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NILD Canada Annual Conference 2018 – St. Jacobs, ON

April 20, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - April 21, 2018 @ 5:00 pm EDT

The Executive Brain – Cognition, Perception & Emotion



Friday April 20, 2018 (6:00 – 9:30pm)

Banquet & Conference Sessions

Registration begins at 5:00pm

Saturday April 21, 2018 (8:00am – 5:00pm)

Conference Sessions
Registration begins at 7:30am


The theme for our 2018 conference reminds us of all the potential that awaits our students!

Keynote addresses and workshops will focus on evidence-based practices, instructional strategies and technology to support learning and achievement for all students with exceptional needs.

Keynote Speake

Dr. Steve Sider, Ph.D.
Dr. Kimberly Maich, PhD, OCT, BCBA


Dr. Steve Sider

Dr. Kimberly Maich








Homewood Suites by Hilton®
45 Benjamin Road, St. Jacobs, ON N2V 2G8


  • Regular Rate: $280
  • Registered Therapist/Associate Rate: $260
  • Student or Presenter Rate: $195

Cost includes one ticket to Friday’s Dinner/Special Sessions, Saturday conference, Refreshments, and Lunch

Bring guests for FRIDAY NIGHT ONLY for the Special Guest Rate of $50/person or purchase a whole table for an additional 7 people for only $300.


Homewood Suites by Hilton® Waterloo/St. Jacobs has reserved a block of rooms at a special reduced rate for our conference attendees.

  • Rooms start as low as $136.00/night.
  • You can use this discounted rate for all of 2018 if you mention NILD Canada!
  • Cut off date for the reduced rate is March 23 at 11:59PM.

For more information and to book your room, call Homewood Suites Waterloo/St. Jacobs at 1-844-204-8627


Pre-Conference Course:

Rx for Discovery Writing
April 19 – 20, 2018
Register for the conference and course together and receive a $75.00 discount off the course!

Schedule: Click here to view a PDF of the 2018 Conference Schedule and Workshop Topics


Conference Registration is now closed. 


If you’ve come back to pay for the conference, please go to the payment page.


Banquet Dinner with Featured Speaker: Dr. Steve Sider, Ph. D
“Everyday Leadership: Using Evidence for Effective Interventions”

Friday April 20, 2018 at 6:00pm

Charitable receipts issued for donations above our cost of $56/person.
No RSVP or ticket required if you are registered for the conference.
Registration deadline for guests is April 12, 2018. After this date please inquire at


Conference Speakers:

Dr. Steve Sider, Ph.D

Dr. Steve Sider is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. He teaches courses in global education, school leadership, and special education. His research interest is in educational leadership in international contexts. He currently holds a national research grant examining inclusive leadership practices of Canadian school principals. He travels regularly to Haiti where he is involved in school leadership and special education training and research. Prior to his work in the Faculty of Education, Dr. Sider was a school administrator, special education teacher, and classroom teacher for 15 years.


Dr. Kimberly Maich, PhD, OCT, BCBA

Dr. Kimberly Maich is an Ontario Certified teacher, a special education specialist, and Newfoundland and Labrador’s first Board-Certified Behaviour Analyst. Currently, she is an Associate Professor of special education at Memorial University and finishing her courses to be a Registered Psychologist. She enjoys research, publishing, teaching, and speaking mostly in the areas of Autism Spectrum Disorder, behaviour, assistive technology, and case study. She has been married for almost 27 years, has three adult children aged 25, 23, and 21, as well as a gorgeous infant grandson and a loving dog. She has lived, studied, worked, and taught across the country, but now lives just outside St. John’s, Newfoundland. You can find out more from and


Lorri Wilke, M.Ed., PCET, CDT

Lorri has worked in the field of education for over 30 years. She maintains a private practice in educational therapy just outside of Chicago, IL working with those who learn differently in addition to teaching English literature, grammar, and composition online to students around the world. She is an NILD instructor for the Level I, Rx for Discovery Writing, and Rx for Discovery Math courses and contributed to the creation of NILD’s Mediating Math Student Workbooks and Rx for Discovery Writing. She is also an FIE practitioner and trainer, training educators to implement Feuerstein’s Instrumental Enrichment (FIE). Currently working on a PhD at Regent University in Virginia, Lorri’s passion is uncovering God-given gifts and developing a lifelong love of learning in students.


Trix Bradley, M.Ed, PCET

Trix was first introduced to NILD in 1991, received training in the U.S. and set on the path to bring NILD to Canada! Trix is director and owner of Edison Learning Centre, Executive Director Emeritus of NILD Canada and is currently an instructor in our graduate courses. A qualified psychometrist, special education teacher and educational consultant, she holds a degree in psychology and a degree in special education. Her passion is equipping parents to help students reach their God-given potential. She is married with two grown sons and a brand new grandson!






April 20, 2018 @ 6:00 pm EDT
April 21, 2018 @ 5:00 pm EDT