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Keynote Speakers

Jennifer Abrams
A former teacher and teacher coach in Palo Alto, CA, USA, Jennifer Abrams is a communications consultant who focuses on new teacher support, being generationally savvy, effective collaboration skills and having hard conversations.

Jennifer’s publications include Having Hard Conversations, The Multigenerational Workplace: Communicate, Collaborate & Create Community, Hard Conversations Unpacked – the Whos, Whens and What Ifs, and, Swimming in the Deep End: Four Foundational Skills for Leading Successful School Initiatives.

Jennifer keynotes, facilitates and coaches worldwide. She was named one of the “18 Women All K-12 Educators Should Know,” by Education Week’s “Finding Common Ground’’ blog.
Twitter: @jenniferabrams
Skype: jenniferabrams
Kevin Chief
Vice President at the Business Council of Manitoba.

We Are All Leaders: How a Bus Driver Showed us Anything was Possible

Kevin draws on his personal and professional experiences from growing up as an Indigenous youth in Winnipeg’s North End, to his work in the community, education and business fields.

As a former member of the Legislative Assembly and Minister in the Manitoba Government, he is able to share stories of seeing potential and possibility, overcoming barriers, and creating opportunities out of challenges.

Born and raised in Winnipeg’s North End, he has considerable public sector and community experience. He spent six years as a member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, representing Point Douglas, and previously worked in the field of education.

Kevin and his wife Melanie have three young sons: Hayden, Kellan, and Daxton. He is also known as a high steppin’ square dancer as part of the Norman Chief Memorial Dancers.
Wade Davis
Wade Davis is a writer and photographer whose work has taken him from the Amazon to Tibet, Africa to Australia, Polynesia to the Arctic. Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society from 2000 to 2013, he is currently Professor of Anthropology and the BC Leadership Chair in Cultures and Ecosystems at Risk at the University of British Columbia. Author of 22 books, including One River, The Wayfinders and Into the Silence, he holds degrees in anthropology and biology and received his Ph.D. in ethnobotany, all from Harvard University. In 2016, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada. In 2018 he became an Honorary Citizen of Colombia.
Kevin Lamoureux
Kevin Lamoureux is a Faculty member at the University of Winnipeg and a well-known public speaker. He has served as Associate Vice President for the University of Winnipeg, Education Lead for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation and as Scholar in Residence for several school divisions. Lamoureux is an award-winning scholar with an impressive publication and research grant record, and has consulted for governments, organizations and institutions across Canada. His most recent book contribution for Ensouling Our Schools with Dr. Jennifer Katz is being used by educators across Canada working to create inclusive spaces for all students. He has been seen on TV, in documentaries, in print, and in the media. More than anything, Kevin is committed to reconciliation and contributing to an even better Canada for all children to grow up in.
Shelley Moore
Originally from Edmonton, and now based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Shelley Moore is a highly soughtafter teacher, researcher, speaker and storyteller and has worked with school districts and community organizations throughout both Canada and the United States. Shelley’s presentations are constructed based on contexts of schools and communities and integrate theory and effective practices of inclusion, special education, curriculum and teacher professional development. Her first book entitled, “One Without the Other” was released to follow up her TEDx talk hosted in Langley in January 2016. Shelley completed an undergraduate degree in Special Education at the University of Alberta, her masters at Simon Fraser University, and is currently a SSHRC funded PhD candidate at the University of British Columbia.
Joel Westheimer
Joel Westheimer is an education columnist for CBC Radio and University Research Chair in Democracy and Education at the University of Ottawa. Author, speaker, and education advocate, he also co-directs (with John Rogers, UCLA) The Inequality Project, investigating what North American schools are teaching about economic inequality. Westheimer grew up in New York City and began his education career as a summer camp director and then middle school teacher in the New York City Public Schools before obtaining his Ph.D. from Stanford University. His books include the critically acclaimed What Kind of Citizen: Educating Our Children for the Common Good, and the award winning Pledging Allegiance: The Politics of Patriotism in America’s Schools (foreword by Howard Zinn) and Among Schoolteachers: Community, Autonomy and Ideology in Teachers’ Work. He is the author of more than 75 academic and professional journal articles, book chapters, and books. He addresses radio and television audiences and has delivered more than 200 keynote speeches, nationally and internationally. He lives with his wife and two children in Ottawa where, in winter, he ice-skates to and from work.

