Recently retired from the BC School Trustees Association (2021) as their CEO/Executive Director, Mike is filling in at CSBA during Nancy Pynch-Worthylake’s temporary secondment.
Mike’s background includes 42 years of service in K-12 public education including work as a school district superintendent, a member of the British Columbia Ministry of Education executive team, a senior member of the provincial employers’ association staff, and a variety of leadership positions in schools. He was also recently a provincial staff representative on the CSBA Board of Directors for six years, and welcomes the opportunity to support the EdCan Network.
Terry Hall was appointed Superintendent (Interim) of the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District by the Transition Board February 1, 2023.
Terry began with the District in 2015 as Assistant Director of Education (Corporate Services) and Chief Financial Officer with responsibility for finance, student transportation, facilities, procurement and information technology. Prior to joining the education sector, Mr. Hall held senior positions with Bell Aliant and Xwave solutions.
He has extensive corporate knowledge of the District, has been involved in many aspects of the process to integrate the District into the Provincial Government, and is keenly positioned to help move the integration process forward in collaboration with the Department of Education.
His calendar is quite busy, not only at work but also home with his wife, Kelli, and their three dogs. The pair spend their spare time with their two adult children, one of which is a new teacher.
Madeleine Lemire is the executive director of the Consortium provincial francophone de l’Alberta. This organization offers professional development geared to improving educational approaches and expanding the leadership capabilities of practitioners in French education in the province.
Gilad Babchuk is a serial entrepreneur with 30 years of global experience establishing, developing, and running organizations. Today, he works exclusively with leaders committed to solving societal and environmental problems, helping create the next generation of business; a rich ecosystem of purpose-driven companies with the scale and resources to shape the world.
Gilad is a 15-time founder and 4-time CEO. He is currently the president and chairman of Tondo smart.
Dr. Judy Halbert is a co-director of the Networks of Inquiry and Indigenous Education and a faculty member at the University of British Columbia where she co-leads the Transformative Educational Leadership Program. Judy has served as a teacher, principal, district leaders and policy advisor with British Columbia’s Ministry of Education. She consults extensively with school systems internationally.
She is committed to achieving equity and quality for all learners—and to networking for innovation and improvement across systems. Along with Linda Kaser, Judy was identified by the Big Change Organization as a pioneer for her work with NOIIE and in 2019, along with Linda and NOIIE leader Debbie Leighton Stephens, she was awarded the prestigious Cmolik Prize for the enhancement of public education in British Columbia.
Greg Thomas has been a business strategy consultant for the past 20+ years. He has worked with 200+ medical, agricultural and industrial technology companies. The focus of his research and analytics consulting has been to understand customers’ trade-offs between value and price. Greg has also worked with some of the leading professional associations in North America, helping them re-design their membership fees structures and value propositions. Greg brings a unique blend of experience in research, pricing, economics, sales, marketing and finance to bear on clients’ business challenges.
Nandini Mulliah is a seasoned business-focused Executive with over 18+ years of experience and valued partner to Presidents/CEOs and executive teams with financial and operational responsibility and a proven ability to develop, shape and execute on strategies that support growth (organic & M&A), streamline costs, guide transformations, create operational efficiencies, motivate teams, and deliver results in a complex, fast-paced matrixed environment to create an impact. Tasked with mix of private and public financial environments, with an emphasis on financial planning and analysis to support strategic analysis and decision making. Recognized leader and trusted advisor with a reputation for adopting a collaborative approach to problem solving and risk management, in support of driving new business growth and development. Notable for implementing organizational improvements that allow for accountability, sustainability and transparency by managing and transforming finance as a strategic function to build, enable and preserve value while optimizing the effectiveness of HR, Operations & IT and helping to lay foundation for stable, long-term growth.
Tom D’Amico is the Director of Education of the Ottawa Catholic School Board. An award-winning educator with over 30 years of experience, Tom has been recognized with the Prime Minister’s Award for teaching excellence and with Canada’s Outstanding Principal award. As a Superintendent, he received the EXL award to recognize excellence among members of the superintendency. Tom has presented across Canada on the topics of educational technology and leadership in the 21st Century. He’s also the Canadian co-lead for New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (NPDL), a global partnership of over 3,000 schools across 18 countries focused on practices to develop deep learning and the development of global competencies.
Tom D’Amico est directeur de l’éducation de l’Ottawa Catholic School Board. En plus de 30 ans de carrière comme éducateur, il a reçu le Prix du premier ministre pour l’excellence en enseignement et, à titre de surintendant, le prix EXL qui reconnaît l’excellence parmi les gestionnaires scolaires. M. D’Amico a fait des présentations un peu partout au Canada sur les sujets de la technologie éducative et du leadership au XXIe siècle. Il est également cochef canadien de New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (NPDL), un partenariat réunissant plus de 1 500 écoles de 14 pays qui se penche sur les pratiques pour favoriser un apprentissage en profondeur et l’acquisition de compétences globales.
Paul Corrigan serves as Assistant Superintendent for Elk Island Catholic Schools in Sherwood Park Alberta, and as a sessional lecturer at St. Joseph’s College at the University of Alberta. He lives and plays in Fort Saskatchewan Alberta with his wife and five children.
