Monthly Webinars 2023-24 

A series of webinars on relevant topics identified by Members. These online sessions will provide evidence-based, practical content, designed to meet the needs of school leaders in the current Ontario education context.

September/October - Human Rights

The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) brings to you two webinars on Human Rights. Join us for one or both!

Special Note: For these sessions we have arranged to offer interpretation of American Sign Language (ASL).

 Human Rights 101
Details: Session one will provide school and system leaders with a high-level overview of the Ontario Human Rights Code (the Code) and touch on both the letter and spirit of the legislation.

Date: September 19, 2023

Time: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. EDT

Cost: Free*

Presenters: 

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Caroline Hill

Senior Policy Analyst - Policy, Education, Monitoring, Outreach Branch (OHRC)

Caroline started at the Ontario Human Rights Commission in 2021 as the Special Advisor to the Chief Commissioner and is now a Senior Policy Analyst, supporting work in the strategic focus areas of education and criminal justice. Before joining the OHRC, Caroline worked at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and completed a fellowship with the Digital Justice Lab in Toronto. Caroline received her Master's degree in urban Geography from York University and her Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from the University of Ottawa. In her spare time, Caroline enjoys reading, photographing urban landscapes, and discovering new restaurants.

Photo of Juliette NicoletJuliette Nicolet

Acting Director - Policy, Education, Monitoring, Outreach Branch (OHRC)

Juliette Nicolet is a seasoned social policy professional with extensive experience in public affairs, government relations, advocacy, strategic foresight and planning, and communications in urban Indigenous, non-profit and the broader social policy sector. She is currently Acting Director of Policy, Education, Monitoring and Outreach at the Ontario Human Rights Commission. Prior to this, she was Director of Policy and Government Relations at the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres, and Counsel at the Ministry of the Attorney General. Juliette holds an MA from the University of Toronto and an LLB and a BCL from the McGill University, and has two children who keep her on her toes more than any work ever could.

*Visit our Webinar Recordings > Equity page to view resources from this session.

 Human Rights Issues in Schools
Details: Session two will guide reflection and conversation focused on handling current issues in schools. 

Date: October 10, 2023

Time: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. EDT

Cost: Free

Presenters: 

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Juliette Nicolet

Acting Director - Policy, Education, Monitoring, Outreach Branch (OHRC)

Juliette Nicolet is a seasoned social policy professional with extensive experience in public affairs, government relations, advocacy, strategic foresight and planning, and communications in urban Indigenous, non-profit and the broader social policy sector. She is currently Acting Director of Policy, Education, Monitoring and Outreach at the Ontario Human Rights Commission. Prior to this, she was Director of Policy and Government Relations at the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres, and Counsel at the Ministry of the Attorney General. Juliette holds an MA from the University of Toronto and an LLB and a BCL from the McGill University, and has two children who keep her on her toes more than any work ever could.

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Caroline Hill

Senior Policy Analyst - Policy, Education, Monitoring, Outreach Branch (OHRC)

Caroline started at the Ontario Human Rights Commission in 2021 as the Special Advisor to the Chief Commissioner and is now a Senior Policy Analyst, supporting work in the strategic focus areas of education and criminal justice. Before joining the OHRC, Caroline worked at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and completed a fellowship with the Digital Justice Lab in Toronto. Caroline received her Master's degree in urban Geography from York University and her Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from the University of Ottawa. In her spare time, Caroline enjoys reading, photographing urban landscapes, and discovering new restaurants.

*Visit our Webinar Recordings > Equity page to view resources from this session.

 

November - Health and Safety in Schools

                          Ontario Physical and Health Education Association

Details: School leaders are responsible for student safety within curricular, intramural physical activities and interschool sports. Hear first-hand about the latest updates and resources from Ophea by joining us for this webinar on Health and Safety in Schools. 

Date: November 1, 2023

Times: 

  • 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. EDT
  • 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. EDT

Cost: Free (Members and Associates), $50 + HST (non-Members)

Presenters: 

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Rebecca Richardson

Ophea Ambassador and Committee Member - Instructional Program Leader, Secondary Safety and Well Being for Health and Physical Education and The Arts, Halton District School Board (HDSB)

Rebecca is currently providing provincial leadership through her roles on Ophea's Safety and Injury Prevention Advisory Committee and as a member of the Ontario Association for the Support of Physical and Health Educators (OASPHE) Executive Committee. Rebecca is also the Representative for Ontario on the PHE Canada Board of Directors. 

