Welcome to the 89th Annual Greater Edmonton Teachers' Convention February 26 & 27, 2015
2015 Keynote Speakers
Mr. Rick Wormeli
One of the first Nationally Board Certified teachers in America, Rick brings innovation, energy, validity and high standards to both his presentations and his instructional practice, which includes 34 years teaching math, science, English, physical education, health and history and coaching teachers and principals. Rick’s work has been reported in numerous media, including ABC’s “Good Morning America,” “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” National Geographic and Good Housekeeping magazines, What Matters Most: Teaching for the 21st Century, and the Washington Post. He is a columnist for AMLE Magazine, and a frequent contributor to ASCD’s Education Leadership magazine. He is the author of the award-winning book, Meet Me in the Middle, as well as the best-selling books, Day One and Beyond, Fair Isn’t Always Equal: Assessment and Grading in the Differentiated Classroom, Differentiation: From Planning to Practice, Metaphors & Analogies: Power Tools for Teaching any Subject.
Speaker Alexandre Bilodeau made history at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games as the first Canadian to win an Olympic gold medal on Canadian soil. He went on to win gold at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, becoming the first Olympian in history to defend gold in freestyle skiing. In his keynotes, he speaks about motivation, determination, and overcoming adversity: inspired by his brother, Frédéric, who was born with cerebral palsy.
Anne's mission is to prepare all learners for their future using assessment for learning. Her passion is to support education systems, districts, and schools as they seek to learn and improve using assessment in the service of learning. She applies her expert knowledge of developing quality classroom and leadership assessment practices in her continued genuine care and commitment to support educators in the important difference they make every day toward increasing the possibilities of learning for all students. She led the Canadian team as they organized and then hosted the International Symposium on Assessment for Learning and the pan-Canadian Symposium on Assessment for Learning in Fredericton, NB in April, 2014. Anne is the author and co-author of over 30 books and multimedia resources, and numerous chapter and articles, including best-seller, Leading the Way to Assessment for Learning: A Practical Guide and the just released, A Fresh Look at Grading and Reporting in High Schools.
Hal Johnson Joanne McLeod
For the past 25 years, under the umbrella of BodyBreak, Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod have been communicating to Canadians the important message that making small lifestyle changes can benefit an individual and their families for a lifetime. In their TV programs, syndicated radio show, presentations, media interviews or the products they endorse, they heighten the awareness of the benefits of a healthier, active lifestyle and show Canadians how practical and easy it is to do. But most of all, it's "Fun".
Called a "Canadian Master" by Just For Laughs, Dave Hemstad has skyrocketed to the top of the national comedy scene, appearing regularly across the country and on a hit show on CBC. Brashly confident on stage with clean, refreshing motivational humour, Hemstad muses on daily life, modern world frustrations and social tensions we all experience, but keep to ourselves.
Jon Montgomery delighted Canadians by winning Gold in Men's Skeleton at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics. Now, as host of The Amazing Race Canada, he is a charming ambassador for our country’s most beautiful sights. Whether he’s in snowy Nunavut, on a lentil farm in Saskatchewan, or on stage presenting a keynote speech, Montgomery is genuinely funny and always inspiring.
Ms. Kim Phuc
Author and The Vietnam War's 'Girl in the Picture'
Overcoming adversity is a story that Kim Phuc tells like no other. Early in her life, she was caught in the horrors of the Vietnam War, running naked up a road with her skin on fire and screaming in agony.
Overcoming pain, fear and death, Kim talks about an incredible life path that many will never experience. After surviving such trauma, Kim is still full of strength, compassion and forgiveness. Her ability to survive one of the worst atrocities and her eagerness to give back to the community is an uplifting and inspiring message of the power of humanity for her audiences.
Now Kim Phuc lives in the Toronto area of Canada with her husband and two sons, Thomas and Stephen.
The cold side of the pillow, finding money in your pocket, and snow days. These are a few of the things Neil Pasricha thinks are awesome. His blog, 1000 Awesome Things is an award winning celebration of the little moments we often overlook but can brighten our days and reads "like a snappy Jerry Seinfeld monologue by way of Maria Von Trapp" (The Vancouver Sun).
Victoria Maxwell (BFA/BPP*), self-proclaimed Bi-Polar Princess, is one of North America’s top speakers on the lived experience of mental illness and recovery, dismantling stigma and returning to work after a psychiatric disorder. She lives with bipolar disorder, anxiety and psychosis and has for more than 14 years, been presenting performances and workshops across Canada and the States. Her award winning one-person shows tour internationally. She’s a researcher with the international Collaborative Research Team on Bipolar Disorder and her Psychology Today blog, ‘Crazy for Life’ was named one of the Top Ten Bipolar Blogs from PsychCentral.
