Executive & Coordinators

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EDC benefits from the leadership of:

EDC Executive serve 2-year terms with three of the roles elected each spring. Treasurer is appointed.

EDC Executive

EDC Chair
Carolyn Hoessler, Higher Education & Beyond, (send EDC e-mails to: edcchair@stlhe.ca)
Role: The Caucus Chair is responsible for providing overall leadership, liaising with STLHE through membership on the STLHE Board of Directors, raising the profile of faculty development, advocating for and representing the EDC within STLHE and beyond, and coordinating special faculty development issues. The term of office shall be two years with a maximum of two consecutive terms.

Bio: I attended my first EDC AGM at STLHE in June 2007. Since then I have worked in educational development with faculty and programs across disciplines, institutions, and provinces. I currently a CELT Coordinator, Learning and Faculty Development with Thompson Rivers University on the traditional lands of the Tk’emlúps and the T’exelc within Secwépemc’ulucw, and a consultant with national associations and programs with Higher Education and Beyond. My disciplinary roots are in social cognition with a PhD in Education, and my familial roots in Manitoba originate in England, Sweden and Scotland. I see the role of Chair as stewarding our vision, collaboratively navigating emerging terrains, and celebrating and considering the lived diversity of those engaged in educational development. Carolyn was a 2016 Educational Developer Leadership Awardee.   Term: June 08, 2020 – June 2022 (elected even years)

EDC Secretary
To be elected at next election. For suggestions or interest, please e-mail edc_communications@stlhe.ca
Role: The Secretary is responsible for producing, collecting and archiving Caucus documents, and maintaining the EDC membership list. The term of office shall be two years with a maximum of two consecutive terms. Term: 2 years

EDC Treasurer
Jenn MartinNiagara College, jemartin@niagaracollege.ca
Role: The Treasurer is responsible for managing the finances of the Caucus. The term of office shall be two years with the option to renew for two-year increments subject to review by the Executive (appointed).

Bio: Jenn is an Educational Developer at Niagara College. She holds a PhD in Media Studies from Western University and has extensive experience integrating technology into teaching and learning. As an Educational Developer in the Centre for Academic Excellence, her main focus is the development and support of technology-enhanced learning initiatives, both at Niagara College and collaboratively with other institutions. She is involved in a number of technology-enhanced learning initiatives including learning management system training, workshop development, and project managing the development of online and hybrid courses and open educational resources. Her work also includes a significant focus on work integrated learning, and she has managed the development of the Experiential Learning Toolkit and the Work Integrated Learning Open Module Initiative. In addition to her work at Niagara College, Jenn is also an adjunct faculty member in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at Western University.   Term started: March 2018 (appointed)

EDC Vice-Chair, Communications
Tommy Mayberry, University of Alberta, edc_communications@stlhe.ca
Role: The Vice-Chair, Communications is responsible for facilitating communication and coordinating the availability of resources via the EDC listserv, website, and other means. The term of office shall be two years with a maximum of two consecutive terms.

Bio: Tommy Mayberry (he/she/they) is the Executive Director of the Centre for Teaching and Learning at the University of Alberta as well as an Instructional Skills Workshop Trainer and Facilitator with the ISW Network. As an academic drag queen, Tommy works and researches from an embodied standpoint to explore, both individually and intersectionally, gender, pedagogy, performance, language, social media, and reality TV (to name but a few) and has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants, the most recent of which is the University of Guelph’s Learning Enhancement Fund (LEF) for “The Science Library Project/Le projet de bibliothèque scientifique” (2019-2020). Tommy is also co-editor of the forthcoming book, RuPedagogies of Realness: Essays on Teaching and Learning with RuPaul’s Drag Race (McFarland, 2020) and has presented academic work and research across Canada and internationally in Oxford, Tokyo, Washington DC, and Honolulu.   Term: July 2020 – June 2021, interim; June 2021 – June 2023 (elected in odd years)

EDC Vice-Chair, Conferences
Richard Li, University of Waterloo, r68li@uwaterloo.ca
Role: The Vice-Chair, Conferences is responsible for coordinating the annual conference process in collaboration with the conference host, the Vice-Chair (Professional Development), and the EDC executive. The term of office shall be two years with a maximum of two consecutive terms.

