Meet Our Team

Aaron Barth, PhD

Founder and President

Dr. Aaron Barth, president and founder of Dialectic and Learning Snippets, wields more than 15 years of experience pinpointing complex people problems and solving them for corporate and non-profit organizations in a variety of industries. He is widely recognized as a leader in training design, behaviour change, and learning strategy. 

Aaron earned both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Western Ontario.

Aaron has been training on the topics of unconscious bias and critical thinking for over 15 years for clients such as Ontario Power Generation, Osgoode Professional Development, and The Co-Operators. Dialectic has worked with a range of organizations, including Mazda Canada, Royal Canin, the Human Rights Campaign, CMHA, and others.

Barb Adams, PhD


Barb Adams is a consultant with more than 20 years of experience. As a social psychologist, her graduate training focused on interventions to reduce prejudice and discrimination. Since then, Barb has helped large and small organizations shift their culture to become more inclusive and equitable. She has also worked with senior leaders to help them develop their diversity-related skills.

She has done interviews and focus groups with hundreds of people who face discrimination, for example working to understand women’s barriers to inclusion in a traditionally male occupation and exploring the day-to-day experience of people from other marginalized groups.

Targeted, insightful and empathic, Barb specializes in providing a safe environment for people to share their lived experience. She is also adept at integrating this information into concise and pragmatic recommendations for the systems that need to hear their unique voices.

Barb is also an experienced project manager, leading hundreds of successful projects ranging in value from $2K to $1M. 

Melissa Horne, PhD​

Director, Client Experience

Melissa holds a PhD in Black History from Rutgers University. Specializing in the history of social justice movements, Melissa’s research focuses on the historic systems of racism and oppression within historically black universities and colleges and the ways in which students and faculty have organized movements to subvert and challenge these systems.

Melissa parlays her expertise by helping clients develop targeted and strategic social justice education campaigns, influencing the policies that affect people of colour, and the LGBTQ+ community.

Cindy Holland​


Cindy works at the convergence of technology, user experience, and design. She earned her Advertising Diploma from Conestoga College, and she possesses a diverse skill set resulting from her extensive experience in the fields of graphic design, print production, and marketing. Her critical thinking and creative insight are integral to our products and to the unique customer experience we deliver.

Alex Shave​

Creative Director

Alex is a creative designer and researcher whose engaging, narrative-driven experiences empower audiences to make connections between big ideas and their day-to-day work. By leveraging the opportunities of new technology with timeless storytelling methods and structures, Alex delivers experiences that make a difference. Alex cut his teeth doing outreach and marketing for community-oriented non-profits and ethical retailers.

Jake Stallard

Interactive Media Developer

Jake is an award-winning designer with a passion for clean, functional design. A graduate of the Advertising program at Conestoga College, Jake’s analytical approach creates focused solutions. His editorial and in-house design experience brings a wide range of skills and experience to the Dialectic team. Whether working within a client’s brand guidelines or free from restrictions, Jake brings function, purpose and creativity to elevate every project.

Subject Matter Expert

Ashland Johnson, Esq.

Founder, Inclusion Playbook

An attorney, equity and inclusion strategist, and former Division I athlete, Ashland Johnson has over a decade of civil rights experience working with social justice communities, advising sports leaders, and serving in leadership roles in advocacy organizations.

Ashland recently served as the Director of Public Education & Research for the Human Rights Campaign, executing innovative, data-driven campaigns at the intersections of race, sexual orientation, gender identity, health care, sports, and faith. As a member of HRC’s senior leadership team, Ashland also helped establish and chair HRC’s Racial Equity & Inclusion table to further the organization’s commitment to and engagement with communities of color. Prior to HRC, Ashland served as Athlete Ally’s Policy Director, working with sports leaders to promote LGBTQ inclusion both on the field and under the law. She previously served as Policy Counsel for at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, where she helped develop the first national LGBTQ Sports Project. In 2016, Ashland was named as one of the 40 best LGBTQ lawyers under 40 by the National LGBT Bar Association.

Ashland is a graduate of Furman University, where she was a member of the Varsity Women’s Basketball team. She holds a law degree from the University of Georgia School of Law. She is a former National Board member of the American Constitution Society and currently serves on the National Board of Directors for the Point Foundation.

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