Future Proofing: Our Path Forward

EDAC 2022 Conference October 1-4, 2022 in Kingston, Ontario or Online
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Future Proofing: Our Path Forward - Oct 1-4, 2022

Join EDAC members and delegates from coast to coast to coast – in-person at the Four Points by Sheraton Kingston or virtually for our 54th Annual Professional Development Conference! We are eager to see many of you again to share experiences, challenges, and strengths.

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Join us October 1-4, 2022 in-person in Kingston, Ontario or virtually right here!
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Recorded sessions available to both in-person and virtual delegates for 90 days.
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Did you know attending the EDAC conference in-person earns you 7 points toward your Ec.D. certification? (5 for virtual attendance!)

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Our Host Hotel is the Four Points by Sheraton Kingston.

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Live Session

Dr. Emis Akbari

Professor, George Brown College / Atkinson Centre
Live Session

Dr. Emis Akbari

Professor, George Brown College / Atkinson Centre

Emis Akbari is a Professor and Program Coordinator in the School of Early Childhood at George Brown College, an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development, and the Senior Policy Fellow at Atkinson Centre at OISE/University of Toronto.  A behavioural neuroscientist by training, she now evaluates both current and changes in policy related to early childhood education at all levels of government.  Emis is also the co-author of the Early Childhood Education Report.  This report provides a snapshot of provincial and territorial early education services and performance on various criteria of quality including access to child care programs and investments in early education.  It also compares Canada to other developed economies.  She is ardent and committed to evidence-based change in policy and global development and its connection to improving child education, child development, and outcome.

Live Session

Jessica Holmes

Celebrated Comedian | Author | Mental Health Advocate
Live Session

Jessica Holmes

Celebrated Comedian | Author | Mental Health Advocate

Beloved comedian Jessica Holmes has been a perennial favourite on Royal Canadian Air Farce for 15 years, and has brought the house down opening for giants such as Ellen DeGeneres, Russell Peters, Jerry Seinfeld, and Oprah Winfrey. Her hilarious take on life’s challenges as well as her unique knack for impersonating celebrities, including Shakira and Celine Dion, have audiences in stitches. Her customized emcee and entertainment presentations — which include motivation and wellness — are always a hit.

Behind the laughter though, Holmes, like millions of Canadians, has struggled both with post-partum depression and, as she puts it, “regular, run-of-the-mill, garden-variety depression”. Hoping to help end the stigma around mental health issues, she openly shares her personal stories with the humour she’s known for, bringing light — and laugh-out-loud laughter — to what can often be a dark topic. Holmes’ funny and inspiring book, Depression The Comedy: A Tale of Perseverance, takes readers deeper into her mental health journey with validation and warmth.

As a performer, Holmes’ productions have garnered her a Platinum Award at The Worldfest International Film Festival, and nominations for Gemini Awards and the prestigious Tim Sims Scholarship. She has starred in her own program, The Holmes Show, and also in the films Welcome to Mooseport, Citizen Duane, and Moonpoint. She also appeared in the pilot for The Communist’s Daughter, which won the JFL ComedyPro competition in 2018, and continues to perform comedy across the country.

On-Demand Session

Dr. Greg Andres

Continuing Lecturer - Department of Philosophy, University of Waterloo
On-Demand Session

Dr. Greg Andres

Continuing Lecturer - Department of Philosophy, University of Waterloo

Dr. Greg Andres has taught courses in business ethics and decision theory at the
University of Waterloo for 15 years. He also works with the University’s Professional
Development Program and has authored an online course on ethical decision-making in
the workplace. He has recently edited With a Clear Conscience, a business ethics text
published by Oxford University Press.

On-Demand Session

Trisha Skoryk

Deputy Director, CanExport Community Investments
On-Demand Session

Trisha Skoryk

Deputy Director, CanExport Community Investments

Trisha Skoryk is the Deputy Director responsible for the CanExport Community Investments program at Global Affairs Canada. Trisha has enjoyed many different roles during her 20+ year career with Global Affairs, including an assignment in Atlanta, Georgia, and an overseas posting in Guyana as Senior Trade Commissioner. She also branched out to work at Canadian Heritage and Treasury Board Secretariat as Issues Manager to the Chief Information Officer.

Trisha is the proud mother of 21 year old twin girls and a 1 year old French Bulldog named Boujee.

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