Presenter Biographies

Jennifer Adams

Jennifer Adams recently led the multi-year, strategic development of the Emera Innovation Exchange and Memorial University’s Signal Hill Campus. Jennifer’s 20+ year career as a leader, creator, consultant, and entrepreneur spans the creative arts, entertainment, new media, and computer software industries across a variety of sectors. Since 2009, Jennifer has been managing and leading complex and publicly engaged change initiatives at Memorial University. Jennifer led the redevelopment and launch of Yaffle – Memorial’s online connecting website matching community need with research and community expertise. This software is currently being evaluated for international commercialization. Additionally, Jennifer was central in the development of multiple new organizations and in strengthening several highly diverse organizations each facing unique challenges. Today, Jennifer leads the strategic operations of Signal Hill Campus, the Emera Innovation Exchange, and Conference Services as the university makes collective sense of these new and reimagined resources through the lens of public engagement and innovation.

Meshari Fahad Alwashmi

Meshari is a Ph.D. candidate at Memorial University and the research coordinator at Sequence Bio. He has extensive experience in health technology assessment, entrepreneurship, clinical care, and research. Meshari also completed an intensive workshop at Stanford Medical School about mixed methods research. His primary research interest is user-centred design and usability testing of innovative technologies in chronic disease management. He has published and peer-reviewed articles in the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health and the journal of mHealth and uHealth.

Farshad Amini

PhD student in General Management at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Farshad’s past studies spans an area of effective communication, project management and implementation, quality control and assurance, and capability, recognition and sustainability. Focusing his attention to exploring, understanding and facilitating social enterprise from these perspectives and addressing one of the greatest causes, he has faced throughout his work - the question of social inclusion, engagement and participatory governance.

Steve Bartlett

Steve Bartlett is from Corner Brook, N.L. He fell in love with newspapers as a boy while watching his father read The Western Star at the kitchen table. He accidentally found journalism — “the best job in the world” — after not doing so well in science. He is a graduate of Memorial University and the University of King’s College. He is currently the senior managing editor for SaltWire Network. In that role, he oversees the content and storytelling direction of six daily papers in Atlantic Canada.

Michael Benson

As a member of the technical leadership team, Michael shapes the National Energy Board’s technical work and strategic direction on environmental and socio-economic assessments, and engagement with the public and Indigenous peoples. His professional career concentrates on applying critical and system thinking approaches to solve sustainability challenges. He has experience working with diverse stakeholder groups and applying the principles of sustainable development to the energy sector and community-based projects across Canada and Latin America. He holds a M.Sc. in Sustainable Energy Development from the University of Calgary and a M.Sc. in Sustainability Science from Lund University in Sweden.

Carole Bestvater

Carole Bestvater founded the Strong Harbour Strings program after spending a long time thinking about, researching, and experiencing how music and community are connected. After completing her undergraduate studies in music, Carole moved to Providence, RI to participate in a unique Fellowship Program at Community MusicWorks. CMW is an after school program hailed for its innovative approaches to music education and performance, and being part of the Fellowship equipped Carole to lead a like-minded project investing in similar values and philosophies about music, education, and social change. When Carole moved to St. John’s in 2011 to pursue graduate studies at Memorial University, the seed to start a community music program had already been planted. As was always her vision, Carole created the Strong Harbour Strings Program. Strong Harbour Strings is a mentoring artist program based in the belief that communities in need can be strengthened through the learning and sharing of music. Strong Harbour Strings endeavors to create equal access to music enrichment for children and youth, providing experiences that will inspire and impact the lives of everyone involved.

Lisa Bishop

Lisa Bishop is a pharmacist and Associate Professor at Memorial University’s School of Pharmacy. She is cross-appointed to the Discipline of Family Medicine where she provides clinical services at the Shea Heights Health Centre. She also co-leads a community-based research project on youth mental health and wellness.

Glenn Blackwood

As Vice-President of Memorial University (Marine Institute), Glenn Blackwood oversees Canada’s largest and most comprehensive education and applied research institute for the ocean sector. Since assuming the role in 2005, Blackwood has led the Institute though a highly successful expansion including broadening its range of industry-driven academic programs, establishing a new School of Ocean Technology and two new applied research centres in Applied Ocean Technology and Fisheries Ecosystem Research and launched two new Masters programs, as well as the construction of a new marine base in Holyrood. The Marine Institute has been awarded the Distinction in Innovation Award by the Newfoundland and Labrador government in 2009 and 2012 and its people and centres have been recognized with numerous other National and International awards.

Lisa Browne

Lisa Browne is CEO of Stella’s Circle, a community organization whose mission is to transform lives by offering housing, counselling and employment services to adults who face many barriers. The organization has won numerous awards, including a Canada Volunteers Award for Social Innovation. Lisa was named one of the Top 50 CEOs in Atlantic Canada in 2017 and 2018. In June 2018, she was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the National Gallery of Canada for a four year term. She participated in the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference in 2012 and has served as Regional Chair for NL for the 2015 and 2017 conferences. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Maggie Burton

Maggie Burton is a St. John’s City Councillor, musician, management coach, poet, and violin teacher. First elected in 2017, her current Council portfolio includes planning and development, heritage, arts and culture, and youth. Maggie is a h3 believer in building healthy communities and works to help St. John’s residents become more involved in their communities and find opportunities for social connectivity. She has a Bachelor of Music degree from Memorial University where she studied violin with Dr. Nancy Dahn and specialized in music history with Dr. Jane Gosine. Before rebranding her social media accounts during the 2017 election campaign, Maggie’s Twitter bio was simply “advocate of the stop-and-chat.”

Jon Butler

Jon was born and bred in St. John’s and is especially passionate about helping to build the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Newfoundland & Labrador. After graduating from MUN in 2009, he spent the following 9 years building a career as an entrepreneur. He has started companies in both Ottawa and St. John’s, and most recently, a food business called LunchIn. Jon has also launched Get Started Café; an initiative that offers a new approach to professional development, leadership, and community impact. He believes that thinking like an entrepreneur can help anyone become empowered at work, enact social change, and find purpose.

