Mindshare: Inspired thinking on the creative economy

Universities and the creative economy in a digital world


Kevin Kee, dean of arts, University of Ottawa.

Kevin Kee

Dean of Arts, University of Ottawa

Kevin Kee became dean of the faculty of arts on August 1, 2015. He was previously an associate vice-president for research at Brock University, where he also held a Canada Research Chair in Digital Humanities, and won a prize for excellence in teaching. His research interests cover the use of computing to analyse and express history and culture in innovative ways. Previously, Kevin was an assistant professor and director of undergraduate studies for McGill’s department of integrated studies in education, a director working with the National Film Board of Canada, and president of a software development company.


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Vincent Larivière, associate professor of information science, Université de Montréal.

Vincent Larivière is associate professor of information science at the École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l’information, l’Université de Montréal, where he teaches research methods and bibliometrics. He is also the scientific director of the Érudit journal platform, associate scientific director of the Observatoire des sciences et des technologies and a regular member of the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et la technologie. He holds a B.A. in science, technology and society (UQAM), an M.A. in history of science (UQAM) and a Ph.D. in information science (McGill), and has performed postdoctoral work at Indiana University’s Department of Information and Library Science.

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Keith Doyle, assistant professor, Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

Keith Doyle is an assistant professor of industrial design, faculty of design + dynamic media, Emily Carr University of Art + Design. He is a lead/co-lead investigator on a number of research partnerships enabled by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the National Research Council Canada, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. He is a co-investigator for the SSHRC INSIGHT cloTHING(s) as Conversation project and is the current co-director of material matters, a pragmatic material research cluster.  Keith holds both a BFA and an MFA in sculpture.

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Dianne Taylor-Gearing, president, NSCAD University.

Dianne Taylor-Gearing serves as chair of the Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents; EduNova board chair; director and secretary to the board of the Nova Scotia Research and Innovation Trust; and is a member of the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia  board. Internationally, she serves as treasurer to the board of Independent Colleges of Art and Design. A graduate of the Slade School of Fine Art and Harvard Business School, Dianne was elected fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, London in 1990. She was appointed president at NSCAD University in April 2014.

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Mia Consalvo, Canada Research Chair in Game Studies and Design, Concordia University.

Mia Consalvo is the co-author of Players and their Pets, co-editor of Sports Videogames and author of Cheating: Gaining Advantage in Videogames. She  recently completed the book Atari to Zelda: Japan’s Videogames in Global Context, about Japan’s influence on the videogame industry and game culture. Mia runs the mLab, a space dedicated to developing innovative methods for studying games and game players. She is the president of the Digital Games Research Association, and has held positions at MIT, Ohio University, Chubu University in Japan and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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Patrick Drogui, professor, Centre Eau Terre Environnement, INRS

Professor Patrick Drogui’s primary areas of research focus on devising and developing new technologies to eliminate pollutants (both inorganic and organic). Electrotechnologies, which consist of processes that leverage electrochemical properties and applications, figure among these techniques. These can be efficiently used to enhance existing municipal and industrial wastewater treatment systems or to replace inefficient conventional technologies designed to remove specific inorganic or organic contaminants.

Mr. Drogui has worked as a research associate at the Centre Eau Terre Environnement, as well as an industrial researcher at BIOLIX Corporation and a consultant at Water Diamond. He holds a bachelor’s degree in physics and chemistry, a master’s in chemistry, a M.A.S. in organic chemistry, and a doctorate in water treatment processes.

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Sophie Duchesne, Engineer, professor-researcher, INRS

Sophie Duchesne is an engineer and professor-researcher at the INRS’ Centre Eau Terre Environnement since 2007. As a professor, she leads numerous research projects focussing on the sustainable management of urban wastewater and storm water, and on the hydraulic management of drinking water distribution systems. Ms. Duchesne previously worked as a water resource analyst for the City of Ottawa’s Infrastructure Department. She holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a doctorate in water science.

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Manuel Rodriguez, professor, Université Laval.

Professor Manuel J. Rodriguez’s research program centres on managing drinking water quality through an integrated approach extending from the watershed to the consumer’s tap. He is particularly interested in creating knowledge on the spatiotemporal evolution of water quality in supply sources and in distribution systems, as well as developing drinking water management decision support tools for municipal officials, regulatory bodies, and public health officers.

Mr. Rodriguez holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, a master’s in land management and regional planning, and a doctorate in environmental engineering.

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François Proulx, director, Water Quality Division, Quebec City.

As director of Quebec City’s Water Quality Division, François Proulx is responsible for overall water resource management for the Greater Quebec City region.

