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Pierre grew up in the vast forest wonderland of Northern Ontario, Canada. He enjoyed a playful childhood filled with bumps and scrapes, wonder and adventure, and eventually earned a B.Sc. in Biochemistry, a M.Sc. in Protein Chemistry and a B.Ed. with qualifications to teach at the Junior, Intermediate, and Senior levels in Ontario.

Pierre has been involved in non-formal and informal learning since 1985 and has worked at various education centres in the province of Ontario as well as in Europe and the USA. In 2003, Pierre launched PLAYLearnThink in order to promote the importance of play as an essential stepping stone towards a healthy, engaging and fulfilling life.

Pierre has spoken on the topic of play and learning for various audiences, most recently for:

  • the City of Greater Sudbury Children Services in Sudbury, Canada (January 19, 2015) - Learning through play, outdoor play, exploring risk through play and natural playspaces
  • the Great Moon Gathering in Moose Factory, Canada (February 12-13, 2015) - Play, science and learning
  • the Parks and Recreation Ontario (PRO) Educational Forum in Collingwood, Canada (March 25, 2015) - Importance of play
  • the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association annual conference in Lake Louise, Canada (October 23-25, 2015) - Learning through play, exploring risk through play
  • the Health Nexus Best Start Resource Centre annual conference in Toronto, Canada (February 17-19, 2016) - Learning through play, outdoor play, exploring risk through play
  • the Town of Georgina Healthy Kids Community Challenge Physical Activity Conference in Sutton, Canada (April 22, 2016) - Talk: Play, physical literacy and the competent, active child - PlayHour: Play-based, child-directed physical activity
  • the Northeastern Ontario Recreation Association annual conference in Espanola, Canada (September 28, 2016) - The importance of play, outdoor play, exploring risk
  • the 2016 Early Childhood Annual Conference in Huntsville, Canada (September 30, 2016) - The importance of play, learning through play, exploring risk
  • the Child Friendly Edmonton Symposium in Edmonton, Canada (November 16-17, 2016) - The importance of play, learning through play and the national play movement
  • the Health Nexus Best Start Resource Centre Annual Conference in Toronto, Canada (February 8-10, 2017) - The Importance of Play
  • the Aundeck Omni Kaning Parents' Forum in Aundeck Omni Kaning, Canada (April 22, 2017) - The Importance of Play
  • the 8th Annual Saskatchewan and Manitoba Water Safety Conference in Regina, Canada (May 9-10, 2017) - The Importance of Play
  • the Children's Health and the Environment Workshop & Symposium: Moving Research to Action for Healthy Kids in London, Canada (June 26-28, 2017) - Play Advocacy through provision and training
  • the 20th International Play Association Triennial World conference in Calgary, Canada (September 13-16, 2017) - Play Training for Adults, Adventure PlayDays and Play Spaces.
  • the 8th Annual Alberta Water Safety Conference in Calgary, Canada (October 3-5, 2017) - The Importance of Play, Learning Through Play and Exploring Risk
  • the District of Timiskaming Social Services Administration Board ECE Appreciation Dinner in New Liskeard, Canada (October 26, 2017) - Why Play, Making the Learning Visible and Exploring Risk
  • The MacEwan Childcare Conference in Edmonton, Canada (May 05, 2018) - Importance of Play, Making the Learning Visible and Exploring Risk

Pierre has also delivered workshops on the importance of self-directed play in the healthy development of children, most recently:

