Alejandra is a Colombian biomedical engineer (Universidad de los Andes), and is pursuing a career in research and development of engineered tissues for the cure of neurodegenerative diseases. She is pursuing her Master of Science degree at the University of Regina to be followed by a Ph.D. in Tissue Engineering and Biomaterials. Alejandra’s research focuses on understanding the effect of a peptide that causes Alzheimer’s disease. Her goal is to develop a treatment to cure Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia caused by the accumulation of amyloid beta.
Andrew is a zamboni driving bartender, turned photographer/videographer from Coronach, Saskatchewan. If he doesn’t have a camera in hand, it’s because he’s holding a coffee or a pint of beer. He works full-time creating and sharing stories from around Saskatchewan on social media. Andrew started in the world of content creation after spending 2017 as the Saskatchewanderer—the official travel blogger for the province of Saskatchewan and now works for Tourism Saskatchewan. Andrew loves capturing moments, spending time on the road, and meeting new people. Travelling caused him to fall in love with the craft of photographer – owing all of his expertise not to formal training but to books, YouTube tutorials, and mentors.
Erik is a musician, author, speaker, teacher, and music producer. His primary artistic outlet is a project called “Del Suelo”, which combines music and literature. In September of 2018, Erik released a novel+album called “The Musician’s Compass: A 12 Step Programme”, which talks about the extreme highs and lows of the life of a touring musician. Over the past four years, Del Suelo has toured across Canada, the US, Germany and the UK extensively as a solo act and as a trio. Erik also collaborates with other musical acts as a songwriter and sideman. He is also passionate about building musical community and teaches a guitar-theory Jam once a month in Regina.
Heather Cline is a painter and mixed media artist based in Regina, Saskatchewan. Over the past 10 years Cline has been involved in a series of residency programs and public engagement across Canada. Her activities have included setting up a ‘Story Collection’ office from an inner city store front in Oshawa, Ontario and riding along on combines in rural Manitoba. She is fascinated by how personal history intersects with human geography; currently this involves merging collage soundscapes with lush intricate paintings of everyday places. Cline has her MFA from the University of Saskatchewan and has an extensive history as an art educator. Currently, Cline is an instructor at the University of Regina.
Heather is passionate about the human brain, art, and decision making. She studied first as an art teacher, with her convocation in 2010 and instead of teaching began to blog, develop conversion strategies, and study graphic design; becoming a full-time freelancer and mother. She developed the Content Marketing department at Look Agency in 2015, and then started Authentically in 2016 as a refreshing new take on the marketing agency: putting clients and neuroscience first. She was invited to the Forbes Coaches Council in 2016 and is now a Forbes Contributor, mentor, and speaker.
Kyle is a software developer turned entrepreneur. Born and raised in Regina, he studied Software Systems Engineering at the University of Regina. He is currently building a tech startup, called Offstreet, that aims to solve inefficiencies in the parking industry. He is passionate about running, science-fiction, building things, and problem-solving.
In Food We Trust: The True Story Behind The Beef on Your Plate
Adrienne is a rancher, mother and communicator, and is passionate about food and farming. Growing up on a grain farm, and now cattle ranching with her husband and children, Adrienne learned early in life the importance of understanding where her food comes from. She now dedicates her time off the ranch to helping others gain the same understanding. From her viral video of a cattle herding beaver to the daily ups and downs on the ranch, Adrienne uses snippets of daily ranch life to bridge the growing gap between farmers and consumers.
Create a Community of Learners
Jordan is an infinite learner who is always looking for new ways to grow and help others in the community. Jordan spent seven years working in education as a high school business educator working to build a community and innovate in the areas of youth entrepreneurship and financial literacy. He is now in charge of building a business incubator to serve Regina entrepreneurs. Jordan sees himself as fortunate to be learning every day while he works to create this innovative space. Jordan seeks out opportunities to grow, loves working with others, and supporting the community.
Music Education Is the Tool for Self-Discovery
Karley Parovsky is a violin/fiddle teacher and performer in Regina. Growing up, Karley studied violin and established her musical roots in classical music. Over the past decade Karley has expanded into other genres of music, incorporating them into her own style of playing and teaching. She has been performing with the Regina Symphony Orchestra for the past 17 years. Karley is also the head of the child/parent string program where she is able to mix her passion of music with community building.
