2021 Pacific Regional Conference

Join us for the Results Canada-US

Pacific Regional Conference

April 17 & 18, 2021 on Zoom


A conference for people to come together to end extreme poverty.


Results volunteers plus anyone else who supports our goals.


To be held online.


Meet like-minded people, be inspired by speakers and learn how to make a real difference in the world.


Starting Sat April 17,  9am PT to 1pm PT continuing Sun April 18 at the same hours.


Registration is open. Click the icon to register now.

Our Guest Speakers

Alejandro J. Palacios

Alex serves as director for North America, the Private Sector and Foundations at the Global Partnership for Education (GPE).  GPE, hosted by the World Bank, is the only multilateral partnership exclusively devoted to ensuring that all children in the world’s poorest countries receive a quality basic education.  Alex joined the Global Partnership’s secretariat in July 2013.

Prior to joining GPE, Alex served as Director of External Relations, in the secretariat of GAVI, the vaccine alliance. He worked as a long-time senior staff member of the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, and its US affiliate, the US Fund for UNICEF, both in New York and Washington, DC, where he served for seven years as director of the US Fund’s Washington Office. 

Alex is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the Federal District Court Bar for the District of Columbia. He is a graduate of the Washington College of Law at the American University (1980) and Amherst College (1976). 

Christina Dendys

Chris has more than 20 years experience working in support of social justice and social impact domestically and internationally. She has experience in advocacy, government relations, strategic partnerships, and  supporting grassroots movements. She has served at the executive level in the international development sector for more than a decade.  As Executive Director of Results Canada, Chris oversees all aspects of Results Canada’s organizational strengthening efforts, campaign strategy, and grassroots support and growth.


Elizabeth May

Elizabeth served as Leader of the Green Party of Canada from 2006 – 2019, in 2011 becoming the Green Party of Canada’s first elected Member of Parliament representing Saanich-Gulf Islands. She will continue as Member of Parliament and will run again, now serving as the Parliamentary Leader of the Green Caucus. 

In 2005, Elizabeth was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in recognition of her decades of leadership in the Canadian environmental movement. She graduated from Dalhousie Law School and was admitted to the Bar in both Nova Scotia and Ontario. She practiced law in Ottawa with the Public Interest Advocacy Centre prior to becoming Senior Policy Advisor to the federal minister of the Environment (1986-1988). For seventeen years Elizabeth served as Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Canada (1989-2006). 

A proud mother and grandmother, she lives in Sidney, British Columbia, with her husband John Kidder. Elizabeth is the author of eight books, including her most recent book, Who We Are: Reflections on my life and on Canada.

Mélissa Dubé

Mélissa Dubé earned her Master’s in International Development and Globalization at the University of Ottawa and her Bachelor of Arts at St. Thomas University. She spent time in Latin American countries collaborating with local organizations and worked in the federal government to administer advocacy resources to engage international target groups. More recently, Mélissa led Fairtrade Canada’s outreach activities to deepen and increase engagement with volunteers and the general public. Currently, Mélissa is Results Canada’s Public Engagement Coordinator and leads national grassroots’ activities in order to engage with volunteer advocates passionate about taking action for a world without extreme poverty.

Sara Buckingham

Sara holds a PhD as is an Assistant Professor of Clinical-Community Psychology at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She directs the Crossroads Research Collective, a diverse team of students and community partners who conduct mixed-method community-engaged research in Alaska and around the globe. Sara has volunteered with RESULTS for 8 years, as a fellow, a group leader, and a regional coordinator. 


Sarnika Ali

Sarnika is a junior from the state of Washington, attending Auburn Riverside High School. She is working with a state representative on introducing a mental health bill for schools across Washington and has been added as a co-author to the upcoming 2021 Washington State Suicide Prevention Plan. Her future aspirations include working within the field of mental health perhaps as a psychiatrist and working her way up through politics to advocate for mental health care for all. Sarnika got involved with RESULTS in the fall of 2020 because she has a strong passion for working to end poverty and ensuring that everyone, regardless of their background, receive the resources they deserve.