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Karen Trotter

Ophea Ambassador and Committee Member - Student Health and Well-Being Consultant, Conseil scolaire catholique Providence 

Karen is the consultant for student health and well-being for the Conseil scolaire catholique Providence in southwestern Ontario. She has been teaching for 27 years; 22 of which have been dedicated to the delivery of the Health and Physical Education curriculum from JK to grade 12. She is an Ophea ambassador, a long-time member of the Safety and Injury Prevention Advisory Committee and of the Ontario Association for the Support of Physical and Health Educators (OASPHE) executive. She is passionate about the health and well-being of all students and staff and advocates strongly for quality daily physical education.  

*Visit our Webinar Recordings > Additional Topics page to view resources from this session.

 

November - Bias Awareness

Members have identified that Bias Awareness is a topic that warrants further exploration. Join us for some learning and conversation. 

 Let's Talk About Unconscious Bias

Details: Join us for a conversation intended to deepen our understanding of unconscious bias and how it impacts our daily thinking and decision-making. This session will invite participants to submit questions and share experiences to bring concrete examples of how unconscious bias operates in our daily lives. 

Date: November 2, 2023

Time: 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. EDT

Cost: Free (Members and Associates), $50 + HST (non-Members)

Presenter:

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Heather Hamilton

Public sector executive

Heather L. Hamilton has over 30 years of public service experience at the municipal, provincial and federal levels. She began her career as a receptionist and worked through progressively more responsible roles to become a senior executive. Heather served in executive roles with Human Resources and Social Development Canada, Environment Canada, and Edmonton Regional Airports Authority, and served as Assistant Deputy Minister of Communications for the Government of Alberta. Heather joined the Parole Board of Canada in 2018 as Regional Director General of the Prairies Region. She chaired the first joint committee on Diversity and System Racism for the Correctional Service of Canada and the Parole Board, and co-led the creation of the Parole Board’s current action plan on diversity.

Heather holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Carleton University, and a Master of Arts in Communications and Technology from the University of Alberta. She has a particular interest in diversity issues and communications law, and is a passionate advocate of continuous learning and public service values and ethics.

*Thank you to those that attended! No resources are available from this session.
 Bias-aware Investigations and Progressive Discipline

Details: What constitutes a fair and transparent investigationinvolving students?Participants will engage in learning to better understand a bias-aware approach to progressive discipline in handling student incidents. 

Date: November 15, 2023

Time: 

  • 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. EST
  • 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. EST

Cost: Free (Members and Associates), $50 + HST (non-Members)

Presenters:

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Colin Fleming

Protective Services Consultant, Ontario Principals' Council

Colin is an educator with 27 years of experience whose career has included teaching and administrative roles in both the elementary and secondary panels. The last four of his nine years as a principal were in a central capacity with the Toronto District School Board as a Safe and Caring Schools Administrator. Colin held system-level leadership portfolios for Threats to School Safety and Threat Assessment. He is certified as a trainer with the Canadian Centre for Threat Assessment and Trauma Response and has trained administrators, superintendents, police officers, social workers and psychologists in Level 1 Threat Assessment.

In August of 2011, he joined the OPC as a Protective Services Team Consultant, providing advice and counselling to our Members about professional and legal issues, and supports them through investigations and hearings. He also presents legal issues workshops for local OPC groups, PQP and SOQP candidates. 

In 2017, Colin completed the Executive Certificate in Conflict Management through the Stitt Feld Handy Group in Toronto, receiving his certification from Windsor Law School. He holds a Masters in Education from York University and a Supervisory Officer's Certificate from the OPC. 

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Liz Winter

Legal Counsel, Ontario Principals' Council

Elizabeth joined the OPC as Legal Counsel in 2020, having practised education and labour law with a law firm since 2015. 

As Legal Counsel with the OPC’s Protective Services Team, Elizabeth provides legal advice and support to the Protective Services Consultants and OPC Members facing legal jeopardy. 

Elizabeth was called to the Bar in 2015, after having graduated from the University of Toronto’s Law School in 2014. Prior to attending law school, she graduated from the University of Oxford with an MSc in Comparative Social Policy and Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Arts.

*Visit our Webinar Recordings > Leadership page to view the presentation slides from this session.

December - The Basics of Artificial Intelligence

Details: Artificial Intelligence (AI) is being used today in medicine, transportation, science, military and more. The emergence of ChatGPT and other chatbot technology has become a popular topic in education with arguments on both sides. This workshop will explore the basics of AI and some of the implications for educators and leaders. 

