Don't Let Me Down - Concurrent Session C:  When to engage, when to communicate, and when to educate

A panel discussion that explores different approaches for interacting with the public and other stakeholders.
      Sponsored by Product Care

AHAnna Hopkins
Anna is a Community Engagement Consultant with the City of Saskatoon. In this role, she is supporting several environmental projects that are seeking to engage residents in the decision-making process. She recently came to Saskatoon from Calgary, where she worked in a community development role with the Government of Alberta, supporting non-profits with facilitation, strategic planning, and other capacity-building support. Anna has a degree in Political Science from the University of Alberta. Anna is known to enjoy crossword puzzles, well-placed puns, and really just about any outdoor activity.

RBRyan Buhay

Ryan got his start in the waste industry as a Community Relations Coordinator for Loraas Recycle in 2012, where he spearheaded several recycling education initiatives in the Saskatoon area.  In 2017, he relocated to Vancouver Island to work for ReCollect Systems as a Waste Communications Specialist.  In this role, he works with municipalities and waste haulers across North America with a focus on digital communications and data-driven outreach strategies.

Ryan holds an Honours BA in History from the University of Saskatchewan, and was recently named as one of Waste360’s 40 under 40 award recipients for his work in the waste industry.  He is also the proud owner of Spooky, the famously recycled MRF kitten.

SSSydney Smith

Sydney Smith is a storyteller who spends her days as the senior communications officer for SARC and its SARCAN Recycling division. She oversees government, public and media relations, as well as online presence and social media. She has a passion for bridging the online world with the real one through social media, word of mouth, and a community-driven style. Sydney has delivered presentations in the areas of change management, community engagement and social media. Her most recent speaking engagement focused on nonprofit branding at the Digital Bootcamp YXE conference in Saskatoon in 2017.

Sydney sits on the communications committee of the provincial government’s Disability Strategy, an editorial board for a provincial literacy project, and is a member of the City of Saskatoon’s Municipal Planning Commission.