Dan Belhassen is a winnipeg-based Entrepreneur and the founder of Neovation Learning Solutions, who have recently launched their OttoLearn microlearning application that delivers analytics driven drip training for learner mastery & retention.
Dan Blair is a local technology entrepreneur most well known for his work at Bit Space Development, which he founded in 2015 in Winnipeg Manitoba. The focus of Bit Space is to build interactive solutions for organizations who are looking to educate and train people. Bit Space Development has worked with organizations from across Canada to help them build games that make education fun and give an interactive way to perform safety and hazard training. Dan sits on the board of directors for New Media Manitoba, advises startups as a technology mentor for North Forge Technology Exchange, and advises Red River College for their student innovation space, the ACE Project Space.
Dr. Chris Brown is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Graduate Studies at Brandon University where he teaches courses in educational psychology, counselling and special education. As a practicing therapist and educator, Chris is deeply invested in capacity building to support mental health and wellness practices in teaching and counselling.
Robin Day has over 30 years of management experience, Robin's career has spanned computer science, graphics, design and education. Robin's extensive abilities in web development and design have shaped the curriculum of many Herzing courses. As the Academic Dean, Robin is responsible for the curriculum, rigor and resulting skills gained. This will be an interactive presentation ending in a question and answer period.
Dr. Alysha Farrell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Leadership and Educational Administration at Brandon University. Some of her research interests include: leadership and the art of improvisation; dramaturgical analyses of leadership; and the impact of various audiences on the performance of educational leaders.
Colin Fraser is from Winnipeg, Manitoba and has been the Learning Specialist at MITT since 2016. He is responsible for curriculum development and coordination of the Introduction to College and Work program.
Brian Harrison, an Early Childhood Educator by trade, and long terms ECE instructor, is currently a research faculty member in the Health Sciences and Community Services Research Department at Red River College.
Dr. Jacqueline Kirk, is Associate Professor and Chair of Leadership and Educational Administration at Brandon University. Jackie seeks to find ways to improve education for everyone through her teaching and research. Jackie enjoys using technology to challenge her students in their academic pursuits and in their own classrooms.
Meghan Lavallee is the VP Strategic Development for Career Trek Inc. She believes experiential learning is an amazing opportunity to catapult young people to career and education success. Through working in partnership with school divisions, post-secondary institutions and the private sector, Career Trek creates opportunities for young people to succeed in their chosen career path. Meghan's passion for experiential learning started within residence and student life communities in the post-secondary sector. From there, she turned her love of student development to a proactive educational attainment model with Career Trek. Meghan loves volunteering in her community, life-long learning, yoga, gardening, and time in nature with her family and canine companions.
Dr. Mike Nantais is an Associate Professor and chair of the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy at Brandon University. Previously, he had a 30 year career in the public school system as a teacher, administrator and technology leader. His research interests include educational technology, digital pedagogy, social media.
La DonnaOgungbemi-Jackson works as the Director of Education and Training at the Manitoba Construction Sector Council (MCSC). For over 10 years, La Donna has been working with adult learners in a variety of capacities. In the last five years, her focus has been on the career development aspect of their lives, especially internationally educated professionals. Currently, she is completing her Masters of Education within the Educational Administration stream. Bringing her leadership, practical and academic experience to Manitoba Construction Sector Council, La Donna provides education and training to the meet the construction industry's needs and promotes the careers in trades to build a skilled workforce in Manitoba. Finally, La Donna works with subject matter experts to develop training materials for the industry and leverages partnerships to plan engaging programs that promote careers in construction to youth and individuals from underrepresented groups.
Carol Paul is the Executive Director at the Manitoba Construction Sector Council (MCSC). She holds a Masters in Adult Education from the University of Manitoba and is a Certified Essential Skills Profiler through Bow Valley College. Carol has instructed adult education courses at University of Manitoba and University of Winnipeg for the past 15 years. At MCSC, Carol is responsible for research, curriculum development and coordination of the sector council’s activities. She collaborates with industry and the sector council’s members associations to develop game based learning tools, virtual reality learning experiences and blended training. Carol regularly speaks at conferences and industry training events on adult education, mentoring and leveraging differences in the workplace.
