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ebiddissElaine Biddiss

Dr. Elaine Biddiss is a scientist in the Innovations and Development Theme at the Bloorview Research Institute and an Assistant Professor with the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto.  She received a master's degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Toronto before pursuing doctoral studies in biomedical engineering at the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering and a post-doctoral fellowship at the School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield. She has contributed to a number of areas in rehabilitation engineering including the development of telecare systems to promote independent living for individuals with chronic disabilities and user-centered design of upper extremity prostheses. Her current research interests are focused on the development and use of enabling technologies to enhance participation in activities of daily living, physical activity, music, and the arts for children with disabilities. 

mlbourbeau2Marie Louise Bourbeau
Mezzo-Soprano, graduated from McGill University in voice performance and moved to Europe, her base until she returned to Québec in 2001. She held a tenure contract with the ensemble of the Vienna State Opera, performed regularly with the Baroque Ensemble Helios18, the New Art Orchestra (CD, Col Legno Label: Ancient voices of Children, George Crumb) and also choreographed for, sang and danced in musical revues. In Québec, she has founded the Studio Body & Voice Dynamics, where she teaches voice as well as a special “breathing” class, which integrates both vocal sounds and movements within the breathing cycle. She is co-founder of master sharing international inc., a company dedicated to the conception and implementation of installations born at the conjecture of the worlds of art and science.

She is interested in researching new ways to update the stage presentation of the recital form through the use of new technologies and concepts such as Image Schemata in light design. She is also exploring the use of the breathing technique and of voice resonance as stabilizing tool to be adapted to the visually and hearing impaired or to the aging population.

kboydellKatherine Boydell
Dr. Katherine Boydell is a Sociologist and Scientist in Population Health Sciences at The Hospital for Sick Children. She is also appointed to the Departments of Psychiatry and Public Health Sciences at the University of Toronto. Katherine received her Master of Health Science degree in Community Health and Epidemiology at UofT and her Doctorate in Sociology at York University.

She conducts theoretically based, collaborative, mixed method research in the children's mental health system that is relevant and useful for individuals involved in health and social services at the community level - so that evidence will have an impact and will guide positive change. Her program of research in children's mental health systems and knowledge translation focuses on the pathways to mental health care for children and youth, accounting for children's perspectives, the impact of informal support on families of those with mental illness, knowledge translation and exchange in children's mental health, and qualitative methods.

cburksChristian Burks
Dr. Burks has been OGI’s President and CEO since 2004 and also serves on its Board of Directors.  He is primarily responsible for OGI’s strategic vision and leadership, establishing and maintaining productive partnerships with key external stakeholders and OGI’s Board, and alignment of staff expertise and activities with OGI’s goals.

His career has focused on:  creation, growth and strategic leadership of scientific companies, organizations, teams and programs; fund raising from and partnering with public, private and philanthropic institutions; and harnessing genomics and other high throughput biology to create a new paradigm for development of new life science applications and products.

Since 2004, during which period it has initiated a number of new research projects in Ontario’s research institutions and flowed  nearly $150M to researchers in Ontario, OGI has revamped previous programs and established several new programs and activities:   to strengthen its approach to helping Ontario’s genomics researchers put together and go after competitive funding for large-scale genomics projects and access to technologies required to maintain competitiveness (e.g., the Genomics Capacity Building workshops, the Ontario Technology Platform Affiliates Program, and the Technology Seeding Program); to catalyze the take-up of genomics technologies, resources and know-how in the commercial sector (e.g., the Pre-commercialization Business Development Fund and the Science with Industry workshop series); and to create greater awareness of and appreciation for genomics and its impacts in schools, Ontario’s general population and internationally (e.g., the OGI Summer Research Fellows program, the annual OGI Genomics Teaching Prize, and several pioneering collaborations – like those with the producers of the ReGenesis TV drama and with the creators of the Ferocious Beauty:  Genome dance performance – with the arts and entertainment industries).

sdiamondSara Diamond
Sara Diamond is the President of the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD), Canada’s “university of the imagination”.  She holds a PhD in Computer Science and degrees in new media theory and practice, social history and communications from the United Kingdom and Canada.

President Diamond is currently a member of the Ontario Ministry of Culture’s Minister’s Advisory Council on Arts & Culture, the Board of Directors of the Toronto Arts Council Foundation and of ORANO, Ontario’s high speed network. She is a founding member of CONCERT and the Chair of the OMDC funded Mobile Experience Innovation Centre. She has received numerous research awards for her work in visualization, mobile content design, wearable technologies and collaborative tools. She is a visualization software researcher and developer www.codezebra.net.  Diamond created and was Editor-in-Chief of www.horizonzero.ca, an on-line showcase for new media art and design, in collaboration with Heritage Canada.  Diamond participates in peer review publication and diverse editorial boards such as Leonardo on-line and Convergence. She provides media consulting to Heritage Canada, SSHRC, CFI, Industry Canada, CHRC and DFAIT, as well as international governments, institutions and agencies as diverse as China, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Argentina, Finland, Australia, Brazil and the USA.

