Speakers


Rick Alexanderson

Computer Engineering Teacher at St Peter High School, OCSB 3D printer Maker in Residence at MakerSpace North, Ottawa Coordinator of the Carl Robotics Program at Carleton University Outreach Coordinator for CodeMyRobot.ca

Hanan Anis

Hanan Anis holds an NSERC Chair in Entrepreneurial Engineering Design and is also the coordinator of entrepreneurship and innovation in the Faculty of Engineering. She is a professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Ottawa.

Prior to Joining the University in 2004, Hanan was the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Ceyba, an optical long-haul networking company that employed 250 people at its peak. Hanan also worked at Nortel Networks in different positions conducting pioneering research in various areas of photonics, ranging from device physics to optical networking. She holds a B.Sc from Ain-Shams University (1987), a M.A.Sc (1991) and a Ph.D (1996) from University of Toronto both in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

She has numerous journal and conference publications and patents. Hanan's current research interests include Biophotonics, Innovation and engineering education.Her passion is to help students graduate with an entrepreneurial mind set that enable them to play leading roles in existing organizations or create their own jobs.

Ali-id Bouh Ali

A serial entrepreneur, Ali-id started his first business just after university life, ultimately opening a string of ventures - from a telecom company to a digital signage agency - before starting KABO in 2017. As founder, he has helped reshape KABO into the world’s most widely used IoT platform.

Chris Armstrong

Dr Chris Armstrong [PhD (Wits), MJ (Carleton), BA (Queen’s)] researches and writes on policy and practice in the areas of innovation, technology, media, intellectual property rights and knowledge governance. He serves as a Research Associate for the Open African Innovation Research Partnership (Open AIR) at the uOttawa Faculty of Law’s Center for Law, Technology and Society (CLTS), and as a Visiting Fellow at the LINK Centre, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Armstrong is co-author of the 2017 Open AIR Working Paper entitled The Maker Movement in Gauteng Province, South Africa, and served as an editor of the 2014 book Innovation and Intellectual Property: Collaborative Dynamics in Africa (UCT Press). He is also Publishing Editor of The African Journal of Information and Communication (AJIC).

Justine Boudreau

Justine completed her mechanical engineering degree at uOttawa and is now working on an Electronic Business Technologies Masters. During the last three years she has spent her time playing with new tech and diversifying her knowledge. She spent almost 2 years working with the Maker Mobile delivering workshops and integrating new curriculum for robotics and women in science and engineering. She then moved on to work for the uOttawa Richard L'Abbé Makerspace while teaching and running the first and second year engineering design courses run through the Makerlab.
In her spare time, Justine has being practicing Kung Fu and some serious crafting.

Jasmine Bouchard

Jasmine Bouchard is currently serving as Interim Head of Research and Learning at the University of Ottawa, where she is working on user-centred initiatives that respond effectively to current needs. Since 2008, Jasmine has worked at the University of Ottawa Library in different capacities, including Head of the Media Centre - host to a variety of events, including 3D printing workshops and Start-up Weekend, and a technology lending program.

Jason Cobill

Jason Cobill is an Ottawa-based art and code nerd. I work at the University of Ottawa as a web developer by day, and by night I explore interesting art projects using technology. I’ve been a celebrated visual effects wizard in Hollywood, a video game designer, and an award-winning mobile developer. These days I tinker with 3d scanning and printing, generative art, and moustache projection systems. I'm happiest when I have interesting problems to take apart and solve.

Steve Crane

Steve Crane has over 15 years of experience as a support worker for people with disabilities, and a lifelong interest in technology. He currently works at a local non profit organization that provides computer access, support and education for people with disabilities. This mainly involves creating and implementing strategies that allow clients to use computers and other technology more efficiently and with greater independence. In this capacity, he has also created several custom built assisstive technology apps which he is happy to tell you about until you find some way to make him stop.

Anthony Dewar

Anthony is an Ottawa based industrial designer and interdisciplinary design researcher whose work includes IOT products, medical devices, rugged 3D printers, furniture, collaborative robot arms, additive manufacturing material research, bioreactors, miniature urban farms and many 3D printed consumer products. As part of Ecotonos Design and Manufacturing in collaboration with local entrepreneurs he is creating an advanced product development system that reduces the barriers to entrepreneurial hardware development allowing faster time to market and distributed production - even on canoes!

