Elizabeth Morris is a professional deaf actor, American Sign Language coach/consultant for theatre and film and an elementary teacher. She was born in England and has also lived in Japan and the United States. As a teenager, Elizabeth was part of the Young Scholars’ Program at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. It is the only liberal arts university for the deaf in the world. She became part of a touring theatre of the deaf, “Quest for Arts,” in Washington, DC, during which time she performed in Romania, South Africa, Japan, Australia and Mexico. Later, she returned to study as an undergraduate at Gallaudet and graduated with a BA in elementary education and educational drama. Elizabeth was also a member of The National Theatre of the Deaf in Hartford, Connecticut. Growing up with a hard-of-hearing brother and also a deaf autistic brother, Elizabeth has always been keenly aware that no two people with a hearing loss are exactly the same. Accessibility to theatre and media presents different challenges for each person with a hearing loss, and the problem of accessibility in these areas is something she would like to address in her graduate research.
Kaveh was born in Tehran, Iran, where he completed his undergrad in Graphic Design. After graduating, he studied various disciplines and creative paths (such as publication, commercial photography, educational films and art direction in News Corporation) and then he finally opened own design agency. He moved from Tehran to Toronto in 2010.
Kaveh spent a year of his life traveling to different places in the Middle East, where he got a taste of different cultures and lifestyles. His transition between these two cities increased Kaveh’s interest in verbal and written communication of different cultures — specifically, the integration and miscommunication experienced between cultures based on these differences.
MRP Interest(s): His MRP will focus on the technical difficulties that the Persian writing system faces in this time of digital revolution.
Monique’s practice exists as a series of intersecting experiences in the fields of business/systems analysis for large government projects, enterprise information technology for small businesses, volunteer web and graphic design for culture-based projects and artists, art department and research for feature films/TV projects, and small interior design projects. Her visual art production played on the viewer’s relationship to physical space, leveraging myth, story, and language that act as cultural lenses to our experiences. This invited the viewer to encounter their own worldviews.
She attended Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) with initial studies in Graphic Design, moving to Fine Arts, and graduating with a Sculpture major. Monique later completed a three-year program in Business Technology Information Systems at St. Lawrence College. In 2015, she started a Master’s of Inclusive Design at OCAD University. Ever curious, Monique has studied and practiced subjects from architectural drafting via computer programming to sound recording and poetry.
MRP Interest(s): We are all Treaty People: “When you’re accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression.” Monique’s MRP’s goal is a framework for reconciliation art-based project(s) in response to the Indian Residential Schools Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls to Action. There is a lack of understanding about our shared history on this land. Colonialism is a system that marginalizes and assimilates whole groups of people. This has shaped our history.
The purpose of the project is to develop a set of collaborative tools to inform people about the land history of what is now Canada. This project is not without its complexities. Indigenous people have been and are still represented through a colonial lens. This lens is deeply ingrained in our collective conscience. Issues of cultural appropriation, privilege, and implicit bias will be present. The medium of storytelling is the proposed reconciliation method.
Keshia graduated from Mount Allison University with a degree in Psychology. Her interests in Inclusive Design developed while working at the Meighen Centre for Learning Assistance and Research. There, she was introduced to the concepts of Inclusive Education and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) - a concept that desires to include different learning approaches in the classroom space.
MRP Interest(s): Keshia is interested in developing training resources on the accessibility of digital content for local and international businesses. When she underwent training in this area, Keshia discovered that there was a large gap in the theory of inclusive design and accessibility, as well as the practical application of these concepts. She also found that the cost of the training created barriers for small businesses and independent workers.
Keshia hopes to address these knowledge gaps and provide training modules that are open and accessible to remove the barriers to training access. She will also include a more inclusive approach to the training by taking a more comprehensive look at accessibility topics in the training. To propel and fuel future revisions of this training, Keshia will provide open access to all the content and use viewer feedback to inform the curriculum’s design.
Chad is originally from Cape Town in South Africa, where he completed his degree in Creative Brand Communication. Thereafter, he pursued various creative opportunities, from toy design in Shanghai, to art direction in Phuket, and event design in Singapore. Chad is now situated in Toronto, working in Experiential Design, and completing his Master’s Degree in Inclusive Design at OCAD University.
MRP Interest(s): South Africa is haunted by the legacy of Apartheid and white privilege. Although a democratic nation, no one truly knows what democracy looks like. The purpose of this project is to focus on the importance of shared thought, with imagined scenarios and possible future prototypes of South Africa as a functioning and developed society. This progressive future blueprint could take on many different forms of narrative: from a short story, to a graphic novel, a written song, or even a book filled with conceptual drawings. Chad’s hope is that these narrative forms would in turn act as a catalyst to instill hope, encourage discussion, and develop imagination aided by design.
