Adam has been involved in education as a high school teacher, instructional designer, and for the past eight years as a professor and program coordinator for the School of Business at St. Lawrence College. Recent accomplishments include being part of a team that received funding to develop and present a micro-credential pilot at the e-Campus Ontario 2020 Micro-Certification Forum, being selected for the St. Lawrence College Leadership Development Program, and leading a team that received the internal Award of Merit for their action research supporting the institutional internationalization plan. Adam lives with his wife and two children in Kingston, Ontario.
Dr. Elizabeth Childs is a professor and Program Head of the MA in Learning and Technology program in the School of Education and Technology at Royal Roads University, Canada. She works and consults with a variety of sectors nationally and internationally to design, create, and implement online and blended learning; foster online communities, and use a design thinking approach to consider digital learning environments in a range of cross- sectoral organizations. Elizabeth is interested in the design, creation and implementation of flexible learning environments that incorporate the affordances of information and communication technology (ICT) and provide learners with increased choice, flexibility and opportunities. With expertise in educational technology, instructional design, adult education and online learning, Dr. Childs’ research interests include openness and open pedagogy; creation of, and engagement in, online learning communities and digital habitats; design thinking and maker pedagogy; and, models for training and professional development.
Heather McTavish (she/her/hers) is a recent graduate of Ontario Tech University where she received her MA in Education. Her thesis focused on the online learning roles of college and university librarians in Canada. She also received a Master of Information Studies degree from the University of Toronto and has held many positions across academic, government and school libraries. She is interested in information literacy instruction, online learning in libraries and librarians’ teaching role.
Dr. Jia Li is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education, the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. She received her doctoral degree from Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto and conducted her post-doctoral research work at Queen’s University. She was a Canada-U.S. Fulbright Scholar at the Harvard Graduate School of Education from 2011 to 2012, and a John A Sproul Research Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley from 2018 to 2019. Her teaching and professional experience include instructional design and assessment of technology-assisted educational interventions using both quantitative and qualitative methods. Dr. Li research agenda focuses on an interdisciplinary approach to address challenge areas in education by leveraging digital technologies, data-driven innovative language and literacy interventions using new technologies to support the development of academic reading and writing skills for linguistically diverse students. These include diverse urban students from low-income families, university English language learners and Indigenous youth. Her research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and Fulbright Canada. The results of her work have been published by journals including Computers & Education, Teaching and Teacher Education, Language Learning & Technology, and Computer Assisted Language Learning.
Dr. Peter Holowka is passionate about digital transformation and technology leadership, particularly in education. His doctoral research was in cloud computing adoption and organizational leadership in K-12. His professional work and academic research aim to support teaching and learning by transforming the educational environment. He has received multiple awards for leadership and academic excellence. In 2020, he was recognized as Member of the Year by the CIO Association of Canada, and currently serves as the Vice President of the Vancouver Chapter. Beginning his career as a network and web design specialist, Dr. Holowka also advises a number of independent/private schools, businesses, and not-forprofit organizations.
Dr. Lorayne Robertson is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Ontario Tech University. She specializes in equity, leadership, and policy and online pedagogy. Lorayne’s doctoral research centered on Principals’ experiences with equity, diversity and inclusion. She seeks out collaborative research on the student experience and instructor role in polysynchronous online environments with a particular focus on digital technologies and assistive technologies at the point of instruction in applied settings such as K-12 and higher education.
Within the Faculty of Education at Ontario Tech University, Lorayne has served as the Graduate Program Director, Assistant Dean for Policy and Programs, and the Director of the BEd program. Lorayne has been District Superintendent for Thames Valley DSB, an Education Officer for the Ontario Ministry of Education, a school principal and teacher.
Currently Lorayne is working on SSHRC grants to investigate the experiences of persons on the Basic Income pilot in Ontario in collaboration with colleagues from Western and Queen’s University. She is in a collaborative partnership with the Centre Franco Ontarien to examine PD offered in virtual reality. Lorayne is also a co-investigator on a large multi-university and service organization research team who are investigating the experiences of Canadian mid-career workers with disabilities.
Biography: Dr Bill Muirhead, Associate Provost Academic
Dr. Muirhead was the founding Associate Provost Academic and is a tenured Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at ONTech—new name 2019. As one of the founding academic members of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology which was established in 2002, Bill was instrumental in designing and creating all aspects of a new university.
Bill has a Bachelor of Education degree from McGill University , a Masters of Education degree from the University of Manitoba and completed his PhD from the University of Alberta in 2000. With support from Alberta Learning in 1998 Bill founded the Alberta Online Consortium (AOC) with a provincial mandate to support online learning throughout Alberta.. From 1998 to 2002, Bill led the governmental policy support development of online schools in Alberta. During the four years as Executive Director Bill grew consortium membership to include all Alberta K-12, university and college institutions as well as more than 100 educational institutions from across Canada.
Over the past 40 years Bill has taught students from Kindergarten to Doctoral levels, taught online line and face-to-face and in both rural and urban settings across Canada and overseas. Bill holds an Adjunct Professorship with Royal Roads University.
An active researcher, Bill has attracted and participated in more than $8m of funding to support his research. Bill has been awarded a HEQCO grant ($230723) to study student support services associated with college-universities, and a Canadian Foundation for Innovation grant ($600,000) to build an Informatics Lab in the Faculty of Education to study all aspects of disabilities.
- Recipient of the UOIT President’s Team Award of Excellence for Blackboard Transition October 28, 2013
- Recipient of the Association for Media in Education Canada (AMTEC) Leadership Award, May 13, 2007.
- Recipient of the Exceptional Service Team Award from Alberta Learning for knowledge dissemination through managing the Online Learning Symposia from 1998 to 2002, Edmonton, Alberta.
- Recipient of the Exceptional Service Individual Award from Alberta Learning for “Knowledge Management” and Provincial Policy Support Edmonton, Alberta.
- Partnership Award on behalf of the Alberta Online Consortium from the Canadian Association of Distance Education (CADE) for innovative partnerships in distance education at the ICDE/CADE conference in Calgary, Alberta.
- Recipient of the Honorable Mention, IWAY Award for Public Leadership, Canarie and Industry Canada, Ottawa, Ontario.
- Recipient of the “Better Way of Doing Business Award” from Alberta Learning, Edmonton, Alberta.
- Recipient of the Graduate Student Teaching Award, University of Alberta Edmonton, Alberta.