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Keynote Speakers

Wednesday May 4 Keynote: 8:30 - 9:00am

What is Restorative Justice and a Restorative City?

Dr. Evelyn Zellerer, Pronoun: she, her, Founder/Director, Peace of the Circle

Dr. Evelyn Zellerer is the Director, Peace of the Circle, working internationally with justice agencies, governments, Indigenous Nations, workplaces, communities and schools. Evelyn is a facilitator, trainer and speaker specializing in communication, peacemaking, restorative justice, and conscious governance. She earned her Ph.D. in criminology (SFU, 1996). Over the past 25 years, Evelyn has taught and led projects in diverse contexts, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Caribbean, Iran, Kazakhstan, Mozambique, Nepal, South Africa, UK, and USA. 

Evelyn is a published author and has presented at many forums, including the United Nations.

When not working, you may find her immersed in nature and photography.


Restorative Justice Overview and the creation of the Restorative Collective in Vancouver.  

Vancouver’s city council has approved a motion for Vancouver to be the first Restorative City in Canada.  Evelyn Zellerer, from Peace of the Circle will share the process for creating the Restorative Collective and next steps

Opening Keynote: Monday May 2, 8:20 - 9:00 a.m.

Building Partnerships & Community

Honourable Selina Robinson, Minister of Finance

Selina Robinson was elected as the MLA for Coquitlam-Maillardville in 2013 and re-elected in 2017. She is the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

Selina served as the Official Opposition spokesperson for mental health and addictions, seniors, local government and sports.

Born and raised in the suburbs of Montreal before relocating to Richmond B.C. with her family, Selina has been actively engaged in the Coquitlam community since moving there more than 20 years ago.

As a former city councillor, Selina fought to protect the health of children and families by introducing a local ban on cosmetic pesticides, and worked to improve access for people with disabilities as chair of the Coquitlam Universal Access-Ability Advisory Committee. Prior to being elected, Selina had a home-based family therapy practice, was the Director of Development for SHARE Family and Community Services and was a Counselling Instructor and Program Developer at the University of British Columbia's Life and Learning Centre and Vancouver Community College. Selina lives with her husband Dan in the Ranch Park neighbourhood of Coquitlam-Maillardville, where they raised their now adult children, Aaron and Leya.

As a cancer survivor, Selina does the annual Ride to Conquer Cancer alongside her husband and they have raised more than $700,000 with team Way Hey! Hey! over the past 8 years. When she is not working or training for the ride Selina can be found in her garden or in a kayak.

Morrning Keynote, Tuesday May 3, 2022

Effective Advocacy Strategies to Advance your BIA's Objectives

Steve Vander Wal, Vice President, Hill+Knowlton Strategies

Steve uses his deep understanding of politics and public administration to provide clients with strategic counsel on their interactions with governments at the local, provincial and federal levels. Steve provides support to clients including developing and executing campaigns to secure policy changes, engaging other stakeholders to help amplify client’s messages, lobbying government directly and using the media to help ensure client issues are high on government’s radar. He leads by inspiring others with his enthusiasm and commitment, his ability to view challenges from multiple perspectives, and a strong focus on collaborating with team members and clients to find and offer solutions.


Join our special guest Steve Vander Wal of Hill+Knowlton Strategies who will speak about how to effectively advocate to advance your association’s objectives. He will outline key principles of effective advocacy, how to develop a plan, leverage your resources effectively, and then engage stakeholders and decision makers to secure change. He will also speak to the current unique municipal environment given there will be municipal elections this fall. An interactive Q+A session will ensure you have the chance to engage with Steve with your questions. 

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