Keynote Speaker: Doug Gleddie
Dr. Doug Gleddie is a husband and father who also happens to be an Associate Professor at the University of Alberta. In a career filled with change, the only true constants have been physical education, the great outdoors, working with kids and, how joy fills the spaces in between.
Although it took him a while to fully embrace this epiphanal thought, the journey itself has enabled Doug to work with a wide variety of people and organizations across Canada and around the world. He does his best thinking on a mountain bike or hanging out around a campfire.
Guest Speaker: Colin Harris - Take Me Outside
Colin Harris has been immersed in the field of outdoor education for over a decade. He has been Director of Outdoor Education at YMCA Wanakita in Haliburton, Ontario.
He has instructed canoe trips for Outward Bound Canada and has worked with First Nations students in the Western Arctic Leadership Program in NWT.
He has taught physical education in Toronto and recently completed a Master’s of Environmental Education and Communication through Royal Roads University.
He is the founder & Executive Director of Take Me Outside. He initiated the organization by running across Canada, going into 80 schools across the country and engaging 20,000 students in the conversation of their time spent in front of screens compared to their time spent outside, connecting to nature.
Colin lives in Banff, Alberta where he enjoys trail running, writing and continuing to find ways to engage Canadian students in exploring this country's incredible backyard.
Global, Environmental & Outdoor Education Council (GEOEC)
Organizer of Solstice Series Part II: An Environmental and Outdoor Education Experience
The Global, Environmental & Outdoor Education Council (GEOEC) is an interdisciplinary specialist council of the Alberta Teachers’ Association. Our mission is to provide resources and venues for dialogue and networking, as well as to promote quality professional development for Alberta teachers in the areas of global, environmental and outdoor education. Members receive current news items, teaching ideas, information about our workshop series, and food for thought through our quarterly journal Connections.
We are also active on Facebook and Twitter, with up-to-date information on PD opportunities and initiatives in Alberta.