This is schedule for the activities of the conference of 2017. The name of the venue where the conference will take place is "La Plaza", inside the Hilton hotel in downtown Montreal.

El Alto, Bolivia

Welcome to SLASummit 2017! After a careful review of potential partnerships, this year we have chosen the NGO Enda El Alto to partner with us. Enda El Alto works with at-risk communities in El Alto, Bolivia’s fastest growing city. Your mandate is to propose a project for the communities served by Enda El Alto using the information provided in this Community Profile.

Speakers Series

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Audra Renyi

Audra Renyi is the Executive Director of World Wide Hearing and the founder of earAccess. In the private sector, she has worked as an investment banker on Wall Street, dealing with private equity firms. On the nonprofit side, Audra has worked with Doctors Without Borders, running the finances and human resources for a refugee hospital in Chad. She has also served as the CFO of One Acre Fund in Rwanda, a nonprofit agricultural organization, acted as Business Consultant for a microfinance organization in Kenya, and worked as Director of Development at Canada World Youth.

She holds a BSc in Economics from the Wharton School, as well as a BA in International Studies, both from the University of Pennsylvania, and has completed a six month executive leadership program at Harvard Business School. She was named Wharton Top 40 under 40 and received the Young International Leader of Quebec award by Montreal's Young Board of Trade. Audra also won the RBC social venture pitch competition, completed a six month Silicon Valley accelerator program, received a Rising Talent award for young female leaders from the International Women's Forum in France, and was named an Emerging Entrepreneur by the Claudine and Stephen Bronfman Family Foundation. In 2012, Audra and the World Wide Hearing team won the Dobson Cup (Nonprofit Track), hosted by McGill.

Niels Billou

Niels Billou, PhD, is an expert on design thinking and innovation in variety of contexts: in large corporations and new ventures, in developed and developing markets, and the private and social sectors. He was part of the founding faculty of the Hasso Plattner Institute’s School of Design Thinking, helping establish it as one of the world’s leading D-schools. With his MBA from Western University’s Ivey Business School, Executive Education from Harvard Business School, and a PhD in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from London Business School, Niels is at the forefront of design thinking and innovation across sectors.

Currently, he teaches at HEC Montreal, and works as Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Humanos Institute. Humanos takes know-how from academia, industry, government, and the social sector to co-create innovative, scalable and sustainable solutions to the most pressing problems of our times. In this, too, design thinking is at the forefront of his approach to global challenges.

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Hazel Barrantes

Hazel Barrantes is our student speaker, showing the ability of people our age to make a difference in the world. With a BA in Political Science from UQAM, and starting her Master’s in the same subject, she became Youth Leadership Advisor for Cuso International. As a Peruvian in Canada, she had previously interned in Latin America, travelling to Guatemala for research and community development work. Yet she sought more practical experience with community-based approaches. This led her to work in a Cameroonian high school, where she strengthened the staff’s capabilities, assisted the bilingual program, started a student-run organic garden, and supported social inclusion in general.

Meagan MacKenzie, EWB McGill

Meagan MacKenzie is a U2 Sustainability, Science, and Society student at McGill University. As President of the Engineers Without Borders McGill University Chapter, she is passionate about unlocking people's potential in developing systemic and sustainable solutions to the world's most pressing social challenges. She is a firm advocate for a participatory, intersectional, and community-centered approach.

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