ISPI 2017 Conference Recap and Kidney Walk

It’s been a busy week for ISPI Montreal!

We had such a great night at the ISPI 2017 Conference recap, June 7. Most in attendance had not attended the conference but got a chance to sample its Montreal flavour. They joined Montreal-area presenters at various round tables and experienced most aspects of the conference.

Great turnout for a nice summer evening!
Great turnout for a nice summer evening!

In one room, at Concordia University, attendees could take in a taste of the Masters Series, the Executive Buzz panel, the Community Service Project and Round Tables.

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Daniel Poliquin, Senior Management Consultant at IBM Global Business Services, presented about Design Thinking,

Daniel Poliquin, left, and colleague Benoit Meunier, right
Daniel Poliquin, left, and colleague Benoit Meunier, right

Iris Almeida-Côté, Chief Executive Office at Innova Connect, discussed how performance improvement professionals can connect quickly and effectively with executives.

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Iris Almeida-Côté, middle

ISPI Montreal’s Community Service Project team was represented by Elizabeth Lakoff and Alice Isac. They shared the findings of their project with the Kidney Foundation. See http://bit.ly/2qJ5dAI for more detail.

Elizabeth Lakoff and Alice Isac give props to fellow ISPI 2017 presenter Will Thalheimer
Elizabeth Lakoff and Alice Isac give props to fellow ISPI 2017 presenter Will Thalheimer


The round tables were also represented by one of ISPI Montreal’s own. Margarita Zakorovotnaya presented her research regarding the professional recognition of instructional designers.

Students and volunteers were showcased in another room. Case competition winners Laila Ali and Sara Vitale from Team Boost shared their exhaustive competition experience.

Case competition winners Laila Ali and Sara Vitale
Case competition winners Laila Ali and Sara Vitale


Student Poster Sessions presenters included Victoria Gudgeon and Anna Hunt with their PI project for the Just for Kids Foundation and Natia Arabuli with her exercise in reflexive practice and the transformative power of instructional design.

Victoria Gudgeon and Anna Hunt, middle
Victoria Gudgeon and Anna Hunt, middle


Natia Arabuli, middle
Natia Arabuli, middle

Finally, our awesome conference volunteers Xinru Yang and Melanie Briand discussed how they found a community of engaged professionals and kindred spirits at this, their first ISPI conference.

Xinru Yang and Melanie Briand, middle
Xinru Yang and Melanie Briand, middle

For their generous assistance, ISPI Montreal wishes to thank the following sponsors:

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Members of ISPI Montreal were back at it June 11, walking the talk at the Kidney Foundation Kidney Walk. Family members, four-legged and otherwise, joined in. ISPI Montreal was raising funds to help people living with kidney disease and to promote awareness of the need for organ donation.

Of course, ISPI Montreal also took on the task of helping the Kidney Foundation, Quebec Division, find out the reasons why the 2016 Kidney Walk had been so successful. It was all part of the ISPI Community Service Project. More at http://bit.ly/2qJ5dAI #BeingBetterMatters

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Dalia Radwan, Margarita Zakorovotnaya and Sonia Di Maulo, middle, with family members

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