Keynote Speakers

Keynote #1: Jess Mitchell

Jess Mitchell

We welcome Jess Mitchell as one of the Keynote speakers at Festival.


Jess is often a misfit, values a critical perspective, and appreciates the messy parts of human interaction. Additionally, she has a fondness for things in 3s and a background in Ethics.

Jess Mitchell is Senior Manager, Research + Design at the Inclusive Design Research Centre at OCAD University in Toronto and is part of the Fluid design project. Stay tuned for more details on Jess’ Keynote in the coming weeks.

Keynote #2: Kevin Lamoureux

Kevin Lamoureux

Welcome, Kevin Lamoureux to Festival of Learning as the second of three Keynote events.


Kevin Lamoureux is a Faculty member at the University of Winnipeg and a well known public speaker. He has served as Associate Vice President for the University of Winnipeg, Education Lead for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, and as Scholar in Residence for several school divisions.

An award winning scholar with an impressive publication and research grant record, Kevin has consulted for governments, organizations and institutions across Canada. His most recent book contribution, Ensouling Our Schools with Dr. Jennifer Katz, is being used by educators across Canada working to create inclusive spaces for all students.

Kevin has been seen on TV, in documentaries, in print, and in the media. More than anything, he is committed to reconciliation and contributing to an even better Canada for all children to grow up in.

Keynote #3: The Perfect System of Post-Secondary Education

What is more disruptive and transformative than talking about the complete dismantling of our current system of post-secondary education, and the rebuilding of a new one?  Keynote Tanysha Klassen, Chairperson of the BC Federation of Students, will lead us through the issues facing students in every facet of our post-secondary system and what can be done to make education more equitable, accessible, affordable, and high quality.  What is the perfect system of post-secondary education? What does it look like? What needs to change? And what will happen if it doesn’t?  These questions and the opportunities they present will be tackled in this keynote session. 

Tanysha Klassen

Presenter: Tanysha Klassen

Tanysha Klassen joins the incredible Keynote Speakers lineup for Festival of Learning.


Tanysha Klassen, Chairperson of the British Columbia Federation of Students, has years of experience in advocating for post-secondary students across British Columbia including campaigning against increased tuition fees, poor government funding of the post-secondary sector, and access to affordable and open-source textbooks.

As a recent graduate of Douglas College with an Honours Degree in Psychology, Tanysha’s interests lie in advocating for students from marginalized backgrounds such as queer students, students with accessibility needs, racialized students, and international students. Being one of four children of a single mom, Tanysha’s advocacy efforts also focus strongly on fighting for the needs of students from low socio-economic backgrounds and those students who cannot even access BC’s post-secondary system.