He began his career in the pharmaceutical industry before moving to a role at the Laboratoire de génie sanitaire du Québec. In 1999, he was appointed laboratory team leader for Quebec City and divisional director in 2002. Mr. Proulx was conferred a master’s degree in environmental management from the University of Sherbrooke and a doctorate from Université Laval’s Graduate School of Land Management and Regional Planning.

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Safe drinking water: The science and challenges of protection and distribution

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Carlos Fernández-Jáuregui, water adviser to the Secretary General of the UN.

 Carlos Fernández Jáuregui

Water advisor to the Secretary General of the United Nations

Carlos Fernández-Jáuregui has a Ph.D. in engineering and hydrology, with specialization in water resources management by the Technical University of Berlin (TU-Berlin). He is currently water advisor to the Secretary General of the UN. He was previously director of the Water Assessment and Advisory Global Network (WASA-GN), a professional network on water and sanitation issues of multidisciplinary nature. He is a former director of the United Nations Office for the International Decade for Action “Water, source of life” (Zaragoza, Spain); deputy director of the World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) of the United Nations system (Paris, France); regional hydrologist of the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) of UNESCO in Montevideo, Uruguay; and director of the Institute of Hydrology and Hydraulics (UMSA-La Paz/TU-Berlin).

He is a full professor at TU-Berlin/UMSA-La Paz and visiting professor in universities in Germany, France, USA, Italy, Latin America and the Caribbean and director of the new International Water Chair in Zaragoza, Spain.

His publications include two United Nations World Water Development Reports (WWDR-1, 2003 and WWDR-2, 2006), as well as many others in books and scientific magazines.

Carlos Fernández-Jáuregui’s Mindshare keynote address is entitled, “Challenges of water resources management in the 21st century at the global and region level.”

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Ron Hanlon, the president and CEO of the Halifax Partnership, is an accomplished business leader with more than 20 years of experience in executive and senior management roles within the private sector. With a background as a professional engineer and extensive experience in business development, sales and marketing, Ron leads the Partnership’s work to strengthen private sector leadership, engagement and investment in Halifax’s economic growth. Ron is a native of Halifax and a graduate of Saint Mary’s University.


Sean Court

Sean Court is the co-founder of Beaumont & Co., an award-winning custom exhibit and display manufacturer. Beaumont & Co. was recently recognized as the small business Youth Employer of the Year by the Halifax Partnership. Sean is also a business and employment policy advocate, working with governments and organizations locally as well as internationally at events such as the 2016 G20 Young Entrepreneur Summit in Beijing. Recently, Sean was appointed as a member of the G20 Employment & Education taskforce, representing the entire G20 business community.


Jenelle Sobey

Jenelle is the managing partner with Norex.ca, an international award-winning global web development and software firm. Prior to joining Norex, Jenelle helped over 110 start-ups and initiatives launch and raise capital through positions with the New Brunswick Business Council, FutureNB, Wallace McCain Institute, and the Pond-Deshpande Centre at the University of New Brunswick. Jenelle is motivated to solve complex problems and believes the application of technology enables solutions and scale. She was recently recognized as an emerging leader in Atlantic Canada and honoured in 2016 with Digital Nova Scotia’s Power IT up: Next Generation Leadership Award. Jenelle holds a graduate diploma in Social Innovation from the University of Waterloo and an MA in Political Science from the University of New Brunswick.


Sheena Russell

Sheena Russell is originally from rural PEI where she grew up on a small farm in a big family. Her studies took her to Dalhousie University in Halifax where she graduated with a BSc in Environmental Sciences. In 2012 she and a friend started selling granola bars at the Seaport Market on the Halifax waterfront and the business took off. Four years later, Made with Local is a regionally-recognized brand with two product lines and over 100 retailers in Atlantic Canada. Sheena is deeply committed to educating and supporting budding food start-ups and will be launching a new initiative in alignment with this in early 2017.


Ariel Hopper

Ariel Hopper is vice president of partnerships at SimplyCast, a marketing technology company based out of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Originally from the UK, Ariel has lived and worked in a number of different countries, including Japan and Australia, prior to immigrating to Canada in 2010. A proud English Literature graduate, Ariel worked in advertising in London before becoming a teacher, most recently at Saint Mary’s University. Moving back into the world of marketing, Ariel joined SimplyCast in 2013 where he initiated and grew its partnership program to now support partners in over 20 different countries. He continues to head up this department and expand SimplyCast’s global reach.


Ross Simmonds

Ross Simmonds is a digital marketing strategist who has worked with both start-ups and Fortune 500 brands. He’s also the co-founder of Crate, a content curation tool, and Hustle & Grind, an online store for entrepreneurs. He is passionate about entrepreneurship, marketing and all things tech. Ross holds a BComm in Marketing, HR and Industrial Relations from St. Mary’s University.


