Mary Burgess is the Executive Director at BCcampus, an organization funded by the BC Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training to support the Teaching and Learning, Open Education and Educational Technology needs of the B.C. post-secondary system. Mary's focus in on improving access to learning and on helping educators provide flexible learning environments in which students can engage in their own learning. A long-time Open Education advocate, Mary believes that this movement is imperative to equity in our education systems and that by sharing data, research and educational resources we strengthen those systems and make learning more accessible to all.
Dr. Stryker Calvez is a Metis/Michif researcher and educator from the Red River territory around Winnipeg. Over the last 20 years he has worked extensively with provincial governments, post-secondary institutions, organizations and communities to better understand how to implement and/or improve educational, social support, and health programming for Indigenous peoples, newcomers to Canada, and vulnerable populations. He has been recognized for his contributions to these communities, building better understandings of Indigenous people, supporting diversity and inclusion management, and facilitating effective intergroup relations. Currently he is the Manager of Indigenous Education Initiatives at the University of Saskatchewan. In this position Stryker has been leading and supporting numerous institutional indigenization priorities, building reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, developing cultural professional development initiatives, and consulting with colleges and schools to develop and implement indigenization strategies.
Maria Campbell is a writer, director, and teacher. She has published seven books with an eighth to be published in the spring of 2018. Her work has been nationally and internationally recognized and translated into several languages. In 2003, she was inducted into the Saskatchewan Theatre Hall of Fame.
Maria’s work has won her numerous awards and honors, including the Chalmers Award, The National Aboriginal Achievement Award, The Molson Prize for the Arts, and four Honorary Doctorates. She served as Writer in Residence at several universities and Public libraries across Canada, and as a Stanley Knowles Scholar at the University of Brandon. Maria recently completed a three year Trudeau Fellowship at the University of Ottawa.
Maria has worked as a volunteer with Women and Children in Crisis for over 50 years and on numerous Social Justice issues. Currently, she is the Cultural Advisor at the University of Saskatchewan with the Gwenna Moss Centre and College of Law, and the Athabasca University. But, first and foremost, she is a mom, grandmother and great grandmother.
Patricia McDougall serves as the Vice Provost Teaching and Learning at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. McDougall is a developmental and educational psychologist who studies social relationships in childhood and adolescence as well as academic transitions including the move into postsecondary education for diverse student groups. In her role as Vice Provost, Dr. McDougall oversees a broad portfolio that includes student affairs and services alongside supports for and innovative developments in teaching and learning both on campus and in distributed contexts. Her work includes participating in the development and implementation of Aboriginal initiatives (e.g., involving students and academic programming) in partnership with a range of stakeholders.
Dr. David Porter is the CEO of eCampusOntario, the primary face of the Ontario Online Learning Consortium (OOLC), a not-for-profit corporation whose membership is composed of all publicly-funded colleges and universities in Ontario.
David is a long-time advocate for the benefits of adapting new technology to deliver educational opportunities, and has been involved in open and distance learning since the 1990s, at both the K-12 and higher education levels.
David was formerly Associate VP Educational Support and Innovation at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. For 11 years, David was the Executive Director of BCcampus. During his term at BCcampus, David and his team engineered Canada’s first government funded open textbook program, a leading-edge move in higher education in 2012.
David has also worked as a project leader and consultant for international open and distance learning projects, most recently in Mongolia, Malaysia, and Vietnam. He is a co-editor of the International Journal of eLearning and Distance Education (IJEDE.ca), an open access journal.
Heather M. Ross
Heather M. Ross is an educational developer in the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning at the University of Saskatchewan, where she leads the university’s open educational resources (OER) initiative, advises on course development, and co-leads the institution’s digital information literacy initiative. She is also an OER Research Fellow with the Open Education Group. Her research interests include student and instructor views of adopting, modifying, and using OER, and the effect the use of OER has on student learning outcomes in higher education.
Kory Wilson, BSc. JD, is the Executive Director of Indigenous Initiatives and Partnerships for British Columbia Institute of Technology. She is Kwakwaka’wakw. Kory is Chair of the National Indigenous Education Committee of Colleges and Institutions Canada and she has over 20 years of experience in post-secondary education, community development, and the legal profession. She has a deep commitment to education and has dedicated her working life to ensuring that under-represented learners succeed, both within learning institutions and the larger community. Good governance and supporting communities to move towards self-government is a passion. Innovative and creative solutions are needed to move Reconciliation into ReconciliACTION. Education is the key and access to knowledge is vital to move everyone forward.