Natalie is an educational consultant, qualified school principal and teacher who holds a Master's Degree in Education from the University of Ottawa and two Baccalaureate Degrees (Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Waterloo and Education from Laurentian University). She specializes in Pedagogy and Andragogy, and has worked as a Teacher and Professor, Course Developer, Author Educational Consultant and Director for various organizations including various post-secondary institutions and school boards.
President and founder of Simplify Learning and Simplify Happiness, Natalie works to offer educational programs in the fields of self-development, wellness and mental health. She also works with community partners and various universities, colleges and school boards to support innovative curriculum delivery, academic collaboration opportunities, talent-driven approaches and quality education practices. Natalie has recently worked as a Project Manager for the Northern Institutions Ontario Steering Committee (NOSC), to facilitate collaborations between the ten post-secondary institutions of Northern Ontario.
Personal development and helping people build pathways to achieve their goals is her main priority.
President and Founder
Charlotte has been working in the education field for over thirty years in various capacities. Having worked at elementary, secondary and post-secondary levels, she has a broad knowledge of education, particularly adult education and general and foundational knowledge. She has published many books and pedagogical resources specializing in numeracy, litteracy, essential skills and student success.
Currently working at the Ontario College of Teachers, Charlotte has worked as Director of Continuing Education as well as the Director of Upgrading Services and General Education at Collège Boréal, as a Teacher at both secondary and post-secondary levels, as an Educational Consultant, Author and Project Manager for various School Boards, Colleges, Universities, Ministries and Publishing Companies. She has also served on various Boards such as le Conseil d’administration de la Coalition ontarienne pour la formation des adultes (COFA), Heads of Interdisciplinary Studies (HOIS) of Ontario Colleges, Ontario Colleges Language and Communication Council, Ontario Colleges Liberal Arts and Science Council and many others.
Founder of Learning Initiative, a human resource development company, school and community with the mission to foster the growth of an enterprising, self-reliant, resilient, and collaborative population, Anne has over 20 years of experience with Adult Education. She and her team deliver programs, courses and workshops that honour, develop and support the human beings that animate businesses and organizations. They work primarily with staffs of organizations to build more productive, motivated, cohesive workplaces, and with small business owners, building a supportive business community.
As an accredited Ontario teacher, Anne has honed her teaching skills at such prestigious schools as The National Ballet School in Toronto as well as in other very skill specific positions within the Toronto and Lincoln County Boards of Education and the Faculty of Education at the University of Toronto.
Teacher and Consultant
Barbara Conlon-McGillis is an Employment Specialist with 10 successful years as a Job Developer, finding people meaningful careers. She has secured employment for individuals with disabilities and or barriers in programs such as the Ontario Disability Employment Support, Employment Ontario, Opportunity Fund, Ontario Work and Skills Link.
An Entrepreneur for 20 years with two successful businesses in the Retail and Service Industry, understanding labour market trends, human resource practices, business operations and the supports needed in the workplace are the key to her successful employment outcomes.
She dedicates her time working as a volunteer with Autism Ontario, sitting on the Sudbury Chapter Leadership Council as the Adult Event Coordinator for the past 6 years. Creating social and learning opportunities for social inclusion and integration into the community. She also participates on the VVP Committee for Volunteer Sudbury. A new initiative to help people find meaningful volunteer opportunities.
Putting her passion and skills to good use, she continues to support organizations, people and projects for the betterment of our society.
Gouled holds two Baccalaureat Degrees (Business Administration and Economic Sciences) from Laurentian University. He is known for his determination and community engagement. Member of the founding team for the Provincial Union for Racial Minorities and Ethnocultural Francophones, he has also been Vice President for the ACFO, which provide quality services to the Francophone population and a member of the Francophone Advisory Council for the President of the local Hospital.
Gouled is currently a member of the Board of Directors for Contact Interculturel Francophone de Sudbury (CIFS) and of the Centre de formation et de perfectionnement du grand Sudbury. He has also worked on several projects with the North-East Arts Council of Ontario. Gouled currently works at for the Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS) at Laurentian University. This organization provides members of Francophone minority communities with improved access to health-related study programs.
Speaker and Consultant
Brigitte Yang studied Fine Arts and Graphic Design at Cambrian College, which lead to her first job on the set of an Independent film as a stills photographer. She would later be involved with postproduction and poster design for local independent films and documentaries.
Her true passion exists in the art of expression through different mediums, namely watercolor paint, video editing, music, mix media and graphic design. Her primary source of inspiration comes from old photographs and the stories that accompany them. Moose River Crossing was her first time playing a principle role in front of a camera; a truly unexpected triumph. Brigitte thrives on translating emotion through her art.
Brigitte has also been working in the Education Sector as an office administrator for over ten years, providing support for the French Catholic School Board in Sudbury (CSCNO) and now working at Laurentian University.
Artist and Graphic Designer
Meagan obtained her Social Service Worker diploma from Cambrian College and has since been providing support and resource referrals to a variety of populations including individuals with developmental disabilities, learning disabilities and mental health challenges, homeless individuals and families, people in conflict with the law, as well as people who struggle with addictions and victims of abuse.
Meagan worked as a Life Skills Instructor, assisting in the development of the skills required to move toward independent living. She has also worked as a Community Artist and Outreach Worker with Myths and Mirrors, a community arts organization, and was the editor and publisher of a DIY youth driven local magazine. In those roles as well as in her role as an Adult Protective Service Worker,
Meagan worked in collaboration with many other community resources and agencies in order to best serve clients, which led to a thorough knowledge base of what services are and are not available within the Sudbury community.
Meagan is trained in Non-Violent Crisis Prevention and Intervention and Mental Health First Aid. She has run a Social Skills Development Program for adults with developmental disabilities who struggle with loneliness and difficulties maintaining relationships, as well as facilitated a client-run Self-Advocacy Group. Currently, her areas of Interest include harm reduction approaches, people first policy, self-advocacy and empowerment, feminist theory, the value of growth and life-long learning, peer support, nature based healing modalities, community building and resilience.
She is also interested in learning more about mental Illness, neurodiversity, various healing and therapeutic modalities, philosophy, personal development and examples of best practice/initiatives taking place in other cities.
Social Service Worker and Consultant