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WELL-BEING: The Future of Education, The Future of Humanity

Trafalgar is in the process of re-imagining the future of education. To help bring this vision to fruition, Trafalgar has partnered with the creative team at 180 Studio to explore ideas about how learning spaces and school design can provide an environment that fosters individual and collective well-being.
In this context, Trafalgar and 180 have asked us to co-chair a symposium that will explore issues around the future of education and how it connects to societal well-being.

Experts in a variety of fields—including economics, science, arts, ethics, and the environment—will animate the panel discussions at the heart of this event. They will address questions designed to challenge us to think more deeply about the integrated approach and mindset necessary to develop educational models for the future.
We look forward to seeing you at the school on the morning of February 13th, as students, parents, alumnae, and members of the wider Montreal community engage in catalytic conversations. 

Claudia Mitchell & Lucy Riddell, Symposium Co-Chairs

Schedule for the Day

  • 8:45 a.m. - Welcome
  • 9:00 a.m. – Keynote address
  • 9:20-10:20 a.m. - Panel 1
  • 10:20-10:30 a.m. - Break
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m. - Panel 2
  • 11:30-12:30 - Activity
  • 12:30-12:45 - Closing Remarks


List of 14 items.

  • Dr. Claudia Mitchell, Co-Chair

    Claudia Mitchell is a Distinguished James McGill Professor in the Department of Integrated studies with the Faculty of Education at McGill University, and an Honorary Professor in the School of Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa, where she established the Centre for Visual Methodologies for Social Change. See more here. 
  • Lucy Riddell, Co-Chair

  • Jinpa Langri, Keynote Speaker

    Thupten Jinpa Langri (born 1958) is a Tibetan Buddhist scholar, former monk and an academic of religious studies and both Eastern and Western philosophy. He has been the principal English translator to the Dalai Lama since 1985. He has translated and edited more than ten books by the Dalai Lama including The World of Tibetan Buddhism (Wisdom Publications, 1993), A Good Heart: A Buddhist Perspective on the Teachings of Jesus (Wisdom Publications, 1996), and the New York Times bestseller Ethics for the New Millennium (Riverhead, 1999).
  • Jessica Mosher '85, Moderator

    Jessica Mosher is the Executive Vice President at NELSON. She has led various educational publishing groups in both Canada and the US, with a focus on the transition from print to digital resources. Jessica is a founding member of ForGirlSake, along with several other 1985 Trafalgar graduates; a non-profit organization focused on improving the lives of girls through education.

    Jessica Mosher est vice-présidente exécutive de NELSON. Elle a dirigé divers groupes d'édition éducative au Canada et aux États-Unis, en mettant l'accent sur la transition de la presse écrite aux ressources numériques. Jessica est un membre fondateur de ForGirlSake, avec plusieurs autres diplômés de Trafalgar 1985; une organisation à but non lucratif axée sur l'amélioration de la vie des filles par l'éducation.
  • Katherine Nikidis, Head

    Recognized as an educational leader in Montreal, Katherine Nikidis is currently Head at Trafalgar School for Girls, following many years in both teaching and management roles at other independent and public schools. She has shared compelling stories and provided experience-based insights on how to educate girls and young women for lives of leadership and purpose in talks to the McGill Women’s Alumnae Association, the Women's Canadian Club, and many other organizations.

    A role model for her students and colleagues, Katherine has given back to her community in many different capacities: she recently completed a mandate as Chair of the Advisory Board for the Faculty of Education at McGill University, her alma mater; she has also served on the Board of the Girl Guides of Canada, while also working closely with the boards and associations of institutions where has worked. Both inside and outside of schools, Katherine’s focus is on empowering individuals and teams by understanding their passions and values.
  • Sam Chaltain

    Sam Chaltain is a partner at 180 Studio, a global design collaborative dedicated to advancing people’s understanding of the future of learning—and what it requires. Sam is a published author, producer, and creator. Sam’s writings about his work have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today. Sam is a former speechwriter for each of President Obama’s U.S. Secretaries of Education, has written for Oscar and Grammy Award winning artists, and is a periodic contributor to CNN. For more info, see his webpage.
  • Claudia Eppert

    Claudia Eppert is an associate professor in the Department of Secondary Education at the University of Alberta. She graduated with her doctorate from OISE/University of Toronto in 1999, and was an assistant/associate professor at Louisiana State University for eight years, during which time she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Curriculum Studies and English Language Arts Education. She returned to Canada to become a faculty member at the University of Alberta in 2007.

