Patrick Mullane is the Executive Director of HBX. He brings over 20 years of management experience across several industries to the position. As Executive Director, he is responsible for managing HBX’s growth, expansion in global markets, and long-term success. HBX leverages Harvard Business School’s reputation for excellence and impact in business education and the broader business community, as well as the vast intellectual property, academic pedagogy and faculty talent of the School to be the premier provider of high quality digital business education.
Patrick holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame, an M.S. in Project and Systems Management from Golden Gate University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
“Using Technology is not a 21st Century skill…technology must be used to help ourselves and our students develop the 21st Century skills”. Anjuli Ahooja is passionate about education, education pedagogies and technologies, and physics; and if given the opportunity to do it all over again, she wouldn’t change a thing! Anjuli is an innovative curriculum developer and is one of the pioneers for using newest technologies as per students’ needs. Anjuli has presented “What Makes a 21st Century Teacher?” at a TEDx conference. Anjuli is a Microsoft Innovative Expert Educator, has a PhD in semiconductor physics and is currently the AP Physics teacher and a Mutual Respect Facilitator at Appleby College in Oakville. She is also the President Elect for STAO (Science Teachers’ Association of Ontario).
From 2005 – 2015 Dr. Peter Arthur was the Founding Director of UBC Okanagan’s Centre for Teaching and Learning where he provided leadership and strategic direction with a particular focus on building an evidence-based teaching and learning culture. Peter's current research focuses on new advanced learning models. More specifically students ability to create personal learning networks by leveraging technology (i.e. social media) to connect with people (peers and experts), learning resources (i.e. Open Education Resources or open courseware) and learning environments (i.e. open courses) to research, reflect, create, collaborate and share knowledge as part of the active learning process.
Mitzie Hunter is the Minister of Education, and the MPP for Scarborough-Guildwood. Prior to this post, she served as the Associate Minister of Finance, responsible for pension reform.
Mitzie Hunter understands our community and the power of working together. A lifelong citybuilder, she is passionate about unlocking the city’s potential by ensuring fair and inclusive access to employment and prosperity
As the former CEO of the Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance, Mitzie worked to solve some of our toughest social, economic and environmental challenges. She was also previously the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the Toronto Community Housing Corporation, Vice-President with Goodwill Industries and a Regional Director at Bell Canada.
Mitzie and her family immigrated to Canada from Jamaica in 1975. She grew up in Scarborough, graduated from U of T (Scarborough Campus) with a BA, and recently completed her MBA from the Rotman School of Management.
As part of Kathleen Wynne’s team, Mitzie will bring people together to solve problems, and to create jobs and opportunity in our community.
Paul Darvasi teaches English and media studies at Royal St. George’s College and is pursuing a doctorate that focuses on the intersection of games, narrative and pedagogy. He designs pervasive games, including The Ward Game, based on Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Blind Protocol, an inter-school alternate reality game that instructs on online security, privacy and surveillance. He writes, presents and keynotes extensively on the meaningful integration of digital and pervasive games in a variety of instructional environment. His work has been the subject of several international research projects, and has been featured in PBS, NPR, the Huffington Post, EdScoop and MindShift.
Tracy Parish is an education technology specialist working out of the Organizational Development department of Southlake Regional Health Centre, in Newmarket, Ontario. Tracy’s diverse educational background of computer programming, adult educational training, and eLearning design & development has lead to her career in instructional design. Her 10 years experience includes LMS implementation and administration, F2F and online instructional design, development, and project management . Collaboration with hospital educators, from a wide variety of disciplines, continues push the creation of both clinical and non-clinical titles for staff as well as for patients. Tracy is one of Articulate’s active Community Heroes and is co-host of the Toronto Storyline User Group. She also sits on the eACH Conference committee as Social Media/Marketing Director.
Beth Lisser is a teacher at Castlebrooke S.S. in the Peel District School Board. During her 18 years as an educator, she has held a variety of roles outside of classroom teaching including Instructional Resource Teacher, Author and Consultant, and Secondee at York University’s Faculty of Education. Beth has an M.Ed and B.Ed from OISE and has received two Awards of Distinction from the Peel District School Board.