Tailor Dresden

Tailor Dresden is a hacker, designed and assembled in [redacted]. He runs the Concordia University Library Technology Sandbox, a university makerspace. When my employers tell him to go home I go to Montreal's Hackerspace: Foulab. Between the two, he has worked on everything from kinetic light adaptive sculptures, to genetically engineering beer, and 3D printed everything. Next on his list is 0$ nano technology and bridging the virtual and physical worlds. Others who burn the candle at both ends (and the middle) can infer his caffeine intake.

Youssef Gaboune

Youssef Gaboune is the co-founder of The Green Room Council (www.tgrcouncil.org), a coalition of the world's largest and most influential global communities of young leaders and social entrepreneurs.

Youssef is a Leadership trainer and researcher who graduated from 2 Executive Education Programs in Leadership Development from Carnegie Mellon University, TTT Program on Innovation & Design Thinking from IDEO/ExperiencePoint, and is a certified Leadership trainer from Oxford Leadership Academy where he was Associate Director MENA (2012-2013).

He also holds a Master's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Montreal. For the past 10 years he has been designing and delivering Leadership training programs to 3,000+ young leaders, from 100+ nationalities, in countries such as Canada, Switzerland, Turkey, Morocco, Lithuania, Qatar, Indonesia, Malaysia, and has been building partnerships with leading global media organizations such as Huffington Post and AJ+ to promote more inspiring stories of positive change from around the world.

Marie-Claude Gagnon

Marie Claude Gagnon first worked in Web Accessibility in 2012 at the Royal Military College of Canada. She fell in love with this newly emerging field. Gagnon is now the Accessibility Officer for the University of Ottawa. Within this capacity, she sat on the Provincial Governance and Leadership group to develop an accessibility certification process across the province. Gagnon runs a nationwide online community on accessible education and was invited to do lectures and shows about accessibility. She has been sporadically invited to teach components of web accessibility and mentoring accessible projects making for students on campus.

Paula Hall

Paula holds a B.A./B.Ed.(Distinction) from the University of New Brunswick and an MPA from the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University. Paula began teaching in 2004 in Moncton, New Brunswick and moved to Ontario in fall 2008 to pursue her interest in educational policy. In addition to her teaching experience, Paula has worked as Policy Analyst for On-Reserve Housing in the Community Infrastructure Branch of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada and just prior to her appointment as a Vice-principal at Gloucester High School in 2015, she worked as Policy and Strategic Business Analyst for the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB). Paula has presented at local, provincial and national conferences on topics related to Indigenous social and educational issues. She was a co-recipient of the 2017 OCDSB Innovation Award for her contribution to the Indigenous STEM Program delivered at Gloucester High School. Paula is a member of Qalipu Mi'kmaq First Nation.

Nagham El Houssamy

Nagham El Houssamy pursued her undergraduate studies at the American University in Cairo (AUC), and graduated with a BA in political science, specializing in international law and international relations with a minor in economics. Upon graduating in 2009, El Houssamy started work as an economic researcher in the Macro-Fiscal Policy Unit at the Egyptian Ministry of Finance. She completed her MA in Economics in International Development at AUC in 2012. El Houssamy also interned at the ICT Policies Unit of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for West Asia in Beirut. She joined the Access to Knowledge for Development Center in June 2012, serving as the network's North Africa Hub coordinator for the Open African Innovation Research Project (Open A.I.R.). El Houssamy was awarded an Open A.I.R. fellowship to spend three months at the Intellectual Property Unit at the University of Cape Town, South Africa from November 2013-February 2014. She is currently a Senior Researcher at the Access to Knowledge for Development Center at AUC, working on research related to knowledge, technology, entrepreneurship and development.

Yih Lerh Huang PhD FRSA

Yih Lerh was a co-founder of a local tech company and was CTO at Canadian Bank Note. At Saint-Vincent, he designs customized communication solutions for clients with physical impairments. He most recently spearheaded the design of Sensact, a generic AAC hub.

Trained in Psychology and Mathematics (Manchester), Yih Lerh has a PhD in Cognitive Psychology (Carleton) and did post-doctoral work in Systems and Computer Engineering (NSERC funded). He also completed Oxford’s Advanced Management Programme at Green-Templeton College and, more recently, an MA in Development Studies (ISS Erasmus).

