Tech Expert | Journalist | Podcaster
The multi-talented Takara Small helps audiences understand the technology reshaping our world. From AI and advanced robotics, to data and digital health, she offers a glimpse into the future balanced with what organizations can do today to drive growth. Her work as a journalist, podcaster, and consultant has taken her across the globe.
Small is a technology columnist for CBC Radio’s Metro Morning, where she discusses the latest in tech trends and news. She was the host of the Globe and Mail’s podcast I’ll Go First, which was Canada’s #1 tech podcast in 2018, and a CBC investigative podcast series called A Death in Cryptoland, about the rise and fall of a failed cryptocurrency exchange. Small is also a tech contributor for CBC’s Canada Tonight, BBC’s World News Service, and etalk, and her writing has appeared in several publications including Fortune, Canadian Business, and Chatelaine.
A long-time advocate for equality and access to technology, Small is also the founder of VentureKids Canada. This award-winning non-profit provides supplies and support in the form of entrepreneurship and coding classes to young people living in low-income or underserved communities.
As a collaborator with brands, Small has produced original work, competitive analysis, and market research. For her work, she’s received multiple awards and accolades including being named among Canada’s Most Powerful Women, a Young Leader of America, and an Asian Pacific Foundation of Canada Fellow.
Leading Expert on Millennials and Generation Z | Social Entrepreneur
For businesses, organizations, and governments striving to succeed in the innovation economy, and anyone who hopes for a bright future, Ilona Dougherty’s perspective is what you have been waiting for.
Ilona Dougherty is an award-winning social innovator and a regular commentator in the Canadian media who helps business, civil society and government understand how to tap into the unique abilities of young people.
Ilona is the Co-creator and Managing Director of the Youth & Innovation Project at the University of Waterloo. She has extensive leadership and governance experience, having co-founded and led several organizations including, at the age of 23 co-founding Apathy is Boring, a Canadian non-partisan social enterprise that educates youth about democracy and encourages them to vote.
Named one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network in 2015, Ilona was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012, received a Global Ashoka Fellowship in 2009 and a Yukon Women’s Award at the age of 19.
Canadian Philosopher | Commentator
Stephen Downes works with the Digital Technologies Research Centre at the National Research Council of Canada specializing in new instructional media and personal learning technology. His degrees are in Philosophy, specializing in epistemology, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of science. He has taught for the University of Alberta, Athabasca University, Grand Prairie Regional College and Assiniboine Community College.
His background includes expertise in journalism and media, both as a prominent blogger and as founder of the Moncton Free Press online news cooperative. He is one of the originators of the first Massive Open Online Course, has published frequently about online and networked learning, has authored learning management and content syndication software, and is the author of the widely read e-learning newsletter OLDaily.
Through a thirty-five year career Downes has contributed pioneering work in the fields of online learning games, learning objects and metadata, podcasting, and open educational resources. Recent projects include: gRSShopper, a personal learning environment; E-Learning 3.0, a course on new e-learning technologies; research and development in the use of distributed ledger technology in learning applications; and research on ethics, analytics and the duty of care. Downes is a member of NRC’s Research Ethics Board. He is a popular keynote speaker and has spoken in three dozen countries on six continents.
CEO, EMSI Burning Glass Technologies
Sir John Daniel
Open and Distance Learning
Sir John Daniel was educated at Christ’s Hospital and pursued his full-time university studies in Metallurgy at the universities of Oxford and Paris. Later he demonstrated his commitment to lifelong learning by taking 25 years to complete a part-time Master’s degree in Educational Technology at Concordia University. The internship for that programme, which took him to the UK Open University in 1972, was a life-changing experience. He saw the future of higher education and wanted to be part of it.
This quest took him on an international odyssey with appointments at the École Polytechnique, Université de Montréal (professeur assistant/agrégé, 1969-73); Télé-université, Université du Québec (Directeur des Études, 1973-77); Athabasca University (Vice-President for Learning Services, 1978-80); Concordia University (Vice-Rector, Academic, 1980-84); Laurentian University (President/Recteur, 1984-90); The Open University (Vice-Chancellor, 1990-2001); UNESCO (Assistant Director-General for Education, 2001-04); and the Commonwealth of Learning (President, 2004-12).
