Big Ideas

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Tuesday, June 2  |  9:00AM – 10:00AM  |  Plaza ABC, Delta Hotels by Marriott Toronto Airport and Conference Centre

B.01. Project T.Y.P.E. (Tell Your Personal Experiences)

Kaleb Patrick, Academic Program Director - Master of Arts degree in Education | Faculty, Central Michigan University

Dr. Kaleb G. Patrick is the Academic Program Director for the Master of Arts degree in Education, the Interim Chairperson for the Department of Science in Administration, and a faculty member in the Department of Educational Leadership.  With over 20 year of experience working in Higher Education, Dr. Patrick’s areas of professional, and research, interests include student development in higher education, the intersection between PK-12 and postsecondary education, online and post-traditional student learning, research methods, and administrative leadership in postsecondary institutions.  Dr. Patrick has served as a grant reviewer, consultant to postsecondary institutions in the US, and served on numerous dissertations and thesis research committees.  As program director for Master of Arts degree in Education, Dr. Patrick works closely with Ontario College faculty and staff focusing on student success and the evolution of an individual’s professional aspirations to create a meaningful and positive impact on the evolution of postsecondary education.

B.02. Depression and anxiety diagnosis and treatment among LGBTQ+ post-secondary students: Results from a large-scale survey in Canada

Simon Coulombe, Assistant Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University; Michael Woodford, Associate Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University; Nicholas Schwabe, Research Coordinator, Wilfrid Laurier University

Trained in Community Psychology, Simon Coulombe, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University. His expertise lies at the intersection between positive psychology, community psychology, and mental health research. His most recent research focuses on the impact of peer support for people with mental health issues, as well as the resilience and thriving of newcomers students and racialized LGBTQ2S+ people. He is Director of the Flourishing Communities Research Group at Laurier and the Chair of the Council on Education of the Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA, Community Psychology Division of APA). He is a co-investigator in studies directed by Michael R. Woodford, PhD, on the wellbeing and academic development of LGBTQ2S+ university students.

B.03. Promoting Student Success and Well-being by Partnering with Parents (& Supporters) of Students

Jennifer Sparks, PhD Candidate, University of Toronto

Jennifer Sparks is a sessional lecturer at the University of Toronto and a PhD candidate in the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Jennifer’s doctoral research is on parent involvement in the lives of post-secondary students in Ontario, Canada. Jennifer may be contacted at

B.04. How Roller Derby Saved My (Work) Life

Lyndsay Anderson, Assistant Director, Student Culture and Experience, Saint Mary’s University

Lyndsay Anderson is the Assistant Director, Student Culture and Experience at Saint Mary’s University where she supports positive student experiences through various units including the International Centre, Residence Life, Student Transitions/Orientation, African Nova Scotian/Black Student Advising, Indigenous Student Advising, Student Success, and Chaplaincy.  Lyndsay’s previous experience was at Dalhousie University where she managed the residence and campus conduct and accountability systems, including facilitating a restorative justice pilot program.  Lyndsay also spent 8 years as a live-in residence life professional at Dalhousie and St. Francis Xavier University.  Lyndsay holds a BA in Criminology from the University of Toronto and a MA in Women and Gender studies, a joint program at Mount Saint Vincent University and Saint Mary’s University, with a research topic of rape culture and sexualization discourses on university campuses.  Lyndsay teaches fitness classes, plays roller derby, listens to true-crime podcasts, and has a chihuahua named Squid.

B.05. 10 Principles for Good Dialogue

Thomas Brown, Undergraduate Student, University of Alberta

“Thomas Brown is an undergraduate student studying political science and history at the University of Alberta. Alongside his studies he also runs a student group, ThinkTank, that hosts weekly discussions on sociopolitical issues among members of the campus community. With a focus on respectful and constructive dialogue, the aim of this project is to help facilitate discussions on important and relevant issues in an informal and accessible manner. With the aim of bringing attention to the importance of this type of dialogue in greater society, he has worked with various student groups, organizations and university faculty to promote the use of “good dialogue” in a range of settings. Originally from the United Kingdom, Thomas is making the most of being in Canada by travelling whenever possible, as well as enjoying the music and festival scene of Edmonton, Alberta.”

B.06. Developing the Mental Health Resources Students Need AND Want

Jessie Brar, Post-Secondary Outreach Coordinator, Kids Help Phone

Jessie Brar is a young mental health advocate who is working towards making mental health supports more accessible. Jessie graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. After graduation, she volunteered with various mental health organizations. Her passion for mental health lead her to create her own project, The Mental Health Spotlight, which has led her to speak at conferences around the world, including co-hosting a portion of the Global Mental Health Summit in London, England where she was able to meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. She continuously works to find ways to better the mental health space for youth and minority communities. Jessie is currently the Post-Secondary Outreach Coordinator for Good2Talk. In this role, she works to create awareness about Good2Talk’s various services across campuses in Ontario.

B.07. Centering the Who in Design

Kaitlyn Corlett, Senior Project Assistant, University of Toronto Innovation Hub

Kaitlyn Corlett is a graduate of the Master of Education program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education with a focus on Adult Education and Community Development. As the Senior Project Assistant at the University of Toronto Innovation Hub, Kaitlyn supports the communication elements at the Hub, develops design materials, and supports the Hub's Team Leads in their unique design-based research processes. Her collaborative specialization in Workplace Learning and Social Change helps to strategize how the Innovation Hub can continue to develop innovate ways to engage in projects by students, for students. Originally from Vancouver, B.C., Kaitlyn likes to be in nature as much as she can. She also loves engaging in new experiences by taking beginners dance classes, going to local arts spaces, and working on her design and visual arts practice.