Vipal Jain

Vipal Jain is a law student and the co-founder of a biohackerspace in Ottawa. After moving from Toronto to Ottawa, Vipal co-founded Biotown to help establish an open community lab in the nation’s capital. Vipal is interested in the future of emerging technologies and is a strong proponent for interdisciplinary collaboration. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Genetics & Biotechnology from the University of Toronto and is currently pursuing her Juris Doctor at the University of Ottawa.

Adrian Jones

After many years in high-tech as an electronics engineer, Adrian Jones turned to educational research to better understand his childrens’ and his own understanding of mathematics. Adrian is a passionate maker/builder who explores profound and whimsical aspects of our perceptions of, and metaphors for time, offering unique perspectives on its measurement, passage and presentation. Most recently he has been designing and building interactive tactile, colourful and animated products specifically designed for the elderly and people with cognitive challenges and dementia.

Erin Kennedy

Erin “RobotGrrl” Kennedy is a robot maker and founder of Robot Missions, an organization that empowers communities to embark on missions aimed at helping our planet using robots. She designed and developed a robot to collect shoreline debris, replicable anywhere with a 3D printer. Kennedy studied digital fabrication at the Fab Academy, and worked with a global team at MIT on a forty-eight-hour challenge during Fab11 to build a fully functional submarine. A former fellow in social innovation at the MaRS Discovery District’s Studio Y, she has been recognised as a finalist in the Lieutenant Governor's Visionary Prize, and her previous robotic work has been featured in Forbes, Wired, and IEEE Spectrum and on the Discovery Channel.

Su Cheng Lee

A highly motivated and adaptable college educator with expert knowledge in user experience (UX) design, graphical user interface (UI) design, interaction design, visual design, usability engineering, branding, online marketing, project management, and technology trends and best practices.

Lethania Martinez Castellanos

Lethania Martinez, is an Engineering Master’s student (EMP) at uOttawa. She has over 13 years experience in the operations and data analysis fields.
The interest in electronics came from participating in one of the Entrepreneurship Programs at the Faculty of Engineering in 2015, since then, Lethania has been attending workshops and developing prototypes in order to increase her knowledge in Programming and Robotics. While working in one of her projects, she noted that young kids were able to grasp some of the concepts of programmings by “doing”, and they were engage by the entrepreneurial concept of solving problems. Lethania has been delivering short Robotics ( EV3/Arduino mBlock ) workshops for free to dedicated young students that show interest in learning robotics, and that are willing to master concepts to be able to pass the knowledge on the newer members of the team. The 2017 Fall session will start in November with the support of a local school in Ottawa West ( EV3/Arduino mBlock Workshop will continue to run free of charge for dedicated students)

Andrew McDonald

Andrew is a physics, chemistry, mathematics teacher with a side passion for computer science, and robotics in the classroom. Having taught in the Middle East from 2012-2016 he was able to hone his teaching craft while integrating technology into the classroom. Educated in Ottawa with his M.Sc in medical physics and worked in a cancer clinic before changing career paths to become a teacher. From discovery learning and interactiveness of using robotics to using Google Apps for Education in the classroom, he is always looking for ways to inspire his students. He has been a proponent in improving the educational technology in the schools where he has taught. From the streamline content delivery and for use of assessments has saved so much time giving him a chance to work on more interesting and interactive ways for learning in and out of the classroom. As an Apple Teacher, Google Certified Educator and Raspberry Certified Educator, he is looking to help other teachers bring various technologies into the classroom. This sessions will focus on some of those technologies that attendees can bring into their 'makerspaces'

Bocar N’Diaye

Bocar Ndiaye, has been Assistive Technologist at Bruyère Continuing Care, Saint Vincent Hospital since 1995. He has participated in the development of various assistive devices, from computer access to augmentative and alternative communication devices. He works with volunteer programmers to develop open-source, sensor-based access methods and applications for people with disabilities.