Date: December 7, 2023

Time: 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. EST

Cost: Free (Members and Associates), $50 + HST (non-Members)

Presenters:

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Todd Pottle

Ontario e-Learning Consortium (OeLC) Technical Director 

Todd is a Secondary School Administrator on secondment as the Technical Director of the Ontario eLearning Consortium - a grassroots partnership of Ontario School Boards that, since 2005, have worked together to deliver secondary courses online, develop resources, provide PD, support educators, and increase learning opportunities for students. Currently, the Consortium supports 55 member Ontario School Boards, both Public and Catholic, representing students who reside in both metropolitan and rural areas throughout all regions of Ontario. Todd is also the Team Lead for the Ontario Principals' Council (OPC) Teaching and Learning Through eLearning (TLTE) program for current and aspiring educational leaders, an Instructor for Queen's University's TLTE program for teachers, a Course Writer for Queen’s University’s Professional Studies Dept, and has been a Textbook Author and the Lead Writer of a number of curriculum writing initiatives. In addition, Todd has been a speaker at several educational leadership and Ed Tech events such as, most recently, DLAC, B.C.'s Digital Learning Symposium, and the CANeLearn Leadership Summit. 

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Robby Perrigo

Secondary Teacher and Summer School eLearning Coordinator, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB)

Robby is an English, Drama and Social Sciences high school teacher passionate about student engagement, technological integration in the classroom and gamifying education. He also serves as the classroom Digital Lead Learner at Earl of March High School, subject coordinator for OCDSB’s eLearning summer school, and chair of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) D25 English council. He is a strong believer in using one’s imagination, personal interests and creativity to create a more authentic learning experience for students.

*Visit our Webinar Recordings > Technology Tools page to view resources from this session.

January - Teacher Performance Appraisals & Collective Agreements

Offering sessions to support your efforts in relationship management:

 Using Teacher Performance Appraisals to Support Ongoing Learning and Growth

Details: Extend your understanding of effective leadership competencies, strategies and equitable practices to inspire and build your school team. Learn how to integrate the Teacher Performance Appraisal (TPA) process as part of ongoing, growth-oriented reciprocal learning. 

Date: January 10, 2024

Time: 

  • 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. EST
  • 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. EST

Cost: Free (Members and Associates), $50 + HST (non-Members)

Presenter:

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Lawrence DeMaeyer

Professional Learning Advisor, Ontario Principals' Council

Lawrence has been an educator for over 30 years. He started his career as an elementary teacher before moving to secondary school where he spent over a decade as a Business Teacher and Department Head. He then served for 10 years as a secondary Vice-Principal and Principal. As a Principal, Lawrence held system-level leadership positions as a School Support Officer and Principal of Modern Learning. He has also served as a Superintendent of Education and Superintendent of Leadership Development and School Support. Lawrence’s passion for developing people, system learning, and innovation led him to join OPC in February of 2021 in the role of Professional Learning Education Advisor.  

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Leslie Mantle

Senior Administrator of School Support Services, Rainbow District School Board 

Leslie has teaching experience across a spectrum of age groups, from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Her leadership roles have been diverse, including overseeing a Secondary Arts School, an Alternative Indigenous Education Program, Night School, Adult Day School, and two rural Grade 7-12 schools.

Beyond the school walls, Leslie’s influence extends to the broader educational landscape, which include serving as an instructor of the Principal Qualification Program. Her dedication to her professional community is further highlighted by her role as an advocate for her peers.  She has represented principals and vice-principals in various capacities, serving as the president of the Rainbow District Principals Council, and acting as a Provincial Councillor with the Ontario Principals' Council.  Furthermore, Leslie has been a member of the Ontario Principals' Council executive.

In her current role as Senior Administrator with the Rainbow District School Board, Leslie oversees multiple portfolios aimed at supporting the work of Principals and Superintendents within her Board.  Leslie’s journey reflects her unwavering commitment to education, leadership, and the continuous improvement of the learning environment.

*Visit our Webinar Recordings > Leadership page to view resources from this session.

 Knowing Your Collective Agreements and Working with Unions

Details: School leaders work with a variety of employee groups and need to know and understand a variety of collective agreements that set the terms and conditions for employment. This session will explore the tools and strategies principals and vice-principals can use to successfully manage these relationships.  

