LearnFest 2019: Transformative Learning
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LearnFest 2019: Transformative Learning

When: Wednesday, June 12, 2019
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Where: Snell Hall, St. James Cathedral Centre
65 Church Street
Toronto, Ontario  M5C 2E9
Contact: Amanda Young
416-367-5900 ext. 242

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I4PL’s annual, full-day immersive event will delve into the theme of “Transformative Learning” and our speakers will be presenting the latest approaches to learning influenced by developments in behavioural science, design thinking, and brain science, as well as how to apply new knowledge to workplace performance and learning. The goal of LearnFest is to create a space for a dynamic group to explore how the process of deep and constructive learning creates a shift to a more reflective and conscious learning experience that can lead to profound changes in daily life.

Member Price: $325 +tax

Non-member Price: $425 +tax


Kate Woolhouse, M.A., L&D Specialist, Organizational Development, City of Kingston

Brett Nesbitt, MBA, Canadian Special Operations Forces Command Innovation Lead

Ginny Santos, M.Sc. Stakeholder Engagement Designer and Facilitator; Founder & CEO,
NeOlé Inc. | Niagara Institute Associate | Leveraging Technology for Transformative Learning

Haesun Moon, Ph.D., Canadian Centre for Brief Coaching; University of Toronto

World Café sponsored by
Brand Heroes

Moderated by Rosanne Blake, Director of Learning at ScotiaBank and Director at Large on I4PL's Board of Directors.

8:30am-9:00am  Registration, Coffee & Networking
9:00am-9:15am Rosanne Blake – Moderator [I4PL Board Director; Director of Learning and Development at Scotiabank] - Welcome Remarks: Transformative Learning and the Role of I4PL
9:15am-10:15am Haesun Moon, Ph.D.(c), Canadian Centre for Brief Coaching; University of Toronto and author of “Language of Hope" and "Transforming Dialogues at Work”.  Transforming Dialogues at Work: Transforming Leadership Education with Solution Focused Brief Coaching, using three foundational building blocks for education consultation and designing with the dialogic method of Brief Coaching. Haesun cares deeply about how we use dialogue to shape our everyday lives and believes that changing private and public dialogues starts with a small difference in how we use ordinary words. Leaders can engage in life-giving dialogues at work by first experiencing transformative learning in themselves.  Creating small shift in dialogues at work, at school, and at home to bring about positive changes in people through intentional use of language is Haesun’s area of expertise and passion. 
10:15am-10:30am  Break with light refreshments
10:30am-11:30am Kate Woolhouse, M.A. L&D Specialist, Organizational Development, City of Kingston - Homegrown Solutions: How innovative relational practices enable organizational learning and performance. This session will provide participants with a unique look at the strategies used to design, implement, and measure a new onboarding program within a complex municipal government environment. Further, we will explore:
  • The conditions created by multi-causal environments, and examine how these might inform the selection of our methods for discovery, diagnosis and action. 
  • Innovative strategies that build the capacity for teams to co-create meaningful and impactful process and structure that both reflect and reinforce organizational learning.
    • The intersection of behavioral sciences, change management, design thinking and user experience design. 
  • How practitioners can support the emergence of the mindsets, behaviors, and attitudes that drive organizational performance.
  • The concept of a “learning architecture” to foster the conditions that adaptive organizations will need to thrive in the future.
11:30am-12:30pm Brett Nesbitt, CD1, MBA SA DSO, CANSOFCOM [Special Advisor to the Director of Special Operations for the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command]- Experience: The Vehicle of Choice for Transformative Learning: Experiential learning has been leveraged, with great success, in preparing people to engage effectively in dynamic, and challenging circumstances. The uncertainty that is inherent in all future endeavours necessitates an approach to training and education that enables and empowers our people to transform themselves in order to meet and exceed the expectations they will face in the future. We will explore three distinct domains where training programs have featured experiential learning as the vehicle to aid learners in their transformation as soldiers, planners, and leaders:

1. Training Special Operations Forces in the Canadian Armed Forces;

2. Design thinking education for senior defense and intelligence decision makers in Canada; and

3. Leadership training for public, and private sectors leaders in Canada.

Additionally, focus will be drawn to the commonalities in the experiential learning journeys of these disparate cohorts of learners.
12:30pm-1:30pm  Lunch
1:30pm-2:30pm Ginny Santos, M.Sc., Stakeholder Engagement Designer and Facilitator; Founder & CEO, NeOlé Inc | | Niagara Institute Associate | Leveraging Technology for Transformative Learning: In this interactive presentation the audience will be engaged in a creative exercise specially designed to stimulate reflection on what transformative learning means personally and how to use technology to create collaborative learning experiences.
2:30pm-2:45pm  Break with light refreshments
2:45pm-4:00pm  World Café with graphic recording sponsored by Brand Heroes
4:00pm-4:15pm  Rosanne BlakeClosing Remarks




Registration is open with only 43 spots available. Attendees will enjoy an exclusive, dynamic experience with some of the top minds in performance and learning in Canada. This event is geared toward senior L&D managers and experienced professionals.

This program has been approved by the Certification Maintenance Program and will count towards 7 CEU credits. For more details on how to maintain your CTDP or CTP designation, email

If you have any questions about registration, please contact amanda@performanceandlearning.ca or call 416-367-5900 ext. 242

CANCELLATIONS:The Institute for Performance and Learning does not issue refunds for cancelled event registrations. Cancellations received in writing up to seven days prior to the event date will be issued a full credit voucher to be applied to another event within the respective calendar year. If it is a free member event ticket, it is not permitted to transfer one I4PL member's spot to a non-member. If it is a paid member event ticket and the cancellation is received less than seven days before the event, no credit voucher will be issued but the member may transfer the ticket to another I4PL member. If it is a paid non-member event ticket and the cancellation is received less than seven days before the event, no credit voucher will be issued but the non-member may transfer the ticket to a I4PL member or non-member to use. Please read the cancellation policy at: https://performanceandlearning.site-ym.com/page/I4PLCancellationPolicy 

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