Chair of the IPN

Ola Risnes

Chair of the IPN

Norway

 

Ola is in charge of the Business at School (NIS) program at NHO. Business at School is a central priority area for NHO. The objective is to establish closer ties between the education system and the corporate sector. A priority area in this program is to ensure that pupils and students are given greater insight into the role of the cooperate sector as a creator of wealth and development and providing a better foundation for their choice of career and education. The program is to a large degree focusing on STEM- education and entrepreneurial issues in education. Ola is representing NHO in several governmental committees related to educational issues. Ola has a background as a teacher and head teacher at the upper secondary level. He has written several textbooks and has been an editor in one of the main publishing companies in Norway.

 

Ola Risnes on why NHO are part of the IPN

Vice Chairs and Executive Board Members

Pam Jonas

Vice Chair of the IPN
Board Member  World Education Australia

 

Pam has over thirty years of experience in the education, training, employment, industry, and community sectors in a variety of leadership, management, research, training and teaching positions. Pam has a comprehensive understanding of the state and national education and training systems in Australia as they relate broadly to employment and training, and specifically to trade training. Having worked with a number of employer associations over the last twenty years she also brings a strong depth of knowledge and experience in the employer perspective of the education and training sectors. Pam has extensive national and international experience in pioneering education partnership models. She has been instrumental in the dissemination of partnership approaches through her Board membership of the International Partnerships Network and its organisation of education partnerships bi-annual conferences internationally. Pam is currently living between Australia and France and is working as an education consultant, researcher, Policy analyst and project evaluator. She is a Key Associate with PhillipsKPA, Education Consultants in Australia.

Areas of special focus:

  • Public Policy
  • Research and Project Evaluation
  • Education and Training
  • Business and Education Partnerships
  • Corporate Social Responsibility

Michael Bator

Vice Chair of the IPN
President and Chief Executive Officer -Haig Boulevard Inc.

 

Michael Bator served in the field of Education for 36 years during which time he served in a variety of roles in one of the largest school districts in Canada. Michael served in senior leadership positions, the last of which was as CEO providing leadership to 8000 employees responsible for the education of approximately 88000 students in 121 elementary schools, 23 secondary schools throughout the region, west and north of Toronto as well as 45,000 students in Adult and Continuing Education programs. Since leaving his role as CEO of Dufferin Peel CDSB Michael founded Haig Boulevard Inc. which provides services to private sector firms seeking opportunities in the public sector as vendors or providers of service. Michael assists corporations in understanding the public sector “waters” and assists with “navigating” and creating connectivity with key decision makers.

Local, national and international activities in recent years include and/or have included:

  • Vice Chair, International Partnership Network
  • Co-Chair, National Council on Education, Conference Board of Canada
  • Senior Regional Director, Canadian Forces Liaison Council
  • Board of Directors, The Learning Partnership, Toronto
  • Executive Committee, The Learning Partnership, Toronto
  • Board of Directors, Knowledge Ontario
  • Executive Committee, World Youth Day 2002, Archdiocese of Toronto
  • Economic Development Advisory Committee, City of Mississauga
  • Principal’s Advisory Committee, University of Toronto, Mississauga
  • Chair, Healthy City Stewardship Centre, City of Mississauga
  • United Way Peel, Campaign Cabinet
  • Ambassador, S’port for Kids Foundation
  • Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Education, York University
  • Collegium (Board of Governors),University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto
  • Education Partner, Education Research Development Inc. (ERDI)
  • Chair & Founder, Annual Charity Golf Classic, $965,000 for local charities over 10 years
  • Board of Directors, Shakespearience
  • Board of Directors, ACiDO (Animating Change for those with Intellectual Disabilities in Ontario, Autism Project)
  • ERDI(Education Research Development Inc), Corporate Partner
Betsy Nelson
Administrative and Finance Director
International Partnership Network (IPN)

Betsy A. Nelson is a Founder and Treasurer of the International Partnership Network, Inc. She has been involved in the forefront of the school/community/business partnership movement in MA and across the USA as the Chair of the Board of the National School Volunteer Program, Treasurer of the National Association of Partners in Education and the Executive Director of Boston Partners in Education from 1981 to 1998.

World Education, Inc. the Landmark Foundation for youth with dyslexia and Concord Academy are among the many education and community service boards of directors on which she has served.