Date: January 31, 2024

Time: 

  • 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. EST
  • 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. EST

Cost: Free (Members and Associates), $50 + HST (non-Members)

Presenter: 

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Nancy Brady

Protective Services Consultant, Ontario Principals' Council

Nancy has been an educator for over 28 years, serving as an educational assistant, secondary teacher, vice-principal and 18 years as a principal at both the elementary and secondary level, with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. She has also been a principal of M.F. McHugh, a section 23 school and the OCDSB Alternate High schools. Her final position with the OCDSB was that of Superintendent of Instruction, supervising a Family of Schools as well as the Continuing Education, Alternate High Schools and Adult programs.

Nancy has been involved in OPC since 2008, when she joined the local OPC Bytown Executive at the OCDSB. During her tenure on the executive she served as Co-president, Provincial Councillor and the Terms and Conditions Chair. She joined the Provincial Council in 2016 and served as Provincial President in 2019-20. She also served as the Americas Representative on the International Confederation of Principals (ICP). Nancy is an Honorary Life Member of the OPC.

*Thank you to those that attended! No resources are available from this session.

 

February - Effective Approaches to Addressing Aggressive Behaviours

Details: Are you experiencing aggressive behaviours among students in your school? Join Adopt4Life’s Aggression Toward Family / Caregivers in Childhood & Adolescence (AFCCA) Family Supports Program Team for this webinar, where their Clinical and Practice Leads will share evidence-based and practice-informed approaches to help build capacity to support this complex issue.

Date: February 20, 2024

Time: 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. EST

Cost: Free

Presenters: 

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Tanya Eichler

Clinical Lead, AFCCA

Tanya is a psychotherapist who works with individuals and families who are affected by early childhood trauma, attachment complexities, FASD, and neurodiversities at her Ottawa-based private practice. She is trained in DDP, Polyvagal Theory, and NVR, which also help guide her work as a clinical lead for Adopt4Life with the AFCCA Family Support Program. Previously she helped to launch Ottawa’s Fetal Alcohol Resource Program and worked in British Columbia as an FASD Key Worker.

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Jenn Drudge

Provincial Parent Liaison, AFCCA

Jenn (she/her) is from rural South-Western Ontario and has a background in social work. She and her husband became concurrent foster parents over ten years ago after having two biological children. Her journey includes adoption of four of her kids who are Indigenous (Cree, Ojibwe and Metis). She is passionate about supporting the Indigenous community and developing an anti-racism framework in her community. Through personal experience, Jenn is deeply acquainted with the challenges faced by families affected by FASD, Developmental Trauma, Attachment Disorder and Anxiety. Jenn is excited to help connect other adoptive parents with the support they need.

Resources* from this session: 

*Please note - these resources are for the personal and professional use. The materials should not be re-distributed or altered without permission.

March - Conflict Resolution and Navigating Challenging Relationships

Details: One of the most important elements of leadership is building relationships and inspiring others to do better. This session will take a closer look at conflict resolution skills and effective strategies to help navigate challenging relationships and situations. 

Date: March 19, 2024

Time: 

  • 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. EDT
  • 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. EDT

Cost: Free (Members and Associates), $50 + HST (non-Members)

Presenter:

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Vicki Shannon

Consultant, Protective Services Team, Ontario Principals' Council

Vicki has thoroughly enjoyed over 30 years of experience as a teacher and administrator both in English and French Immersion with Lakehead District School Board. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Master of Education and Supervisory Officer courses, but her greatest learning came from working closely with students, families, staff, administrators and board support as a school leader.

 

Vicki has worked with OPC at the local and provincial levels for years, including serving as our President. She also spent 7 years with the International Confederation of Principals and 6 years as the Council of the Ontario College of Teachers principal/vice-principal representativeIn 2019, Vicki joined our Protective Services Team, working with Members and districts advocating for school leaders, providing protective advice and professional learning. 

Morning Session 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. EST

OPC Member Registration Non-Member Registration

Afternoon Session 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. EST

OPC Member Registration Non-Member Registration

April - Leading Anti-Oppressive Work in Schools

Details: This session will focus on key aspects of facilitating challenging conversations. Participants will also explore strategies for navigating the tensions inherent to working in an educational system built on colonial thinking while still supporting system and department priorities. 

Date: April 17, 2024

Time: 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. EDT

Cost: Free (Members and Associates), $50 + HST (non-Members)

Presenter: 

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Irfan Toor

Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion - Ontario Principals' Council

Irfan Toor (he/him) is the Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for the Ontario Principals' Council. He joined the staff in 2021 when the position was created, coming to the organization from a similar position as Principal of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for the Simcoe County District School Board.