His non-executive appointments have included the presidencies of the International Council for Open and Distance Education, the Canadian Association for Distance Education and the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education. He served as Vice-President of the International Baccalaureate Organisation in the 1990s and later as chair of the UWC (United World Colleges) International Board (2013-18).
Currently, he is Chancellor of the Acsenda School of Management (Vancouver).
Sir John’s 400 publications, on topics that range from Metallurgy and Chemistry to Education and Distance Learning, include his books Mega-Universities and Knowledge Media: Technology Strategies for Higher Education (Kogan Page, 1996) and Mega-Schools, Technology and Teachers: Achieving Education for All (Routledge, 2010).
Sir John is an Honorary Fellow of St Edmund Hall, Oxford University (1990), the College of Preceptors (1997) and the Commonwealth of Learning (2002). He won the Symons Medal of the Association of Commonwealth Universities in 2008 and his 32 honorary degrees are from universities in 17 countries.
The three countries where he has lived and worked have each recognised his contributions with national honours: France – Ordre des Palmes Académiques: Chevalier ‘pour services rendus à la culture française en Ontario’ (1986); Officier : ‘pour services rendus à la culture française au Royaume-Uni’ (1991); United Kingdom – Knight Bachelor ‘for services to higher education’ (1994); Canada – Officer of the Order of Canada ‘for his advancement of open learning and distance education in Canada and around the world’ (2013).
Murgatroyd Communications and Consulting Inc.
Stephen Murgatroyd, Ph.D. is Chief Innovation Officer for Contact North | Contact Nord. A former Dean of the Faculty of Business at Athabasca University and now an Adjunct Professor at both the University of Toronto and the University of Alberta, Stephen teaches and writes about the futures of education and other futures focused topics. He is a frequent keynote presenter, consultant, and writer.
Nadia Naffi Ph.D.
Chair in Educational Leadership in Innovative Pedagogical Practices in Digital Contexts | Université Laval
Nadia Naffi, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Educational Technology at the Faculty of Education at Laval University and holder of the Chair in Educational Leadership (CLE) in Innovative Pedagogical Practices in Digital Contexts – National Bank. She is also co-responsible of the Education and Empowerment axis of the International Observatory on the Societal Impact of AI and Digital Technology (OBVIA). Nadia holds a doctorate in education (educational technology) and a master’s degree in educational technology from Concordia University.
She has taught online, face-to-face and HyFlex courses in the areas of digital media, instructional design, human performance technology (HPT), distance education, social technologies and the socio-cultural aspects of learning, consulting in EdTech, and qualitative research methods at Ontario Tech University and Concordia University. She currently teaches core graduate courses in educational technology at Laval University
Nadia has received numerous awards, namely the Governor General’s Gold Medal of Canada – Individual and Society 2018 for the excellence of her doctoral thesis and has presented at high-profile events such as at the SSHRC Impact Awards at Rideau Hall, before the Governor General of Canada. She is also the recipient of the SALTISE 2019 Best Practices & Pedagogical Innovators Award.
The Chair in Educational Leadership she holds aims to:
- Anchor training in the reality of learning in the digital age and artificial intelligence.
- Foster a critical, responsible, ethical, sustainable, and equitable approach to digital and AI in education and training in the workplace.
- Explore digital agency as an essential skill to develop for lifelong learning, collaboration in the digital age, and countering misinformation in any context.
- Equip future educational technology experts to meet the training needs of the future of work for a multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, cross-sector, multi-generational, and global workforce in the digital and AI era.
- Contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the field of educational technology.
- Fill gaps in the scientific literature regarding the training of experts in the field of educational technology.
Futurist | Educator | Speaker | Writer
He completed his English language and literature PhD at the University of Michigan in 1997, with a dissertation on doppelgangers in Romantic-era fiction and poetry.
Then Bryan taught literature, writing, multimedia, and information technology studies at Centenary College of Louisiana. There he also pioneered multi-campus interdisciplinary classes, while organizing an information literacy initiative.
