Our team is excited to meet you! Take a look at our leaders’ bios to get a sense of our passion for this project, and for learning through play in general.

Andy Hargreaves, PhD

Principal Investigator

Andy Hargreaves is Visiting Professor at the University of Ottawa. Andy has helped to create and sustain eight different educational networks in Canada, the UK, the US, and Australia. He holds three honorary doctorates and has 8 Outstanding Writing Awards. The ideas in his most recent books – Five Paths of Student Engagement (2021) and Well-being in Schools (2022) are at the heart of this project.

Trista Hollweck, PhD

Co-Principal Investigator

Trista Hollweck is a Research Fellow at the University of Ottawa. The perfect blend of research, policy and practice, Trista is a former teacher, vice-principal and school district consultant and has designed and led educational networks at the school, province and international levels. Trista is a passionate advocate for innovative practice and supporting teachers and leaders in this work. Her PhD research focused on teacher induction, mentoring and coaching programs and their systemic change implications.