Cultivating Curiosity about Other Ways of Being
Kellie is someone with multiple interests, talents and pursuits. She calls herself a “recovering executive” and former workaholic. Now an executive coach, board director and a writer, Kellie is also an expert in strategic planning, governance, communication, leadership, employee engagement, change and organizational culture. She coaches individuals, teams and boards of directors on everything from
constructive conflict, political savvy and influence, to trust and accountability. Kellie is an avid flower gardener, and one of her greatest joys is deep friendship with true connection.
Everyone Has An Interesting Story to Tell
Shawn is a massage therapist by trade who hosts a weekly podcast called the Story of U. He is fascinated by people and believes that everyone has an interesting story to tell. Shawn sees something about everyone’s unique perspective that I think is so cool. Shawn also has a passion for float tanks and for helping people by planning fundraisers for causes like mental health. He is also in the process of converting a school bus into his future home, that he will share with his 3 cats.
Rap as the New Buffalo: The Role of Hip Hop in Indigenous Education
CBC Future 40 award recipient and Neechie Gear Role Model, Brad Bellegarde aka InfoRed has rocked the microphone across Turtle Island and has been a featured artist at events such as the 2014 North American Indigenous Games, Aboriginal Music Week in Manitoba, APTN’s Aboriginal Day Live and Vancouver’s Olympic Games celebrations. Brad is a proud Nakota/Cree member of the Little Black Bear First Nation who calls Regina, SK home.
A true believer that education is the new Buffalo, his work in schools gave him a unique opportunity to present his methods of education at the VIII International Conference of Intercultural Education in Indigenous Contexts in Temuco, Chile. In the professional world, Brad is also a storyteller as a journalist and has had articles published by the Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen, National Post and the Globe and Mail. As a performer, InfoRed was invited to perform for His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall during their Royal visit in 2012.
Three Ways Yoga will not Change the World…and One Way it Might
Lecturer in Religious Studies, Kinesiology and Sociology at the University of Regina and Luther College, Colin Hall has been teaching and studying yoga for over 15 years. He is the co-director of Bodhi Tree Yoga, where he and his wife Sarah built a thriving yoga community in the small prairie city of Regina, Saskatchewan. Colin started practicing yoga in the late 1990’s and continues to learn from his original teacher, David McAmmond.
In addition to his courses at the UofR, Colin provides workshops and teacher trainings on asana and yoga philosophy in addition to leading yoga tour groups to India. With his background in Religious Studies, Colin studies and teaches a fully integrated approach to yoga that incorporates biomechanics, psychology, philosophy, and story telling. His classes and writings are funny, challenging explorations into the depths of the body and mind. He has been published in Om Yoga Magazine, Elephant Journal, Rebelle Society, and is a regular contributor for Yoga International.
The World Needs you to be Selfish
Jennifer is edgy, funny, and a little sweary. With over 20 years of tell-it-like-it-is leadership in public and private organizations, she climbed the corporate ladder to discover her passion for coaching and leadership development. She is a professional accountant by trade and an inspirer of intentional joy by passion. Her biggest lesson has been that when we lose the connection to ourselves then we can no longer connect with others.
In finding her connection to herself again, Jennifer is redefining what success looks like through her company, Intentional You. There, she challenges individuals to question their stories, their capabilities, and their judgments of themselves, to give them the platform to jump beyond what they thought was possible.
Why I Hate the Word 'Can’t'
Jeph has an utter disregard for the status quo, for the past 9 years he has been disrupting the marketing industry in Canada. He gives keynotes regularly on a variety of topics, hands out lottery tickets daily, and runs a marketing company out of Regina called Strategy Lab.
Jeph has had the pleasure of working with organizations such as Carmichael Outreach, the Regina Police Service, Gentle Teaching International, and teaches social media marketing at the University of Regina. Other than marketing, his real passion is coaching volleyball. He cofounded "Big Idea Camp" (a Summer Entrepreneurship camp for highschool students), doesn't believe in cutlery organizers, and has inspiringly funny business cards.