Ashlee is passionate about the environment and about exploring how our connections to place shape who we are. As part of her deep desire to understand the relationships among place, culture, health, and environment, Ashlee has been working collaboratively with Inuit friends in Nunatsiavut, Labrador to examine how changes in the land, climate, and environment are affecting livelihoods and cultural activities, and the subsequent impacts to mental health and wellbeing.
Margaret is a Professor of Anthropology and Sociology. In addition to her research following the lives of Canadian children from birth to early adulthood, Margaret’s more recent work focuses on injection drug use and the advantages of preventative community-based approaches to health and justice. Her area of specialization is the study of the life-course, which examines the many influences that intertwine over our lives to shape our personal and social destinies. These influences span the gamut, from the structure of one’s brain; to ever changing relationships with family, friends, and acquaintances; through input from social and public media; to the pressures of school and work; and last, but not least, our understandings of the world in which we live.
Patricia is a Mi’kmaq woman, Social Anthropology & Law educator, author, and an Aboriginal and Women’s Rights Advocate. Her published works relate to Mi’kmaq women leadership, history, employment equity, and education. She was chosen as a representative on the Canadian NGO team on women’s rights at the United Nations in Geneva.
With 15+ years of experience in the music industry as musician, audio engineer, and artist manager, Darren serves as Commander and Chief of his tech startup Marcato Digital. Brian Watson, COO of Harbourside Institute of Technology, says “Darren has the ability to see the big picture while keeping track of the details; he’s a linchpin who can walk into chaos and create order – someone who can invent, connect, create, and make things happen.”
Danny has held senior positions in business, law, government and politics. He is an experienced litigator, having been lead counsel in cases at all levels of court, including before the Supreme Court of Canada. Danny has been a senior advisor on justice matters to Justice Canada and the United Nations Development Programme, as well as a consultant to the governments of Thailand, Jamaica and Ukraine. In Nova Scotia, he is working with businesses, communities and government agencies on a variety of matters – ranging from corporate social responsibility, to citizen engagement, to aboriginal rights and innovative leadership. He is currently Nova Scotia’s Chief Negotiator in the Made in Nova Scotia Process – the comprehensive rights reconciliation process amongst the Mi’kmaq, the Province and Canada.
El believes that poetry can empower the powerless and give a voice to the voiceless. She is a spoken word activist, teacher and two-time captain of the back-to-back national championship Halifax slam team. El has performed all over Canada, including at the 10th Anniversary All-Star edition of When Sisters Speak in Toronto. In 2012, she was sponsored by Citizenship and Heritage Canada on a reading tour of Nova Scotia with George Elliott Clarke. Her poetry is particularly committed to political causes and social justice. She is dedicated to using poetry in prison outreach and youth engagement.
Pat Maher’s research interests focus on three overlapping areas: the meanings that humans take from their experiences within remote/polar regions; the pedagogical models, such as experiential learning that help people action their experiences; and the linkages to global sustainability challenges that result when humans change their values and behaviours. Pat is a 3M National Teaching Fellow.
Corrine is a successful health educator, author, researcher and entrepreneur. She is recognized throughout Canada as an expert in outcome measurement and an innovator in the development of e-health solutions for health organizations. Corrine has been the recipient of numerous awards for her work in wound care management and outcome measurement. In May 2014, she was featured in the Canadian Nurse Journal for her innovative work in improving patient lives. All of Corrine’s academic pursuits and entrepreneurial endeavours are driven by the desire to improve care delivery within the Canadian health system in order to enhance the quality of life for individuals who access it.
Joe is an enterprising futurist passionate about harnessing the power of innovation to transform stagnant economies, to empower start-ups and to spur compassionate capitalism. He is also a family man, engineer, serial entrepreneur, technologist and musician.
Dexter is a spoken word poet, youth mental health and social justice advocate who shares his personal story of survival. By openly speaking about suicide and pathways to life, he hopes to help break down stigma and taboos about depression and to empower people, enable understanding and bring healing and hope to others living and thriving with depression.
Michael is motivated by a massive amount of inquisitiveness and the kinds of experiences that often result in wind-chapped hands and sunburn from long hours on the water or in the research field. He believes every eager student, oceanic mass, threatened species, mountain range, pristine land track, whipping sail, developing eco-system, and unexplored route on the tip of the map deserves a champion…actually, a slew of them. That is why he has dedicated his career to the scientific subject matter that serves as his muse in the natural world – the fields of neuroscience, marine ecology and environmental biology. As an avid adventurist he has traveled the world on land and by sea. He has recently combined his passion for the environment, science and exploration by launching a technology venture that enables citizen scientists to contribute to scientific advancement.