Breakout sessions


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Father Ron Nuzzi

Father Ron Nuzzi currently serves as the Executive Director of Equitable Access & Excellence at Catapult Learning.  Ordained in 1984, Nuzzi has served as a parish priest, teacher, school administrator, university professor, having served in Catholic elementary, secondary, and tertiary institutions. He has developed leadership programs for aspiring Catholic school principals at the University of Dayton, Saint Louis University, and the University of Notre Dame.

His research interests and publications address the emerging needs of Catholic educators and include a two-volume encyclopedia on Catholic schools in the U.S., A Handbook of Research on Catholic EducationGifts of the Spirit: Multiple Intelligence Theory in Religious Education, a national study of pastors and their relationships to Catholic schools, and most recently an article on leadership succession planning for the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA).

Fr. Nuzzi has conducted two research tours at the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education and served as a national delegate to the World Congress on Catholic Education, called by Pope Francis to celebrate the 50thAnniversary of Vatican II’s Declaration on Christian Education, Gravissimum educationis.Pope Francis named him a Missionary of Mercy, a ministry which he continues today.

Fr. Nuzzi is an international presenter and facilitates professional development in Canada, Ireland, Australia and the U.S.  He retired from the University of Notre Dame in July 2017 after fifteen years of service, and immediately began his work with Catapult Learning where he continues his advocacy in support of Catholic education.


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Can Principals Go to Heaven? The Rigors & Rewards of School Leadership

Inspired by and continuing from last night’s keynote address, this session explores deeper dimensions of leadership, particularly engaging how principals put theory into practice, learn from experience, and develop a broader orientation toward community and relationship-building over time.


Tanya Talaga

Tanya Talagais the author of Seven Fallen Feathers, which was the winner of the RBC Taylor Prize, the Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, and the First Nation Communities Read Award: Young Adult/Adult; a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize and the BC National Award for Nonfiction; CBC’s Nonfiction Book of the Year, a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book, and a national bestseller. 

She was the 2017–2018 Atkinson Fellow in Public Policy, the 2018 CBC Massey Lecturer, and author of the national bestseller All Our Relations: Finding The Path Forward. For more than 20 years Tanya has been a journalist at the Toronto Star and is now a columnist at the newspaper. She has been nominated five times for the Michener Award in public service journalism. 

Tanya is of Polish and Indigenous descent. Her great-grandmother, Liz Gauthier, was a residential school survivor. Her great-grandfather, Russell Bowen, was an Ojibwe trapper and labourer. Her grandmother is a member of Fort William First Nation. Her mother was raised in Raith and Graham, Ontario. She lives in Toronto with her two teenage children.


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Seven Fallen Feathers

Every child has the right to education but for First Nations kids, in particular, the sacrifices made to just to go school can be severe. Guided by compassion and a belief in equity, how can principals use their leadership influence to encourage and support their staff to create safe spaces for Indigenous students to succeed and flourish?


Beth Veale

Dr. Beth Veale is a skilled presenter, workshop facilitator and keynote speaker who enjoys sharing her passion for inspirational leadership with educators. Beth began her teaching career in Scarborough, Ontario, where she developed expertise in teaching middle school learners, special education and guidance. As a vice-principal, principal and superintendent, Beth positively impacted students, staff and colleagues with her characteristic warmth, humour and thoughtful approach to challenges.

Beth earned her PhD in Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto where her studies focused on the experiences of adolescents who were struggling at school.  Beth served as a course instructor at Tyndale University College in Toronto, where she taught a variety of courses in Psychology and Youth Ministries.  She was involved in the development of an accredited Bachelor of Education program at Tyndale and continues to serve on their Advisory Board.

Beth is an engaging and dynamic speaker who inspires educators to thrive in self-care and professional effectiveness.


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Contagious Awesomeness: Cultivating your Inner Cactus

This is an engaging, fun and thought-provoking review of key considerations for supporting the development of resilience in ourselves and those we lead.  This session provides practical strategies for self-care as we navigate difficult circumstances.   Prepare to be inspired as together we explore the choice to thrive through challenging seasons in our work as leaders and our personal lives.


Eddie LeMoine

Eddie LeMoine’s audiences represent people from 83 countries around the globe and his speeches have been translated into five different languages. Eddie is a Canadian-born international author, keynote speaker, seminar leader and corporate trainer. He is a sought-after resource for both government and corporate clients.

Eddie's unprecedented success is based on his powerful ability to close the gap between results and personal development. He inspires greatness by awakening the talent in each individual. Not only a successful professional speaker, his career experience as a seasoned executive quickly builds credibility for his topics as he can personally relate leadership success stories and lessons learn throughout his 35 plus years of experience.

Eddie LeMoine is an authority on changing demographics, diversity, performance development and productivity improvement. He specializes in leadership, employee engagement, employee attraction/retention and the psychology of success. He has touched the hearts and minds of people around the globe.


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Bring About What You Think About: How changing the way you think can have a profound impact on your leadership

In this powerful keynote presentation, Eddie LeMoine shares insights gained from his principles from his bestselling book, Bring About What You Think About. Surprisingly, top performers do not necessarily work more hours or have more knowledge or ability. Eddie reveals their secrets of leadership success and shows you how to use these life skills to change your life – for better balance and greater satisfaction.

This presentation is filled with valuable ideas interwoven with inspiring anecdotes and accented with humour and emotion. Eddie’s practical approach provides you with techniques you can use immediately in your personal life and work as a leader in education.