2018 Digifest Speakers

Lindsay Barber

Research & Development Associate

MW Canada

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Lindsay Barber coordinates Research and Development at MW Canada Ltd., a textile manufacturer in Cambridge Ontario. She uses her knowledge of materials and experience in healthcare to envision new products and pursue novel approaches to modifying fabrics.

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.

Stuart Campbell


Founder, Passen

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Stuart has spent the last 5 years working with engineers and designers building, designing, and commercializing enterprise software with a heavy emphasis on user experience and service design.

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.

Geoff Cape


Founder, Evergreen

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Geoff Cape is the founder and CEO of Evergreen, and has grown the organization to become a nationally recognized leader on urban sustainability with over 160 staff and programs across Canada. Evergreen has enabled over 7,200 projects over the past 27 years in communities across the country.

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.

Claudia El-moor

Brand Designer

Co-founder, Eye Design (Brazil)

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Claudia El-moor is a Brazilian Graphic Designer and Co-founder of Eye Design – Desenvolvimento de Marcas, which is located in Brasilia, the modernist planned capital of Brazil.

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).

Rick Huijbregts

VP, Strategy & Innovation

George Brown College

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 As Vice-President, Strategy & Innovation, Dr. Rick Huijbregts oversees strategic planning and partnership development to ensure George Brown College remains well positioned to evolve and adapt for the digital and rapidly changing future. He strives to advance community and industry innovation while providing students with relevant and hands-on learning opportunities through applied research and entrepreneurship.

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.

Matt Humphreys

Chief Experience Officer


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Humphreys is a leader, a teacher, and an entertainer. As Chief Experience Officer at Diff, he knows a thing or two about User Experience (UX), and is passionate about sharing his knowledge. Humphries has taught UX at Seneca and is currently a faculty member in the School of Design at George Brown College. As if that wasn’t enough, he is also a prolific singer, musician, and voice over artist.

Adriana Ieraci


Get Your Bot On!

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Adriana is a technology design translator. Her work explores the application of emerging technologies such as robotics and artificial intelligence, the design patterns and the business models they enable. She is a design and technology entrepreneurship lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine, 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. 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.

Nyla Innuksuk


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Innuksuk is a filmmaker, media artist, and a co-owner in Pinnguaq Productions. Pinnguaq operates in Ontario, Nunavut, and British Columbia, with a cutting edge mandate to create interactive experiences that push both the limits of technology and cultural expression.

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.

Ryan Janzen

Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of TransPod


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Janzen is Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of TransPod, designing a next generation of ultra-high-speed aerospace vehicles, to move passengers and cargo between cities at over 1000 kilometres per hour.

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.

Paula Kwan

Director, Civic Innovation Office

City of Toronto

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As Director of Civic Innovation for the City of Toronto, Kwan strives to create a responsive municipal government that meets the daily needs and challenges of the residents of Toronto through the use of new technologies, tools, and approaches to innovation.

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.

Andrew Lundy

VP, Digital

The Canadian Press

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Andrew brings more than twenty-five years of experience as a reporter, editor, manager, and leader in both conventional and digital journalism. He is currently Vice President of Digital at The Canadian Press, where he oversees the news service’s digital efforts in both product and content, encompassing text, video, social media, and both static and interactive graphics on all platforms.

Giorgia Lupi

Information Designer

Co-founder, Accurat (Italy & USA)

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Giorgia Lupi is an award-winning information designer and a cofounder of Accurat, a data-driven design firm with offices in Milan and New York, where she is the design director. She has a PhD in design from Politecnico di Milano, and is coauthor of the aspirational, hand-drawn data-visualization book Dear Data (Princeton Architectural Press/Penguin Random House).

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.

Jason Maghanoy

Director of Business Development & Strategic Partnerships

NOW Magazine

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Jason Maghanoy is a graduate of McGill University and the National Theatre School of Canada’s Playwriting Program. Currently, he is the Director of Business Development & Strategic Partnerships at NOW Magazine, leading a digital transformation of one of the most respected media companies in Canada. Prior to NOW, he was the Senior Development Officer, Corporate Partnerships at Canadian Stage, the Manager, Community Investment at Toronto Arts Foundation, and a Sponsorship & Advertising Coordinator at TIFF.

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.

