Catalyst 2016 - October 21st, 2016
"Quality Science Teaching"

H.J. Cambie Secondary School - Richmond, B.C.

Quality Science Professional Development.
Organized by Teachers, For Teachers.

Online Registration Now Closed
You can still register on-site on October 21st.
Cash/Cheque only on-site.

Catalyst 2016 Ignite Panel

Bonnie Schmidt, PHD, C.M.
President & Founder Let’s Talk Science

Dr. Bonnie Schmidt is the founder and president of Let’s Talk Science, an award-winning, national charitable organization that she started in 1991 while completing a PhD in Physiology. Let’s Talk Science helps children and youth fulfill their potential and prepare for their future careers and citizenship role by supporting their learning through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) engagement. During its 20+ year history, well over 4 million youth and educators have been reached and an estimated 26,000 volunteers have been engaged with Let’s Talk Science. Supporting education transformation and developing creative, critical thinkers the organization has a
bold plan to impact 5 million more youth by 2020.

Bonnie has been active in a variety of national and provincial organizations and initiatives. Currently she serves on the Board of Directors of Ontario Genomics and the Board of Governors of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). She is also on the Governor General’s selection panel for the Meritorious Service Award and the MaRS Studio-Y National Advisory Panel. In June 2016, Bonnie was named Chair of the National Leadership Taskforce on Education & Skills for the Information and
Communications Technology Council (ICTC).

 For her efforts in education and youth development, Bonnie was named a Member of the Order of Canada in 2015 and has received several awards, including the Life Sciences Ontario Community Service Award; Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award; Top 40 Under 40; and Western’s Young Alumni Award.

Bonnie enjoys riding horses and lives in London, Ontario with her daughter.

Van Chau
Delta School District #37 Science and Biology Teacher

Van Chau has taught Science and Biology in Delta for 20 years.  Over the past 10 years, she worked on various assessment development teams for the BC Ministry of Education and CMEC (Council of Ministers of Education, Canada).  Recently, she was part of the McGraw-Hill development team for BC Biology 12 and BC Science Connections 8.

Phil Bakker BEd, MEd
School District #23, Science Teacher / BCScTA Executive Member

I have taught in Sask, Alberta and BC grades 5 - 12 in small rural schools (population 69 in a K-9 school) to large urban schools (population 1840 in a 10-12 school).     I have taught science for over 25 years but have also taught band, choir, social studies, phys ed, art and mathematics.   For three years I left education and started and built up my own business designing and making solid wood children's furniture in Alberta before moving to BC and getting back into the classroom at Kelowna Secondary School in the 1994-1995 school year.   I have a wonderful wife, Connie, who is a speech language pathologist and have three kids ages 29,25 and 20.  When I am not teaching, marking or lesson planning I can be found working in my garden, singing a capella music, or reading fantasy fiction.

Shelagh Lim
School District #38 - Grade 7 Teacher

Shelagh has taught grade 7 in the Surrey School District for more than 20 years.  She has recently returned to the classroom after five years of supporting science, numeracy and information media literacy integration as a Curriculum Helping Teacher.  Shelagh’s passions include hands-on/minds-on inquiry based learning, environmental stewardship and knitting!  She is proud to be an Apple Distinguished Educator (2008) and looks forward to working with you all today.    She presently enrols a grade 7 class at Cambridge Elementary where sheencourages her students to learn about science by doing science.

Dr. Judy Thompson
Assistant Professor