Shauna Polluck

Shauna Pollock is an author, consultant, coach, disruptor and educator. She devotes her time, energy, passion and brainpower to helping people discover their passions, learn and make magic for others. Her life purpose is simple: She creates safe, inspiring places for learners. They need someone who believes in them. She helps them become the people they never knew they could be. Shauna is a recipient of the prestigious Prime Minister's Award for Teaching Excellence, recognized for student-centred teaching and creative integration of technology, summarized in her philosophy of, "People learn in different ways on different days." She shares he ideas and experiences on Twitter, her blog, in workshops and through her book, "Creating Classroom Magic: Using Lessons from the Life of Walt Disney to Create an Experimental Prototype Classroom of Tomorrow." Shauna consults, presents and provides professional development about innovative learning around North America. Shauna is the creator of two microschools: an ESL School in a Hotel for Syrian Newcomer Youth and The Passionate Learner Experiment (tinyurl.com/ple16). She is the cofounder of Blue Sky School, a full-time school innovation hub for students. She loves to connect with people to support them in creating, dreaming bigger and celebrating!

Richard Scott

Richard Scott is a recent graduate from the mechanical engineering program at the University of Ottawa. He is currently the manager of the Brunsfield Centre student machine shop at the University of Ottawa. The Brunsfield Centre is one of the only student supervised machine shops in Canada and is open to all University of Ottawa students. Richard enjoys things that go fast which includes cars, planes, and bikes. In his spare time, Richard enjoys long walk on the beach, Tetris, and designing/building his electric go-kart.

Dr. Adnan Sheikh MD

Dr. Adnan Sheikh is an Associate professor of radiology at the University of Ottawa, Canada. He is the Director of Advanced Musculoskeletal Interventions and Section head and fellowship Director of Emergency radiology at the Ottawa Hospital. Dr. Sheikh received his medical school and radiology specialist training from India and completed fellowships in musculoskeletal imaging and emergency trauma imaging from the University of British Columbia before coming on staff at The Ottawa Hospital in 2005. His clinical interests are functional musculoskeletal imaging, bone and soft tissue tumor imaging, MSK intervention and Emergency/Trauma imaging. Dr. Sheikh is actively involved in multimodality imaging based multidisciplinary research projects in collaboration with researchers from the Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and Department of Physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Ottawa University.

Sarah Simpkin

Sarah Simpkin is currently serving as Interim Digital Scholarship Librarian at the University of Ottawa, where she is working on advancing digital humanities initiatives across campus. Before joining uOttawa in 2013, Sarah worked as an interactive designer at Innisfil Public Library, where she led maker programs for people of all ages. Sarah also co-founded SimCoLab, a community makerspace in Barrie, Ontario.

Nicole Tumaine

Nicole Tumaine holds a B.Soc. in International Development, with a minor in Life Sciences, from the University of Ottawa. During her undergraduate, Nicole founded the University of Ottawa chapter of the Nyantende Foundation, a grassroots organization empowering youths in DR Congo through education. While at the University of Ottawa, she served as the Chapter President for three years and now acts in an advisory role to the organization. She also has experience working for the
United Nations Association in Canada as well as with organizations and companies in both the charity sector and the private sector. Nicole is passionate about international development, especially with regard to refugee affairs, health, and education. Having lived as a refugee in Uganda, Nicole is conducting Open AIR’s research into innovation and the role of intellectual property rights on innovation by refugee.

Jasmin Winter

Jasmin Winter is a graduate student in the Master's in Development Practice program at the University of Winnipeg. Her research has investigated self-determining models of technological development in different communities, more recently focusing on Indigenous engagements with and within virtual landscapes such as websites, video games, and augmented and virtual reality. She is a Research Assistant for the Transactive Memory Keepers project, which is investigating the potential for building a digital and new media mobile lab created by Indigenous peoples, for Indigenous communities.

Ting Zhang

Ting Zhang(Tim), Visiting professor in Faculty of Engineering, UOttawa. Comes from Chongqing university of Posts and telecommunications, his major is Innovation Ecosystem in Mobile Internet. He got his bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering and Automation from Kunming university of Science and Technology and got his master degree as an MBA (the Master of Business Administration) from Chongqing University. He has been teaching for nearly 15 years with courses of management and commerce in ICT industry, He has worked as an instructor and a consulting expert in nearly 100 training classes and seminars in various forms since 2005, from which he has also accumulated rich teaching experience. He started courses of innovation and creators since 2010 in his university, he also leads an innovation group, which is including 30-40 members per year since 2009. As he is working in a general office of college and being a CEO of a company in training and software developing, He got his experiences in managing and operating. Being focusing on building the great and effective innovation group and looking for the best way to motivate the entrepreneurship and production management in any organization to face to the impact of the new financial situation and new required of education not only on campus but also in any other environments.