Don Presant is Canada’s leading expert on Open Badges. He is President of Learning Agents, host of CanCred.ca, a Canadian cloud service for Open Badges. Cancred.ca is currently working with the eCampusOntario on a provincewide Open Badges initiative. Don is also consulting on two international humanitarian Open Badges projects.
Dr. Cathryn Smith is an Assistant Professor at Brandon University in the Department of Leadership and Educational Administration. Previously she worked for many years in the Winnipeg School Division as a teacher and school administrator. Her areas of research interest include teacher leadership, program evaluation, leadership development and capacity building strategies in rural schools.
Lisa Snider is the Senior Digital Accessibility Consultant and Trainer in her company, Access Changes Everything. Since 1999, Lisa’s passion in life has been to make the digital world more accessible for people with disabilities in different North American settings and contexts. She shares this knowledge through training, seminars, user testing, accessibility audits, remediation and facilitation for a wide variety of North American organizations, governments and businesses, such as the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, University of Manitoba, City of Winnipeg and Government of Manitoba. Lisa specializes in digital accessibility, which includes: websites, documents, audio, video, email, electronic signage, social media content, apps and computers. She is a nationally recognized digital accessibility advocate, and an internationally recognized archival accessibility specialist. Lisa is the Chair of the Province of Manitoba’s Information & Communications Standard Development Committee, Stakeholder in the W3C Accessibility Guidelines Working Group Silver Task Force (WCAG 2.1), and is a member of the Microsoft Office Accessibility Group and the Microsoft Mac Outlook Accessibility Group, collaborating with Microsoft to improve the accessibility of their products.
Kathy Snow is an Assistant Professor at Cape Breton University and a former Instructional Designer with the University of Manitoba. She has almost ten years of experience in designing online experiences for post-secondary students to support persistence and transitions. Her research focuses on educational reform with regard to (re)visioning measures of success and persistence from a holistic position, including culturally relevant online learning design, accessibility for non-traditional learners such as those from rural, remote and removed populations. As well she works extensively with K-12 school populations to leverage technology for a variety of community purposes some of the projects upcoming for 2018 include: Generational Bridges: elders stories transformed for radio and youtube by grade 4/5students and Coding Regalia: a modern approach to creating non-ceremonial performance clothing.
Nora Sobel is a communication and education specialist and works with Red River College since 2008. She is currently the Diversity Initiatives Coordinator and supports students in developing their diversity awareness and intercultural competence. Nora received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from the University of Buenos Aires and her Master of Education (Concentration in Adult and Post-Secondary Education) from the University of Manitoba.
Kerry Swanson has over 25 years of senior management experience in Manufacturing and Logistics, Sales Management, Customer Relations, Leadership and Human Resources. Prior to his time at Herzing Winnipeg and the National Association of Career Colleges, Kerry played significant roles at Quintex Services, Purolator and Drake International. He is extremely passionate about volunteerism and giving back to the community. Kerry left his job in the mid 1980’s and went into a three year voluntary service term with the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), managing international economic development projects. Kerry’s work with MCC involved interaction with indigenous producer groups throughout the world and this afforded him an entirely new perspective on life and social responsibility.
Rosemary Vogt has a PhD in Higher Education with a focus on leadership and administration (University of North Dakota). Her doctoral dissertation focused on higher education program development to meet the needs of industry/community. From 2010 until 2015, she held various leadership roles in collaborative initiatives between Red River College, industry and Manitoba Entrepreneurship Training and Trade. In her role as Assistant Professor in the Redekop School of Business at Canadian Mennonite University, Rosemary teaches the social sciences and her goal is to educate for a rapidly changing world, for diversities, for technology use, and for social change.
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