This year’s fall conference organizing committee is delighted (and excited!) to be welcoming Katie Gad, Sarah Wiley, and Cam Collyer as our keynote presenters.
Katie Gad, Teacher, Centennial Collegiate Vocational Institute
Drawing from her many years of experience as an Integrated Curriculum Program Teacher within the Community Environmental Leadership Program (CELP) for grade 10 students and Headwaters Program for grade 12, Katie will introduce the themes of the conference and talk about how engaging students in the community and drawing on mentors have allowed these programs, and the teachers in them, to keep learning and teaching fresh. She will outline some of the unique projects that have evolved from mentor participation in the program. From the theme of Community and Inclusion, Katie will discuss how discussions on mental health and gender identity have led to a stronger sense of awareness and inclusion in the program. Finally, in terms of activism and action, Katie will talk about how student-driven project on environmental issues have led to some interesting outcomes in the City of Guelph!
Katie Gad has taught the CELP and Headwaters Interdisciplinary Programs in Guelph, Ontario since 2006. She is lucky enough to canoe trip and winter camp as part of her teaching day! She is also mom to two young boys who have re-ignited her sense of adventure in the outdoors.
Cam Collyer, Executive Director of Programing, Evergreen
Wild in the City. What sparks the wild heart of child? And how does that spark ignite into a lifetime of curiousity, exploration and adventure? A seemingly tougher task in an age of growing up in cities. Cam will share some programs and places from near and far that are adapting and innovating to connect with today’s children and their families.
Cam is the Executive Director, Programs at Evergreen, overseeing and developing Evergreen’s evolving national suite of programs that connect people, natural and the built world to make cities flourish. Since joining Evergreen in 1997, Cam developed Evergreen’s national award-winning school ground greening program into an international leader in the field, developed the award-winning suite of children’s programs at Evergreen Brick Works, and has overseen national initiatives engaging communities in neighbourhood greening and food gardening. Cam is a co-founder of the International School Ground Alliance and sits on the board of directors of Green Teacher magazine and Green Schoolyards America. He is currently on the national advisory committee for Parks for All as well as the steering committee for Outdoor Play Canada. Cam is a regular presenter at conferences, universities and in the media on topics of children and nature, school ground greening and outdoor education.
Sarah Wiley, Executive Director, Outward Bound Canada
Reflections on Resilience and Innovation within the Outdoor and Experiential Education industry – An organizational and personal perspective. Sarah will speak about the idea of resilience, and how to foster its development within students and participants, as well as within organizations and ourselves.
Sarah has been actively involved in adventure and experiential education initiatives and programs within Canada for close to 30 years. A graduate of the Queen’s University Outdoor and Experiential Education program in 1990, she began working for Outward Bound Canada in the early 1990s as an instructor, guiding outdoor leadership expeditions across the country. Sarah was the founding Principal of Outward Bound Canada College (OBCC), an innovative residential high school that won Outward Bound International’s Innovative Program Award in 2002.