Council of Ministers of Education
Chantal C. Beaulieu is Executive Director of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC). CMEC is composed of the 23 provincial and territorial ministers who have responsibility for education and postsecondary education in Canada. The Council provides the ministers with a forum to discuss policy issues, a mechanism through which to carry out education projects, and means through which to represent Canada’s education interests internationally.
Ms. Beaulieu was previously Assistant Deputy Minister, Services to Anglophones, Aboriginals, and Cultural Communities, of the Quebec Ministère de l’Éducation, de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche. A lawyer by training, with a specialization in employment and education law, Ms. Beaulieu was in private practice until 1999, when she was appointed Director of Legal Services at the English Montreal School Board. She later moved to the Eastern Townships School Board, where she successively held the positions of Secretary General and Director of Labour Relations, Assistant Director General, and Director General. Ms. Beaulieu holds a Bachelor’s of Law (LL.B.) and a Master’s degree in Public Administration.
Canadian Association of University Teachers
David Robinson is the executive director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers, representing more than 70,000 academic and general staff in over 120 universities and colleges across the country. Prior to joining CAUT, David was the senior economist with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. He has also been a lecturer at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, and Carleton University in Ottawa. He is the author of a number of articles, reviews, and reports on higher education and research policy, and vocational education and training.
David is the past president of Openmedia.ca and serves as senior advisor on higher education issues to Education International, the global federation representing more than 30 million educators around the world.
Vice President, Medical Professionalism
Canadian Medical Association
Dr. Jeff Blackmer serves as the Vice President, Medical Professionalism at the Canadian Medical Association. Prior to this, he was the Executive Director of the CMA’s Office of Ethics, Professionalism and International Affairs and the Director of Ethics for the World Medical Association in Geneva. At the CMA, Dr. Blackmer has led the work of the association on issues such as end of life care and assisted dying, opioid prescribing and legalization of marijuana. He regularly serves as a spokesperson on these and other issues and appears frequently in national and international media.
He contributes to global efforts in medicine by serving as an expert advisor to the World Health Organization, the World Medical Association and the International Committee of the Red Cross, as well as other international organizations. He chairs various international working groups and is a frequent invited speaker at national and international meetings and conferences.
Dr. Blackmer completed his medical training at Western University and his residency program in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the University of Saskatchewan. He also holds a Master’s degree in medical ethics from the University of Toronto’s Joint Centre for Bioethics
Dr. Blackmer also continues to practice spinal cord injury medicine at The Ottawa Hospital Rehabilitation Centre. He has authored several peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on various topics in spinal cord injury medicine.
Political Advisor to the National Chief
Assembly of First Nations
Dakota Kochie, an Anishinaabe person from Treaty two, is currently the Political Advisor to National Chief Perry Bellegarde of the Assembly of First Nations. Dakota has worked with Canadian, international, and community driven political organizations to offer his advice on issues relating to Indigenous people, restorative justice, immigration, and conflict resolution. Dakota spends his free time working with the Canadian Mental Health Association and support organizations for newcomers in Ontario and Nova Scotia.
Co-Founder of Security Partners' Forum
Grant Lecky is the Co-Founder of the Security Partners' Forum (SPF), the first-of-its-kind agile network of the global security community, with the purpose of building security and resilience capacity globally.
Grant has received numerous awards, honours and accolades related to his achievements in security & resilience including the 2018 Director Award – Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and the 2018 recipient of the Bill Zalud Memorial Award for professional excellent/outstanding service in the security profession.
Grant also currently sits on the Editorial Boards for both the Journal of Business Continuity & Emergency Planning, and the Cybersecurity Journal (Henry Stuart publications) and has professional certifications in security management, business continuity, crisis management, risk management, organizational resilience and critical infrastructure protection.
Canada Council for the Arts
Governor General’s Office
Grey House Publishing Canada
Stuart Paterson is the Managing Editor of Grey House Publishing Canada. Aside from Canadian Who’s Who, Grey House Canada publishes other long-standing reference works such as the Canadian Almanac & Directory, Canadian Parliamentary Guide, and Associations Canada, as well as the Financial Post’s FPbonds and FPsurveys series, and Directory of Directors.
Prior to joining Grey House in 2011 as an Associate Editor, Stuart worked for Inhabit Media – a publisher of traditional Inuit knowledge and stories – wrote freelance articles, and interned with the Globe and Mail. He received a B.A. in Journalism from Ryerson University, and studied publishing at the Chang School of Continuing Education.
He lives in Toronto with his wife Kadie and their three cats, and is an avid music collector and hobby musician.