Prior to her presidency at OCAD Diamond was the Director of Research for the prestigious Banff Centre. She created the renowned Banff New Media Institute (BNMI) in 1995 and led it until coming to Toronto in 2005. Diamond developed international summits and business development workshops and accelerators that explored the near future of new media. She built alliances between artists, designers, architects, scientists, social scientists, and international and Canadian businesses. Diamond taught at Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design, The California Institute for the Arts and remains Adjunct Professor, University of California, Los Angeles in the Design/Media Department. In 2007 she was named one of Canada’s fifty most significant artists as part of the Canada Council’s fiftieth anniversary celebration.  Her work resides in collections such as the National Gallery of Canada, where she was honored with a retrospective in 1992 and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

mdoneganMick Donegan
Mick is Principal Research Fellow in Multimodal Interfaces, at SMARTlab.  He is a teacher and an Assistive Technology specialist who has extensive experience in assessing, teaching, training, and supporting people with complex communication difficulties.  Prior to joining SMARTlab, he worked at The ACE Centre, Oxford, following his time as IT Coordinator and Deputy Head Teacher at Wilson Stuart Special School, one of the largest schools for physically disabled children in the UK. He has founded a charity, SpecialEffect, that uses technology to enhance access to games and creative self-expression for people with a wide range of disabilities.

Mick’s particular technology and disability-related interests include Speech Recognition, alternative access to Video Games, Leisure Software and creative self expression, Gaze Controlled Technology and Remote Support Technology – areas in which he has specialised over an extended period of time.  He has been involved in several highly regarded and influential projects, such as the DfES/Becta sponsored Speech Recognition Project (completed 2000), Telenet (completed 2002) which examined the use of remote support technology for people with severe disabilities and ‘DECO’ (completed 2006) a joint project with the Physics Department of Cambridge University to make ‘Dasher’ ‘eye control friendly’.  He has published widely and won many awards for his work. In 2006 he was awarded a PhD for a longitudinal study investigating the conditions for success in using assistive technology for people with physical disabilities in mainstream education.

From 2004-2009, Mick was Coordinator of the ‘User Requirements’ element of ‘COGAIN’, an EU-funded Sixth Framework Network of Excellence.  Under this project, he collaborated with manufacturers, developers, professionals and end users to help many people with severe disabilities to control technology successfully using gaze control.  For example, Mick has played a significant role in the development of the Tobii Eye Controlled computer, as acknowledged on the MyTobii website: Mick_donegan_and_the_mytobii_story.

Geoffrey Edwards
Geoffrey Edwards is a senior scientist who has long worked at the interface between disciplines. Since awarded the Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Geomatics in 2001, he has concentrated his efforts towards the elaboration of cognitively‐informed tools for situating the body in space. For the past five years, Dr. Edwards has been working with a performing artist, Ms. Marie Louise Bourbeau, on the development of new media installations that explore the body in space as it relates to issues and challenges in physical rehabilitation and public health. These transformative or Resonant Installations explore visceral embodied experience as it relates to personal identity and a sense of personhood. Dr. Edwards has led several major initiatives in collaborative research over the years, including roles as director of the Centre for Research in Geomatics at Laval University and of the GEOIDE Network of Centres of Excellence. He is currently also director of the Laboratory for the Exploration of Media Immersion for Rehabilitation (the EMIR Laboratory), a CFI-funded infrastructure. He is in Toronto as part of a sabbatical leave, working with scientists and clinicians at Bloorview Kids Rehab on a series of Embodied Resonant Installations for children with disabilities.

mevansMichael Evans
Dr. Mike Evans is a leading light in “Health 2.0” which is the intersect between self-care, chronic disease management, social marketing, interdisciplinary care, e-health, and the new ways people navigate their lives. He is Director of the new Health Media & Innovation Lab at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital, an inner city physician, and an Associate Professor in Family & Community Medicine. He is house doctor at CBC Newsworld, the Globe & Mail, and is Chief Editor of the Family Practice Sourcebook, the top selling Canadian primary care textbook. He founded Mini Med School for the public at the University of Toronto. In July 2010 he and his team will be launching the Family Practice of the Future. He plays centre for Bunty Lawless, a hockey team of rapidly aging fathers.


gfernieGeoff Fernie
Dr. Fernie is a professional engineer and VP Research for Toronto Rehabilitation Institute  - Canada’s largest rehabilitation facility.  He has a primary appointment as Professor in the Department of Surgery, University of Toronto and many cross-appointments in clinical and engineering departments.  Geoff develops technology to assist people with disabilities, older people and caregivers. He has a track record of commercializing his inventions.


nferraraNadia Ferrara
Currently, Dr. Ferrara is a Senior Policy Manager in the Sustainable Development Division at Indian and Northern Affairs Canada.  Dr. Ferrara has been working for the Government of Canada since 2003.  Her first government position was at INAC and it involved managing the Director General’s office in the social development policy and programs’ branch.

