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.
The Director of CommunicationsLearn More
CEO & FounderLearn 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.
CEO & FounderLearn 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 tackling environmental and urban challenges. Three decades since its founding, Cape and a strong leadership team continue this city building vision with a portfolio of innovative initiatives. Projects include 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 The Future Cities Network, a national program that will connect government, industry, and academics on the theme of innovation and urban development in Canada.
R&D DirectorLearn More
Chow’s extensive experience in creative direction, design, and product development has garnered media attention from the Globe and Mail, the National Post and Fashion Television. Driven by design, inspired by innovation, and passionate about improving people’s lives, Chow leads her team to bridge the gap between form and function.
Myant’s award winning product have been featured on CNN, CNET, FOX, Mashable, TFO, and TOM*.
Artist and CuratorLearn More
Brand Designer & Co-founderLearn More
El-moor studied Graphic Design in Brazil and Italy, and is a Design Management alumni from George Brown College’s School of Design. She is the creator of the 2017 Brazilian Graphic Design Biennale identity and an active member of the regional and national design associations, Adegraf and Associação dos Designers Gráficos Brasil.
Graphic Designer (France)Learn More
Vice-President, Strategy & InnovationLearn More
Huijbregts is also a frequent speaker and thought leader in matters of innovation, digital transformation, Smart Cities, and serves on various Smart City advisory boards such as Toronto, Markham, and Vaughan. Rick is also a faculty at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design Executive Education where he focuses on Smart Cities, Smart Buildings, and Digital Transformation.
Chief Experience OfficerLearn More
Ieraci is a design and technology entrepreneurship lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine, and the Faculty of Information at University of Toronto. 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, and a board member of the Parametric Human Project.
Innuksuk’s work has been widely celebrated and noted for her ability to use VR as a tool to break free from stereotypes, including a feature by Vice Motherboard in 2015. She has worked with artists including Glenn Gould, Kent Monkman, Tanya Tagaq, and A Tribe Called Red. Innuksuk is imagineNATIVE’s AR/VR Artist in Residence, consults regularly for Marvel Comics, and is a a member of the board of directors of the Glenn Gould Foundation. She was recently selected by Google to be included in their exclusive Google Jump program for new media storytellers.
Co-Founder & Chief Technology OfficerLearn 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
Olivier Le Gal
Vice-President, DigitalLearn More
He studied graduate journalism at the University of Western Ontario, where he received his political science degree, and is currently the Chair of Sheridan College’s Professional Advisory Committee for journalism.
Information Designer & Co-FounderLearn More
Lupi lives in New York City, has a Masters in Architecture at FAF in Ferrara, Italy, earned a PhD in Design at Politecnico di Milano, and recently 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
Artist & Co-Founder
Impossible Things Inc.Learn More
As a concept designer, developer, producer, and team leader, Mayhew has established himself as an internationally-renowned creator of highly innovative and emotionally compelling experiences working with clients including Peter Gabriel, Xenophile Media, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Associate Director, New Venture Creation
University of GuelphLearn More
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.
Digital DirectorLearn More
CEO & Co-FounderLearn More
Mootee is the co-founder and chairman of the Institute for Human Futures. 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. His most recent title includes “Design Thinking for Strategic Innovation,” which was translated into multiple languages and is used as core material in graduate programs at Parsons and Harvard.
Marilyn McNeil Morin
Director, Fashion ExchangeLearn More
Ratnasinghamis is also the Informatics Director at the Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, a research institute focused on understanding the condition and dynamics of biodiversity in wild and human-developed environments using genomics. He is a software systems architect and globally recognized scientist in the field of biodiversity informatics.
Curator, Writer & Co-Founder
Radiance (Germany)Learn More
Mayor Frank Scarpitti
Mayor Scarpitti led Markham’s initiative to secure the Markham Pan Am Centre and was Co-Chair of the Markham Pan-Am Host Advisory Committee. He is a strong advocate of internet voting and pioneered internet voting in the municipal elections of 2003 that has been used in all subsequent elections. He also serves on York Regional Council and is the current Chair of York Region Rapid Transit Corporation (VIVA Transit).
News DirectorLearn More
Principal Research OfficerLearn More
Tao has published over 150 scientific papers in peer reviewed journals, and holds over twenty US and international patents.
Director, Arts & CultureLearn More
Artistic DirectorLearn More
Vlassenrood is also an independent curator, writer and consultant on architecture, urban planning and design, and Program Manager at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam where she curated a multi-year cultural program with the City of Eindhoven on its ambition to be a smart city in a participatory society. At the Netherlands Architecture Institute, where she served as Chief Curator, she curated exhibitions on landscape and urban planning such as Hybrid Landscapes, the Dutch contribution to the International Architecture Biennale in Venice in 2004.
Rijksmuseum (Netherlands)Learn More
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 U and Ryerson University.