Patrick Miller is the Principal of Innovation with the Simcoe County District School Board. He has experience as an elementary teacher in both Ontario and England and has been an administrator in the SCDSB for 12 years. Patrick leads a team of Program and Innovation Resource Teachers who support innovative learning and teaching strategies across the district K-12. He works to connect learners to each other and to education thinkers around the globe. Patrick also supports the Canadian Cluster of New Pedagogies for Deep Learning. You can connect with him on twitter via @millerpEDU
Carla Correa is a grade 4/5 teacher in the Peel District School Board, a teaching assistant in the University of Toronto Mississauga’s Department of Psychology, and a M.Ed. candidate at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. She was the recipient of the Faculty Choice Award in her graduating year of the UofT Concurrent Teacher Education Program.
Her University of Toronto programs have been instrumental in honing knowledge essential to studies in supporting and assessing child development and language learners. Through facilitating 21st century learning in designing student-inspired learning provocations and embracing a Reggio Emilia pedagogical approach, her teaching in English and French instruction within the P.D.S.B has all encompassed application of research and has been paramount in her professional development as a teacher.
You can connect with her on Twitter @Mlle_CCorrea or LinkedIN via https://ca.linkedin.com/in/correacarla.
Jason Richea is currently the Lead Learner of Global Studies at Jean Augustine S.S. in the Peel District School Board. Over the past 10 years of teaching Jason has explored a variety of learning strategies pertaining to embedding technology in the classroom; and empowering students to unleash their creativity & critical thinking. He used this experience in the role of Instructional Technology Resource Teacher where he supported 12 secondary schools over the past 2 years. Jason is now back in the classroom exploring new strategies, technologies, and learning opportunities; and having a heck of a lot of fun.
Anita is Superintendent of Program and Innovation with the Simcoe County District School Board. She is also the Canadian Cluster Lead for New Pedagogies for Deep Learning (NPDL), an international learning lab involving 7 countries and over 800 schools from around the world, led by Michael Fullan. Anita’s leadership in the area of innovation has been featured in over 13 publications, awards and references materials in the last two years, including Fullan’s Freedom to Change: Four Strategies to Put Your Inner Drive into Overdrive, 2015, the Canadian Education Associations’ (CEA) Ken Spencer Award for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, 2015, Chris Dede’s Learning Partnerships Among Educators Enabled by Technology, Harvard University, 2015 and Jenni Donohoo and Moses Velasco’s The Transformative Power of Collaborative Inquiry: Realizing Change in Schools and Classrooms, 2016. She is married to Canadian actor Michael Simpson, and they have two children, Joshua and Leah. Her motto: “No Day Without Learning!”
Lisa Read is the Information Technology coordinator for SD79, Cowichan Valley, a BC public school district, one diverse both in population and in geography. My mandate, after 23 years in my own classroom, is to help other teachers integrate technology into their practice. I have taught from K to 12, as well as graduate students in the Learning and Technology program at Royal Roads University. My experience offers me a unique perspective, and has taught me 2 immutable lessons about learning: You must meet your learners where they are, and A respectful relationship makes all the difference.
Barrie R.C. Barrell is Professor of Secondary English Education and Curriculum in the Faculty of Education at Memorial University of Newfoundland where he supervises graduate and doctoral students working in the areas of visual literacy, media, curriculum studies, the integration of technology into language acquisition and English education. Born in London, England, educated at The City University of New York, the University of New Brunswick and the University of Toronto, his interests include the integration of various digital technologies into teaching and learning, conceptualizing public school curricula and pedagogies for a rapidly changing digital world. He enjoys creating digital texts that combine elements of his writing, drawing, painting, poetry and photography. He ponders what it will mean for children entering school today to be considered literate twelve years from now.