    Influenced by her experiences living in Germany, Myanmar, the U.S., Canada, Iran, and Singapore during her formative years, Eppert's research over these last two decades has been focused upon the ethical and pedagogical complexities of witnessing social/environmental suffering and trauma through literary, aesthetic, and contemplative engagement, along with exploration of the possibilities of psycho-social and ecological transformation/well-becoming.

  • Pascale Fournier

  • Caro Loutfi

    Caro is the Executive Director of Apathy is Boring, working in a non-partisan manner and on a national scale to engage Canadian youth in democracy. She started as an intern at Apathy is Boring and took on the national leadership role a year and a half later. She was previously a co-producer for Montreal’s Art Matters Festival, holds a BFA with distinction from Concordia University, and is a former board member for the Darling Foundry, supporting the creation and exhibition of contemporary art. She currently sits on the Inspirit Foundation’s board, working to inspire pluralism among young Canadians and is an advisor to Sid Lee's C2 Conference, as part of the Sustainability Impact Unit. She regularly provides a youth perspective on topics of civic and political engagement and has been featured on CTV News, CBC and Global News among others. She was named one of the Top 25 Women of Influence in Canada for 2020. She was featured as one of nineteen prominent young Canadians to watch in the We Are Canada CBC series (2017) and was named a Canadian Arab to Watch in 2015 by the Canadian Arab Institute.
  • Robert Martellacci

    As founder and president of international award-winning MindShare Learning Technology, Robert is recognized as one of Canada's foremost EdTech thought leaders. He's a champion for igniting student success through innovative solutions and partnerships in Canadian schools. Often referred to as the 'connector,' Robert specializes in forging mutually beneficial partnerships between education and technology solution providers.

    As a mature student, Robert pursued a transformational learning journey earning a master’s in educational technology from Pepperdine University Graduate School of Psychology and Education. His Pepperdine experience inspired the creation of the MindShare Learning Report—Canada’s Learning & Technology eMagazine.

    Robert's innovative spirit and desire to see an accelerated pace of change in education, led to the creation of C21 Canada--Canadians for Learning and Innovation. A not-for-profit he co-founded and currently serves as its CEO. He’s highly focused on redefining the future of work & learning. Through his research and design thinking Mr. Martellacci launched the MindShare Workspace-- Canada’s first shopping mall located coworking innovation space.
    Mr. Martellacci is the founder of Canada’s Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit – The Future of Education & Skills 2030 Conference and serves on the OECD Education 2030 Working group.
  • André-Yanne Parent

    Passionnée par la justice environnementale et dévouée à outiller les gens pour qu’ils soient des acteurs de changement dans leurs communautés, André-Yanne Parent a rejoint l’équipe du Projet de la réalité climatique Canada en tant que Directrice générale en mars 2019. André-Yanne est titulaire d’une maîtrise en anthropologie de l’Université de Montréal. Élue sur plusieurs conseils d’administrations, elle est un des membres fondateurs de DestiNATIONS, une ambassade culturelle et artistique des Premières Nations, Inuit et Métis à Montréal et membre désignée du Conseil des Montréalaises. André-Yanne a fait partie du Top 30 des moins de 30 ans du journal La Presse.