  • in North Bay, Canada (Learning Through Play and Children as Scientists, April 9, 2015)
  • in Huntsville, Canada (Learning Through Play and Children as Scientists, May 8, 2015)
  • in Pembroke, Canada (L'apprentissage par le jeu, 27 mai, 2015)
  • in Lake Louise, Canada (Learning Through Play, October 23, 2015)
  • in Espanola, Canada (Learning Through Play and Outdoor Natural Play, January 16, 2016)
  • in North Bay, Canada (Children as Scientists including risky play, March 28, 2016)
  • in New Liskeard, Canada (L'importance du jeu, 9 avril, 2016)
  • in Levack, Canada (Learning Through Play, May 2, 2016)
  • in Sudbury, Canada (Learning Through Play with a focus on physical literacy and outdoor playspaces, May 14, 2016)
  • in Sudbury, Canada (Parent engagement: Importance of Play, May 18, 2016)
  • on Georgina Island, Canada (Learning Through Play, Juin 17, 2016)
  • in Sudbury, Canada (Learning Through Play, Juin 24, 2016)
  • in Huntsville, Canada (Learning Through Play, September 30, 2016)
  • in Little Current, Canada (Learning Through Play, October 15, 2016)
  • in Sudbury, Canada (Learning Through Play, October 24, 2016)
  • in Edmonton, Canada (Learning Through Play, November 18, 2016)
  • in Espanola, Canada (Parent Engagement: Learning Through Play, November 26, 2016)
  • in Sudbury, Canada (The Importance of Play, January 24, 2017)
  • in Toronto, Canada (The Importance of Play, Learning Through Play, Play in Natural Settings, Inquiry Based Learning, February 8 and 9, 2017)
  • in Sudbury, Canada (Parent Engagement: Learning Through Play, February 15, 2017)
  • in Thunder Bay, Canada (The Importance of Play, Learning Through Play, Play in Natural Settings, Inquiry Based Learning, March 21, 2017)
  • in Nipigon, Canada (Parent Engagement: Learning Through Play and ECE Importance of Play workshop, March 21-22, 2017)
  • in Terrace Bay, Canada (Parent Engagement: Learning Through Play and ECE Importance of Play workshop, March 23, 2017)
  • in Manitouwadge, Canada (Parent Engagement: Learning Through Play and ECE Importance of Play workshop, March 24, 2017)
  • in Timmins, Canada (Importance of Play and Exploring Risk workshops, April 29, 2017)
  • in Sudbury, Canada (Parent Engagement: Importance of Play and Exploring Risk playshop, May 6, 2017)
  • in London, Canada (Play Ambassador training session, May 16, 2017)
  • in Sudbury, Canada (Parent Engagement: Importance of Play and Exploring Risk playshop, June 20, 2017)
  • in Sudbury, Canada (Importance of Play and Learning Through Play, June 23, 2017)
  • in Dryden, Canada (Importance of Play, Learning Through Play and Exploring Risk playshop, September 21, 2017)
  • in North Bay, Canada (Importance of Play, Learning Through Play and Exploring Risk playshop, October 2, 2017)
  • in Englehart, Canada (Importance of Play, Learning Through Play and Exploring Risk playshop, October 26, 2017)
  • in North Bay, Canada (Importance of Play, How Does Learning Happen? ministry document, Inquiry-based learning, Documentation and Reflexive Practice full-day playshop, February 24, 2018)
  • in Burlington, Canada (Importance of Play, Learning Through Play and Exploring Risk playshop, March 24, 2018)
  • in Sudbury, Canada (Importance of play and how to create an engaging playspace, April 5, 2018)
  • in Thunder Bay, Canada (Importance of Play, Learning Through Play, Exploring Risk, Physical Literacy and Creating a Playspace full-day playshop, April 24, 2018)
  • in Red Deer, Canada (Importance of Play, Making the Learning Visible, Exploring Risk and Creating a Playspace playshop, May 02, 2018)
  • in Edmonton, Canada (Importance of Play, Making the Learning Visible, Exploring Risk and Creating a Playspace playshop, May 05, 2018)
  • in Edmonton, Canada (Importance of Play, Making the Learning Visible and Exploring Risk playshop, May 7, 2018)
  • in Calgary, Canada (Importance of Play, Making the Learning Visible and Exploring Risk playshop, May 12, 2018)
  • in Manitouwadge, Canada (Importance of Play, Making the Learning Visible and Exploring Risk playshop, May 29, 2018)
  • in Biigtigong Nishnaabeg, Canada (Importance of Play, Making the Learning Visible and Exploring Risk playshop, May 30, 2018)
  • in Terrace Bay, Canada (Importance of Play, Making the Learning Visible and Exploring Risk playshop, May 31, 2018)
  • in Nipigon, Canada (Importance of Play, Making the Learning Visible and Exploring Risk playshop, June 5, 2018)
  • in Geraldton, Canada (Importance of Play, Making the Learning Visible and Exploring Risk playshop, June 7, 2018)
  • in Sudbury, Canada (Importance of Play, Making the Learning Visible and Exploring Risk playshop, June 22, 2018)
  • in Scarborough, Canada (Importance of Play, Making the Learning Visible and Exploring Risk playshop, June 24, 2018)

In the past five years, just over 6000 teachers, educators, recreation leaders, health care service providers, parents/caregivers and members of the general public have taken Pierre's Play Ambassadors Oath. Pierre also organizes and facilitates Adventure PlayDays in schools and in community spaces. In June and October 2014, Pierre toured the province of Ontario with the Ministry of Education training kindergarten teachers, educators, school principals and school board personnel on the importance of play and learning through play with a focus on loose parts, children's control of their play, making the learning visible, exploring risk, children's use of real tools, outdoor play and inquiry based learning.

Pierre is the current president of the Canadian branch of the International Play Association. He lives with his partner Susanne and their 8 year old son Tom (from whom he learns much) in an off-grid, straw bale house nestled within 10 hectares of the most beautiful natural playground: the Boreal Forest and Canadian Shield of Northern Ontario, where adventures abound and imagination soars.

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