Taryn Russell

Taryn is a passionate advocate and strategist on social justice issues. She is currently the Head of Policy and Advocacy at Save the Children Canada where she works to create positive change for the most marginalized children around the globe. Prior to this role, she was Campaigns Director at the grassroots advocacy organization Results Canada, leading campaigns in areas like global health and education. She has also worked for Global Affairs Canada in parliamentary relations and UNDP Nepal on monitoring and evaluation and development effectiveness.


The Schedule

Time (Sat) – Pacific Time Session (name) Speaker(s) About/Objective
8:30 PT Zoom opens Sam Weller, Results CA volunteer Opportunity to socialize with others
Address technical issues, zoom etiquette
9:00 – 9:10 PT Conference Kick Off  Anita Mark, Results CA Group Leader Welcome, introductions, program
9:10 – 10:00 PT
Connections Exercise Carolyn Prouty, Results US volunteer More than an ice-breaker!
10:00 – 10:30 PT Celebration of Results CA
and US successes
Mélissa Dubé, Staff, Results CA
Amber Walker, Results US volunteer
Celebrating Results’  accomplishments over the
past year
10:30 – 10:45 PT B R E A K – 15 min Break out rooms to socialize with each other People can choose their own
10:45 – 11:15 PT In conversation with Chris  Dendys and Joanne Carter Chris Dendys, Executive Director, Results CA,
Joanne Carter, Executive Director, Results US.
In conversation about what’s next, where the challenges are and opportunities for Results 3.0
11:15 – 12:00 PT Global Perspectives:
COVID, Climate, Conflict
and Children
Taryn Russell, Head of Policy and Advocacy,
Save the Children Canada
RC and Results US have a long history in fighting
for child survival, health, nutrition, etc. Unfortunately, we’re seeing new pressures of climate disaster, COVID, and fragility pushing back
the dial on progress. This session will focus on the
challenges and also the opportunities for impact.
12:00 – 12:45 PT Leave Nobody Behind:
Initiatives to support the
Jean Francois Tardif, Advisor, Economic  Opportunity, Results Canada and National Coordinator, Global Poverty Solutions PLUS Secretary of the global NGO Collaborative on
Economic Inclusion.
Exploration of new Results advocacy efforts in support of economic opportunities for the ultra poor (special focus on BRAC graduation model and microfinance/social safety nets)
12:45 – 1:00 PT Wrap up and preview for
Sam Weller, Results CA volunteer
Time (Sun) – Pacific Time Session (name) Speaker(s) About/Objective
8:30 PT Zoom opens Sam Weller, Results CA volunteer Opportunity to socialize with others
Address technical issues, zoom etiquette
9:00 – 9:10 PT Opening Day two John Hornby, Results US volunteer Welcome, program
9:10 – 10:00 PT
Keynote Address Elizabeth May, Member of Parliament, Saanich and the Islands and former leader of Green Party
of Canada
Repairing the world, importance of citizen
10:00 – 10:45 PT Building Motivation to
Create Change:
Motivational Interviewing
with Policy Makers
Sara Buckingham, PhD Learn to use the tenets of motivational interviewing to work with policy makers by learning about stages of change, building motivation through dissonance, finding a  common agenda, using key skills, and more.
10:45 – 11:00 PT B R E A K – 15 min Break out rooms to socialize with each other People can choose their own
11:00 – 11:45 PT Education for All Plenary Alex Palacios, Chief of Staff Global Partnership
for Education, hosted by The World Bank,
Director for North America, the Private Sector
and Foundations at the Global Partnership for
Education (GPE)
State of play for global education and access
(COVID has set back the clock), learning about the
GPE replenishment in July 2021, and getting
excited about and ready for the campaign!
11:45 – 12:20 PT Youth in Action: Results Fellows Jaya Scott, Emily Beatty,
Courtney Lee, Dijana Janjetovic (Results CA)
and Analise Walker (Results US)
The next generation of Results activism and
12:20 – 12:50 PT Storytelling & Data
Jennie Vano, US Results volunteer  How to make our speaking stick! Ideas and skill-building for using verbal images and visualizations
when speaking to policymakers that make our
issues memorable
12:50 – 1:00 PT Completion and close Andy Clarke, US Results volunteer Moving forward in action: last words,
commitments, acknowledgements

Registration Closed

Program Details

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Coming Together To Change The World

University of Victoria, May 13-15, 2016

Our Vision

A world without extreme poverty

Our Mission

To generate the political will to end extreme poverty

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