Conference Planning Team

Lee-Ann AkisterLee-Anne Akister, Senior Operations Director


Lee-Anne hails from Alberta (though also calls Saskatchewan home), where she is the Social Media Advisor at Olds College. Social media is her bread & butter and is her video her gravy; she’s happiest talking or practicing either. When she’s not gathering lamb and calf content for the College, she is herding three boys into adulthood; and cooking, endlessly.

Savanna ChiblowSavanna Chiblow, Equity Advisor


Savanna Chiblow is a 2Spirit Anishinaabe from Mississaugi First Nation. They hold an Honours Bachelor of Journalism degree from Humber College and have seven years of experience working as a digital communications storyteller and community builder. Savanna is currently the Indigenous Community Engagement Coordinator at Humber College and casually works on digital and web contracts. They live within Treaty #14 with her partner, three cats, and a rez dog. When not working, Savanna beads earrings and pins while watching Netflix.

Elizabeth DiEmanuele, Social Community Manager

Elizabeth is a communications professional whose research focuses on activism and how communities could mobilize digital spaces and mediums to create ethical spaces and connect in a productive way. For the last eight years, Elizabeth’s work has focused on Gen Z research and social media, websites, and storytelling. She currently works at McMaster University’s Student Success Centre as a Digital Media Specialist and co-chairs McMaster’s IT Student Advisory Committee. Pre-pandemic, her favourite question was, “Can this go on social?” Currently, her favourite question is, “Where’s the Zoom link?”

Joel GoodmanJoel Goodman, Production Partner

Joel is principal at Bravery Media, a US-based digital strategy and design agency focused on higher education. His CV includes running a music festival, selling out concerts via MySpace marketing, redesigning at least a dozen university websites, and baking loads of bread. He also holds a master’s degree in Media Studies from The New School in New York City.

Emma JamiesonEmma Jamieson, Operations Director (On leave)


Emma is an experienced marketer with a strong history of working in the higher education industry. She’s a strong marketing professional with an advanced diploma focused in Graphic Design from Georgian College, and is skilled in project management, advertising strategy, graphic design, and event planning.

Sarah KhanSarah Khan, Speakers Director


Sarah is an award-winning digital communicator working in higher education. She manages digital communications at the University of Toronto in the Faculty of Arts & Science. When she isn’t working at her 9-5, she is either working on #PSEWEB activities or sharing nature photos from her hikes around Ontario.

Simon LabonneSimon Labonne, Marketing Director (Francophone audiences)


Simon Labonne started working in higher ed back in 2014. Holder of an MA in Communications Studies from Université de Sherbrooke, he’s still working on improving his collection of diplomas and his golf game. Prior to arriving at McGill, Simon held positions as Communications Advisor, Social Media and Analytics, and Communications Advisor, Webmaster at HEC Montréal.

Megan LileyMegan Liley, Virtual Conference Coordinator


Megan is a member of the Web Services team at McGill University. She has been making websites and working in communication for over 20 years. Off the clock, she writes fiction and plays and enjoys running very slowly over long distances.

Glenda McCarthy, Partnerships Director (On leave)


Glenda is an experienced communications professional with over a decade of experience in Marketing and Communications and Social Media Management. In addition to photography and videography skills, she has extensive experience in event planning, graphic design, and knowledge of website design and management. She has won numerous national and international awards for work in Social Media, Marketing and Communications, and writing.

Ryanne McIsaacRyanne, Partnerships Director (Interim)


Ryanne is loving her role as Content Specialist in higher education. She has a journalism diploma and a communications degree which she uses to produce news articles that highlight the accomplishments of college staff and alumni. In her free time she enjoys photography, blogging and family time.

Catherine McRae, Senior Marketing Director


Catherine found a natural fit in higher ed marketing after completing an art history and studio art degree. As a content specialist, she puts her creativity and strategic brain to work, creating content worth paying attention to (she sure hopes). In her spare time, you can find her expanding her plant empire, fermenting things and tending to her composting worm colony. She also likes to kickbox, bike, camp and play music. Not necessarily at the same time, but that would be pretty cool to see?

V. Weston, Content Producer


Weston is a marketing and communications professional with almost a decade of experience in university settings. They specialize in event promotion and content creation of all kinds: editorial, publications, graphic design, social media, videography and more. Content they created for an annual 50+ event festival they helped plan won a silver Circle of Excellence Award from CASE.


Joyce PeraltaJoyce Peralta, Executive Director


Joyce has been creating websites and digital content for close to 20 years, including 10+ years’ experience in higher education. Her work history includes strategic positions on communications and web development teams at McGill University, the University of Victoria, Western University and Kings University College.