Dr. Stephen Butt

Dr. Stephen Butt is a Professor in the Process Engineering Department at Memorial University of Newfoundland. In the past 20 years, he has held several administrative positions at both MUN and Dalhousie University and has been engaged with natural resources industries through collaborative research, technology development and optimization, reducing environmental foot print, and the training of highly qualified personnel. He received the SPE Canada Drilling Engineer Award in 2016 and is currently Principal Investigator for the Drilling Technology Laboratory at MUN where he leads a multidisciplinary team investigating innovative drilling technologies and applications.

Leanna Butters

Leanna Butters is a recent graduate of the Master of Arts in Environmental Policy Program at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University. Her research interests include rural community sustainability, planning, and the built environment. Her thesis research, conducted as a trainee with the On the Move Partnership, looked at the community impacts of fly-in/fly-out mobile work in Deer Lake, NL, with a focus on changes to built space.

Emily Christy

Emily Christy is a social researcher and believes that lived-experience needs to be front and center in advancing human rights. As the Executive Director of The Coalition of Persons with Disabilities NL, her work has been focused on bridging connections—through public engagement—with community, business and government in advancing the rights of persons with disabilities in our province. She works from a systems change framework to find equity and inclusion for all. She is the Chair of the Network of Disability Organizations, a cross-provincial, cross disability, consortium of 19 disability organizations in Newfoundland and Labrador. Having worked in the non-profit sector for the last 15 years she sees the value and benefit of constant community collaboration. She holds an Honors Bachelors of Arts Degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in Sociology and Gender Studies.

Damon Clarke

Damon Clarke is the Economic Development Officer/Town Planner for the Town of Deer Lake. He also owns and operates a big game outfitting business and a property management company. In his spare time…wait, there is none! Over the years, Damon has spent more than a decade as a newspaper reporter, another eight years as a communications professional and the past six years as EDO/Planner.

Alan Cramm

Allan, a Baie Verte native is VP of Innovation and Development for Anaconda Mining Inc. Has been involved in various management and supervisory roles associated with mining for the past 30 years (both open pit and underground). He was a team player associated with mine development in sites across the island of Newfoundland and in British Columbia. Underground projects ranged from 250 MTPD to the 3000 MTPD -Long-hole Stoping. Has received several awards for his contributions over the years including the 2012 Queens Diamond Jubilee Award, The Sam Blagdon Award for contribution to the community through mining activity. In June 2017, he was awarded an honorary membership with PEGNL

Stephen Darcy

Stephen Darcy is a family physician and an Assistant Professor with the Discipline of Family Medicine at Memorial University's Faculty of Medicine. Having spent a number of years in rural Newfoundland he is now based at Shea Heights Health Centre in St. John's. He has an interest in youth mental health and addictions medicine.

Melissa Earles-Druken

Melissa Earles-Druken has a passion for non-profit organizations; professionally she is the Event Coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters. In her private life, Melissa has been a member of the Board of Directors for the Shea Heights Community Centre Board for the past seven years. In that time, she has held the positions of Member at Large, Secretary, Interim Chair, and Chair and has represented the Board as part of the Shea Heights Community Alliance. Melissa firmly believes in working with others to help our communities become stronger, healthy places to live.

Laura Estrada

Laura joined the Oceans Learning Partnership team in February 2018 as OLP’s Regional Outreach Coordinator for the Eastern Region. As of August 2018, Laura has assumed a new role as OLP’s Program Coordinator, with responsibilities for the school program and teaching fellowship program offered at OLP’s partner field sites.Laura is an environmental and science educator who is passionate about inspiring youth to develop a h3er relationship to the natural world. Although originally from the tropics, her curiosity about the world and Earth's changing landscapes led her to pursue a B.Sc. in Earth Sciences and Biology at Memorial University in Newfoundland where she focused on marine environments, with honours research on coral taphonomy. She shifted her attention towards education when she discovered the transformative nature of experiential learning. She developed a passion for place-based, intergenerational education while pursuing an M.A. at UBC in Vancouver, focusing on the development of children’s understanding of their place in nature and how that shapes their ecological awareness. After completing her studies, she continued to work in outreach education and volunteered extensively with NatureKids BC helping connect youth to the natural world. She worked with MineralsEd as the program coordinator, helping train and inspire teachers to incorporate Earth science education into their classrooms.Wanting to further her skills as an educator, Laura completed a B.Ed. at Memorial University in 2014. She has taught as a high school science teacher in Newfoundland and Kazakhstan. She is currently based in St. John’s and is delighted to join the OLP team to help connect teachers and students to transformative learning experiences that might inspire the ocean professionals of tomorrow.

Joshua Fontanna

Joshua is currently an undergraduate student studying Computer Science at the University of Guelph. He has been involved previously at the university as a student of zoology and ecology. His personal computing interests have led him to furthering his education by working to complete a degree in computer science.

Freeform Events

FreeForm Events is a full-service event and facilitation company based in St. John's, Newfoundland. With clients from across Canada, our work has included leadership development workshop creation and facilitation, youth engagement program design, environmental conference management, and strategic planning processes. In everything we do, we strive for fun, engaging, and participatory work that is grounded in social justice and builds the community's capacity

Bojan Fürst

Bojan Fürst is a manager of knowledge mobilization for the Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development with over 20 years of experience in research communications, knowledge mobilization, and journalism. He is the producer and co-host of Rural Routes podcast, Canada’s most listened to podcast on rural issues and he maintains an active documentary photography practice.

Joel Gascho

Joel Gascho is an undergraduate student at the University of Guelph who is using computer science to work toward improving the lives of underserved members of his community. When Joel is not developing software, he volunteers at the Canadian Mental Health Association and enjoys expanding his photography skills.

Hannah Gaultois

Hannah comes to The Centre for Social Enterprise with a background in Human Resources, policy development, and diversity management. With experience in the oil and gas industry as well as the non-profit sector, Hannah knows the importance of developing sustainable projects while keeping local communities at front of mind. Hannah serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for the St. John’s Farmers’ Market Cooperative, and for the past five years has been working towards the Market’s move to their new location. Hannah recently completed her Master’s Degree in Employment Relations with a focus in policy that supports underrepresented groups. This interest stems from her work with Indigenous communities and women in male-dominated environments to help inform best practices for inclusive and equitable employment.

