Speakers


Michael E. Johnson

Mike is a software developer, living in Central Illinois, who finally decided to be the inventor he dreamed of being as a kid, focusing on light poverty in developing nations.

Andrew Zavorotny

A third-year undergraduate student studying Biomedical Mechanical Engineering. Worked with Prof. Marc Doumit to design and manufacture various exoskeletons such as a passive ankle exoskeleton through the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program and a load reducing exoskeleton to ease carrying backpacks over long distances. The human body's an incredible thing - pushing and extending it's limits is what drives me forward.

Jacques Beauvais, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Ottawa.

After graduating from the University of Ottawa with a bachelor’s degree (Physics, 1985) and a master’s degree (Physics, 1987), Jacques Beauvais obtained his Ph.D. in physics from Université Laval in 1990. He then pursued post-doctoral studies in electrical engineering at the University of Glasgow, UK. His training in optics coupled to his experience in engineering led to his appointment as professor of electrical engineering at the Université de Sherbrooke (UdeS) in 1993.

His passion and experience in nanotechnology led him to establish the first nanolithography laboratory in a Canadian university and then to lead the Centre for nanofabrication and nanocharacterization. He then he became the founding director of the Centre for excellence in information engineering of UdeS, which today is renamed the Interdisciplinary Institute for Technology Innovation (3IT). Six patents arising from the research activities of his group were the basis of a startup company, Quantiscript inc., where he was president from 1999 to 2004, then vice-president, technology, from 2004 to 2006.

Since 2007, his research activities have focused mainly on developing carbon nanotube based sensors which are at the core of a new patent (2015) and he established a close collaboration with a robotics research group to develop a tactile skin technology. He also joined an interdisciplinary research group in 2007 in order to study the social acceptability of new technologies, resulting in three collaborative books on the subject for which he co-authored three chapters with other group members.

In 2007, Jacques Beauvais was named Vice-president, Research, at the Université de Sherbrooke and then Vice-president, Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in 2014. At Sherbrooke, he was responsible for the concept development, the funding and the launch of the MiQro Innovation Collaborative Centre (C2MI) in Bromont, Québec, in partnership with IBM Canada and Teledyne Dalsa, and he developed and implemented the Innovation, Partnership and Entrepreneurship strategy of the Université. He is currently a member of the research council of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CiFAR) and a board member of Mitacs. He was a member of the council of the National Research Council of Canada (2009-2012) and also a member of the board of directors of the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et Technologies (2009-2016). He was also the chair of the board of Calcul Québec, the research consortium for high performance computing in Québec. As of July 1, 2017.

Adrian D . C. Chan

Adrian D . C. Chan is a Professor with the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering, interim Associate Vice-President Teaching and Learning at Carleton University, Director of the NSERC CREATE Research and Education in Accessibility, Design, and Innovation (READi) training program, and co-founder of NeuroQore Inc. He is a biomedical engineering researcher with expertise in biological signal processing, biomedical signal quality assessment, assistive devices, and noninvasive sensor systems. Dr. Chan has over 100 refereed publications and has been recognized with a number of honours including: Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society Outstanding Biomedical Engineer of the Year, Carleton Research Achievement Award, IEEE Ottawa Outstanding Educator Award, Ottawa Life Sciences Council Dr. Michael Smith Promising Scientist Award, and Ottawa Life Magazine 50 Top People in the Capital. He is Registered Professional Engineer, a Senior Member of the IEEE, member of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, member of the Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society, member of the and Biomedical Engineering Society, and 3M Teaching Fellow.

Kelly Nahwegahbow Marsolais

Kelly and Claire Nahwegahbow, own and operate a First Nation Company called The Beading Drum Jewelry Originals. This dynamite Mother and Daughter team of designers, bring together unique creations that tread the fine line of originality and feel of everyday elegance. A team dedicated to creating wearable art. True to the "stay local" movement, each piece in The Beading Drum’s collection is handmade, fabricated and finished in their studio located just outside of Ottawa.

These First Nation jewelry and accessories designers are based in Canada, and are members of The Whitefish River First Nation. Kelly and Claire are self-taught artists, their jewelry and accessories come from their focus on an intuitive approach - an alternative point of view on the boundaries between art and design. Our creations and visions are continually evolving yet our philosophy remains the same - each creation must be unique. They say with a smile, "You have to put meaning into your creations to make them special and functional". That's what we do ~ we create from the heart and bring a feeling of love and classic wear-ability to our ever evolving collection.

Deanna Burgart

Deanna Burgart P.Eng, CET is self-proclaimed Indigeneer™; engineer, speaker, and mentor that has a talent for identifying gaps and providing solutions to systemic, organizational and transformational change. She brings over 20 years of experience and education in oil, gas, and pipelines and is passionate about the UN Sustainable Development Goals and UN Declaration of Rights of Indigenous People. She helps STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) focused organizations and educators operationalize Indigenous inclusion in their work.

