Convention 2017-12-18T17:52:43+00:00


2017 Convention Keynote Speakers

Naomi Klein

Since This Changes Everything was published, Klein’s primary focus has been on putting its ideas into action. She is one of the organizers and authors of Canada’s Leap Manifesto, a blueprint for a rapid and justice-based transition off fossil fuels. The Leap has been endorsed by over 200 organizations, tens of thousands of individuals, and has inspired similar climate justice initiatives around the world.

In November 2016 she was awarded Australia’s prestigious Sydney Peace Prize, for, according to the prize jury, “exposing the structural causes and responsibility for the climate crisis, for inspiring us to stand up locally, nationally and internationally to demand a new agenda for sharing the planet that respects human rights and equality, and for reminding us of the power of authentic democracy to achieve transformative change and justice.”

She has multiple honourary degrees and in 2014 received the International Studies Association’s IPE Outstanding Activist-Scholar award.

In June 2017, she will be releasing a new book called No is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need.

Mario Cyr

We are delighted to welcome Mario Cyr, internationally renowned cinematographer and deep-sea explorer, as our second keynote speaker. His presentation will take place on Friday afternoon in French.

Regarded as a world expert in cold-water diving, Mario Cyr is known internationally for his breathtaking images.  With more than 500 conference-presentations to his credit, accounts of his incredible adventures have fascinated people here, in Europe and even in Asia, where his photos appear in major expositions and even on the cover of magazines. His talent as a science communicator has enabled him to catch the attention of hundreds of students in school presentations, to sensitize them to the importance of effort and perseverance, and to raise their consciousness about environmental issues as well as the importance for humanity to preserve this precious heritage.


  • Participation in the making of more than 150 documentaries produced by Discovery Channel, National GeographicIMAX, the BBCand
  • Contributed sequences to the most spectacular scenes of the famous film Oceans directed by Jacques Perrin, a film that won a César for best documentary.
  • He won first prize at the Antibes World Film Festival for his documentary Toothed, as well as winning an Emmy nomination for Ice Bear 3D.


Open to all teachers, school reps, education students and members of the education community.

Meet your union leaders
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Social Event

Drinks, Prizes, Snacks and Musical Entertainment.

All QPAT members are invited to attend this exciting event!

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