Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, O.B.C.

Ambassador

Reconciliation Canada

Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, O.B.C. is a true peace-builder whose life and work are examples of his personal commitment. A Hereditary Chief of the Gwawaenuk First Nation, Chief Joseph has...

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Mark F. Collins, Mar Eng, BA, MBA

President & Chief Executive Officer

British Columbia Ferry Services Inc.

Mark Collins is a senior marine executive, having held leadership positions with BC Ferries for 11 years before becoming President & CEO. He was BC Ferries’ Vice President, Engineering from...

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Olga Stachova

Chief Operating Officer

Mitacs

Olga joined Mitacs in October 2000. As Chief Operating Officer, her responsibilities include oversight of all corporate operations and management, delivery strategy for all Mitacs programs and strategic initiatives, as...

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Portia MacDonald-Dewhirst

Executive Director

Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC)

Portia MacDonald-Dewhirst is the Executive Director of the Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council (CAHRC), Canada’s AgriWorkforce Centre of Excellence. Through collaboration, the Council researches emerging labour issues, modern job requirements,...

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Vicki Saunders

Serial Entrepreneur and Founder

SheEO

Vicki Saunders is the Founder of SheEO, a global collaboration of female entrepreneurs and radically generous mentors who work together to create a powerful ecosystem for growing women-led ventures. It...

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Session Speakers

Abby Daniell

Business Development Manager for Latin America, Canada and Caribbean Public Sector

Amazon Web Services

Adam Hopkins

Vice President, Enrolment Management and Student Services

First Nations Technical Institute

Afridon Mkhomoi

Principal

VETA Shinyanga, Tanzania

Alain Roy

Vice President, International Partnerships

Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan)

Alan Bourke

Faculty Liberal Studies and Access Project Research Lead

Mohawk College

Alex Farah

Étudiant à double crédit

Plumbing and Piping Trades Foundation Program (Certificate) Trades Skills CORE, Construction Foundation Program (Certificate)

Andrew Hay

Vice President, Education

Okanagan College

Anita Vincent

Coordinator, Essential Skills

Parkland College

Ann Marie Vaughan

President and CEO

Loyalist College

Anne Kithiji Nyamoko

Kenya Coast National Polytechnic

Asha Gervan

Manager, International Development Institute

Humber College

Bethany Borkowski

Student

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Bill Klug

Cloud Computing Option Head and Instructor, School of Computing and Academic Studies

British Columbia Institute of Technology​ (BCIT)

Bronwyn Hancock

Associate Vice President Research Development

Yukon College

Bruce D’Sena

Chief Information Officer

Northern Lakes College

Carla Madra

Public Board Member, Board of Governors

NorQuest College

Carol Cline

Manager, Academic Upgrading

Confederation College

Chai Lau

Director, Business Development

Unit4 Business Software

Charlie Regan

Current Chair, Board of Governors

Centennial College

Chaw-win-is

Indigenous Resurgence Coordinator

University of Victoria

Chris Brosinsky

Acting Director, Science & Technology Innovation Strategies

Department of National Defence

Christiaan Bernard

Director of Camosun International

Camosun College

Christian Allen

Trades Training Development Coordinator

Camosun College

Christine Blake

Dean of Students

Seneca College

Christine Griffith

Chair, Health Sciences

Fanshawe College

Clint Sawicki

Associate Vice President, Research Operations

Yukon College

Colonel Kevin Cameron

Director Transition Services & Policy (DTSP); Joint Personnel Support Unit (JPSU)

Canadian Armed Forces / Government of Canada

Connie Denesiuk

Past Board Chair

Okanagan College

D. Joel Ward

President and CEO

Red Deer College

Dan Guinan

President

NEC Native Education College

Danica Straith

Director, Venture & Strategic Partnerships

Ashoka Canada

Dave Collyer

Corporate Director and Chair, Board of Governors

Bow Valley College

David Agnew

President

Seneca College

David Kelly

Director, Canadian Partnership

Colleges and Institutes Canada

David Pearce

Ex Member (Support), Board of Governors

Centennial College

David Ross

President and CEO, SAIT and Chair, CICan International Advisory Committee

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

David Silas

First Nation Engagement Advisor, First Nation Initiatives

Yukon College

Davida Wood

Manager, First Nation Initiatives

Yukon College

Dawn Davidson

Associate Vice President, Research and Innovation

George Brown College

Debra-leigh Reti

First Nations Cultural Coordinator

Yukon College

Denise Amyot

President and CEO

Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan)

Diane Purvey

Dean, Faculty of Arts

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Dianne Biin

A/Indigenization Coordinator, Indigenous Education and Community Connections

Camosun College

Diarmuid O’Connor

Faculty, Hospitality and Member (Faculty), Board of Governors

Centennial College

Don Gnatiuk

President and CEO

Grande Prairie Regional College

Doris Silva

Director of Student Affairs

College of the Rockies

Dwight Lewis

Former Director, Sector Skills Council

Ministry of Education, St. Vincent & the Grenadines

Elaine Popp

Vice-President Academic

Durham College

Emily Ecker

Manager, Community Access and Engagement

Mohawk College

Emily Willson

Project Manager, Centre for Policy and Research in Indigenous Learning

Confederation College

Erin Dixon

Director Student Support Program Development

Morneau Shepell

Gail Gorchynski

Head Counsellor

Parkland College

Greg Anderson

Dean, Office of Applied Research and Graduate Studies

Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC)

