The final conference program is now available.  You will receive a hard copy when you register in Whistler.

Conference at a Glance

Detailed Schedule

Keynote Speaker Profiles

Featured Speaker Profiles

Conference at a Glance

  • the majority of sessions are at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler
  • the remaining sessions are at the Westin Resort & Spa and the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre
  • there will be shuttle service between the two hotels, which is otherwise a fifteen minute walk
  • mini-courses (3 hour workshops) run Thursday 2:00-5:00
  • the opening keynote address is Thursday evening at 7:30
  • sessions are either 45 or 100 minutes and run all day Friday from 8:30 until 4:15 and Saturday morning from 8:30 until 11:15

Detailed Schedule

12:00 - 7:00 Registration Fairmont
2:00 - 5:00 Mini-courses Fairmont
7:30 - 9:00 Opening Keynote Address - Ron Lancaster Fairmont
7:00 - 2:00 Registration Fairmont
8:30 - 4:15 45 and 100 minute sessions Fairmont, Westin, and 
Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre
4:30 - 5:15 Ignite Session Fairmont
7:00 - 8:20 Breakfast Keynote - Egan Chernoff Fairmont
8:30 - 11:15 45 and 100 minute sessions Fairmont and Westin
11:30 - 12:30 Closing Keynote - Simon Singh Fairmont

Keynote Speakers

Thursday Night Keynote: Ron Lancaster

Ron is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Toronto. He has over 20 years of experience teaching middle and high school mathematics. Ron's professional activities outside of the classroom includes consultations for organizations and independent and international schools and presentations at conferences in North America, Asia, England, Abu Dhabi and Africa; author for the NCTM (Media Clips and the Mathematical Lens); National Instructor for Texas Instruments and member of the Advisory Board for the Museum of Mathematics in New York City.

Ron is well known for his expertise in designing Math Trails. Ron has created these mathematical walking tours in Toronto, numerous cities in the US, Bangkok, Abu Dhabi, Accra, Nanjing and in Singapore where over 7000 students and hundreds of teachers have enjoyed his walks. Ron has also developed Math Trails for The Avenues School, The Museum of Mathematics and Math for America in New York City at MoMA, Museum of Natural History, Ellis Island, Bronx Zoo, Madison Square Park, NYU, Columbia University and on the High Line.

Saturday Breakfast Keynote: Egan Chernoff

Dr. Egan Chernoff is an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon. Egan is a former Vancouver high school mathematics teacher who has kept his research interest and activities close to the classroom. He consults regularly with teachers, schools, school districts, and ministries of education on issues of teaching and learning, and has a special interest in curating and commenting on the debates on mathematics education across Canada, especially through social media.



Saturday Closing Keynote: Simon Singh

Simon Singh, MBE is a British author who has specialised in writing about mathematical and scientific topics in an accessible manner. His written works include Fermat's Last Theorem, The Code Book (about cryptography and its history), Big Bang (about the Big Bang theory and the origins of the universe), Trick or Treatment? Alternative Medicine on Trial (about complementary and alternative medicine) and The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets (about mathematical ideas and theorems hidden in episodes of The Simpsons and Futurama). Singh has also produced documentaries and works for television to accompany his books, is a trustee of NESTA, the National Museum of Science and Industry and co-founded the Undergraduate Ambassadors Scheme.




Featured Speakers (alphabetically):


Trevor Brown


Gail Burrill

Gail Burrill is currently an academic specialist in the Program for Mathematics Education at Michigan State University and was a secondary teacher and department chair in suburban Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for more than 28 years. She received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics, served as president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and served as Director of the Mathematical Sciences Education Board. Burrill co-chaired the College Board Commission on the Calculus Framework and is currently a member of the College Board’s Advanced Placement Calculus Development Committee. She directs the Teachers Program component of the Park City Mathematics Institute, chairs the United States National Commission on Mathematical Instruction, and is a T3 National Instructor. Her research interests are statistics education, the use of technology in teaching mathematics, and professional development for mathematics teachers.

Trevor Calkins

Trevor Calkins, creator and author of Power of Ten, has spent his adult life studying how children develop numeracy. As teacher and administrator, he thoughtfully observed children struggling with numeracy skills, who “just can’t do math”. Equally, teachers expressed frustration about their inability to “get through to the kids”.

