Featured Keynotes

Dr. Jody Carrington

The Power of Relationships

Dr. Jody Carrington is a Clinical Psychologist who has spent most of her career working with children and families who have experienced trauma. Having grown up in rural Alberta, she worked on the Mental Health Inpatient Units of the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary for 10 years and is now in pleased to be back to a rural setting, working in private practice, speaking around the country, writing a book, and raising her family. 

Jody is a passionate believer in the power of the relationship with the people we love, lead, and teach. The core of everything she speaks and writes about comes down to this: We are wired to do hard things. We can do those hard things so much easier when we remember this: We are wired for connection.

Dr. Phil McRae

Alone Together: Connecting in an Age of (Hyper)Connectivity

Dr. Phil McRae is Associate Coordinator, Research with the Alberta Teachers' Association, and Adjunct Professor within the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta where he earned his Ph.D.

Phil has worked with the ATA as an executive staff officer for more than a decade, and has had a wide variety of responsibilities, including government relations, policy development, board-level governance, and leading research projects with members of research communities both locally and globally. Dr. McRae is also the facilitator and liaison of the ATA's international research partnerships with Finland, Iceland and New Zealand. 

McRae was the Director of the internationally recognized Alberta Initiative for School Improvement (AISI) at the University of Alberta from 2005-2009, and taught several graduate courses in the Master of Education in Educational Studies program. Phil has worked in many secondary and post-secondary educational contexts while living and teaching in the Middle East (United Arab Emirates), Asia (Japan), Europe (Spain), and in Alberta, Canada with the Lethbridge Public School District and at Red Crow College with the Blood Tribe (Kainai First Nation). The Blackfoot honoured him with the name Áípapomm, which means lightning.