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Geordie Hyland, on the U.S. ‘distance learning’ revolution, January 29, 2019

Brief summary
Geordie is a C-level executive in the education field. His online education experience in the United States includes K-12, Higher Ed and Continuing Medical Education (CME), in North America and internationally. Geordie has held management positions overseeing large teams of educators as well as roles in Ed Tech and social entrepreneurship.

Full bio
Geordie Hyland is Executive Vice President at Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA), a nonprofit healthcare educational institution based in Tampa, Florida that employs more than 2,000 faculty and staff and serves 15,000 online students and 45,000 alumni across the United States.

At UMA, Geordie oversees a team of over 500 professionals responsible for the delivery of online academic and campus services. He also leads UMA’s Continuing Medical Education (CME) division which provides training to more than 40,000 doctors and healthcare professionals annually.

Previously, Geordie served as a Vice President at K12 Inc., the largest online education provider in the United States for the kindergarten through high school age segment. At K12, Geordie was responsible for the company’s three online private schools and their partner relationships in the Middle East, China, and around the world. Prior to this position, Geordie held a business development leadership role at Blackboard, a learning management computer software company, where he launched a new business unit.

Geordie brings a broad perspective to the education field from a career path that included Google, mid-market private equity, European technology sector mergers and acquisitions and private placements, and the founding of a charitable institution.
Geordie holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MSc in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the London School of Economics, and a BA in English and American Literature from Harvard University. A former professional ice hockey player and division one collegiate athlete, Geordie resides in Tampa, Florida. Geordie is a Toronto native and graduate of Upper Canada College and the son of Toronto Whiff member Bob Hyland.

Sue Lougheed Thompson: The Paradox of a Parkinson’s Disease Diagnosis – A Personal Reflection, February 26, 2019

Sue Lougheed Thompson is an educator who taught in Toronto schools for nearly 30 years and has been living with Parkinson’s for the past eight.

The journey she has taken since being diagnosed at age 47 may surprise you. Join us on February 26th to hear Sue’s personal reflection on her life experiences with Parkinson’s including her part in the fundraising 500 Miles For Parkinson’s walk from New York City to Toronto in May 2016.
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Dr. Chris Twigge-Molecey: “China, Alluring Panda or Pandora’s Box” March 26, 2019

Whiff member Chris Twigge-Molecey P.Eng., Ph.D., FCAE, FCIM, will give a talk on “China, Alluring Panda or Pandora’s Box.”

Dr. Chris Chris Twigge-Molecey retired in 2013 from full time work at Hatch Ltd. where he worked for 42 years. He joined Hatch in 1971 and has held a wide range of both technical and management positions. His technical contributions have included implementation of technology development programs management of R&D programs as well as design and commissioning of full scale metallurgical plant. He lead the development of Hatch business in several overseas markets including Russia, Chile and China. He was a member of Hatch’s board of directors from 2007 to 2011.

He is past president of The Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum as well as a past president of The Metallurgical Society. He is also a recipient of the Mineral Economics Award, from the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum Engineers, a director of the Canada-China Business Council from 2003 to 2016, a past director and member of the executive committee of the Canadian Mining Innovation Council and a member of the Canadian Government Clean Mining Initiative advisory board. Chris Twigge-Molecey obtained his first degree in Mechanical Sciences from the University of Cambridge, followed by a Ph.D.in fluid mechanics from the University of Toronto.