Kejo Buchanan

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Kejo is an information professional with a strong background in human services data leading content and policy for the City of Brains Project.  She values the sharing of mental health journeys as building blocks to awareness and resolutions in improving the services in our community.

Patrick Connolly

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Patrick is interested in liquid democracy, the changing nature of work, and quasi-antagonistic approaches to systems change. Patrick is the project lead for Councilmatic Toronto, which aims to make the affairs of city hall more accessible to regular citizens.

Hana Nagel

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Hana merges her passion for social change and love of design by focusing on user experience, with a special interest in civic technology. Hana is entering her second year of graduate studies at the University of Toronto’s iSchool and is the design lead for Refugees Welcome Toronto.

Garry Ing

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Garry is a designer and technologist based in Toronto. He is currently a Product Designer at Format.com and part of the Toronto Mesh Net project: an infrastructure to provide open, lower-cost access to the World Wide Web .

Christina Hug

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Christina Hug is the founder of The Makers Nation, an organization focused on coalescing the arts, tech, design, and maker communities in cities around the world. Bringing together innovators, thinkers and doers from all ends of the creative spectrum to meet, collaborate, learn and, make things. She was previously the Director of Community at YouNoodle […]

Donn Pasiliao

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Donn Pasiliao is an educator, with a strong passion for engineering and child development. As an instructor, he dedicates himself to inspiring wonder to children through making and technology at STEAMLabs. Prior to entering education, Donn has also worked as an engineer in a variety of industries. He previously held positions as a Mechanical Design […]

Ashley Jane Lewis

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Ashley Jane Lewis is a 26 year old Interactive Artist and Youth Tech Educator. She has recently been listed into the Top 100 Black Women to Watch in Canada 2016. As an senior undergrad in the New Media Program at Ryerson University, Lewis designed The Obama Board, a keyboard that swaps the sound of the […]

Sheila Sampath

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  Sheila Sampath is an educator and activist designer who has been crafting creative for social good since 2003. Former chair of the board of directors at the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multi-cultural Women Against Rape, she has a background in grassroots activism and organizing which she incorporates into her strategic approach to graphic design and […]

Graham Green

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Graham is a small business manager, with 15 years of experience in the retail sector. Most recently, he was the General Manager of Active Surplus, until it’s close last fall. He now own his own consulting company, advising small business retailer in retail design, strategic planning, and sales training. He is a graduate of the […]

Benjamin Langerak

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Benjamin is an interactive media and game developer who works mostly in Unity3D. Ben makes all sorts of stuff from weird trippy art applications, to silly games, to medical simulations. He works full time for INVIVO Communications, a medical tech company, and also is involved in Picnic Game Labs as lead programmer and assistant designer […]

Golam A Khan

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Golam A Khan is a former student leader at the University of Toronto and the founder of FabriKite Company, a Toronto based merchandising enterprise with a vision to strengthen the local makers sphere. His company has sponsored Startup Fashion Week 2015, FAT 2015 – Fashion Art Toronto and FuturEra 2015 – 2016 a multi-disciplinary art show which flirts […]

Sagan Yee

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Sagan Yee is a Toronto-based 2D animator and occasional indie game perpetrator. Her work experience includes TV animation and storyboarding, video game concept art and design, illustration, motion graphics and even machinima. She has participated in numerous panel discussions on animation and games, collaborated on several bizarre interactive projects (one of which ended with the […]

Tim Cooper

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I am a teacher and tech coordinator at the York School, a k-12 independent school. I teach IB Design (combo of shop and tech) where my students and I play with electronics (Raspberry Pi, Lego Mindstorms and Little Bits), power tools, duct tape, glue guns, wood, lego, 3D printers and other assorted stuff to make […]

Laura Dempsey

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Laura Dempsey is an award-winning designer and strategist passionate about complex systems, transformational business models and how change happens. She currently works as part of the foresight team a Idea Couture, a global strategic innovation and experience design firm. Her master’s thesis on the futures of sustainable fashion was awarded OCAD University’s Strategic Foresight & […]

Umar Amanullah

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I am a Toronto-based Video Producer/Director/Editor with a passion for social awareness and change with over 14 years experience in social, cultural, music, youth-centric programming and event planning. I spearheaded the team that launched MTV in Pakistan, produced numerous award shows, directed and art directed award-winning music videos and commercials for tv networks with a […]

Sarry Zheng

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Sarry Zheng is the founder of The Compassion Project. It is a social enterprise that works with children from rural communities on purposeful and creative projects. She backpacks to underprivileged communities in Asia. She believes one day, all children can have the opportunity to fully realize their own potential.

Trishala Pillai

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Trishala is a graduate of the University of Waterloo’s class of 2016, where she majored in Economics and minored in Management and Communications. Beyond her academic background, she is a third culture millennial of Indian origin; her personal background and experiences make up a huge part of her identity and serve as the foundation for […]

Victoria Suen

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Victoria is currently pursuing her Masters of Architecture at the University of Waterloo. She has worked in New York, Vancouver, and Toronto. The focus of her design work and research is in the transformation of industrial buildings into alternative creative and affordable uses for artists, makers and entrepreneurs.

Kat Barrett

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Kat Barrett is a creative technologist, artist, and educator from Toronto. She currently co-directs and builds curriculum for Kids In Tech and teaches coding classes part-time at STEAMLabs. Kat is super passionate about open-source learning/building and collaboration, and contributing to creative and social communities. When she’s not working, you can usually find her riding around […]

Ilana Ben-Ari

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Ilana Ben-Ari is a multiple-award winning product designer, TEDx speaker, and Ariane de Rothschild Fellow. She has been working at the intersection of design and social innovation for 7+ years, has been featured in the Guardian UK, Independent UK, and TIME magazine and is the founder of Twenty One Toys, a multiple-­award-­winning toy start-­up. She […]

Natalie Draz

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I am an artist creating architectural anatomical print-based bookworks centered around a technologically-based creative drive to make my imaginings into physical objects to interact with. I am a professionally trained printmaker, using tech from papermaking to printmaking, to digitally printing and lasercut imagery. I teach workshops in pop-up books and printmaking. I have also specifically […]

Jess Whyte

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 Jess Whyte is a graduate student in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. At work, she researches digital curation and forensics. At school, she researches makerspaces in libraries using an ethnographic approach. She’s also involved with the Semaphore Studio 307 project, a student-led initiative to build a studio workspace at the University […]

Erica Tibera

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Erica is a tech education professional with a technical background in molecular biology and biotechnology and a passion for science communication. She has designed and coordinated high-tech maker programs involving electronics, robotics, digital fabrication and programming for kids and adults. She is currently building an autonomous robot to compete in a NASA Centennial Challenge competition.

Yifat Shaik

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Yifat Shaik is an Israeli born game designer and artist, currently residing in Canada. A Master of Design graduate from OCAD University in Toronto, her work and research focus on online game socialization, political activism in gaming and the creation of unique and evocative game worlds. When not teaching game design, Yifat creates Unity based […]