MEDA Convention 2021: Schedule

Times are in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Pre-Con – Thursday, November 4

Registration/Assistance with technology/Networking
4:00pm – 6:00pm

Day 1 – Friday, November 5

Registration/Networking 
2:00pm – 3:00pm

Opening Plenary Session – MEDA’s Year in Review
3:00pm – 4:15pm

Break/Networking
4:15pm – 4:30pm

Seminars (running concurrently)
4:30pm – 5:15pm

Socially Responsible Investing Today: It's not your grandmother's ethical investing!
Chad Horning and Stella Tai, Everence 

Reporting back from MEDA’s M-Sawa, BEST Cassava, and SSBVC projects.
Catherine Walker, MEDA Waterloo; Fiona MacKenzie, MEDA Waterloo; Musa Lubango, MEDA Tanzania; Stephen Magige, MEDA Tanzania; Juma Ongera, MEDA Kenya

Leading During Crisis: A conversation with two leaders.
Laurie Nafziger, Oaklawn; Rebecca Stoltzfus, Goshen College

Towards an Equal World Strategic Plan: 3 Guiding Principles.
Helal Ahsan-Ul-Haque, Pierre Diegane Kadet, Nadia Guerch, Derek Cameron, and David Eagle

Break/Networking: Break-out groups with a host
5:15pm – 6:15pm

Past and Current Board Members gathering

Seminars (running concurrently) 
6:15pm – 7:00pm

Disruptive Market Forces: Exploring emerging transitions in the energy sector.
Jim Leaman, EMU; Craig Martin, CMU

Learnings from COVID.
Bethany Nussbaum, MEDA (facilitator), Steve Brenneman, Aluminum Insights and Invign; Griffen O’Shaughnessy, Canopy Advisory Group; Byron Shantz, St Jacobs Fine Furnishings

What about all the plastic? Solving the plastics problem.
Helal Ahsan-Ul-Haque, Dennis Tessier, Mujtaba Ali, MEDA 

Nigeria WAY: Youth entrepreneurship and Women’s Empowerment.
Frances Fortune, MEDA Waterloo; Grace Fosen, Salihu Wamdeo, and Stephanie Wealth-Ekanem, MEDA Nigeria

Break/Networking
7:00pm – 7:30pm

Plenary Session – Dave Hataj, “Good Work: How Blue Collar Business Can Change Lives, Communities, and the World” 
7:30pm – 8:30pm

Day 2 – Saturday, November 6

Annual General Meetings
10:30am – 12:30pm

Registration/Networking
12:30pm – 1:30pm

Plenary Session – Glen Guyton, “Rise to your Feet: Be Transformed”
1:30pm – 2:30pm

Break/Networking
2:30pm – 2:45pm

Family Business Panel Discussion
2:45pm – 3:45pm

Break/Networking
3:45pm – 4:00pm

Plenary Session – MEDA Staff, “Towards an Equal World” 
4:00pm - 5:00pm

Break/Networking
5:00pm - 5:15pm

Pitch Competition: Reimagining Food Systems
5:15pm – 6:30pm

Break/Networking: Break-out groups with a host
6:30pm – 7:30pm

Plenary Session – Osheta Moore, “Dear White Peacemakers”
7:30pm – 8:30pm