Director of Teaching & Learning Innovation,
College of the North Atlantic
Jenn is a Certified Executive Coach and Mentor Coach and holds a Professional Coaching Certification (PCC) with the International Coaching Federation (ICF). She is an Associate Faculty member at Royal Roads University in the Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching program. Her passion is working with new coaches and feels this is a powerful way to deepen her own learning and form meaningful connections with others along the way.
Jenn is also passionate about ultra cycling and testing her limits on the bike – whether it’s a mountain, road, or gravel bike. She has been fortunate to travel to many countries and experience them by bicycle, and is always looking forward to the next adventure. Cycling is also one way that Jenn likes to give back through her work on the Executive Board of Bicycle NL and serves as Director of Women’s Cycling, and her community activism which encourages accessible and inclusive urban design for the livability and safety of our built environment, calling attention to the need to challenge car culture.
Before taking on her current role as Director of the Centre for Teaching & Learning Innovation at College of the North Atlantic in Newfoundland and Labrador, Jenn started her own practice as an Executive and Leadership Coach, serving leaders around the world through 1:1 and team coaching, facilitation and training, gaining over 1000 hours of coaching experience since 2015. Jenn also holds a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Memorial University in NL.
Jenn is a white settler living, playing, and working on the traditional unceded lands of the Beothuk and Mi’kmaq on the island of Ktaqmkuk (Newfoundland). She is committed to working in a spirit of truth and reconciliation to contribute positively to the community, understanding that we all have an impact as we move through our day. One quote that Jenn likes to keep in mind is from Jane Goodall: “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
Educational Developer, Niagara College
Dana (she/her) is a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (IPEC) and holds an Associate Coaching Certification (ACC) through the International Coaching Federation (ICF). In her current role as Educational Developer at Niagara College’s Centre for Academic Excellence (CAE), Dana consults with faculty on their teaching and learning strategies, and designs and delivers professional development and onboarding training for new and part-time faculty.
In recent years, Dana has been a key team member in significant change management projects at the College including the President’s Award for Innovation in Student Learning and Success, and the College’s Strategic Plan. Prior to working at the College, Dana worked for ten years at PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC). She holds a Business Degree, Adult Learning Certificate, and a Masters Certificate in Organizational Development and Change. She is currently completing her Master of Education with a focus on Educational Psychology.
Dana is a daughter, sister, mother, friend, and lifelong learner. As a white settler she is grateful to be able to work and live on the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe peoples. Dana is always seeking new learnings and ideas, and is committed to learning about and embedding decolonization and EDI practices to create inclusive and accessible teaching and learning environments. Dana is passionate about reflective practice and believes that one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves is opportunity for growth in social and emotional awareness. She believes that being aware – of our thoughts, emotions and the resulting actions, is a first step to making transformative change within ourselves and the world around us. One of Dana’s favorite quotes is by Danielle LaPorte, “Do you remember who you were before the world told you who to be?”
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.
Kevin Lamoureux is a faculty member at the University of Winnipeg and a well-known public speaker. As an award-winning scholar, Lamoureux has published several books including the popular and award winning Ensouling Our Schools (with Dr. Jennifer Katz), has written many academic articles, and has taught for several universities, colleges, and institutions across Canada. He served as the former Associate Vice President of the University of Winnipeg and Education Lead for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. Lamoureux has been seen on TV, in the media, documentaries, and is a three-time TEDx speaker. He has consulted for business, government, schools, and other organizations across Canada. More than anything, Lamoureux is committed to Reconciliation and a better Canada for all Canadians.
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.
Dr. Michelle Pacansky-Brock is a noted leader in higher education with expertise in online teaching, course design, and faculty development. Dr. Pacansky-Brock’s work has helped online instructors across the nation and beyond understand how to craft relevant, humanized online learning experiences that support the diverse needs of college students. She is the author of Best Practices for Teaching with Emerging Technologies (2nd edition, Routledge) and has received national recognition for her excellence in teaching and faculty development from the Online Learning Consortium (OLC).
Currently, Dr. Pacansky-Brock is Faculty Mentor, Online Teaching and Learning with the California Community Colleges California Virtual Campus-Online Education Initiative (CVC). In her role, she coordinates professional development in support of equitable online teaching and learning for @ONE (Online Network of Educators) and is leading a California Learning Lab grant project that is scaling humanized online teaching across California and researching its impact on STEM students from minoritized communities. Learn more about Dr. Pacansky-Brock at brocansky.com and connect with her on Twitter https://twitter.com/brocansky.
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.
Karl DockstaderOneida 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.
Marjorie BusseLead 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.
Heather TurnbullLead, 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.
Jesse GrimaldiFounder, 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 HullingerExecutive 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.
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 GilliesIndigenous 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.
Hayley HesselnEconomist 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 SetoGlobal Coach, Principal of Lily Seto Coaching and Consulting
Michelle DeGrootExecutive, First Nation Health Authority
Carrie LambLeader, 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 DockstaderOneida Bear Clan, Co-host of One Dish One Mic, Adviser for Indigenous content, culture and protocol for Plenty Canada
Leah HoganAssociate 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.