Thriving Classrooms: Toolkit in Practice

In this webinar, we will be joined by Rick Ezekiel from Dalhousie University and Nadine de Gannes from Ivey Business School to discuss The Thriving Classrooms toolkit. This toolkit offers faculty and educators a range of practical resources to create classroom conditions that promote community, academic, career and personal resilience among students. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn more about the toolkit, see practical examples of how elements of the toolkit have been implemented at Ivey Business School and OISE (University of Toronto), and identify next steps in how they may use resources in the toolkit to help students thrive in their classrooms.

Presenter Bio

Rick Ezekiel is the Vice-Provost, Student Affairs at Dalhousie University. Rick is also an Adjunct of the Faculty of Graduate Studies in Psychology and Neuroscience at Dalhousie, and sessional instructor in Applied Psychology and Human Development at the University of Toronto (OISE). Rick holds a PhD in Developmental Psychology and Education from the University of Toronto (OISE), and an MSc in Neuroscience from Western University. Rick’s research focuses on the impacts of marginalization and developmental adversity on postsecondary students’ learning and mental health. 

During his previous 12 years at Western University, Rick co-led the development of Western University’s Mental Health Strategic Plan, Indigenous Strategic Plan, and planning for the integration of campus health and wellness services into a single, state of the art Health and Wellness facility with a collaborative healthcare model.

Nadine de Gannes is the Faculty Director of the HBA Program and an Assistant Professor in Managerial Accounting and Control, and Sustainability. Nadine is also a member of Ivey’s EDI Advisory Council. She holds a Masters and PhD in Accounting from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an HBA from Ivey Business School.

In taking a sociological perspective in both her research and teaching, Nadine explores the interrelationships between accounting, power, and perceptions of worth. Her research interests now encompass the integration of ESG metrics into executive compensation, internal control systems and organizational culture.

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