Director of Education, Health and Immigration Programs
The Conference Board of Canada
Diana MacKay joined the Conference Board in 2006. She directs programs and research in the areas of health, education and immigration, overseeing six executive networks and an array of related research initiatives. Prior to joining the Conference Board, Diana spent ten years with the World Bank in Washington DC, where she worked across the health, education and social protection sectors. In additional to work on sector strategies and lending programs, she also held senior positions in corporate strategy, innovation, and knowledge management. Diana earned a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies from Wellesley College in 1990, incorporating a year at Waseda University in Tokyo. From 1990 to 1993, she worked as the sole foreign woman within a traditional Japanese manufacturing firm of 3000 employees. She received a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1995 where she focused on international security issues.
Matthews Fellow and Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the School of Policy Studies
Don Drummond was most recently Senior Vice President and Chief Economist at the TD Bank, where he played a key role in building TD’s reputation as “a think tank in a bank,” leading TD Economics’ work in analyzing and forecasting economic performance in Canada and abroad. Upon his decision to retire from TD in 2010, he was named as the Matthews Fellow and Distinguished Visiting Scholar in the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University. Mr. Drummond was educated at the University of Victoria and Queen’s University, where he completed his M.A. in Economics. During almost 23 years at the federal Department of Finance, he held a series of progressively more senior positions in economic analysis and forecasting, fiscal policy and tax policy. His last three positions at the Department of Finance were respectively, Assistant Deputy Minister of Fiscal Policy & Economic Analysis, Assistant Deputy Minister of Tax Policy & Legislation and Associate Deputy Minister. In this last position he was responsible for economic analysis, fiscal policy, tax policy, social policy and federal-provincial relations. Mr. Drummond coordinated the planning of annual federal budgets. He joined the TD Bank in June 2000.
President of Chartwells
Division of Compass Group Canada
Ross Munro began his career in management roles in two prominent Canadian hospitality companies, most notably Cara Operations Ltd. Ross first served as Vice President of Chartwells Higher Education managing all colleges and universities under contract to Compass Group Canada, and maintaining market dominance in the higher education market. In 2005 the K-12 market was added to his mandate nationally. Ross and his management team are charged with charting and delivering a plan to ensure Chartwells maintains and extends its market leader role in the delivery of innovative foodservice and service maintenance programs to K-12, college, university and polytechnic schools nationally. Ross is a member of the Compass Group PLC Worldwide Education Forum, a group charged with developing global best practices in educational hospitality. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Acadia University, and completed leadership programs at The University of Guelph School of Hospitality and Queens’s School of Business.
President of the Ivey Foundation, Author
Bruce is one of Canada’s leading environmental thinkers and co-author of the best selling book Slow Death by Rubber Duck: How the Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Life Affects Our Health. He is President of Ivey Foundation, a private charitable foundation in Canada, a Director of the Ontario Power Authority and a Director of the San Francisco-based Consultative Group on Biological Diversity. Bruce is a founder of a number of for profit and non-profit organizations including Summerhill Group, a prominent consulting company in Toronto; the Sustainability Network, a highly regarded capacity building organization; and the Canadian Environmental Grantmakers’ Network. He is a member of the Ontario Premier's Climate Change Advisory Panel and has acted on numerous federal, provincial and municipal bodies advising on energy policy and climate issues. Bruce has degrees in Geology, Environmental Studies and a near-complete doctorate.
David V. J. Bell
Chair of Learning for a Sustainable Future
David V. J. Bell is interested in Governance for Sustainability – the transformation (particularly through Education for Sustainable Development) in decision-making practices, policies, institutions and culture that will be necessary to support sustainability in the public, private and education sectors. Formerly Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University, he has served as consultant and advisor to several universities, private sector companies, and to governments at all 3 levels in Canada and internationally to the G8, the Government of China, and the Government of Jamaica. David is currently the Chair of Learning for a Sustainable Future (www.lsf-lst.ca);Co-chair of EASO - the Education Alliance for a Sustainable Ontario (http://www.sustainable-ontario.org); and Co-chair of ESD-Canada (www.esdCanada.ca). In April 2009 David attended the UNESCO World Conference on the mid-point of the UN Decade for Education for Sustainable Development (UNDESD) in Bonn where he facilitated a 5-hour workshop on “The Economic Pillar of Sustainable Development: The Education Dimension” which involved 70 participants from 50 countries. A founding core faculty member of SEA (the Sustainable Enterprise Academy, developed by York University's Schulich School of Business) David is currently a facilitator with SEdA, the Sustainability and Education Academy established in partnership with LSF and the York University Faculty of Education.