Barry Gaulton

Barry Gaulton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Archaeology at Memorial University of Newfoundland. He is the current Director of the Ferryland Archaeology Project, a 25 year community-university research partnership with the Colony of Avalon Foundation.
Dr. Gaulton’s long-term research interests focus on the historical archaeology of European exploration and settlement of the Americas with particular reference to the early modern fishery, proto-industry and mobility/movement. Recent additional research interests have also centred on historic petroglyphs as well as the in-situ development of non-pastoral transhumance among segments of the European population in what is today eastern Canada.

Robert Greenwood

Rob is Executive Director, Public Engagement for Memorial University and of The Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development. He is lead on the Public Engagement Framework for the University, which coordinates and supports the University’s collaboration with partners and stakeholders. The Harris Centre’s mandate is to coordinate and facilitate Memorial University’s educational, research and public engagement activities in the areas of regional policy and development. Rob’s Public Engagement responsibilities also include Alumni Engagement, Strategic External Relations, The Signal Hill Campus, the Botanical Gardens and the Newfoundland Quarterly.

Ainsley Hawthorn

Ainsley Hawthorn holds a Ph.D. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Yale University, and her research interests include Mesopotamian literature and religion, Middle Eastern dance, and the cultural history of the senses. As Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, Hawthorn co-founded Newfoundland and Labrador’s annual Vital Signs report, a foundation-university partnership project that presents research data relevant to quality of life in a reader-friendly format. She is currently completing a non-fiction book called The Other Five Senses that will introduce the general public to the history, science, and psychology behind five lesser-known human senses.

Zaren Healey White

Zaren Healey White is a writer, artist, and feminist activist who lives in St. John’s. Zaren earned a Master of Gender Studies from Memorial University (2016) with a focus on feminist art, performance, and embodiment, and a Master of Arts in English from McGill University (2012). She currently works as director of communications for the NDP Caucus and has also worked as a broadcast journalist and web/social media editor. Zaren’s academic and professional interests intersect around feminist media criticism, digital cultures, as well as art practice as activism. Zaren is also heavily involved with small animal rescue and fostering.

Nicole Helwig

Nicole Helwig joined Memorial as founding manager, Centre for Social Enterprise, in 2016. Nicole has a background in non-profits and social enterprise. Born and raised in St. John’s, NL, she returned to the province in 2014 after more than a decade of international work and study. Her experiences include working with social enterprises and NGOs in Southeast Asia; volunteering on the board of a Hungarian foundation; living the start-up experience with an e-business in Central Europe; and working in the arts non-profit sector in Canada. Nicole holds a bachelor of arts from McGill University (humanistic studies program), a classical ballet pedagogue diploma from the Hungarian Dance Academy, Budapest, and a master of business administration from the University of Strathclyde (Malaysia International Centre). Nicole is also a Social Innovation Fellow at the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation (Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, UK).

Todd Hennessey

Todd Hennessey is currently Dean of the School of Fine Arts, Grenfell Campus, Corner Brook and has been a theatre director for nearly 30 years, concentrating mainly on new play development and dramaturgy, and has worked to create collective, socially-engaged theatre, the sort of 'devised' theatre had its roots in the work of theatre artists such as Piscator and Brecht, and was prominent in the 1930s in both the US and Canada. In recent years Todd has begun to explore virtual reality and augmented reality in a theatrical context as well as the emerging techniques in immersive theatre. Hennessey holds an MFA (Calgary) in Directing and a PhD (Birmingham) in Shakespeare Studies.

Ted Hewitt

Ted Hewitt was appointed president of SSHRC in March 2015. Ted was vice-president, research and international relations, at Western University, where he was professor of sociology. A leading authority on Brazil, Ted’s research focuses on national and international innovation systems. He is co-chair of the Canada-Brazil Joint Committee for Cooperation on Science, Technology and Innovation, through which he emphasizes the important roles of universities, industry and government in promoting economic prosperity. Ted was appointed a Grand Officer of the Order of Rio Branco in recognition of the many years he has fostered bilateral business and research partnerships between Brazil and Canada.

Bahar Haghighat

Bahar Haghighat is a PhD candidate in Education at Memorial University. She is completing a dissertation in the area of “embodiment studies” and the intersections of her lived and embodied experiences as an Iranian woman living in different cultures. She worked as a counsellor and teacher with Afghan refugee children in Tehran, Iran. In Canada, Bahar has been working with Memorial in various capacities with the School of Graduate Studies, the Graduate Students’ Union (GSU), and the Internationalization Office (IO). Her research interests include arts-based research, poststructuralism, feminism, and other forms of critical studies both in Education and Counseling. Her interest in arts-based research has led her to work on Digital Storytelling (DS) and facilitate some DS workshops on both on and off campus.

Alex Hickey

Alex is first and foremost an art educator. He has worked extensively within the K-12 school system and with the Department of Education in curriculum and administration. Alex also worked with the NLTA establishing the Virtual Teacher Centre. He is an historian, researcher, photographer, community activist and an avid supporter of heritage preservation. Alex is a part-time sessional instructor in Art Education at Memorial. He has been working with Fred Hawksley on the Great War Project since its inception.

Megan Howse

Megan Howse currently serves as the Community Connections Coordinator for the Association for New Canadians. In this role, she connects newcomers with the communities around them, including with other service providers, community groups, and volunteers. She is also responsible for the volunteer program; engaging the wider public in the work of the ANC in Newfoundland and Labrador. Megan holds a bachelor degree in Social Sciences from the University of Ottawa, where she specialized in Conflict Studies and Human Rights. In addition to this, Megan loves learning new languages, experiencing new-to-her cultures, and trying any and all foods.

Catherine Irving

Catherine Irving, MA, works at the Coady International Institute of St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada. She is the library specialist at the Institute’s Marie Michael Library, and teaches research methods and information activism. She combines her library work with research on feminism and women’s learning, as well as unearthing the many ways that libraries inform adult education and community engagement. Over the past number of years she has contributed her research findings to a number of adult education publications. Her most recent research has looked at the role of the StFX Extension Department library in the history of the Antigonish Movement.

