Speaker Bios 2023
OPENING KEYNOTE | TERRY SMALL
Terry Small, B.Ed., M.A., is a master teacher and Canada's leading learning skills specialist. He is the author of the Brain Bulletin with over 34,000 subscribers worldwide.
Terry has presented on the brain for over 33 years to organizations around the world. His knowledge, warmth, humour and dynamic presentation style have made him a much sought-after speaker at workshops and conferences. Terry often appears on TV, radio, and in the press. He recently appeared on BCTV, Global, CKNW and Student Success. He has presented his ideas to over 301,000 people in 23 countries on 5 continents.
His clients include IBM, TEDx, Ford, IMD, JTI, UBS, Hitachi, Bayer, Bosch, CRA, RCMP, Telus, and many schools and universities. His presentations are engaging, humorous, practical, and all based on the latest brain science.
WELCOME ADDRESS | HONOURABLE SHEILA MALCOMLSON, SDPR
Sheila Malcolmson was first elected as MLA for Nanaimo in 2019. She previously served as minister of Mental Health and Addictions, working to improve mental health services and address the ongoing toxic drug crisis, and as parliamentary secretary for the Environment, working to protect the environment and clean up coastal waters.
Sheila was elected four times to the Islands Trust Council, serving six of those years as chair, where she championed fair ferry service, marine safety and oil spill prevention. She signed a government-to-government protocol between the Snuneymuxw First Nation and the Islands Trust – establishing a relationship of respect and cooperation in planning, land-use management and heritage conservation.
In 2015, Sheila was elected as a federal member of parliament (MP) for Nanaimo-Ladysmith.
Session: Friday, November 3, 2023 7:30 - 8:30 AM, Welcome Address
Thompson Rivers University
Noah Arney is a Career Development faculty member at Thompson Rivers University and a Certified Career Development Professional. Noah has worked in higher education for 14 years. His research focuses on work-integrated learning and skills.
Session: Thursday, November 2, 2023 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM, Skills for Success: Assessing Transferable Skills
JP Baker is Vantage Point's Planning Consultant, ready to support organizations strategize the most effective ways to reach their goals. JP has extensive experience as a facilitator, consultant, researcher, and writer. As a consultant, he is sought out for his expertise in governance, organizational culture, strategy, process design, and change management. Over the past ten years, he has done strategic planning with a wide variety of not-for-profit organizations and university departments and led the development of several community-wide plans.
Session: Friday, November 3, 2023 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM, Strategic Plan Implementation
Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction
Scott Barillaro holds a Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Public Administration. Since 2000, Scott has held BC government positions in health, energy, environmental and economic development policy and programs before joining the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction.
Session: Friday, November 3, 2023 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM, Consultation: Informing the Care Economy Workforce Working Group
Canadian Career Development Foundation
Donnalee Bell is the Managing Director of the Canadian Career Development Foundation and co-author of In Motion and Momentum+. Donnalee has led a wide range of award-winning pan-Canadian, provincial, and territorial career initiatives. Her work has been featured in Canadian media, including a CBC documentary on Generation Y. She has presented at several conferences worldwide and was honoured to be the opening keynote of the Premier of Manitoba’s Skills Summit in 2013. Donnalee is passionate about the career development field and works to bring its potential to the workforce development goals of governments, employers, communities, and individuals.
Session: Thursday, November 2, 2023 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM, Preventing the Spin Cycle: In Motion & Momentum+
Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills
Karen Blackman is the Assistant Deputy Minister Employment and Labour Market Services Division in the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction.
Session: Friday, November 3, 2023 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, Ministry Update