Digital Human Library Board of Directors is a group of passionate and talented educators, industry professionals, and thought leaders dedicated to creating opportunities for learners to engage in connections-based learning.
Founder & President
Leigh Cassell loves kids. She is an adventurer, entrepreneur and partner in learning with teachers and students around the world. Leigh is an educational consultant currently working as the Manager of Innovation and Learning at SPARK, and she is Founder & President of Digital Human Library. Driven by her passion to inspire in others a love of learning, Leigh’s expertise is grounded in how we integrate technologies for the purpose of building relationships, developing 21st Century Competencies, designing new literacies and preparing students to succeed as next generation learners. Leigh is an Apple Distinguished Educator, certified Google Educator, SMART Certified Interactive Teacher, Founder of Ontario Edu Students’ Twitter Chat and Co-Founder of A Kids’ Guide to Canada.
Melissa Lavoie began teaching in 2006, and was employed by the Northeastern Catholic DSB from 2007 – 2017. For the last 2.5 years, she served all schools in NCDSB as an Education Technology Special Assignment Teacher. Working alongside a network of Ed Tech Champions, the team led a Board-wide move to the G Suite for Education platform to promote collaboration and cloud computing for the academic community. She also supported innovation projects involving 360′ photography, and founded Walk With Us – a digital storytelling / photography and mapping project for Indigenous students, partnered with Google Earth Outreach. Currently, she is employed by Mushkegowuk Council as a GIS-Education Specialist and is a graduate student at UBC in the MET, Educational Technology program. Learn more about Melissa here: Twitter and/or LinkedIn
Karin Davidson-Taylor joined Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) in 2006, coming with 17 years’ experience teaching both adults and children. She has been responsible for establishing RBG as a Canadian leader in the world of interactive videoconference-based virtual field trips. She develops and delivers distance education programs to students (young and old) across Canada and around the world, reaching over 45,000 students to date. The interactive programs promote awareness of our connection to plants, the natural world and the importance of biodiversity.
Brock Baker (@wordsintobirds) is an experienced Canadian high school educator, speaker, writer, analyst, consultant and project manager. He is constantly exploring new ways to engage and encourage students, schools and communities to develop together toward qualitatively better conditions. His explorations have resulted in a range of promising projects and practices including: founding the provincial wide sharing network @ONThoughtBakery and the student educational conference #OwnYourEd, part of the provincial team for Ontario Edu Students’ Chat (@ONedSsChat) and advisory member for the Living Online Lab. Brock is also a frequent speaker and organizer at edtech conferences, sharing his expertise in eLearning, blended learning, and philosophy of educational technology.
Normand Chatelier helps NGOs and entrepreneurs turn their data into valuable assets. He has been making things with data for a long time. Before working with industry leaders, he got started looking at climate change and making digital maps from satellite data. He later worked in academia and the public sector conducting national demographic analysis. Much of his experience is from two decades in the private sector, where he built data models, dashboards and designed AI apps. Norm led data science projects in product quality, customer and market analysis and other business metrics. He provided technical and analytical leadership for international development efforts and non-profits. He enjoys talking about human factors in emerging technologies with data scientists from all sectors.
Norm was born and raised in Montréal, where he studied Commerce and Engineering Technology at college. Later, his work focused on computational methods in spatial analysis and applications of statistical research for his BSc in Environmental Geography at Concordia University. He currently lives in Toronto where he works on DIY projects and makes things with his teenage son.
For 30 years, Stephen held a number of different positions with Ontario’s Dufferin Peel District School Board. Each role—classroom teacher, program consultant (religion, technology arts), curriculum writer—offered him a unique way to think about teaching and learning in creative ways. Throughout his career, Stephen has developed an appreciation for the power of conversation—in the classroom, the staffroom and in the community. This has led to him obtaining certification in a variety of facilitation strategies including Appreciative Inquiry (Case Western University), Creative Facilitation (Partners for Youth Empowerment) and most recently, Strategic Foresight (Institute for the Future). These skills and approaches have been honed in Hurley’s work as facilitator and consultant with the Canadian Education Association/EdCan Network, work that has led him across Canada engaging shareholders in powerful conversations about change in education. Recently, this appreciation for the conversations led Hurley to establish voicEd Radio, a 24/7 Internet-based radio station dedicated to broadening and deepening the way we talk about education in Canada and beyond.
Thank you to past dHL board members for their time, expertise, and service:
Jenni Boles, Branch Manager, Huron Country Library
Terri Godwaldt, Founder and Executive Director, The Centre for Global Education
Robert Martellacci, CEO MindShare Learning, Co-Founder C21 Canada
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