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    17
    Sep

    Mark Melymick

    B. Ed University of Saskatchewan,  M.F.A.  Brooklyn College of the City University of New York , Honors English Specialist, University of Toronto  Certificate, Independent Film and Television Producers Program, Centennial College. 

    Mark presently is a professor and program coordinator for the Performing Arts Preparation Program at Sheridan institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, where he has held this position since 2003.  He has extensive experience as a professional actor, writer and teacher.  He is a published playwright [Second Chance, The Marriage of Rodeo, A Reason to Live, Rainbow Café, Everyman] and has optioned a screenplay “The Nutana Boys” which recently received telefilm funding.

     He has numerous television and movie credits including recurring roles on Due South and Flash Forward and was a guest lead on the remake of the Cagney and Lacey TV movie, [his performance received a glowing review in the Hollywood industry magazine “Variety”]. He has also performed in dozens of Television commercials.

    His professional stage debut was at Twenty-fifth Street Theatre. He is also one of the founders of the long running improv show, “The Saskatoon Soaps”, and performed in the first season of “Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan”.

    In New York, Mark played “The Magistrate” in the Off-Broadway production of The Ecstasy of Rita Joe and was the director-founder of the “The Village Soaps” improv troupe.  He studied in New York and received his MFA under the guidance and direction of Academy award winning actor, F. Murray Abraham and Obie award winning Playwright and Director, Jack Gelber.

    In Toronto, he studied with Al Waxman, with whom he also worked as an actor on Scales of Justice and Twice in a Lifetime.

    Mark won a comedy contest while in university and later performed Stand-up comedy at Yuk Yuk’s in Toronto, The Comedy Store in London, UK, The Gilded Balloon, in Edinburgh, Scotland, The Improv in New York, Paradise Island in The Bahamas, and the Comedy Shoe in Saskatoon. In Saskatoon he also wrote and produced the extremely popular comedy revue MADNESS.

    Before joining the Sheridan faculty, Mark taught High School Drama for 17 years, mostly at White Oaks Secondary School where he was Head of Performing Arts.  While there, he directed numerous plays including A Midsummer Nights Dream, Twelfth Night, Little Shop of Horrors, Guys and Dolls, Inherit the Wind, All in the Timing, Rainbow Café, Second Chance…to name a few.

    He has received a Sask Arts Board Grant, Canada Council “B” grant, and most recently Telefilm funding for his writing.

    He was elected Vice President, External Affairs for the ACTRA, where he served on council for two terms until stepping down in 2001 when returned to teaching.  In 2005, he was elected to serve his third three year term as Co-Chair of Audio Visual, Live Performing Arts on the Board of Directors for the Cultural Human Resources Council.  He has chaired several working committees developing numerous Arts curriculum documents.

    He is proud Canadian and a strong promoter of Canadian Culture…but is most proud of co-producing his two sons Luke and Lee.

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    15
    Sep
    Anjuli Ahooja

    Anjuli Ahooja

    Anjuli Ahooja has a PhD in Physics and 17 years combined experience in research, e-learning, teaching, publishing, faculty supervision, academic administration, and curriculum writing, at University, College and High School level.

    Currently, Anjuli is the AP Physics teacher for the Science Department at Appleby College, an elite Independent High School in Oakville. Prior to this, Anjuli was Associate Dean / Chair of Electronics Engineering Technology programs at DeVry College of Technology.

    Anjuli has extensive experience in e-learning; and development, implementation, maintenance, assessment, accreditation and revisions of curriculum. She has developed grades 11 and 12 online courses with voice-over and write-over PPT presentations, worksheets, teacher notes and experiments.

    Recently, Anjuli was sponsored by Canadian Light Source Inc. (Synchrotron facility at U of Saskatchewan) to present at the Science on Stage Canada conference. She is a member of NSTA’s College Teaching Committee and STAO Safety Committee. Anjuli is an active member of SCCAO, and OAPT.