As a medical anthropologist, she remains on Faculty at McGill University as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Anthropology, where on her spare time supervises graduate and undergraduate students.

Before entering the Government, Dr. Ferrara worked for 16 years as an art therapist, specializing in cross-cultural psychotherapy with Aboriginal peoples in Quebec and Ontario.  Her education includes a Master of Arts in Art Therapy, a Master of Science in Transcultural Psychiatry, and a Doctorate in Medical Anthropology.

Along with the publication of several journal articles and chapters in various books in North America and in Europe, Dr. Ferrara has published two books on her work with the Crees of Northern Quebec; the first entitled, Emotional Expression among Cree Indians, and the second, Healing through Art.  She is also an artist and one of her sculptures is permanently placed at her former high school in Montreal.

kgabrielKamiel Gabriel
Dr. Kamiel Gabriel is the founding Associate Provost of Research at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT).  Under his leadership, UOIT has seen a tremendous growth in its research portfolio boasting over a 30 fold increase in its research funding in less than five years. To-date, UOIT has attracted close to $28 million of external research funding, placing UOIT in the top 50 research intensive universities in Canada.  In addition, he oversaw the exponential growth of UOIT’s commercialization of research activities leading to the granting of a number of patents and licenses, a spin-off company and tens of invention disclosures.

Dr. Gabriel holds a Bachelor of Science (honors) degree and a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alexandria in his native country of Egypt, and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Manitoba. He also holds a diploma in Space Science from the International Space University (H/Q in Strasburg, France), and an M.B.A. from the International Business Centre at the Faculty of Commerce, U of S.  He is the recipient of several awards including the Society of Automotive Engineering’s Ralph Teetor Educational Award (aerospace), and is listed in the “who-is-who” internationally. Dr. Gabriel is a fellow of the Canadian Engineering Academy.

For thirty years, Dr. Gabriel’s research and scholarly career focused on developing new applications in the area of energy and heat management systems for terrestrial and space applications.  His research efforts in the area of energy conservation led to the design of an innovative heat exchanger for heat recovery systems in commercial buildings and residential dwellings.  He is the co-holder of a U.S. patent in this technology.  Between 1988 and 2004, Dr. Gabriel participated in the Canadian Space Science Program leading to the design and testing of a thermal transport system for space applications. His research group logged over 40 hours aboard the NASA Zero-Gravity aircraft, US Space Shuttles and the European Space Agency’s Zero-Gravity Airbus.  He is the author of numerous articles in this field and has recently published a book on Microgravity Two-Phase Flow and Heat Transfer.  He is currently active in research efforts leading to more efficient energy production and energy conservation systems.
 
Dr. Gabriel is the guest speaker in several local, national and international conferences and workshops.  He is a co-founder and currently the President and Chair of the Board of the Durham Strategic Energy Alliance (DSEA); a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of the Durham region as an energy-friendly place to do business.

In July 2009, Dr. Gabriel was appointed the ADM of Research and Science Adviser at the Ontario Ministry of Research & Innovation.

cgaffieldChad Gaffield
Dr. Gaffield is one of Canada’s foremost historians, was appointed president of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) on September 18, 2006. Gaffield came to SSHRC from the University of Ottawa, where he held a University Research Chair and was the founding director of the Institute of Canadian Studies. During his 20-year University of Ottawa career, he also served as vice-dean of graduate studies and on the executive committee of the board of governors. He is a former president of the Canadian Historical Association and the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

An expert on 19th- and 20th-century Canada, Gaffield has analyzed the ways demographic, economic and cultural changes influence, and are influenced by, institutional and political history. He is most well known for his reinterpretation of major historical events in the making of modern Canada as expressions of micro-historical transformations—changes occurring in the lives of everyday people. He has also led major research initiatives, including the Canadian Century Research Infrastructure project, which involves universities and partner organizations from St. John’s, Nfld. to Victoria, B.C.

