April 2018

Tackling Poverty in an Age of Technological Disruption

11:30am-1:30pm | Fairmont Royal York - 100 Front Street West, Toronto

Poverty is increasing across Ontario, with the numbers of working poor on the rise just as technological disruption is expected to eliminate millions of jobs in the coming years.
The calls for the introduction of a basic income are increasing with the advent of Artificial Intelligence, which is expected to wipe out some 7.5 million jobs in the next 10 to 15 years in Canada. Ontario has introduced a basic income pilot in several cities and towns, including Hamilton and Thunder Bay, and has pledged to increase the minimum wage to $15/hour by January 2019, in a move that many in the business community say will actually lead to job losses. That’s in addition to 75 federal initiatives that provide roughly $57 billion of financial support or services to people with low-income and other vulnerable groups.

But are we doing enough to tackle entrenched, intergenerational poverty? Is it effective? How well prepared are we for the job losses and displacement to come?

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Tackling Poverty in an Age of Technological Disruption

Armine Yalnizyan

Canadian Association for Business Economics

Armine Yalnizyan

Armine Yalnizyan is a leading voice in Canada's economic scene. She helped define the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' Inequality Project from 2006 to 2017. Armine is well-known for her weekly business commentary on CBC Radio's Metro Morning, which reaches a million listeners in the Greater Toronto Area; nationally on The Big Picture panel, a popular weekly feature of CBC TV's premier business show, On The Money; and contributions to Maclean's Magazine. Armine is an economic adviser to the federal government's foresight department, Policy Horizons, on the future of work and the economy. She is also President of the Canadian Association for Business Economics.

Farah Nasser

Anchor, Global Toronto

Farah Nasser

Farah Nasser is an award winning journalist, who brings extensive experience to her role as anchor on Global News at 5:30 & 6.

Nasser began her career with RogersTV before accepting a position with Newstalk 1010 in 1999. There she started as a producer and worked her way up into a reporting role. Next, Nasser made the move to Toronto 1 where she worked as a journalist for two years before joining /A\ Channel News in Barrie, reporting for the Toronto Bureau. In 2006, she joined Citytv as a reporter and later became a weekend anchor. Prior to her position with Global News, Nasser was an anchor and reporter for CP24.

Nasser has been informing viewers across the GTA for nearly two decades. Among her career highlights are the Toronto’s SARS outbreak in 2003, G20 Summit in 2010 and the Toronto 18 terror trials. She’s a political veteran having covered municipal, provincial and federal elections.

She was also the recipient of the RTNDA Sam Ross award for her viral commentary “What if the fighting in Aleppo was happening in Toronto?” in 2017. The video was viewed 3.5 million times and used as a teaching aid in schools to explain the Syrian conflict.

A graduate of Ryerson University in Radio and Television Arts, she also attended the University of Westminster in London, England for European Media Studies and later interned for CNN in New Delhi, India.

Nasser considers herself lucky to work in journalism and credits her father with her curiosity and passion for current events. She always knew she wanted to go into broadcasting and fondly remembers her first paying job and thinking, “I can’t believe they are paying me, I would do this for free!”

When not reporting on the day’s headlines, Nasser spends her time volunteering in the community. She regularly emcees community events and works with the Aga Khan Foundation, an organization that provides sustainable solutions for developing countries. She also sits on the Board of Directors for the University Health Network’s Arthritis Research Foundation and hosts their Power of Movement yoga fundraiser annually.

Nasser lives in the GTA with her husband, son, and daughter. She can often be found exploring the city, trying new restaurants or doing yoga.

Karl Baldauf

Vice President, Policy & Government Relations
Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Karl Baldauf

Karl Baldauf joined the Ontario Chamber of Commerce as Vice-President of Policy & Government Relations in May 2015. During that time, the organization has experienced an impressive period of transformation and is positioned as the province’s most credible and visible voice of business.

Determined and passionate, Karl has worked for two provincial cabinet ministers, Ontario’s leader of the opposition, and with Canada’s largest communications consultancy.

Karl has traveled to every corner of the province, working with the Chamber Network to achieve policy solutions that support the growth of Ontario’s economy and communities.

Under his leadership, the OCC launched the Ontario Economic Report, Queen’s Park Advocacy Day, and new programs in partnership with the Government of Ontario including Know Your Power.

Karl is the recipient of national and international scholarships. He holds a Masters of Political Communications from the University of London and conducted undergraduate studies in Political Science and Semiotic Communications at the University of Toronto. Karl has also studied and worked in Amsterdam and Seoul.

Marlene Chiarotto

Director, Program Delivery & Integration
Prosper Canada

Marlene Chiarotto

Marlene Chiarotto is the Director of Program Delivery and Integration at Prosper Canada, a national charity focused on financial empowerment. She earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree after graduating from the Schulich School of Business in Toronto. Marlene later obtained an Ontario Chartered Accountant designation and gained 15 years of audit and finance experience in both the public and private sectors, predominantly in the financial services industry. Marlene joined Prosper Canada in 2015 to better align her passions with her career by employing her skills and talents to enhance the lives of others.

Sean Speer

Munk Senior Fellow, Fiscal Policy
Macdonald-Laurier Institute

Sean Speer

Sean Speer is a Munk Senior Fellow for fiscal policy at the Macdonald-Laurier Institute. He is also an associate fellow at the R Street Institute and a fellow at the University of Toronto's School of Public Policy and Governance. He previously served in different roles for the federal government including as senior economic advisor to the Prime Minister. He has written extensively about federal policy issues, including taxes and government spending, retirement income security, social mobility, and economic competitiveness. His articles have appeared in every major national and regional newspaper in Canada (including the Globe and Mail and National Post) as well as prominent US-based publications (including the Wall Street Journal and National Review Online).? Sean holds an M.A. in History from Carleton University and has studied economic history as a PhD candidate at Queen’s University.

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