The Art of the Possible

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“Making Government Work for You” – Amanda Sussman at TEDxToronto

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Amanda Sussman

Amanda Sussman

Founder, Author, Speaker

Amanda Sussman is a Canadian author, speaker and expert strategist. As the founder of the Art of the Possible Consulting, she has spent over 10 years working with individuals, organizations and governments to transform idealism into action to realize tangible results. Author of The Art of the Possible: A Handbook for Political Activism (2007), Amanda’s detailed method for working within democracy to achieve major change is proven to secure policy change with Prime Ministers, Cabinet Ministers, major multilateral and non-governmental organizations.

To this effect, Amanda has worked with dozens of organizations in Canada and around the world such as: The Global Partnership for Education, The Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, Plan International Canada, and The Canadian Cancer Society, among others. This work has been featured in national news outlets such as: CBC/Radio-Canada, CTV and Global Television, the Hill Times, the Huffington Post, and the Toronto Star.

Amanda has been a guest speaker at numerous forums including: TEDxToronto, the Global Citizens Forum, Youth for Gender Equality, Results Canada, and the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Replenishment conference in 2017. She was guest lecturer for five years on advocacy and policy change at the University of Toronto International Human Rights Law Program.

Early in her career, Amanda was the senior advisor on human rights issues to federal Cabinet Ministers in the Canadian government, including Canada’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Her background includes extensive experience in human rights advocacy with organizations from Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.

Amanda Sussman was a key strategist behind the global initiative for girls’ rights known as Because I am a Girl. For Plan International Canada, she led two successful G7 campaigns that leveraged billions of dollars for global education and health in the developing world. In this role, she also drove the successful effort to create a UN International Day of the Girl and Canada’s first national strategy to prevent and respond to gender-based violence.

A subject matter expert in her field, Amanda was a parliamentary witness to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development on the G8 and G20 in 2010. She received a Bachelor of Arts, Joint Honours, from McGill University (1995) and a Master of Arts in International Relations and International Economics from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington D.C (1998). Amanda lives in Toronto, Ontario.

Juliette Miremont Morton

Juliette Miremont Morton

Strategic Partner, Tech Policy

Juliette is a senior tech executive with a 15-year track record of building and growing high-engagement digital products.

Juliette helped grow the only global privacy and regulatory compliant social platform designed for healthcare, as COO and Board Director of a patient social network based in Vancouver. As Head of Acquisition for Samsung, she rolled out mobile applications across Asia. As the founder and CEO of an online women's community, she managed a team that grew the audience to over a million visitors and sold to consumer goods giant P&G.

Juliette has joined a growing group of tech leaders advocating for the next generation of responsible and humane technology. In 2019, she founded the #Netiket Initiative, a non-profit organization whose mission is to help educate the next generation of smart, safe, and responsible young digital citizens.

Juliette's started her career in management consulting and industry, advising management teams on corporate restructuring and growth strategies. She holds an MBA from INSEAD and a MA in International Relations and International Economics from John Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington DC (SAIS). After a career in Europe, Asia, and the US, she is now based in Vancouver, BC.

Giovanna Mingarelli

Giovanna Mingarelli

Strategic Partner, Communications and Marketing

For 15 years Giovanna Mingarelli has worked in the field of political and digital communications and media. Having served in the office of a former Prime Minister of Canada, Ms. Mingarelli is a member of the Government of Canada Treasury Board Secretariat External Advisory Board for Talent Cloud, developing the future of work for Canada’s Public Service. She has been a Parliamentary witness and a keynote speaker relating to the advancement of young women in politics through her work with Equal Voice: Electing Women in Canada. She is also an advisor to Women in Cloud, seeking to bring $1 billion in economic access to women-led STEM businesses by 2030.

A prolific writer, Ms. Mingarelli has contributed to The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, CBCRadio Canada, and the Hill Times, to name a few. She is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and is cited by Harvard Business Review and Forbes.

An expert on the gamification of politics, social engagement, and crowdsourcing, Ms. Mingarelli has been an active contributor to events at the White House in Washington, D.C., the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, and the Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Dalian, China. In 2011, she was named a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum for her efforts to improve the state of the world through entrepreneurialism and civic engagement. In 2015 Ms. Mingarelli was named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the WXN. To this end, she's involved in many youth empowerment initiatives, such as Global Dignity Canada, which she Chairs in Canada, and for which she serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors internationally. She holds an Honours degree in Political Science and International Relations from Carleton University.

Lou-Anne Daoust-Filiatrault

Lou-Anne Daoust-Filiatrault

Policy Researcher

Lou-Anne is a research consultant with experience developing policy and advocacy programs in the United States and Canada. She has worked in a range of positions in government, with non-profit organizations, and in the private sector. Lou-Anne holds a BA in International Development from McGill University and a Masters in Natural Resource and Environmental Studies from the University of Northern British Columbia.