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Dai Williams is a savvy political observer, avid volunteer for feminist causes, and leads communications for Women Win Toronto. An experienced strategist, she's developed a number of campaigns for a local city councillor, national brands, and grassroot initiatives. Ask her about the time her Twitter chat trended higher than Shark Week.
Chris Cowperthwaite is Co-founder and Executive Director of Open Democracy Project, a not-for-profit working to empower everyday citizens to drive change through civic and political action. Open Democracy Project programs include:
DemocracyKit - Resource library for planning and running municipal election and other civic campaigns. Resources are donated by campaign practitioners and made available publicly under a creative commons licence at democracykit.org.
DemocracyXChange - A summit and platform to connect civic campaign practitioners across borders. Learn more at democracyxchange.org.
ODP Civic Campaign Accelerator - A 2-month program using DemocracyKit tools and methods to launch a transformational civic change campaign.
Chris holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business (York University), a B.Sc. (Honours) and Diploma in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Waterloo, and is a Loran Scholar ('99).