Executive Director, Duke of Edinburgh's Emerging Leaders' Dialogues Canada
Opening Remarks, Orientation
Joanne Hughes is the Executive Director for Emerging Leaders' Dialogues Canada and develops world class experiential leadership programs that focus on sustainable development and dialogue between industry, labour, civil society and government sectors. This includes programs to specifically address reconciliation and to forge trusting relationships among Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders.
Joanne is an Advisory Committee Member for The Gender Summit 18, an official event of the Next Einstein Forum, the AIMS Women in STEM and Portia Ltd, the Gender Summit 18 is creating regional and global multi-stakeholder communities committed to enhancing scientific excellence. She is also a former Director for the Association of Emerging Leaders' Dialogues Canada.
She has managed an international secretariat, The Commonwealth Association of Public Administration and Management, liaising between foreign national ministries, the private sector, civil service organizations and donor agencies at senior levels in the planning and implementation of conferences and projects on public administration across the Commonwealth.
Joanne has been active in community development through arts, culture and heritage, where her passion was ensuring those in the creative sector had access to funding, and that communities had access to cultural opportunities. Hughes was the Festival Producer for Ottawa Capital Pride, where she repositioned the festival to gain access to new funding to provide programming for marginalized communities, and is the founder of two festivals; Fernfest in Victoria, B.C., and the Ottawa Lumière Festival, which was voted one of the summers best festivals by the National Post.