Paul Sloan has been an educator for over 30 years. He began his teaching career in 1980, teaching secondary school music, English, PHE, dramatic arts, mathematics and geography in schools in southwestern and central Ontario. He also spent a year as a volunteer, teaching music and educational psychology in a teacher training centre in Botswana, Africa.

Paul entered the ranks of school administration in 1994 when he was appointed Vice Principal of Adult and Continuing Education in the Simcoe County District School Board. This appointment was followed by the Vice Principalship and Principalship at Midland Secondary School in Midland Ontario. Assignments to Student Success and Adult and Continuing Education rounded out his portfolio of principal responsibilities before he was appointed Superintendent of Education in the fall of 2009.

Paul’s focus is on continually improving student achievement and safeguarding and promoting student well-being. He is committed to working with principals and teachers to continually refine and reflect on their instructional practice, based on a sound, well-researched foundation. Finally, he sees a strong connection between the school and the community as absolutely vital in maintaining confidence in our public education system. To that end, Paul works closely with community groups, agencies, municipalities and others to ensure that our schools have a positive profile in the community, their doors open and welcoming to not only students, but to others within our communities.

Genevive is a skilled communications professional with over seven years of progressive experience in corporate and crisis communications, media relations and event management. She develops targeted and integrated communication programs to help organizations strengthen their profile and reputation to achieve business goals. Her range of experience includes working on the agency and client side with leading global and national organizations including financial firms, food and beverage companies, retail and luxury goods, and healthcare organizations.

Genevive currently works as a Senior Development and Partnership Marketing Officer for UNICEF Canada, working primarily on the development and execution of marketing and communication strategies for UNICEF’s global and national corporate partners to further organizational fundraising and brand awareness initiatives.

For the past three years, Genevive has also been an active supporter of Nyota Home in Kenya and currently sits on the organizing committee for Nyota’s annual Art Auction. The Art Auction raises funds to help Nyota provide a loving home and education to abandoned and orphaned children in Kenya.

In her spare time, Genevive loves to travel and has embarked on many adventures. She has taught English in Italy, worked with disadvantaged children in Africa, and worked and studied abroad in Australia.

Genevive holds a Masters degree in Communications from the University of Western Sydney and an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto.

John McAuley leads the management team in facilitating the Muskoka Woods vision. He also serves as a lead facilitator of The Leadership Studio at Muskoka Woods. An adult learner, John recently augmented his credentials in Organizational Leadership by completing his certification as an Adler Trained Coach. Together, John and his wife Lori have over 36 years of senior leadership experience at Muskoka Woods.

Kathy Lott has been in education for over 25 years. Growing up in a family of educators, Kathy was influenced at an early age to work in a teaching role. Kathy followed her love of physical and health education and found a way to earn an Honours degree in what she loved to do while studying at York University and Brock University. Again, following her heart, Kathy went on to earn additional qualifications in guidance that allowed her to work in a counseling role at a family of schools in the Toronto District School Board. Kathy worked as aGuidance and Social/Personal Skills Development Consultant in the TDSB for 5 years before moving to the York Region District School Board into a Vice-Principal role in 2004. In 2009, Kathy was appointed to the role of Principal at Ramer Wood PS and currently is an elementary school Principal at William Berczy P.S. in Unionville.

Kathy believes in and is committed to building a community of collaborative learners focused on student achievement and well-being with parents as partners in education. As a Principal, Kathy is dedicated to setting high academic and behavioral expectations within a culture where children feel a sense of belonging and have a safe environment to thrive. Together with her staff, Kathy creates opportunities for students to be active leaders in their own learning, critical thinkers, active participants in our community, and global citizens.

Kathy’s mission statement includes a focus on high competence and strong character. Kathy is a skilled professional who is dedicated, caring, motivated, and energetic. Kathy feels fortunate to go to work every day with a focus on the foundation of her daily work – making a difference in the life of a child at every opportunity.

Manuel (Manny) Rodrigues is a member of the Peel Regional Police; he currently holds the rank of Superintendent and is assigned as the Officer in Charge of the ÒCorporate Development BureauÓ, a responsibility that includes recruiting, employment, training and professional development.

Born in Portugal and raised in Toronto Manny joined the Peel Regional Police at the age of 24. Throughout his 30 year career Manny has been posted to varied investigative bureaux including: Mobile Support (Surveillance), Morality, Criminal Investigation and Frauds where he served as the Detective Staff Sergeant in charge of the Bureau. His assignment to the Morality Bureau included undercover drug operations leading to expert witness designation, by the Courts and at a Coroner’s Inquest, on heroin use.