Nellai Manickvasagam Arumuganain
Alwar is a user experience (UX) designer born and raised in India, where she has always been drawn towards the socio-economic problems surrounding her. After completing her undergraduate degree in Communication Design, with a specialization in UX, Alwar implemented interaction design frameworks for various domains such as travel, inventory, employee management and e-commerce. She was chosen to speak at the UXINDIA conference regarding the user experience of a blogging platform she developed. In India, Alwar has collaborated with NGOs focused on women’s empowerment, education, and sustainable technologies. Earlier this year, Alwar began developing Abil, an online tool to connect people living with disabilities to schools, and won the Ryerson University Hack-cessibility Competition with the project. Currently, Alwar is an Accessibility Expert at the Ministry of Education, providing accessibility training to employees.
Since beginning the INCD program, Alwar has been working towards creating technology and interfaces that are specifically designed for the senior population. Last semester, she worked in a group project on how to introduce technology to illiterate elderly women living in rural India. This semester, Alwar is taking a course at University of Toronto that is user testing a social application on elderly living with mild cognitive impairments (MCIs). In Lab 2, she is developing an accessible television remote for seniors. Alwar’s passion for enterprise, interaction design, and accessibility fuels her aspiration to create viable solutions to problems faced by aging populations.
MRP Interest(s): Elderly experiencing MCI face problems with memory, language, thinking, and judgment, which dramatically impacts their quality of life. Studies have proven that social interaction has many health benefits including reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease. I am proposing to study seniors living with MCI and develop a product that could help decrease chances, or minimize the progression, of MCI. The ultimate intention of this project is to design a working application targeted at senior populations.
Focus areas of research would include what cognitive and physical functions are affected by MCI, and how to best design user experiences with this taken into consideration. This project will aspire to develop a viable and market-ready product after rigorous testing and development. Noted frequently in literature, a product suited to seniors living with MCI will be valuable for all seniors and continue to be valuable as they age. This project aspires to create and build a product that not only helps seniors engage with technology more effectively, but also creates the opportunity to have a more active and social lifestyle.
Ather is an organizational development practitioner currently employed in the Ministry of Transportation, Ontario Public Service where he has served since 1992. Ather’s work in the areas of inclusion and human rights began early in his career. He has extensive experience in designing, developing, and evaluating many programmes to promote inclusion in private sector, public sector, and in NGOs. His experiences include developing inclusion programming for middle managers in the Ontario Public Service which included a multi-pronged approach to prepare managers to create inclusive culture in their departments. Ather has led management training curriculum, leadership development, inclusive leadership program, policy and program development, and evaluation strategies — all with tremendous successes and many lessons learned.
Ather's interest in inclusive design accelerated when he was assigned to the Uganda-Ontario human resources partnership, a part of the Democratic Development Program at the Institute of Public Administration Canada. Ather learned from experts including senior officials, the media, communication and policy experts, and from other civil servants. He learned about the challenges of public administration in developing countries and saw the possibilities to create things that make a big difference in people’s lives — and often with very little money. It is because of all of this that Ather decided to pursue the MDes Program.
MRP Interest(s): Ather has extensive experience in adult education and believes he can best make his contribution by focusing his MRP on organizational culture change. Ather is interested in helping organizations, through inclusive design and other organizational development methods, build inclusive cultural practices so that every employee can contribute to their full potential, bring their full self to work, and be engaged in achievement of the organizational mission. He wants organizations to be valued partners in the communities they operate in and be contributors to the well-being of all community members. Ather believes that, to survive in the future, is through inclusive organizational culture, employee engagement, and inclusive leadership practices. He is interested in using his knowledge, skills, and energy to co-create, firstly, pockets of inclusive environments in public sector, then spread out far and wide to create inclusive culture in institutions worldwide. Believing the opportunities are numerous, Ather’s goal is to work in Africa, Middle East, and South Asia to design barrier-free systems, programs, and services.
Anna is the Principal of STUDIO A Design Collaborative, a design firm focused on humancentered design solutions. Her portfolio of work includes designs for national and international projects in corporate, large-scale residential, institutional, and health-care sectors. Some of Anna’s project work: the Canadian Embassy in Berlin, large-scale residential developments in the UAE, Hamad Medical City in Qatar, and many hospitals across Ontario, particularly those in Northern Ontario supporting indigenous communities.