Julia Elizabeth Janes

Dr. Julia Elizabeth Janes is an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work Memorial University, a second generation settler to Newfoundland, and a guest on the ancestral homelands of the Mi'kmaq and Beothuk. Julia’s research interests are driven by the communities that she has collaborated with on numerous participatory action research projects and, therefore, engage with multiple sites of social isolation, exclusion and displacement. The limits of these collaborations inspired her SSHRC funded doctoral research, which inquired into the uneven social relations, negotiations of power, everyday practices and outcomes of community/university research alliances.

Matthew Johnson

Dr. Mathew Johnson is the Executive Director of the Howard R. Swearer Center for Public Service, and Associate Dean of the College for Engaged Scholarship, at Brown University. He holds a Ph.D. and MA in Sociology from Brandeis University. A faculty member for more than 20 years, Dr. Johnson also holds an appointment as Professor of the Practice in Sociology and maintains an active research and professional academic profile. He co-directs the Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement Classification, he co-founded and now co-directs the National Assessment of Service and Community Engagement with the Siena College Research Institute, and leads the College and University Engagement Initiative at Brown University, an international community engagement in higher education field-building initiative. Dr. Johnson is an Ashoka Change Leader and leads the ongoing development of the Cordes Award-winning social innovation programming in the Swearer Center. Dr. Johnson was recognized as a Campus Compact Engaged Scholar (2007) and is an international leader in higher education community engagement and social innovation. He has consulted for more than 100 institutions of higher education globally, frequently serves as an invited speaker for academic and professional conferences and gatherings, and delivers workshops and professional development symposia on higher education leadership and community engagement. Dr. Johnson’s teaching has focused on indigenous identity and rural development, environmental policy, critical education and social theory, and organizational, structural, and cultural change. He has taught immersive experiential courses that include domestic and international travel to the Zapatista Autonomous Region of Chiapas Mexico, various locations in Bolivia, Northern Scotland and the Shetland Islands, the Southwestern United States, Hawaii, Northern Maine, and West Virginia. Dr. Johnson has also consulted for international development and aid organizations in West Africa and in the U.S.

Amy Jones

As the Knowledge Mobilization Coordinator at the Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development, Amy helps make research, teaching and public engagement at Memorial University relevant to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador. Amy delivers the Thriving Regions Partnership Process, which provides funding and supports to faculty, staff and students to build meaningful research partnerships for thriving social and economic regions around the province. Amy holds a Master of Arts degree in geography, while she has educational, professional and volunteer experience in integrated coastal and ocean management and heritage resource management.

Piotr Krajewski

Piotr Krajewski is a social science researcher and program evaluator with Master of Applied Psychological Science obtained at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Master of Science in Psychology from the University of Derby in the UK and Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Silesian University of Technology in Poland. His wide interests include applied research in psychology, health, sociology, public engagement and program evaluation. He is also an active member of Canadian Evaluation Society Newfoundland and Labrador, where he is director-at-large and chair of communication and membership.

Dave Lane

Dave Lane is a community builder in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. With a diverse background in computer science, business, and arts, Dave brings together people and organizations to facilitate and achieve shared objectives. Since 2013, Dave has been a councilor-at-large for the City of St. John's and currently handles the Finance portfolio. He also works as an Implementation Consultant with zedIT Solutions, is building a startup looking to help off-grid communities replace diesel plants with renewable energy solutions, and is coordinating the development of a creative innovation hub in the downtown core.
You can follow Dave on Twitter @DaveLaneTweets

Sandra Lapointe

Sandra Lapointe joined the Philosophy Department at McMaster University in 2011 as Associate Professor. A Commonwealth alumna and a Fellow of the Humboldt Foundation, she is a Research Affiliate of the Bertrand Russell Research Centre and currently Director, Associations at the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences. She is Project Director of The Collaborative, a SSHRC-funded partnership dedicated to creating new resources for SSH educators and enhancing culture and public understanding of SSH skills, impact and education.

Leah Lewis

Leah Lewis is an arts based therapist, clinical counsellor, and faculty member in MUN's Faculty of Education's Counselling Psychology Program. She emphasizes arts-based community situated research, with a special interest in collaborative approaches that seek to explore lived experiences of diverse populations. She is the PI on SSHRC-funded The Open Studio Project as well as the The Hearthstone studio, an upcoming community-based art hive studio that will host community based art therapy programming and double as a site for service learning opportunities for graduate students of the Faculty of Education's counselling and doctoral programs.

Shannon Lewis-Simpson

Dr. Lewis-Simpson is Coordinator, Community Engaged Learning, Student Life, Adjunct Professor of Archaeology, and lecturer in Anthropology at Memorial University. She is a Scouter, and has served as an officer in the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve and Royal Naval Reserve for over 20 years, most recently as Commanding Officer of HMCS CABOT. She serves as Newfoundland and Labrador’s representative to the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, and has over 20 years of experience serving on military, civilian, and academic committees and boards. Her main professional goal is to enable all students to put their academics into conscious practice with community.

Pauline MacIntosh

Pauline MacIntosh, MA, St. Francis Xavier University Extension Department, is an experienced adult educator and facilitator. She is passionate about working with groups engaged in participatory research, program evaluation, capacity building, and strategic planning. Pauline has extensive hands-on experience supporting the success and growth of a variety of local, provincial, and regional entities, and regularly designs and delivers educational workshops for groups and organizations. She has been instrumental in designing and delivering the Extension Department's Rural Leadership Development Program. Through this program, she has brought people together to discuss community-based approaches to development and led engaging discussions that bridge theory and practice.

Ryan MacNeil

Ryan MacNeil is the Rath Professor of Entrepreneurship at Acadia University where he studies and teaches “post-industrial” entrepreneurship, innovation, and economic development. Ryan holds a Master’s degree in Local Economic Development from the University of Waterloo and a PhD in Management from the Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University. He maintains a professional designation (EcD) with the Economic Developers’ Association of Canada following an earlier career working in two Nova Scotian economic development organizations and consulting for other local economic development organizations across Canada and in parts of Western China.

Alisdair MacRae

MacRae studied Fine Arts at the University of Victoria and the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College, developing an interest in interactive and socially engaged sculpture and installation. He has also studied Public Administration at Seton Hall University. In 2012, he completed a thesis on Joane Cardinal-Schubert for the graduate program in Art History at Carleton University.
As an artist, MacRae uses plans as a starting point for interpretation, examining issues of scale and perspective, as well as community and exchange, experienced through a hands-on, do-it-yourself approach that enables social and econ omical interactions.

