Your Hosts

Jenn Wicks
Jenn Wicks

Director of Teaching & Learning Innovation,
College of the North Atlantic

Dana Wetherell
Dana Wetherell

Educational Developer, Niagara College


Kevin Lamoureux
Kevin Lamoureux
Session: Decolonizing Instruction

March 21, 12:30 p.m.

Decolonization is a word that is often misunderstood. Scholars and activists around the world have studied, debated and fought for decolonization while the word itself often remains misunderstood, feared and resented. This session will seek to counter that response. Rather than representing actions to be feared, decolonization can be an invitation for all those in the education sector to contribute to a better Canada for all Canadians. This session will offer one example of what decolonized instruction might look like.

Favourite quote:
Empathy is not simply a matter of trying to imagine what others are going through, but having the will to muster enough courage to do something about it. In a way, empathy is predicated upon hope.
Cornel West
Dr. Michelle Pacansky-Brock
Dr. Michelle Pacansky-Brock
Session: From Gatekeeper to Warm Demander: Reconceiving Professor-Student Relationships for Equity

March 22, 11:15 a.m.

The research is clear, relationships are the foundation of meaningful learning experiences — face-to-face and online. While this is true for all students, it is especially true for those from minoritized communities. In this session, we will explore the transformative potential of “warm demander” pedagogy, which is a pathway to empowering more students to achieve their full potential. You’ll walk away with practical, humanized online teaching strategies that foster trust and belonging at a distance through the use of technology.

Favourite quote:
Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark places where it leads.
Erica Jong


Session: Day 1 Traditional Indigenous Opening & Day 2 Traditional Indigenous Closing

March 21, 11:30a.m.; March 22, 5:00p.m.

Join Karl Dockstader in a Traditional Indigenous Opening on Day 1 and Closing on Day 2, so that we may begin and end our gathering in a good way.

Favourite quote:
Peace is never static or secure, but needs to be maintained, preserved, recovered, and spread. Peace is a process, not a state.
  • Karl Dockstader
    Karl Dockstader
    Oneida Bear Clan, Co-Host of One Dish One Mic, Adviser for Indigenous content, culture and protocol for Plenty Canada
Session: Coaching Foundations and Master Coach Demo

March 21, 2:15 p.m.

This session will be co-presented with hosts Jenn Wicks and Dana Wetherell.

In this session you will gain clarity on what coaching is, including what it means to be “coachlike”. The latter part of the session will involve an opportunity to watch a live coaching demo, led by coach, Marjorie Busse, with a volunteer participant as coachee.

Favourite quote:
Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.
Karen Kaiser Clark
  • Marjorie Busse
    Marjorie Busse
    Lead Faculty Member, Certified Executive Coaching Program, Royal Roads University, Principal Partner at Essential Impact
Session: Coaching Culture in Education

March 21, 3:15 p.m.

At Canada’s University of British Columbia (UBC), coaching has been a way of life for nearly two decades. The university introduced coaching as a talent development modality in 2003; since then, it’s become an integral part of UBC’s culture and strategy and is the catalyst for leadership effectiveness and employee engagement. UBC’s motto is Tuum Est, meaning “It Is Yours.” In keeping with this, UBC HR invests in the well-being, engagement and growth of its leaders, staff and faculty through one-on-one and group coaching and by embedding a coach approach in its leadership programs for new and developing staff and Academic Leadership. This session highlights how modalities of professional coaching and coaching skills are impacting employees in the way they lead, learn and teach.

Favourite quote:
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
Maya Angelou
  • Heather Turnbull
    Heather Turnbull
    Lead, Coaching Services, University of British Columbia
Session: Leveraging Coaching (and Emotional Intelligence Coaching) towards Inclusion in Higher Ed: A Focus on Trans & Non-binary Inclusion

March 21, 4:15 p.m.

Barriers to inclusion in higher ed settings are not always obvious to everyone, but identifying barriers is one step towards dismantling them and advancing equity & inclusion. This session helps uncover some the lesser known and lesser talked about barriers to inclusion for trans and non-binary persons in higher ed settings. Participants will walk away with a greater understanding of how coaching and emotional intelligence coaching are some of the ways in which we can move inclusion strategies forward in higher ed settings. Through brainstorming the implementation of calls to action, this session invites participants to take up practical next steps to help advance inclusion.

Favourite quote:
I believe that the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity, is daring to dare.
Maya Angelou
  • Jesse Grimaldi
    Jesse Grimaldi
    Founder, Yeti Consulting and Manager BCom Careers, UBC
Session: Coaching Practices to Address Global Trends in Education

March 21, 5:15 p.m.