Heather Cummings

Executive Director, Student Success

Fanshawe College

Holly Catalfamo

Professor, School of Business and Management

Niagara College

Ian Parfitt

Coordinator, Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre

Selkirk College

Ian Warrender

TVET Specialist

Camosun College

Imtehaze Heerah

Faculty, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering Technology

Camosun College

Ismail Nabih

Ex Member (Student), Board of Governors

Centennial College

James Edwards

Chair of the School of Information Technology

Fanshawe College

Jamie McIntyre

Professor, School of Mechanical Engineering, and Lead Researcher, the Product Development Exchange

George Brown College

Jamie Sterritt

Board Chair

Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT)

Jamie VanDenbossche

Associate Director, Applied Research and Innovation

Camosun College

Janice Simcoe

Director, Indigenous Education and Community Connections

Camosun College

Janine Kapa

Deputy Chief Executive: Māori Development

Otago Polytechnic

Jas Sandhu

Board Chair

Langara College

Jason Dewling

President

LaSalle College Vancouver

Jason Seright

Director, Indigenous Strategy

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Jay Notay

Executive Vice President, Academic

College of New Caledonia

Jean-Paul Restoule

Chair, Indigenous Education

University of Victoria

Jeanie Cockell

Co-President

Cockell McArthur-Blair Consulting

Jennifer Mcllroy

Professor of Business Strategies & Coordinator, ACCEL Zone for Youth Entrepreneurs

Centennial College

Jesse Poulin

Program Manager, keep.meSAFE Program

guard.me

Jessica Morin

Aboriginal Services Liaison

Selkirk College

Jim Hamilton

President

Okanagan College

Jim Vanderveken

Dean, Centre for Community Partnerships and Experiential Learning

Mohawk College

Joan McArthur-Blair

Co-President

Cockell McArthur-Blair Consulting

Joan Patterson

Program Head and Continuing Education Consultant Career Enhancement Programs and Services

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Jodi Abbott

President and CEO

NorQuest College

John Boraas

Vice President, Education

Camosun College

Jon Callegher

Executive Director

Job Talks

Jon Marks

AVP, Human Relations

Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC)

Jonathan Robb

Director, Strategic Integration and Stakeholder Relations

NorQuest College

Keith Ellis

Associate Vice President, Institutional Effectiveness

Douglas College

Kelly Betts

Director - South Island Partnership

Camosun College

Ken Brealey

Associate Vice Provost, Faculty Relations

University of the Fraser Valley

Ken Tourand

President

Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT)

Kenneth Chapman

Vice President of Market Research

D2L

Kerry Brinkert

Manager, International Projects & Partners

College of the Rockies

Kevin Fitzgerald

Director, Advancement

NorQuest College

Kevin Skelcher

Vice-President, Client Solutions

Thoughtexchange

Kevit Desai

Principle Secretary for Vocational and Technical Education

Ministry of Education, Kenya

Krista Holmes

Director, Research & Innovation

George Brown College

Krista Robson

RDC Research Ethics Board Chair

Red Deer College

Kyle Flavell

Co-Creator of the Algonquin College Makerspace/ Research Assistant/ Student, Applied Research and Innovation

Algonquin College

Lacia Kinnear

Director, Governance and Strategic Initiatives

Yukon College

Lane Trotter

President

Langara College

Larry Mattin

Principal of Careers and Dual Credit

Cowichan Valley - SD79

Leslie “Skip” Triplett

Former President, Kwantlen Polytechnic University and current Board Chair

LaSalle College Vancouver

Leslie MacGregor

Associate Dean, Learning Resources Division

Confederation College

Lexie Axel-Berg

Head of Client Partnerships, Canada

Hotcourses Group

Lia E. Tsotsos

Director, Centre for Elder Research

Sheridan College

Lindsay Engel

Community and Industry Research Chair

Fanshawe College

Lloyd Desjarlais

Indigenous Student Services Office

Red Deer College

Lt(N) Donald Gray

CAF-ACE Manager, Military Personnel Generation

Canadian Armed Forces

Major Jennifer E. Quesnel

Canadian Armed Forces Transition Services Operations and Plans Officer Joint Personel Support Unit (JPSU)

Canadian Armed Forces / Government of Canada

Mame Diarra Diop

Director of the National Career Counseling Services

Ministry of Professional Training, Apprenticeship and Trades, Senegal

Margaret Hearnden

Global Learning Facilitator

North Island College

Marilyn Herie

Vice President, Academic and Chief Learning Officer

Centennial College

Marilyn Luscombe

President and CEO

New Brunswick Community College (NBCC)

Marissa Jim

Student

Camosun College

Mark Herringer

Dean, International Education

Durham College

Mark Solomon

Director, Student Life

Seneca College

Marlene Mulder

Researcher/Research Analyst

NorQuest College

Matthew Jerabek

Impact Coordinator, Applied Research and Innovation

Algonquin College

Michel Tarko

President and CEO

Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC)