Anna holds a BID from Ryerson School of Interior Design (1981). She is a LEED-Accredited Professional, actively involved in promoting sustainable design and inclusive design principles for interior environments. She has been a guest speaker at IIDEX on the subject of LEED and healthy environments, sponsored by CaGBC and Azure Magazine. A firm believer in bridging education with professional practice on an ongoing basis, Anna has been an adjunct professor at Ryerson since 2005 and is currently teaching part-time at Humber College in their Applied Technology Department.
As a registered member of Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) and the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO), Anna has held past positions as Advisory Council Chair Ryerson School of Interior Design (RSID), Chair of Strategic Planning (RSID), President of the Alumni Association (RSID), and ARIDO GTA President (2010). In 2006, Anna represented ARIDO and Canadian practitioners on a national task force to help develop a Master’s Program for Interior Designers across North America. She was a founding member of ART x Designers Exhibition (AXD) showcasing the hidden artistic talents of interior designers across Canada.
MRP Interest(s): Anna has maintained a deep concern for the lack of housing options for aging populations outside of institutionalization or structured frameworks (such as retirement communities), which can be expensive as well as isolating from family, friends, and the familiar surroundings of community. She feels that the majority of current residential developments are unsustainable, too profit-oriented, too aesthetically-driven, and generally short-sighted in their designs. Her previous research has revealed the lack of support, particularly for aging individuals who live alone and are experiencing cognitive impairments or other health issues; conditions which degrade the ‘sense of self.’
Through her MRP, Anna will explore the intersection of neuroscience, ambient technology, and architecture as mechanisms for allowing aging individuals to remain in their preferred place of residence for as long as possible. Her goal is to keep expanding the body of knowledge relating to the housing needs of seniors in addition to working with policymakers, designers of the built environment, and developers in creating housing options that can help to reduce early institutionalization and support good community development. Anna believes that focusing on the needs of vulnerable populations can only bring long-term benefits for everyone in society, both here in Canada and internationally.
Deidre (or Dee) has a colourful sense, both personally and professionally. She has graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Urban & Regional Planning from Ryerson University.
Enthusiastic about public art, architecture, and urban design, some of Deidre’s self-initiated, independent projects include research conducted with municipal stakeholders throughout Canada and the U.S. Deidre has also worked at various organizations, during which she has demonstrated comprehensive capabilities in the arts, humanities, and natural/physical sciences. In addition, Deidre has performed, published, and presented work in a range of academic, athletic, and creative areas, such as literary non-fiction, biology, music, and dance.
MRP Interest(s): Through a lens of playfulness, Deidre’s research will address the creation, curation, and reanimation of contemporary public spaces via the aesthetic, perceptual, and socio-spatial dimensions of cities. She hopes to develop an urban design framework and contextual strategies — analog and digital; temporary and permanent — that will maximize social inclusion and experiences (especially, through applications of environmental colour).
Kyrie is a strategy designer and researcher at Normative, a software design studio in Toronto. She is exploring empathy, justice, and ethics in design, and believes that interdisciplinary collaboration, design, and research are powerful tools for tackling complex, real-world problems. Kyrie graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Knowledge Integration and a Minor in Women's Studies. Her theoretical interests lie in feminist and social epistemologies, systems methodologies, and design theories.
MRP Interest(s): For her MRP, Kyrie is interested in designing an intervention to inspire designers in the private sector (consultancies and design departments within organizations) to implement inclusive design methods, frameworks, and ideas in their daily work. Using complex adaptive systems theory as a foundation, she intends to develop an intervention that disseminates knowledge and practices, while collecting feedback from design practitioners that will be used to iterate upon and evolve both the content and form of the intervention.
Abid is a 26-year-old entrepreneur, filmmaker, and designer. At 16, Abid built a charitable organization with a team of like-minded youth that used education to combat the global AIDS pandemic. With the Ministry of Education, he has worked on elementary mathematics curriculum in Aboriginal communities, which built on existing experience in curriculum development around HIV and AIDS. As a participant of the inaugural Studio Y cohort at MaRS, Abid worked with Solutions Lab to development a toolkit for entrepreneurial thinking and assisted in training educators in the Toronto District School Board on delivering the toolkit. In the enterprise realm, Abid has worked on business development for a virtual world for tweens built by Philanthrokidz, Raindrop Hearing Clinic, and Turn and Punch Productions Inc. He has field experience working across Canada, Tanzania, South Africa, and Lesotho.
