Keynote Speakers

Thomas Carey
Thomas Carey
Executive-in-Residence for Teaching and Learning Innovation & Research Professor, San Diego State University
Dr. Thomas Carey works with higher education institutions and systems as a "connector, coach and catalyst" in leadership for exemplary teaching and learning environments. In Canada, Dr. Carey is currently Executive-in-Residence for Teaching and Learning Innovation in B.C. (B.C. Association of Institutes and Universities) and Ontario (George Brown College and the Bergeron Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology program at York University). In the U.S., he is a Research Professor in the Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Education at San Diego State University. In 2016, he was also Visiting Scholar at the University of Queensland’s Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation.

Other recent projects in Canada include research and innovation on Program Learning Outcomes and Design Thinking in the Ontario Higher Education System for the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, and on Faculty Support and Assessment Strategies in teaching with online learning for the Council of Ontario Universities. Tom’s other recent U.S. roles include Senior Partner at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Advisor on Math Faculty Networks for the California Community Colleges Success Network (3CSN.org), Visiting Senior Scholar at the California State University Office of the Chancellor, and Chief Learning Officer for the MERLOT OER Network.

Tom previously served as Associate Vice President for Learning Resources and Innovation at the University of Waterloo, Senior Research Director for the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, co-leader of the Workplace Learning research theme in the national Tele-Learning Network of Centres of Excellence, and Director of teaching and learning centres at Waterloo and the University of Guelph.

In Tom’s faculty career he was a tenured Professor in Computing Science and Information Systems. His teams have received awards for excellence in teaching and learning, faculty development, collaboration across academic institutions, research on interactive technologies, and industry-university cooperative projects (including a 15 year partnership with IBM Canada’s Centre for Advanced Studies). Dr. Carey has research partnerships including teams in Australia, Brazil, England, Germany, Japan, and the Netherlands.

Donald Fisher
Donald Fisher
Vice-Principal of Green College, University of British Columbia
Dr. Fisher obtained his B.Soc.Sc. in Sociology at the University of Birmingham and his PhD. in Sociology of Education at the University of California, Berkeley. He has been a member of faculty at UBC since 1976. He is currently the Vice-Principal of Green College, a graduate residential college that promotes interdisciplinarity. Using a historical sociology approach, Dr. Fisher’s research focuses on the impact of large scale philanthropy on university education, boundary work within the social sciences and between that group of disciplines and other knowledge areas, academy-industry relations and the marketization of university systems, and the formulation and implementation of higher education policy. His research has been supported extensively by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He has published widely in the fields of sociology of education, history of education, political economy, higher education, and policy studies.

Geraldine Gray
Geraldine Gray
Lecturer, Informatics Department, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown
Dr. Geraldine Gray is a lecturer with the Informatics Department at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, Dublin. She specializes in the design and delivery of modules in the areas of data analytics, text analytics, business intelligence, and enterprise application development at levels 7, 8 and 9, and is course coordinator for ITB¹s online masters in Applied Data Science and Analytics. Geraldine has also supervised a number of post-graduate research students. Prior to joining ITB, Geraldine lectured in IT Tallaght, and also has a number of years of industrial experience developing software for distribution and inventory management. Research interests and peer-reviewed publications include educational data mining and learning analytics, data analytics for computer forensics, and analysis of unstructured data.

Janette Hughes
Janette Hughes
Canada Research Chair in Technology and Pedagogy & Associate Professor in Digital Literacies, UOIT
Dr. Janette Hughes is a Canada Research Chair in Technology and Pedagogy and Associate Professor in Digital Literacies at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, where she teaches and conducts research in the Faculty of Education. Her research and teaching interests include critical digital literacies, digital making, adolescent literacies and identity, writing and digital media, new literacies and conceptualizations of learning, and digital citizenship. She is particularly interested in how digital media enable users to teach, learn, connect, collaborate, communicate, critique, create and promote social change.

Dan Lang
Dan Lang
Emeritus Professor, Department of Theory and Policy Studies, University of Toronto
Daniel W. Lang is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Theory and Policy Studies at the University of Toronto. Previously he was Senior Policy Advisor to the President, Vice Provost, Planning and Budget, and Vice-President, Computing and Communications. He received a B.A. and M.A. from Wesleyan University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. His principal areas of interest are institutional planning and management, finance, accountability, and quality assurance. He has been a member of the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies Appraisals Committee, and the Task Force on Quality Assurance. In addition to teaching and supervising graduate students in management, planning, and finance, he taught first-year undergraduates in the Vic One program at Victoria College. His current research asks how, when, and why community college students decide to transfer to university, investigates the effects of performance incentive budgeting, and considers the role of informal knowledge in the formation of human capital. His study with Philip Oreopoulos of “Student Achievement and Retention,” for the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation was an experiment to evaluate the impacts of offering additional services and merit-scholarships to first-year undergraduates. A paper based on that research has been twice named to the Social Sciences Research Network’s Top Ten research papers.

He is a recipient of the Palgrave Prize from the International Association of Universities, the Papal Order of Saint Gregory, and the Arbor Award from the University of Toronto. His boards of governors memberships include the Center for Research Universities, Algoma University, the Toronto School of Theology, University of Toronto Schools (UTS), Saint Augustine’s Seminary, the Canadian Centre for Higher Education, and Humber College. He was a member of the Panel of Experts of the Canadian Federation of Teachers. He holds the Distinguished Member Award of the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education.

As head coach of the University of Toronto Varsity Blues baseball team, he was named OUA Coach of the Year twice and All-Star Coach once. He is a member of the University of Toronto Sports Hall of Fame and recipient of the OUA John McManus Award.

Rod Skinkle
Rod Skinkle
President & CEO, Academica Group
Rod has led Academica to become a leading provider of higher education focused policy, consumer research, international strategic enrolment, and student success research and consulting services. Building on his background in Student Affairs research, Rod has pioneered the development of research tools and studies for government and North American institutions, and is the founder of the largest ongoing syndicated study of higher education consumers in North America, the University & College Applicant Survey (UCAS™). This study has provided valuable insights into the motivations and aspirations of postsecondary students from 1996 to present.

In addition to his overall leadership and executive responsibilities, Rod leads and is committed to maintaining a thriving research division focused on higher education accessibility, student experience, student success, and education/career goal development. As an expert in PSE student research, Rod has presented research to a wide range of policy/government groups (e.g., the Conference Board of Canada, Canadian Bureau for International Education, Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation, Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, Council of Ontario Universities, Association of Community Colleges of Canada, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) and has published numerous studies in scholarly journals.

Rod holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Social Research, University of Saskatchewan.