You can visit his website at and follow him on Twitter @joelwestheimer.
Breakout Speakers

Dr. Danielle Fullan Kolton
Dr. Danielle Fullan Kolton is the Assistant General Secretary: Programs & Professional and French Language Services at The Manitoba Teachers’ Society. In this capacity, she provides support of the management function of the Society and oversees professional learning programs and services. Danielle is passionate about supporting members in the messiness of teaching, leading, and learning. She has worked as a K-12 teacher, principal, educational consultant, and university instructor.
Dr. Jacqueline Kirk
Dr. Jacqueline Kirk is an Associate Professor from Brandon University where she is currently the Chair of the Department of Leadership and Educational Administration. Her teaching career started in a K-2 classroom in a small rural community in Saskatchewan. Since then, she has taught a variety of grades from K-12, in both rural and urban settings, and in both private and public schools. Additionally, she experienced five years as a high school principal and two years working at the school division level in the areas of community partnerships and integrated technology.
Mark Kuly
Marc Kuly is an assistant professor and the service learning program coordinator in the Faculty of Education at the University of Winnipeg. Marc spent fifteen years working in Winnipeg public schools. His work is focussed on building intercultural connections through the use of storytelling. A sought after lecturer and storyteller, Marc has received awards for his work from the Manitoba Foundation for the Arts, The Manitoba YM/YWCA, and the American Educational Research Association.
Dr. Philip McRae
Dr. Philip McRae is Executive Staff Officer and Associate Coordinator, Government-Research with the Alberta Teachers’ Association and Adjunct Professor within the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta where he earned his Ph.D. He was the Director of the Alberta Initiative for School Improvement (AISI) at the University of Alberta from 2005-2009, and taught several graduate courses in the Master of Education in Educational Studies program. Phil has worked in many secondary and post-secondary educational contexts while living and teaching in the Middle East (United Arab Emirates), Asia (Japan), Europe (Spain), and in Alberta, Canada with the Lethbridge Public School District and at Red Crow College with the Blood Tribe (Kainai First Nation). The Blackfoot honoured him with the name Áípapomm, which means lightning.

Speaker biography, awards, publications and reading list available at
David Northcott
David Northcott was the Executive Director of Winnipeg Harvest Food Bank since 1984 to 2017, with a short break from 2004 to 2007 to run for federal office and take part in a food study tour of Africa. David was actively involved in the community and is a founder of the Canadian Association of Food Banks and the Manitoba Association of Food Banks.

In addition to his involvement with the Vanier Institute’s Board of Directors (as Past Chair). David serves on the board of The Lady Bug Foundation and Basic Income Manitoba and volunteers with Agape Table soup kitchen. He has been active in many community boards and events over his 30 plus years at Winnipeg Harvest with a great passion for human rights and hunger and poverty relief.

For his efforts in the poverty field, David Northcott was named a member of the Order of Manitoba in 2000 and received the Queen’s Canada 125 Medal for Community Service. As well, the Queen’s Jubilee medal was awarded to David for his continuing efforts in community development.

Doctors Manitoba recognized David’s tireless efforts in hunger and poverty relief with the Health or Safety award for the year 2014.

David was also an NGO member of the Canadian delegation to the UN’s Second World Food Summit in 2002. In May 2012, David received the Order of Canada from His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, at Rideau Hall. The University of Manitoba recognized David’s work with poverty and hunger in the community with a Distinguished Service Award in 2014.

David’s educational background includes a BSC in Physics from the University of British Columbia (1976) and a Certificate of NGOs Management from the University of Manitoba, along with many continuing education opportunities that add to his extensive knowledge base.

