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 took on the role of Director at Partners for Action – an applied research network advancing flood resiliency in Canada in the face of a changing climate and extreme weather – in December 2020. Previously, 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. The inaugural summit, Energy 2030 (2011), focused on a roadmap for decarbonizing global electricity supply, while Learning 2030 (2013) explored the redesign of high school for the 21st century. OpenAccess Energy (2016) examined the acceleration of electricity access for the energy isolated and in 2018, Generation SDG concentrated on catalyzing collective action toward the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Canada.
C’est en décembre 2020 que Julie Wright a accepté de prendre les rênes de Partners for Action, un réseau de recherche appliquée qui vise à accroître la résilience aux inondations dans le contexte des changements climatiques et d’événements météorologiques extrêmes. Elle a auparavant dirigé l’initiative Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI), point de départ d’une décennie de sommets réussis et de partenariats enrichissants associés à chaque événement. Le sommet inaugural, baptisé Energy 2030 (2011), proposait une feuille de route pour décarboniser l’approvisionnement mondial en électricité, tandis que Learning 2030 (2013) incitait les participants à repenser notre approche de l’école secondaire au XXIe siècle. Le sommet OpenAccess Energy (2016) explorait des façons d’améliorer l’accès à l’électricité dans les communautés mal desservies en énergie, alors que Generation SDG (2018) encourageait l’action collective afin d’accélérer la réalisation des objectifs de développement durable (ODD) de l’ONU au Canada.
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.
Camille Williams-Taylor has worked in education settings for over 30 years, from Winnipeg to Montreal, with the better part of her career spent in schools and education systems in Ontario. As an innovative leader and an accomplished learner who ensures that excellence and equity co-exist throughout the District, Camille cultivates an environment that embraces creativity and brings together a variety of voices to foster positive relationships and support student learning and well-being. While her experiences are varied, Camille’s commitment to student achievement through teaching excellence and equitable opportunities has been, and continues to be, the common thread in her role as Director of Education. She continues to promote the belief that each and every student must have the tools to unleash their potential and author their own story.
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.
Kathryn Goddard leverages her over 30 years of not-for-profit fundraising experience to help organizations build fundraising strategies. Up until recently, as VP, Products and Channels for World Vision Canada, Kathryn provided leadership over product and channels, which allowed World Vision to build meaningful relationships between Canadians and children around the world. She joined World Vision in 1989 and since then, held several senior-level marketing roles at WVC. During this time, she was instrumental in advancing key partnership initiatives including revitalizing child sponsorships.
Forte de plus de 30 ans au service d’organisme sans but lucratif, Kathryn Goddard aide des organisations à mettre sur pied des stratégies de financement. Jusqu’à tout récemment, en sa qualité de vice-présidente, Produits et canaux pour Vision mondiale Canada, Kathryn a joué un rôle de premier plan dans la promotion des produits et des canaux, permettant ainsi à Vision mondiale de tisser des liens significatifs entre les Canadiens et les enfants du monde entier. Engagée par l’organisme en 1989, Mme Goddard a occupé plusieurs postes de cadre supérieure en marketing chez Vision mondiale Canada. Pendant cette période, elle a fait progresser plusieurs initiatives clés de partenariat et donné un nouveau souffle au parrainage d’enfants.
Jean-Pierre Bédard était jusqu’à récemment directeur général adjoint et directeur exécutif du Centre d’intervention pédagogique en contexte de diversité au Centre de services scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys. Il occupe désormais la fonction de Directeur général au Centre de services scolaire de Saint-Hyacinthe.
Until recently, Jean-Pierre Bédard was Assistant Director General of the Marguerite-Bourgeoys School Service Centre (CSSMB) and Executive Director of the CCSMB Centre d’intervention pédagogique en contexte de diversité (Centre for pedagogical intervention in diverse environments, or CIPCD). He is now Director General of the Saint-Hyacinthe School Service Centre.
Shelly Russell-Mayhew is a Research Professor and registered psychologist at the University of Calgary’s Werklund School of Education (WSE). She has 20 years of experience with health promotion in schools and her program of research includes national and international leadership in Comprehensive School Health. She is an award-winning teacher, scholar, and research supervisor recognized for her innovation across teaching and research. Dr. SRM is making a profound difference in education and health with her research, bridging the gap between the two to transform how we think and act about wellness and weight. The objective of Shelly’s research program is to lead and transform research about weight-related issues like body image, disordered eating (e.g., unhealthy methods of weight change), weight-related disorders (e.g., obesity, eating disorders) and professional conversations and interactions about weight (e.g., weight bias and stigma). You can find out more about her research program at https://werklund.ucalgary.