2018 Digifest Speakers
Research & Development AssociateLearn More
MW Canada Ltd. is one of the few vertically integrated textile manufacturers in Canada, controlling their product from dying, to weaving, to chemical finishing. Their research initiatives involve using printed and woven solutions to integrate sensing, communication, and energy applications with their fabrics. They collaborate extensively with Universities and research groups across Canada to develop flexible approaches to conventional electronics.
Founder, PassenLearn More
As the Founder and CEO of Passen, his job is to evangelize the future of the apparel industry through Passen’s world leading fit technology, focussing specifically on the increasing prominence of ecommerce as a revenue channel for retailers.
Founder, EvergreenLearn More
In 2010, he led the creation of Evergreen Brick Works in Toronto, an adaptive re-use of a civic asset and a place where the world can experience sustainable practices that enable flourishing cities.
With national award-winning programs, Evergreen has become internationally known for its tackling of environmental and urban challenges. Three decades since its founding, Geoff and a strong leadership team continue this city building vision with a portfolio of innovative projects, including the redevelopment of the Kiln Building at Evergreen Brick Works into a dynamic year-round superhub that will ignite, accelerate and celebrate new solutions for low-carbon cities, and a national program called The Future Cities Network that will connect government, industry and academics on the theme of innovation and urban development in Canada.
Brand DesignerLearn More
Her branding boutique helps entrepreneurs reach and keep their ideal customers using communication design as a strategic tool. Claudia is passionate about communication, marketing and design thinking, using her problem-solving skills to bring out the best of each business to the market.
Claudia studied Graphic Design in Brazil and Italy, and is a Design Management alumni from George Brown College’s School of Design. She is the author of the 2017 Brazilian Graphic Design Biennale identity and an active member of the regional as well as the national design associations (Adegraf and ADG Brasil).
VP, Strategy & InnovationLearn More
Rick is responsible for shaping George Brown’s vision for 2030 and developing the corresponding business strategy. He leads the Registrar’s Office, Marketing and Recruitment, Publishing, and the International Center. Rick is also responsible for Alumni Relations, Strategic Partnerships, Applied Research, Institutional Research, and Entrepreneurship.
Chief Experience OfficerLearn More
She has led multiple institutions in research strategy and business development. She is the founder of Conveyor Built, an innovation skills training and development firm. Her passion for technological literacy and open innovation inspired her to start the GYBO Robotics Network, a community of over 800 roboticists, innovators and technologists . She is a member of the board of the Parametric Human Project. Adriana has a Masters of Engineering from the University of Toronto.
Innuksuk has produced both documentary and narrative films, with her short Kajutaijuq (2014) premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and later selected to be a part of the TIFF Top 10 Festival. She won the TIFF Pitch This! Prize in 2016, and has previously worked with the National Film Board of Canada as a director of documentary films and interactive projects. In addition to film, she is an early adopter of Virtual Reality content creation, working with artists such as Philip Glass, The Strumbellas, A Tribe Called Red, and Tanya Tagaq.
Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of TransPodLearn More
Janzen’s innovations have been featured in over 110 international lectures, media interviews, and scientific publications, including the Discovery Channel, Wired magazine, and Through the Wormhole. His work has led to entirely new fields of research, including extramissive optics, veillance flux, swarm modulation, and the world’s first aircraft Power Line Communication (PLC) research. His innovations have led to advances in acoustics, aerospace electronics, mathematics, and vehicle propulsion.
Director, Civic Innovation OfficeLearn More
Kwan was the Co-Organizer of We Are Wearables, an initiative that brings communities together to learn, discuss, and celebrate wearable technology. She was also the Head of Global Expansion at Pivotal Labs where she spearheaded the Global Expansion group to ensure Pivotal had a strategic global presence, and could support sales in growing markets.
VP, DigitalLearn More
Information DesignerLearn More
Giorgia Lupi sees beauty in data. With her practice, she challenges the impersonality that data communicate, designing engaging visual narratives that re-connect numbers to what they stand for: stories, people, ideas.
Her work is included in MoMA’s collection, and the Museum recently commissioned an original, site-specific piece for the exhibition Items: Is Fashion Modern? Lupi also gave a TED TALK on her humanistic approach to data.
Director of Business Development & Strategic PartnershipsLearn More
In addition to his work in corporate partnership development and community engagement, Jason is considered one of the brightest emerging leaders in the City of Toronto. He is a Mentor at Ryerson’s Social Ventures Zone, a member of CivicAction’s Mental Health in the Workplace Champions Council, the Chair of the ArtReach Toronto Steering Committee, and a member of the Work In Culture Inclusive Leadership Advisory Committee and Board of Directors. He was also a member of the NXT City Advisory Board, and an artsVest corporate sponsorship mentor for Business for the Arts.
Graduate Program DirectorLearn More
Co-founder, Impossible Things Inc.Learn More
As a concept designer, developer, producer, and team leader Alex has established himself as an internationally-renowned creator of highly innovative and emotionally compelling experiences working with clients including Peter Gabriel, Xenophile Media, MIT the Royal Shakespeare Company..
