Summit Speakers

CANCON speakers are selected to inspire tomorrow’s leaders. Attendees will hear from keynote speakers and will have a number of workshops to choose from during the day on Saturday. The workshops will cover a variety of topics with a focus on leadership, service, personal and professional development, and academic excellence.

There will be multiple keynote speakers throughout the summit who will present to everyone. There will also be a variety of workshops on Saturday that you will be able to choose from.

2019 CANCON SPEAKERS  (more speakers will be listed soon)

Jean Leggett




Jean Leggett is the CEO and co-founder of games & edtech startup One More Story Games. Alongside her husband of 22+ years, Jean and Blair have developed a simplified publishing platform to help storytellers create and publish narrative games. They’re setting out to re-engineer literacy by way of story games.

In 2014, 2 years after Blair’s near death experience, the Leggetts joined forces as the hacker and the hustler, raising over half a million dollars for their startup. They’ve created and published 7 games, signed #1 NYT bestselling author Charlaine Harris to adapt her serious mystery series (Lily Bard) and taught video game development camps and after school programs to local youth aged 8-16.

Jean brings her background in standup comedy and mindfulness coaching to the company – as a champion for all stories to be told in games. Her keynotes include: the startup journey of OMSG, joy mindfulness and the experience as a hard of hearing child in a deaf family. Jean has spoken internationally, most recently in Munich, Poznan and Melbourne.

Darcy Patrick



For 25 or more years Darcy was a professional bass player playing in many types of bands, teaching and making a living from music. At the same time also working full time in a music store. In 2013 the perfect storm happened in his life and pushed him over the edge. He had suffered for over 38 years from depression and had to make a call for help! Which was on of the hardest things he had every done. 


Since Starting therapy 5 years ago he has become an author of 2 books “Why I Run,” “My story of how I won my life back room the darkness of depression,” and “Creative Writing For The Mind Body and Soul”. Since the release of Creative Writing For The Mind, Body & Soul, Darcy has brought it to life teaching the 5 sections of the book for different mental health organizations. He has also become a public speaker doing talks all over southern Ontario. With the hopes that telling his story will inspire change, let people know they are not alone, that they way they feel emotion is the same way he feels emotion and that if he can change so can they! Darcy now lives a life of purpose, that purpose is helping as many people as he can, breaking the stigma behind depression.  


Robyn Bourgeois



Dr. Robyn Bourgeois (Laughing Otter Caring Woman) is a mixed-race Cree woman born and raised in Syilx and Splats’in territories of British Columbia, and connected through marriage and her three children to the Six Nations of the Grand River. She is an assistant professor in the Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies at Brock, where her scholarly work focuses on indigenous feminisms, violence against indigenous women and girls, and indigenous women’s political activism and leadership. In addition to being an academic, Robyn is also an activist, author, and artist.

Darrin Sunstrum



Darrin Sunstrum is a Teaching Assistant and Course Coordinator for the Classics Department in the Faculty of the Humanities at Brock University. His background is in Classical Studies and Anthropology and he has been working in the field of Classics, Ancient Literature & Mythology for 15 years. He works with Brock University’s Centre for Pedagogical Innovation and volunteers with the Office of Graduate Studies, where he promotes the advancement of innovative teaching strategies and the practice of excellence in academic writing. This is primarily achieved through facilitating and attending workshops, such as #WriterlyWednesdays where he recently developed a short presentation on how to overcome procrastination in our writing practices and get motivated as community learners and academics.

Pauline Dawson


Picture coming soon


As the Career Education Manager at Brock University, Pauline has over 20 years of experience working in the field of career and employment counselling. Pauline has a passion for helping students increase their understanding of how their skills and experience intersect with what employers are looking for. Pauline loves seeing the drive and excitement that students have for the future, and she strongly believes that in order to build an effective career plan they must first take the time to understand their talents and weaknesses.


Jessica Lewis – picture and bio coming soon


More speaker bios and pictures will be listed soon.


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