Gaffield has won many awards for his teaching, research and innovative theories and methods related to computer-based, interdisciplinary and multi-institutional collaboration. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, he received the society’s J.B. Tyrrell Historical Medal in 2004 for his outstanding contribution to the study of Canada. In 2007, the Canadian Association of University Teachers presented him with its Distinguished Academic Award in recognition of excellence in teaching, research and service to the community. The University of Ottawa named him Researcher of Year in 1995 and Professor of the Year in 2002, only the second time that a professor has been chosen for both awards. Gaffield has also been honoured with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2003, received an honorary doctorate from Thompson Rivers University in 2007, and was the recipient of the 2008 Prix de la francophonie de l'Ontario.

Chad Gaffield received his BA and MA from McGill University, and his PhD from the University of Toronto.

mgardamMichael Gardam
Dr. Gardam has been medical director of the tuberculosis clinic at the Toronto Western Hospital since 2000, and of the Infection Prevention and Control Unit at the University Health Network since 2001. Recently he assumed a director role at the newly formed Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion. He is an assistant professor of medicine and faculty at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. He is Physician Director of the Community and Hospital Infection Control Association Canada (CHICA) and is the national lead of the MRSA initiative for Safer Healthcare Now!

Dr. Gardam has acted as a consultant on infection control issues such as SARS, tuberculosis, pandemic influenza and C. difficile, at the provincial, national and international level.  Within Canada, he has helped a number of hospitals control outbreaks and develop their infection control programs.  He has published over 60 scientific papers and book chapters. His research interests focus on mitigating the spread of infectious diseases in both the hospital and community setting.

Michael Gardam completed his undergraduate degree, master’s degree, and medical school training at McGill University in Montréal.  He completed training in internal medicine and infectious diseases and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in infectious diseases in 1998. He subsequently completed additional research training in infection prevention and control in Toronto and completed a second master’s degree in Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation at the University of Toronto in 2003. 


lgoodmanLizbeth Goodman
Lizbeth is Director of Research for Futurelab Education. She is also Legacy Chair of Creative Technology Innovation at the University of East London, where she also directs the SMARTlab Digital Media Institute (which she founded 17 years ago) and the MAGIC Multimedia and Games Innovation Centre and Gamelab, currently located at UEL in the emerging Olympic borough region for East London.

Lizbeth and her teams specialise in developing ground-up technology solutions for learners of all levels of cognitive and physical ability, from mainstream learners of all ages to ‘special’ and ‘gifted’ learners and lifelong learners in the developed and developing worlds. In all her work, she applies a universal design method to practice-based innovation to transform lives through providing unlimited access to eductation and tools for creative expression.  Lizbeth is known as an expert in Digital Inclusion, including learning models for communities at risk. She is an award-winning advocate of community-based ethical learning and teaching models using interactive tools and games to inspire and engage learners of all ages. She specialises in working with people who do not have physical voices (whether due to disability, injury, illiteracy, or other social/political factors), enabling the use of new creative technologies for expression vocally, in writing, and with movement and music.

She has written and edited 13 books and many peer-reviewed articles and broadcasts. She also founded and directs the world-renowned Practice-based PhD Programme in Creative Technology Innovation, which has graduated 32 successful Phds to date and currently supports another 35 PhD candidates worldwide in the fields of Digital Media, ICT4d, Assistive Technologies for People with Disabilities and the Elderly, Technology Futures, Wearables and SMART Textiles, Performance Technologies, Assistive Tech and Innovations, Technology Enhanced Learning for Health and Well Being, Digital Inclusion, Haptic and HCI integrated studies, and what she calls ‘Meaningful Games’ or Mobile Games for Learning.

For four years, she has worked closely with Microsoft Community Affairs as Senior Researcher on the large scale Club Tech project in the USA- which has reached 6 million of the most disadvantaged children and young people worldwide; that project is now being reconceptualised for roll out in a new format in Europe and the EMEA regions.

In the not-for-profit sector, she is founder and President of the Safespaces.net (SafetyNET): a charity active internationally in the fight to help stop violence against women and children, and of the Trust and Interfaces organisations to make games for children in hospital and persistent care, and for people with severe physical disabilities but unlimited imaginations. She is also an active board member of SpecialEffect: an Oxford-based charity making learning games for young people with special needs.

