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Brianne Kirkpatrick grew up in Thunder Bay, Ontario before moving to Toronto to write chick lit. She ended up studying Public Policy at the University of Toronto and working in the MUSH sector - at the Rotman School of Management and University Health Network - before joining Deloitte's public sector transformation team. There, Brianne helped build Deloitte's Behavioural Insights practice - which, through incorporating the study of psychology into economic decision-making, offers low-cost, human-centred improvements to policy and program design. Now, Brianne works with Ontario's Behavioural Insights Unit (BIU), an internal consultancy within the provincial government, to tackle some of government's thorniest behaviour change challenges.
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Vincent is co-founder and principal at The Pixel Shop, a Toronto-based digital agency. As an experienced and cross-functional strategist, information architect, and designer, he has played a prominent role in the creation of online properties, applications, and campaigns for some of Canada’s most recognized brands across a wide range of sectors. He holds an Honours Bachelor’s degree of Fine Arts (Visual Art) from York University, is a member of The Association of Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario (RGD), and represents RGD as a board member on the Design Industry Advisory Committee (DIAC), a cross-disciplinary design think tank. Vincent has a strong interest in working within multi-disciplinary teams to explore the human dimensions of the future internet, and in better understanding the structural and cultural aspects of innovation mandates and change management.
Having grown up with an extended family that constantly seeks to bend the rules, Michael turned out exactly the opposite. This has led to a fascination of societal and ethical structures, and how rapidly changing information designs may further change how we live. Michael is a graduate of the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in History, Political Science, and Classical Civilizations, he worked in policy and information management for the Ontario Government for over 5 years with various ministries and agencies. Currently, he is the Projects Manager of the Privacy and Big Data Institute at Ryerson University. A fan of science fiction and technology, his favourite pastime is reading a good old-fashioned book.
Christine McGlade is the Founder and Senior Partner at Analytical Engine Interactive, a user experience design and content strategy consultancy. She has been a usability practitioner, content strategist, and website manager for over 15 years. As the Director of Interactive at TVO from 2005-2012, she was responsible for the management of tvo.org and the development and launch of tvoparents.com, a digital content marketing channel. She was executive in charge of production on more than a dozen transmedia projects, and commissioned serious games such as “Persuasion”, a negotiation game, “Honoured Citizen”, a Facebook election game, as well as a handful of apps and digital documentaries. From 2012 – 2014, she taught New media Communications in the joint UTSC/Centennial College New Media Program. She received her AOCA in Photo Electric Arts in 1991, a certification in Internet Business and Technology from the University of Toronto in 2005, as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Integrated Media from OCAD University in 2010. The thesis she submitted in her fourth year at OCADU’s BFA in Integrated Media proposed that the Internet is a life form. Her course of study during this MDes in Strategic Foresight and Innovation will expand and refactor this investigation with a focus on impacts that the networking of humans and smart machines has had on business, education and government. Her thesis will answer the questions: Can we effectively leverage ideas like gamification, persuasive design, and ethical data gathering for the public good? What are the new models for education and government that align with the Pull model of knowledge and data sharing? What are the possible outcomes of various strategies and models?
Sanam Samanian is a Toronto-based writer, curator and strategist, focusing on the promotion and curation of art, architecture and design content. Infinitely curious about humanity's impact, she has been academically trained in the field of architecture—with a strong interest in research, exhibition design, conceptual installations and contemporary art. Over the years, she has divided her time between executing independent projects and leading the Business Development, Marketing Communications efforts of Canadian firms such as Sweeny&Co, HPA, PARTISANS and DIALOG. Sanam has been the appointed Executive Director for the fourth installment of the city-wide Toronto Design Offsite Festival in 2014. She cites "Intermission" at MacLaren Art Centre (2011), "Soft Souls" at Walnut Contemporary (2015) and Transmutation at Governors Island Art Fair in New York (2015) to be her most important curation work to-date. Sanam's independent contributions to international journals are published in Canadian Architect, ArchDaily and Spacing Magazine.
Nadia has a diverse background in community work and healthcare. Her belief that an empathetic understanding of on-the-ground realities is integral to successful change and this belief is one that she carries with her throughout her experiences. In 2012, Nadia co-founded Fair Trade Toronto, a non-profit that achieved Toronto’s designation as the largest Fair Trade City in North America. After three years in the Executive Director role, Nadia has a new focus building her leadership skills as a Fellow of the DiverseCity program with CivicAction, for 2014/15.
Sean Molloy is currently the Director of Quality, Safety and Enterprise Risk at St. Joseph's Health Centre in Toronto. Sean has extensive experience in quality improvement and patient safety in health care and holds a Master of Health Administration rom the University of Toronto’s Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation (MHSc). Sean has a research interest of integrating principles of design into quality improvement and patient safety in health care.
Rachel has over 12 years of experience in strategy development and integrated brand marketing in the entertainment, lifestyle and media industries. She’s brought a wealth of experience to brands she has worked with; having led campaigns for clients such as The Canadian Film Centre, Alliance Films, Samsung, Microsoft and Rdio. Rachel has worked to become a thought leader at the intersection of technology and entertainment, constantly moving forward and is currently an Associate Creative Director at Mosaic and doing a Masters of Design in Strategy and Innovation at Ontario College of Art and Design.
Corey is an experienced innovation and design professional who works directly with complex networks of stakeholders in the discovery, design and development of organizational strategies, user-centered processes, and innovative products, primarily in the social sector. Corey has particular interest in helping companies by designing at the intersection of impact, sustainability and resilience. On the creative side, Corey has completed projects using film, photography, writing, code, live experience, presentation, and printed collateral.