Rumeet Billan is a social entrepreneur, educator and PhD candidate at the University of Toronto. She is the President and CEO of Jobs in Education and over the past seven years, she has contributed to school building initiatives in Africa and South America. She teaches, writes, and speaks on leadership, social entrepreneurship, and youth wellness. At the age of 25 and again at age 28, Rumeet received the honour of being named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women. She continues to integrate her business and doctoral studies with her passion for creating change through education.
Dr. Huish is an Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University in the department of International Development Studies. His research encompasses approaches to comprehensive development strategies in marginalized communities in Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Southern Asia by employing activism and direct engagement. Dr. Huish also teaches a wide range of courses that embrace experiential learning, engagement and activism. His course, Development & Activism: Methods of Organization, Manifestation and Dissent has received national attention. Dr. Huish was recently featured as one of Canada’s most Innovative Educators in the Globe and Mail’s series “Our Time to Lead: The Future of Higher Education in Canada.”
Max Haiven (PhD) is a writer, teacher and activist who works in Halifax and New York. He is a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Art and Public Policy at New York University and he teaches critical and cultural studies at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, where he also co-directs the Radical Imagination Project.
Tova Sherman is the Founding Director of ReachAbility, a dynamic, multi-service disability agency that provides education and employment programs to persons with disabilities, as well as researches and develops new knowledge initiatives. In just over four years, she has built the organization into a program that directly responds to the needs of the people not only in our local community, but in communities across Canada. Tova also works with Independent Disability Education Associates (IDEA), where she has established a principle to bring disability training to mainstream Canada by addressing the need for her customized no-nonsense, down to earth disability training modules. Today, Tova busily juggles her TV show, Inclusion Revolution with commitments to ReachAbility and prestigious speaking engagements across North America.
Ian Taylor is a technologist, audio visual system designer, musician, and music educator. Ian is dedicated to studying how humans interact with each other, how they interact with technology, and how they interact with each other through technology. Ian’s current role involves managing the technical operations of the Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick program- a cutting edge distributed education system that uses the latest in immersive videoconferencing technology and has been recognized internationally for its innovative design.
Sue Molloy, based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, is a researcher, adjunct professor and consulting engineer in Ocean engineering and specializes in Marine Renewable Energy, Eco-Ships and sustainable engineering. Currently, Sue is the engineer in residence for Tidal Power research in the faculty of engineering at Dalhousie University and teaches courses on tidal power and turbomachines. Sue is working on research and consulting projects related to educating communities about investing tidal power, the development of tidal power test facilities, testing methods for tidal turbines, cabling of tidal turbines and the efficiency and environmental effects of power systems. Recently Sue was added to the team at FORCE and is developing their subsea-platform research program.
Glenn comes from Indian Brook First Nation, and works as the Youth Coordinator for the Mi’kmaq Native Friendship Center. Some of his passions are: being physical, teaching and aboriginal culture. Through his passions he has come to use his experience to help others. From understanding his identity as an aboriginal person, to weighing over 350lbs, dealing with culture shock, to overcoming the loss of both his mother and sister, Glenn’s perspective is one of actively learning from your own experience, which can help you gain a better awareness of yourself, and inturn help you achieve a more intergrated experience
Dan Falk was born and raised in Halifax. He studied physics at Dalhousie and went on to become an award-winning science journalist. He's a regular contributor to the CBC Radio program “Ideas,” and is the author of two popular science books, Universe on a T-Shirt: The Quest for the Theory of Everything and In Search of Time: Journeys along a Curious Dimension. He lives in Toronto, but recently spent a year in Boston as a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Brent Hiscock has no academic credentials. He's a former bartender, former oil rigger, a perpetual student on a journey of self transformation and experiential learning. From Halifax to Nunavut to India to South East Asia he's seen striking cross-cultural similarities in our quests for personal mastery, fulfillment and self-expression. Questioning our motivations, he's keen to see more clearly where we are and where we're going.