Possible Canadas

9:10-10:15am. Day 2


Panelists:  Danny Graham, Lisa Hrabluk, Marilyn Luscombe


Facilitator: Chad Lubelsky


As we approach the 150th anniversary of our founding, our future is unclear and unsettled. Our strengths and potential are being tested by complex economic, social, political, cultural, and environmental challenges. We might succeed in addressing our challenges and realizing our potential, or we might fail and squander what has and could have been.  What will it take for Canadians to succeed in creating a great future?

Chad Lubelsky

A proud Montrealer, Chad is the program lead for RECODE at the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation. RECODE provides social innovation entrepreneurship opportunities for College and University students to become drivers of progress and change (www.re-code.ca, @letsrecode).


Chad also serves as a Mentor for the Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation and as a Board Member for l’Abri en Ville, a Montreal-based Mental Health organization.


Prior to joining the Foundation, Chad was the Executive Director of Santropol Roulant; developed leadership and community engagement programs for the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation; worked as an Assignment Editor for NBC news in San Francisco; managed global Internet Rights advocacy for the South African based Association for Progressive Communications; and was a Founding Trustee of the Montreal Awesome Foundation.


Chad holds a BA in Communications, Master Degrees in Communication and Leadership and is excited to be at his first Dialogue for Social Impact Conference!

Danny Graham Q.C.

Mr. Graham has had 30 years experience in business, law, public policy and politics. He spearheaded the development of a wide range of citizen-led initiatives focused on public issues that includes the establishment of the Nova Scotia Restorative Justice Program, Envision Halifax and Engage Nova Scotia. He was a partner in the law firm Pink Murray Graham and also worked in the field of justice reform with the governments of Nova Scotia, Canada, Thailand, Jamaica and Ukraine, as well as with the United Nations. He is best known as the former Leader of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party and MLA for Halifax Citadel.


He has been Nova Scotia’s Chief Negotiator in aboriginal rights and title negotiations. He sits on the Management Team of the law firm McInnes Cooper. He co-founded and leads a wilderness retreat on personal development for senior leaders in the private and public sectors. Since 2012 Mr. Graham has been has been mobilizing the development of Engage Nova Scotia – a grassroots initiative fostering a province-wide culture of collaboration, self-reliance, entrepreneurship and innovation. In 2014, the Ivany Commission recognized the work of Engage Nova Scotia’s in fostering new ideas and changing attitudes to meet the province’s economic and demographic challenges.

Marilyn Luscombe

Marilyn Luscombe, New Brunswick Community College’s first president and CEO, was appointed to her position effective January 1, 2011. In her first four years at NBCC, Marilyn has been responsible for leading the College forward from being part of a government department to its current Crown Corporation status. Her leadership has also entailed moving NBCC from a six-college structure to a new One College - One Team structure through a year-long, intensive reorganization process. The College also undertook a five-year strategic planning process in 2011-2012, contributed to by 1048 individuals both internal and external to NBCC. The Board of Governors launched the new plan - Imagine the Possibilities – NBCC 2012-2017 - in November 2012. During the first three years of implementing the plan, three major accomplishments have been the acquisition of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council funding to establish an Industrial Research Chair in Mobile First Technology; the launch of NBCC’s first-ever Alumni Association which now has over 4500 members; and the establishment of NBCC’s Community Leadership signature learning experience and the Robertson Institute for Community Leadership.


Marilyn is a native of Newfoundland and Labrador, and has extensive experience in publicly-funded community colleges, both at the College of the North Atlantic for fifteen years and at Selkirk College, BC, where she had most recently served as President and CEO for over ten years (2000-2010). Her leadership with her colleagues at Selkirk resulted in enhanced services for students including: increased investments and partnerships for the college, the establishment of a research centre in GIS and a Research Chair in Rural Economic Development, and increased support for the College's Mir Centre for Peace.


Lisa is an award-winning journalist and founder of Wicked Ideas, a social enterprise that wants to change the conversation around big public issues.


She has written about Atlantic Canada for two decades and in 2003 she dove into the social entrepreneur space. Alongside then-UNB president Dr. John McLaughlin, Lisa co-founded Next NB and 21 Leaders for the 21st Century, now known as 21inc., foundational pieces in the evolution of New Brunswick’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. 


Lisa Hrabluk

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