Did you know that 85% of jobs that will exist in 2030 have not been invented yet?

We know that teachers are passionate about preparing students for their best future and providing them with as many resources and options as possible – and we’d like to help.

The Opening Doors Project has been designed to build capacity, comfort, and resources for high school teachers when talking about tech and the careers available in this exciting, fast-paced, growing sector. In celebration of the project, we are inviting educators to join us for an evening of stories, conversation, and connections as we open the doors between the tech industry and education.

This initiative is in partnership with Digital Nova Scotia, Salesforce.org, the Discovery Centre, HRCE, AVRCE and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

Doors open at 5:30pm.

Our speakers include:

Melanie Little, CEO and co-founder, vlife
Melanie started her career as an elementary school teacher, but from day one in the classroom – she realized how little the system allowed her to facilitate learning in the way she had learned that children learn best. She stopped teaching when her children were born and stayed home to raise, and then home educate, them both. It was then that she was finally able to facilitate learning in the way that she’d learned in her BEd Program – from a place of interest and relevance and with a strong reliance on the profound and varied learning opportunities facilitated by technology. Melanie was fascinated with the ease with which her own children learned and flourished as compared to her public-school students. Pursuing further educational research, she has been working on writing a book – to help disseminate the vast body of knowledge on how humans learn best, outside of pedagogic circles, and get it into the hands of parents, educators, and policy makers. In addition to her ongoing book research and writing, Melanie is an active board member of the Nova Scotia Home Education Association – a not-for profit that supports homeschooling families across the province. She is also CEO and co-founder of vlife: a support local online marketplace exclusively for small independent businesses. Like many working parents she wears many hats, but her love of educational research continues – and educational reform remains a cause very much close to her heart.

Jordan Kyriakidis, President & CEO, QRA Corp
Jordan has 18 years experience leading diverse teams of driven and high-performance individuals; first as a scientist with numerous international publications, and now as Cofounder and CEO of QRA Corp, an emerging Design Verification company. QRA’s products help companies and governments identify and mitigate technical risk in complex projects from the RFP-stage onwards, especially projects involving the introduction of new technologies in regulated industries.

Jordan has lived and worked in Europe, the US, and in Canada. He holds a PhD, summa cum laude, in Quantum Theory from the University of Basel, Switzerland.



Dr. Amélie Lemieux, Assistant Professor of Literacies, Mount Saint Vincent University
Amélie Lemieux, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Literacies at Mount Saint Vincent University. Her research interests revolve around visual and written literacies, aesthetics in art and literacy education, and literacy practices in the 21st century. Her original contributions to literacy and aesthetic reception were recognized by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), especially with the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Scholarships both at the Master’s and PhD levels. She completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Centre for Research in Multiliteracies, Brock University. She now works towards shaping debates on the relevance of investigating and valuing subjectivity as a main denominator of meaning-making in multimodal literacies, and intends on further informing pedagogical practices in the literature classroom, specifically in light of fulfilling the competency of “exploring diverse texts of literature”, both at the college and high school levels.


Brian Aspinall – Teacher, Speaker, Coder, Maker
Brian Aspinall is an educator, best selling author and considered one of the brightest STEAM innovators in Canadian education. His books Code Breaker and Block Breaker continue to top the charts in STEAM Education with a focus on rethinking assessment and evaluation. Recently he was awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence for his work with coding and computational thinking. His enthusiasm, thought leadership, and approach to building capacity within STEM education has made him a sought after speaker throughout North America and has earned him the honour of being selected as Canada’s first Minecraft, Micro:BiT, and Makey Makey Ambassadors!




Halifax Central Library

Date(s) - 03/06/2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm