Panel One: P/K-12 Education

MODERATOR: DR. SHERRY SCULLY

Dr. Sherry Scully is the Director, Learning & Organizational Development for the Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise in Halifax, NS.  Dr. Scully leads initiatives under the mandate of the Marine People Partnership relating to human resources development.  This mandate was derived to fulfill the human capital component of the value proposition for the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS).  Sherry is partnering government, academia, and the private sector to pursue the core objective of this initiative; to attract, train, and retain highly qualified people in order to sustain the competitiveness and growth of the Canadian shipbuilding and marine industry.

Sherry brings broad working experience in organizational development within public and private sector organizations. Her areas of focus over the past 20 years have included learning & development, performance management, succession planning
,and change management. Sherry is passionate about finding people-focused solutions to change and talent management challenges and initiatives.

Dr. Scully  holds an interdisciplinary PhD in social psychology and management from Dalhousie University. She completed her doctoral research examining social cohesion resistance amongst knowledge workers during a merger or acquisition. Sherry strives to combine scholarly insight and research with practical advice based on real world experience. A strong advocate for learning, Sherry volunteers with educational development efforts internationally.

Having moved from Toronto to the Maritimes in 2009, Sherry is proud to call Nova Scotia home. She resides in Hammonds Plains with her two small children, Haley and Ty. When Sherry’s not working she enjoys traveling and hiking abroad, backcountry kayaking and camping, puttering in her many gardens or cooking for her friends and family.

SANDRA MCKENZIE, DEPUTY MINISTER OF EDUCATION AND EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT

Bio forthcoming

ALEX PAUL, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, MEBO

Alex Paul is the executive director of the Mi'kmaw Economic Benefits Office. The Mi’kmaw Economic Benefits Office (MEBO) creates partnerships with large industry across Nova Scotia and in doing so identify both employment and business opportunities for local Aboriginals. MEBO works to prepare and support both individuals and Aboriginal businesses to be part of these opportunities.

DR. TAMARA FRANZ-ODENDAAL, NSERC CHAIR FOR WOMEN IN SCIENCE AND ENGENEERING - ATLANTIC REGION, AND PROFESSOR OF BIOLOGY, MSVU

Tamara holds the Atlantic Canada – NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, Canada) Women in Science and Engineering Chair position. She is one of only five NSERC chair holders across Canada that are working to increase the participation of women in science and engineering related fields. Her program, WISEatlantic, was launched in 2011 with the aim of providing girls in junior and senior high school access to role models active in the sciences and engineering fields through mentorships, webinars, Girls Get WISE Science events and camps. Through WISEatlantic, she also supports women in STEM through professional development opportunities such as the Step-Up Academic Advancement Workshops, and hosting WinSETT workshops.  She leads a team that is investigating the career influencers and STEM career knowledge of youth in Atlantic Canada, as well as runs a research laboratory in the Biological Sciences at Mount Saint Vincent University. Dr. Franz-Odendaal is also currently a board member of CCWESTT and Science Atlantic. Her network has reached over 13,000 students, teachers, academics, professionals etc. In 2015, she received the Mount’s Research Excellence Award for her outstanding contributions to the research community and research climate at the Mount.