    Passionate about environmental justice and dedicated to empowering people to be change makers in their communities, André-Yanne joined the Climate Reality Project Canada’s team as Executive Director in March 2019. André-Yanne holds a master's degree in anthropology from the University of Montreal. Elected on several boards of directors, she is one of the founding members of DestiNATIONS, a cultural and artistic embassy for First Nations, Inuit and Métis in Montreal, and an appointed member of the Montreal Women Council. André-Yanne was one of the Top 30 under 30s for La Presse.
  • Patricia Saputo '83

    Patricia Saputo, FCPA, FCA, ICD.D, TEP,  DTax, FPl
    Certified Wealth Transition Coach and Financial Coach
    After leaving Deloitte in 1998, Patricia began a new path that allowed her to manage the patrimony of her immediate family in pioneering the startup of the family’s “Family Office” that further developed into the areas of investments, family governance, managing wealth as it is transitioned to future generation to enable the next generation to become responsible stewards of their own wealth.
    Patricia is very generous with her time as she serves in key leadership roles on a variety of boards and advisory committees. Sheis also a regular speaker at a number of National and International Forums speaking on a variety of topics in the areas of family wealth, women and wealth, education, philanthropy and financial literacy. She believes that education is an incomplete process which is why she considers herself a “life-learner”.
    Patricia Saputo, FCPA, FCA, IAS.A, TEP,  D.Fisc, Pl.Fin.
    Coach de Transition de Pouvoir and Coach Financier Certifié
    Après avoir quitté Deloitte en 1998, Patricia a commencé une nouvelle voie qui lui a permis de gérer le patrimoine de sa famille proche en initiant le lancement du «Family Office» de la famille, qui s'est ensuite développé dans les domaines de l'investissement, de la gouvernance familiale et de la gestion de la patrimoine, pour passés à la génération future les conseils pour devenir des gardiens responsables de leur propre patrimoine.
    Patricia est très généreuse avec son temps car elle occupe des postes de direction clés au sein de divers conseils d’administration et comités consultatifs. Elle intervient également régulièrement dans plusieurs forums national et internationaux ou elle a pris la parole dans les domaines de la patrimoine familiale, des femmes, de l'éducation, de la philanthropie et de la littératie financière. Elle pense que l'éducation est un processus incomplet, raison pour laquelle elle se considère comme une «apprenante de la vie».
  • Annabel Soutar

    Annabel Soutar is a Montreal-based playwright and theatre producer. In 2000 she co-founded the theatre company Porte Parole Productions whose mission is to produce entertaining documentary plays that create a transformational sense of civic engagement in its audiences.
    Annabel studied English and Theatre at Princeton University where she learned about the documentary approach to theatre. Since 1998 she has written 8 plays - Novembre, 2000 Questions, Import/Export, Sexy béton, Seeds, The Watershed, Fredy and The Assembly - that have been mounted in Montreal and across Canada. Her acclaimed plays Seeds and The Watershed have both been published by Talon Books. Seeds has toured to over a dozen theatres across the country, including to the National Arts Centre of Canada in 2014. In 2020 Seeds will tour in the US.

    Seeds was named the best English production of the year by Montreal’s Association of French theatre critics and was nominated for Best New Text and Best English Production by the Académie québécoise du théâtre; and Annabel’s play Sexy béton was a finalist for the prestigious Quebec playwriting award Le prix Michel-Tremblay.

    In December 2015, Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper named Soutar to its list of Artists of the Year.

    Soutar’s recent collaboration with co-writers Alex Ivanovici and Brett Watson, The Assembly, was performed at Crow’s Theatre in Toronto in 2018. In 2019-20 it will be adapted for television and will tour in the US, Europe and South America.
  • William St-Hilaire

    Présidente-directrice générale et directrice artistique
    Fondation Métropolis Bleu. Gestionnaire chevronnée ayant œuvré depuis plus de 20 ans au sein d’organismes culturels et de charité. Elle a réalisé plusieurs redressements de situations ou d’entreprises au fil des ans avec une grande capacité à mobiliser les équipes en vue d’implanter de nouvelles façons de faire, diminuer les coûts et générer de nouvelles sources de revenus. Compagne de l'Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec

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