Dr Theresa (Therri) Papp is a researcher and instructor at the post-secondary level. She has been designing and delivering unique programs for youth and adults since the 1990’s. These programs initially gained recognition on the North American stage and led to various invitations internationally to share her instructional approaches. Her passion is to create classroom learning experiences that are student driven and improve engagement. In 2016, she earned the prestigious President’s Innovation Award for implementing gamification techniques in the classrooms for adults as well as middle school classrooms. Her research has extended from Canada to New Zealand with her primary focus on improving educational attainment levels for Aboriginal students. Case studies have revealed techniques and strategies that have improved learning outcomes for non-traditional learners that do not succeed in typical transmission learning classrooms. The findings are deemed beneficial not only for Aboriginal students but for ALL students. Students experience learning and skills that will prepare them to succeed in the 21st Century workplace.

Dr S. Nombuso Dlamini is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at York University. She served as the inaugural Jean Augustine Chair in the New Urban Environment, York University (2010-2015) after serving as the Research Leadership Chair, University of Windsor. Dr Dlamini’s research include youth projects that focus on civic engagements, and youth negotiation and production of diaspora identities; and, gender based projects examining immigrant women’s Canadian work experiences, immigrant women’s production of social capital, and ethnic minority women’s health and socioeconomic livelihood. She is the Director of #Youth in Politics funded by the Ministry of Education, and is focused on building youth capacity to for civic action through using the school board trustee elections as a case study. She is also the academic capacity building lead for Research and Evaluation Exchange, funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Ontario. Dr Dlamini’s youth-based writings include the acclaimed University of Toronto Press publication Youth and Identity Politics in South Africa, 1990-94 (Anthropological Horizons); Engaging the Canadian Diaspora: Youth Social Identities in a Canadian border city and Female Youth Participation in the Urban Milieu: Unpacking Barriers and Opportunities. Dr Dlamini is also known for her global work on youth social identities, gender parity, and the effects of new urbanism in global literacy and education. She has spearheaded interdisciplinary projects in Sub-Saharan Africa including a SSHRC-funded project in Tanzania, (2008 - continues to date with the support of U of Windsor), which is designed to enhance teachers’ capacities in serving marginalized children in the global south. She led research and workshops in the (2005-2012) CIDA-funded Social Work in Nigeria Project (SWIN-P), an international collaboration between the University of Benin, Nigeria and three Canadian universities – York University, the University of Windsor and the University of British Columbia. Dlamini was also a project co-applicant in an IDRC-funded research program entitled HIV Prevention for Rural Youth (HP4RY); Nigeria (2008-2012). This program was intended to develop youth knowledge and competencies to combat HIV/AIDS.

Dr Michael Reynolds is an Associate Professor at Trent University. His past research has specialized in understanding the processes underlying skilled reading numerical cognition. His current research examines how technology influences learning, including language and mathematical comprehension and memory. His research has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC),the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation. He recently received an Early Researcher Award from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation and Science to study the effects of technology on learning.