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 SPEAKERS 

 
 Keynote Speakers:
 
 Melissa Leong
 Melissa Leong is a personal finance writer, on-air personality, speaker and bestselling author.

She writes about personal finance for the Financial Post and appears on CTV’s The Social as its resident money expert. Through her channels, she reaches millions of Canadians in a quest to help them manage their money while maximizing happiness. She regularly lectures on the subject of money and shares her savings tips on radio and television programs such as CBC Radio, Canada AM, Newstalk 1010, CJAD 800, CKNW and CHCH’s Square Off.

Over the last 15 years, she has covered a variety of subjects including crime, politics, terrorism, arts and business for the National Post, the Toronto Star and The Globe and Mail. She has profiled survivors of the Rwandan genocide, investigated nanny abuse in Hong Kong and interviewed thousands of subjects, including heads of state, royalty and celebrities such as Hugh Jackman and Carrie Fisher.
In her spare time, she teaches salsa dancing, mentors youth and volunteers for organizations that promote the advancement and empowerment of young women.
 
 
 
 Robin Taub
 Robin Taub is a financial literacy consultant, professional speaker, blogger, and media spokesperson, and the
 
She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (with High Distinction) from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and earned her Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) designation in 1989.
 
Robin is also passionate about improving opportunities for women CPAs to advance into positions of leadership. From 2008 until this year, she was a member, and then Chair, of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada’s Women’s Leadership Council.
 
She is an avid cyclist, snowboarder, music lover and concert goer and is the proud mother of one university student and one university graduate.
 
 
Conference Lead:
 
Jeff Balch
 
Jeff has been involved with financial literacy for most of his teaching career. He has worked with the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada, Investors Education Fund and Ontario Teachers' Federation in the presentation of workshops and development of lessons and materials teachers could use in their classrooms.
 
He is thankful to the OTF for sponsoring this conference as it provides teachers the opportunity to equip themselves with the skill, knowledge and support necessary to impart this fundamental life skill to their students and provide a venue for networking and sustained growth. 
 
 
  Breakout Session Facilitators:
 
  • Beryl Cohen, Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and Ontario Art Education Association
  • Lou Comand, Educators Financial Group
  • Zoe Flatman, TDSB and Ontario History and Social Science Teachers’ Association (OHASSTA)
  • Jan Haskings-Winner, TDSB and OHASSTA
  • Martine Bélanger, Financial Consumer Agency of Canada
  • Catherine Inglis, TDSB
  • Kevin Johnstone, OBEA
  • Katrina Kenny, TDSB
  • Kris Knutson, TDSB
  • Daniel Lustrinelli, Halton District School Board and Ontario Business Educators' Association
  • Coralee Mathews, Avon-Maitland District School Board and English Resource Group of Ontario
  • Kevin Maynard, Canadian Foundation for Economic Education
  • Carmen Oliveira, TDSB
  • Marian Ollila, Educators Financial Group
  • Manny Parreira, Bank of Canada
  • Peter Wright, Retired from Grand Erie District School Board
  • Derek Wun, Peel District School Board and Ontario Family Studies Home Economics Educators' Association (OFSHEEA)
 

           

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