Learning Connections Conference

What is the Learning Connections Conference?

Our Learning Community

The Learning Connections Conference (LCC) is an all-employee professional development event that takes place during the Spring term. The conference brings participants from all three campuses (Brockville, Cornwall, & Kingston) for two days of learning as we celebrate our SLC values.

This year’s theme will ask participants to “Think Global, Act Local” as we explore how the concept of “Sustainability” impacts our everyday lives.

Join us on June 10 and 11 as we celebrate our 12th LCC anniversary!

Keynote Speaker

Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Environmental, Cultural, and Human Rights Advocate

Nobel Peace Prize nominee Sheila Watt-Cloutier is in the business of transforming public opinion into public policy. Experienced in working with global decision-makers for more than a decade, Watt-Cloutier offers a new model for 21st century leadership. She speaks with passion and urgency on the issues of today — the environment, the economy, foreign policy, global health, and sustainability — not as separate concerns, but as a deeply interconnected whole. At a time when people are seeking solutions, direction, and a sense of hope, this global leader provides a big picture of where we are and where we’re headed.

In 2007, Watt-Cloutier was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy work in showing the impact of global climate change on human rights — especially in the Arctic, where it is felt more immediately, and more dramatically, than anywhere else in the world. Watt-Cloutier is an Officer of the Order of Canada, and the recipient of the Aboriginal Achievement Award, the UN Champion of the Earth Award, the Norwegian Sophie Prize, the Jack P. Blaney award for Dialogue, and the Right Livelihood Award, which is widely considered the “Nobel Alternative”.

From 1995-2002, Watt-Cloutier was elected the Canadian President of the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC). She was later elected in 2002 to become the International Chair of the ICC, representing the 155,000 Inuit from Canada, Greenland, Alaska, and Russia — she held this post until 2006.

Widely recognized for her influential work, Watt-Cloutier gave a TEDx Talk in 2016 titled “Human Trauma and Climate Trauma as One”. She is also the author of the memoir, The Right to Be Cold: One Woman’s Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic and the Whole Planet, which was nominated for the 2016 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction and the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. In 2017, the book was shortlisted for CBC Canada Reads, defended by Chantal Kreviazuk. Watt-Cloutier was also shortlisted for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize.

Core Planning Committee

This committee oversees all the strategic planning elements of the conference and its associated sub-committees. It also represents a collaborative partnership between the School of Contemporary Teaching & Learning (SCTL) and the Human Resources & Organizational Development (HROD) department.

The LCC is co-chaired by Brian Benn and André Léger.

Brian Benn
Brian Benn

Associate Director of Organizational Development, HROD

Julie Johnston
Julie Johnston

Administrative & Academic Support Officer, SCTL

André Léger

Associate Dean, SCTL


melissa kutz
Melissa Kutz

Executive Assistant to the Sr. Vice-President  HROD

Theme Sub-Committee

This group of Subject Matter Experts (SME) support the Core Planning Committee by linking the conference theme to specific SLC initiatives. This year’s theme of “Sustainability: Think Global, Act Local” is represented by the following team members and initiatives/resources.

This sub-committee of theme experts is chaired by Beth Sills.

Beth Sills

Director, Facility Management Services

Dan Hendry

Manager, Community Based Learning & Innovation

Brooke Gilmour

Sustainability Manager, Facility Management Services

SLC Footprint Initiatives

Follow us @SLCFootprint

Program Development Sub-Committee

This group works with the college community to review workshop proposals and select content for the conference. The membership spans the three cities and includes members from all employee groups.

This sub-committee is co-chaired by Jamie Edwards & Ashleigh McKeil.

Jamie Edwards

Education Developer, SCTL

Ashleigh McKeil
Ashleigh McKeil

Manager of Employee Development, HROD

Rizma Butt

Part-Time Professor, School of Business

Allison Taylor

Professor & Coordinator, Career/College Prep, School of Justice & Applied Arts

Pamela Shea

Professor, Behavioural Psychology, School of Community Services

Breanne Johnson

Creative Director of SPARK, Innovation & Partnerships

Jason Boutilier

Writing and Math Centre Coordinator, Libraries & Student Success

Amy Shelley

Department Coordinator, Innovation & Partnerships

Krista Videchak

Client Advisor – Career Services, Innovation & Partnerships

John McGrath

Professor, School of Skilled Trades & Tourism

Karen Ducharme

Professor & Coordinator, Career/College Prep, School of Justice & Applied Arts

Meaghen Shaver

Professor & Coordinator, Autism & Behavioural Science, School of Community Services

Tanya Dee

Student Success Facilitator, Student Services

Maha Othman

Professor, BScN, School of Baccalaureate Nursing

Anya Brooker

Student Rights & Responsibilities Officer, Student Services

Deanna Cormier

Partial-Load Professor, Music Theater Performance, School of Justice & Applied Arts

Katherine Onstein

DistanceEd Clerk, SCTL

Special Thanks to...

The LCC is made possible thanks to the amazing contributions of the following team members and departments.

Brown's Food Services

Chef Gary, Linda Noble, Phil Sparks, & the Brown’s Staff


Christine McParland, Laura Dimic, & Patrick Bullack

Information Technology Services

Jeff MacDonald, Leo Ashley, & ITS Staff


Mike Kusters & Student Employees

HROD Students

HROD Student Employees

Multimedia Design

Rebecca Murphy & Andrea Seepersad


Julie Einarson

Frequently Asked Questions

Support Staff, Faculty, and Administrators (full-time and part-time) are encouraged to attend the conference. This includes contract employees who have recently completed a contract, currently working, or will be starting soon at the college.

NOTE: Student employees at St. Lawrence College are invited to register and attend the keynote presentation as well as the meals that will be provided each day. However, in order to facilitate free and open discussions, and to allow full engagement in the concurrent workshops, attendance is restricted to full-time and part-time Faculty, Support Staff and Administrators.

Join us for just a workshop or all of the conference. We hope that you enjoy your experience.

Note: We request that everyone register for the conference (even if it’s only for one workshop) so that we may gather accurate data to support the planning process and confirm accurate costing.

The LCC is a casual conference so wear something comfortable. We recommend participants bring active wear and sneakers if they are planning on attending active sessions (e.g., yoga, cricket, etc).

The Learning Connections Conference is FREE and travel/accommodation is provided by the college for those travelling from Brockville or Cornwall campus.

Note: Please make sure to register so that we can reserve a spot on the bus and in residence.

The main events (Keynotes and Awards) will be streamed over Skype. More information will be made available close to the event date.

Have a Question?

Please contact Katherine Onstein at 613-345-0660 extension 3125 or konstein@sl.on.ca.

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