Kimberly Maich

Newfoundland & Labrador’s first and only Board-Certified Behavior Analyst-Doctoral Dr. Maich is an Associate Professor at Memorial University in the Faculty of Education. She is an award-winning academic author. She has studied, taught, and lived from coast-to-coast in Canada from Vancouver, BC, to St. Anthony, NL (and in-between), spending most of her career as a resource teacher as well as being a clinical coordinator with McMaster Children’s Hospital’s ASD School Support Program (Hamilton, ON) and tenured Associate Professor at Brock University (Niagara, ON). Dr. Maich teaches, researches, and supervises undergraduate and graduate students, as well as collaborating with schools, community agencies, conferences, and parent groups as part of her daily work in the Faculty of Education. She is an experienced teacher, researcher, speaker, trainer, supervisor, and resource developer with a h3 collaborative style focused on knowledge mobilization. She is also the parent of three adult children, and a grandmother to one delightful toddler grandson.

Sean McGrath

Sean McGrath is a professor of philosophy, a member of the college of the Royal Society of Canada, and co-director of NPO: For a New Earth (FANE), which has as its mandate "ecological conversion for everyone." Through festivals, symposia, film screenings, and public lectures, FANE aims to raise environmental awareness in the province and to galvanize political will to do something about climate change. McGrath has published widely in the history of philosophy and in environmental philosophy.

Chelsey McPhee

Chelsey McPhee has a background in social science with strengths in the areas of research design, program evaluation, and analysis. As Project Coordinator for the Centre for Collaborative Health Professional Education at Memorial University, she is working on a project to expand pre- and post-licensure inter-professional education in Newfoundland and Labrador with the creation of a provincial inter-professional education curriculum blueprint and evaluation framework. Chelsey has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Ryerson University and a Master of Applied Psychological Science from Memorial University. Originally from Sudbury, Ontario, Chelsey enjoys spending time hiking and camping.

Rick Meaney

Rick Meaney is a Professional Engineer and holds both a Bachelor and Master of Engineering, from Memorial. Early in his career he worked with C-CORE as a design engineer and later moved to Nortel in Ottawa where he worked in the manufacturing and development of telecommunications equipment. He joined Memorial’s Department of Technical Services in 2004 where he currently serves as Director. Over the past 30 years, Rick has gained significant experience with advanced manufacturing technologies, and has contributed to the development of commercial products. As Director of Technical Services, Rick leads a group of tradespersons, technologists and engineers who are responsible for the maintenance and repair of laboratory and scientific equipment. This group also designs and fabricates custom apparatus to support research and teaching activities. To accomplish this, Technical Services offers a variety of state-of-the-art capabilities including CNC machining, 3D laser scanning, waterjet and laser cutting, 3D printing and electronics assembly (including surface mount). Technical Services is ISO 9001:2015 registered and maintains a variety of certifications including CWB, ASME, and BICSI.

Sarah Minnes

Sarah Minnes is a Research Associate at the University of Saskatchewan in the School of Environment and Sustainability. She holds an Interdisciplinary PhD from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a MSc in Rural Planning and Development from the University of Guelph. Her research spans a range of topics related to Canadian regional development, sustainable rural drinking water systems, watershed planning and overall rural resilience. She is a registered professional planner, and has worked for Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador, Region of York- Forestry, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, and is a past board member of the Canadian Rural Revitalization Foundation.

Kevin Morgan

Kevin Morgan is Professor of Governance and Development in the School of Geography and Planning at Cardiff University, where he is also the Dean of Engagement. His research interests include: (i) place-based innovation theories, policies and practices (ii) multi-level governance systems (iii) urban and regional development strategies for less developed cities and regions and (iv) sustainable food systems, especially with respect to public and urban food systems. He was the Principal Investigator for the EU-funded project on Smart Specialisation and his ESRC project on the sustainable procurement of school food won the first ever ESRC award for outstanding impact on public policy. He is currently researching Agents of Change in old industrial regions as well as the role of Engaged Universities in regional innovation ecosystems.

Randy Murphy

I have had the honour and privilege of working with a wonderful team of skilled and dedicated volunteers for 23 1/2 years. Together, with our many partners (community, business, government) we have delivered a 300 km internationally recognized destination trail. I am currently working to seek and achieve the long-term sustainability of the Trail to enrich the lives of our residents and our rural communities for generations to come. I am a graduate of Memorial University’s School of Business and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Christina Murray

Dr. Murray is an Associate Professor in the Faulty of Nursing at the University of Prince Edward Island. Dr. Murray received a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology/Philosophy) and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Prince Edward Island, a Master of Nursing from the University of Calgary and PhD in Nursing at the University of Alberta. She holds a certificate in adult education from Mount Royal University. As a Registered Nurse, her community nursing practice has focused in the areas of public health, global health and community development. Dr. Murray is recognized as an expert in both nursing education and qualitative nursing research with appointments to the Senate Committee on the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning at UPEI and has been a Narrative Inquiry research methods instructor with the International Qualitative Research Institute at the University of Alberta. Dr. Murray has a keen interest in using innovative and arts-based approaches in nursing research such as conversational interviewing, and projective photography and imagery. These approaches allow her to gather qualitative data in partnership with participants to uncover meaning and significance in their experiences. Her current program of research explores long distance employment commuting and the how this is experienced by intergenerational family members and professionals who support these families in rural Atlantic Canada. Her research offers a lens from which to understand labor migration and its impact on Canadian family and provides recommendations to guide Canadian policy, education and practice.

Kerry Murray

Kerry Murray is the Director of Economic and Social Policy with the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL). NLFL is a community partner with the On the Move Partnership at Memorial University. As the Director of Economic and Social Policy with the NLFL, Kerry’s work involves all aspects of economic and social policy research, including the preparation and writing of briefs and submissions, all aspects of communications for the NLFL, representing the NLFL on various committees, and the famous “other related duties.” He is also an active volunteer and has been involved with several community-based organizations such as the Community Coalition for Mental Health, the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference and the Community Sector Council.

