Future Of Learning Forum



The HONOURABLE TINA BEAUDRY-MELLOR: Minister of Advanced Education, Minister Responsible for Innovation Saskatchewan and Minister Responsible for Status of Women; SASKATCHEWAN

Tina Beaudry-Mellor was elected Member of the Legislative Assembly for Regina University on April 4, 2016. On February 2, 2018, Tina was appointed to Premier Scott Moe's first cabinet as Minister of Advanced Education, as well as Minister responsible for Innovation Saskatchewan and reappointed Minister responsible for the Status of Women Office. She previously served as Minister of Social Services under the leadership of Premier Brad Wall. 

A long time instructor in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Regina, Tina has been awarded for outstanding teaching as both a sessional and the President's Teaching & Learning Scholars Award for Excellence in her collaboration on teaching civic engagement for post-secondary institutions. She has published in peer reviewed journals, op-eds and business magazines, commentating both on political & social issues.

Tina is the former Chair of Equal Voice and served on the National Board as well as a former board member of the Saskatchewan Arts Board, the Community Investments Committee of the United Way, and Regina Transition House. At the University of Regina, she served on the Community Research Unit board of the Faculty of Arts. Tina was the chief political analyst for Global Regina for every federal and provincial election from 2007 to 2015. She has provided political analysis for radio, television and print media. 

In addition to her academic work, she owned a small management consulting business where she did considerable policy work, most notably on streamlining processes for clients of both the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee program and on the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative to reduce surgical wait times. 

Tina ran for the Saskatchewan Party Leadership in 2017. During the leadership campaign, Tina and her colleagues travelled 60,000km during 5 months listening to residents all over the province. Since being appointed to the Advanced Education file, she has travelled thousands of kilometers more visiting institutions across the province. In 2018, she led the Sask Alliance on an international education mission in Mexico, where 11 agreements were signed. And also represented the Council of Ministers of Education Canada at the first ever Education talks at the G20 in Argentina.

In 2018, Tina passed her first piece of legislation. The Saskatchewan Technology Startup Incentive (STSI) is the most aggressive angel investment tax credit in Western Canada. She is a passionate advocate for the growth of our entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Tina is the mother of very active teenage twins and is a lover of the outdoors.


CATHY MONTREUIL: Deputy Minister, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, NOVA SCOTIA


Cathy was appointed to the position of Deputy Minister of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development as of March, 2018.  She brings a wealth of experience having worked in education for over 30 years.  

During her career, Cathy has had teaching experience in both elementary and secondary schools, special education, care and treatment and custody programs, and has been a vice-principal, principal, superintendent, and Director of Education.    

She served as a system leader for Special Education where she was instrumental in her board’s achievement of the Ontario Award for Inclusive Schools and collaborated with the Canadian Association for Community Living on an Inclusion Education tool for school communities.  

Cathy has also written and taught Special Education Additional Qualifications courses for teachers.    

Prior to accepting the position of Deputy Minister of Education an Early Childhood Development in Nova Scotia, Cathy served as the Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Student Achievement Officer for the province of Ontario.   

Cathy and her husband Cam have a daughter who is a lawyer in Ottawa and a son who is attending College.


Dr. MICHAL RUTKOWSKI: Global Director for Social Protection and Jobs; WORLD BANK


Dr. Michał Rutkowski is the Global Director for Social Protection and Jobs – guiding and overseeing World Bank’s work (knowledge and operations) on social insurance, social assistance, social safety nets, labor and job creation policies. 

During his career in the World Bank he was i.a. a country economist for Russia, sector manager for social protection in the Europe and Central Asia region, sector director for human development in the Middle East and North Africa and the South Asia region, country director for Russia and resident representative in Moscow, and director for multilateral organizations. While on leave from the World Bank (1996-98), serving as the Director of the Office for Social Security Reform in the Polish Government, he led the design of the new multi-pillar, and largely defined-contributions, Polish pension system.

Dr. Rutkowski’s published work focuses primarily on issues of labor markets and social security. He was a core team member of the World Development Report 1995  “Workers in an Integrated World”. He supervised and guided the World Development Report 2019 “The Changing Nature of Work” and the White Paper on “Risk-Sharing in a Diverse and Diversifying World of Work”. 

His most recent publications on the nexus of issues between the future of work and social protection include “Reimagining Social Protection. New Systems That Do Not Rely on Standard Employment Contracts Are Needed”, Finance and Development, 2018, December, IMF.