Abid has received various accolades, including the Canadian Top 20 Under 20 Award in 2010 and the Ashoka Changemakers Award for Emerging Innovators in North America in 2013. His passion to create change has manifested in many ways; through a degree in International Development, through enterprise, through storytelling, through philanthropy, and now through design.
MRP Interest(s): It is a longstanding theory that aid and sponsorship are detrimental to the long-term sustainable development of a marginalized community. Fortunately, in the past 20 years, enterprise facilitation and micro-loans have proven to be a strong model of economic growth. Abid is proposing to develop an enterprise facilitation curriculum for youth (aged 15-29) that can be implemented in communities burdened with high levels of poverty, low levels of health, and little economic growth. The curriculum will include, but not be limited to: design thinking, futures Imagineering, industrial design, and entrepreneurship.
This project will be in conjunction with Canadian and International partners and aspire to provide grants at the conclusion of the curriculum for young entrepreneurs. The design thinking component of this project will introduce core concepts of design, including inclusive design. Its ultimate goals are to: a) understand how to best equip youth to improve their communities through design education and b) to facilitate community development through locally developed solutions and enterprises.
Desiree was born in Toronto, but grew up in Waterloo. Recently, started working for CIBC in the anti-money laundering department. She considers herself disability activist and feminist and hopes to continue working to improve the rights of people with disabilities. In her spare time she enjoys swimming, rock climbing, and watching TV and she loves both dogs and cats.
MRP Interest(s): Desiree would like to do research around disability and employment or more specifically she would like to look at the systemic barriers that the welfare systems such as the Ontario Disability support program cause that prevent people with disabilities from working. As most of the research she has found focuses on the person with the disability conforming to the labour market rather than the labour market looking at the actual barriers already put into place by society.
Zheyu likes go by her English name, Amelia, which was given by her first English teacher in her undergrad. She studied Industrial Design and graduated from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in 2014. Amelia believes a key measure of success for consumer products that are designed for broad markets is how well the principles of inclusive design have been addressed. After participating in some inclusive design projects in university and working in a local design company for 9 months, she realized how inclusive design can change people's lives, and she kept thinking about how to design a product to reach out to people in need. She used to be a volunteer at the China Information Accessibility Research Association, organizing an activity called the Voice of Donors — the goal of the Voice of Donors is to help create audio books for blind by using one-minute voice messages read by volunteers to the blind via social media. From this program, Amelia began to believe that a good design is one which can extend to all kinds of people, and inclusive design is a discipline that can help to remove the obstacles faced by people. She is looking forward to conducting her research about combining inclusivity and sustainability: making design for more inclusive and also more environmentally friendly.
MRP Interest(s): For Amelia’s MRP, she will explore some of the different possibilities that could reduce unsustainable paper receipts and printed commercial leaflets by using near field communication (NFC) technology. Her study seeks to answer the research question: How do paper receipts and advertising leaflets become more accessible and manageable instead of producing waste and underperforming their value?
Amelia’s goal is to increase the environmental sustainability and accessibility of receipts and flyers while exploiting the potential of NFC technology to be not only beneficial to a diverse range of customers, but also could help entrepreneurs. She hopes her work will create a win-win situation of a more inclusive market for customers and business owners, while leading to a less harmful impact on the environment.
Adam Rallo is the Principal and founder at Catalyst Workshop, a Toronto based design & development consultancy. A proud Registered Graphic Designer of Ontario, he is the current President of the RGD Certification Board for Graphic Designers. He also teaches as part-time faculty at both Sheridan College and Humber College, while serving on the curriculum committee for the Bachelor of Design program at York University / Sheridan College. A vocal proponent of accessible and inclusive user-centric design, Adam is passionate about creating positive social impact through the interaction of design, pedagogy, and technology.
Adam has been practicing design professionally since graduating Cum Laude from the York/Sheridan Bachelor of Design program in 2002. His diverse body of work has included an invaluable three-month stint in Ghana West Africa, and designing one of the top ranked downloads at apple.com. His work has been awarded and presented in various publications, exhibitions and institutions across North America including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the Vancouver Art Gallery. He is opinionated enough to have been invited as a professional speaker and writer on topics ranging from accessibility, design, education, entrepreneurship, and technology. He is also an active scholar on issues related to biology, gender, equality, human behaviour, and human nature. Adam spends whatever free time he has left pursuing his obsession with music.
Rezvan is a passionate Graphic Designer with extensive work experience in both Visual Communication and Illustration as well as Surface/textile design.