Barbara Neis

Barbara Neis (Ph.D., C.M., F.R.S.C.) is John Paton Lewis Distinguished University Professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Based in the Department of Sociology, she is also the Co-Director of the SafetyNet Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Research, a Member of the Order of Canada, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Professor Neis received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Toronto in 1988. She is a past president of the Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health. Professor Neis has worked for more than two decades in multi-disciplinary teams carrying out research in marine and coastal contexts including on social and environmental change, occupational health and safety and mobile work. She is currently Project Director on a 7-year SSHRC-funded Partnership grant entitled On the Move: Employment-Related Geographical Mobility in the Canadian Context. Professor Neis is also co-chair of the Newfoundland node of a second SSHRC-funded Partnership grant, the Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy. She is a co-investigator in two modules in the Canada First Research Excellence-funded, 8-year, Ocean Frontier Institute where she is heading up research on fishing and aquaculture occupational health and safety.

Cathy Newhook

Cathy Newhook is the Harris Centre’s Manager of Engagement and Communications. She is the lead for the Vital Signs NL project and brings with her 15 years of communications and engagement experience in government and non-profit sectors.

Michelle Nilson

Michelle Nilson is an associate professor of education at Simon Fraser University, where she teaches organizational theories, reflective practice, and research methods to university and K-12 administrators and aspiring teachers. In the spirit of the open source movement, she and her students created the Compendium of Canadian Postsecondary Data Sources. She has also worked closely with the Cmolik Foundation, United Way Lower Mainland, Surrey Schools, and the Lower Mainland Out of School Time (LMOST) Network to answer critical questions from the field. She was the C2UExpo 2017 co-chair and currently serves as the Academic Co-Chair for CFICE/Community Campus Engage Canada.

Robert Nolan

Rob Nolan is an Assistant Registrar at Memorial University, and is Chair of the Board of Directors for Happy City St. John’s, a non-profit focused on informing, encouraging and facilitating public dialogue around civic issues in the city of St. John's. During his tenure with Happy City St. John’s, Rob is focused on building capacity in neighbourhoods and communities within St. John’s, as well as improving the links between health, movement, and urban design in the city. Rob has an MBA from Memorial University and a post-graduate certificate in public policy and governance from University of Victoria. He is also a contributor to the Generation SDG Summit and Blueprint led by the Waterloo Global Science Initiative.

Dean F. Oliver

Dr. Dean F. Oliver is Senior Director (Research) and Chief Curator at the Canadian Museum of History, and a member of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. Previously the Director of Research and Exhibitions at the Canadian War Museum, he has taught post-secondary history, political science and international security. A 2010 book with J.L. Granatstein was honoured as the best work of military history published in Canada. He has also directed numerous national award-winning exhibitions. In 2010, Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands knighted Dr. Oliver in the Order of Orange-Nassau in honour of his “contributions to society.”

Adrienne M.F. Peters

Adrienne Peters is an Assistant Professor and Police Studies Liaison/Co-coordinator in the Department of Sociology at Memorial University. Her research areas include: young offender intervention programming; serious-/violent offending; mental health and delinquency; youth and sexual offences; youth justice policy; offender rehabilitation and re-entry; evidence-based policing; and collaborative crime reduction strategies. Adrienne is the Principal Investigator of several projects on youth corrections and policing, and has delivered presentations and published on each of these themes. She is Chair of the fasdNL Network, is a member of 7th Step Society Newfoundland, and sits on a provincial alcohol action plan working group.

David Phipps

Dr. Phipps manages all research grants and agreements including knowledge and technology transfer for York University. He has received honours and awards from the Canadian Association of Research Administrators, Institute for Knowledge Mobilization and The EU based Knowledge Economy Network. He received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work in knowledge mobilization and was named the most influential knowledge mobilizer in Canada. He is the KT Lead for Kids Brain Health Network and Network Director for Research Impact Canada.

Valeri Pilgrim

Valeri Pilgrim has worked at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John’s since January 2011. She was first hired by MUN as the Aboriginal Liaison Officer with the Aboriginal Resource Office, and then in June, 2014 she took the position of International Student Advisor with the Internationalization Office (IO) where she is currently situated as the New Arrival’s Coordinator. Valeri studied her undergraduate degree in anthropology at UNB, Fredericton and later completed a Master of Philosophy at the University of Oslo in Norway where she lived for two and a half years with her then 7 year old daughter. Valeri has always respected and felt comfort working and living in diverse environments where rich histories and cultures are shared freely. She self identifies as a Kablunângajuk which is essentially a mix between Inuk (singular for Inuit) and European settler in Labrador. She feels blessed to have grown up in the Inuit community of Nain in northern Labrador (Nunatsiavut) where she is grateful to be a beneficiary of the Nunatsiavut Government. Last but not least, Valeri is the proud mother of 2 children, Dominic 12 & Kirsten, 24

Nicole Pittman

Nicole Pittman is the coordinator for the Medication Therapy Services Clinic, operated by the School of Pharmacy at Memorial University. She completed her undergraduate and graduate work at Memorial before starting as a Research Assistant in the Faculty of Medicine. She moved to the School of Pharmacy three years ago when the Medication Therapy Services Clinic was established. Currently, Nicole works as a Research Assistant on multiple patient oriented research projects with a focus on improving quality of care through pharmacists’ expanded scope of practice.

Craig Pollett

Craig was born and raised in Corner Brook and moved to St. John’s to attend Memorial University. He received his Bachelor of Commerce from Memorial University in 1991 and went on to complete his Masters in Development Economics at Dalhousie University in 1996. It was at Dalhousie that he developed a h3 interest in local government. His Master’s Thesis research focussed on the potential for greater involvement by local government in economic development in Newfoundland and Labrador. This research took him to all areas of the province and he gained a deep appreciation for the dedication and hard work of mayors, councillors and municipal staff. Since 2001, Craig has been the CEO of Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador (MNL). Craig plays a leadership role in lobbying and advocacy; membership development and services; as well as policy research and development. Prior to his work with MNL, Craig spent more than 10 years working in economic development and policy analysis; first with the Atlantic Entrepreneurial Institute at Memorial University and then moving to the Provincial Government as a Senior Policy Analyst.

