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Idil Burale

Community Strategy Lead, Collective Impact for Disconnected Youth MCYS

Idil Burale is a community advocate and change agent. In her day job with the Ontario Public Service, she works to support community-driven transformation to address barriers that impact outcomes for disadvantaged youth across Ontario. Bridging policy, program and service changes across sectors, she brings a user-centered lens to public service and the policy-making process. Prior to joining the public service she was a Senior Associate at the MaRS Solutions Lab, a public and social innovation lab. While there, she developed policy solutions to complex issues facing governments, including the sharing economy, modernizing transfer payment, and promoting public sector innovation.
In her spare time, Idil serves as strategic advisor on a number of local task forces and committees ranging from the modernization of the Toronto Police Service to developing a framework for Toronto’s Poverty Reduction Strategy. Idil effortlessly tackles divisive policy issues in a neutral and constructive way that has made her approachable and trusted by a diverse group of people. She brings a critical and intersectional lens to her work by carefully evaluating how individuals, groups, and institutions understand and resolve complex issues. A frequent commentator on urban issues who’s been featured in print, radio, and on TV, she has been recognized as an emerging youth leader in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, profiled as a ‘Torontonian to Watch’ and featured as a future leader by the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.

Michael Conway

Executive Vice President and President, Starbucks Canada

Michael Conway is executive vice president and president, Starbucks Canada, with leadership for the Starbucks business and operations in country, including company-owned retail stores, licensed stores, and the foodservice channel. Michael is known for his strategic planning and operational excellence and as a leader who lives our Company Mission and Values.

Previously, Michael served as executive vice president and president for Starbucks Licensed Stores business for the United States and Latin America and was responsible for the region’s more than 6,000 licensed stores. He has worked in partnership with other Fortune 500 companies to ensure that the Starbucks brand is positioned to exceed the expectations of its customers across multiple segments, including: retail, travel, college and university, and hospitality.

Prior to his role overseeing Starbucks Licenses Stores in the U.S. and Latin America, Michael served as president of Starbucks Global Channel Development, where he spent three years focused on driving the growth of Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG), Foodservice, Licensed Stores, and International channels of business.

Before joining Starbucks in March 2013, Michael was Worldwide President of McNeil Nutritionals, a division of Johnson & Johnson that marketed innovative nutritional consumer products like SPLENDA No Calorie Sweetener, LACTAID, VIACTIV and BENECOL. Before being appointed Worldwide President, Michael held several key roles at McNeil leading the company’s business units in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific.

Earlier in his career as Vice President of Marketing at Campbell Soup Company, in the U.S. soup group Michael oversaw the company’s $1 billion soup franchise and launched the most successful new product platform in Campbell Soup’s history – microwavable cups and bowls. During his 10 years at Campbell Soup, Michael held numerous strategic and marketing positions, including two years based in Brussels with responsibility for European marketing strategy. Prior to joining Campbell Soup, Michael worked at Kraft General Foods in marketing and at Bain & Company, a global business consulting firm.

Michael holds a B.A. from Duke University, where he was captain and an All-America player on the lacrosse team, and holds a MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He serves on the Board of Directors of McCormick & Company, Incorporated.

Marie Davis

Executive Director, 100K Opportunities Initiative

Marie Davis is the Executive Director of the 100K Opportunities Initiative. Launched in 2015, the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative is the largest employer-led coalition focused on hiring opportunity youth. This initiative is a unique alliance of private, public and philanthropic organizations working together to better the lives of out of-school/out-of-work youth by providing economic opportunities.

As the national recruitment manager at Chipotle Mexican Grill, Marie worked to streamline the work of private and public sectors to create new opportunities and career pathways for out-of-school/out-of-work youth. These collaborative efforts resulted in sustainable recruitment strategies that provided Chipotle the ability to attract, hire and retain a diverse pipeline of career-focused and motivated employees for their restaurants.  In addition to the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative™, Marie partnered with a broad-based range of impact hiring organizations, including the White House First Jobs Compact and more.

Marie also brings a depth of knowledge outside of corporate recruiting. She began her career in higher education at Johnson & Wales University. During her 18 years at JWU, she held various leadership positions at both the Providence, RI and Denver, CO campuses including Director of Admissions, Director of University Recruitment & Training, and Director of Career Services.  As Director of Career Services, her ability to advance relationships with industry leaders and develop specialized recruitment programs provided students and graduates career opportunities with leading employers nationwide.

Ilse Treurnicht

Innovation Community Leader

Ilse Treurnicht is an active leader in Canada’s innovation community. From 2005 to 2017, Ilse served as CEO of MaRS Discovery District, one of the world’s leading urban innovation hubs. She was also CEO of Primaxis Technology Ventures, and has been an entrepreneur and executive in a number of emerging technology companies. She was Chair of the Canadian Task Force on Social Finance in 2010, and serves on the Government of Canada’s Science, Technology and Innovation Council (STIC) and the Advisory Council on Economic Growth. Ilse holds a DPhil in chemistry from Oxford University, which she attended as a Rhodes Scholar.

Bill Young

President, Social Capital Partners

Bill Young is the founder of Social Capital Partners (SCP), an innovative non-profit, social finance company started in 2001. Throughout its history SCP has facilitated thousands of jobs for people who face employment barriers through social enterprise and the private sector by linking community hiring to attractive financing. Before founding SCP, Bill worked in the private sector, primarily as CEO of Hamilton Computers – later sold to GE Capital – and Optel Communications Corp. He began his career as a Chartered Accountant and holds an Honours BA from the University of Toronto and an MBA from Harvard. He sits on numerous boards and advisory boards involved in social finance and social innovation and is a Member of the Order of Canada.

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