Bio: Richard Li works at the University of Waterloo (UW)’s Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE) as the Faculty Liaison to Engineering. As an educational developer and an engineer by training, Richard enjoys working with UW instructors to engineer out the best pedagogical practices in various teaching and learning contexts. Richard started at the CTE as a teaching assistant workshop facilitator in 2018 and has since developed a strong passion for educational development. A year later, he took up his current role and became a proud educational developer. Prior to joining the CTE, Richard had also worked at UW as part of the learning services team at the Student Success Office and as a graduate professional development specialist with the Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs. His previous experiences in supporting students’ meaningful learning enabled him to always put an emphasis on learner-centred pedagogical design in his interactions with instructors. As an EDC member, Richard has benefited enormously from many inspiring colleagues and enlightening resources that the community has to offer. He is eager to give back to the community his passion and dedication through his role as the Vice-Chair, Conferences, and he looks forward to working with his fellow members on bringing the EDC family together annually through the EDC conferences  Term: June 2021 – June 2023 (elected odd years)

EDC Vice-Chair, Professional Development
Daniel Braun, Concordia University of Edmonton, daniel.braun@concordia.ab.ca
Role: The Vice-Chair, Professional Development is responsible for coordinating the professional development session during meetings of EDC members at the AGM and GM; chairing the grants program and the Academic Program of the annual EDC conference. The term of office shall be two years with a maximum of two consecutive terms.

Bio: I am Senior Educational Developer, and leader of the Office of Teaching & Learning, at Concordia University of Edmonton. I’ve been an instructional designer and educational developer for 12 years, and part of the post-secondary environment for too many years to count (well, more than 20 anyway). I am sure my Sociology doctorate on comics and superheroes has been incredibly useful in my professional life, somehow. The EDC has been an invaluable networking and development resource during my growth as an educational developer, and I’m excited to give back to the community during my term as Vice-Chair, Professional Development.  Term: June 2020- June 2022 (elected even years)

EDC Vice-Chair, Awards and Recognition
To be elected at next election. For suggestions or interest, please e-mail edc_communications@stlhe.ca
Role: The Vice-Chair, Awards and Recognition, coordinates the EDC Awards, the EDC grant program, the EDC Accreditation program and the EDC bursaries. The term of office shall be two years with a maximum of two consecutive terms. Term: 2 years


EDC Coordinators

EDC Grants Coordinator
Kyle Scholz, University of Waterloo, 

Kyle is an Educational Developer, focusing on teaching and learning research and consulting at the University of Waterloo. In this role, he supports faculty and staff who are interested in conducting research into their teaching practices and student learning. He also chairs the annual University of Waterloo Teaching and Learning Conference and coordinates the internal Learning Innovation and Teaching Enhancement (LITE) grant program. Kyle holds a PhD (2015) in German applied linguistics, and his research interests span computer-assisted language learning, game-based learning, assessment, and how disciplinary research conventions impact one’s approach to undertaking teaching and learning research.   Term: June 2020-June, 2022

EDGE Grants Coordinator

Deb Chen, deb.chen@outlook.com
Deb Chen is an independent instructional designer, accredited coach, and holds a PhD in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine from the University of British Columbia. Deb is an Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) facilitator and a Facilitator Development Workshop (FDW) trainer with the ISW Network. As an instructional designer, Deb integrates her perspectives as an educator, facilitator, trainer, and coach to create interactive, accessible, process-driven blended course offerings for non-profit and healthcare clients. Prior to flying solo, Deb led the Scholarly Integrity Initiative as a Learning Design Strategist in the Office of Vice-President Research & Innovation and supported faculty professional development as an Educational Developer in the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology at the University of British Columbia. Deb previously worked in mental health, supporting local suicide prevention and intervention services over 8 years, and continues to be a strong advocate for mental wellness.  Term: April 2016-June 2020; June 2020 – June 2022


EDC Online Events Coordinator
Mel Young,
Cambrian College, mel.young@cambriancollege.ca  
Mel Young is an Educational Developer with Cambrian College in Sudbury, ON. She holds a Master of Science in Adolescent Education from Daemen College. As an Educational Developer in the Teaching and Learning Innovation Hub, Mel supports faculty to create learner-centered and pedagogically informed learning environments. She provides professional development regarding teaching and learning and works with course developers to design new program curriculum. In addition, she provides orientation and onboarding to new faculty. Mel offers new faculty year-long support and professional development with the Teaching Excellence Program. Mel’s interests include diversity and inclusion (including anti-racism and decolonization), open education and trauma-informed practice.   Term: July 2020-June, 2022


