Pre-Conference Workshops

Free registration. Each workshop is limited to 30 attendees.

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Mentoring in Higher Education: Driving Innovation and Jobs
(in English)

The workshop, sponsored by the Lougheed Teaching and Learning Centre at Huntington University, will explore how innovation and employment are directly impacted by networking and mentoring. The session will also highlight the role higher education plays, for students (prospective and current) and alumni, in driving better employment, entrepreneurship, and innovation outcomes.

Dave Wilkin is an ambitious young serial entrepreneur and master at unlocking the power of connections. At the heart of Dave’s projects has been a passion for bringing people together: his company is a peer-to-peer website, which allows up-and-coming millennials to meet with seasoned professionals for informational interviews, paving the way for young people to discover new opportunities and insight. He’s also an expert on how people connect, across generations and departments, within the workplace: according to Dave, it’s all about leveraging conversation. In his talks, Dave shows you how cultivating meaningful connections can help organizations drive towards greater innovation, foster the exchange of ideas, and mentor relationships across multiple sectors and levels of experience. Whether working with teams of 100 or 10,000, Dave has real, practical tips to improve your team dynamic for good: helping you expand, achieve, and connect in new and innovative ways.


The Work that Stories Do in the World
(in English)

In this workshop we take a theoretically-informed and practice-oriented approach to exploring the methodological and pedagogical possibilities of multimedia storytelling. We introduce the story-making methods developed through Re•Vision: The Centre for Art and Social Justice, a community-engaged research centre that investigates the power of the arts, especially story, to positively influence decision-makers in different sectors. Our story-making methodology brings together majority and minoritized creators to represent previously unattended to experiences (e.g. around mindbody differences, queerness, urban Indigenous identity, and Inuit cultural voice) with an aim to shifting policies and practices that create barriers to social justice. To bring you, as participants, closer to our processes, we introduce and conduct a multi-modal storytelling exercise and a mini story circle, both techniques that we use in our workshops. We end by centering critical ethical questions about listening and sharing, opening into a discussion about what is at stake, benefits and challenges, when these sorts of stories are doing their work in the world.


Carla Rice is Professor and Canada Research Chair at the University of Guelph. She is the founder of the Re•Vision Centre for Art and Social Justice, a community-engaged research creation centre with a mandate to use arts-informed methods to foster inclusive communities, well-being, equity, and justice within Canada and beyond. Her current research program investigates the power of story to decolonize education, build Inuit cultural voice, speak back to ableism and weightism in health care, and cultivate disability and non-normative arts in Canada. Carla identifies as a white settler with Urban Indigenous kin.

Hannah Fowlie is a non-Indigenous woman who, as the social worker at the Toronto District School Board’s Aboriginal Education Centre (AEC), has worked, side-by-side with her First Nations, Métis, Inuit colleagues for nine years. Hannah has been involved with the Re·Vision Centre since 2012 and has facilitated several digital storytelling workshops with different communities.  Hannah has also had a lifetime love and involvement in the arts, as an actor, director and aspiring filmmaker.

Vanessa Dion Fletcher employs porcupine quills, Wampum belts, and menstrual blood to reveal the complexities of what defines a body physically and culturally. She links these ideas to personal experiences with language, fluency, and understanding. All of these themes are brought together in the context of her Potawatomi and Lenape ancestry, and her learning disability.


Les arts dans l’éducation | The Arts in Education
(français et anglais)

Les arts pour améliorer l’enseignement, les arts pour améliorer l’apprentissage. Les éducateurs partagent un but en commun avec les artistes : chacun a quelque chose d’important à communiquer à son auditoire et veut en laisser une marque durable. Lors de cet atelier, en premier temps nous allons voir des techniques que vous pouvez tirer du théâtre afin de donner des leçons plus captivantes, efficaces et durables. En deuxième lieu, nous allons partager des activités théâtrales et artistiques qui peuvent enrichir l’apprentissage de vos élèves. Des activités d’apprentissage qui intègrent les arts sont idéales non seulement pour motiver les élèves dans une tâche, mais aussi pour bien ancrer leur apprentissage et stimuler le transfert de ses nouvelles connaissances à d’autres contextes.


Jennifer Blanchet, EAO, a fait ses études en Arts d’expression à l’Université Laurentienne. Elle a œuvré pendant plusieurs années dans le domaine culturel francophone à Sudbury comme directrice de production, coordonnatrice de programmes scolaires, etc. avant de débuter sa carrière à Science Nord en tant que la Communicatrice scientifique du Théâtre de la découverte.

Denys Tremblay, EAO, travail depuis plus de 12 ans comme artiste pigiste dans la région du Grand Sudbury. Au cours de ces années il a développé et mené d’innombrables ateliers, camps d’été et pièces de théâtre éducatives touchant une grande variété de sujets et de disciplines. Son expérience touche à tous les groupes d’âge à partir des enfants préscolaires jusqu’aux aînés.

(French and English)

Art to help you teach better, art to help your students learn better. Artists and teachers share a common goal in that they are both trying to communicate something to their audience while creating a lasting impression. In this workshop, we will begin by exploring what lessons and techniques teachers can learn from the theatre world, to create and deliver more captivating and effective lectures or lessons. In the second half, we will be sharing a variety of art and drama infused learning activities that can enrich your students learning. Not only are such activities great for stimulating interest and motivating students, but they are also invaluable for helping students to transfer their new knowledge and make connections between various contexts.


Jennifer Blanchet, OCT, studied drama and theatre creation at Laurentian University. She worked for several years in Sudbury’s cultural sector, acting, managing productions and coordinating school programs before embarking on her career at Science North and the Science Communicator for the Discovery Theatre.

Denys Tremblay, OCT, has over twelve years of experience working in the theatre and film industries in the Sudbury area. During this time, he has given countless workshops and developed educational theatrical presentations on a great variety of subjects. He has taught groups of every age from preschoolers all the way to golden seniors.