In 2008, she was awarded the top prizes for Best Woman in the Academic and Public Sectors, and Outstanding Woman in Technology, by Blackberry Rim and their international industry judging panels.


jgossJules Goss
Jules Goss is Chair of Industrial Design at the Ontario College of Art & Design. He is a product designer with experience in furniture, housewares and architectural metalwork. He has a keen interest in form and experience design, integrated cross disciplinary and concurrent design process.  He is currently consulting in integrating design process and strategic innovation tools and processes for broad range of industries and clients.

igrahamIan Graham
Dr. Ian Graham is Vice-President of the Knowledge Translation Portfolio at CIHR. Dr. Graham is Associate Professor in the School of Nursing, University of Ottawa and Senior Social Scientist and Associate Director of the Clinical Epidemiology Program of the Ottawa Health Research Institute. He holds cross-appointments in the Departments of Medicine and Epidemiology & Community Medicine and is an adjunct professor in the School of Nursing at Queen's University. Dr. Graham obtained a PhD in medical sociology from McGill University, a Master of Arts degree in sociology from the University of Victoria, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from McGill University. Dr. Graham's research has largely focused on knowledge translation (the process of research use) and conducting applied research on strategies to increase implementation of research findings and evidence-based practice. Specific projects have related to the adaptation, implementation, and quality appraisal of clinical practice guidelines, as well as the uptake of guidelines and decision support tools by practitioners.


jgrayJulia Gray
Julia Gray is a Canadian theatre director, playwright, choreographer and researcher.  Most recent health and theatre collaborations include projects at Mt Sinai Hospital, University of Toronto, University Health Network, York University’s School of Nursing, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and The Cameron Bay Child Development Centre in Kenora, Ontario, Canada.  Julia is the Artistic Director of Possible Arts, a company committed to the connection between health and arts.


dgromalaDiane Gromala
Associate Professor & Canada Research Chair at Simon Fraser University. Her current work involves theMeditation Chamber where she integrated immersive VR with biofeedback to teach users how to meditate. This is helpful because users get real-time feedback, and thus gain an earlier sense of what meditation feels like, and are more confident in continuing to practice meditation regularly. This work is in use at 20+ hospitals and clinics worldwide. Dr. Gromala is in the midst of developing other projects, reorienting VR and pain research from acute, short term pain to long term chronic pain. Her collaborator is a prominent Canadian physician and pain expert. This work includes: Walking Meditation (because chronic pain sufferers progressively become less active and mobile). The initial VR training is reinforced using iPhones/iPods; It Hurts Here enables patients to show their healthcare providers where it hurts, how it hurts, and when it hurts via 3D and 2D interactive visualizations. Diagnosis is frequently very, very difficult, so she's integrated standard medical tools with this work.


pharrisPrune Harris, Research Associate, Integrative Science, Cape Breton University
Prune Harris, M.A, completed both her undergraduate and graduate studies at St.Andrews University in Scotland, with a specialization in Cultural Identity. She then spent several subsequent years travelling extensively studying with various teachers to further her skills as an Energy Healer. In 2005 Prune joined Dr. Cheryl Bartlett's research team at the Institute for Integrative Science and Health (IISH)at Cape Breton University in 2005.  The IISH is devoted to assisting the pursuit of integrative efforts to bring together Indigenous and Western scientific knowledges and ways of knowing to create Living Knowledge for the 21st Century in the arenas of health and science research, education, applications, and outreach to youth and community. Delightedly walking a co-learning journey, Prune works closely with Mi'kmaq Elders researching Storywork and other holistic health worldviews as well as having a thriving practice as an Energy Medicine Practitioner.

jhouseholderJohanna Householder
Johanna is Chair, Criticism and Curatorial Practice at the Ontario College of Art & Design. She has been making performances and other artwork in Canada since the late 70s. She was a member of the notorious satirical feminist performance ensemble The Clichettes, who performed across Canada and the US under variable circumstances throughout the 1980s. While The Clichettes practiced their own brand of pop culture detournment, Householder has maintained a unique performance practice, often collaborating with other artists.

As one of the founders of the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art, held biannually in Toronto, she has brought many international artists to the festival. She is keenly interested in histories of performance and the body, reperformance, and the effect that performance has had in contemporary art and new media. Her most recent works include In a Drunken Stupor, a series of performances based on a 1981 performance/text by Clive Robertson, presented in Chile in 2005, and Portrait of a Situation, which toured East Europe in June 2006 and Finland in 2007. Approximations 1-3, video works produced in collaboration with b.h. Yael, have screened in a number of international venues.


Her work is also represented in Prêt á Emporter / Take Out: Performance Recipes for Public Space, edited by Christine Redfern for La Centrale, Montréal, 2004 and Radical Gestures, Feminism and Performance Art in North America by Jane Wark, 2006.

pjonesPeter Jones
Peter Jones is an innovation research consultant, working internationally since 1999 on large-scale services and professional market information products. An experienced design research and strategy consultant, he founded Redesign Research in 2001, specializing in depth research for human-centered innovation. Peter has designed market-leading interactive information services for legal, medical, educational, business, and scientific applications.

Peter is currently working on the Rosenfeld Media title "Designing for Care: The design disciplines as critical healthcare professions."

