Annual General Meeting
Dr. Santa Ono
Professor Santa J. Ono is the President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia, a global centre for research and teaching with 64,000 students, 16,500 faculty/staff and a $2.5 billion operating budget.
Dr. Ono is also a professor of medicine and biology and Chief Advisor of the British Columbia Innovation Network.
When Mike Downie first heard the story of Chanie “Charlie” Wenjack—an Ojibway boy who died while running away from his residential school—it was like an arrow shot through his heart.
The result was their multi-media project Secret Path, consisting of a music album and a graphic novel and film (with artist Jeff Lemire), that has captured the hearts and minds of Canadians. Using Chanie’s story as a starting point, Mike helps audiences understand Canada’s troubling legacy of residential schools, to explore how to reconcile with the past and bring healing as individuals and as a nation.
A celebrated storyteller, Mike is writer, director, and producer of numerous documentaries, as well as a founder of Edgarland Films. He is the winner of a Canadian Screen Award for Best Science Documentary for his film, Invasion of the Brain Snatchers. He received a Gemini Award nomination for Best Direction, and a nomination for the Allan King Award for Documentary Excellence for his film, One Ocean. The documentary also won two prestigious Chris Awards at the Columbus International Film and Video Festival.
Mike is co-founder of the Gord Downie and Chanie Wenjack Fund, part of the movement to jumpstart reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples.
Before his career in film and television, Mike worked as a deep shaft miner in Northern Ontario, a medical researcher at McGill University, a junior economist in Toronto, and as a windsurfing instructor in the U.S. Virgin Islands. He holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours from Queen’s University, and an MBA from York University’s Schulich School of Business.
Eric Termuende is a thought-leader on optimizing workplace culture, the future of work, and engagement in the workplace. He believes that if he can help make people’s lives better at work; he can make people’s lives better.
Prior to NoW Innovations, Eric co-founded DRYVER Group, a consultancy focused on the attraction and retention of top talent. Here he co-developed a tool that quantifies workplace culture. Eric and his team helped pinpoint strengths and opportunities in an organization to optimize culture, improve attraction, and mitigate poor retention numbers. Believing that collaboration is a key to success, Eric has helped develop a partnership network in Canada to emphasize the importance of teamwork and the delivery of great work.
Eric has been featured in Forbes, Inc., Thrive Global, the Huffington Post and many others prominent media organizations. He has been recognized as one of only ‘100 emerging innovators under 35’ globally by American Express and an active ‘Global Shaper’ with the World Economic Forum.
Eric sat as Community Integration Chair for Global Shapers Calgary, a community that functions under the World Economic Forum. He is a former Canadian G20 YEA Delegate, representing Canada in Sydney in 2014.
Eric has spoken at events ranging from leadership and development to success and happiness, education and innovation, and the future or work and workplace culture.
Traditional Dance Presentation
Students attend four elementary schools in School District #92 (Nisg̱a’a). This group represents the 260 elementary and 120 secondary students in the district.
Laney Munroe (Ksim Lax̱ Gibuu), Lennox Mercer (Lax̱ Sgiik), Ethan Clayton (Lax̱ Gibuu), Kithana Mercer (Gisk’aast), Navaeh Clayton (Ksim G̱anada), Nishaya Mercer (Ksim Lax̱ Sgiik), Brooke Munroe (Ksim G̱anada), Lily Azak (Ksim Lax̱ Gibuu), Katie Nyce (Ksim Lax̱ Sgiik), Kyla Moore (Ksim Lax̱ Sgiik), Cherish Nyce (Ksim G̱anada), Owen Azak (Lax̱ G̱ibuu), Liam Stevens (Lax̱ Sgiik), Markus Wilson (Lax̱ Sgiik), Trinitee Willie (Ksim Lax̱ Gibuu), Erin Moore (Ksim Lax̱ Sgiik), Brock Watts (Gisk’aast), Aiden Stewart (Lax̱ Gibuu), Quinn Angus (Ksim Lax̱ Sgiik) and Kary Lincoln (Ksim G̱anada).
The group is proud to represent their families, communities, schools, school district and the Nisg̱a’a Nation as they honour their ancestors, history and heritage with the Nisg̱a’a songs and dances they have practiced to share with the BC’s school trustees at the 2018 BCSTA Annual General Meeting.
Concurrent & Pre-conference Workshop
Mali grew up in Port McNeill, a town of 3,000 people on northern Vancouver Island. She has an interest in global solidarity and for approaches to understanding settler-colonial family histories in North America. When not at work, you can find Mali riding her bicycle, kayaking or making music in East Vancouver.
This presentation will cover the lessons learned and emotional stories from this powerful experience, as well as a discussion of the important role school districts and communities have in creating positive connections with First Nations communities. The presentation hopes to inspire other school districts in BC to consider their relationships with local First Nations and find ways that youth can help the healing process between communities throughout British Columbia.
Residential school survivor and Tsawout Elder, Willard Pelkey, teachers Emily Raichura and Romaine Underwood, with mentor and music educator Ben McConchie and students who took part in the project will give this presentation discussing their experiences and hopes going forward for the Youth Leadership/Reconciliation Initiative.
Ted has spent the last 35 years in education as an elementary teacher, administrator, provincial lead for Enhancement Agreements and, for the past five years, as Provincial Director for Aboriginal Education at the Ministry of Education.
He has a B.Ed from University of Victoria and an MA in Leadership from Royal Roads University. In 2013 Ted, and the Aboriginal Education team, received the Premier’s Award of Excellence for their work to improve results for Aboriginal students. He is a student of system change, husband of a primary school teacher and dad to two amazing children.
Melia has also been actively involved in the creation of Langara’s first Mental Health Framework, a three-year plan to promote mental well-being for students and employees. In 2014 Melia was the co-chair of Langara’s Employee Wellness Program when it was awarded the Canadian Cancer Society’s prestigious Community Champion Award for the College’s innovation, creativity and commitment to workplace wellness.
An Occupational Therapist by profession, he strongly believes that everyone has their right to participate in and enjoy their occupation of choice, which includes learning in a higher education context.
With over 30 years of hands-on experience working with people living with mental illness, he values equal access and inclusivity, and believes that by empowering the individual and/or modifying the environment, the individual will thrive. He has been supporting students from his campus to advocate for mental health awareness for almost a decade, and his recent research focuses on what teaching practices best support student well-being.
Through her work within Student Services, she has developed a passion for supporting the wellbeing and success of all student populations at BCIT. Siobhan is a BCIT graduate (Marketing Management Communications) and is currently completing a bachelor’s degree at Simon Fraser University.
Lauren has exhibited this through her collaborations on numerous research projects, policy implementations within UBC Okanagan’s Senate, and development of proactive and reactive interventions. She is now working to bring this experience and knowledge to the BCIT community in her role as Health and Wellness Coordinator with the BCIT Student Association.
Lauren is working to implement both preventative and responsive systems of support to the diverse community of students, while adopting the eight dimensions of wellbeing.
Prior to this new appointment (January 2014) Jan had been the Superintendent of Schools for School District No. 42, Maple Ridge & Pitt Meadows, for 5 years.
Jan has a passion for student learning and has been part of several innovations to assist in providing students their best life chances.
Jan believes that we must provide learners relevant, experiential, engaging opportunities so that they can experience success as they make their way into their next phase of life, whatever that may be.
The world is changing exponentially and it is imperative that we continue to ensure that we give all of our learners the right kinds of skills to achieve to their highest potential in a rapidly changing environment.