Asmaa Malik

Graduate Program Director

Ryerson School of Journalism

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Malik is graduate program director at the Ryerson School of Journalism, where she teaches entrepreneurship and digital journalism skills. A former editor at the Montreal Gazette and Toronto Star, her research interests lie at the intersection of race and digital media. Her work has appeared in several publications including the Washington Post, The Walrus and the Toronto Star.

Alex Mayhew


Co-founder, Impossible Things Inc.

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For two decades, Alex has worked for high profile clients and companies across multiple platforms using cutting edge digital media to create iconic, engaging and effective projects that significantly enhance his client’s brand identity. Alex recently co-founded the mixed reality company Impossible Things with Ian Kelso. They launched their first project in 2017, the highly acclaimed ReBlink, an augmented reality show that refreshes and re-imagines the traditional gallery viewing experience at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

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..

Dana McCauley

Associate Director

New Venture Creation, University of Guelph

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Angela Misri

Digital Director

The Walrus

Angela Misri is an award-winning digital journalist who spent fourteen years at the CBC creating podcasts, websites and radio show and is now the Digital Director for The Walrus.

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.

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Jonathan Moneta

Creative Director


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Jonathan Moneta is the Creative Director at MakeLab, a studio of designers, technologists, and logistics professionals who create and facilitate pop-up and hands-on interactivities for events.

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.

Idris Mootee

CEO & Co-founder

Idea Couture

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Idris Mootee is the CEO and co-founder of Idea Couture. Described as a “big thinker” and a “foresight machine,” Idris is currently focused on implementing practical applications of AI technologies to help create competitive advantages for future industry leaders.

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 Exchange

George Brown College

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One of Canada’s premier magazines chose Marilyn McNeil-Morin, the Director of George Brown‘s Fashion Exchange Open New Browser Window, as one of its Women of the Year for 2017.

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.

Jenna Pilgrim

Director of Business Development

Blockchain Research Institute

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Jenna Pilgrim is the Director of Business Development at the multi-million Blockchain Research Institute, which is conducting the definitive investigation of blockchain strategies, opportunities, and implementation challenges and is funded by companies and governments worldwide.

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.

Tina Sauerlaender

Curator / Writer

Co-founder, Radiance (Germany)

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Tina Sauerlaender is a curator and writer based in Berlin, Germany. She focuses on the impact of the digital and the internet on individual environments and society. With her exhibition hub peer to space she has been organizing international group shows, e.g The Unframed World.

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.

Frank Scarpitti


City of Markham

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Mayor Frank Scarpitti was elected as Mayor of Markham in 2006, 2010 and 2014. He is Markham’s second longest serving Mayor. Mr. Scarpitti was first elected to Markham Council in 1985, as a Regional Councillor. In total, the people of Markham have elected him nine times. He has served on both the Councils of the City of Markham and York Region for 29 years.

Mayor Scarpitti also serves on York Regional Council and is the current Chair of York Region Rapid Transit Corporation (VIVA Transit).

Mackay Taggart

Global News

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Ye Tao

Principal Research Officer

National Research Council of Canada

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Dr. Ye Tao is a Principal Research Officer at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), and the leader of the Organic Materials and Devices group at NRC’s Advanced Electronics and Photonics Research Centre.

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.

Erandy Vergara

Artistic Director

Eastern Bloc (Montreal)

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Erandy curates, investigates, reads and writes about contemporary and media art. She earned a MA at Concordia University and a PhD in Art History at McGill University.

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.

Linda Volkers

Marketing Manager

Rijksmuseum (Netherlands)

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Linda Volkers is the Marketing Manager at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Nehterlands. She is responsible for Digital Marketing at the museum. She also oversees the marketing for Rijksstudio, the Rijksmuseum’s digitized asset collection and Rijksstudio Award, the international design competition, and recently revamped app.

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.

Linda Vlassenrood

Program Director

New Town Institute

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Linda Vlassenrood is an architecture historian and an independent curator, program manager, writer and consultant on architecture, urban planning and design. At Het Nieuwe Instituut, she curated a multiyear cultural program (2015-2017) on data and the smart society in collaboration with the City of Eindhoven. The DATAstudio addressed the question of how we can build a smart society rather than just a smart city.

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.

Norman White


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Norman White is a new media artist who is a pioneer in the use of electronic technology and robotics in art. He started his career as a painter. In the late 60’s, he began experimenting with electronics and created electrical art machines in order to better model the often unpredictable behavior of dynamic systems, especially that of living organisms.

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.


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