Married to Charles Peter Nelson, DVM, since 1960, they are parents of a son and daughter and grandparents to six grandchildren. She and Peter are committed to education and have been privileged to run a foundation which has brought people from all parts of the world to France in the hope of increasing understanding of different cultures and beliefs.

Alex Blackwood
CEO
International Partnership Network (IPN)

 

Alex is the current Chief Executive of the International Education Business Partnership Network (IPN). An Engineering graduate, he further qualified with a post graduate qualification in education and taught Physics and Mathematics. He became the first Partnership director in Scotland and went on to establish and be CEO of several EBP’s, including for the city of Glasgow. Alex was the inaugural chairman of the national EBP network in Scotland. He was a founder member of the IPN and also a founder member of the Scottish Space School and the Scottish Space School Foundation USA

Executive Team Member

Val Caldwell
Marketing and Development Director,
International education business Partnership Network (IPN)

 

Val has worked in a variety of roles in education and lifelong learning in both the private and the public sector. She started her career with the Scottish Qualifications Authority where she was part of the team which worked with industry to develop the first work based qualifications in Scotland (SVQs).

She went on to work in consultancy, again focusing heavily on education development and industry links. During her time with Scottish Enterprise and subsequently Skills Development Scotland, Val became more involved in international engagement and managed several international partnership projects.

Val has an honours degree in languages from Strathclyde University and recently completed a post graduate Diploma in Education.

Board Members

Laurel Adler
Superintendent
East San Gabriel Valley Regional Occupational Program and Technical Center

As a superintendent Laurel administers training programs including: Medical Assisting, Certified Nurse Assistant, Critical Care, Home Health Care, Emergency Medical Technician, Emergency Medical Response, First Aid, CPR, First Responder, Environmental Science, Environmental Hazardous Response, Health Science. Accredited by WASC to give Associate Degrees.

Laurel is an Adjunct Professor at two universities. At California State University Long Beach in the Department of Health Care Administration. and at the University of San Diego where she teaches courses in Supervision, Leadership and stress management.

She holds her Doctor of Education from the University of La Verne, her Master of Arts from California State University, Los Angeles, a Bachelor of Arts from University of California, Irvine and earned a California State Teaching Credential in Body Conditioning. Laurel also worked at the University of California Riverside as a Research Planning Council Member.

She has been with IPN since 2006.

Michael Bloom
Vice-President, Industry and Business Strategy
The Conference Board of Canada

Michael Bloom is the Vice-President of Industry and Business Strategy at The Conference Board of Canada. Michael is responsible for managing five research groups: Organization Effectiveness and Learning Research; Education, Health & Immigration Programs; Organizational Excellence; Governance and Sustainable Enterprise; and the Saskatchewan Institute. He oversees funded research projects at the Conference Board and has management responsibility for nineteen executive networks.

Corporately, Michael is co-leading a major three-year Conference Board research initiative, The Centre for Food in Canada, which is developing a vision, framework and core plan for a National Food Strategy. He is also co-leading development of the Centre for Business Innovation whose goal is to bring about major improvements in firm-level business innovation in Canada as a cornerstone of improved national competitiveness and prosperity. Previously, Michael co-led CanCompete, a flagship Conference Board research initiative whose 25 studies explored strategies for enhancing Canada’s sustainable competitiveness.

Michael speaks on food policy, human capital, work and workplaces, education trends, Innovation, immigration, health, organizational effectiveness, credentialing, skills, learning and development, and international benchmarks.

Bruno van Dyk
Director, Development and Alumni Relations Office
Durham University

Bruno van Dyk is Director of Development and Alumni Relations at Durham University, UK. He has been involved in development work, university advancement and international activities for more than 25 years, in Africa, Europe, the US and the UK. He has two Masters degrees and a certificate in Managing Partnerships and Strategic Alliances from INSEAD.

He has published on literary, educational and polemical issues and is on the editorial board of “Giving: Thematic Issues in Philanthropy and Social Innovation,” taught for many years on the Masters in International Studies in Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship programme at the University of Bologna and has contributed to current debates by presenting at over 30 conferences. He has been and is an ordinary member and Chair of a number of University and other non-profit national and international Boards, including the International Partnership Network.

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