Yirong Qin

As the Policy and Research officer of The Coalition of Persons with Disabilities NL, Yirong has been applying the skills and knowledge that she gained from the eight years of post-secondary education at Memorial University. As an international student, she obtained a Master Degree in applied social science and an Honours Bachelors of Science Degree. Currently, she is the research lead of a gap analysis project funded by the Homelessness Partnering Strategy Rural and Remote NL funding stream and she will be composing a report by March 2019. For the report, she has been doing jurisdictional scans, conducting interviews with key stakeholders and creating and analyzing interview transcripts.

Zaida Rahaman

Dr. Zaida Rahaman is an Assistant Professor at Memorial University of Newfoundland School of Nursing. She completed her PhD in Nursing from the University of Ottawa, specializing in community health nursing and Indigenous health. Her foci of research program includes: global child health, Indigenous health, and health equity. Dr. Rahaman is interested in helping to foster public engagement within rural Northern Canadian communities, and as well to help strengthen capacity building in Indigenous gender and wellness.

Karen Raymond

Karen Raymond started checking out history books to her friends (some imaginary) from her personal library at the age of five. Instead of lemonade, she sold her artwork to neighbours. While growing up, her backyard had a forest and a creek, providing young Karen with endless hours of entertainment and a deep love of nature. Today, adult Karen is fortunate enough to continue to be immersed in culture, heritage and nature as the Partnering and Engagement Officer for Parks Canada in Southwestern Ontario. Karen excels at thinking outside of the box and her creative solutions have been implemented at Statistics Canada, Library and Archives Canada and Parks Canada.

Keith Rideout

Keith Rideout been with the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University since 1991, and has been involved with both teaching, as well as, industrial research activities, primarily related to various types of cold-water aquaculture. He has taught a range of aquaculture programming from short duration, community based, and industrial response courses to master’s courses. On the industrial research side of things, he has worked, in conjunction with industrial partners, on most finfish and shellfish species that have been considered for culture in Newfoundland. Since 2017, Keith has been the Coordinating Instructor & Technical Liaison working with the newly established Coast of Bays Regional Aquaculture Centre where his role is to engage the burgeoning aquaculture industry, local communities and schools in aquaculture training, R&D and awareness initiatives.

Lorelei Roberts-Loder

Lorelei Roberts-Loder is a Senior Advisor with the Planning and Coordination Office of Executive Council. In this role, she supports the Cabinet Committee on Jobs and works collaboratively with stakeholders in the development of long term plans to advance and diversify the Newfoundland and Labrador economy. Lorelei has an extensive background working in partnership with community, business and all levels of government. Prior to working in the public sector, she spent 15 years working with the community sector and was actively involved in community, economic and social development. Lorelei has an undergraduate degree in Law from Carleton University in Ottawa and a Masters Degree in Employment Relations from Memorial University.

Frazer Seymour

Frazer Seymour is the Mesh Engineering Lead at RightMesh, helping lead the team that will connect the next billion people without a reliance on network infrastructure and researching ways to help connect communities around the world. His past research has focused on using technology to improve the quality of life for people living with disabilities, creating adaptable physical interfaces for people living with dementia and investigating the use of sound interfaces for the visually impaired. Frazer is a student of the School of Computer Science at the University of Guelph. He lives with his wife in New Westminster, BC.

Katherine Side

Dr. Katherine Side, Professor, Department of Gender Studies, Memorial University. Dr. Katherine Side is principal grant holder, along with community partner, Grenfell Historic Properties, St. Anthony, Newfoundland. She is Co-Curator, with Emma Lang, of a travelling, bilingual, exhibition Tangled Threads/Fils Entremêlés. The exhibition, which examines the International Grenfell Association’s system of clothing exchange in Northern Newfoundland and coastal Labrador has travelled to St. Anthony, Daniel’s Harbour, Conche, Corner Brook, and St. John’s, in Newfoundland, and to Battle Harbour and Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador. Along with Dr. Jennifer Connor, Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Side is editor of The Grenfell Medical Mission and American Support in Newfoundland and Labrador, 1890s–1940s, forthcoming by McGill-Queen’s University Press in December, 2018.

Alvin Simms

Alvin is a faculty member in the Dept. of Geography, Memorial University and research leader at The Harris Centre’s Regional Analytics Lab (RAnLab). He completed is undergraduate studies at Memorial University in Economic Geography and MSc. (Quantitative Methods) and PhD. (Geo-Spatial Analysis) at the University of Calgary. His research focuses on the use of regional economic and spatial analytics to assess the impacts of industries, labour markets, changing populations and viability of places for the purpose of informing evidence based policy and strategies for regional economic development through community and regional engagement. Current and past research projects for provincial and federal government agencies include studies on: assessing the value of intra/inter regional industry supply chains to identify clusters as well as estimate the impact of adding or removing sectors from a regional economy; the sustainability of labour forces and availability of occupational skills and impacts on regional industry diversification and expansion; forecasting populations and demands for public and private services; the impact of small and medium size enterprises on rural economies: identifying and assessing the economic characteristics of resilient communities; rural-urban interaction and functional economic regions; sustainability and capacity issues in rural communities.

Joshua Smee

A community developer with experience in a wide range of nonprofits and social enterprises, Joshua Smee is the Provincial Expansion Coordinator at Choices for Youth, a charity that serves homeless and at-risk youth in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. In that role, he works to build partnerships and capacity to serve at-risk youth in communities across the province. Heavily engaged as a community volunteer, Josh is involved in a wide range of organizations working on issues of food security, urbanism, community dialogue and women’s rights

Christopher Smith

Dr. Christopher Smith’s research is primarily focused on substance use policy and practice. Christopher has held positions in Urban Studies at York University (Toronto), Sociology at Deakin University (Melbourne), and Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, and he is currently a faculty member in Memorial’s School of Social Work. Entitled Addiction, Modernity and the City: A Users’ Guide to Urban Space, Christopher recently published his first book manuscript with Routledge. Christopher’s current research examines substance use education in Canada social work programs, community opposition to harm reduction, and services for People who Use Drugs (PUD) in rural or remote NL.

