Featured Speakers

Pre Conference Jan 23 | Main Conference Jan 24-25, 2020


Ewan McIntosh

Leading projects around the world for clients in education and industry, Ewan is the passionate and energizing tour de force behind NoTosh. A highly-regarded keynote speaker at events around the world, he is also aughot of How to Com up with Great Ideas and Actually Make them Happen and regularly writes about learning on his blog edu.blogs.com. NoTosh is a global consultancy with a passion for learning and a conviction that innovation and creativity can change the way people think, the way they learn and the way they work - as individuals, teams, organisations and communities. You can connect with him on twitter @ewanmcintosh and @NoTosh.

Rusul Alrubail

Rusul Alrubail is the executive director of Parkdale Centre for Innovation. She founded Parkdale Centre in early 2017, to fill the accessibility and inclusivity gap to innovation, tech and entrepreneurship, especially for underrepresented groups: women, newcomers and those from low-income backgrounds.

Before Parkdale Centre, she co-founded The Writing Project, a student publishing platform used in the U.S. by educators and students to amplify student voice and help students become better writers. During that time, she worked as an Educator-in-Residence at Ci. Strategy+Design, supporting community engagement at a design thinking agency that works with organizations on strategy and design.

Before her work in this space, she taught English composition and literature at Ryerson University and Seneca College for a combined 10 years experience. She has written with Edutopia, Education Week, The Guardian, PBS Newshour, The International Literacy Association, EdWeek Teacher, Teaching Tolerance, ASCD's Educational Leadership, Edsurge, Annenberg Learner Foundation, and Medium which she helped to grow its largest education community from 7000 to 47000 readers!

She is a three times published author, keynote speaker and a social media influencer on equity and inclusion. You can connect with her on Twitter @RusulAlrubail.

Sonny Magana

Dr. Sonny Magana is an award-winning teacher, best-selling author, and pioneering educational technology researcher. Painstakingly synthesizing four decades of groundbreaking research into his latest book, Disruptive Classroom Technologies, Dr. Magana introduced the T3 Framework for Innovation to wide international acclaim: “A visionary work; truly insightful and inspirational!” (Robert Marzano, 2017); “A brilliant breakthrough in our understanding and use of technology for learning” (Michael Fullan, 2017); and, “A major step forward; Magana’s T3 Challenge is credible, powerful, and exciting; let’s do it!” (John Hattie, 2018). Dr. Magana’s research methods and findings underpinning the T3 Framework were recently peer-reviewed and inducted into The University of Oxford Research Encyclopedia for Education.

Dr. Magana founded and served as Principal of Washington State’s first CyberSchool in 1996, a groundbreaking blended learning program that continues to meet the needs of at-risk students in Washington. An avid musician, yoga practitioner, climber, and bee keeper, Sonny was awarded the Milken Family Foundation Educator Award and the Washington Governor’s Commendation for Educational Excellence. He holds a bachelor of science degree from Stockton University, a master of education degree from City University, and a doctorate in educational leadership from Seattle University. He has successfully climbed, and descended from, the highest peaks in his home state of Washington. You can connect with him on Twitter @sonnymagana.

Sascha Heckmann

Sascha Heckmann, EdD is known as an innovative practitioner who has broad experience in a variety of contexts. Heckmann is currently Director at the American International School of Mozambique. Previously, he was the High School Principal at Shanghai American School where he cultivated a foundation for innovative and progressive teaching and learning. During his time in Shanghai, Heckmann inspired the creation of the Innovation Institute, a transdisciplinary, project-based learning community that empowers students to personalize their learning through agency. The Innovation Institute was recently named one of the Top Education Innovations for 2019 by the Finnish organization HundrEd. Sascha has worked in a wide variety of schools ranging from private, international schools, United States public schools, and alternative schools.

Heckmann is the founder of 8 Degrees Up, an educational consulting firm that specializes in supporting schools in making the shift to personalized learning through student empowerment and agency. 8 Degrees focuses on helping schools become Highly Effective and Learning Progressive enabling learners to prepared to thrive in the present and future. You can connect with him on Twitter at @sasha_heckmann.