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Dino Trevisani

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President of IBM Canada

Dino Trevisani’s 28-year IBM career has been characterized by diverse leadership roles including finance, business management, sales and marketing, coupled with geographic and global executive assignments. He holds MBAs from both Queen’s University’s School of Business and Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management. He serves on the board of directors for the Conference Board of Canada and is a member of the Business Council of Canada, a board member for the Canadian Business Higher Education Roundtable, and a board member for the internal IBM Universities and Colleges Council.

Dino Trevisani’s Mindshare keynote address is entitled, “Made in Canada Innovation: A government, industry and academia partnership to support a knowledge-based economy.”


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Re-imagining Refuge:
Toward equitable and sustainable communities

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Adrienne Clarkson, former Governor General of Canada

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Former Governor General, co-founder of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship

The Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson came to Canada from Hong Kong as a refugee in 1942 and made the astonishing journey from a penniless child refugee to accomplished broadcaster and distinguished public servant in a multi-faceted lifetime. She is the bestselling author of the 2014 CBC Massey Lectures Belonging: The Paradox of Citizenship, Room for All of Us: Surprising Stories of Loss and Transformation, Heart Matters: A Memoir, and a biography of Dr. Norman Bethune, the Canadian hero of the Chinese people. In 2005, she co-founded the Institute for Canadian Citizenship with her husband John Ralston Saul to help new citizens in Canada integrate into Canadian life. The ICC recently launched the inaugural 6 Degrees initiative – a “citizen space” focused on inclusion and citizenship, which took place in Toronto September 19-21, 2016.

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Jennifer Hyndman
Director of the Centre for Refugee Studies, York University

Mary Jo Leddy
Founder, Romero House

Susan McGrath
Professor at the School of Social Work, York University and former Director of York’s Centre for Refugee Studies

Loly Rico
Co-director, FCJ Refugee Centre and President, Canadian Council for Refugees

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Cyber breaches are becoming increasingly routine. Industry leaders acknowledge that cybersecurity is evolving, and that preventing attacks is necessary but not sufficient. In order to build cyber resiliency, organizations must devote greater resources to detection and response to ensure they have the tools and strategy in place to manage the impact to their business.

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Junjie Zhang is an associate professor in the School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California, San Diego. He is also a senior adviser at the Asia Society. Dr. Zhang’s research seeks empirical evidence for the better design of policies on air pollution, climate change, and natural resources. He is particularly interested in using an interdisciplinary approach to attack the complex sustainability problem. Dr. Zhang develops economic models to answer the real-world environmental policy questions with a focus on incorporating micro behavior into environmental management.

Dr. Zhang completed his PhD in environmental and resource economics at Duke University. He also holds a BA in environmental economics and management from Renmin University of China, as well as a BS and an MS in environmental engineering from Tsinghua University.

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Imre Szeman, University of Alberta.

Imre Szeman is professor of communications and cultural studies and director of Petrocultures East at the University of Waterloo.

Previously, he was Canada Research Chair of Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta where he was the co-director of the Petrocultures Research Group and director of the collaborative group research project, After Oil: Explorations and Experiments in the Future of Energy, Culture and Society. The University of Alberta’s Petrocultures Research Cluster supports research on the social and cultural implications of oil and energy on individuals, communities and societies around the world.

Dr. Szeman’s research is focused on energy and environmental studies, social and political philosophy, and critical theory and cultural studies. He is currently at work on On Empty: The Cultural Politics of Oil and Fuelling Culture, a collection on energy, history and politics and Fuelling Culture: Energy, History, Politics and Petrocultures: Oil, Energy, Culture.

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Thomas Mason, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy.

Thomas Mason is director of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy. As director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s largest science and technology lab, he has an interest in advancing materials, neutron, nuclear, and computational science to drive innovation and technical solutions relevant to energy and global security. Before joining Oak Ridge, Dr. Mason was a faculty member in the Department of Physics at the University of Toronto and a Senior Scientist at Denmark’s Risø National Laboratory from 1992 to 1993.

Dr. Mason holds a BSc in physics from Dalhousie University and a PhD in condensed matter sciences from McMaster University. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Physical Society and the Neutron Scattering Society of America.

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Andreea Strachinescu, Head of Unit New Energy Technologies and Innovation, European Commission.

Andreea Strachinescu is head of the New Energy Technologies and Innovation unit in the Directorate General for Energy at the European Commission. She is responsible for the development of policy and actions on non-nuclear energy research and innovation. She leads core files including the Strategic Energy Technology Plan, which is the energy research and innovation strategy of EU, as well as Horizon 2020, which is the main financing instrument of research and innovation at the EU level.

Ms. Strachinescu studied mechanical engineering and business administration in Bucharest, Romania and has an MSc in International Affairs from HEC Montreal. Prior to joining the European Commission, Ms. Strachinescu worked in the public service in the field of economic development, international cooperation and trade policies and actions.

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