Peter is a visiting scholar in the Faculty of Pharmacy at The University of Toronto. He is an advisor and faculty at Ontario College of Art and Design. And is a Senior Fellow of the Strategic Innovation Lab at OCAD, Toronto.

nkatesNaomi Kates
Naomi Kates graduated from the Communication and Design department at Ontario College of Art & Design. Naomi’s art and design has involved illustration, props, masks and puppets for theatre. As an integrated arts instructor she has designed programs that aid in helping in school age children visually process the curriculum.

Naomi’s postgraduate diploma in Art Therapy is from The Toronto Art Therapy Institute and she has subsequently worked with children, youth and senior adults as an art therapist


bleemingBill Leeming
Bill Leeming is an associate professor in the Faculty of Liberal Studies, Ontario College of Art & Design, lecturing in a range of subject areas including human factors analysis, social science methodologies, and science and technology studies. His research of the last fifteen years has focused on technology adoption in science and technology and, most recently, the diffusion of genetic diagnostic technologies in clinical settings in Canada and the UK. This research has been published in a number of refereed journals including The Canadian Review of Sociology and Anthropology, Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Social History of Medicine, Social Science Information, International Journal of the Sociology of Law, and Health and Canadian Society. He has also been actively involved in the organization and running of numerous symposia, workshops and panels for an range of academic societies including the Genetics and Medicine Historical Network; the Centre for History in Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; Universities Art Association of Canada; and Society for Social Studies of Science/European Association for Studies in Science and Technology Joint Conference. Financial support for this research has been provided by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Hannah Institute for the History of Medicine.

Robert Luke
Robert Luke, Ph.D., is Assistant Vice President of Research and Innovation for George Brown College. He has responsibility for applied research focusing on industry needs and productivity, and institutional research focusing on innovations in teaching and learning and overall educational quality improvement. Dr. Luke maintains an active research program that focuses on participatory design and the application of innovative technologies in healthcare and education.

amarshallAlbert D. Marshall
Albert Marshall resides in Eskasoni First Nation and is a passionate advocate of cross-cultural understandings and healing, and of our human responsibilities to care for all creatures and our Earth Mother. He is the “designated voice” with respect to environmental issues for the Mi’kmaw Elders of Unama’ki – Cape Breton and he sits on various committees that develop and guide collaborative initiatives and understandings in natural resource management or that serve First Nations’ governance issues, or that otherwise work towards ethical environmental, social and economic practices. Albert is a much sought after speaker locally, nationally, and internationally as a skilled and passionate ambassador for his Mi’kmaw culture and its ‘living knowledge’. In February 2009, he was awarded the Marshall Award for Aboriginal Leadership as part of the Eco-Hero Awards delivered by the Nova Scotia Environmental Network, an umbrella organization of provincial environmental and health organizations. He works closely with his wife Murdena and together they have developed KECCA (Knowledge Education & Culture Consultant Associates) to better enable their work which seeks the preservation, understanding, and promotion of cultural beliefs and practices among all Mi’kmaw communities, and encourages a strong future for the Mi’kmaw Nation and its peoples. Albert and Murdena were instrumental in the development of the radically innovative and globally unique Integrative Science program (which brings together the Indigenous and mainstream sciences) at Cape Breton University in the mid 1990’s and today both continue to be strong advocates of its vision and active participants in its numerous dimensions. It is Albert who first brought forward ‘Two-Eyed Seeing’ as a guiding principle for Integrative Science and other endeavours wherein different cultural perspectives are attempting to walk and talk together. Two-Eyed Seeing refers to learning to see from one eye with the strengths of Aboriginal peoples’ knowledges and ways of knowing and from the other eye with the strengths of the mainstream’s knowledges and ways of knowing … and to using these together, for the benefit of all.

mmj3Margaret McCuaig-Johnston
Mrs. Margaret McCuaig-Johnston was appointed Executive Vice-President in April 2009. In that capacity, she is responsible for the smooth operation of NSERC’s programs of $1 billion in annual funding for university research, as well as for NSERC’s policy development and international relations. She was named Assistant Deputy Minister of Energy Technology and Programs at Natural Resources Canada in October 2004.

