About kmeisner

Jessica Tudos is an educator, entrepreneur, and Olympian. As the founding director of kika creative, Jessica facilitates and leads innovative experiential initiatives in education, culture and community engagement. Drawing from her Olympic gymnastics experience and diverse international educational career in over 40 countries, Jessica is known for her ability to “get things done” through collaboration and innovation, while maintaining a high level of enthusiasm, pragmatism, and authenticity along the way. As a motivational speaker and member of Clean Air Champions and Motivate Canada, Jessica encourages individuals, groups and organizations to engage in lifelong learning, healthy active living and creative expression that leads to positive social change. Jessica

is bringing to life the story of a young gymnast-in-the making through Kika the Upside Down Girl and will be launching her interactive C3 Program (Cultivating Curiosity & Creativity) in 2013. Jessica lives in Toronto, Canada and is the proud single mother of a wonderful son.

Are You Curious About Your Curiosity?

Are you still inquisitive and child-like in your discovery of the world or has life got you feeling disengaged and apathetic? In this session on Cultivating Curiosity Through Creativity, educator, entrepreneur and Olympian Jessica Tudos takes us on a journey that highlights the benefits, techniques and pitfalls commonly linked to curiosity.  Although cultivating curiosity in a results-based system such as education can be challenging, Jessica shows us how a deck of cards inclusive of hundreds of creative ideas can foster unbridled curiosity in all of us.

Register to see Jessica speak on November 16th at the YMCA Academy – www.ioe2012.eventbrite.com


Raised in the suburbs of Ontario, Ashley Lewis moved to Toronto to complete her degree. She is a tech savvy, Ryerson New Media grad with a passion for children’s content. Ashley is a hacking, interactive designer with a DIY mentality. With a background in fine art, she also enjoys painting, sculpting and drawing when she isn’t coding. She loves collaborating on creative projects with people of different specializations and is aiding with the launch of Toronto’s first mobile Children’s Museum, inspired by the late great Marshall McLuhan. She has worked and interned for companies like TIFF and CBC and is currently working with Aesthetec and Girls Learning Code. As a lady learning code herself, she is excited at the thought of passing this passion to younger generations.

Register to see Ashley speak on November 16th at the YMCA Academy – www.ioe2012.eventbrite.com


Rita Fundner’s career spans 30 years in both Information Technology and Human Resources and models a combination of business and IT skills.

Prior to joining the Canadian Coalition for Tomorrow’s ICT Skills and CareerMash as Executive Director, she served in management and technical IT roles for provincial and municipal government as well as the financial services sector. She also provided executive coaching and strategic planning services to law schools and medical school programs in Canada and the US through her consulting firm.

Register to see Rita speak on November 16th at the YMCA Academy – www.ioe2012.eventbrite.com