2017 Conference Presentations

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2017 Conference


Ed Harrington

Ed Harrington is currently an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco.  He is also an advisor on accounting topics to Earth Economics and Water Now—two non-profits working on natural resource sustainability issues.  His background includes serving as Controller for the City and County of San Francisco for 17 years.  He was also the General Manager of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission which operates water, power and wastewater agencies in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has been active in many governmental and finance groups and currently is a board member and Treasurer of both Greenpeace International and SPUR, a Bay Area urban policy think-tank and civic group.

Karina LeBlanc

Karina LeBlanc is a recently retired Olympic and professional athlete who has had the honour of being the longest serving soccer player for Canada, playing for nearly 18 years culminating in a Bronze Medal at the London Olympics in 2012. For Karina, soccer has been her platform to realizing her greater purpose in life starting from her humble beginnings on the Caribbean island of Dominica to the Olympic stage representing Canada.

Now Karina is a proud UNICEF Canada ambassador – ready to inspire young girls to live their own dreams. As she says, “Soccer is more than just a game; it is more than just a sport. Soccer can change children’s lives; can save children’s lives.”

At our conference, Karina will inspire us with her contagious energy and challenge us to Live Life Purposefully and being the best version of ourselves daily. No matter whom we are or what our career is, we have an opportunity to step up and inspire others to reach out and live their own dreams.

Jim McDavid

Jim McDavid is a Professor in the Faculty of Human and Social Development at the University of Victoria.  He is one of Canada’s leading public administration scholars in the fields of program evaluation, performance measurement and performance management. He has also made substantial scholarly contributions to the local government field both nationally and internationally. Professor McDavid has authored “Program Evaluation and Performance Measurement” and has studied the impact on Local Government.

Craig Reynolds

Craig Reynolds became the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ second President and Chief Executive Officer on March 1, 2015. He originally joined the Roughriders’ as the Chief Financial Officer in June, 2009. After three years, Craig was promoted to Senior Vice-President & CFO where he has remained to date.

As an organizational leader Craig has been accountable for the Club’s strategic planning, budgeting, financial reporting, treasury, human resource and stadium operations functions. He has also worked closely with Football Operations providing forecasting, modeling and analytics assistance to the team in managing the league-wide salary cap and maximizing value for money.

Recently, Craig was a member of the 2013 Grey Cup Executive Committee and chaired the Operations Committee. In this role, he was responsible for all aspects of ticketing, sponsorship, marketing, retail, and stadium operations, delivering record revenue for the Club. Craig also played a lead role in the Grey Cup Legacy Project resulting in the expansion of the current Mosaic Stadium. Under Craig’s guidance the Club’s stabilization reserves have grown from $1 million to over $12 million in five years.