Mrs. McCuaig-Johnston directed CanmetENERGY, with three national laboratories of specialized research and development supporting oil and gas, clean coal, electricity, oil sands, alternative energy, and energy efficiency sectors, in collaboration with industry and academic organizations across Canada and internationally. She was responsible for the $675 million ecoENERGY Efficiency programs for home and industrial retrofits, and fuel efficiency for both personal and fleet transportation, as well as the $1.5 billion Biofuels Production Incentive program.

pmckeeverPatricia McKeever
Senior Scientist & Bloorview Kids Foundation Chair in Childhood Disabilities, Bloorview Research Institute. She is currently a Professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include social, philosophical and policy aspects of childhood disability/chronic illness, interdisciplinary scholarship, contemporary social theory and qualitative research methods. Her current research projects are funded by CIHR, SSHRC, Ontario Neurotrama Foundation, and Canadian National Autism Foundation.


cpaigeChristopher Paige
Dr. Paige earned a Ph.D. in Immunology at the Sloan-Kettering Division of Cornell University Graduate School of Medical Sciences in 1979.  He became a Member of the Basel Institute for Immunology in Switzerland where he worked from 1980-1987 before joining the Ontario Cancer Institute as a Senior Scientist in 1987.  In 1990, Dr. Paige became the founding Director of the Arthritis and Autoimmunity Research Centre as well as Director of Research at The Wellesley Hospital.  In 1998,  Dr. Paige returned to the Ontario Cancer Institute to assume the role of Vice-President, Research and, subsequently, he assumed his current position of Vice-President, Research at the University Health Network which is comprised of the Toronto General, Toronto Western and Princess Margaret Hospitals.  Dr. Paige is a Professor in the Departments of Medical Biophysics and Immunology at the University of Toronto.  His continuing research interest is in the development of the immune system and in training the immune system to recognize cancer cells.  He has served on the Research Advisory Boards of both the National Cancer Institute and the Arthritis Society of Canada.   He is Chairman of BioDiscovery Toronto, a consortium of 12 Toronto based hospitals and universities engaged in the commercialization of research discoveries.  He also serves on the Boards of the Terry Fox Research Institute, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, and the Council of Ontario Research Directors. He is the co-Director of the Shanghai-Toronto Institute for Health Science (STI), a partnership between the Shanghai Institute of Health Sciences, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, and the University Health Network.

gproulxGuy Proulx
Dr. Proulx is currently Professor of Psychology, Glendon College, York University. He obtained his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Ottawa in 1981.He was Director of Psychology at St-Vincent Hospital and Elizabeth Bruyère Health Centre from 1981 to 1986.  From 1986 to July 2009, he was the Director of the Department of Psychology at Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care in Toronto.  He was also appointed Director of Neurorehabilitation and since 1999, was responsible for Neuropsychological Services at Sunnybrook as part of the Neuroscience Alliance. Dr. Proulx was appointed as the Director of the Cognitive and Behavioural Health Program, a new interdisciplinary program at Baycrest in 2008. Dr. Proulx recently accepted a position as  Professor Glendon College, York University. He specializes in the assessment and rehabilitation of cognitive disorders in people who have strokes and dementias. Dr. Proulx has written papers and chapters in the field of geriatrics, cognitive aging and rehabilitation. Dr. Proulx integrates neuropsychological approaches to help minimize disability due to cognitive disorders. 

srothSusan Roth
Susan Roth joined OCAD as Dean, Faculty of Design, in January 2009. Prior to moving
to Toronto she was Interim Director of the Virginia Commonwealth University Da Vinci Center for Innovation in Product Design & Development and Associate Dean for Research & Academic Affairs, School of the Arts at VCU.

Roth served as Associate Dean at Parsons School of Design and Chair of the Department of Industrial, Interior and Visual Communication Design at The Ohio State University where she cofounded and co-directed the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Art and Design funded by the Battelle Foundation. Roth taught for many years at The Ohio State University and Virginia Commonwealth University. She served as Vice President, Commissioner, and member of the Board of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and conducted numerous accreditation reviews.

Her design research includes studies on the usability and accessibility of voting systems and she has consulted for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and U.S. Election Assistance Commission, among others.

rsommerRichard Sommer
Dr. Sommer is an architect and the recently appointed Dean of the Daniels School of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto, where he will also serve as Professor of Architecture and Urbanism. Prior to his appointment at University of Toronto Sommer was, for more than a decade, Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, where he has also served as the Director of School’s Urban Design Programs. Sommer’s design practice, research and writing take the complex physical geography, culture, politics and historiography of the contemporary city as a starting point for a speculative approach to architecture and urbanism. Since 2005, Sommer has been the O’Hare Chair of Design and Development and Visiting American Scholar at the University of Ulster’s faculty of Art, Design and Built Environment. In this capacity he is working with government agencies, academics, and other groups to develop new models for the design of Northern Ireland’s cities and towns as they emerge from “The Troubles.”  In addition to his focus on design in the context of broad trends in urbanization, Sommer has been collaborating with Glenn Forley on a long-term multi-faceted research project that will culminate in the publication of the book: The Democratic Monument in America: A Twentieth Century Topography. Sommer has also held visiting teaching appointments at The University of Leuven, Belgium and Washington, Columbia and Iowa State Universities. From 1995-98 he was Scholar-in-Residence at the California College of the Arts.  His writings and projects have been published in Perspecta, ANY Magazine, Metropolis, JAE, Arcade, The Harvard Design Magazine, and the books Shaping the City: Studies in History, Theory and Urban Design, Supernatural Urbanism: the L.A. River Studio, Urban Design, and Hell's Kitchen South: Developing Strategies, among others. Support for Sommer's  research has included awards and grants from the U.S. National Endowment for the Arts, The Tozzier Fund, The Wheelwright Fellowship, The LEF Foundation, and The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.


