SALTISE 2017 Post-Conference Update

Dear Member,
The 6th Annual Conference was a great success with record attendance, over 350 participants!!!  The feedback we have received on the conference highlights the value of the intellectual exchange and networking with colleagues that the presentations and talks provide.

The ideals of SALTISE, to bring together educational researchers and practitioners, is meeting a need. With each conference we are getting to know each other better. SALTISE, as a learning community, is the better for these opportunities to share and learn from each other.  We strive to continue this tradition in the years to come.

Over the next few months the Conference Committee will begin taking on the challenge of planning the 2018 conference, to continue to be relevant and inspiring. If you are interested in working toward this goal, or if you are interested in working on other SALTISE sponsored committees, please contact us. We welcome your involvement.

In closing, thank you to all who attended the Conference and congratulations to the winners of the SALTISE awards (read below for more details). And, stay tuned for more photos from the Conference, which will appear on our brand new website, due to be launched later this month. We can’t wait to show it off.

In the next few weeks, we will be sending you information on the launch of the new SALTISE website and an update on our mini-grant program.





This year, for the first time, the SALTISE community has selected two individuals to receive its lifetime Achievement Award – Richard Filion (General Director of Dawson College) and Erich Schmedt (Academic Dean of John Abbott College). It gives us great pleasure to honour both Administrators at the same time because each has supported SALTISE and its efforts in exceptional ways that have been complementary and timely.What makes these administrators particularly special to SALTISE is their openness to those from outside their own institutions. This willingness to entertain ideas that extend beyond their College has made it possible for SALTISE to grow within the provincial network. Over and over again, both men have demonstrated their support of the SALTISE vision. For this, we are forever grateful!



SALTISE Best Practices & Pedagogical Innovators AWARDS

SALTISE honoured three colleagues with the “Best Practices & Pedagogical Innovators Awards” – two college and one university level. These awards recognize educators who stand out as leaders in the promotion of academic excellence, use of innovative pedagogies, and support of their academic communities. We are happy and proud to present these recipients who truly represent the best among us!

The 2017 recipients are:



Ann-Louise Davidson, Concordia University
Ann-Louise is described as an excellent instructor, and internationally recognized scholar, because of her use of innovative pedagogical approaches. In particular, her exemplary use of problem-based learning (PBL) and collaborative learning approaches.
Karl Laroche, Vanier College
Karl is described as an excellent teacher who excels at using active learning approaches and finding solutions to its implementation.
Michael Dugdale, John Abbott College
Michael is described as a leader in promoting student-centered learning and a staunch supporter of his colleagues.  His dedication and constant innovation surrounding pedagogical growth is a model to be followed by those who strive to foster deeper learning in their classroom.




We are hoping these winners will indulge our request to share some of their “best practices” and “lessons learned”. Their stories are worth reading! Stay tuned for more news on about this on the SALTISE website.