After years of observation, questioning, and studying, Trevor concluded that many of the old methods of teaching numeracy and mathematics were not working; new approaches were required.

Power of Ten was the result of his effort.

Combining his experience with formal study of current brain research, Trevor has developed a system which guides teachers and give students a fresh and exciting way to develop numeracy skills.

Retired from teaching, Trevor now devotes his professional life to continuing work on Power of Ten and to disseminating information and material to teachers, schools, school districts, and parents. He lives with his wife Maureen in Victoria, BC. He has three grown children, and six grandchildren. In his rare moments of spare time, Trevor enjoys reading, music, hiking, and a good game of bridge.

Carole Fullerton

Carole Fullerton is a math educator and teacher-leader from Vancouver. She works in classrooms across BC, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories, supporting teachers to address diversity through good questions and the use of big math ideas. In her collaborative work, Carole engages teachers and their students in thought-full investigations of what it means to DO math - learning through exploration, talk and play. Carole has presented extensively both nationally and internationally and was a featured speaker at the 2014 NCTM Conference in New Orleans. She has authored and co-authored more than a dozen teacher resources, all of which are grounded in a teaching-though-problem-solving approach.

But her biggest accomplishment is her son Cameron — a confident, capable and flexible mathematician in his own right.

Please feel free to explore her blog at

Allison Hintz

Allison Hintz is an assistant professor of mathematics education in the School of Educational Studies at the University of Washington Bothell. She teaches mathematics courses for pre-service and practicing teachers. Her research focuses on school-based professional learning, specifically mathematical discussions. Allison is deeply committed to learning alongside teachers and understanding teaching practices that support all children in lively, robust mathematics learning. She is the author of Intentional Talk, co-written with Elham Kazemi. Allison was an elementary school teacher in the Pacific Northwest.



Robert Kaplinsky

Robert Kaplinsky has worked in education for over ten years as a classroom teacher, district math teacher specialist, and University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) instructor.  He graduated from UCLA with a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics / Applied Science (Computer Science) in 2000 and earned his Masters of Education in 2005.


He has presented and done professional development at many schools and universities across the United States.  Robert has been published by Education Week and the American Educational Research Association (AERA).  He has consulted for major publishers including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Pearson.  


Prior to working in education Robert worked as a website programmer for several years, building websites for companies such as Virgin Records, SeaWorld, and Budweiser.


In 2011, Robert was awarded the Downey Unified School District (DUSD) Superintendent’s Vision Award in the area of Student Achievement and in 2007 he won Raytheon MathMovesU Math Hero Award. He is currently working as Teacher Specialist in Mathematics in DUSD.



Elham Kazemi

Elham Kazemi is a professor of mathematics education and associate dean for professional learning at the University of Washington.  She loves to learn about children’s mathematical thinking, working side-by-side with teachers to develop thriving learning communities for teachers and students alike. She studies how schools can be organized for meaningful learning opportunities for teachers, leaders, and students.  This work is informed by equity-oriented research on organizational learning, children’s mathematical thinking, and classroom practice.   Her recent book co-authored with Allison Hintz, Intentional Talk, focuses on leading productive discussions in mathematics.



Geoff Krall

Geoff Krall is a Math and School Development Coach for the New Tech Network. He taught high school math in Texas, the last few of which were under the New Tech model, which emphasizes inquiry, collaboration, communication, and real-world connections. Geoff helped pioneer Problem-Based Learning in the network, which has become the predominant pedagogical approach in the network, and is gaining traction in the math education landscape at large.


He moved to Colorado to obtain a Masters degree at Colorado State University and to be closer to mountains. He now lives in Fort Collins with his wife, two children, two cats, and two chickens.


As a Math and School Development Coach, he travels to schools to support math teachers in their journey into inquiry and works with schools and systems to help redesign their educational experience for their students. You can find Geoff blogging occasionally at



Fawn Nguyen

Fawn Nguyen teaches math at Mesa Union Junior High in southern California. She started out as a science teacher for 14 years and has been teaching math for the last 10 years. Fawn is part of the UC-Santa Barbara Mathematics Project leadership team that presents at workshops and retreats for math teachers, coaches, and administrators in the Tri-County area. She is a co-founder of the Thousand Oaks Math Teachers’ Circle. In an effort to share and learn from other math teachers, Fawn blogs at Finding Ways. She also started to help students develop algebraic thinking. 