She has received her bachelor degree of Textile design from Science and Culture University and graduated from Art and Architecture University with M.A in Illustration in Iran. She worked in these fields for several years before moving to Canada.
She has experienced working in different companies from working in a lighting product company with engineers being responsible for all the advertisements including magazine, website mock ups, catalogues, banners, major translation, gathering information and research for the aforementioned ads; to working as an icon designer for an online commerce company, and working with an industrial printing company as a visual designer.
Rezvan is an experienced photographer with an insatiable passion for music. She joined an all-female Rock Band in Iran - Chameleon band - as a guitar player, and has been a member for the past two years.
Coming from a diverse artistic background she likes to communicate to a larger community through art. She has a deep interest in influence of art on society and international affairs. She is passionate about designing inclusively and using the variety of artistic media to develop ideas and solutions through which the world becomes a more accessible place.
My name is Ahmed Fahar Ghalib, I am an architect working in the construction field since 2008.
When I graduated from Ajman University in summer 2008. The global economic crisis was already spreading through the world, So I tried to look for a job in the architectural field but it was all in veins, because at that time architecture firms was already releasing their architects for the lack of projects in another word the lack of funds because at that time banks stopped funding projects, they said and I quote (there was no more cash in the banks).
So I worked as Quantity Surveyor and it was the closest thing I found related to architecture line of work. After two years I start working as site engineer for several projects mostly Villas, then I have been promoted to work as Project Engineer for SAIF Zone Mosque Project, which is the biggest mosque located in Sharjah Airport Free Zone.
Last year I worked in Ajman University Buildings Facilities Dept. as an Architectural Designer and Site Inspector.
Through eight years of experience in the field of construction. I always felt the lack of commitment to the small important details that associated with accessibility in focus and the whole notion of inclusive design in general.
So when I knew about the program of Inclusive Design in IDRC, I hoped that I could have better understanding of Inclusive Design and I would be able to apply inclusive design concepts in any upcoming future projects.
Cathy come from Xi'an China and graduate from the Xi'an University of Technology in 2008 with a B.A. in economics. Co-founder of Momi Forest-the first Cat Cafe in mainland China. During that time she started a stray cat rescue plan based on new media saving over 200 cats till Jan. 2016 and the plan still running by her and her friends in China now.
Since 2014, she deeply involved with Inclusive Design community and participant several major events such as DEEP 2015 and IIDEX Canada 2015. And also a volunteer in Aha project, working with a team in collecting date in accessibility level of Toronto small business. She also a voluntary social media specialist who are helping Aha project and IDRC's social media campaign.
Cathy's interests is 'the effect of the developing of social media on the traditional media and communications.' She wants to exploring the inclusive way of communication both on the traditional media and the new media.
Aniyamuzaala James Rwampigi
Aniyamuzaala James Rwampigi is a humanitarian action professional and researcher in the field of Age, Disability rights and diversity inclusion. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics Degree from Kyambogo University, Kampala, Uganda, a Master of advanced studies in Humanitarian action from University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland and Human rights advocacy training from Columbia University institute of study of Human rights, New York, U.S.A. Aniyamuzaala was a co-researcher for UNICEF research study on situation of children living with disabilities in 2014 . He was also a Co-researcher for CARE International: Women, work, and war, Syrian women and the struggle to survive the five years of the conflict, March 2016. Aniyamuzaala addressed the65th UN General Assembly high level meeting on youth in July 2011 on issues of inclusion of all categories of youth with disabilities in all decision making processes and programmes.
He is among the co-founders of the African Youth with disabilities Network (AYWDN: http://aywdn.org/) and African Disability Forum and a member of the Uganda National council for Disability (2012-2016). He advocated for representation of organizations of persons with disabilities not represented especially individuals with; intellectual, Albinism and psychosocial disabilities in the decision making structures of the National union of Disabled persons of Uganda (NUDIPU: http://www.nudipu.org/) between 2012 and 2014.He drafted an NUDIPU inclusive youth policy. Aniyamuzaala facilitated the general assemblies of Uganda Albino Association (UAA) in 2013 and Mental Health Uganda (MHU) in 2014 to strengthen the voices of the most vulnerable categories of Uganda’s disability movement.
Teresa is always curious about what motivates people and how she can use this understanding to help people change their behaviors to accomplish virtually anything! As a behavior analyst, she gets to experiment with this idea daily.
