Testimonials and Awards


OPSOA Presents Distinguished Leadership Awards

Peter receiving the OPSOA Distinguished Leadership Award, April 2014.  OPSOA is the Ontario Public Supervisory Officials’ Association  – and represents about 300 Superintendents and Directors in the public system in Ontario. 

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PeterAndSirKen2The health and vitality of any organization is directly related to how the people in it are valued, supported and encouraged to think creatively. Drawing on his own research and practical experience as an inspirational leader, Peter challenges his audiences with wit and humanity to explore fundamental questions and principles that will help their organizations to grow and flourish.
– Sir Ken Robinson

“Delivering solid educational content through his humor and musicality, Peter Gamwell has delighted audiences at the State of Creativity Forum each year receiving the highest accolades for sharing his practical wisdom as an organizational change agent and creativity expert.”
– Susan McCalmont, President, Creative Oklahoma

Creating Conditions for the Extraordinary – Oklahoma, USA, November 1, 2011

This was a great session, I loved it!  Great book recommendations too, added to my Amazon wish list! – Wesley Fryer

National Roundtable on Teacher Education in the Arts, Ottawa, Canada, February 6, 2011

Thank you, Peter for an excellent keynote address at the National Roundtable for Teacher Education in the Arts. You inspire leaders everywhere to recognize and build on the unique creative capacity in each of our students and colleagues. Your talk showed us that it is possible to build more productive cultures of engagement in our formal and informal settings. – Sylvia Sklar, Associate Director, Centre for Educational Leadership (CEL), McGill University

Please accept this letter as a note of our profound gratitude for your outstanding presentation to us last May 26, at the National Arts Centre, on your topic of “ Creativity and Innovation in Organizational Principles.”  The audience of professors, teachers, artists, arts institution administrators and government officials, from across Canada, were deeply moved, not only by your remarks but also by the manner of your impassioned presentation and inspiring ideas. As I have said to you, your insights and your language were immediately reflected by the tone and substance of the following group discussions on a variety of the Roundtable topics.  In your case, the effectiveness of the medium and the message were of equal inspiration. We remain deeply indebted to your eloquent challenges for leadership and to the immense effectiveness of your delivery. Congratulations and BRAVO! Sincerely, – Michael Wilson Ed. D., Co-Chair, NRTEA Arts Professor (ret.)

I had the absolute pleasure of attending Peter’s presentations on Creativity and Innovation.  It was wildly entertaining and kept me on the edge of my seat from start to finish.  Peter’s message on empowerment was profound and should be heard by all senior management teams regardless of their business type. – Keri-Ann Hubbard, City of Ottawa Program, Policy Management Officer, Infrastructure Services Department

Peter is an education leader for this 21st Century. His presentations are filled with energy and inspiration. Peter is able to call us all to a profound understanding of the role we must play as educational leaders. It is without hesitation that I highly recommend him for staff professional development and visioning. –Dan Friedt Principal St. Charles School

Peter is a proven change leader and compelling communicator.  He combines a deep understanding of the conditions that cultivate human flourishing, with a quick wit and a deep connection with people. Peter invariably leaves his audience inspired and prepared to drive innovation for learning. – Simon Breakspear Innovation Strategist

Ottawa Carleton District School Board

As an actively involved parent volunteer in the school system, I have worked with Peter over the past 8 years and seen first hand his creativity and leadership projects flourish in the Ottawa Carleton District School Board.  Peter’s insight into breaking down barriers amongst the various stakeholders within the education system is amazing.  Working with parents, students, teachers and administrators, Peter has taught all of us the value of informal leadership and creativity.  He has taught parents, teachers and students to allow the creative capacities and leadership abilities of everyone to achieve better collaborative and greater success. – Anne Teutsch Parent, Ottawa Carleton District School Board