McConnell Family Foundation
Closing Keynote, Friday
Tim Brodhead attended McGill University and subsequently spent five years in Africa with the Canadian organization CUSO. He went on to do international development work in Africa and South Asia and co-founded Inter Pares, an Ottawa-based...   Read more »

Indira V. Samarasekara

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Length: 30:08
President, University of Alberta
Gala Banquet Keynote
Dr. Indira V. Samarasekera, president of the University of Alberta, is a distinguished researcher and an advocate for education as a means of achieving prosperity and wellbeing. She is currently on the Prime Minister's Advisory Council on Science and Technology, the Public Policy Forum, Industry Canada's panel on Commercialization and on a...   Read more »