Ryan Collis is a PhD student in the Faculty of Education at York University, working in the intersection of autism, expertise, and Science Fiction to discover future imaginaries where autistic students are truly supported. He holds degrees in English (BA, Queen’s ‘99), Computer Science (BScH, Queen’s ‘00), Education (BEd, OISE ‘05), and Science and Technology Studies (BScH, York ’19; MA, York ‘20). Ryan has been a high school teacher in the York Region District School Board since 2006, serves as the Graduate Student Officer of the Canadian Educational Researchers’ Association (CERA), and is a founding editor of the Canadian Journal of Autism Equity
Sam Van Geel is a first-year doctoral student in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa. Her research interests include French second language teachers’ beliefs and teach practices, specifically those related to the Common European Framework of Reference. Sam completed her undergraduate degrees in French and Education at the University of Western Ontario and her Master of Arts in Education at the Université du Québec à Rimouski. Sam is also an FSL teacher and supply teaches regularly in Southwestern Ontario.
Noah Khan is an first year PhD student in the department of Social Justice Education at University of Toronto/Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. His research concerns itself with examining technological functions within education and their pedagogical consequences; he is interested in developing pedagogy that reflects lived technological experiences. Noah is a SSHRC Doctoral Fellow and has been made a United Nations SDSN Youth Local Pathways Fellow for his research on virtual education as a means to advance the SDGs. Outside of school and research assistantships, Noah finds himself writing poetry, reading, and delving into fields outside of Education.
Christine is a PhD Candidate in the Educational Leadership and Policy program at OISE/University of Toronto with a collaborative specialization in Education Policy. Christine is a former elementary and junior high school teacher specializing in Science, and in 2021-2022 taught in the Health Sciences (BHSc) Program at McMaster University, her alma mater. Christine also spent four years working at People for Education, a non-profit policy research and advocacy organization based in Toronto. Christine’s research interests include knowledge mobilization and policy change, equity in opportunities to learn, and the politics of education policy. Her doctoral research is about the experiences of Toronto high school students during COVID.
Jill Dombroski is a Ph.D. candidate in the Faculty of Education at Western University. Jill’s research informs curriculum related to death and loss in medical and teacher education. She is working on two streams of educational change to prepare these professionals better. In her doctoral research, she studies how physicians are prepared for end-of-life conversations with patients. Her other focus is professional development for educators on how different types of loss may impact learners in the classroom.