She leads mentoring circles for Indigenous people in STEM, business and entrepreneurship and works with organizations seeking to improve their relationships with Indigenous communities. She is a co-founder of IndigeSTEAM – an Indigenous Youth Outreach non-profit. As a mentor and Indigenous Advisor to the United Way, her volunteer efforts are focused around Indigenous youth and community outreach, and it is her dream to see more diverse perspectives in STEM professions.

David McDougall

David McDougall graduated from Queen’s University with a BFA and received his MFA from York University in 2008. Beginning his career as a figurative sculptor, McDougall focused on the intersection between traditional bronze sculpture and snapshot photography. As a result of several formative collaborations, he broadened his artistic practice to include kinetic and electronic art as well as new media. Presently, McDougall explores aesthetic issues related to technology and the environment.

Sasha Phipps

Sasha Phipps is an Ottawa-based French-Canadian artist working in video, installation, painting, and public art interventions. He received a college diploma in 3D animation at La Cité collégiale in spring 2006 and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Ottawa in the spring of 2010. He maintains an artistic practice in the city of Ottawa and works as the photography and media arts technician for the visual arts department at the University of Ottawa.

Steve Crane

Steve Crane has over 15 years of experience as a support worker for people with disabilities, and a lifelong interest in technology and creating. He currently works at a nonprofit organization that supports adults with disabilities in the area of computer access and education. Besides creating and implementing customized, person centered accessibility solutions for his clients, Steve supports them in participating in maker culture.

Bettina Vollmerhausen

Bettina Vollmerhausen is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Ottawa Tool Library, a not-for-profit social enterprise supporting the sharing of resources in Ottawa. She has honed her skills as a community connector with a keen interest in sustainability, social innovation, and meaningful experiences during her years working in the startup sector.

Aside from making tools available to the community of DIYers, she is an avid knitter and fiber artist who loves to create with her hands and has a particular interest in sharing skills and passing on knowledge as she believes that continuous learning makes life interesting.

Uche Ajuonuma

Uchechukwu (Proffered as Uche) Ajuonuma bagged B.Eng. in mechanical engineering at Imo State University, Owerri, Nigeria in 2012 with specialty in product designing. Visionary, astute, results oriented and versatile leader offering over 3 years of experience in program design and management for the not-for-profit and social enterprise sector, he is currently the Country Manager with Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF). He possesses a wealth of experience in community impact programs, human centered designs and technology for peace building. He began his career in mechanical design engineering at FlowMaster Ltd then as hardware lead program manger at Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF). At both companies, he discovered the power of technology; as an inhibitor and a solution to many of the world’s problems. Then at YTF, Uche implemented 3D Africa – a community impact program that aims at teaching unemployed youth engineers to use 3D modelling software and hardware tools and at the same time providing them with entrepreneurial skills to competitively monetize their talent in the global marketplace. He and his friends and are currently building a makers community in Nigeria through their respective initiatives which include CoMakers Africa, Hardware Nigeria Community and others. Uche is passionate about education and entrepreneurship and how technology can be used as a bridge. He believes in the efficacy of girls and women education, hence he created room for girls in his 3D Africa under 3D Africa for Girls in 2015.

Bocar N’Diaye

For 23 years, Bocar Ndiaye has been working as a Computer Support Specialist for Occupational Therapy and an Assistive Technologist at Bruyère Continuing Care in Ottawa. Bocar has supported and helped various patients admitted to Bruyere’s Complex Continuing Care and Rehabilitation programs to gain access to technology and independence. Bocar has been developing in collaboration with highly skilled programmers and students an open source and low cost assistive devices (SensAct and AATOS) for AAC (augmentative and alternative communication),and ECU (environmental control unit) for people with disabilities to allow for better access to mainstream technology like smartphones, tablets and smart devices.

Bocar is member of CEP AAC Education Advisory Committee for Ontario Ministry of Health Assistive Device program (ADP). Co- principal investigator of several abstracts and presentations on various international conferences on accessible technology.

Owen Deery

Owen Deery is a videogame developer from Ottawa. For the past 7 years he has been creating unique interactive experiences and exploring the effect of custom tools on creative output.

Midia Shikh Hassan

Midia is involved in the Refugee Outreach program, which aims to facilitate Syrian refugees’ social integration through technology and entrepreneurial training. She is also co-founder of Dextra, an initiative providing affordable 3D printed prosthetics to refugees living with upper-body amputations. As the Difference Makers’ coordinator, a program founded by the University of Ottawa, she helps students make positive changes in their community through social entrepreneurship and by encouraging them to start their own social ventures to address social issues. *Recipient of the Queen’s Young Leader Award*

Elisha Pruner

Elisha Pruner is a computer science student at the University of Ottawa. She is passionate about augmented reality and virtual reality, and in developing next generation CAD software in this space. She currently works in virtual reality at the Ottawa Hospital, developing VR apps for medical visualization and image segmentation for machine learning and 3D printing applications.

Rola Tibshirani

A French Immersion Intermediate teacher at the Ottawa Catholic School Board. She is passionate about students’ taking ownership of their learning by creating and applying Integrative Thinking and Designing Thinking processes to embrace challenges. Connecting her students with projects from around the world to foster students collaborative inquiry through Global Partnership.