Cresencia Fong is an educator with the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), currently on secondment as an Education Officer with 21st Century Learning Unit at the Ontario Ministry of Education. Cresencia was formerly a TDSB Instructional Leader for ICT and e-Learning, during which time she led and developed the Toronto District School Board ICT Standards K – 12. Just prior to her ministry secondment, Cresencia completed a doctorate in “Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development” and “Knowledge Media Design” at the University of Toronto - OISE, as well as a Mitacs postdoctoral fellowship jointly between OISE and SMART Technologies. Her doctoral research was a multi-year design study in which Cresencia led a co-design team to develop and implement a web-based pedagogical tool that facilitated and scaffolded collaborative inquiry learning, in blended learning environments that incorporated large-format interactive touch surfaces. Other research interests include: innovative learning spaces, tangible and embodied interactions, immersive learning environments, augmented reality, multi-touch surfaces.
Heidi Siwak is a teacher with the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, currently on secondment as an Education Officer with 21 Century Learning at the Ontario Ministry of Education. Heidi is a recognized instructional leader, active in local and global learning networks and featured in the media (TVO, Globe and Mail) and in books on collaborative inquiry, integrative thinking, technology in education, and innovation. She is the CEA’s 2013 Ken Spencer Award recipient for Innovation in Teaching and Learning and an award winner in the 2013 Mind Share Learning National Video Challenge
Bhupesh Shah is an award-winning Professor currently teaching digital media courses at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels at Seneca College in Toronto. He is ranked as one of the Top Marketing Professors on Twitter, one of the 50 Business Professors You Should Follow on Twitter , and co-authored a marketing textbook for post-secondary students. He is an acknowledged public speaker on social media, marketing strategy and diversity and has shared his insights on national TV, radio, syndicated newspapers, publications and TEDx.
Bhupesh earned his B.Sc. in Anthropology/Microbiology-Biochemistry from the
Leslie McBeth is an educator on a mission to answer the question:
How might we empower students to to solve the world's big problems? As Director of Professional Development at Future Design School, Leslie uses her expertise in design thinking and project-based learning to build programming for teachers and students that makes school relevant for today’s world.
For six years, Leslie taught design to Grade 11 and 12 students at Greenwood College School where she helped students solve real world problems, using the city as a teaching tool. Prior to becoming a teacher, Leslie built the foundation of a her education
philosophy at the Center for Urban Pedagogy and learned to use design to solve big problems at the Design Trust for Public Space in New York City. Leslie has introduced hundreds of teachers to design thinking and innovation in education across Canada and the USA. She is a facilitator in the Cohort 21 Professional Development program, where she leads a design-based, classroom embedded program for teachers from across Ontario. In 2015 she gave a TEDx Talk in Toronto called #TeachCities that focused on the use of design and project-based learning to teach civic engagement. A strong proponent of the use of technology to support good pedagogy, Leslie is a Google for Education Certified Innovator and a spotlight speaker at the EdTech Team Summits.
Tracy Rosen is an education consultant with the RECIT Provincial Service to Adult Education in Quebec and the Commission scolaire de la Seigneurie-des-Mille-Îles. With over 20 years in education, She believes in technology use that makes sense for sharing our stories about learning and teaching. You can see some of those stories at PdPractice.com and PDMosaic.com.
Avi Spector is an education consultant with the Riverside School Board and the RECIT Regional Service to General Adult Education in Quebec. He is also an Adobe Education Leader and trainer for SimpleK12. Avi works alongside teachers to help coach them on integrating technology to achieve learning goals and helps model its use in the classroom. To learn more or read about his latest projects, visit www.beyondthetools.com.
Following a career in engineering at a Canadian Crown Corporation, Kinga Petrovai is currently completing her doctorate at the University of Oxford. Her research is focused on the way secondary mathematics teachers integrate new technology into their teaching.
For over fifteen years, Kinga has worked and volunteered on a variety of educational projects, spanning across North America and the UK. Her passion for education led her to design and run a successful and innovative mentoring program for high school girls, volunteer in a school for dyslexic students, and tutor mathematics and physics to senior high school students. At the university level, Kinga worked on a variety of funded research projects at Harvard University and the University of Oxford. For the past two years, she has also designed and taught workshops on the use of technology in teaching to teacher education students at Oxford University.
Prior to starting her doctoral work, Kinga earned a master’s degree from Harvard University in Technology, Innovation, and Education and is an Ontario certified secondary mathematics and physics teacher. Before formally entering the field of education, Kinga earned a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering at Carleton University and worked as an engineer for over five years.