Nora Spinks

Renowned speaker, consultant and thought-leader, Nora Spinks has spent more than 25 years working with progressive organizations as well as business, labour, government and community leaders across Canada and abroad to strengthen families, create productive and supportive work environments, and build healthy communities. Nora has developed, implemented and evaluated a variety of unique federal, provincial, community and corporate programs that focus on employee health and well-being, family care, workplace flexibility and work–life harmony. Her words have appeared in many publications, including textbooks, UN publications (Family Futures and Deep Roots) and numerous articles for Canadian media outlets. Nora is a sought-after media contact, quoted and profiled widely and regularly in print, online and on radio and television nationally.Since 2011, in her role as CEO of the Vanier Institute of the Family, Nora has engaged the research community to mobilize knowledge, and connect those who study, serve and support Canada’s diverse families. The Vanier Institute’s involvement with the OTM Project has proven a strong alliance in the mission of the Vanier Institute to mobilize and connect those who study, serve and support families in Canada. Her work has not gone unnoticed. Nora has received numerous accolades, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Canada 125 Award for Exemplary Community Service, and the Workplace Wellness Pioneer of the Year Award and the Learning Partnership Volunteer of the Year Award.

Jennifer Snow

Jennifer Snow is an undergraduate student at Memorial University, who is currently working towards a B.A. Gender Studies. This year, Jennifer assisted Dr. Katherine Side, Professor, Department of Gender Studies, Memorial University, as a research assistant, and eventual film editor, with the video portion of the Tangled Threads/ Fils Entremêlés exhibit. More recently, Jennifer completed a contractual position at Thrive Community Youth Network, as the Directory of Services Assistant. In addition, Jennifer is a self-taught, multidisciplinary artist, and has recently published some of her artwork in a national online magazine, as well as participated in a community art show.

David Tipton

David joined the Ocean Learning Partnership as Manager of Outreach and Field Operations in January 2017. Environmental science and outdoor education have been continued passions for David. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Biology at Memorial University’s Sir Wilfred Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook. During this time he worked as a Marine Interpreter at the Bonne Bay Marine Station before returning to St. John’s to complete an Advanced Diploma in Integrated Coastal Zone Management at the Marine Institute. Fueling his interest in the marine environment David worked as Marine Interpreter at the Oceans Sciences Center and as Marine Environmental Education Coordinator with the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. He pursued further studies in Applied Environmental Science at Ryerson University focusing on wetland evaluation in Ontario.Following completion of his studies, David followed a career path with Mountain Equipment Co-op expanding his knowledge, leadership style and team building skills as Assistant Manager in Toronto and Acting Store Manager in Burlington, Ontario. Helping members and staff develop a passion for active outdoor pursuits, breaking down obstacles to accessibility, and increasing public knowledge of wild places within an urban core became a focus for David.Today, David is based in St. John’s, NL and is looking forward to fostering a passion for students and educators to get outside and learn about ocean science by developing strong relationships with OLP partners and stakeholders across the province.

Kim Todd

Kim Todd, ABC,the founding director of the non-profit ~ Live Sustainably NL Inc and its start-up social enterprise Guide to the Good. This particular chapter of her story began with a BA in English from Memorial and grew through a strong communications consultancy and tremendous community support. The concept was steered by an idea for the future for her three young children that would connect people to themselves, to each other, and to the planet. works on actual practical projects that learn as they lead, such as In Its Place, #playoutdoors, and #businessforgood. The goal of Guide to the Good is to use technology and human connection to make it easy for people to choose local, social and green for their purchasing and lifestyle choices. She’s recently completed the Diploma in Environmental Ethics, and lives in St. John’s with her husband and now teenaged children.

Haley Toll

Haley Toll, MA, CCC, RCAT, RP (inactive due to studies) is first-year Ph.D student in the Faculty of Education at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She is a Registered Art Therapist, Certified Canadian Counselor and Registered Psychotherapist (inactive due to studies) who has worked with diverse clients across Canada (Alberta, British Columbia, Montreal) and trained psychosocial support practitioners and counsellors in Botswana, Thailand, and Mongolia. Her most recent work has been as a Policy Advisor in Mongolia and an instructor at the Canadian International Institute of Art Therapy. Haley completed her Master of Arts in Creative Arts Therapies and Bachelor of Fine Arts (minor in Psychology) at Concordia University in Montreal. Haley is also the Board Chair and President of the Canadian Art Therapy Association.

Kelly Vodden

Kelly Vodden is associate vice-president Research and Graduate Studies at Grenfell Campus. Dr. Vodden is also associate professor (research), Environmental Policy Institute/Environmental Studies, Grenfell Campus, and is cross-appointed to the Department of Geography, St. John’s Campus. She is also an adjunct professor, UPEI, island studies.
In terms of the On the Move (OTM) Research Partnership – Dr. Vodden is co-lead of the Newfoundland and Labrador field component. Her own research with the On the Move Partnership is focused on the nickel processing sector, regional stakeholder engagement and the analysis of community and regional-level impacts and responses to E-RGM in the Isthmus of the Avalon region.
Dr. Vodden has been actively involved in community and regional development research, policy and practice in Canadian rural communities since 1995, including projects related to local labour market development, industrial benefits and corporate-community relations. She was a co-investigator of multi-year project investigating intra-provincial commuting patterns and active labour market approaches (Rural-Urban Interaction in Newfoundland and Labrador: Understanding and Managing Functional Regions, 2007-2011). She was also Principal Investigator of the SSHRC-funded study Canadian Regional Development: A Critical Review of Theory, Practice and Potentials (2010-2017) and has published and presented widely on her work.

Laura Wesley

Laura’s knowledge of, and interest in, systems change, design, and human motivation form a lens through which to consider new ways of working together. After more than 15 years working in the federal public service, she's come to believe that working across boundaries – sectors, disciplines and organizations – results in better outcomes for everyone. In guiding individuals and teams, Laura shows an unwavering commitment to supporting people through change. When she's not reading, writing, reflecting, or sleeping, she can be found tweeting under the moniker @ResultsJunkie.

Sara Woods

Sara Woods is the Executive Associate to the Senior Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO), where she oversees the operation of the university’s Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center (CEC). Prior to the CEC, Ms. Woods was the Associate Dean of the UNO College of Public Affairs and Community Service. Ms. Woods has both a master of public administration and Bachelor of Arts Degree from UNO. She is currently the board chair of the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation and is a board member of the Community Services Fund and Omaha Community Partnership.


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