(*Bachelor of Fine Arts / Bi-Polar Princess)
Mr. Rob Stewart
Award-Winning Documentary Filmmaker, Revolution & Sharkwater
Rob Stewart is on a mission to Save the Humans. An award-winning wildlife photographer and filmmaker, his 2013 film Revolution hit more theatres than any other documentary in Canada. His previous film Sharkwater, won more than 30 awards at international film festivals, including a Canada’s Top Ten Award at the Toronto Film Festival.
Mr. Bill Belsey
Award-winning educator on bullying
Bill Belsey is an internationally recognized expert on the topics of bullying and cyberbullying.
Consulted by the United Nations, the Dr. Phil Show, ABC, 20/20, the CTV and CBC National News and Canada’s federal government, Belsey strives to address the harmful impacts of bullying by providing communities with the tools they need to address it.
Belsey’s passion and skill as an educator resounds on the platform. He has been recognized with the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Technology and was a finalist for the Canadian New Media Educator of the Year Award. He has also been named one of Canada’s “Global Heroes” in an exhibit at the Museum of Civilization.
Dr. Robyn Jackson
Robyn R. Jackson, PhD, Founder and CEO
Dr. Robyn R. Jackson is passionate about the profession of teaching. She helps teachers and administrators understand the principles of mastery teaching, and shows them how to apply these principles in order to help every student succeed. As a former high school English teacher and middle school administrator, she refined these principles on her own journey to become a master teacher. She provides step-by-step advice on how to use these same principles to become or help others become master teachers.
Mr. Shane Koyczan
World's Premier Spoken Word Performer
In 2013, Koyczan launched his anti-bullying spoken word anthem to more than 4 million views. Shane Koyczan was the first poet from outside the USA to win the prestigious USA National Individual Poetry Slam. His performance at the 2010 Olympic Opening Ceremonies brought the 55,000-seat house to their feet with his tear-jerking homage to Canada “We Are More”.
Colin Mochrie Debra McGrath
Colin Mochrie came to international prominence for his memorable appearances on on both the British and American versions of the top-rated improv series Whose Line Is It, Anyway? Mochrie is a 25-year acting veteran and an alumnus of Toronto's famous Second City, the comedy training ground of the likes of Martin Short, John Candy, Gilda Radner, Mike Myers, and Dan Ackroyd. The new version of Whose Line is now airing a second season on CW
Dr. Maggie Mamen
Dr. Maggie Mamen is an award-winning clinical psychologist and best-selling author who works with children, adolescents and families in a multidisciplinary private practice in Ottawa. Prior to establishing her current practice in 1990, Maggie worked at Carleton University, the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario and the former Carleton Board of Education. She taught courses on child development and childhood exceptionalities for many years, enjoys giving frequent keynote presentations, workshops and seminars for community groups, parents, teachers and other professionals, and has appeared on radio and TV nationally and internationally. She is deeply committed to excellence in the profession of psychology, and was the first elected President of the College of Psychologists of Ontario. In addition to the best-sellers The Pampered Child Syndrome and Who’s in Charge?, Maggie is the author of Laughter, Love & Limits, and the best-seller Understanding Nonverbal Learning Disabilities.
Mr. Wab Kinew
Named by Postmedia News as one of “9 Aboriginal movers and shakers you should know”
Wab Kinew is a one-of-a-kind talent, named by Postmedia News as one of “9 Aboriginal movers and shakers you should know” and the University of Winnipeg’s first ever Director of Indigenous Inclusion. Wab inspires the young and the young at heart through hands on learning, artistic performance and motivational speaking. Drawing on the wisdom of the Anishinaabe elders, western education and experience as a journalist, Wab can work with your group to discover their inner passions and help transform those passions into purposeful action.
Ms. Gabrielle Scrimshaw
Indspire's 2013 First Nations Youth Recipient
Gabrielle Scrimshaw is a young professional with a passion to create social impact. Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Gabrielle is a member of the Hatchet Lake First Nation. She has studied international business and policy in Australasia, Asia, the Americas and Europe. She co-founded a national not-for-profit for Aboriginal Professionals and was named the 2013 First Nations Youth Achiever by Indspire.
Mr. Joseph Boyden
Award Winning Novelist and Short Story Author
Joseph Boyden is the author of the award winning novels Three Day Road and Through Black Spruce. Boyden’s most recent novel, The Orenda, is a visceral portrait of life at a crossroads that weaves together the natural beauty and blood-soaked brutality of Canada’s formative years.
Boyden teaches Canadian literature and creative writing at the University of New Orleans and splits his time between Louisiana and Canada. He has a wife who is also a writer. Boyden’s first novel had received the most credibility from readers and publishers. Three Day Road was inspired by the life of Ojibwa Francis Pegahmagabow, the legendary sniper. The novel encompasses a myriad of themes, the motif of death being foremost, and it parallels the brutal massacre known as the first modern war and the destruction of native culture with subtle poignancy.
Sarah Elton is the bestselling author of Consumed and Locavore. In her work as an author and journalist, she documents the innovative and inspiring new ways people around the world are producing food—and how we can secure a sustainable future for healthy, local food in the face of climate change and population growth.