From 2002 to 2014 Bryan worked with the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE), a non-profit working to help small colleges and universities best integrate digital technologies. With NITLE he held several roles, including co-director of a regional education and technology center, director of emerging technologies, and senior fellow. Over those years Bryan helped develop and support the nonprofit, grew peer networks, consulted, and conducted a sustained research agenda. In 2013 Bryan launched a business, Bryan Alexander Consulting, LLC. Through BAC he consults throughout higher education in the United States and abroad.
Bryan speaks widely and publishes frequently, with articles appearing in venues including The Atlantic Monthly, Inside Higher Ed. He has been interviewed by and featured in the Washington Post, MSNBC, The Wall Street Journal, US News and World Report, National Public Radio (2017, 2020, 2020, 2020, 2020), the Chronicle of Higher Education (2016, 2020), the Atlantic Monthly, Reuters, Times Higher Education, the National Association of College and University Business Officers, Pew Research, Campus Technology, The Hustle, Minnesota Public Radio, USA Today, and the Connected Learning Alliance.
He recently published Academia Next: The Futures of Higher Education for Johns Hopkins University Press (January 2020), which won an Association of Professional Futurists award. He is currently working on Universities on Fire: Higher Education in the Age of Climate Crisis (2022). His two other recent books are Gearing Up For Learning Beyond K-12 and The New Digital Storytelling (second edition).
Bryan is currently a senior scholar at Georgetown University and teaches graduate seminars in their Learning, Design, and Technology program.
Andrew C. Newman
Andrew Newman is currently the Office Managing Partner for KPMG in Ottawa, which serves entities in the public, technology and healthcare sectors, as well as private companies and family businesses.
For 10 years, Andrew served as the National Leader of KPMG’s Canadian Education Practice serving universities, colleges and schools, and as KPMG Canada’s representative to KPMG’s Global Centre of Excellence for Education. In this leadership role, Andrew worked with over 25 Canadian universities, colleges and school and many national education industry associations. Andrew was a common, featured speaker at numerous education conferences and strategic retreats during his tenure.
Andrew also served as a Board member and Vice-Chair of the Public Sector Accounting Board of Canada for a record 12 years. The Board issues accounting standards used by governments and government organizations, including education institutions.
Andrew is a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario in recognition of his outstanding service in Canadian education and to the public sector.
VP of Learning Innovation Advocacy
Kenneth is responsible for D2L’s advisory board program, which involves working with top executives, administrators, and educational leaders across the company’s customer base. He is also responsible for analyst and thought leader relations, acting as an advisor to D2L’s senior executives and product leadership group on behalf of the institutions D2L serves.
Deeply passionate about the connection between technology and learning, Kenneth strives to identify how the changing edtech landscape can help educators transform student outcomes. He joined the original D2L team back in 2003, and has since played a major role in shaping customer support, product management, product design, and market strategy.
Kenneth graduated with distinction from the University of Guelph, holding an Honours Co-op Bachelors in Mathematics & Statistics and Computer Science. He has also subsequently achieved certifications in both product management and project management disciplines.
Dr. Lynn Casimiro
Vice-president Academic and Student Success (VPA) at La Cité College
Since 2016, Dr Lynn Casimiro has held the position of Vice-president Academic and Student Success (VPA) at La Cité College in Ottawa. She is also associate professor a the “Université de l’Ontario français” as well as vice-president of the board of directors for the “Réseau des cégeps et collèges francophones du Canada (RCCFC)”. She also sits at the board of the “Consortium National de développement de ressources pédagogiques en français au collégial (CNDRPFC)” and she is a college representative at the Ontario colleges Indigenous Peoples Education Circle.
From 2009 to 2015, she was adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa, the founding chair of the Montfort Research Ethics Board (REB) and as Director of education, she contributed to the development of the hospital’s academic mission. From 2007 to 2009, she was the founding Director of the Ottawa Academic Health Council and from 2000 to 2007, she worked on the development of the “Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS) – volet Université d’Ottawa”.
In addition to her VPA position, she is currently member of the Montfort Hospital Research Institute scientific committee and has led numerous studies in the fields of french language health and social services for francophone minority communities as well as interprofessional care.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in sciences with a specialty in physiotherapy, a master’s in kinesiology and a doctorate in education from the University of Ottawa. She has over 68 peer- reviewed publications, 101 conference presentations and 13 technical reports.
