Western Staff and Leader Spring Learning Day

Western is committed to building culture and community by bringing staff and leaders across the university together for engaging professional development opportunities.

Thank you for attending! If you were unable to attend, video recordings of the keynotes will be coming soon. Please check back in the next 2 weeks.

About Our Speakers

Finding What Lights You Up
Dan Riskin, Biologist | Science Journalist | Television Host | Author

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Whether he’s inspiring viewers as the co-host of Discovery Canada’s flagship science program, Daily Planet; terrifying them as the host of Animal Planet’s docu-horror show, Monsters Inside Me; or covering the latest news as CTV’s Science and Technology Specialist, Dan Riskin’s passion, and curiosity have made him a source of inspiration for all.

In this media-rich presentation, Dan will explore the human connection to nature. What is it about nature that is so healing for the body and mind? How can we best lean into that experience for the greatest possible benefit? Using anecdotes and scientific evidence, Dan will reveal that our love of nature reflects a deeper truth – that we thrive when we’re emotionally engaged. Using research, and experiences from his own life – studying vampire bats in Trinidad, appearing on live TV, or taking a morning run – Dan will share how this revelation has impacted his career and outlook on life. 

Known for his infectious humour, Dan has been interviewed by Anderson Cooper, Gayle King, Lisa LaFlamme, Don Lemon, Jay Leno, Charlie Rose, and many others. He has even made eight appearances on The Late Late Show where Craig Ferguson once called him “my favourite scientist.”

Built to Fly
Kellylee Evans, Juno Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter

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In this inspirational keynote, Kellylee Evans combines original songs with powerful storytelling to recount a journey of healing and recovery.

A little over 10 years ago, Kellylee was an internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter, with multiple albums to her name and a grueling touring schedule. In 2013, life came to an abrupt halt when she was struck by lightning while at home. She has spent the past decade trying to regain her physical health, experiencing setback after setback, until she finally discovered what was really holding her back – fear. Kellylee has gone from a person suffering chronic pain, needing a mobility scooter, and only walking 500 steps a day to someone who walks 12,000 steps a day without assistance. Throughout, she has learned about resilience, determination, and self-care. 

In the summer of 2017, Evans triumphantly returned to the stage with her album, Come On, nominated at the 2018 Juno Awards for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year. In 2021, she released her EP, Greenlight, to rave reviews and in 2023, Kellylee was chosen as the grand prize recipient at the third annual, Her Music Awards.

Additional Details

Accessibility

Western is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. Please let us know on the event registration form if you require information in an alternate format, or if any other arrangements can make this event accessible to you.

Agenda

Thursday, June 6, 2024

8:30 a.m. - 8:55 a.m. Arrival, Coffee & Networking
8:55 a.m. Please find your seat in NCB 101
9:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
9:15 a.m. Guest Speaker - Dan Riskin
10:20 a.m. Networking Break
10:40 a.m. Please return to your seat in NCB 101
10:45 a.m. Guest Speaker - Kellylee Evans
12:00 p.m. Takeaway Lunch

Refreshments and Networking

Coffee, tea & water will be available upon your arrival from 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Come early if you can!

Light refreshments will be served at the networking break and a takeaway lunch will be provided to conference attendees.

Please indicate any dietary needs within the registration form when you register.

Map

Parking

Free parking will be available in the Medway Parking Lot (behind Elgin Hall off University Drive). The gates will be raised on June 6th for those attending the conference. There are also limited "pay and display" spots between the North Campus and Visual Arts buildings. Other gated lots can be found on the parking website.

For any questions regarding accessible parking, please contact Sue Veraart sveraart@uwo.ca.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will a recording be available?
  • A recording will be available 2 weeks after the event for 30 days and posted to this page for any Western Employees unable to attend the event in person.
Is there food?
  • Coffee, tea & water will be available upon your arrival from 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Come early if you can!
  • Light refreshments will be served at the networking break and a take away lunch will be provided to conference attendees.
  • Please indicate any dietary needs within the registration form when you register.
I missed the registration and the event is now sold out, will I be able to see the keynotes?
  • Room capacity has been reached, but if you would like to be included on our waitlist, we can let you know if space opens up and we are able to accommodate your attendance.
  • A recording will be available 2 weeks after the event for 30 days and posted to this page for any Western Employees unable to attend the event in person.
My plans have changes and I can no longer attend, how can I cancel my ticket?
  • The event is now sold out and we do have a waitlist! If you are no longer able to attend, please help us reduce food waste, and open up spots for other colleagues. Let us know you can no longer attend by filling out this form: Cancel my registration
I tried to submit my registration but it says I'm already registered.
  • Your name and email address have already been used to register.
  • If you are trying to make changes to your registration, please email us with your changes.
I tried to register but it says I need to log in or that I am not authorized.
  • Please log in using your Western Credentials. These are the same Western credentials you would use to access services including your Western email, and MyHR.
  • If you receive the message that you are not authorized, it is possible that you already signed in to a different Office 365 account. Please logout or try a different browser.
If you need assistance with registration please contact:
  • Sue Veraart (sveraart@uwo.ca)
    HR Specialist, Conference Logistics Coordinator
    Talent, Learning, and Engagement Team (Human Resources)

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