Michelle Edwards Thomson

Librarian

Red Deer College

Michelle Glubke

Senior Manager, Collaborative Projects

BCcampus

Michelle Traore

Manager, Coastal Centre

Camosun College

Mike Greidanus

President

BGIS Canada

Mira Ray

Director, Centre for Applied Research and Innovation

Georgian College

Mythra Lagueux

Community and Contract Services

Douglas College

Nadine Arbour

Coordinator, Centre ÉCOBES

Cégep de Jonquière

Naim Cardinal

Manager, Indigenous Relations and Supports

NorQuest College

Namir Anani

President and CEO

Information and Communications Technology Council

Naqsh Kochar

Chief Executive Officer

Refresh Inc.

Neil Coburn

Vice President, Education

Selkirk College

Nicola Priestley

Associate Director - South Island Partnership

Camosun College

Nicole Verdugo

Coordinator, Pacific Alliance Gender Working Group and Head, Department of Gender

Ministry of External Relations, Chile

Odette Côté

Director General

Champlain College

Oladélé Sandé

Engineering Professor

Collège Montmorency

Paula Burns

President and CEO

Lethbridge College

Raeshelle Morris

Manager, Centre for Entrepreneurship

Humber College

Rahim Karim

Associate VP, and Current Member (Management), Board of Governors

Centennial College

Rajiv Jhangiani

Special Advisor to the Provost on Open Education

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Randall Heidt

Vice president, Strategic Initiatives

North Island College

Ray Karasevich

President and CEO

Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology (MITT)

Rhys Andrews

Dean, Health and Human Services and Applied Research and Innovation

Selkirk College

Richard Spearman

Instructor

Camosun College

Rick Overeem

Director, Learning Innovation Centre, Online and Continuing Education, Educational Pathways Initiatives

Lambton College of Applied Arts and Technology

Riel Bellegarde

President and CEO

Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies

Rob Monico

Sustainability Projects Coordinator - Sutherland Campus Office of Sustainability

Fleming College

Robert Marvin

Researcher/Social Work Instructor

NorQuest College

Roma Malik

Acting Sustainability Manager

Humber College

Romana Pasca

International Project Planner

College of New Caledonia

Ron Bull

Tumuaki: Whakaako

Otago Polytechnic

Ross Finnie

Professor and Director of the Education Policy Research Initiative (EPRI)

University of Ottawa

Russ Wilde

Director, Academic Innovation and Applied Research

Bow Valley College

S. Brenda Small

Vice President, Centre for Policy and Research in Indigenous Learning

Confederation College

Sam Humphrey

Core Operations Leader

Cloudreach

Sandra Larwill

Academic Manager, Centre for Continuing Education and Online Learning

Algonquin College

Sarah Watts-Rynard

Executive Director

Canadian Apprenticeship Forum

Sarah Winterton

Director, Nature in Economy and Communities

World Wildlife Fund Canada

Saurabh Malhotra

Manager of International Recruitment and Market Development

Fanshawe College

Scott Henwood

Lead Researcher, Social Innovation on the Ground Project

Bow Valley College

Sean Coote

Director, International

Niagara College

Sheila Currie

Director, Information Systems, Principal Research Associate

Social Research and Demonstration Corporation

Sheldon Levy

CEO

NEXT Canada

Sherri Bell

President

Camosun College

Sonia Crook

Vice President, Planning, Human Resources and Student Services

Fleming College

Stephanie Hernandez

Outreach Coordinator, Center for Research and Innovation

Fanshawe College

Susan Swan

Corporate Director and Elected Public Director

Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan)

Suzanne Book

Senior Manager Counselling and Accessibility Services

Fanshawe College

Suzie Addison-Toor

Director, Centre for Social Innovation

Georgian College

Sylvie Gauthier

Chief, Section of Special Projects related to Postsecondary Education

Statistics Canada

Taryn Wilkinson

Sustainability Advisor

Niagara College

Terri MacDonald

Regional Innovation Chair in Rural Economic Development

Selkirk College

Terry Peckham

Senior Research Associate

Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Thereza Makinda

Instructor and Gender Equality Coordinator

Mwanza Regional Vocational Training Service Centre, Tanzania

Thor Borgford

Vice President, Academic

Douglas College

Todd Mundle

University Librarian

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Todd Ormiston

Chair, Indigenous Education

Camosun College

Tony Tilly

President

Fleming College

Tosh Southwick

Executive Director, First Nation Initiatives and Community Engagement

Yukon College

Tracie Marsh-Fior

Executive Director

OntarioLearn

Verna Billy Minnabarriet

Vice President

Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT)

Vickie Cardinal-Widmark

Indigenous Student Services Office

Red Deer College

Victoria Abboud

Program Manager, Future Leaders

MaRS Discovery District

William Radford

President

College of the North Atlantic

Winston Blake

Executive Director

Restorative Action Program

Xavier Valls

Academic Advisor

Collège Montmorency

Zaria Malcom

Excelsior Community College (Jamaica)