Coordinator and professor for the Graphic Design program offered at La Cité
A graduate of the Université du Québec in Outaouais with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design, Antonio Hilario has been working in the field of graphic design for over 20 years, designing websites and digital platforms as well as print. He has held positions as graphic designer, print production coordinator, creative director and lecturer at college and university levels.
Today, Antonio Hilario is the coordinator and professor for the Graphic Design program offered at La Cité in Ottawa. He offers comprehensive training to his students from the fundamentals of graphic design to the creation of a graphic designer portfolio. He is proficient in Adobe Creative Cloud suite for both digital and print project design. In 2017, he was recognized by Adobe and named member of the Adobe Education Leaders Community, an exclusive community of education leaders who effectively use Adobe tools to promote excellence and critical problem solving.
Antonio continues his training in pedagogy. In 2020, he successfully completed a graduate certificate in higher education pedagogy at L’Université de l’Ontario Français. He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Educational Technology at Laval University.
President & Chief Executive Officer, Algonquin College
Claude Brulé is Algonquin College’s ninth President and Chief Executive Officer.
Prior to taking on this leadership role in August 2019, Claude served as the College’s Senior Vice President Academic (2012-2019).
As Senior Vice President, Academic, Claude was responsible for the academic institutes, schools, faculties, and associated services. He has provided leadership to the advancement of digital learning through initiatives such as Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD), as well as e-text and other digital resources. He also guided the development of the College’s Learner Driven Plan – which will reimagine personalized learning at the College as well as a new 14-week term model being launched in September 2019.
Claude has served the College at nearly every level of its leadership team. Prior to his roles on the Algonquin College Executive Team, he was the Dean of the Faculty of Technology and Trades at Algonquin College (2007-2012), responsible for the School of Advanced Technology, the Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence, and the Heritage Institute, a rural campus in Perth, Ontario.
Upon joining the College in August 1999, he first served as the Academic Chair of the Information and Communications Technology Department (formerly the Computer Studies Department). Throughout his tenure at the College, Claude led several large projects and initiatives at either the Faculty or College level. His most significant achievements have been related to his involvement, as the main point of contact for the user group, on three major high-performance building infrastructure projects, including the Algonquin Centre for Construction Excellence.
Provost and Vice-President, Academic Affairs, University of Ottawa
Jill Scott has been named Provost and Vice-President, Academic Affairs at the University of Ottawa for a five-year term beginning on September 1, 2019. Prior to joining the University of Ottawa, Jill Scott served as Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning) at Queen’s University from 2013 to 2019, where she was responsible for enhancements to the student learning experience. She also oversaw the quality assurance processes, the Centre for Teaching and Learning, online learning, educational technologies, classroom infrastructure renewal, student ratings of instruction, academic integrity, and diversity and inclusion in the curriculum. During this time, she led several HEQCO-funded research projects on learning outcomes assessment, aiming to measure student achievement of critical thinking, problem solving and communication in several disciplines across four years of study. This groundbreaking research on assessing higher-order cognitive skills earned her national and international recognition. From 2018 to 2019, Jill Scott served as Interim Associate Vice-Principal (International) at Queen’s, where she oversaw the university’s Comprehensive International Plan, the International Office and the International Programs Office, with responsibility for international delegations, agreements, academic programs, research, and student mobility.
Equity and inclusion for Indigenous peoples have been a particular focus of Jill Scott’s administrative and academic contributions. She co-chaired the Task Force on Truth and Reconciliation at Queen’s University and co-led the development of Queen’s Indigenous Studies program. She has conducted SSHRC-funded, community-based research on Kanien’kéha (Mohawk) language revitalization with the Tsi Tyónnheht Onkwawén:na Language and Culture Centre in Tyendinaga. Jill Scott was a member of Queen’s Aboriginal Council (2013-2019) and supervised numerous dissertations in Indigenous Studies.
