Lapskahasit Cihkonagc, Nancy Harn, Stel Raven and Jenny Rowett

Title of Keynote Panel: “Research for Piluwitahasuwawsuwakon: A sharing circle with Ntutemok.”

When: March 21st 2019

Time: 9:30 – 10:30

Location: UNB Fredericton Campus (Wu Center – Aitken Room)

Description: This Sharing Circle will provide an opportunity for Ntutemok to share experiences of decolonizing research practices while providing recommendations for Piluwitahasuwawsuwakon as research findings are utilized to affect change in various spaces.

  1. Ntutemok is a Wolastoqey word meaning my friends who are helping me/co-researchers
  2. Piluwitahasuwawsuwakon is a Wolastoqey word meaning actions toward truth


Lapskahasit Cihkonagc (Christopher Brooks) is a Wolastoqi Elder, Sacred Pipe Carrier, and Sweat Lodge Conductor from Sitansisk (St. Mary’s community). He shares Indigenous Knowledges, including Traditional Aboriginal spirituality and ceremony, with all Peoples. He recently completed the Child and Youth Care with Addictions Support Worker program at Eastern College and he has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from STU.

Nancy Harn is a Mi’kmaw mother and grandmother from Ugpi’ganjig (Eel River Bar community). She is a MEd Candidate in the Faculty of Education at UNB where she is currently completing her counselling practicum through the Mi’kmaq-Wolastoqey Centre (MWC). She is a co-founder and the Wellness Coordinator for Ntulsonawt Wellness Centre at MWC.

Stel Raven, MSW, is from NunatuKavut. Currently residing in New Brunswick, they run a private practice specializing in complex trauma and issues relating to sexual orientation and gender identity.

Jenny L. Rowett is a PhD Candidate in the Faculty of Education at UNB. She is a Licensed Counselling Therapist, yoga and meditation teacher, and university instructor. She is a co-founder of Ntulsonawt Wellness Centre, and she is on a co-learning journey with Indigenous Elders, community members, and scholars in her doctoral work 

Dr. Marc Milner

Title of Keynote: “Skills to Last a Lifetime: Reflections on Graduate Education in History”

When: March 21st 2019

Time: 1:45 – 2:45 

Location: UNB Fredericton Campus (Wu Center – Aitken Room) 

Description: There are few jobs out there that say “Wanted: Historian!”  But earning a degree in History – or any Humanities degree – is solid preparation for a life of learning and earning. Effective problem solving and communication skills are the keys to success in any profession and can be the keys to life-long learning.  Indeed, the skill set of any History graduate student ought to provide them with what they need to prosper in a wide range of jobs. History: Not just what it used to be!

Bio: Marc Milner, is Professor of History and Director of the Brigadier Milton F Gregg VC Centre for the Study of War and Society at the University of New Brunswick. A native of Sackville, NB, Dr Milner received his Doctorate in 1983 from the University of New Brunswick. He served for three years as a historian with the Directorate of History, Department of National Defence, before joining the History Department at UNB in 1986. For two decades he served as Director of UNB’s Military and Strategic Studies Program, and for six years as Chair of UNB’s History Department. During his time at UNB Dr Milner has supervised nearly 80 graduate students through to completion, and for twenty years served on a number of advisory boards for Canadian Military Colleges. Dr Milner is best known for his work on naval history, including North Atlantic Run (1985), The U-Boat Hunters (1995), and Canada’s Navy: The First Century (1999, 2009, and 2015). His articles have appeared in numerous journals and scholarly publications, and for a decade he wrote a regular column for Legion magazine. His 2003 book Battle of the Atlantic won the C.P. Stacey Prize for the best book in military history in Canada. His latest research project is on the Normandy campaign of 1944, and his latest book (2014) won the Brigadier General James Collins Prize awarded by the US Commission on Military History. In recognition of his work Dr Milner has been a UNB “University Research Scholar,” was awarded the 2015 “Admiral’s Medal” by the Canadian Navy for contributions to Canada’s maritime history and was appointed an Honourary Colonel by the RCAF.

Dr Milner will retire from UNB this summer after thirty-three years on the faculty.

Dr. Laura Richard

Director of Research at the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation

Title of Keynote: “ ‘So I thought of this idea in the lab…’: Some thoughts on commercializing a research idea”

When: March 22nd, 2019

Time: 1 PM – 2 PM 

Location: UNB Fredericton Campus (Wu Center – Kent Room) 

Description: Ever had a great idea while standing in front of your lab bench, working on an instrument, reading a paper or tapping away at a keyboard? Dr. Laura Richard of the NBIF sees examples every day of how students and researchers across New Brunswick have taken seedling ideas like these and grown them into viable businesses, far-reaching policies and life-changing stories. In this talk, she will share inspirational examples, and some thoughts on how you can take your own brilliant ideas and make something tangible out of them

Laura will discuss strategies not only for commercializing technology in STEM fields but also for developing social innovations. Lastly, she will give some pointers on local institutions and funding bodies that are available to help you grow those ideas to their full potential.

Bio: Dr. Richard is a chemist and data scientist who earned her Bachelor of Science at the University of New Brunswick and her PhD in Inorganic Chemistry at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. She most recently worked with Procter & Gamble in Belgium and France, conducting research and development for products like Tide Pods and Downy fabric softener. Prior to that, she was Senior Chemist at Velocys, a renewable fuels company spun out of Oxford University that cost-effectively produces low-carbon fuels from waste materials like woody biomass and municipal solid waste.

Dr. Richard holds several patents and has published her work in peer-reviewed journals. She was awarded the prestigious Clarendon Scholarship at Oxford and the Beaverbrook Scholars Award at UNB and is a Sir Howard Douglas scholar.

Dr. Richard has joined The New Brunswick Innovation Foundation recently as its new Director of Research


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