The OAME 2009 program will offer over 100 sessions on a range of mathematics-related topics for K-12 educators.  As soon as the program has been finalized, a full list of sessions will be posted to this page.


Featured Speakers

Giancarlo Brotto

Giancarlo Brotto is the SMART TechnologiesTM Education Consultant for Ontario. He works in partnership with technology decision makers, administrators and educators to ensure that their adoption of SMARTTM products leads to effective integration, sustained use, and maximum impact on teaching and learning. Before joining SMARTTM Giancarlo was an Exemplary Educator and taught mathematics for six years in a high school laptop program in Ontario. He also spent several years working in the Statistics Department at the University of Toronto while completing his undergraduate specialist degree in mathematics and Bachelor of Education degree. Although his current role finds him away from the mathematics classroom, his passion continues to reside in helping transform students’ perception of learning and understanding mathematics.


Cathy Fosnot

Catherine Twomey Fosnot is a professor at the City College of New York and Director of Mathematics in the City, a national center for professional development located at the college. She has authored or co-authored many books and articles on mathematics education, most recently the Contexts for Learning Mathematics series (K-6) and the Young Mathematicians at Work series with the accompanying professional development materials funded by NSF and distributed in Canada by Pearson. The AERA SIG on Constructivism has twice awarded her their “significant contribution” award and in 2005 she was the recipient of the Teacher of the Year award from CCNY.










Don Fraser

Don was born and raised in Hamilton, home of the Tiger-Cats - but married an Ottawa girl!

He is a Professor Emeritus at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, where for many years, he taught pre-service math education to future elementary and high school teachers.

Since his OISE years, Don has been doing math workshops and keynotes across North America. A highlight was being a keynote speaker in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2005.

Currently he is enjoying working for two professional development companies in the USA -Staff Development for Educators (SDE), and the Bureau of Education and Research (BER) - doing all-day math workshops for teachers of Gr3-8. This school year he has spoken at QPAT (Quebec Provincial Association of Teachers) and the NCTM Annual Conference in Washington DC, as well as being a featured speaker in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan and at the annual Northwest Mathematics Conference in Portland Oregon. However to speak at OAME is like 'coming home'!

Don's publications have included blackline masters such as Newspaper Math, Sports Math, Mathemagic, Yesterday's Sports To-Days Math. He has also created math and language activities for the Toronto Star, USA TODAY, and the Toronto Blue Jays.

His book, Taking the Numb Out Of Numbers is full of ideas for linking math to the 'real world'. A new revision was published in 2008.

Teachers in Don's talks, workshops and classes have appreciated his warmth, enthusiasm, common sense, love of teaching, and his practical ideas ..... plus his sense of humour!










Marian Small

Marian Small is the former Dean of Education at the University of New Brunswick. She has been a professor of mathematics education for many years and is a regular speaker on K-12 mathematics throughout Canada and the US.

The focus of her work has been the development of curriculum and text materials for students and teachers of mathematics. She has been an author on seven text series at both elementary and secondary levels in Canada, the US, Australia, and the country of Bhutan and a senior author on five of those series including the most recent Nelson math texts, K - 12. She has served on the author team for the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Navigation series, PreK-2 and, for four years, as the NCTM representative on the Mathcounts question writing committee for middle school mathematics competitions throughout the US. She is also a member of the editorial panel for the NCTM 2011 yearbook on motivation and disposition.

She has recently completed a text for both university pre-service teachers and practicing teachers: Making Math Meaningful for Canadian Students: K-8 as well as the professional resource, Big Ideas from Dr. Small: Grades 4-8, published by Nelson Education Ltd. She has also recently released Big Ideas from Dr. Small: Grades K-3 and a resource on differentiated instruction for K-8 teachers published by Teachers College Press in New York.

She has led the research resulting in the creation of maps describing student mathematical development in each of the five mathematical strands for the K-8 level and created the associated professional development program, PRIME. She has also developed materials and provided consultation focused on working with struggling learners and on teacher questioning in mathematics classrooms.


Brett Stevens

Brett Stevens was educated at the University of Chicago, University College London and the University of Toronto.  His M.Sc. was in mathematical biology and his Ph.D. in mathematics, specifically combinatorics.  He did post-doctoral work at Simon Fraser University and IBM T.J. Watson Laboratories.  He is interested in combinatorics, combinatorial game theory, applications of mathematics to industrial testing, scheduling and biology and the interaction of mathematics with other disciplines and culture.  He is Associate Professor in Mathematics at Carleton University.




Siobhan Roberts

Siobhan Roberts is a Toronto freelance writer and journalist whose work focuses, to a greater or lesser extent, on reconciling what the British novelist and scientist C.P. Snow famously lamented were "the two cultures" of science and art.

She is the author of King of Infinite Space — Donald Coxeter, The Man Who Saved Geometry, published in 2006. It won the 2008 Euler Prize, awarded by the Mathematical Association of America.

In 2007/2008 she was a Director's Visitor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, where she began research on another book in the works, about the Princeton mathematician John Horton Conway. For 2008/2009 she is Writer-in-Residence in the Arts and Science Programme at McMaster University.

Roberts has written for numerous general interest and scientific publications including The Globe and Mail, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, SEED, The Walrus, Canadian Geographic, The Mathematical Intelligencer, Maisonneuve, and Smithsonian.


Will Richardson

The Web has brought a world of information to our fingertips and, in the process, has transformed much of the way we work and live. But now that we have the ability to contribute our own ideas and experiences to the sum of human knowledge that we are building online, the impact of the Web is even more powerful. This shift in how we use the Web is already challenging political, business and media leaders to rethink the ways in which they operate. But what about education? Our model of schooling hasn't changed significantly in over 100 years, and it continues to be resistant to change in any meaningful ways. Yet in this new world of global connections, of powerful personal learning opportunities online, of shifting notions of information and knowledge, we must begin to re-envision the basic foundations of teaching and learning. If we don't, if we sit back and watch the world change without us, we risk our relevance and our ability to prepare our students for the world in which they will live and work.


Dr. Chris Suurtamm

Dr. Chris Suurtamm is an Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Ottawa, teaching pre-service and graduate courses in mathematics and assessment. Her research focuses on teachers’ classroom practice and their understanding of mathematics and mathematics teaching and learning. Chris has also been a secondary math teacher and has provided leadership in the province in the areas of curriculum, professional development and assessment. She has served on the OAME Board of Directors and is the Canadian representative on the NCTM Board of Directors.