2018 was the year of the social movement in social media. Hashtag movements, social campaigns, and mission-based marketing continued to gain momentum. We all know the power of the hashtag; #MeToo #TimesUp #BlackLivesMatter etc. but what power do these hashtags really hold in regards to turning this passion for change into real action? Join this panel discussion on how we can ignite social change through the use of social media and how we can transform hashtag movements into real social change.
About Chris Glover
Chris spent half a decade as a political reporter for CBC Winnipeg, but now that he’s returned to his hometown of Toronto, he’s excitedly sinking his teeth in all sorts of stories. Discovering new neighbourhoods isn’t a 9 to 5 job and after years away, he has a lot to catch up on. When he’s not running around the city with a camera, you can find him on the island soaking up the sun or riding the trails along the Don River.
On October 22, Chris hosted CBC Toronto’s municipal election special from the Twitter Canada headquarters in Toronto. He anchored CBC Toronto’s first-ever vertical video broadcast, reaching an unprecedented audience on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and the web.
About Hannah Alper
At the age of nine, Hannah launched her blog, Call Me Hannah, to share her growing concern for environmental issues and show that small, everyday actions can lead to big change. Now 15 years old, she has emerged as an impassioned public speaker and author using her voice to motivate and empower people of all ages to identify their passion and take action for a better world. Through her blog, social media platforms, and motivational speaking, Hannah supports organizations, causes, events and brands that, like her, are putting good into people, communities and the world.
About Bee Quammie
Bee Quammie is a freelance writer, digital content creator, event producer, and public speaker. With a degree in Health Sciences from the University of Western Ontario, Bee spent over a decade in the healthcare industry (working in mental health research, international health, and acquired brain injury work) before transitioning fully to writing and media.
Bee started her personal blog ‘83 To Infinity in 2011, focusing on areas around natural hair care, health & wellness, art & culture and more. After the birth of her daughter in 2014, Bee founded The Brown Suga Mama, a blog focused on motherhood from the perspective of a Black Canadian mom. Bee has been recognized by Black Enterprise as one of the “most impactful and successful voices in the online space” and was the recipient of the Best Blogger Award at the 2014 Black Canadians Awards.
Blogging offered Bee the opportunity to grow as a freelance writer, gaining bylines in publications like Chatelaine, EBONY Magazine, Canadian Living, VICE, and many more. Bee writes frequently on topics surrounding parenting, race and culture, feminism, fashion and beauty, health and wellness, and pop culture—and has cultivated a strong voice and dedicated audience.
Bee has also taken her thoughts, words, and knowledge from behind the computer screen. She has been featured on Arise TV’s Our Take in New York City, TVO’s The Agenda With Steve Paikin, and most recently has been a featured commentator on CBC—both for CBC Radio and for CBC’s flagship news show, The National. She has spoken at conferences and panels across North America, mentors in programs for young girls and women of colour, and is a featured speaker listed with the National Speakers Bureau. Bee also produces and hosts events in the Greater Toronto Area surrounding feminism in film, the celebration of natural hair, and diversity in media.
Bee is an accomplished and multi-passionate creative and professional with a knack for storytelling, communication, and outreach, who will continue making an impact on the world around her for years to come. She currently resides in the Greater Toronto Area.