Communication Expert | Award-Winning Humourist
For over thirty years, Bill Carr has been making people laugh at what’s trivial while helping them think deeply about what counts. His unique blend of humour and insight inspires laughter and offers his audiences a fresh perspective on what they face every day.
Carr’s career has seen him perform on stages across Canada, including at Neptune Theatre, Mermaid Theatre, and with the Atlantic Theatre Festival. He has written and performed in numerous radio dramas for CBC, and has made appearances on countless television programs, several movies, and many advertisements.
Involved with a number of charitable events, Carr served on the boards of The Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia, The Community Justice Society of Nova Scotia, Actra, and The Atlantic Comedy Festival Society.
Dave Cormier is an educational activist, researcher, online community advocate and the Project Lead for Student Relations Management at the University of Prince Edward Island. He has published on open education, Rhizomatic Learning, MOOCs (Massive\Open Online Courses), Digital Identity.
As Project Lead for Student Relations his role is to survey the relationship between the university and the student and improve it where possible. In addition to managing the Recruitment and First-year advisement office he is involved in a number of projects designed to help students transition from high school to university.
Dave’s keynotes in the last couple of years have centred around how “coming to know” is a messy, imprecise process at once intensely individual and necessarily embedded in a community – Rhizomatic Learning. You can follow him on twitter or follow his thoughts at davecormier.com.
Gregory S. McKenna has his M.Sc. in Clinical/Community Psychology and Ph.D. in Applied Psychology (School Psychology and Special Education) from the University of Calgary. He has worked in mental health, career counselling, educational assessment, and research settings. He has published in peer reviewed journals in his areas of specialization, which include literacy, learning disabilities and assessment.
Born, raised and educated on Cape Breton Island, Mora has over 10 years of experience working in post-secondary education. Mora started her work with transfer of credit policy and enticing working adults to use their experience toward prior learning recognition. She then moved to Recruitment and shifted demographics, where she has been involved in both domestic and international recruitment representing CBU worldwide. Along with recruiting, Mora has been actively engaged in the positive shift of marketing and communications strategies focusing on international recruitment at CBU. Mora also has been involved with the AARAO scheduling committee and has managed the coordination of transforming most of AARAO Cape Breton’s time in a central location hosted by CBU.
Melissa has been working with Holland College since 2003, her current role being Information Officer, with emphasis on student mobility into and beyond the college; she is responsible for administering transfer credit and promoting articulation agreements to the applicants, students and graduates of Holland College.
Hailing from eastern Prince Edward Island, Robyn joined Mount Saint Vincent University in 2011 and works primarily in the transfer student market, building on over a decade of successful articulation agreements between the Mount and several community colleges across Atlantic Canada. Before joining the Mount’s Recruitment Team, Robyn worked with Saint Mary’s University in donor relations and communications and spent several years working in the Registrar’s Office at the University of Prince Edward Island.
Jason Thibodeau started working as the Recruitment Coordinator for the Maritime College of Forest Technology in 2004, and has since been appointed to the role of College Administrator. A graduate of the Maritime Forest Ranger School, he began working for the Department of Natural Resources with the Fish & Wildlife Branch and then moved on to the Provincial Forest Fire Centre. Over the last 10 years, he has gained extensive knowledge in both the creation and implementing of the annual AARAO schedule. Jason’s past duties within the AARAO Organization include RAMC Chair and lead for the domestic recruitment schedule. He continues to play a role in the preparation of the schedule and is eager to adopt new changes and additions in the near future.
Allison is a graduate of both Holland College and UPEI. Allison has worked in post-secondary for almost 15 years. Most of her experience is at Holland College, but she also worked at NSCC for two years. Allison has worked in a variety of roles such as Student Activites Coordinator, CollegePrep Coordinator, Campus Registrar, Student Retention & Employment Officer, and most recently as Recruitment Coordinator. Allison is currently completing her second term as RAMC Chair coordinating the Atlantic portion of the AARAO tour. She has personally participated in the tour for six years.
Joan leads a productive team of eight mentors. Together, through an innovative and interactive approach, the team works to help intermediate and senior high school students make informed decisions about their post-secondary education. Joan is a graduate of SAIT, Tourism Administration; University of Prince Edward Island, Bachelor of Education; University of New Brunswick, Certified Adult Educator; and is presently working on her Master’s degree at Athabasca.
Dr. Kutcher is an internationally-renowned expert in the area of adolescent mental health and a national and international leader in mental health research, advocacy, training, policy, and services innovation working at the IWK and Dalhousie University. He currently holds the Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health where he applies knowledge translation techniques to advance adolescent mental health promotion, education, research and training locally, nationally and internationally. He currently directs the World Health Organization Collaborating Center in Mental Health at Dalhousie.
He contributes to the work of Laing House, Immigrant Services and Integration Services and the Boys and Girls Clubs. One of his recent projects was leading the development of a national child and youth mental health framework for Canada, Evergreen. Currently his focus is on knowledge translation pertaining to improving youth mental health and mental health care in schools and primary care.