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Monday, October 29, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
J. Fraser Mustard Assembly Hall
Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study
56 Spadina Road
Toronto, ON  M5R 2T3
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Join us for a panel discussion on the future of education with leading experts in the field. Panellists will discuss the future of Indigenous education, social and emotional learning, mental health and artificial intelligence in an engaging and interactive session. Submit your questions ahead of time for the opportunity to have them included in the conversation.

This event is free to attend, but registration is required.  

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Dr. Jeffrey Ansloos
Assistant Professor, Indigenous Mental Health and Education,
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

Dr. Jeffrey Ansloos is an Indigenous scholar, writer, and policy advisor specializing in the areas of Indigenous education, mental health and social policy. His current research is focused on the social and political dimensions of Indigenous mental health, suicide prevention, and Indigenous youth political mobilization. Through community-based partnerships with new media organizations, Ansloos is developing innovative approaches to youth leadership and capacity building for social impact. He is the author of The Medicine of Peace: Indigenous Youth Resisting Violence and Decolonizing Healing (Fernwood, 2017) as well as a blogger and media commentator on current affairs with Maclean’s and the Huffington Post.


Dr. Rumeet Billan
Chief Learning Architect

Dr. Rumeet Billan is an award-winning, internationally recognized entrepreneur, learning architect, author and humanitarian. Her mission is to raise potential by designing experiences that build resilience and psychological capital. Her work has been featured in the Globe and Mail, Financial Post, and Professionally Speaking. Rumeet was named one of Canada’s top 100 most powerful women by the Women’s Executive Network.


Richard Messina
Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study

Richard Messina is Principal of the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study (JICS) Laboratory School at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), which aims to explore what is possible in education and to provide insights into teaching and learning for the benefit of public school teachers and students. Prior to his appointment as Principal, Richard served as Vice Principal, Teacher, and Researcher for the JIC Lab School. He holds a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto and is currently a doctoral student in the Developmental Psychology and Education program at OISE.


Dr. Michael Salvatori
CEO and Registrar,
Ontario College of Teachers

Career educator, author and linguist, Dr. Salvatori is Chief Executive Officer and Registrar of the Ontario College of Teachers, one of Canada’s largest self-regulatory bodies. Dr. Salvatori holds a PhD in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. He has served as a core French and French immersion teacher, vice-principal, principal, assistant professor, and director of the College’s membership services department during his 30-year education career. Fluent in four languages, Dr. Salvatori has authored numerous textbooks and teacher resources. He is currently President of the board of directors for the Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR) and President of the board of directors for French for the Future.


Ami Shah
Co-founder and CEO,

Ami Shah is co-founder and CEO of Peekapak, an award-winning social-emotional learning platform that engages elementary students to learn skills like self-regulation, empathy and teamwork and has a reach of over 200,000 educators and students. Peekapak does this using stories, evidence-based lessons and game-based learning. Behind-the-scenes, teachers and administrators receive real-time reports showing a student’s progress and emotional state. This empowers educators to be proactive in helping curve future mental health issues. Educators can share pre-written class updates, activities and stories with families to reinforce learning at home in English and Spanish. Peekapak works with districts such as Denver Public Schools and Tulsa Public Schools within classrooms, libraries and afterschool programs. Ami holds an MBA from INSEAD and is passionate about improving youth education. Ami previously taught in K-4 classrooms and advised and volunteered at education-related non-profit organizations. Ami has been featured on Toronto Life, Flare, TechVibes, CBC and numerous other outlets.