While completing her Honours BSc in Psychology and Human Biology at University of Toronto, she discovered her passion of working with children with developmental disabilities. After the graduation, she continued to work for various recreational, clinical and research programs for children with autism while furthering her studies in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) at Florida Institute of Technology. Teresa currently works for Toronto Autism ABA Services at Surrey Place Centre, developing and delivering short-term, ABA-based treatment to children and youth with autism and their parents.
Teresa loves meeting new people and hands-on learning experience. Her other current projects and activities include, restructuring volunteering experience at +Acumen and serving as a teaching fellow for an intro computer science course, CS50, at Harvard University.
Over the last 8 years, Teresa has met incredible people from all ages, abilities and backgrounds who have made small and big changes to build an accessible and inclusive community. However, she finds that there is still much work to be done in Toronto and around the world.
Teresa is very excited to join the Inclusive Design community because she believes in the limitless and magical possibilities when motivated people come together.
I am an architect by profession, graduated from Sushant School of Art and Architecture, IP University, India. My interests in design and aesthetics grew further while working as a team member for high end corporate interiors projects. This experience helped me imbibe a sense of professionalism while working with team members, understanding the client needs and achieving appropriate solutions of the complex needs.
As a part of my undergraduate curriculum, I did my research paper on City and the Third Gender- Exploring the cases of conflict, negotiation and celebration of Hijra Identity in Indian Metropolis. My scope of study focused on male-to-female (MTF) transsexuals also known as hijra in the city of Delhi. The study was primarily analytical based on documentaries and recorded opinions which helped to examine the personal and social experiences of transgender in Relation to right to the city. I carry forwarded my research for my thesis where I architecturally proposed a Centre of Third Gender Empowerment and Public Sensitization to counter the issue of transphobia in our society.
As we step into an era where the technology has taken over and our approach as architects and planners have become inclined towards sustainability. I believe that we are somewhere forgetting the true meaning of sustainability. For me, sustainability does not only mean green buildings, saving energy and cost, but also designing to ensure the space must be inclusive i.e. accessible, approachable and working irrespective of any social, physiological, physical barriers. As an architect, I thrive to design something meaningful and impactful keeping in mind the context. For me, while designing the form of the building and the functionality of the building should co -relate.
I believe this course would definitely give me the freedom to learn in depth about different aspects associated with Inclusive design and explore to achieve complete inclusion in the physical built environment. I am looking forward to express, explore and evolve through this course.
Felipe has been the lead designer for global corporate events for companies like Sony, Xbox, Mitsubishi and Alibaba in Toronto, Cincinnati and Beijing. Currently, he works as a remote freelancer. Felipe enjoys working with diverse communities and NGOs to raise awareness of social injustice. As an Inclusive Designer student, he aims to bring new ideas to his corporate events and also to broaden his scope of social justice. When he is not working or studying he likes to keep updated with all soccer games, transfer rumours and history of soccer clubs. Felipe holds a BDes in Graphic Design from OCAD University.
Jen is fascinated by human motivation. She wants to understand how people think so she can design technology to help them do things on the Internet, in the Internet of Things, and with offline things. She thinks that products must inspire emotional engagement to be relevant. Jen believes that it is interdisciplinary engagement—with art, psychology, engineering, ergonomics and computer science—that creates inventive solutions.
Jen is currently a User Experience Architect at Klick Health, where her mission is to empower patients and physicians to attain the health care tools, support and information they need through accessible design.
By completing her Master of Design in Inclusive Design, Jen wants to support open expression, so anyone can create, discover and share. Through her graduate studies, Jen is planning to explore virtual reality therapy and the link between visual perception and cognitive ability.
Dana Shalab Alsham
Yao comes from China and she is an art teacher for kids in Montreal now. Since childhood she has created art, one of her dreams was to be an artist. However, she became a fashion and travel journalist for 8 years after graduated. In 2013, she moved to Canada to pursue the artist dream again and tried to be a professional artist. In recent years, she held many associated painting exhibition in Montreal from 2014 till now.
She is interested in combine oriental culture and western culture together. All her work has its roots in symbolism and she pursues the intersection-point of the different culture and art type. Her work stays within the transcendent fantasy style and plays with the negative space and details. The need to depict the art piece requires attention to all historic reference and the facts of life around her. Keep creation, imagination and practice are her key to improve herself. The medium she used often is ink, pastel and colored pencil. They allow her the precision to catch the all details in her work. She also add Chinese traditional medium into to her work and combine them with the western modern medium. Recently, Yao is an art teacher for kids from 4 years old to 14 years old, and she is very excited to join into the inclusive design community to develop her skills in art education, and she knows there is still much more work to do in this field.