Jill Scott holds degrees in French and German Literature and in Comparative Literature from the University of Manitoba (BA), Carleton University (MA) and the University of Toronto (PhD). She is also a professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Ottawa. Prior to her appointment at uOttawa, she was a professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Queen’s University, with cross-appointments to Gender Studies and Cultural Studies. Her research interests include Indigenous language revitalization, restorative justice, forgiveness and reconciliation, German and Austrian literary modernisms, and teaching and learning in higher education. Her publications include Electra after Freud: Myth and Culture (Cornell UP, 2005) and A Poetics of Forgiveness: Cultural Responses to Loss and Wrongdoing (Palgrave, 2010). Jill Scott has authored and co-authored numerous articles in the fields of Indigenous Studies, literary studies, and assessment of learning in higher education. She is fluent in English, German, and French, and is studying Kanien’kéha (Mohawk).
Educational Advisor in Literacy and Entrepreneurial Pedagogy 7-12 at the CSDCEO
Curieuse et passionnée de la vie, cette pédagogue a œuvré en tant qu’enseignante au niveau secondaire. Le français et les arts furent ses matières de prédilection. L’animation culturelle et pastorale fut aussi un de ses dossiers.
Dans son cheminement pédagogique, le développement et l’instauration d’une nouvelle philosophie pédagogique au sein de l’ESC Le Relais du CSDCEO, le programme Options +, l’ont transformée. Qu’est-ce qui a changé? La métamorphose a imposé que l’élève soit au centre de son apprentissage. La pédagogie entrepreneuriale, le développement des compétences du succès, la différenciation, l’utilisation d’un portfolio et l’importance de la rétroaction sont des éléments significatifs pour permettre à tous les élèves de connaître du succès!
What will tomorrow’s education system look like? This is the type of question she reflects upon in her Master’s degree in education. She is truly a lifelong learner!
Director of Education and Secretary of the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario (CSDCEO)
Eugénie Congi est directrice de l’éducation et secrétaire du Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l’Est ontarien (CSDCEO). Son parcours professionnel est riche d’expériences, avec plus de 11 ans dans un poste de cadre supérieur et près de 28 années dans le milieu de l’éducation. Elle possède une gamme très diversifiée d’expériences en éducation et a géré des dossiers pédagogiques et d’affaires. En plus d’être convoitée en tant qu’aviseure aux niveaux pancanadien et international, Madame Congi est titulaire d’une maîtrise en éducation et de trois baccalauréats. On lui reconnaît son sens de l’innovation, son authenticité, son sens politique aiguisé et ses qualités de visionnaire et de leader pédagogique. Son cheminement professionnel est parsemé d’accomplissements qui mettent l’engagement, le bien-être et la réussite de l’élève au cœur des priorités.
Student, Carleton University
Gabrielle Kolotinsky is in her final year of her Bachelor of Commerce at the Sprott School of Business where she studies Finance and Economics. She has held roles in both private and public organizations including Deloitte, the Bank of Canada, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada and the Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada.
Kolotinsky is very passionate about integrating ESG and impact initiatives in the workplace, and has pursued several volunteer initiatives in order to do so. Most notably, the Indigenous Education Initiative promoted Indigenous enrolment and retainment in post-secondary institutions through financial scholarships and capacity-building programs for Indigenous students, and cultural and historical awareness training for non-Indigenous students on campus.
Ultimately, Kolotinsky believes that education is the foundation for success and therefore strives to create a more equitable landscape for everyone involved.
Grade 12 student, ESC Embrun (Embrun), CSDCEO
Amélie Doyon est une élève de la 12e année à l’ESC Embrun (Embrun) du CSDCEO. Lors de son secondaire, elle a démontré ses qualités de leader en étant membre du Sénat du CSDCEO – implication catholique et francophone. De plus, elle est impliquée comme représentante FESFO (Fédération de la jeunesse franco-ontarienne) de son école. Les camps de leadership font aussi partie de son parcours.
Amélie was supposed to take part in a student exchange this year, but because of the pandemic, this project was sidetracked. She is now on track to graduate in January of this year! Elle aspire à s’inscrire à l’Université d’Ottawa en Communication et en Histoire. As a long term career goal, she is considering becoming a teacher.