Paul Corrigan est directeur adjoint d’Elk Island Catholic Schools à Sherwood Park, en Alberta, et chargé de cours à temps partiel au collège St. Joseph’s de l’Université de l’Alberta. Il habite Fort Saskatchewan, en Alberta, en compagnie de sa femme et de leurs cinq enfants.
Mary Ann Baynton is the principal of Mary Ann Baynton & Associates where she consults with all levels of government and a diverse range of organizations including unions, associations, and institutions across the country. Her areas of expertise include workplace mental health, psychological safety, resolving conflict, and addressing performance concerns. Mary Ann is an advisor to both Mindful Employer Canada and My Workplace Health and serves as the Director of Strategy and Collaboration for Workplace Strategies for Mental Health which produces free resources for all Canadians compliments of Canada Life. She has contributed to many committees including with the Workforce Advisory Committee for the Mental Health Commission of Canada, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, and was co-chair of the technical committee for the development of the National Standard of Canada on Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.
Mary Ann Baynton est associée principale de l’entreprise Mary Ann Baynton & Associates, qui offre des consultations aux employés de différents paliers de gouvernement et à un vaste éventail d’organisations comme des syndicats, des associations et des institutions de tout le Canada. Ses domaines d’expertise sont la santé mentale en milieu de travail, la sécurité psychologique, ainsi que la résolution des conflits et des problèmes de rendement. Conseillère pour Mindful Employer Canada (Employeurs consciencieux Canada) et My Workplace Health, Mme Baynton occupe le poste de directrice générale des stratégies et de la collaboration de Stratégies en milieu de travail sur la santé mentale, un site Web qui propose des ressources gratuites à tous les Canadiens, gracieuseté de la Canada Vie. En plus de contribuer à de nombreux projets dont le comité consultatif sur la santé mentale en milieu de travail de la Commission de la santé mentale du Canada et à l’élaboration de la Loi sur l’accessibilité pour les personnes handicapées de l’Ontario, elle a coprésidé le comité technique chargé de la Norme nationale du Canada sur la santé et la sécurité psychologiques en milieu de travail.
Julie Wright is a City Councillor in Waterloo, Ontario. Previously, she was Director of Partners for Action, a research initiative at the University of Waterloo that focuses on flood risk and resilience. Prior to her role at the university, she led Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI) through its start-up phase to successfully launching a decade-long Summit series and catalyzing collaborations related to each event. Her early career work includes ten years in communications and public affairs roles for companies, clients, and campaigns in the tech, cultural and non-profit sectors at the forefront of sector disruption.
Dr. Nicholas Ng-A-Fook is a Full Professor and Vice-Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Ottawa. He is the former Director of the Teacher Education and Indigenous Teacher Education Programs at the Faculty of Education. Nicholas is actively engaged in addressing the 94 Calls to Action put forth by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, in partnership with local Indigenous and school board communities. He is a Past-President of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education, the largest research association in Canada. For his ongoing service to his field of study, in 2018 Nicholas received the Canadian Association of Curriculum Studies Ted. T. Aoki Distinguished Service Award. He is also the co-editor for the University of Ottawa Press Education Series.
Nicholas Ng-A-Fook, Ph. D., est professeur titulaire et vice-doyen des études supérieures à l’Université d’Ottawa. Ancien directeur des programmes Teacher Education et Indigenous Teacher Education à la Faculté de l’éducation, il participe activement aux 94 appels à l’action lancés par la Commission de vérité et réconciliation, en partenariat avec les communautés autochtones locales et les conseils scolaires. M. Ng-A-Fook est aussi le président sortant de la Société canadienne pour l’étude de l’éducation, la plus grande association de recherche au Canada. En 2018, il a reçu le Prix ACÉC de services émérites Ted T. Aoki de l’Association canadienne pour l’étude du curriculum (ACÉC) qui souligne sa contribution indéfectible à son domaine d’expertise. Il est également coéditeur de la série Éducation, publiée par les Presses de l’Université d’Ottawa.
Renee St. Germain is a member of Rama First Nation in Ontario, Canada and is the Director of Languages and Learning at the Assembly of First Nations (AFN). The AFN Languages and Learning Sector advocates on behalf of First Nations in K-12 Education, Post-Secondary Education, Education Infrastructure, Labour Market Training and Languages Revitalization and ultimately for First Nations control of First Nations education. Renee is an educator by trade and holds both a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Education through the University of Ottawa. Prior to joining the AFN, Renee worked with the urban Indigenous community in early childhood education through the Aboriginal Head Start in Urban and Northern Committees programming. Through this work, Renee noticed a need to create space for Indigenous students who were transitioning from culturally rich environments into the public school system. This led Renee to work on professional development for elementary teachers and on how to incorporate space for Indigenous learners into their classroom.
Gwen Keith is CEO of Holy Family School Division in rural Saskatchewan. She is part of local, school division, provincial and national groups supporting the well-being of staff, and sits on the EDCan Network Advisory Council.