Irfan has been working in education for more than 25 years in communities such as Victoria, Kingston, Toronto and in Simcoe County. As a secondary and intermediate educator and school administrator in public, private and alternative settings, he is committed to fostering educational practices that centre students in the learning experience. 

As a system principal, Irfan provided leadership, support and mentorship to school administrators as they progressed on their individual journeys to noticing, unlearning and disrupting systemic practices that reinforced disproportionate outcomes for underserved identities.

As a Member of the OPC, Irfan spent many years on the local executive for Simcoe County as part of the Terms and Conditions team, Secondary Provincial Councillor and as a Member-at-Large for the Provincial Executive in 2020-2021. 

OPC Member Registration Non-Member Registration

May - Supporting 2SLGBTQQIA+ Students in Schools

Details: Join us for an engaging and action-oriented webinar that serves as an exceptional starting point or refresher for educators striving to cultivate more inclusive schools. In this empowering session, participants will embark on a transformative journey, gaining valuable insights into the essential principles of 2SLGBTQQIA+ inclusion through authentic actions and interactive learning experiences. 

This webinar will equip you with the tools and strategies needed to become an effective ally for 2SLGBTQI students. We will delve into best practices for allyship, emphasizing the importance of actively supporting and advocating for the rights and well-being of 2SLGBTQI individuals. From allyship actions to creating safe spaces, you will leave this session with the foundational knowledge, authentic actions, and practical resources necessary to foster more inclusive schools.

Date: May 7, 2024

Time: 

  • 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. EDT
  • 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. EDT

Cost: Free (Members and Associates), $50 + HST (non-Members)

Presenter: 

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Rachael Harrison (she/her)

Educator and 2SLGBTQQIA+ Advocate

Rachael has over ten years’ experience in education and 2SLGBTQQIA+ advocacy work. An Ontario certified educator, Rachael holds a Bachelor of Education specializing in Elementary Education and a Master of Education specializing in Physical and Health Education. She has worked at a variety of independent, private, and public elementary schools since 2014 and has developed allyship and inclusion resources for classroom teachers, including lesson plans, curriculum packs, and social media resources. She has delivered workshops across Canada on how to combat 2SLGBTQQIA+ discrimination and promote inclusion for all. Rachael is an author and illustrator of the children’s book Small Acts Every Day and co-author of a chapter in the social justice educational textbook Teaching About Social Justice Issues in Physical Education (PE), discussing heteronormativity and homophobia in PE.

Morning Session 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. EST

OPC Member Registration Non-Member Registration

Afternoon Session 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. EST

OPC Member Registration Non-Member Registration

June - Planning Ahead for School Improvement

Details: This session will explore some effective practices and approaches for effective school improvement. Discussion will center on engaging staff, students and community in authentic conversations about continuous growth and improvement in working towards common goals.

Date: June 4, 2024

Time: 

  • 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. EDT
  • 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. EDT

Cost: Free (Members and Associates), $50 + HST (non-Members)

Presenters: 

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Lawrence DeMaeyer

Professional Learning Advisor, Ontario Principals' Council

Lawrence has been an educator for over 30 years. He started his career as an elementary teacher before moving to secondary school where he spent over a decade as a Business Teacher and Department Head. He then served for 10 years as a secondary Vice-Principal and Principal. As a Principal, Lawrence held system-level leadership positions as a School Support Officer and Principal of Modern Learning. He has also served as a Superintendent of Education and Superintendent of Leadership Development and School Support. Lawrence’s passion for developing people, system learning, and innovation led him to join OPC in February of 2021 in the role of Professional Learning Education Advisor.  

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Susie Lee-Fernandes

Director of Professional Learning, Ontario Principals' Council

Susie has served in education for over 23 years in the roles of teacher, principal and superintendent with responsibilities for equity, special education and leadership development. She is a dedicated educator and life-long learner, committed to culturally responsive leadership and authentic collaboration with community partners. In her current role as Director of Professional Learning for the Ontario Principal’s Council, Susie is honoured to support principals and vice-principals in exemplary school leadership at the local, national and international levels.

Morning Session 8:00 to 9:30 a.m. EST

OPC Member Registration Non-Member Registration

Afternoon Session 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. EST

OPC Member Registration Non-Member Registration

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