Deputy Minister, Manitoba Education
Gerald Farthing started working for the Manitoba Government in 1984 and joined the Department of Education in 1988. Gerald has been the Deputy Minister of the Department of Education since July 2004. Prior to this he was the Assistant Deputy Minister, School Programs Division, and prior to that the Director of the Schools’ Finance Branch. He is also the Chair of the Public Schools Finance Board which is responsible for overseeing and administering the provincial school building capital program. Gerald has four university degrees, the last one a Ph.D. in public policy and government from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Gerald is an advocate for the development and promotion of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in Canada. Manitoba is the lead jurisdiction in the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada’s (CMEC) international work on ESD and represents CMEC on the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Steering Committee on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). In April 2011, Gerald was elected as Chair of the UNECE ESD Steering Committee. The UNECE Steering Committee constitutes the principal decision-making body for the activities on the Strategy for Education for Sustainable Development in the UNECE region and is responsible for giving guidance and strategic direction to the implementation of the Strategy. The UNECE represents 56 member states.
Dean of the Faculty of Health
Harvey Skinner, a psychologist, is the inaugural Dean of the Faculty of Health at York University created on July 1, 2006. This new Faculty is on an ambitious mission to be an integrative force for promoting health – locally and globally (www.yorku.ca/health). Previously, he was Chair of Public Health Sciences, University of Toronto, where he played a key role in the academic transformation resulting in their new Dalla Lana School of Public Health. In September 2007 he was inducted as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Dr. Skinner has broad experience in behavior change at individual, organizational and systems levels. He is the author or co-author of 7 books and over 150 articles and chapters. Three of his instruments are widely used internationally for the assessment of alcohol dependence (Alcohol Dependence Scale), drug problems (Drug Abuse Screening Test) and family functioning (Family Assessment Measure). Dr. Skinner was one of the first to focus on linking behavior change, organizational improvement and information technology (e-health), described in his book Promoting Health Through Organizational Change (2002). Dr. Skinner has been a pioneer in the use of computer technology for health assessment, and was one of the first to initiate a major program of research using the Internet for eHealth promotion. The TeenNet and Global Youth Voices program (www.teennet.ca) has created innovative websites for engaging youth in health promotion, including smoking prevention, gambling education, and youth action projects.
Project Manager, Back to Nature Network
Bill Kilburn was a natural selection to lead the expansion and formalization of Ontario’s Back to Nature Network: he is a strong advocate for the well-supported contention that regular experience in nature is imperative to the positive development of human health and well-being. Bill has developed his perspectives through a variety of activities, which have included: graduate work in evolutionary biology; research expeditions with the Royal Ontario Museum in South America, Central America, and China; teaching in a variety of both formal and informal education settings including the University of Toronto, Ontario Parks, the Toronto District School Board, and Conservation Halton; and speaking passionately about the abundant opportunities for nature exploration offered in the urban environment. Currently, Bill is working with key partners to unite a broad cross-section of Ontario organizations that represent health professionals, educators, parks and recreation professionals, environmental networks, planners, and nature-related groups, to build capacity to provide an ongoing and meaningful connection with nature for all Ontarians, particularly children.
Dr. Arlene KingMD, MHSc, FRCPC
Chief Medical Officer of Health, Ontario, Canada
Dr. King assumed the position of Chief Medical Officer of Health of Ontario on June 15, 2009. She is an internationally recognized expert in immunization, infectious diseases and pandemic preparedness. Prior to joining the ministry, Dr. King was the Director General of the Centre for Immunization and Respiratory Infectious Diseases at the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) from 2007-2009. She also held several other positions with Health Canada/PHAC (1999-2007), including the position of Director General, Pandemic Preparedness. Most recently, Dr. King served as a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Review Committee on the Functioning of the International Health Regulations (2005) in relation to Pandemic (H1N1) 2009. She also has been a consultant to the WHO on polio, SARS and influenza. She also served as an advisor to the World Bank and Canadian International Development Agency on emerging infectious diseases. From 2004 to 2006, she served on the Board of the Global Alliance on Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI). She is a member of the Pan American Health Organization technical advisory group on immunization and WHO Africa Region Polio Eradication Certification Commission. She is also Ontario’s representative on the Pan-Canadian Public Health Network Council.
Dr. David Sheridan
Dr. David Sheridan is a seasoned management consultant, credentialed adult educator and accomplished process facilitator with a national profile in governance and strategic planning for not-for-profit organizations. He has worked with numerous health organizations, social service agencies, educational institutions, municipalities, associations, networks, community groups and all levels of government. David obtained his Doctorate in Education from the University of Toronto in 1998 concentrating on planning and policy development. He also holds a Bachelor of Commerce (economics) from Carleton University and a Master of Arts (organizational sociology) from York University. David’s U of T doctoral thesis on strategic planning won a major international planning award and a prestigious Canadian research award.
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