David has an active and passionate commitment to food security issues and human rights. He is married with three adult daughters and sons in law, and five young grandchildren, who keep his life busy.
Dean Shareski
Dean Shareski lead Principal Engagement for Discovery Education Canada. He taught grades 1-8 for 14 years and spent 9 as a digital learning consultant. Dean’s two books focus on joy and change in education. In addition, he designs and teachers at Wilkes University.

His passion remains to help teachers explore the affordances of technology for learning.
Dr. Tom Skinner
Dr. Tom Skinner has been involved in education for the last forty years. He has experience as a teacher from kindergarten to grade 12 including multi-grade and special education classrooms. As well, his professional experience includes twelve years as a school principal in four Manitoba school divisions, including rural, urban, and northern divisions. Currently, he is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education at Brandon University where he lectures in both the undergrad program and the graduate program. He has served on a number of provincial and national committees focused on policy and legislative development in education and has presented papers at the provincial and national levels, focusing on education law, leadership, and team building. He graduated with a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Toronto in 2002, specializing in Theory and Policy Studies in Education Administration. The doctorate was preceded by a Masters’ degree in Education Administration from the University of Manitoba.
Dr. Alex Wislon
Dr. Alex Wislon (Opaskwayak Cree Nation) is a professor and director of the Aboriginal Research Centre at the University of Saskatchewan. Her scholarship has greatly contributed to building and sharing knowledge about two spirit peoples, land-based education, Indigenous research methodologies, and the prevention of violence in the lives of Indigenous peoples. Dr. Wilson is one of many organizers with the Idle No More movement, integrating radical education movement work with grassroots interventions that prevent the destruction of land and water. She is particularly focussed on educating about and protecting the Saskatchewan River Delta and supporting community-based food sovereignty and sustainable housing.
Rainbow Resource Centre
Working with the School Equity and Inclusion Co-Ordinator of the Rainbow Resource Centre a student panel will share with participants their journeys. Members of the panel may be involved at the local level with their school’s GSAs.
Book your group rate for Canadian Association of Principals Conference

You will find the information for your online reservation link below. If you have questions or need help with the link, please do not hesitate to ask. We appreciate your business and look forward to a successful event.

Event Summary:

Canadian Association of Principals Conference
Start Date: Monday, May 4, 2020
End Date: Saturday, May 9, 2020
Last Day to Book: Friday, April 3, 2020

Hotel(s) offering your special group rate:
• Delta Hotels Winnipeg for 210 CAD per night

Book your group rate for Canadian Association of Principals Conference
Dear Madam/Sir:

The Canadian Association of Principals (CAP) is a membership funded, pan Canadian organization representing the professional perspectives of school leaders from across the country to ensure quality education opportunities for all Canadian students. The Council of School Leaders (COSL) of The Manitoba Teachers’ Society has been an active member of CAP for decades and is proud of the research and advocacy work we have been a part of over that time. This upcoming year will be the 41st Anniversary of CAP and the 38th year of its National Conference.

CAP 2020 CLEAR VISION FOR SCHOOL LEADERSHIP – Inspire and Transform Vision Into Action will be hosted by COSL May 5-8 at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg. This will be the 5th time that COSL or its predecessor, the Manitoba Association of Principals has hosted this event.

To host such an event takes lots of planning, a commitment of time and resources. The conference committee has been working on the 2020 event since November 2017. To successfully host the conference of approximately 450 educational leaders from across the country, partnerships with our corporate community is important. Your support will allow us to provide a first-class event to our delegates and to not only highlight what Winnipeg and Manitoba has to offer, but what your company has to offer as well. I invite you to review the corporate sponsorship program options provided. If your company has a different idea on how you would like to sponsor our event, our Committee is willing to listen to your proposal.

If your organization sees benefit in our conference, please contact me for further information. To get a feel of CAP and COSL check out the organizations’ websites at:
To Register:

Please contact Christen Winning or Danielle Rocan, executive assistants at The Manitoba Teachers’ Society at 204-888-7961 or 1-800-262-8803 or by email at, to begin the registration process. You will have the option to pay through PayPal or by cheque.

