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Jean Castonguay

Executive Director, CogniSense Applied Research Centre

With more than 30 years experience as a corporate lawyer and as an entrepreneur, Jean Castonguay has managed international law and business consulting practices and since 1998 he has held senior management positions in start-up and high-growth companies spanning the life science, technology and manufacturing sectors. Jean is executive director of the CogniSens Applied Research Centre (ARC), a nonprofit organization that collaborates with thought leaders around the world in academia, government and industry to advance the science of human performance assessment and enhancement.

Monica Cornetti

Founder and CEO, Sententia Gamification


Featured on the cover of Bloomberg Businessweek, Monica works with individuals and organizations who want to learn how to think differently to achieve uncommon results. A gamification speaker and designer, Monica was rated #1 among the “Gamification Gurus Power 100” by RISE in 2015 and 2016, and in 2016 was also recognized as a Top 3 Finalist in the “Gamification Guru of the Year Award” by the World Gamification Congress held in Barcelona, Spain.

Monica is the Founder and CEO of the Sententia Gamification Consortium and the author of the book Totally Awesome Training Activity Guide: Put Gamification to Work for You. Monica is hired for her skill as a gamification speaker and is considered at the top of her field in gamification design for corporate learning.

She is a graduate of Seton Hill with a BA in psychology, and The University of Houston-Victoria where she earned a Masters Degree in Economic Development and Entrepreneurship, voted by Forbes Small Business as one of the top 5 programs for entrepreneurial education in the country.

Steven T. Dahlberg

Creative Engagement Director, Training Magazine

Steven T. Dahlberg manages Training magazine's social media networks, curates shared learning experiences for their online Peer-Learning Communities, and helps the conference group intentionally design new and different elements that creatively engage participants. He has 25 years of experience collaborating with diverse experts from around the world to help people better understand how to tap into and apply both individual and collective creative thinking. He founded and directs the International Centre for Creativity and Imagination and was a founding board member of the National Creativity Network. Steven authored the foreword to the book Education is Everybody's Business: A Wake-Up Call to Advocates of Educational Change by Berenice Bleedorn; co-hosts the Creativity in Play radio show; authored the white paper on creativity, arts and aging for Americans for the Arts; and co-authored the “Beyond X and Y” blog on generations at work for Talent Management magazine. He’s appeared in Training magazine, on Connecticut Public Radio and in other media. 

April Dennis

Program Director, Future Problem Solving Program International

With a background in advanced curriculum strategies and highly engaging learning techniques, April Dennis enjoys being part of a student-driven organization designed to promote students as leaders. Expertise includes pedagogy and strategies for critical and creative thinking. April has filled multiple roles providing quality educational services for students and adults in both the United States and internationally. Prior to joining FPSPI, April earned her National Board certification while teaching elementary school and Gifted Education for 13 years. A graduate of the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and the University of South Florida with a Masters in Gifted Education, April’s passion is providing challenging curriculum for 21st century students so they are equipped with problem solving and ethical leadership skills for the future.

Steve Haskin

President and Chief Creator, Industrial Strength Learning

Steve Haskin, MFA, has produced hundreds of projects that are technical and uniquely artistic, involving images, sounds and text. At the University of Michigan, he worked in the operating room and studio to create educational surgery videos; at Borders he was a marketing website guru; and now, for his clients, he creates training media that works. When he’s not in the studio, Steve trains and speaks at conferences for Training magazine, eLearning Guild and ATD. He is also a sommelier.

Nick Howe

Chief Learning Officer, Area9; and Strategic Advisor, Institute for Simulation and Training, University of Central Florida

Nick Howe is a senior executive with substantial experience building global corporate learning functions and a global professional services capability. He has a strong background in developing strategies and translating visions into operating plans, as well as excellent multi-region matrix management skills. Nick is an advisory board member for ExpertKnowledge, and previously served as vice president of learning and collaboration at Hitachi.

David Metcalf

Founding Director, Mixed Merging Technology Integration Lab, University of Central Florida's Institute for Simulation & Training

David S. Metcalf, Ph.D. has more than 20 years’ experience in design and research of web-based and mobile technologies converging to enable learning and healthcare. Recent efforts include the development of mobile technology strategies for Tufts University and University of Central Florida medical schools. He combines an academic grounding and continued university involvement with a strong history of industry-centered training and simulation, providing learning innovations for Google, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, Tyco and many others. As a research faculty member with the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Simulation and Training and head of the Mixed Emerging Technology Integration Lab, which he founded in 2006, Dr. Metcalf continues to bridge the gap between corporate learning and simulation techniques and non-profit and social entrepreneurship. Simulation, mobilization, mobile patient records and medical decision support systems, visualization systems, scalability models, secure mobile data communications, gaming, innovation, management and operational excellence are current research topics. Dr. Metcalf frequently presents at industry and research events, shaping business strategy and use of technology to improve learning, health and human performance.

Randall Shumaker

Director, University of Central Florida's Institute for Simulation & Training

Randall Shumaker directs the operations of the Institute for Simulation & Training. Previously Superintendent, Information Technology Division, Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, DC, he brings considerable expertise in human-machine interface and artificial intelligence to the institute and UCF. His personal research interests include artificial intelligence, biomorphic computing methods, and advanced techniques for software development. As a former Presidential rank Senior Executive, US Voting Member in the NATO IST Panel, and frequent reviewer and advisor for military research programs he has significant insight into military and high consequence civilian applications of technology. He has had significant success in transitioning successful research from academia into government and industry. Shumaker is the author of more than fifty scientific publications and is a frequent speaker on a variety of technical topics. He has served as a reviewer for several professional publications and for federal agencies including DARPA, DDR&E, ONR, NASA, and ARL. He received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania, is a Professional Engineer, and a Commercial Pilot, SEL, MEL, IA.

Marianne Solomon

Executive Director of Future Problem Solving Program International

Prior to devoting her career to FPSPI, Marianne Solomon participated in all areas and levels of education. After teaching in the elementary classroom, Marianne received her Master’s Degree in Gifted Education and moved on to teach Gifted English, Gifted Seminars for high school students, and Theory of Knowledge in the International Baccalaureate Programme before coordinating the Accelerated Programs/Gifted Program for Brevard County Public Schools in Florida and directing the Florida Future Problem Solving Program. In addition to implementing many positive changes within FPSPI, Marianne was honored in 2012 with the E. Paul Torrance Award from the Creativity Network of National Association for Gifted Children. This award is presented to individuals “whose work facilitates the enhancement and spread of creativity ...”. As Executive Director, Marianne has been instrumental in expanding FPSPI’s international scope and continues to encourage problem solving, creativity, and thinking skills within education around the globe. In 2015, Marianne also became the Executive Director of Center for Creative Thinking to encourage Creative Problem Solving throughout the academic arena. 


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