Queen's Learning Commons


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Keynote and Guest Speakers

Roger Billings  - Pre-Conference workshop

Roger Billings began his career with IBM Canada and was the Canadian president of two Fortune 500 companies: Nashua Canada Limited and Roneo Vickers Canada Limited. He started his own consulting company in 1984. Mr. Billings has also served on the faculty of Queen’s University, Executive Development Division, and is a highly rated speaker for the American Management Association, the Management Center Europe in Brussels and York University, Schulich School of Business.

His clients include: Alcon Canada, Alcon Laboratorios do Brasil, American Express, Atlantic Lottery, Atlas Copco Canada and US, Atomic Energy, Bell Canada, Bell Mobility, Biomira Diagnostics, Bioniche US, Biovail, British Airways, Cadbury Beverages, Canada Colors, Canada Life, Canada Mortgage & Housing, Cara Foods, CHUM, CIBC, CN, Codetel Dominican Republic, Coca-Cola, Corma, Discount Car Rental, Emerson Electric, EM Industries, Equinox Financial, Fitness Depot, Four Seasons Hotels, GE Capital, Geosoft, Harlequin, Hallmark Cards, Hilton Hotels, Honda, Home Depot, Home Oil, Hydro One, IBM, Indianapolis Power, Inglis, Ingram Micro, In-Sink-Erator, Institute Chartered Accountants Alberta, Insurance Advisory Board, Interautomation, Inter Medico, International Financial Data, KCI Medical, Keating Technologies, Kraft, Lavalin Profac, Manitoba Telephone, Mariposa Cruises, Maritime Life, Milton Bradley, McKesson, Moeller Electric Inc., Molson Breweries, Moore-Clark, Nissan, New Brunswick Power, Nortel, Northwestel, OmniLogic, Ontario Lottery Gaming, Optimum, Orbotech, Pitney Bowes, Philips Lighting, Premier Tech, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ricoh, Rockwell International, Rogers Communications, Royal Dominion Securities, Sask Tel, Schenck, Schott Fiber Optics, Pitney Bowes, Sertapak, Siemens, Shell, SmithKline, Sony, Surface Engineered Products, Tektronix, Teledyne Wah Chang, Telus, The Loyalty Group, Toronto Hydro, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Trans Canada Pipelines, Union Lighting and Furnishings, VIA Rail, VIP Stores, Virginia Housing Authority, Warner Home Video, Warner Lambert, Watt Design, Wescam, Whirlpool, Workplace Safety & Insurance Board, World Vision and Zurich Insurance.                                           

Roger is currently delivering programs in Queen’s Foundational Leadership Program involving sixty participants over a twelve month period. Programs include: Making the Leap to Management, Understanding and Using Leadership Styles, The Emotionally Intelligent Leader, Managing Management Time, Performance Coaching, Persuading Others and Managing Conflict, Leading and Managing Through Change, and Strategic Planning.

Jesse Hirsh

Jesse Hirsh is an internet strategist, researcher, and broadcaster based in Toronto, Canada. He has a weekly nationally syndicated column on CBC radio explaining and analyzing the latest trends and developments in technology using language and examples that are meaningful and relevant to everyday life.

For two years, he was the host of an interfaith show on the Rogers and OMNI networks called 3D Dialogue. That show explored all the world’s religions and spiritual paths through interviews with practitioners, gurus, holy people, and cynics regarding their rituals, scriptures, and beliefs (or lack thereof).

He owns and operates the consulting firm Openflows Networks Ltd., which specializes in using open source intelligence to develop internet strategies. Primarily, this involves researching and deploying advanced platforms and interactive campaigns for companies and organizations, both large and small.

Educated at the McLuhan Program at the University of Toronto, his passion is educating people on the potential benefits and perils of technology.


Margot Bell and Martha Whitehead - Facilitators for Learning Commons Café

Margot Bell and Martha Whitehead worked together from 2000 to 2004 on the development of the Chapman Learning Commons at the University of British Columbia. Margot is currently Associate Director, Student Development, UBC, and Martha is Associate University Librarian at Queen’s University.