Basic Income: Business Perspectives

Date: August 18, 2020 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ET

Speakers: Bianca Caramento, Floyd Marinescu, and Sameer Nurmohamed

Moderator: Tom Cooper

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Calls for Basic Income have been gaining ground on both sides of the political spectrum over the last several months due to COVID-19. This webinar panel assembles long-time business Basic income advocates to share their perspectives and explore what a Canadian Basic Income would mean for businesses, the economy, and society.



Bianca Caramento-1

Bianca Caramento

A proud McMaster University alumni, Bianca also holds a master’s degree from the London School of Economics in Environmental Policy and a first degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Bianca has worked in government, both federally and provincially. She currently serves as Manager of Policy and Government Relations at the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce.


Floyd Marinescu

Floyd Marinescu

Floyd is CEO and co-founder of C4Media which provides software development news and learning events serving 1.2M online on, and 8000 attendees annually via QCon conferences in SF, NY, London, Beijing, Shanghai, and Sao Paulo. Floyd is an angel investor in over a dozen startups, and has built teams and businesses in the US, Canada, China, Brazil, Europe. Floyd is also a CEO activist for universal basic income.


Sameer Nurmohamed

Sameer Nurmohamed

Sameer is a Director of Basic Income Canada Network and has previously served as the co-chair of Basic Income Toronto. He is also a lawyer at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP in Toronto, where he practices tax litigation. Sameer has studied economics and law at Cornell University and the University of Toronto. Sameer is most excited about a universal basic income funded by reformed and streamlined tax and welfare systems in order to eliminate stigma and welfare traps and gaps, grow the economy through fairer taxation, and eliminate poverty.


Tom Cooper

Tom Cooper

For the past nine years, Tom has served as Director of the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction - a collaborative organization formed to tackle the City's unacceptable levels of poverty. Through the Roundtable's work, Tom has engaged governments at all levels to invest in poverty reduction initiatives and worked to give people experiencing poverty a voice in the decisions that affect their lives. He's advocated for social assistance rates that reflect the real costs of living, fought to end to predatory lending in Ontario and helped co-found the Ontario Living Wage Network.


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