We are a diverse group of professionals that have come together for one purpose: to create ”Optimal Learning” Environments that even the playing field for children with learning disabilities. On our team we have professionals from multidisciplinary backgrounds who have experienced learning challenges first hand both professionally and personally.
Dr. Heather Macdonald – Founder and Developer of the TriOptimal Learning Model™
Dr. Karine Clay – Curriculum Consultant for Classroom Interventions and Training Facilitator
Ryan Clements – Marketing and Business
John Macdonald – Financial Advisor
DR. HEATHER MACDONALD
Dr. Heather Macdonald has been working with at-risk children and teens for the last nineteen years. She recognized her love for street children when working with at-risk youth in Mexico City. Dr. Macdonald continued to work with at-risk children through schools, young offender facilities and therapeutic treatment settings in both clinical and management positions.. She obtained an MA in Marriage and Family Therapy and a PhD in Clinical Psychology. “Learning from the Inside Out” has been Heather’s life long journey towards the understanding of how the relationships we have with each other and our brains determines our academic success or failure. Overcoming her own Learning Disabilities has given her a passion to help other children get to know and understand their own brain.
DR. KARINE CLAY
Curriculum Consultant and Training Co-Facilitator for TriOptimal Programs.
Dr. Karine Clay brings with her an understanding of diversification within education. This knowledge was acquired through her extensive experience as an administrator and educator across traditional and non-traditional settings. She obtained a PhD in Education to further her post-doctoral goal to assist developed and developing countries in achieving accessible and quality education for all students regardless of gender, race and socio-economic background. Dr. Clay’s humanistic philosophic approach in education supports her need to address diversity concerns and differentiate instructions.
Ryan Clements is a business and legal advisor to start-up companies and entrepreneurs, and also a writer and entrepreneur himself. He's also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Alberta Faculty of Law where he teaches Entrepreneurial Law. He's a frequent speaker and trainer in the areas of entrepreneurship, productivity, leadership, performance, career fulfillment and empowerment, intrinsic motivation, networking, sales, and marketing. He is also a widely published freelance writer on these subjects and has published a book and given a TEDx talk on career fulfillment, a topic that he speaks often to schools and students about. An experienced entrepreneur and lawyer, he's a co-founder in a highly successful worldwide network marketing and distribution company, a law firm, and an educational consulting company, and he also currently serves on the board, or consults to several other startups. He is also active in entrepreneurial related volunteer projects and has served on the advisory review committee for the Business Development Bank of Canada’s young entrepreneur loan program, as well as a coach and mentor for Startup Weekend EDU in Calgary. He is also a special marketing advisor to The Child Rescue Association of North America.
John Macdonald was educated and trained in Scotland where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ICAS) April 1968. His work experience covers hands on bottom line responsibility within the manufacturing, wholesale and retail distribution sectors in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. He has over 47 years of experience, providing financial and general management consulting. In addition to his financial credentials, he has carried out assignments as an industrial engineer, training manager, and production manager. Self-employed as an independent consultant he has provided corporate and financial stewardship for companies undergoing change and restructuring. Assignments have included general management, human resource planning, manufacturing start-ups, and closures. Mr. Macdonald has specialized in supporting small and medium sized companies through the cash flow pressures associated with that growth. Mr. Macdonald has extensive experience working with Asset Based Lenders, from both the lender and the client viewpoint.
Mr. Macdonald also served as Secretary/Treasurer and as a director, of The Jennifer Ashleigh Children’s Charity, a Canadian Ontario based charity.