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Kevin Pashuk is Chief Information Officer at Appleby College in Oakville, Ontario, a co-educational independent school serving over 750 students in grades 7 – 12. Appleby is in its 17th year of a 1:1 computer program and all school work is accessed, completed, and submitted on their computers. Under his leadership, the technology infrastructure at Appleby has been implemented to support the increased complexities of the 21st learning environment, OneNote has been implemented as a fully integrated collaborative learning platform, – creating an environment that enables measurable innovation in the classroom. Appleby College has been recognized internationally for its innovative work in teaching and learning, and is proud to have its development work in OneNote adapted by Microsoft to make it accessible to teachers everywhere. Under Kevin’s leadership, Appleby College was nominated as a Microsoft Showcase School in 2014 and 2015.
Prior to Appleby College, he was Chief Information Officer for Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Oakville, Ontario, serving over 45,000 student across multiple campuses.
Kevin was founding Director of Technology for the Northern Ontario School of Medicine - Canada’s first new medical school in over 30 years with 2 main campuses and multiple teaching and research sites. NOSM delivers complex medical education in a completely distributed model. Smart classrooms, specialized software for teaching and learning, and creative application of technology contributed to the school’s success.
No stranger to learning in innovative learning environments, Kevin earned his MBA in Information Technology Management from Athabasca University, Canada’s first online university while running a management consulting company providing strategic planning and interim leadership services for technical organizations and higher educational institutions.
He is utterly convinced that IT leadership needs to dramatically change how IT is delivered, before being relegated to a costly overhead department. He looks for every opportunity to talk about this... writing, speaking and now blogging.
In the midst of all this fun, Kevin had the distinction of being awarded the inaugural 2010 IT Leader of the Year (SME) Award from Computerworld Canada, and awarded one of the Top 20 Innovative CIOs by Computer Reseller News for his work at Appleby College, absolutely amazing him that his ideas actually make sense to someone.
Myke Predko built his first robot when he was in grade 8. It was a primitive collection of salvaged toy parts held together by glue and rubber bands but it was a tool that showed how parts interacted to form a system that carried out a task and could be modified to do other things. The skills and confidence provided by transforming what some would call junk into a working robot was Myke’s foundation for studying engineering at university and starting his professional career which included managing teams of engineers and writing books on robotics and electronics.
What fascinates Myke about robotics is that it’s a “superset technology” – the integration of different technologies along with some creativity (and not a little art) that results in a unique device that is something to be proud of. The skills needed to master the myriad of disciplines not only provide the ability to bring together a robot but are necessary to be successful in life.
This passion about robots and how they benefit youth is what drives Myke.
Martha began her career 15 years ago in education technology as an Educational Specialist at York University, providing learning strategies and assistive technology support for students with disabilities while completing her Master’s degree in Critical Disability Studies. Martha is a Microsoft Education tools advocate and holds the partnership position of Microsoft Education Canada's Professional Learning Specialist. Martha is passionate about knowledge mobilization, and supporting educators to help them provide every student with a fair chance to reach their potential.
Since her earliest work in education 20 years ago serving children with special needs, Julie has sought innovative and tangible ways to reach new learners. Initially it was using scissors and cardboard, then with graphic design, then pioneering applications of digital learning and student-centered technologies the university environment.
Today, Julie harness the power of digital content and distribution to serve pedagogic goals, improving learning outcomes by providing a uniformly outstanding digital experience to educators, teachers, students, and parents wherever they reside. She is an experienced educator and digital champion, driven by a passion to expand access to top-quality learning resources to French-speakers and their communities, helping to strengthen la Francophonie here in Ontario, Canada and abroad.
Born in Thurso, Quebec, a small community outside of Ottawa, she first worked with the Aylmer School Board before becoming Communications Officer at the University of Ottawa, where she truly discovered how dynamic is Ontario’s education community. Sensing the learning potential being created by developments in technologies and communications, including the impact of mobile computing, web-based and interactive learning, Julie then served as a coordinator of the university’ s Learning Resources Centre. She was a facilitator to faculty and students alike, providing insight and practical skills training in levering digital assets to promote better learning experiences, as well as managing the centre’s resources and staff.