EDC Awards Coordinator
Sanja Ivanov,
University of Waterloo, ivanov.sanja2@gmail.com
Sanja Ivanov, Ph.D. has created, facilitated, and evaluated programming aimed at enhancing the teaching skills of teaching assistants and faculty across three Ontario institutions. Her work focuses onpromoting assets-based, equitable, and inclusive teaching practices to promote intercultural fluency and inclusive teaching and learning. Sanja is currently an Online Learning Consultant at the University of Waterloo’s Centre for Extended Learning. Previously, she worked as an Educational Developer, International Teaching Assistants’ Programs at the Centre for Teaching and Learning at the University of Western Ontario and as a Trainer for International TAs at the Centre for International Experience and the Teaching Assistants’ Training Program at the University of Toronto. Sanja also developed and taught several undergraduate courses in literature and culture at the University of Toronto. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, Diaspora and Transnational Studies, and Jewish Studies from the University of Toronto and an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Waterloo.  Term: June 2020-June, 2022

Educational Development Guide Coordinator
Deb Chen, deb.chen@outlook.com

To be appointed, for suggestions or interest, please e-mail edc_communications@stlhe.ca  The Educational Development Guide Editor coordinates the selection, development, and publication of the EDC’s ED Guide Series.


EDC Institute Coordinator
Matthew Dunleavy, The Maple League of Universities, matthew.p.dunleavy@gmail.com
Matthew Dunleavy (he/him) is the Program Director of the Online Learning and Technology Consultants (OLTC) Program at the Maple League of Universities (Acadia, Bishop’s, Mount Allison, and St. Francis Xavier). Previously, Matthew was a SSHRC Doctoral Fellow in Victorian Literature and Course Director with the Department of English at York University and worked with the Teaching Commons at the same institution. His work examines the writings of philanthropists and reformers in the slums of late-Victorian East-End London, with a specific focus on the ways Clementina Black and Margaret Harkness used popular genres to articulate new messages about women’s relationship with poverty and philanthropy. He also currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors of Learning Essentials for Adults in Durham Region (LEADR)—a charitable non-profit organization dedicated to providing tutoring for adults in basic literacy, numeracy, and digital skills. He is committed to continuing the great work of the EDC Institute coordinated by his former colleague, Dr. Lisa Endersby, and adapting and transforming the Institute to meet the needs of all our members and the spaces and places we all work and learn. When not doing any of the above, he can likely be found spending his time with his partner and two young children.  Term: June 2020-June, 2022

Recognizing Past Executive and Coordinators


  • 2004?- 2006? Joy Mighty (Inaugural)
  • 2006?-2008 Teresa Dawson
  • 2008-2012 Nicola Simmons
  • 2012-2016 Debra Dawson
  • 2016-2020 Erika Kustra


  • 2004?-2007? Angie Best (Inaugural secretary/treasurer)
  • 2007-2011 Ruth Rodgers
  • 2011-2015 Erika Kustra
  • 2015-2017 Erin Aspenlieder
  • 2017-2021 Mandy Frake-Mistak


  • 2004?-2007 Angie Best (Inaugural secretary/treasurer)
  • 2007-2012 Janice MacMillan
  • 2012-2017 Tim Loblaw (treasurer)

Vice-Chair, Communications

  • 2004?-2007? Trevor Holmes (Inaugural)
  • 2007-2011 Jeanette McDonald
  • 2011-2013 Natasha Kenny
  • 2013-2017 Stephanie Chu
  • 2017-2019 Maureen Wideman
  • 2019-2020 Carolyn Hoessler

Vice-Chair, Awards and Recognition

  • 2017-2021 Natasha Patrito Hannon 

Vice-Chair, Professional Development

  • 2004-2006 Lynn Taylor (Inaugural)
  • 2006-2010 Alice Cassidy
  • 2010-2014 Paola Borin
  • 2014-2016 Carolyn Hoessler
  • 2016-2020 Jaymie Koroluk

Vice-Chair, Conferences

  • 2011-2013 Marla Arbach
  • 2013-2015 Jordanne Christie
  • 2015-2019 Celia Popovic
  • 2019-2021 Cosette Lemelin

EDC Grants Coordinator

  • (previously the Vice-Chair, Professional Development role)
  • 2016-2020 Kris Knorr

EDC Institute Coordinator

  • 2016-2021 Lisa Endersby

Webinar Coordinator

  • 2016-2018  Joe Lipsett
  • 2018-2019 Jessie Richards

ED Guides Coordinator

  • (previously the Vice-Chair, Professional Development role)
  • 2016-2020 Jessica Raffoul

EDC Resource Coordinator

  • 2016-2020 Mel Young