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Special Event

The Future of Learning: Navigating the AI Revolution in Higher Education

Virtual All-Employee Professional Learning Event 

March 1, 2023 from 9:00am - 4:00pm

Join us for a day of professional growth as we examine the impact of Artificial Intelligence on Higher Education. Our keynote speaker, external guest speakers, and faculty panel will bring expert knowledge on the latest developments in AI and its potential impact on the future of higher education. Network with peers and deepen your understanding of the future of teaching and learning with AI. This is your chance to stay ahead of the curve, connect with your peers, and gain a comprehensive understanding of the future of AI in higher education.

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We invite everyone to review the session recordings and associated materials (see below)

Please note that the recording for David Usher will only be available until March 15th 4:00pm. All other sessions will remain available for future viewing.

Opening Keynote


David Usher

Juno Award-Winning Musician | Creativity & AI Expert

When innovative companies like Google, 3M, Cisco, Pepsi, Rogers, and SAP want to spark creativity in their employees and executives, they bring in David Usher. He doesn’t just talk creativity and artificial intelligence (AI) — he lives it. Usher draws from his unique experience as the lead singer of Moist; a multi-platinum, four-time Juno award-winning musician; a bestselling author; and as the founder of the artificial intelligence creative studio, Reimagine AI, to help organizations reboot their creativity in this brave new world of disruptive change.


At Reimagine AI, Usher and his team build virtual beings and AI-powered minds for the metaverse, gaming, animation studios, and intelligent NFT collections. He draws from his experience at the forefront of the AI revolution to reveal why now more than ever, creativity and innovation are the only way forward and an organization’s last, best competitive advantage.


Through his dynamic, interactive presentations, Usher uses live music, video, improvisation, technology, and humour to electrify audiences and demonstrate that creativity and creative success is a learnable skill that anyone can master, and helps audiences jumpstart their creative process both in their work and their lives.


Usher is also the author of Let the Elephants Run: Unlock Your Creativity and Change Everything, which explores creativity and innovation.



Laura Viselli

Research & Foresight Division , eCampusOntario

Laura Viselli is the Senior Manager of Research and Foresight at eCampusOntario. Laura has spent her career in the post-secondary sector in Canada and has followed the impact that education, technology, and relationship building have on community-led development. Laura earned her Master of Information degree from the University of Toronto and her Bachelor of Arts degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. Laura is motivated by the ways learners and their communities advocate for changes to their education systems, and how they can play a lead role in building and cultivating those changes. Laura puts people first. Her mission is to create space and capacity for their individuality and their perspectives to shape the futures of education.


Rocío Chávez-Tellería

Research & Foresight Division, eCampusOntario 

Rocío is passionate about learning and futures. She integrates pedagogy, foresight, technology, and design approaches to strategize future-relevant learning ecosystems. She holds a Master of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation from OCAD University in Toronto, Ontario, and a Bachelor in Pedagogy from Universidad Panamericana in Mexico City. She is currently a Research and Foresight Associate at eCampusOntario, developing actionable storytelling about the futures of online learning in post-secondary education. She has worked in higher-education and high-school institutions in Mexico, creating faculty development programs, curriculum design, strategic planning, and research for education innovation. She also has experience as an instructional designer for educational non-profits in Mexico and New York. 

Patrick Hymus

Digital Learning Specialist,  School of Contemporary Teaching & Learning (SCTL)

After living in and teaching at universities in Korea for 18 years, Patrick returned to his hometown of Cornwall in July 2020 with his family. An enthusiastic educator and lifelong learner, Patrick joined St. Lawrence College as a Career and Innovation Services Advisor before transitioning to his current role of Digital Learning Specialist with the SCTL.

Following his interests in Science, Patrick earned his B.Sc. with Honours in Biology from Trent University and went on to earn his Master of Education, which proved to be a transformative experience both personally and professionally.

In his role as a foreign language instructor, he served as both an English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher and a subject-specific instructor. Other career accomplishments include working alongside a team of dedicated colleagues to implement program improvements for team communication and the greater adoption of digital learning tools, as well as authoring course learning materials.

John Wright

Digital Learning Technology Administrator, School of Contemporary Teaching & Learning (SCTL)

John Wright has a tri-campus role as the Digital Learning Technology Administrator. This role provides leadership on the administrative functions of college approved digital learning technologies as part of the larger SCTL. John is also a proud SLC alumni and has spent the last 20 years working with educational technologies in the private sector. This experience included leadership roles implementing new learning management systems, exploring digital tools for content creation, and facilitating training sessions on digital learning technologies. His passion for technology leads his current interests in researching new and innovative learning technologies. He is also a pioneer in the field of Virtual Reality (VR) simulation having designed and developed 3D immersive VR simulation modules for the Construction industry.

Helena Neveu

Knowledge Keeper

Waasaabiidaasamose Student Center – Chi Miigwech! What an honor to have a student centre named after me. It’s hard to put into words how I feel. When I was a youngin’, I couldn’t concentrate because of childhood trauma. I couldn’t remember anything I would read. I would read a whole page and not remember a word. Not like I can now because I have been healing for half of my life. I get really excited about those steps forward. It's like dancing. I love to dance and I have walked really far to get here, gathering and gaining the seven grandfather teachings. I fly!

Aanii Boozhoo, Ndizhinikaaz Waasaabiidaasamose Kwe. Batchewana Ndoonjibaa...Mooshka dodem. Ndo gitchi minawaanigwad ambe maam pii.

My day always begins with putting down tobacco and greeting the day with thanks and gratitude. I tell people where I come from and my clan. As a crane, a fully hydrated wetlands crane in fact, it is my desire and job to carry on the spiritual message to the people. Cranes are leaders, breathless, I see my days being filled with countless activities to grow Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Being. Not just me but the whole Indigenous team here at St. Lawrence College – Tri-Campus.

Waasaabiidaasamose Kwe translates to Walksfar Woman, Going far in a blizzard. This is the name that connects me to my father, who I had much difficulty with. Although Dad had a lot of faults himself, he was a first language speaker and extremely gifted in making. I have learned one great lesson from my current boss, Michael Cooke and that is, Making is Medicine. It really is Michael, how families heal through making. Through making, I am now receiving accolades for this. The Creator has granted me oodles of life experience, knowledge and training to help in my competency of delivering Indigigogy.

I am so incredibly grateful for this opportunity to grow Indigenous Ways of Knowing and Being here at St. Lawrence College, and I do this through the eyes of Mishomis. My grandfather, my ancestors, through me, my circle and my bundle. This is what I want our students to experience and to always feel included and supported and to know who they are and where they want to go; to see their purpose.

Denise Nielsen

Kyle Christiansen

Luyi Liang

Faculty Panel

Experimenters & Innovators

Join Denise, Luyi, and Kyle in ongoing discussions within our Community of Practice.

Have a question?

If you have any questions about the event or trouble reviewing the recordings, please contact the SCTL@sl.on.ca