His other notable published work includes "Pension Reform in Europe: Progress and Process" with R. Holzmann and M. Orenstein), World Bank 2003, and  "Pensions" (with N. Barr) [in:] "Labor Market and Social Policy in Central and Eastern Europe" (edited by N. Barr), World Bank 2005. He also taught at the Institute of Economic Policy at the Warsaw School of Economics and spoke at more than 100 research and policy conferences around the world.

Dr. Rutkowski holds an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in economics from Warsaw School of Economics and finished his post-graduate studies at the London School of Economics. He also graduated from the Executive Development program at the Harvard Business School, and from the Leadership for Collective Intelligence program run by Dialogos.

SPEAKER PREVIEWS: Michal Rutkowski

Michal Rutkowski previews his upcoming presentation at the Future of Learning Forum in Toronto on October 7, 2019 @mich_rutk @BlockchainLG #FutureOfLearning



Alistair makes early-stage companies improve their go-to-market strategies, and works with some of the world’s largest firms on business model innovation. He also helps governments understand the impact of technology on society, ethics, and resiliency.

As an entrepreneur, Alistair co-founded Coradiant; the Year One Labs accelerator; and a variety of other startups. He has also launched and chaired some of the world’s leading conferences on emerging technology, including Startupfest, Strata, Cloud Connect, FWD50, Bitnorth, and more.

Alistair is the author of four books on technology and entrepreneurship, including the best-selling Lean Analytics, which has been translated into eight languages and is in its tenth printing in China. 

He speaks internationally on topics such as data science, innovation, scaling startups, digital government, AI, and applying critical thinking to technology. A graduate of Dalhousie University, he has also been a visiting executive on data science and critical thinking at Harvard Business School.

Speaker Previews: Alistair Croll

Alistair Croll previews his upcoming presentation at the Future of Learning Forum 

@acroll @BlockchainLG #FutureOfLearning


STEVE ORSINI: Former Secretary of Cabinet, Head of the Ontario Public Service and Clerk of the Executive Council, Deputy Minister (DM) of Finance Ontario

In April 2019, Steve was appointed Distinguished Fellow,

Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the

University of Toronto. In May, he was appointed to the

Advisory Board of the Blockchain Learning Group. In June,

Steve joined the C.D. Howe Institute as a Senior Fellow to

continue his advisory role in advancing public policy to

promote sustainable economic growth.

Steve has more than 30 years of experience in the public

service, where he held numerous leadership positions. As

Secretary of Cabinet, Head of the Ontario Public Service

and Clerk of the Executive Council, Steve reported to the

Ontario Premier and was responsible for 65,000 public-

service employees. Steve also served as Ontario’s Deputy

Minister (DM) of Finance and Secretary of the Treasury

Board, and DM of the Ministry of Revenue and Associate

DM for Taxation, Pensions and Agencies (e.g., Liquor

Control Board of Ontario and Ontario Lottery and Gaming

Corporation). He has also held several positions at the

Ontario Hospital Association, including Vice-President of

Policy and Public Affairs.

Steve has a BA in Urban and Regional Planning and a

Master’s in Environmental Studies (economic

development). He completed the Canadian Securities

Course, Parts I and II of the CICA Tax Course and the

Harvard Health Care Leadership Program.


KELLY PETERS: Behavioral Economics Thought Leader, Entrepreneur, Professor & Author

Kelly Peters is the CEO and co-founder of BEworks, the world’s leading behavioral economics firm and one of the largest employers of psychologists in the private sector.

She believes scientific thinking, properly applied, has the power to transform society. 

In her talks, Kelly analyzes our most intractable problems with a behavioral lens and inspires audiences to develop solutions grounded in a scientific understanding of behavior.

In addition to building a world-class team of scientists, Kelly developed the BEworks Method, a proprietary framework which fuses behavioral insights with the scientific method. Working alongside her firm’s co-founder, the legendary behavioral economist Dan Ariely, she’s developed an approach which has been applied to complex challenges at many of the world’s largest firms and government agencies.

She’s overseen the launch of hundreds of field experiments and uncovered pioneering research on the factors influencing decision-making, helping close the gap between academic research and real-world application. She’s led complex innovation projects and commercialized new ideas and concepts to disrupt traditional models.

Kelly is a sought-after global speaker. She’s presented at several TEDx events and is

a featured speaker at World Business Forum conferences. She’s been featured in The New York Times, Fortune and Forbes.

Kelly teaches Applied Behavioral Science at one of the world’s top MBA programs at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. She also regularly lectures at Cornell, Harvard and other universities.

She lives in Toronto with her daughter and her partner. They enjoy attending Burning Man and other artistic events around the world.


Kelly Peters previews her upcoming presentation at the Future of Learning Forum in Toronto on October 7, 2019 @KellyBEworks @BlockchainLG #FutureOfLearning