lsteinLincoln Stein
Dr. Lincoln Stein MD/PhD is Director of the Biocomputing Platform and a Senior Principal Investigator at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research (OICR) in Toronto, Canada, where he works on research issues involving analysis, integration, and visualization of large-scale cancer genomics information. After his training at Harvard Medical School, where he became a board-certified pathologist, he worked at the Whitehead Institute/MIT Center for Genome Research developing databases used for the mouse and human genome maps. From 1998-2008 he worked at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory on a variety of genome-scale databases including WormBase, the database of the C. elegans genome, Gramene, a comparative genome mapping database for rice and other monocots, the International HapMap Project Database, and a human biological pathways database called Reactome.

jtreviranusJutta Treviranus
Jutta Treviranus established and directs the Adaptive Technology Resource Centre at the University of Toronto, an international centre of expertise in the inclusive design of emerging information and communication technologies and practices. Jutta leads many international and regional multi-sector, multi-disciplinary research networks and projects to proactively support the design of mainstream information and communication systems that benefit everyone. She plays an active role in policy, legislative, and standards bodies locally and internationally.

rulrich1Roger Ulrich
Recognized as the founder of evidence-based healthcare design, Professor Roger Ulrich has become its most cited and influential researcher internationally. His studies have been lauded for their scientific rigor yet are also readily applied by designers, health managers, clinicians, and policy makers. The recipient of many awards, Dr. Ulrich’s work has directly impacted the design of many billions of dollars of hospital construction, and improved the health outcomes and safety of patients around the world. His recent work has dealt with subjects as varied as how art and gardens can lessen patient pain and stress, the negative impacts of hospital noise on patients and clinical staff, and the effects of single versus multi-bed patient rooms on infection transmission. He is Beale Endowed Professor of Health Facilities Design at Texas A&M University, professor of architecture, and a faculty fellow of the Center for Health Systems and Design, an interdisciplinary center housed jointly in the colleges of Architecture and Medicine. Professor Ulrich has worked extensively in Scandinavia, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and the United States. He has carried out research at the Karolinska Institute of Medicine in Stockholm, Uppsala University, and Lund Institute of Technology. He has also been Visiting Research Professor in Healthcare Architecture at the University of Florence, Italy, Visiting Professor at The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, Research Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, and currently is an adjunct scientist with the Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion. Dr. Ulrich’s leadership in evidence-based design is reflected in his invitation in 2005-2006 from Britain’s National Health Service to serve as senior advisor for its program to create scores of new hospitals. He is a member of the Board of Directors of The Center for Health Design, California, and serves on the Hospital of the Future committee established by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

rwakkaryRon Wakkary
Dr. Wakkary is Associate Professor in the School of Interactive Arts & Technology Simon Fraser University. His research is about what we need to know to design interactive systems that will have value in our everyday lives. One thread of the research involves projects that prototype systems for play, social experiences, and learning. These include prototypes for mobile computing games, ambient intelligence physical games, and museums as responsive environments. These projects raise design issues related to social, contextual, and embodied experiences with technologies. Along another thread, he has been investigating the idea of everyday design. We all design in the course of living our lives by exploiting materials around us, such as designed artifacts by appropriating them for different and new uses. The aim of this research is to describe everyday design and how families design in the home in order to reconsider how we might design interactive technologies for the home. These two threads of research intersect in his belief that future interactive systems need to be simple, and open to ongoing design in order to weave themselves meaningfully into our lives.


nwoolridgeNicholas Woolridge
Nicholas Woolridge is currently the Program Director at Biomedical Communications at the University of Toronto. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1985 from Mount Allison University with a major in photography and a minor in painting. In 1991 he graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Communications. In 1996 he received his M.Sc. from the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto. The topic of his thesis was the development and formative evaluation of a semi-immersive clinical simulation for medical students, which had been funded by SPAR Aerospace. He is currently a tenured Associate Professor in and Director of Biomedical Communications. He conducts research in the development of digital media as instruments of biomedical research, teaching, and patient assistance. He is the co-author of Anatomy 300/303 Interactive Lab Companion, as well as co-author (with Jason Sharpe and Charles Lumsden) of the recent In Silico: 3D Animation and Simulation of Cell Biology with Maya and MEL


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