Emily Nickerson, a third-year Water Resources Engineering student at the University of Guelph, worked with the Agriculture Value Chains Venture of Engineers Without Borders this past summer. Working directly with a small agro-inputs business, Emily was able to develop an in-depth understanding of field level realities regarding the access and use of agro-inputs by small-scale farmers. She has gained first hand insight on the importance of systemic change and its role in sustainable livelihood improvements for smallholder farmers. Emily Nickerson’s talk will focus on how development sector models in Africa need to change in order to be sustainable; sustainable change must be systemic.
Nickerson has been involved with Engineers Without Borders at the University of Guelph and nationally for the past three years. Further, she has been involved in various School of Engineering events such as GoEngg Girl. Emily is also a President’s Scholar at the University of Guelph and completed a research placement with Professor Ed McBean summer 2011.
Like so many in the restaurant business, Bruce McAdams first job was as a dishwasher at a local steakhouse back in 1979. He enjoyed the business so much he went to school to study it, graduating from the University of Guelph’s School of Hotel and Food Administration in 1989. Upon completion of his studies McAdams joined Darden Restaurants where he spent seven years working in both Operations and Training. In 1997, McAdams joined the upstart and entrepreneurial Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants. Over an 11 year career with that company he worked in various roles serving most recently as its Vice President of Operations until 2008. It is during this time McAdams co- founded the Ontario Hostelry Institutes Top 30 under and 30, a program that recognizes Ontario’s brightest young hospitality leaders.
After completing a Masters of Arts in Leadership, McAdams joined the faculty of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management in January of 2009. He currently teaches courses in Strategic Management and Quality Service Management at both the undergraduate and MBA levels. In the fall of 2009 McAdams started a program called Garden2Table which involves the promotion of food education to children in the greater Guelph Community. To date, this program has provided over 1000 children with hands on, ‘real food’ experiences. In 2011, McAdams started the University of Guelph Sustainable Restaurant Project (UGSRP). Initially created to incorporate more ‘sustainable’ curriculum at the school, UGSRP has evolved to become a project whose goal is to generate research regarding sustainable restaurant practices while also acting as a ‘hub’ of information and education for industry stakeholders. Research that McAdams and his colleague Dr. Mike von Massow have conducted on ‘tipping’ has been featured on CBC Radio, Foodservice and Hospitality Magazine and major newspapers across the country including The Globe and Mail.
Attained both his graduate and undergraduate degrees at the University of Guelph, with a focus in the fields of physiology and anatomy as well as music and music performance. In the last couple years, Jordan discovered a way to fuse his passions for science and music together, and has taught lectures and masterclasses addressing the anatomy of breathing, the voice, and vocal production in Guelph, at Guelph-Humber, and at McMaster. Much of this passion for understanding the production of the voice at an anatomical level has come from Jordan’s career as not only a Grammy-nominated singer, but as a vocal coach and teacher. Jordan believes that even a rudimentary understanding of the mechanisms behind how the voice is produced can pave the way for anyone to be able to sing.
Dr. Sylvain Charlebois is the Acting Dean and Professor in the College of Management and Economics at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. From 2004 to 2010, he was a member of the Faculty of Business Administration of the University of Regina in Regina, Canada. Dr. Charlebois is an award winning researcher and teacher. He also served as the Director of the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (Regina Campus).
His current research interest lies in the broad area of food distribution, security and safety, and has published many peer-reviewed journal articles in several publications. His research has been featured in a number of newspapers, including The Economist, the Globe & Mail, the National Post, the Toronto Star, MacLean’s, and La Presse, as well as on the Business News Network, CBC Radio and TV, Global, CTV, TVO and TVA. He is currently writing a fourth book on global food safety systems, to be published later this year. He conducts policy analysis, evaluation, and demonstration projects for government agencies and major foundations focusing on agricultural policies and community development both in Canada and in development settings. Dr. Charlebois is a member of the National Advisory Board of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. He has testified on several occasions before parliamentary committees on food policy-related issues as an expert witness. He has been asked to act as an advisor on food and agricultural policies in many Canadian provinces, in the United States, Brazil, Italy, France, Belgium, China, Great Britain, Finland and the Netherlands.
Brady Wilson is an author and expert on how conversation affects organizational energy to create dynamic results. Since 1993, Brady has trained and coached executives and managers in Fortune 500 companies across North America. His expertise is communication, specifically enabling leaders to unlock discretionary effort by engaging their people through face-to- face conversation.
In 1999, Brady launched his own business, Juice Inc. Juice’s mission is to enrich peoples’ lives by co-creating environments where it feels good to work and it’s easier to get results. Brady is a high-energy, intensely pragmatic presenter, trainer and coach who elicits conviction, trust and credibility, giving people the courage, desire and skills to act on change.
Brady’s has the intrinsic ability to deeply understand and draw out strong levels of engagement from his participants. He makes the complex simple and creates experiences that move concepts from the head, to the heart to the hands. This quality has also led to the research and development of several innovative communication tools, including Pull ConversationTM, The 5 Drivers of Employee EngagementTM and The Juice CheckTM.
Originally from Manitoulin Island, Brady and his wife Theresa now reside in Guelph, Ontario with an almost-empty nest.
Dan Meegan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Guelph. His Ph.D. is from McMaster University and his area of expertise is human cognition. He rarely misses an opportunity to smell roses and hug trees.
ABA F. SAFDAR is an Iranian-born Canadian-educated Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Guelph in Ontario. She moved to Canada in the 1980s after the Islamic revolution in Iran. She completed herundergraduate honours degree at McMaster University in Hamilton and her MA and PhD at York University in Toronto.
Professor Safdar is the Director of the Centre for Cross-Cultural Research at the University of Guelph where she and her students conduct research that lies broadly within the area of cross-cultural psychology. Her research primarily examines the wide range of factors that could help to understand adaptation processes of immigrants. She studies the influence of the psychological resilience of immigrants, of their beliefs and strategies, and of their ethnic and national identities on their adaptation in a new society. In addition to her research on immigration, she is interested in examining the academic, psychological, and social adaptation processes among international students. She currently studies the relation between the expression of identity and attitudes toward clothing (both ethnic and conventional fashion) among second generation immigrants in Canada.
Ajay Heble is Professor of English in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph. He is the author or editor of several books and the Founder and Artistic Director of the Guelph Jazz Festival. Under his visionary leadership, the Festival—winner of the prestigious Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts (2010), and a three-time recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Award of the Arts (1997, 2000, 2001)—has achieved a rock-solid international reputation as one of the world’s most inspired and provocative musical events. Dr. Heble is also the Project Director for Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice, a large-scale Major Collaborative Research Initiative, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Truth Is … A poet, a writer, a motivational speaker & an arts educator. In addition to Slam and a long list of feature performances across Canada and the U.S., Truth Is … has headlined in several conferences focused on social equity, gender equality, youth motivation and labour.
A self-professed foodie, Seema is dedicated to providing her customers with good food. After 20 years in marketing for some of Canada’s biggest corporations, it was time to reassess, regroup, and reinvent. Her deep commitments to environmental sustainability, social justice and access to nutritious food lead her to create Tiffinday which brings convenience, taste and nutrition to her community.