    Anjuli is a unit author for Pearson Publisher’s text PhysicsSource11. Her paper on “Problem Solving is not a Problem” was also published in STAO’s magazine Crucible. She has also worked with McGraw Hill Ryerson as a member of their technology and academic teams, and also as an author of the physics strands of their grade 9 and 10 HW books.

    For six summers, Anjuli taught the second term physics course at McMaster University. She was a member of the team to do a review of the grade 11 and 12 physics curriculum at the Ministry’s Assessment and Evaluation Branch.

    Anjuli initiated and led the FIRST Robotics team at Appleby College for three years. The team won the Rookie All Star and Regional Championship. At DeVry, she led numerous ‘Women in Technology’ workshops. Her interests include, learning new technologies, helping new immigrants, traveling, meeting people, cooking, watching television.

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    13
    Sep
    Bob Fleck

    Bob Fleck

    Educated at Albert College and McMaster University, Bob Fleck has spent nearly half a century in advertising and communications. Winning awards in New York, Hollywood, Chicago and many Canadian centres, Bob produced and/or directed over 1000 national radio and TV ads in Canada and the U.S. In the past 20 years he has also created hundreds of videos, including about 85 pro bono projects for non-profit organizations, for which he has raised the funds or underwrote himself. These projects run the gamut from addictions to kids in trouble to homelessness, intellectual disabilities and a number of projects related to health care. Of these last, many have centred on women’s cancer supportive care.

    Bob has dedicated himself to helping newly diagnosed female cancer patients to see the upside of their cancer journey. “The sooner we get them thinking positively, the better will be their outcomes.” Bob Fleck has, so far, done 7 projects on this subject, some passive, such as celebrating the wonderful volunteer work of Wellspring, Wellwood and Breast Cancer Support Services and some more active. This spring Bob took on the giant task of capturing The International Breast Cancer Dragon Boat Festival, in a 30 minute documentary, “because it is too good a story to go into the ether.” 2,007 women and 3 men, from all over the world, gathered in Peterborough to further one of the most exciting developments in improving the lives of breast cancer patients. “This documentary will help many thousands of women and some men to become involved in this sport for fun, for camaraderie and, in many cases, to dramatically reduce the negative impact of cancer on their lives. We need to get the word out to help people with cancer to take control and help themselves.” Bob lives in Oakville with his wife, Shelagh and daughter, Beatrice, who attends Sheridan College.

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    12
    Sep
    Avrim Katzman

    Avrim Katzman

    For over 25 years Avrim Katzman has been the senior professor in the internationally renowned Computer Animation Program at Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning as well as the founding Director and principal investigator of Sheridan’s first research institute, the Visualization Design Institute. He teaches Game Design and Theory, and Game Development, in the Communications Culture and Information Technology Program, a joint program with the University of Toronto, and is the curriculum architect of Sheridan’s Bachelor of Applied Arts degree in Game Design. Prof. Katzman’s current research focuses on the use of video games to improve cognitive functioning in older adults and the application of game technologies to feature film production.

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    11
    Sep
    Janice Price

    Janice Price

    Janice Price brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the performing arts arena to her position of CEO for Luminato. She most recently served for four and a half years as President and CEO of The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, and was both the Interim Executive Director and Vice President of Marketing and Communications at New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts prior to that appointment.

    Previous to her professional engagements in the United States, Price held senior positions at a number of Toronto arts organizations, including the Hummingbird Centre for the Performing Arts and Roy Thomson Hall and Massey Hall. From 1992 – 1996 Price was the Director of Marketing and Special Projects for the Stratford Festival. Price is a past board member of the Toronto Dance Theatre and Vice President of the Shakespeare Theatre Association of America. She continues to actively participate in the arts community as a current member of the board for the Toronto Arts Council Foundation (TACF) and for the International Society of Performing Arts (ISPA).

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