New Venture Creation, University of Guelph
Dana McCauley was recognized as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women in 2017 for her leadership and ability to inspire others. Her public profile includes speaking at national and International food industry events and a judge for seasons one and two of reality TV show Recipe to Riches.
Dana was the founding Executive Director of Food Starter, a food business incubator and accelerator that has been recognized with a Premier’s Award for Innovation Excellence. Their clients have launched over 80 product lines and created +160 food sector jobs
As the Associate Director of New Venture Creation, her team enables Canada’s smartest agri-food and biotech minds to transform their insights into the commercial value and enhances Canada’s international reputation as a place where great ideas and safe food are abundant.
She teaches Journalism at Ryerson University and the University of Toronto and writes the Portia Adams Adventures – a detective series featuring a 19-year-old Canadian woman in 1930s London.
Learn More MakeLab started three years ago when they took eight 3D printers to a Toronto bar and taught design until the last call. Since then they have taken their laser cutters, light tables, and edible photo booths out of the lab, inventing ways to spark wonder and creativity in unexpected places. Makelab has been engaging people through teaching innovative design from small to large events around the world. Their past clientele includes the ROM, AGO, Fashion Week and TIFF.
MakeLab started three years ago when they took eight 3D printers to a Toronto bar and taught design until the last call. Since then they have taken their laser cutters, light tables, and edible photo booths out of the lab, inventing ways to spark wonder and creativity in unexpected places.
Makelab has been engaging people through teaching innovative design from small to large events around the world. Their past clientele includes the ROM, AGO, Fashion Week and TIFF.
CEO & Co-founderLearn More
Idris leads the firm’s focus on the future of AI and the role business leadership can play in creating long-term social and economic value. He has also developed and taught a program on design thinking at Harvard, has written countless articles, and is the author of four books that explore design thinking and strategic innovation.
Marilyn McNeil Morin
Director of the Fashion ExchangeLearn More
McNeil-Morin’s efforts to create a hub where community, education and industry connect caught the attention of editors at Chatelaine. The magazine chose 33 women who rocked 2017 – McNeil-Morin among them.
Chatelaine credits her for, “bringing fashion manufacturing back to Canada” in its Women of the Year feature Open New Browser Window.
“For five years, the Director of the Fashion Exchange at Toronto’s George Brown College advocated for the creation of a space that could serve as both a technical workshop for design students and a working manufacturing facility,” the article states.
The Fashion Exchange opened in April 2016 in Toronto’s Regent Park neighbourhood, providing the local community with fast-track training for entry–level positions in the fashion industry, hands-on advanced production experience for George Brown fashion students, and manufacturing services and support for local companies and emerging designers to enable the growth of small brands.
“The Fashion Exchange signed 30 clients, including local designers Heather Campbell and Garrison Bespoke, and hired nine staff (including two from their community outreach program),” the Chatelaine article says.
Director of Business DevelopmentLearn More
Jenna co-founded the BRI in March of 2017 under the leadership of Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott, coauthors of Blockchain Revolution: How the Technology Behind Bitcoin is Changing Money, Business, and the World.
Jenna holds a BBA in Finance from Trent University is a Certified Bitcoin Professional.
Curator / Writer
Co-founder, Radiance (Germany)Learn More
Virtual Reality as Artistic Medium for the 21st Century at HeK Basel in 2017. She is co-founder of Radiance, an online platform for artistic VR experiences. She is a PhD candidate at The University of Art and Design Linz, Austria, and a board member of the media arts society in Berlin.
Mayor Scarpitti also serves on York Regional Council and is the current Chair of York Region Rapid Transit Corporation (VIVA Transit).
Principal Research OfficerLearn More
His research interest has been in the areas of organic semiconductor materials and devices, currently focusing on printable/flexible/wearable electronics, sensors, and electricity generators. Dr. Tao has published over 150 scientific papers in peer refereed journals, and holds 20+ US and international patents.
Artistic DirectorLearn More
She has curated and produced a number of exhibitions in diverse institutions ranging from media art museums (Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico) to alternative spaces (Manchester Digital Laboratory, U.K.). She is currently the artistic director at Eastern Bloc (Montreal) and was Studio XX’s Programming Coordinator.
Rijksmuseum (Netherlands)Learn More
The Rijksmuseum has received multiple awards for its innovative digital and social activities. Before joining the Rijksmuseum, Linda held several management positions at digital agency Jungle Minds and worked in the financial sector.
Program DirectorLearn More
Linda is also program director at the International New Town Institute and in charge of a multiyear research and exchange program in Shenzhen. The program acts as a catalyst for the exchange of knowledge between international students, researchers, design professionals, developers, policymakers and politicians by initiating research, conferences, exhibitions, design workshops and publications. Linda lectures and publishes internationally.
White has exhibited his artwork throughout North America and Europe. His works can be found in public collections, including those of the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Canadian Art Bank, and the National Gallery of Canada
From 1978 to 2016, he taught electronics, concept development, and computer programming at both OCAD University and Ryerson University in Toronto.