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Tuesday June 1, 2021


The Power of Indigenous Inclusion and Innovation in Navigating a Future Imperfect

Role of Indigenous innovation and inclusion and how it can help accelerate leadership for the future.



President & CEO, Indigenous Works

Kelly Lendsay is a social entrepreneur who is internationally recognized as one of Canada's foremost innovators and organizational development experts in workplace models, corporate/Indigenous partnerships and Indigenous inclusion strategies. His dynamic communication style and social entrepreneurial success has earned him the reputation as an engaging thought leader and effective bridge-builder, fostering trusted partnerships for workforce and economic development across Canada and abroad.

A proud Canadian Indigenous leader of Cree and Métis ancestry, he moves seamlessly between both worlds, fostering economic inclusion, well-being and prosperity for Canada. He was honoured by the University of Saskatchewan (U of S), as one of their "100 Alumni of Influence" in the last century whose accomplishments have been recognized for influencing the growth and development of the University, the province, and the world during the last century.

Wednesday June 2, 2021


Mind the Digital Gap

An expert panel exploring digital engagement strategies in a Future Imperfect.



Chief Digital Officer, Ingenium

The Chief Digital Officer at Ingenium - Canada's museum of Science and Technology, Ryan has over 15 years of digital engagement experience in the arts and culture sector with stops at the Royal Ontario Museum, CBC, the Canadian Museum of History, and the Canadian War Museum. Ryan holds a BA in History from Dalhousie University and an MA in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University. His professional interests and practise are focus on the connection between physical and digital museum experiences and he works to ensure museums can use technology as a tool to not only engage communities, but have a lasting and positive impact on their lives.

You can connect with Ryan on Twitter and Instagram - @wrdodger


Vice President Marketing, Monterey Bay Aquarium  

Dana has led web and social media efforts at the National Archives, National Gallery of Art, Ogilvy Public Relations, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, and the Kaiser Family Foundation. Dana holds a B.A. in English from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and an M.A. in Museum Studies from George Washington University. She has taught graduate museum studies courses for Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, and Tufts University and served on the boards of the Museum Computer Network (MCN) and the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums (MAAM).


Founder, Science Sam Media

Samantha Yammine is a Neuroscientist and popular Science Communicator better known as Science Sam. She earned her PhD from the University of Toronto studying how stem cells build and maintain the brain, and then went on to found Science Sam Media, a science-based digital production agency.

She is passionate about empowering people to explore science by making it more familiar, accessible, and inclusive. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, she's been sharing the science behind the headlines as @science.sam on Instagram and Tik Tok, garnering millions of views to better help people assess risk, spot misinformation, and have informed discussions with their friends and family.

You can catch her talking about science as a guest expert on a variety of shows on Netflix, TVO Kids, CBC GEM, Discovery UK, CBC Radio, and AsapSCIENCE.

Instagram: @science.sam

Twitter: @heysciencesam

Thursday June 3, 2021


Trust in a Misinformation Age

Expert panel will explore the concept of trust in a misinformation age and specifically science communication strategies during COVID-19.



Co-Director, SciComm Collective and Co-Founder, Black In Neuro

Danielle Nadin graduated with an MSc in Neuroscience from McGill University in 2021, where she studied brain networks to predict recovery in patients with severe brain injuries. Danielle now wears many hats, all of which allow her to push for more inclusive spaces in science and health research. As Co-Director of SciComm Collective, Danielle develops resources and workshops to help researchers learn to communicate and contextualise their science in a way that integrates principles of equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice. During the summer of 2020, she co-founded Black In Neuro, a global initiative which connects, celebrates and support Black scholars studying the brain. Danielle is also the Science Strategy Lead at the CIHR Institute of Gender and Health.


Community Partnerships Lead & Science Advisor, ScienceUpFirst

Dr. Krishana Sankar is an award winning & published researcher. She completed her PhD at the University of Toronto in the Faculty of Medicine. She has expertise in Cellular & Molecular Biology with over 10 years of scientific research experience. Dr. Sankar is a sought after speaker and science communicator having presented at over 50 national and international events. Dr. Sankar is currently the Science Advisor for ScienceUpFirst, a national anti-misinformation campaign in Canada that aims to combat misinformation around COVID-19. She is also the Science Communication lead for COVID-19 resources Canada, leading a COVID-19 discussion initiative. Dr. Sankar has been dispelling misconceptions around healthcare issues for several years. Currently, she has been sharing scientifically accurate information on COVID-19 with communities in Canada and Guyana. She has shared her expertise on national news outlets in Canada and Guyana and has been quoted in publications like Reuters, the Huffington Post & Global Citizen.



Lisa Richardson is a clinician-educator with an interest in the integration of critical and Indigenous perspectives into medical education. She is the Strategy Lead for Indigenous Health at Women's College Hospital, Chairs the Postgraduate Medical Education Steering Committee for Indigenous Health at Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and serves as subject matter expert to the Northern Ontario School of Medicine . She is also the Co-Lead for Indigenous Medical Education for the University of Toronto MD program and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine where she leads the new portfolio called Person-Centered Care Education. She currently holds the Wilson Centre’s Indigenous Health Education Investigator award and was recently honoured with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’s Thomas Dignan Award for Indigenous Health.


Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, University of Alberta

Timothy Caulfield is a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy, a Professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health, and Research Director of the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta. His interdisciplinary research on topics like stem cells, genetics, research ethics, the public representations of science and public health policy has allowed him to publish over 350 academic articles. He has won numerous academic, science communication, and writing awards and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. He contributes frequently to the popular press and is the author of two national bestsellers: The Cure for Everything: Untangling the Twisted Messages about Health, Fitness and Happiness (Penguin 2012) and Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?: When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash (Penguin 2015). His most recent book is Relax, Dammit!: A User’s Guide to the Age of Anxiety (Penguin Random House, 2020).Caulfield is also the host and co-producer of the award winning documentary TV show A User’s Guide to Cheating Death, which has been shown in over 60 countries, including streaming on Netflix in North America.

Twitter: @CaulfieldTim

Instagram: @caulfieldtim

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