In her role as Chief Digital Learning Officer, Julie guides Groupe Média TFO’s digital learning strategy and outreach to Francophone and Francophile learning communities in Ontario and beyond. She oversees the recently launched flagship digital learning platform known as Idéllo, which contains more than 11 000 digital resources (including video, applications, games, guides and educational material), curated and aligned with curriculum guidelines. Committed to GM TFO’s role in strengthening language and culture, Julie welcomes the transformational opportunity to make Idéllo available to the estimated 2.7 million Francophone or Francophile families in Canada who don’t yet have access through their school boards.
Julie came to education initially from the world of health sciences, before undertaking courses in Educational Technologies. She lives in Ottawa and has two daughters, 13 and 15. A lover and collector of children’s literature, she hopes one day to finish writing her first children’s book.
Rich Baxter is an artist, educator, and advocate for social innovation, the arts, and entrepreneurial education in our public schools. In 2010 he won two awards for the Humber Summit Visual Arts & Community Building Graffiti Program, and most recently his program The Bootstrapping Checklist, which is fostering entrepreneurship among his students through an immersive, collaborative project-based learning initiative, was Shortlisted for the Teaching Delivery category at the Wharton QS Stars Reimagine Education Awards and presented in December 2016 in Philadelphia.
Rich has over 20 years classroom experience in Toronto for the TDSB, in Hong Kong for the Hong Kong Education Department, and at private institutions in South Korea, where he started his teaching career in 1995. He now teaches for the TDSB and continues to advocate for guided inquiry and arts-based education, as well as promote social innovation and entrepreneurial education in our classrooms.
Kathy Lucchesi is a dedicated educator. She has spent the last fifteen years working in both the classroom and district levels in Galt, California and with her own four high achievers at home.
Ms. Lucchesi is a leader in incorporating educational technologies for adaptive and personalized education of students with varied skill sets and backgrounds. Her students regularly achieve high levels of growth and proficiency.
Ms. Lucchesi is a regular presenter at technology conferences and consults with teachers and students on a variety of education technology subjects. She has education credentials in Language Arts, Foundational Math, Biology, Preliminary Administrative, Multiple Subject and Preliminary Educational Technology. She is Google Certified.
Since 1998, Glenn Ricketts has been supplying AV technology and Print solutions for many Higher Education Institutions across the province of Ontario. His experience with education officials, professors and teachers over the years gives him a great understanding of what educators are looking for in audio visual instruction and print solution technology.
Bashir Fancy is the Chairman & CEO of Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) - founded 59 years ago and has the only IT designation that is found in Canadian Legislation. CIPS speaks on behalf of Canada on matters to the world. Besides setting the standards, accrediting Colleges and Universities across Canada and providing IT certification to it members, CIPS is promoting ethics and integrity which is in scare supply these days. Mr. Fancy is also the . President of Canadian Information Processing Society – Ontario (CIPS Ontario).
Mr. Fancy served as the Executive Vice President for Risk Management & Security at Visa International Head Office and was also their Global Head of Internal Audit at the Headquarters in San Francisco. He has held Senior Executive Advisor positions with Deloitte & Touché , Grant Thornton, headed operations at Citibank, headed the Payments business at SNS (3rd party processor became known as Emergis when acquired by Bell Canada), managed operations in Air Canada, including Product Management, IT, Customer Service and done the very early conversion of major retail chain to retail pricing and inventory management system. As an Auditor he was exposed to many different businesses globally to review their entire end to end operations, including IT, Risk Management & Security, Marketing & Sales, Finance and Customer Service. He started his career at West, Wake and Price (became part of Price Waterhouse). Mr. Fancy has a very well rounded background
Bashir Fancy’s background
Mr. Fancy is frequently asked to speak at Conferences globally and provide advice on Governance, Risk Management & Security, Process Improvement, Big Data, Analytics, Operational efficiency and forensic work. He has excelled at change management and does a lot of mentoring to ensure succession planning. Mr. Fancy continues to be involved in Mobile Payments, Mobile Wallets combined with changing landscape of Payment Industry & Technology in general.