Keynote Tuesday morning, June 8 - Sandra Herbst
An unparalleled depth of experience, in a range of education systems, provides Sandra Herbst with a uniquely qualified viewpoint on leadership and pedagogical practices. Her roles as teacher, school and system leader, and advisor to Ministries of Education, contribute to a broad range of practical insights that serve to enhance her theoretical knowledge. Because of this range of experience, she is as effective in the boardroom speaking to Trustees about governance as she is doing demonstration lessons in classrooms with students.
Sandra’s body of work is expansive: author, speaker, coach, mentor, and consultant, with extensive experience in educational and system leadership, adult learning, and assessment. She has helped jurisdictions, districts, and schools to reflect on their current programs, identify their long-term aspirations, and strategically plan to achieve their future visions.
Sandra has served as President of the Manitoba Association of School Superintendents and as President of the Manitoba Affiliate of ASCD. She is a coaching trainer, promoting the ‘invisible skills’ and cognitive and emotional awareness that strengthen educators’ effectiveness.
As a facilitator of workshops, web conferences, and symposia across North America and internationally – and as a renowned executive coach – Sandra provides educators with a framework to help meet the diverse needs of both student and adult learners. She is a charismatic, humourous, and energetic leader, who expresses her compassion through a deep commitment to equity in education and the advancement of democracy in our communities.
Francophone musician Tuesday morning June 8 - Mireille Moquin
A fifth generation Franco-Albertan, Mireille Moquin is known as a singer, songwriter and actress in the Western Canadian Francophone community. For the better part of 10 years, her musical projects have brought her to meet audiences across the country and in France. Mireille has been part of a number of musical projects such as franco-albertan folk roots ensemble Allez Ouest and comedic country duo Ben & Mimi, all the while pursuing her solo project. On a theatrical note, Mireille has worked for Theatre la Seizième (Vancouver), L’UniThéâtre (Edmonton) and La Troupe du Jour (Saskatoon).
Keynote Tuesday morning, June 8 - Michael Fullan
Michael Fullan, OC is the former Dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, and Professor Emeritus of the University of Toronto. He is co-leader of the New Pedagogies for Deep Learning global initiative (npdl.global). Recognized as a worldwide authority on educational reform, he advises policymakers and local leaders in helping to achieve the moral purpose of all children learning. Michael Fullan received the Order of Canada in December 2012. He holds honorary doctorates from several universities around the world.
Fullan is a prolific, award-winning author whose books have been published in many languages. His book Leading in a Culture of Change received the 2002 Book of the Year Award by Learning Forward, Breakthrough (with Peter Hill and Carmel Crévola) won the 2006 Book of the Year Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), and Turnaround Leadership in Higher Education (with Geoff Scott) won the Bellwether Book Award in 2009. Change Wars (with Andy Hargreaves) was named the 2009 Book of the Year by Learning Forward, and Professional Capital (with Andy Hargreaves) won the AACTE 2013 Book of the Year, and the Grawemeyer Award in Education in 2015.
Speaker Tuesday afternoon, June 8 - Bev Baker-Hofmann
Bev is a Registered Psychologist with extensive experience in supporting the positive mental health and wellbeing of children, families, and educators. With a curiosity for exploring new pathways, Bev has worked in schools and systems as a teacher, counsellor, consultant, coach, district office student services leader and Education Ministry interchange. Bev is now “mostly retired” but continues her quest to support her own, and others’, well-being.
Speaker Tuesday afternoon, June 8 - Laurie French
Laurie French was acclaimed as President of the CSBA in October 2020 at the virtual Annual General Meeting. She was acclaimed as President of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association in June 2016 and 2017 and now serves as OPSBA’s Past President. Prior to this, she served as OPSBA Vice-President from 2013 to 2016. Laurie has actively served five terms as a trustee with the Limestone District School Board since 2000, representing Greater Napanee, Ontario, with experience as Vice-Chair and Chair of her Board for 7 years. Laurie has spent her career in the field of healthcare where she is now a Director of Patient Services in the sector. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing Science from The University of Ottawa and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Queen’s University, with a System Leadership certificate from the Rotman School of Management. She also serves on the Community Foundation for Lennox & Addington, the Limestone Learning Foundation, and is a proud member of 100 Women Who Care in her community. She is the proud mother of 2 children who have since graduated from the public education system.
Speaker Tuesday afternoon, June 8 - Alan Campbell
Alan Campbell has an academic background in political-science and experience as a past participant and now senator for Manitoba’s renowned Youth Parliament, Alan M. Campbell is a seasoned school trustee who brings significant experience to his role as President of the Manitoba School Boards Association. First elected as MSBA President in November 2018, he previously served as Vice-President, starting in 2016.
In addition to his responsibilities leading MSBA’s Provincial Executive Committee, Mr. Campbell also serves as a trustee for the Interlake School Division. First elected as a trustee in 2010, Mr. Campbell also served five years as chairperson of the Interlake School Board from 2013 to 2018.
Alan believes that our communities’ benefit from having local voices and local choices through their ability to elect local school boards. He has remained an effective advocate for why local voice and local choices remain relevant to public education today.
When he is not serving as association president and local trustee, Alan is a resident of the community of Stonewall, Manitoba, and is a proud husband and father of two children, in addition to fulfilling full-time duties in the educational transportation sector for one of Manitoba’s largest school divisions.
Speaker Tuesday afternoon, June 8 - Andy Hargreaves
Andy is Director of CHENINE (Change, Engagement and Innovation in Education at the University of Ottawa), Research Professor in the Lynch School of Education and Human Development at Boston College and holds Visiting or Honorary Professorships at Hong Kong University, Swansea University, and the University of Stavanger in Norway. He is Past President of the International Congress of School Effectiveness and Improvement, Commissioning Editor for the Journal of Professional Capital and Community, recent Adviser in Education to the Premier of Ontario and currently to the First Minister of Scotland. He is co-founder and President of the ARC Education Project: a group of nations committed to broadly defined excellence, equity, wellbeing, inclusion, democracy and human rights in education.
Keynote Tuesday afternoon, June 8 - John Hattie
John Hattie, Ph.D., is an award-winning education researcher and best-selling author with nearly 30 years of experience examining what works best in student learning and achievement. His research, better known as Visible Learning, is a culmination of nearly 30 years synthesizing more than 1,500 meta-analyses comprising more than 90,000 studies involving over 300 million students around the world. He has presented and keynoted in over 350 international conferences and has received numerous recognitions for his contributions to education.