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Keynote Speaker

Karyn Ross is a world-renowned expert and coach on Lean methodology and Lean transformation in service organizations- enabling organizations to create better, more effective and efficient ways to work and provide the services that their customers want, now and for the future. Karyn’s approach applies practical creativity to continuously strive towards service excellence, focusing on both people and processes within an organization.

Terena Caryk is a program coordinator and instructor in The English Language Program at The University of Winnipeg. Over the past 14 years, Terena has taught EAL to Canadian Language Benchmark level 1-8 adult learners and worked as an EAL teacher for K-12 students in the public school system. Terena holds a B.Ed. and a M.Ed. (TESL) from The University of Calgary.

Scott Poole attended the University of Manitoba where he completed a BA in English Literature.  He then went on to get a Journalism Diploma at Vancouver Community College, as well as a B.Ed from Lakehead University and a M.Ed in L2 Language and Literacy from Deakin University  Scott spent 6 years in Hong Kong as part of the NET Scheme and then moved to Korea to work at Inha University for 9 years.  It was at Inha that he became interested in Writing Centre Theory and the use of Peer Conferences to improve writing. Since relocating to Winnipeg in 2013, he has been coordinating and teaching in The University of Winnipeg's EAL Teacher Certificate Program.  

Erica Kolomic completed her B.A/B.Ed and CTESL certification through the University of Winnipeg. She has taught English as an Additional Language to learners of all ages, in China, Japan, Winnipeg, and rural Manitoba. She currently works as the Full Time Instructor at the University of Winnipeg English Language Program, currently teaching Academic Level 5. She is also working towards her M.Ed in Second Language Education at the University of Manitoba.

Angela Johnston is a TESOL Instructor and the Director of Studies at ILAC Vancouver. A former ESL teacher, Angela has more than a decade of experience in teacher training and professional development. 

Lauren Strachan is a PhD student in Applied Linguistics at Concordia University in Montreal, TESOL instructor, and ESL instructor with 12 years of teaching experience. Her research interests include the acquisition of second language morphology, pronunciation, the impact of second language social networks on learning, and connecting teachers with SLA research findings.

Fluent in four languages, Monele Schrot has gained extensive experience of all aspects of education through her career as a Teacher, School Principal and Director of International Education. Ms. Schrot holds a BA, B.Ed., and a Master’s Degree in School Administration from the University of Manitoba. Before joining ICEF, Ms. Schrot was Director of the International Education Department for ten years at the Louis Riel School Division in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Lead Canadian Specialist: Sarah Mines has over 12 years of experience in international education leadership, specializing in developing and maintaining international partnerships for Canadian institutions. With an extensive background in all aspects of internationalization, Sarah has in-depth knowledge of global education trends for the language, K-12 and post-secondary sectors. Sarah has a keen understanding of international student recruitment and retention and has presented at over 30 different conferences on topics ranging from marketing to millennials to global student mobility projections. She is known as a natural communicator and connector and currently sits on the Board of Directors for Vancouver Mount Pleasant Riding Association, and is a founding member of GLOW Ed, Canada’s first leadership organization for Global Women in Education.

Jennifer Wilson is the Managing Director for the Canada Homestay Network.  After retiring from a practice as a Registered Midwife in 2005, Jennifer joined the family business.  She holds an MBA with a specialization in Leadership and is always looking for new opportunities to learn and grow.  As a second-generation leader of CHN, Jennifer is passionate about creating opportunities for building relationships, and believe that homestay offers a unique opportunity for all of us to break down cultural barriers and make the world a smaller place.