World's Challenge Challenge Emcee & Judges

Joel Faflak (Emcee)

Joel Faflak

Joel is a Professor in the Department of English and Writing Studies at Western University, where he was inaugural Director of the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities (2012-17).

He is author of Romantic Psychoanalysis, co-author of Revelation and Knowledge, editor of De Quincey’s Confessions of An English Opium-Eater, co-editor of Palgrave Studies in Affect Theory and Literary Criticism, and editor of 13 essay collections.

He is the recipient of a Faculty Scholar Award, the John Charles Polanyi Prize for Literature, and the Edward G. Pleva Award for Excellence in Teaching. He was twice Chair of the Literature panel for the Undergraduate Awards, where he was twice keynote speaker at the UA Global Summit in Dublin.

Finals Judges

Patrick Quealey - Deputy Director, Environment and Climate Change Canada 

Kimberly Khoury - Vice-President Sustainability, Clintar 

Kevin Vuong - Co-Founder, TakeCare Supply and Vice-President, Delphic Research 

Heather Hyde - Director of Sustainabillity, Western University 

Oana Branzei - Director, Ivey Sustainability Certificate Program  

Semi-Finals Judges

Sandra Datars Bere - Chief Administrative Officer, Bruce County

Ben Barrows - Director of Operations, Abraham Path Initiative

Jessica Cordes - Manager Sustainability, Western University

Slobodan Simonovic - Professor Emeritus, Western University

*Judges' photos and bios coming soon