For an Equitable Future: Girls and Women Empowerment at the Heart of Educational Innovations

OBVIA is launching a new series of conferences under the theme “Let’s Talk EDI in AI and Digital Technology” where experts from various sectors and civil society will be invited to reflect and exchange on issues of equity, diversity and inclusion related to the development, deployment and use of artificial intelligence and digital technology.

On this International Women’s Day, we invite you to our first roundtable organized in collaboration with Nadia Naffi, holder of the Chair in Educational Leadership in Innovative Pedagogical Practices in Digital Contexts – National Bank and co-head of OBVIA’s Education and Empowerment research theme. Four innovators with exceptional journeys will discuss the pedagogy of the future for the empowerment of girls and women.


Lyse Langlois
Executive Director, OBVIA

Lyse Langlois est professeure titulaire au Département des relations industrielles depuis 2002, spécialiste en gestion ainsi qu’en éthique organisationnelle et appliquée. Elle est aussi directrice de l’Institut d’éthique appliquée (IDÉA) de l’Université Laval depuis 2016. Ses travaux de recherche portent sur la décision éthique et la formalisation de l’éthique dans les pratiques, plus particulièrement la chercheure explore les concepts de leadership, dilemme, souffrances sensibilité et culture éthiques. Les impacts sociaux et éthiques de l’intelligence artificielle et du numérique retiennent plus particulièrement son attention en recherche. Elle a publié en 2021 avec C. Regis, Analyzing the Contribution of Ethical Charters to Building the Future of Artificial Intelligence Governance. Vol 12600 chez Vol 12600 chez Springer. Elle a reçu en octobre 2018 le Willower Award of Excellence.


Kate Arthur
Founder & CEO
Kids Code Jeunesse

Kate Arthur is the founder and CEO of Kids Code Jeunesse (KCJ), a national charity that has introduced computational thinking and coding to over 350,000 kids and across Canada. In 2019, KCJ launched #kids2030, an initiative that will educate 1,000,000 kids and 50,000 educators on artificial intelligence, ethics, and on using technology to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Global Goals by 2030. Kate was raised and educated in the U.K., Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Argentina and Canada, and has witnessed the powers of an educated country and an uneducated one. Kate is a member of the Public Awareness Working Group set up by the Government of Canada’s Advisory Council on Artificial Intelligence, and a member of the Canada’s National Science, Engineering, Research Council’s (NSERC) Promoscience Selection Committee.

Nadia Bhuiyan
Vice-Provost, Partnerships and Experiential Learning
Professor, Mechanical, Industrial and Aerospace Engineering
University Concordia

Dr. Nadia Bhuiyan obtained her bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Concordia University and her MSc and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University. Her research focuses on product development processes, dealing with the design, development, production, and distribution of goods and services. Dr. Bhuiyan served as Associate Director and Director of Education of the Concordia Institute of Aerospace Design and Innovation, and Director of the Master of Aerospace Engineering program. She currently serves as Vice-Provost of Partnerships and Experiential Learning.

Elizabeth S. Charles
Educational Technology & Learning Sciences Researcher
SALTISE Co-Director
Dawnson College

Dr. Elizabeth S. Charles is a faculty-researcher at Dawson College, Montreal, Quebec. She is the co-Director of SALTISE, a community of practice that supports over 1500 educators. Charles has a PhD in Educational Technology, Concordia University, a post-doctorate in Learning Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, and has been a visiting researcher with the Virtual Math Teams project, Drexel University, Philadelphia. Her research includes: physics education, conceptual change, active learning instruction, future learning spaces.

Ann-Louise Davidson
Professor, Department of Education
Research Chair in Maker Culture
Concordia University

Ann-Louise Davidson est détentrice de la Chaire de recherche en culture “maker” de l’Université Concordia, Directrice du Laboratoire d’innovation, Directrice adjointe de l’Institut Milieux pour l’art, la culture et la technologie et professeure agrégée en technologie éducative, Département d’éducation. Avant de se joindre à l’Université Concordia, la professeure Davidson a été post-doctorante à l’Université Carleton et a enseigné dans des écoles primaires et secondaires publiques et privées. Elle détient un Doctorat en Psychopédagogie, un Maîtrise en Administration Éducationnelle et Fondements de l’Université d’Ottawa, un Baccalauréat en Éducation et un Baccalauréat en Littérature Françaises et Arts Visuels. Son travail porte sur la culture “maker”, l’innovation sociale et l’inclusion, et les pratiques pédagogiques innovantes avec les technologies numériques. Elle est experte en recherche-action qui engage les participants dans la co-construction des connaissances.


Participants who wish to obtain a certificate of attendance of this event can indicate it in the registration form. It will be sent by e-mail by the OBVIA in the days following the event. Each participant is then responsible for taking the necessary steps to have their attendance recognized as a continuing education activity by their educational institution, their employer or their professional order.

This event will be held in French and in English.

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