In a Uniform capacity he has served as a Patrol Officer, Patrol Sergeant, a Staff Sergeant on a Divisional platoon, at Pearson Airport and in the Communications (911) Centre. He also spent three years as a Duty Inspector, providing senior officer oversight as the Chief’s representative in the field.
Manny holds an Honours BA from the University of Toronto with a double Major in Criminology / Employment Relations and also has a Certificate in ÒLaw Enforcement AdministrationÓ from U of T. He has taught Criminology and Police Powers to students at Humber College in the Police Foundations program and lectured on the advanced Leadership Enhancement course.

Bruxy Cavey, author of the best-selling The End of Religion, is the Teaching Pastor of The Meeting House Ð one of Canada’s largest and most
innovative churches.

Bruxy’s engaging style and intelligent approach make him a popular guest on television, radio, and university campuses around the world. He regularly lectures at schools such as Messiah College in Pennsylvania and Tyndale Seminary in Toronto in addition to his in-depth series teachings. Together with a committed staff at The Meeting House, his vision is to create safe places for spiritual seekers to ask questions and develop a thoughtful faith.

Bruxy is an avid Blackberry fan and social media user. He loves to connect with anyone exploring Jesus, whether a seeker or skeptic, and to have honest and respectful dialog over a grande Caramel Macchiato.

He lives in Hamilton with his wife Nina, his three daughters, Chelsea, Chanelle and Maya, and a (very) big lovable dog.

Catherine McCullough has served as a Director of Education with the Sudbury Catholic District School Board since 2007. Her career began with the Dufferin-Peel RCSSB and then 17 years with Simcoe Muskoka CDSB where she worked as a teacher, consultant, elementary and secondary principal and a Supervisory Officer. She graduated with a Master of Education from Brock University and the Rotman Schools of Business with a certificate in Strategic Leadership. She has recently completed her Executive Coaching Certification through Fielding University, and the Prosci certification in change management.

She has served on numerous provincial committees and has Co-chaired the Directors’ Council on Aboriginal Education (DCAE) – a joint committee composed of Ontario Directors of Education and the Ministry of Education Catherine also serves as an Advisory Member for the Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative led by the Right Honorable Paul Martin.

In addition Catherine has served as the Director representative for the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) and leadership development in education has been an area of interest and expertise.

She is currently working with Dr. Ken Leithwood on a project for Directors of Education and System Leaders, leveraging his research of what successful school districts do.

Effective May 1st, 2014 Catherine will launch her company CMCLeadership, acting as a leadership coach and team facilitator who brings the understanding and insights of over 33 years experience as a senior leader, consultant, facilitator and coach in her work with executives and teams. Catherine’s expertise is in leadership development, change management and capacity building in an organization.

Debbie Higgins is a Deputy Fire Chief with Toronto Fire Services, with the portfolio of Fire Prevention and Public Education. In this capacity, she is responsible for ensuring the public are educated about emergencies, fire regulations, home inspections and the Alarmed for Life campaign regarding smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detection. Debbie previously held the portfolio of Staff Services and Communications, following her promotion to Deputy Chief in 2010.

Prior to this position, Debbie spent eleven years as an Executive Officer for Toronto Fire Services, with responsibility for Special Projects. In this capacity, she was involved in a number of varying initiatives, including Master Planning and Strategic Planning, budgeting and performance measurement, organizational planning, records management, and financial controls for Toronto’s Heavy Urban Search and Rescue Team.

She previously worked with the City of Mississauga as a Business Planner, where her work included various strategic projects for the fire department, involvement in the feasibility plan for Mississauga’s award winning Hershey Centre Arena, and the construction of a $12 million dollar community centre and public library development in partnership with a catholic high school.

Before joining the municipal sector, Debbie spent five years working as a consultant undertaking social planning studies, including feasibility studies, master plans, emergency response plans, marketing plans and organizational reviews.

Debbie has a degree in Applied Geography from Ryerson University, and a certificate in Business from McMaster University. She is also currently working on completing her Diploma in Public Administration through the University of Western Ontario.

Debbie is very involved in the future development of the fire service in Ontario. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs and the Treasurer of Fire Service Women Ontario.