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.
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.
Madelaine Khan (she/her)
Making Change Speaker | Facilitator &
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Consultant
Madelane 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.
Meet our Education Partners
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Consultant | Keynote Speaker | Co-founder ByBlacks.com
Camille Dundas spent almost 10 years working as a journalist in national television news. In 2017, she leaped into the tech industry, becoming a consultant with Hootsuite. Camille is also the co-founder and editor-in-chief of online magazine ByBlacks.com, ranked as the #1 Black online magazine in Canada. From this vantage point, Camille has become a public speaker on the topic of diversity, equity and inclusion. She is known for dropping disruptive truths - on stage and online - about why inclusion without intersectionality creates a space where good intentions go to die.
Her approach to DEI is anchored in intersectionality, with specific emphasis on the idea that effective diversity work must go beyond gender. Diversity and inclusion initiatives that try to group people into such categories as gender, ethnicity, and age provide a narrow view of what shapes our identities. No one is defined by a single category, we are influenced by our socialization, experiences, culture, and background. This is a core concept behind intersectionality. Her approach is also heavily rooted in explaining what allyship looks like and giving tangible steps to transforming how teams understand how this plays out in the workplace.
Through keynotes and workshops, Camille has helped kickstart these difficult conversations at both mid size and large scale companies such as Fiix Software, The Conference Board of Canada, TD Bank, KPMG, Investors Group and Enbridge.
Melissa Horne, PhD
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Consultant | Trainer | Researcher
Melissa Horne holds a PhD in modern U.S. History from Rutgers University. Specializing in the history of social justice movements, Melissa’s research has focused on the historic systems of racism and oppression with Universities and the ways in which students and faculty have organized movements to subvert and challenge these systems.
Melissa parlays her expertise by helping clients develop targeted and strategic social justice education campaigns, influencing the policies that affect people of colour, and the LGBTQ+ community.