Student at La Cité collégiale, Environmental Technology: Forestry and Wildlife
Mathieu Bissonnette est un ancien élève de l’ÉSC La Citadelle (Cornwall) du CSDCEO. Présentement, il est étudiant à la Cité collégiale en technique de l’environnement – programme forestier et faune. Il en est à sa deuxième année.
Actif au secondaire, il s’est démarqué en s’impliquant dans le gouvernement des élèves (GDE), l’improvisation et le Sénat du CSDCEO. Initialement, il s’inscrivait dans ce programme dans l’intention éventuel de faire le programme de douanier.
His journey has allowed him to explore the different aspects of the forestry and wildlife industry, more specifically the conservation and protection of forests.
Le passage au virtuel en raison de la pandémie est pour lui une belle occasion.
This reality allows him to reduce his travel time and to complete his college courses from the comfort of his home.
Grade 12 student at ESC Embrun (Embrun), CSDCEO
Océane Lupien-Lorquet est une élève de 12e année à l’ESC Embrun au CSDCEO. Pendant son secondaire, elle a fait partie du Sénat des élèves. Elle est impliquée comme représentante FESFO (Fédération de la jeunesse franco-ontarienne) de son école. Throughout high school, she took part in numerous leadership camps which allowed her to develop this skill.
Her post-secondary destination choice is complex; she is torn between her passion for neuroscience and one of her core values, which is to pursue her studies in French. Si elle veut rester à Ottawa, elle devra attendre à la maîtrise pour répondre à ses deux éléments. Autrement, elle devra débuter ses études en anglais ou dans une province voisine.
Grade 11 student at ÉSC Plantagenet (Plantagenet), CSDCEO
Maliyamu Matola est une élève de la 11e année à l’ÉSC Plantagenet (Plantagenet) du CSDCEO.
Lors de ses années au secondaire, elle est impliquée dans le Sénat du CSDCEO et le conseil des pavillons (conseil des élèves). As our pandemic reality starts to shift, she is looking forward to once again becoming involved in school activities.
Étant bilingue et ayant fait ses études élémentaire et secondaire en français, elle désire faire des études en anglais où elle pourrait combiner les arts et la technologie. Pursuing her studies in Computer sciences, with a focus on data analysis, will allow her to combine these two passions.
Student, Ottawa University, Specializing in the Environment
Adèle Lavigne est une ancienne élève de l’ESCRH (Hawkesbury) du CSDCEO.
Lorsqu’Adèle était au secondaire, elle a fait partie du groupe Sénat du CSDCEO pour représenter les élèves à un niveau plus régional. Elle a aussi fait partie du comité pastoral et du programme 20% de son école où elle a pu développer son autonomie.
Justement, le développement de son autonomie et de sa motivation lui sert cette année car elle vit sa première année universitaire en virtuel. She is a first year student at Ottawa University, studying biology, with a focus on environmental studies. She is hoping to get to experience the social aspect of university life in the very near future!
Student in Educational Support at College La Cité
Landrine Colette Nguemie was born on December 6, 1998 in Douala, Cameroon, a brilliant student in Educational Support at College La Cité. She is currently the president of the student association and member of several committees within her campus.
She spent much of her childhood in Cameroon, where she received the basics of her school education in the best primary and then secondary schools in the country. As soon as she arrived in Canada, she moved to Toronto with her family, where she graduated from high school at the Alpha Toronto Adult Center in 2017. In September 2018, she enrolled at Collège Boréal in the ‘ ‘Prescience way collegial’ and was elected social representative during her first year. Thus, because of her remarkable work and her strong sense of leadership, she was elected the following year as president of L’AGEE_CB (General Association of Students of Collège Boréal).
Very early on in mathematics and science, fields in which she has an innate talent, she suddenly turns away from her favorite field to go to the social sciences, one of her greatest passions; according to her, it allows a greater openness of mind to our society, to people who do not all have this chance to be born and live in good health … Tolerance, understanding, hope and solidarity are now the words that live in her.
Aside from her responsibilities at her college, she works part-time as an assistant counselor with the Association for Social Integration of Ottawa (AISO) and volunteers with several community organizations.
The best way to describe her would be to call her a humble and hard worker always striving for excellence in whatever she does. Landrine Colette Nguemie, is only 22 years old and is increasingly asserting her leadership.