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Candy Palmater
Creator, writer and star of The Candy Show 

Candy is a self-described “recovered lawyer turned feminist comic” who was raised by bikers in the wilds of northern New Brunswick. The creator, writer and star of her own national, multiple-award winning TV series, The Candy Show on APTN, Candy is a broadcaster with CBC Radio One and has appeared in several national television series including Trailer Park Boys and Call me Fitz.  

Candy was valedictorian of her class at Dalhousie University Law School and practiced Labour and Aboriginal law at a large corporate firm before discovering her true calling: show business. A n activist, actor, writer, international speaker, TV and radio personality, Candy travels the globe speaking to audiences about issues such as race, self-acceptance, body image and sexuality. She has also been the executive producer of three films on Mi’kmaw culture

In the early days of her career in entertainment, Candy acted as director of First Nations education for the Nova Scotia Department of Education for a decade. Her passion for education has led her to pursue her Masters in Education at St. Francis Xavier University. She has also taught in the Transition Year program at Dalhousie. This past year she received the 2017 Bonham Centre Award, recognizing her leadership on advocacy and education in the field of sexual diversity, particularly as it intersects with Indigenous identity and life. She will be publishing her first book in the spring of 2019 with Harper Collins.

Twitter: @TheCandyShow

Simon Breakspear
Executive Director, Learn Labs

Dr Simon Breakspear is known internationally for helping educational leaders navigate disruptive change, develop innovation capabilities and drive continuous improvement for better learning. 

Simon is the Executive Director of Learn Labs, an education research and advisory agency that works globally to apply research to practice.  He is also the founder of Agile Schools and Research Fellow of the Asia Pacific Centre for Leadership and Change at The Education University of Hong Kong.

Simon holds Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Teaching, a Masters of International and Comparative Education from the University of Oxford and a PhD in education from the University of Cambridge.  Simon began his work in education as a high school teacher in Sydney. 

Twitter: @SimonBreakspear

Niigaan Sinclair
Graduate Program Chair, Dept. of Native Studies, University of Manitoba

Dr. Niigaan  Sinclair is Anishinaabe (St. Peter’s/Little Peguis) and an Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Chair at the University of Manitoba in the Native Studies department. He is a regular commentator on Indigenous issues on CTV, CBC and APTN, and his written work can be found in the pages of The Exile Edition of Native Canadian Fiction and Drama , newspapers like The  Guardian, and online with CBC Books: Canada Writes . Dr. Sinclair is the co-editor of the award-winning Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water (Highwater Press, 2011) and Centering Anishinaabeg Studies: Understanding the World Through Stories (Michigan State University Press, 2013), and is the Editorial Director of The Debwe Series with Portage and Main Press.

An activist as well as a writer, he has helped organize Idle No More Winnipeg events and has recently testified at the Clean Environment Commission of Manitoba hearings on the Keeyask Generating Station and Bipole III transmission line.

Dr. Sinclair obtained his BA in Education at the University of Winnipeg, before completing an MA in Native- and African-American literatures at the University of Oklahoma, and a PhD in First Nations and American Literatures from the University of British Columbia.

Twitter: @Niigaanwewidam

Greg Wells, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor,  University of Toronto

Dr. Greg Wells is a physiologist, an exercise medicine researcher at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, and a professor of kinesiology at the University of Toronto.  Throughout his career, Dr. Wells has coached, trained and inspired dozens of elite athletes to win medals at World Championships, the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics. He has studied athletic performance in some of the most severe conditions on the planet, like the Andes Mountains and the Sahara Desert.

Dr. Wells has had his own experience with the challenges of adversity and human extremes. Late in his high school career, he broke his neck in a freak accident while swimming in the ocean and was in a halo brace before undergoing neurosurgery. Told by his doctor that he would never perform as an athlete again, he went on to compete at the international level in swimming. He has competed in events such as the Nanisivik Marathon - 600 miles north of the Arctic Circle - Ironman Canada, and the Tour D’Afrique, a grueling 11,000-kilometre event that is the longest bike race in the world.

The author of  Superbodies , Greg is a sought-after speaker and a regular contributor to  The Globe and Mail , CBC, CTV, TSN, and newspapers and magazines around the world. Greg lives in Toronto with his family

Twitter:  @drgregwells

Carol Campbell, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor,  Leadership, Adult and Higher Education, OISE

Dr. Carol Campbell is Associate Professor of Leadership and Educational Change at OISE, University of Toronto. She is also Director of the Knowledge Network for Applied Education Research-Réseau d’échange des connaissances pour la recherche appliquée en education (KNAER-RECRAE), a tripartite partnership between the Ontario Ministry of Education, University of Toronto and Western University to advance the mobilization and application of research for educational practice in Ontario. 

Carol is well-known for her commitment to connecting research to policy and practice for educational improvement. From 2005 – 2010, Carol worked for the Ontario Ministry of Education, where she was Senior Executive Officer for The Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat, was appointed Ontario’s first Chief Research Officer for Education, and became the founding Director of the Education Research & Evaluation Strategy Branch. Carol has international experience also. In the United States, she was Executive Director of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education, Stanford University. In the United Kingdom, she worked as an advisor at school district and government levels and was an academic at the Institute of Education, University of London. Originally from Scotland, Carol completed her Ph.D. at the University of Strathclyde.

Twitter: @CarolCampbell4