Keynote Speakers


Opening Keynote: Dr. Malu Celli Closing Keynote: Bob McDonald

 Dr. Malu Celli is a biologist who joined the Calgary Zoo to help transform their Animal Department. Her career spans almost 25 years, from researcher to filmmaker, animal trainer and zookeeper, across five continents.  Passionate about wildlife and traveling, she traded the urban jungle of Sao Paulo, Brazil, where she was born, to the dwindling rainforests of Guinea, West Africa - where she saw firsthand the impact of education on species conservation.

Dr Celli earned a masters and doctorate in Science from Kyoto University, but chose to go beyond academia. To connect people with nature, she explored producing wildlife documentaries in Japan and Namibia, and dedicated the last 14 years to engaging zoo guests in the UK and now Canada. Today she is responsible for the welfare of gorillas, giraffes, penguins and 200 other animals, and collaborates with other professionals across the world to improve animal care and develop the role of zoos.

She is actively involved in supporting various conservation activities, including education and public awareness to the importance of wildlife conservation. 

Bob McDonald is one of Canada’s best known science journalists, bringing science to the public for more than 40 years. In addition to hosting Quirks & Quarks, the award-winning science program that is heard by 500,000 people each week, McDonald is also science correspondent for CBC TV’s The National and host and writer of the children’s series Head’s Up.

Watch his TED presentation here.










Jo Boaler

Professor of Mathematics Education, 

Author Mathematical Mindsets 




Jill Heinerth


The Royal Canadian Geographical Society  




 Dan Grassick           Dan Riskin
Dan Grassick is an award-winning teacher, curriculum provocateur, and inner geek life coach who works for the Alberta Teachers' Association as an Executive Staff Officer in the Professional Development program area. Follow Dan on Twitter @ninjarale    Dan Riskin, PhD, is a television personality, scientist, author, and podcaster. He is best known in Canada as the co-host of Discovery's flagship science program, Daily Planet. In the US and elsewhere, he is recognized as the host of Animal Planet's hugely successful show about parasites, Monsters Inside Me. To make science accessible and interesting to wide audiences, Dan has appeared as a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay LenoThe Late Late Show with Craig FergusonThe Dr. Oz Show, and on several news outlets, including CTV, CNN, and CBS. Dan has published several papers in scientific journals, including Nature, mostly about the biomechanics of bats. His first popular book, Mother Nature is Trying to Kill You was a Canadian bestseller, and his weekly podcast, Recent Paper Decent Puzzle is available now. 

Dan grew up in Edmonton, cares deeply about getting kids excited about the world around them, and is thrilled to be meeting with Alberta Teachers this November. 



Dr. Maria Sirois's Presentation


Chris Hadfield

Steven Strogatz




Anthony Zuiker 
Creator of CSI



Adam Kreek 
Canadian Olympian
Rowing Expiditionist



Richard Zurowski Meteorologist / Author


Wade Davis
Wade Davis - Anthropologist & National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence
Wade Davis is an Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society. Named by the NGS as one of the Explorers for the Millennium, he has been described as "a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet and passionate defender of all of life's diversity." In recent years his work has taken him to East Africa, Borneo, Nepal, Peru, Polynesia, Tibet, Mali, Benin, Togo, New Guinea, Australia, Colombia, Vanuatu, Mongolia and the high Arctic of Nunuvut and Greenland.


Geoff  Green - The Consummate Expedition Leader

Canadian adventure educator and speaker Geoff Green has been leading expeditions and adventures from Pole to Pole for the past two decades, and inspiring thousands around the world with his passion for the awe and wonder of Planet Earth

Social commentator and editorialist, the one and only Rex Murphy is a trusted face and voice across Canada on CBC TV and CBC Radio One, whose intellect and biting humour strike through the heart of the profound social and political issues. From politics to pop culture, he brings a unique and always controversial perspective to the news.


George Kourounis - Friday Opening Keynote


Bill Nye the Science Guy - Saturday Closing Keynote



TBA - Friday Banquet Speaker