2020 – Speakers

Inclusivity in Education: Better than Diversity


Lightskinned black man with short black curly hair. He is wearing a black tshirt and dark wash jeans with ripped knees.

With a background in theatre, Anthony McLean delivers lively presentations on mental health, diversity, and inclusion. He has delivered hundreds of inspiring talks across Canada, the US, and Australia, and, as a respected voice in his field, appeared on CBC News, Global Toronto’s Morning Show, and Breakfast Television. Delivering research-backed tools and actionable strategies, McLean always leaves his audiences inspired to bring their best every day.

McLean is also an actor who has starred in television commercials for Ford, Milk, Tim Horton’s, Sprite, Verizon Wireless, and Bell. He also hosted the CBC Television show The X and was featured in the documentary films Colour Me, SOAR, and Rising Above. In his theatre career, McLean participated in the renowned Stratford Festival where he developed his passion for Shakespeare. He also loves to freestyle rap — give him any topic in the world and he’ll make up a rap on the spot about it.

McLean is currently writing his first book, Mental Health for High Performers.

workshop presenters


Unconscious Bias and How It Impacts Learning- C7

SHELIZA JAMAL
Special Education Consultant, TDSB, and founder of Curated Leadership, a coaching firm to support organizational knowledge in equity and diversity.

How to Be Resilient, Even When Everything Is Going Sideways – A3

BEVERLY BEUERMANN-KING

Stress and resiliency expert at Work Smart Live Smart. She works with teams to shift from ‘stressed- out’ to resilient, engaged, productive and healthy.

Virtual HR: When Employees Work from Home – A6

CHERYL MENEZES

HR professional with 20+ years experience in multiple sectors. Her current focus is to help clients address the HR challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.