Executive Members

Ashwani Kumar, President
Mount Saint Vincent University

Ashwani Kumar is Associate Professor of Education at Mount Saint Vincent University. His teaching and research explore the connections between mediative inquiry, consciousness, and education. He plays the harmonium and sings and composes Indian classical music. His current project explores the educational implications of the theory and practice of Indian classical music. He has authored Curriculum As Meditative Inquiry and Curriculum in International Contexts: Understanding Colonial, Ideological, and Neoliberal Influences. 

Laurel Hart, Past President
Futures/Forward and the Prairie Climate Center

Dr. Laurel Hart recently completed post-doctoral fellow jointly held with Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Educaiton, and McGill’s Department of Integrated Studies in Education (under Dr. Lynn Fells and Dr. Claudia Mitchell, respectively). She is now working on an artist residency with Futures/Forward and the Prairie Climate Center. She holds a Doctorate in Art Education at Concordia University, and BA and BEd degrees from UBC. She’s a BC certified teacher, having taught in public schools, community, post-secondary, and international settings.

Hart’s work explores urban community development through the arts (notably participatory and collaborative art forms), social media, and community and arts-based research. Her interests include: social justice and activist community creation, place making, educational technologies, informal education, new media arts and photography, and interdisciplinary research. Hart’s doctoral research involved the creation of the women’s mobile photography community. Through social media and in-person meetings, the group explored women’s experiences of urban life, highlighting women’s voices through local exhibitions and online presence.


Roula Kteily-Hawa, Vice-President & Program Chair
Brescia University College       

Roula Kteily-Hawa is an Assistant Professor in the School of Behavioural and Social Sciences at Brescia University College at Western University.  Roula brings a wealth of expertise in curriculum development and teacher education, having taught Family Studies in Continuing Teacher Education at Queen’s University and in the K-12 education system in Ontario, including fashion arts and textile artistry. Dr. Hawa’s research is community-engaged with a focus on health equity of vulnerable populations, using arts-based and arts-informed inquiry methodologies and critical feminist, anti-colonial frameworks..

Michelle Buckle, Pre-conference co-chair
University of Alberta


Michelle is a psychologist whose doctoral studies in the University of Alberta’s Department of Secondary Education combines 24 years’ experience as a dramatherapist with her interest in exploring the experiences of Black homicide co-victims. Michelle also uses storytelling to inspire community building as a member of a Playback Theatre group.

Bonnie Petersen, Pre-conference co-chair
Mount Saint Vincent University

PhD (Education) student, with a special interest in experiential and spiritual education, the philosophy of education, and learning in English as an additional language (including all learners new to English for academic purposes). I spent many years in the UK, working in colleges for at-risk youth. I am also an artist and musician.

Hala Mreiwed, Publication award chair
McGill University

Hala Mreiwed is a PhD candidate and a course lecturer at McGill University. Her research focuses on Child Rights Education (she is a consultant in this area and a board member of the Canadian Coalition for the Rights of Children). Her interests lie in the areas of child rights, equity, impact of war-trauma on education, teacher education and training, community-building, children’s media and creative drama.

Lisa Mitchell, Graduate research awards chair
St. Thomas University

Dr. Lisa A. Mitchell is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at St. Thomas University where she specializes in Music and Arts education. Lisa holds a Ph.D. in Education (Queen’s University), an M.Ed. (UVIC), a B.Ed. (UBC) and a B.Mus. (Capilano). Lisa has over 17 years of teaching experience in both K-12 and university contexts. Her current teaching and research interests are: curriculum and pedagogy; integrated, interdisciplinary, and intercontextual approaches to teaching and teacher education; international education; ethical responsibility and inclusive practices in diverse classrooms; narrative research; and Music and Arts-based education and research. Lisa is also an active musician (voice and flute), visual artist (photography), and a trained music conductor in both classical and jazz traditions.  

Tatiana Zakharova, Grad Student Rep
Western University

Working with Dr. Pacini-Ketchabaw, Tatiana’s PhD research focuses on the entanglement of pedagogy and design. In her multidisciplinary work, Tatiana thinks with feminist, post-human scholars to trouble the notion of play as a means of progress, imagining instead relationship-attuned play as worlding. Tatiana’s work is a collaborative experimentation, as it wishes to reimagine play-grounding potentialities. She lives, walks, plays and writes on the traditional territories of the Anishnabek, Haudenosaunee (Iroquois), and Ojibway/Chippewa peoples.

Émilie Vaillancourt, Grad Student Rep
Mount Saint Vincent University

Émilie is an MEd student in Curriculum Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University (Halifax, Nova Scotia). Her areas of interest include culturally responsive pedagogy, teaching in a minority setting (French first-language schools), and creativity in the classroom. She is also a full-time high school math and science teacher in Halifax, Nova Scotia.


Past Executive Members

2020               Sarah Hennessy, Co-Vice President

2018 - 2020   Laurel Hart, President

                        Ashwani Kumar, Vice President  & Program Chair

                       Graham Lea, Publication Award Chair

                        Dr. Lisa Mitchell, Graduate Research  Award Chair

                        Bonnie Nish, Graduate Student Representative

                        Adrian Downey, Graduate Student Representative


2016 - 2017   Mindy Carter (President, McGill University)
                        Laurel Hart (Co-Vice-President, McGill University)

                        Valerie Triggs (Co-Vice President, University of Regina)
                        Sean Wiebe (Past President, University of Prince Edward Island)
2014 - 2016   Sean Wiebe (President, University of Prince Edward Island)
                        Mindy Carter (Vice-President, McGill University)                      
                        John J. Guiney Yallop (Past President, Acadia University)

2012 - 2014   John J. Guiney Yallop (President, Acadia University)
                        Monica Prendergast (Vice-President, University of Victoria)
                        Pauline Sameshima (Past-President, Lakehead University)

2010 - 2012   Pauline Sameshima (President, Washington State University)
                        John J. Guiney Yallop (Vice-President, Acadia University)   

2008 - 2010   Kathryn Ricketts (President, Simon Fraser)


2009               Sean Wiebe (U of PEI) - President


2008-2009      Sean Wiebe (U of PEI) - VP and Program Chair

2006 - 2008     Sylvia Kind (UBC) - President

                        Diane Conrad (U Alberta) - VP and Program Chair

2005-2006      Carol Beynon (UWO) - President 

2002 - 2003     Rena Upitis (President, Queens University)
                        Carol Beynon (Vice-President, University of Western Ontario) 

2001 - 2002   Bernard W. Andrews (President, University of Ottawa)
                        Alex de Cosson (Vice-President, UBC)

2000 - 2001   Bernard W. Andrews (Ottawa), President
                        Alex de Cosson (UBC), Vice-President
                        ARTS/SCEA AGM: SIG Constitution ratified and executive elected

1999 - 2000   Bernard W. Andrews (Acting President, University of Ottawa)
                        Alex de Cosson (Acting Vice-President, University of British Columbia)
                        Andrea Fairchild (Acting Member-at-large, Concordia University)
                        ARTS/SCEA SIG approved in principle by CACS CSSE, University of Sherbrooke, 1999
1998 - 1999   Bernard W. Andrews (Acting President, University of Ottawa) 
                        Preliminary discussions of an arts group within CSSE
                        Arts Education Symposium, CSSE, University of Ottawa, 1998