BIL 2015

March 21-22nd at Imperial Vancouver. Doors open at 8am. Opening remarks begin at 9:30AM.

Tessa Cheng


I am a PhD student at Simon Fraser University in the Faculty of Health Sciences, and have accumulated an assortment of other academic knowledge through a Masters in Public Policy, and a Bachelors Degree in Philosophy.

When I’m not in school, I keep busy by volunteering at the Vancouver Crisis Centre, and I have hosted public forums on issues at the intersection of science and policy. I live a pretty low-key life, and enjoy watching movies, going to the gym, and walking along Vancouver’s beautiful seawall.

Talk Title: Reducing poverty: Giving policy-makers an offer they can’t refuse

Everyone talks about reducing poverty, but there is no good roadmap for how to accomplish this. I have developed a realistic plan to fund and facilitate reductions in poverty by addressing major barriers that currently constrain any meaningful efforts to improve peoples’ quality of life. My plan creates a systems-level change that is revenue-generating and boundary-breaking, while delivering short-term benefits. This plan is unique in its approach, as it targets decision-makers and focuses on changing their environment rather than those who live in poverty. This talk is for anyone who wants to have a realistic conversation about how we can change our world.