In June 2022, the ICF Thought Leadership Institute invited 34 Wisdom Weavers from 15 countries — experts in education, business, technology and coaching — to explore how coaching can facilitate progress in education at the Manifesting the Future of Education Convening.

Together, we envisioned education’s future in the domains of K-12 education, digital transformation, higher education, and lifelong learning as an integral component of the future of work. Our discussions challenged existing paradigms in education and investigated opportunities to collaborate and reimagine education as an interdependent system for learning that prepares students as lifelong learners for an ever-changing future.

Inspired by this conversation, a smaller work group came together to build on the ideas that were generated from the Convening. From that work, we issued our first Manifesto for the Future of Education. The Manifesto for the Future of Education establishes a vision for transforming education around the globe while integrating the practice of coaching as a catalyst for positive change and a mechanism for amplifying human potential. 

  • Alicia Hullinger
    Alicia Hullinger
    Executive Director/VP – Thought Leadership Institute, International Coaching Federation (ICF)
Session: Day 1 Debrief

March 21, 6:00 p.m.

An opportunity to share insights, reflect on learnings from the day, and set goals.

The debrief will be led by hosts Jenn Wicks and Dana Wetherell.

Session: Transforming Educational Experiences through the Lens of Indigenous Worldviews

March 22, 12:45 p.m.

Coaching in education has existed in traditional knowledge transfer systems within Indigenous communities since time began. Our community structures, social laws, and values dictate that we must engage in a style of education that allows for such safe spaces to grow, learn, try, fail, and transform. Coaching relies on mutual respect for the learner and coach, which removes barriers to receiving critical feedback and ensures that we all see development as good for the collective and not a competition for prominence or an identifier of hierarchal status. A deeper view of how Indigenous world views know this approach to community-supported learning and a reciprocal relationship of mutual respect and responsibility can enhance learner spaces no matter the subject. Join us in this virtual learning circle to explore how adding a view of coaching and mutual knowledge exchanges can support your work in education.

Favourite quote:
Things which do not grow and change are dead things.
Louise Erdich

Louise Erdich is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of the Chippewa Indians, author and Pulitzer Prize Winner for her latest book “Night Watchman.”

  • Jewell Gillies
    Jewell Gillies
    Indigenous Advisor, Two-spirit member of Musgmagw Dzawada’enuwx
Session: Coaching in the Classroom

March 22, 1:45 p.m.

Coaching is a lot like teaching and learning and vice versa.  I approach all teaching at the university as a coach whereby I engage with students, I work to enlighten and empower them, and I hold them accountable such that they excel in the classroom and beyond.  In this presentation I’ll be sharing teaching techniques based on a coach approach and the importance of building emotional intelligence skills through assessment.  

Favourite quote:
The same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg. It’s about you’re made of, not the circumstances.
  • Hayley Hesseln
    Hayley Hesseln
    Economist and Professor – University of Saskatchewan, Co-founder EI Advantage
Session: Reflections of an Indigenous Coaching Program

March 22, 2:45 p.m.

We have a story we would like to share with you. Coaching is an opportunity for us and our Indigenous colleagues to build our capacity and move forward in a good way. While there are many coach training programs, we felt that they were not grounded in Indigenous perspectives and did not allow for our cultural teaches and practices to be incorporated. As a group we developed a coaching program for Indigenous people and delivered our first cohort summer 2022. Participants included First Nation and Metis professionals looking for tools to support their careers. 

  • Lily Seto
    Lily Seto
    Global Coach, Principal of Lily Seto Coaching and Consulting
  • Michelle DeGroot
    Michelle DeGroot
    Executive, First Nation Health Authority
  • Carrie Lamb
    Carrie Lamb
    Leader, Indigenous Recruitment & Retention, Fraser Health Authority
Session: Don’t *just* do a Land Acknowledgement

March 22, 3:45 p.m.

Leah Hogan and Karl Dockstader will lead an interactive activity based on Indigenous ways of being. Lessons will be drawn from our territory but will be extended to encourage educators to learn more about Indigenous communities in all the territories on Turtle Island.

Attendees will learn about how Land Acknowledgements and Territorial Acknowledgements can both help and hinder reconciliation work in your territory through an active-learning traditional teaching session that can be adapted for learning environment use. 

  • Karl Dockstader
    Karl Dockstader
    Oneida Bear Clan, Co-host of One Dish One Mic, Adviser for Indigenous content, culture and protocol for Plenty Canada
  • Leah  Hogan
    Leah Hogan
    Associate Director, Indigenous Education, Niagara College
Session: Day 2 Debrief

March 22, 6:00 p.m.

An opportunity to share insights, reflect on learnings from the day, and set goals.

The debrief will be led by hosts Jenn Wicks and Dana Wetherell.

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