If you are not a member of The Manitoba Teachers’ Society contact either:

Danielle Rocan
Christen Winning

Danielle or Christen will assign you a temporary link to get you into the registration process.

Christen, Danielle or myself are at your service to provide you with any assistance or additional information that you may require. You can reach me at the COSL Office (204) 837-3044, on my cell at (204) 299-3927 or e-mail at You can reach Christen or Danielle at their information listed above. On behalf of the CAP 2020 Conference Planning Committee, we hope that you will join us as a partner in this excellent opportunity to profile your company or organization and to meet with school leaders from across Manitoba and the rest of Canada. School Leaders play a vital role in helping students achieve success. Providing School Leaders with meaningful and latest professional development opportunities helps to make this happen. Your sponsorship of CAP 2020 is an investment in the youth of today for tomorrow. We look forward to the opportunity of working with you in 2020!

Myles Blahut
Co-Chair CAP 2020

CAP 2020 Sponsorship Options Draw Prizes: We will be instituting a passport system where delegates need to get a sticker from each station on their passport card to be eligible for some door prizes. Hopefully this will increase traffic to your tables. At past conferences, exhibitors often provide a door prize. We will post those names at 10:30 a.m. for any exhibitor door prizes Delegates will be asked to go your booth for their prize. Once your prize has been distributed, you are free to teardown. If you would like to have your prize distributed another way please let me know.


  • Pricing & Payment: Pricing is in Canadian dollars and includes Goods and Services Tax. GST Number 84017 9832. Once you have completed your online registration please follow the payment instructions provided on your invoice and confirmation.
  • Booth Assignment: Regular exhibitor space will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. Conference Partners and Gold level sponsors will get first selection.
  • Cancellation Policy: A refund of fees minus a $50.00 administration fee will be issued for any cancellation with 45 days-notice. With less than 45 days-notice there will be no refund.
  • Registration Deadline: Friday, April 3, 2020
  • Exhibition Space:

    • 10’ wide x 6’ deep area, pipe and drape (8’ high backdrop and 3’ high side curtains)
    • one 6’ or 8’ skirted table and one chair. Additional chairs will be provided if needed.
    • Also includes lunch for Wednesday and Thursday and breakfast for Friday for a single booth attendant
    • All booths include free Wi-Fi
    • Electrical Service and a hardwired network connection are available at an additional charge. Once you have registered with Danielle or Christen you can go to RBC CC to book your electrical/hardwired network connection if you require.
    • Exhibition hours are planned for:

      • Tuesday, May 5, 2020 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. load in/Set-Up
      • Wednesday, May 6, 2020 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
      • Thursday, May 7, 2020 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
      • Friday, May 8, 2020 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
    • Exhibitors will be located on the main floor. We have the entire main floor of the original Convention Centre space. We have blocked about 1/3 of the meeting rooms for exhibitors and the other 2/3 will be for our keynote session. To increase foot traffic, access to the keynote speakers will be through the Exhibition Hall. As well, coffee and refreshments will be set up in the Exhibition Hall.
    • Additional Booth Attendant: There is an additional $40 per day per extra booth attendant to cover the cost of lunch and refreshment breaks.
    Location: RBC Convention Centre, 375 York Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3C 3J3
    Hotel Accommodations: The Delta Winnipeg
    Room Rates: Standard Room $210 plus taxes Deluxe King $250 plus taxes.
    Please contact the hotel and register under the Canadian Association of Principals’ Conference Rate
    Phone: (204) 942-0551
    Toll Free: 1 888-311-4990
To Register:

Please contact Christen Winning or Danielle Rocan, executive assistants at The Manitoba Teachers’ Society at 204-888-7961 or 1-800-262-8803 or by email at, to begin the registration process. You will have the option to pay through PayPal or by cheque.

If you are not a member of The Manitoba Teachers’ Society contact either:

Danielle Rocan
Christen Winning

Danielle or Christen will assign you a temporary link to get you into the registration process.
Full Conference

Pre-Conference (Includes the Ignite The Night/Manitoba Social)

Ignite the Night Manitoba Social