3rd Annual Voice of Hope Gala7:00pm-10:00pm | The Fairmont Château Laurier - 1 Rideau Street, Ottawa
The Economic Club of Canada is proud to present the 3rd Annual Voice of Hope Gala, recognizing extraordinary humanitarian achievements. The Economic Club created the annual Voice of Hope Award in 2012 as a way to acknowledge outstanding humanitarians who are making a difference across the globe. The gala is an unforgettable evening hosted in our nation’s capital, featuring inspiring stories, live entertainment, gourmet food and an audience comprised of Canada’s business and political elite.
Tom Jackson, Actor, Singer, Producer, Activist
The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council
Edward Picco, Canadian Nunavut Politician
National Chief Mr. Ghislain Picard
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Former Minister and MLA, Government of Nunavut
Principal Secretary, Office of the Premier Peter Taptuna
Edward Picco is a resident of Iqaluit, Nunavut. He was first elected in the 1995 Northwest Territories election. He was re-elected in the 1999 Nunavut election and in the 2004 Nunavut election. Picco holds the distinction of being one of the few Canadian politicians elected to two different Legislative Assemblies, having been elected in 1995 to the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories and in 1999 to the Legislative Assembly of Nunavut.
Picco held several cabinet posts in the Government of Nunavut including Minister of Health and Social Services, Minister of Education, Immigration, Homelessness,Energy and Nunavut Arctic College. Picco had represented Iqaluit East since 1999 and was the longest serving MLA in Nunavut prior to the general election in 2008. He chose not to run in the 2008 general election and re-entered the private sector. Since June of 2014, Mr. Picco has been employed as the Chief of Staff for the Premier of Nunavut.
Prior to entering politics, Picco was the Business Development Manager of the Baffin Business Development Corporation (BBDC). He holds a Diploma in Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University and is a graduate of the College of Trades and Technology, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.
He was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal that was presented by His Royal Highness Prince Philip in recognition of his on-going support to the Terry Fox program. As well he rec’d the Queen’s Dimond Jubillee Medal for Community Service. He is a recipient of Iqaluit's Volunteer of the Year award and is the local fundraising Chair for the re-building of Iqaluit's St. Jude's Anglican Cathedral.
2014 Voice of Hope Award Recipient
This year the Economic Club of Canada will present Elisapee Sheutiapik with the Voice of Hope Award. Elisapee Sheutiapik who was Mayor of Iqaluit from 2003 to 2010, was the city’s first Inuk female to serve as Mayor. Ms. Sheutiapik also served as the President of Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada, an organization protecting the rights of women and children. She challenged communities to raise awareness regarding Canadian victims of domestic violence and renamed a street leading to a women’s shelter “Angel Street,” and subsequently started The Angel Street Project. The ethos of this project is to have every city in Canada choose to be vigilant of domestic abuse and make a positive change by naming an Angel Street in their community. This will raise awareness, educate and address the issues of domestic violence one community at a time while promoting a positive initiative that promotes healing and compassion. Ms. Sheutiapik has also served as the President of the Nunavut Association of Municipalities, and was the Nunavut representative on the board of directors for the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Ms. Sheutiapik wants council to focus more on Iqaluit’s youth by spending more money on recreation facilities. She would like to see a youth representative sit on city council in the near future.
Mr. Ghislain Picard
Assembly of First Nations
Mr. Ghislain Picard is Innu from the community of Pessamit. Between 1976 and 1989, he dedicated most of his time in the area of communications. He was responsible for communications and media relations for the Conseil Atikamekw Montagnais (CAM). He published a periodical called « Tepatshimuwin » intended for Atikamekw and Innu communities.
At the beginning of the 80’s, Mr. Picard was President of the Quebec Native Friendship Center. In 1983, he was very active in implementing a network of community radio stations for his nation. He is one of the founding members of the Société de communication atikamekw et montagnaise (SOCAM). SOCAM produces radio shows in Aboriginal languages.
In the middle of the 80’s, Mr. Picard participated in a UNESCO international study on the role of communications in rural communities.
After he was appointed Vice-President of the CAM in 1989, he was elected Regional Chief of the Assembly of First Nations of Quebec and Labrador (AFNQL) in 1992. He has been the AFNQL Regional Chief since then. As Regional Chief, he sat on the Assembly of First Nations’ Executive Committee at the national level as a spokesperson for the Education, Aboriginal Languages, Health and International Issues portfolios. On July 15, 2o14 in Halifax, the Chiefs in Assembly unanimously appointed him National Chief, until the election in December 2014.
