Speakers 2020

The Creating the Future, BC Summer Institute is honored to have such a knowledgeable and experienced group of individuals.

Dr. Vicki Knight

Victoria (Vicki) Knight is an Assistant Professor in Special Education at the University of British Columbia. Knight has more than 20 years of experience working with students who have autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Dr. Knight was recently presented with a Research Award by the Council for Exceptional Children, Division of Autism and Developmental Disabilities for…

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Dr. Connor Kerns

Dr. Connor Kerns is an Assistant Professor in Clinical Psychology and Director of the Anxiety Stress and Autism Program (ASAP) at the University of British Columbia. Her research interests include assessment and treatment of ASD, childhood anxiety, and stress-related disorders (including trauma-related disorders) in children with and without ASD. Her work explores sources and manifestations…

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Sue Sterling-Bur

Sue Sterling-Bur comes from the Nlakap’mux Nation and Sto:lo Nation and is a member of the Dumdehmyoo (Bear) Clan with the Nadleh Whut’en from the Carrier Sekani Nation. Sue is an Instructor for the Social Work Department at the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology in Merritt, BC. She volunteers for many community, Provincial and National…

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Dr. Jennifer Katz

Dr. Katz received her PhD in 2008 from the University of British Columbia in inclusive education. She is the author of “Teaching to Diversity: The Three Block Model of Universal Design for Learning,” and “Resource Teachers: A Changing Role in the Three-Block Model of UDL.” Dr. Katz taught in diverse classrooms from K-12 in Winnipeg…

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Dr. John-Tyler Binfet

Dr. Binfet is an associate professor in the Okanagan School of Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia. He is a leading researcher on school kindness and his work strives to uncover how children, adolescents, and educators understand kindness in school and what they do to demonstrate kindness.  Dr. Binfet…

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Dr. Leyton Schnellert

Dr. Leyton Schnellert is an Associate Professor in UBC’s Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy and Eleanor Rix Professor in Rural Teacher Education. His research attends to how teachers and teaching and learners and learning can embrace student diversity and inclusive education. Dr. Schnellert is the Pedagogy and Participation research cluster lead in the UBC Institute…

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Dr. Brenda Fossett

Dr. Brenda Fossett is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who began her career teaching deaf students with developmental disabilities at the BC School for the Deaf. For twenty-five years, Brenda has provided support to children, youth, and adults with developmental disabilities in home, school, and community settings. Brenda has also provided instruction and training to…

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Dr. Paul Malette

Paul Malette has been a director of CBI Consultants Since 1990. He leads a team of 45 passionate professionals, promoting inclusion and diversity across the lifespan. To date, CBI Consultants has supported more than 10,000 individuals with complex support needs world-wide. Dr. Malette and the CBI team are committed to implementing evidence-based inclusive practices in…

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Dr. Pat Mirenda

Pat Mirenda is a Professor in the Department of Educational & Counseling Psychology and Special Education, and Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Collaboration in Autism (CIRCA) at the University of British Columbia. She has published numerous research articles and chapters and presents frequently at international, national, and regional conferences. Her current research…

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Shelley Moore

Originally from Edmonton, and now based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Shelley Moore is a highly sought after inclusive education researcher, collaborator, consultant and storyteller and has worked with school districts and community organizations throughout both Canada and the United States. Her first book entitled, “One Without the Other” was released in July 2016 with her…

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Dr. Donna Kozak

Dr. Donna Kozak has been a teacher for 35 years beginning her career in the primary grades, then working with middle school students in a literacy intervention program. Donna has spent the last few years as a school district coordinator in the area of early learning and literacy. She is currently a literacy consultant, a…

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Deborah Simak

As an experienced special education teacher and Administrator, Deborah’s focus has been on changing life outcomes for students with exceptionalities. Deborah has experience teaching students with exceptional learning needs in both segregated and inclusive secondary classrooms as well as holding leadership positions including District Principal of Learning Support Programs and later as Director of Learning…

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