Meet our Education Team
Debbie Opoku-Mulder (she/her)
Making Change Speaker | Facilitator | Panellist
Debbie holds a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology. She is a registered psychotherapist, speaker and a mental health advocate. Debbie is passionate about equipping individuals and groups with the tools and resources needed to educate and motive themselves to be innovative and creative. Her work is guided from an anti-oppressive, healing focused, trauma informed and anti-Black racism lens.
As a therapist for 13 years, Debbie works to erase the stigma associated with mental health and giving people the tools they need to share their story and recognize that they are not alone on this journey. Debbie is proficient in providing trainings and her talks are informed by her direct experience with stigma and the mental health care system. She brings her diverse and unique perspective to every audience.
Maria Ellis (she/her)
Art Engagement Presenter | Coordinator
Maria brings over a decade of experience in public speaking, training, and facilitating businesses and service providers on diversity, equity, and inclusion within the beauty industry. She is very passionate about advocating the importance of representation of the Black, Indigenous and People Of Colour communities through beauty, arts, and entertainment.
Shortly after her journey began, Maria's expertise gained the interest of online content creators and major beauty brands. This interest has directed her path and experiences in sharing her knowledge to expand beyond the beauty industry including as an international speaker at the Fearless Women’s Summit, 2019 and becoming a certified Life Coach Practitioner. Maria’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion mindset is deeply rooted in her messaging. She truly believes that this much-needed change in our social climate will be for the greater good.
Aliza Blair (she/her)
Making Change Presenter | Facilitator
Aliza has a strong sense of commitment, a passion for excellence and a contagious enthusiasm that has given her the drive to succeed in sales and marketing. Aliza’s self-discipline and resourcefulness is seen with her dedication to her community and her clients. She learned quickly that clear communication is important in building professional growth and sharing her message of empowerment. Her ambition came from overcoming the challenges she was faced with when she immigrated from Kenya to Canada as a young girl.
Aliza is an award winning real estate agent for Keller Williams Real Estate Associates and has an education background in media, journalism and public relations. Both her work with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Star and as a local ambassador for ParkBench.com has helped her to hone those skills. She is also the Vice President of the Wasaga Beach Women’s Business Association. As a performer and singer she has learned the power we have in using our voice to teach, share and learn.
Rhiannon Hoover (they/she)
Making Change Speaker | Facilitator | Panellist
Rhiannon is a multidisciplinary artist raised on Treaty 18 territory (Barrie, ON). They take pride in the many intersections of their identity, including being Black (mixed race), non-binary femme, and queer which heavily informs their artistry and activism. She will be graduating from Sheridan College’s Honours Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance program in May 2022, where she has been actively working to dismantle institutional systems of oppression through several advisement, research and leadership positions.
Rhiannon’s artistic background includes musical theatre, dance, writing, makeup, drag performance and creative direction amongst others. They believe their creative purpose is to offer healing and inspiration to others through their own authentic existence. All of her work as an artist, activist and educator is centred around anti-racism and anti-oppression. She is committed to sharing her perspective and knowledge in hopes that her work will have a positive impact within our community.
Meet our Education Partners
Aaron Barth, Ph. D (he/him)
Founder & President, Dialectic
Aaron Barth is an innovator working at the convergence of science, smart design and technology to change behaviour and transform organizations.
His deep expertise in critical thinking, decision-making and problem-solving is grounded by a PhD in Philosophy from Western University. Inspired by the need for transformational, evidence-based solutions to business challenges, he left a burgeoning career in academia to launch Dialectic in 2010.
Dialectic and Learning Snippets have been partners with Making Change since 2021, providing their proprietary DEI educational programs.
Madelaine Khan (she/her)
Facilitator & Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Consultant
Madelaine is passionate about equity, diversity, and inclusion; she has written on topics such as Enquiry-Based Learning, the intersections between race and gender, and the challenges of large class sizes. Through her private practice as a learning strategist, Madelaine provides a variety of services to students, including tutoring and academic advising, to help students navigate accessibility challenges both in and beyond the classroom. Her work has been published in scholarly journals such as Teaching, Learning & Innovations and Footnotes, and presented at multiple conferences, including those at the University of Guelph and the University of Western Ontario. Madelaine holds an MA in Science & Technology Studies from York University.
In addition to working as a learning strategist, Madelaine works as a professor at Georgian College, where she uses her expertise to facilitate challenging conversations in her classrooms by lecturing on topics such as privilege, intersectionality, decolonization, and medical racism. At Georgian, she has made a commitment to decolonizing her curriculum and has completed the 12-month Decolonization & Indigenization Program, serves as a member of the EDI Working Circle, and often acts as an EDI consultant and curriculum developer on projects, such as the Mnaajidiwin Project.