On October 28, 2003, Mr. Picard received the National Order of Quebec. On January 24, 2005, he received the distinguished insignia of Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur from the Consul Général de France.
The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
Minister of the Environment; Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency; Minister for the Arctic Council
Leona Aglukkaq was first elected to the House of Commons in 2008 and re-elected in 2011.
In July 2013, Ms. Aglukkaq was appointed Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council. Previously, she was appointed Minister of Health in October 2008. She was appointed to the additional positions of Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency in May 2011 and Minister for the Arctic Council in August 2012.
Prior to entering federal politics, Ms. Aglukkaq represented the district of Nattilik in the Nunavut Legislative Assembly beginning in 2004. She served as the territorial Minister of Finance and House Leader. She also held the post of Minister of Health and Social Services.
Ms. Aglukkaq has served in numerous roles in the governments of both the Northwest Territories and Nunavut including that of Deputy Clerk of the Legislative Assembly and Deputy Minister for Culture, Language, Elders and Youth. She has served on the Arctic College Board of Governors, the Nunavut Impact Review Board and the Northwest Territories Science Institute.
Ms. Aglukkaq resides in Iqaluit, Nunavut and Ottawa, ON, with her husband, Robert, and their son.
Actor, Singer, Producer, Activist
For over 40 years, actor, singer, producer, activist, Tom Jackson has crafted a compassionate stage of caring. He has embraced his life experiences, championed for the marginalized, and entertained a continent of concert-goers and TV watchers. His acumen has earned him recognition amongst his peers, yet he humbly perseveres as it’s the reward he seeks, not the award.
Born to an English father and Cree mother, he carries the legacy of his parents’ selfless manner of keeping the door open for anyone who might need a meal or a conversation. While living on the streets of Winnipeg, his personal search for identity led to bonds with those outcast and marginalized. His voice became his way off the streets – figuratively and literally – and in to radio stations, television studios, film sets and theatres.
Penned the master of disaster, or minstrel with a message, it is music – his first love – that draws him to create change with the touch of a song, a poem, a musical or a concert tour. He annually takes to the road with The Huron Carole Benefit Concert Series marking 23 years of cross Canada travel raising awareness and funds for food banks and charitable organizations. Tom has recorded 15 albums - the latest release ‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime – in support of The Huron Carole.
For a younger generation of TV viewers, Tom is recognizable from his portrayal of Billy Twofeathers in Shining Time Station, and his guest role in Star Trek The Next Generation. Yet it’s his 6 years of playing Chief Peter Kenidi in CBC’s North of 60 that still draws comments, letters, emails and many hugs from longtime fans. The series was an inspired view in to the lives of a First Nation community and Tom inadvertently became a role model because of it. Taking the responsibility and possibility from that profile has led to extraordinary achievements in community service, professional development and global change.
Whether one links Tom to The Huron Carole – the song or the national concert tour - Singing for Supper or Swinging for Supper, the evidence of his earning and staying power in the fundraising circle is without question and one of infamy for this country’s food banks. When there’s trouble or trauma, Tom steps up with ideas to alleviate and compensate those devastated by floods, typhoons, fires, drought, terrorism, youth suicide, homelessness, environmental disaster and economic disadvantage.
His mantra of being in service to others is secured with his choice to engage if it’s good business, good for the world, and good for the soul. He can light up a room with his storytelling, endearing humour and self-penned tunes. He can inspire, uplift and entertain 10 or 10,000 and the gifts he shares, he carries from his ancestry, his life and his loves.
“You don’t have to change the whole world, you just have to change your world, and the rest will follow.”
CCMA Humanitarian Award 1996
Officer of the Order of Canada 2000
Queen’s Jubilee Medals 2002 and 2012
Order of Canada Advisory Committee Member 2004-2007
AB and SK Centennial Medals 2005
Juno Humanitarian Award 2007
Gemini Humanitarian Award 2007
GGPAA Lifetime Artistic Achievement 2014
Chancellor Trent University 2009-2013
Honorary Degree recipient – 9 universities – 1998 to 2010
Generated approximately $200 million in combined cash/in kind value for food banks and disaster relief
Ballads Not Bullets campaign launches October 2014 coinciding with single & music video release in aid of Canadian Red Cross