Janice Novakowski

Janice is interested in creating engaging environments for thinking and learning mathematics and experiencing mathematical inquiry. Janice has taught in a variety of contexts including preschool, primary classrooms and learning resource as well as taught pre-service teachers at UBC and facilitated professional learning for teachers in district roles. She has been involved with Ministry mathematics initiatives such as the Early Numeracy Project, Numeracy Performance Standards as well as being involved with mathematics curriculum development. She is currently a teacher consultant for the Richmond School District and a UBC PhD candidate. Current professional interests include Reggio-inspired and culturally responsive, place-based methodolgies for teaching and learning mathematics.


Janice maintains a K-12 Mathematics and Science blog for the Richmond School District which can be found here.



Barbara Ann Novelli

Barbara Novelli is a gifted educator, who has taught for over thirty years, working with young learners. Barbara’s expertise in the area of mathematics and science has helped her in her many distinguished positions: AIMS Foundation Associate Director, Teaching Consultant for CSIN (California Science Implementation Network), Mentor Teacher, Director of Staff & Curriculum and Finalist for the Presidential Award in Mathematics.  She was on the Board for Californi’s Kindergarten association and has presented and been keynote speaker for Kindergarten or K-1 conference in other states.   She now lives in Bend Oregon and is excited to work with Kindergarten Teachers in the Pacific Northwest!

She currently teaches the Math and Science Methods Course for George Fox University.

Barbara has written many articles about teaching mathematics and science to young learners, and her books Amazing Array of Math Games, and Over and Over are available!  She also was the principle writer of Cycles of Knowing and Growing and Bats Incredible which are AIMS publications.

Barbara has a real love for teaching teachers which she does with an incredible amount of energy and enthusiasm. She has taught and worked with hundreds of educators around the country, helping them solve problems, improve daily management, and understand and plan developmentally appropriate integrated curriculum.   Barbara is in Kindergarten, First and Pre School classrooms each week that she is not consulting.

Nathalie Sinclair

Nathalie Sinclair is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University and is the Canada Research Chair in Tangible Mathematics Learning. Her research focuses on the transformative use of digital technologies in mathematics teaching and learning, with a particular emphasis on spatial reasoning, gestures and aesthetics. She is co-author of the NCTM books Developing Essential Understandings of Geometry for Teaching Mathematics.

Marian Small

Dr. Marian Small is an author and leading math educator.  She is the former Dean of Education from the University of New Brunswick. She has been a professor of mathematics education for many years and is a regular speaker for K-12 mathematics throughout Canada and the US.



Andrew Stadel

Andrew Stadel explored middle school math with his students the past ten years in Orange County, California, before recently supporting teachers in his district as a Math and Digital Learning Coach. He believes estimation is key to building number sense and being a better problem solver. On his widely-acclaimed Estimation 180, Andrew shares estimation challenges each day of the school year with teachers and their students. Andrew also shares his passion and excitement for student thinking and mathematical exploration, presenting at national conferences and as a consultant at teacher trainings, helping teachers strengthen their instructional tool belts. When Andrew’s not covering file cabinets with sticky notes, he enjoys spending time with his wife, building Legos with his son, and shaping Play-doh with his daughter.



Kim Sutton

Kim Sutton is a fabulous presenter, who has taught thousands of teachers the joy and excitement of hands-on math. Kim’s teaching experience includes over 25 years of classroom teaching, time as a regional math specialist and as a university instructor. Kim has worked with over 150 districts nationally and internationally as a staff development consultant. Kim has a Master’s degree in Mathematics Education and has been the keynote speaker for state and regional math conferences. Kim has produced many wonderful math games and tools and is the author of 15 titles. Experience what others have learned—Kim Sutton is a dynamic, extraordinary educator whose enthusiasm and love for teaching are contagious! She gives you practical, easy to implement information and ideas that you will use for years. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to be thrilled, challenged, and energized!



Patrick Vennebush

When not solving problems, telling jokes, or playing Ultimate, Patrick Vennebush directs the development of digital math curriculum at Discovery Education. Formerly, he managed online projects for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and created professional development programs at PBS TeacherLine. He is the author of Math Jokes 4 Mathy Folks, the former chair of the question writing committee for MathCounts, and the current co-chair for the Popularization of Mathematics topic study group at ICME-13.