Susan Cole is the Internship and Experiential Learning Manager for the University of Waterloo Stratford Campus. She is responsible for ensuring the full participation of all undergraduate and graduate students in the experiential learning components of their programs, both the Bachelor of Global Business and Digital Arts (GBDA) and the Master of Digital Experience Innovation (MDEI).
Leah teaches User Experience Design and Innovation at the University of Waterloo’s Stratford Campus. She joined Waterloo from an interdisciplinary background, bridging design and research from computer science, human-computer interaction, and graphic design. She has four years of industry experience working as a designer.
Fall 2014 marked Glen's arrival to the teaching team at UWaterloo's Stratford Campus. Glen has been a Guest Lecturer in the UWaterloo Digital Arts Communication (DAC) program in the past. He also leads a heavily subscribed fourth year class in the Wilfrid Laurier University School of Business and Economics on Creativity for Marketing Managers.
Gordon Lownds, co-founder of Sleep Country Canada and Listen Up! Canada, is a successful Canadian entrepreneur.
Trained in history and business, and supplemented with business practice. A teacher for two decades now, broken by almost a decade as a manager of a company. Enjoyed meeting people and making them contented customers, but found teaching young adults even more of a challenge and stimulating. Try to be passionate about every course, regardless of the content.
My wife and two daughters keep me rooted.
Dr. Whitson is a sociologist who researches the secret life of software, the people who make it, and how both change our daily lives. Her current projects centre on digital media incubators, indie game makers, and on the surveillance implications of data-driven design, respectively
UX Designer, Focus21 Inc.
GBDA was the only program that could combine Filip’s range of interests in digital media, photography and programming.
Former Ontario Cabinet Minister John Wilkinson was first elected in 2003 as the member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for Perth- Middlesex.
I come from a film and television background. Most of my career work has been as a writer/editor. I have recently made the move into interactive content production, creating educational apps for kids.
Gary Bartholomew has created over 15 startup companies, involved from concept to public offering or acquisition. He now applies this knowledge to building unique investment products for GALT's global investor base. With an inherent understanding of the culture and DNA of a startup, he has first-hand experience in defining the winning formula for creating a performance driven culture that can be scaled to commercialization profitability.
I came to the University of Waterloo for the first time as a teen-aged student. I'm proud and bemused that my journey brought me back here to teach.
Philip Boyle joined the University of Waterloo in July 2014 after spending two years in the Department of Sociology at York University. He holds a PhD in Sociology (2011) from the University of Alberta and has held postdoctoral positions in the School of Communications at Temple University (Philadelphia) and the Global Urban Research Unit at Newcastle University (UK).
Business Technology Analyst, Deloitte Canada
GBDA offered Megala the right balance between design and business with the ability to explore and develop other interests.
I completed my graduate studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia in the United States. Since my undergraduate degree is in mathematics, my interests were divided between mathematics, economics and business finance.
Doug Beynon is Chair, CEO and President of Unisearch Associates Inc, a manufacturer of spectroscopic instruments for environmental monitoring and process control. He has over twenty years of senior management and technology sector experience. Prior to his current position, he was Regional Vice-President at the Ontario Centre for Environmental Technology Advancement (OCETA) and President and Chief Operating Officer at Mindflight Corporation & Mindflight Technology Inc. and Waterloo Engineering Software.
Annaka Willemsen is the Digital Media Instructor / Multimedia Technologist at the Stratford Campus.
Martin Lundie is GTA Market Leader for Knowledge Based Industries, which includes media, entertainment, technology, telecommunications, cleantech and life sciences.
Colleen Richter is the Recruitment and Admissions Manager for the academic programs at the University of Waterloo Stratford Campus including the Master of Digital Experience Innovation (MDEI) and the Bachelor of Global Business and Digital Arts (GBDA) programs.
Colleen joins the Stratford Campus after working as the Undergraduate Student Services Coordinator at the School of Architecture, supporting undergraduate students at a satellite campus through all faucets of their degree.
Currently a Continuing Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology, Paul has also been a faculty member in the faculty of Engineering.
Dr. Lennart Nacke is an Associate Professor and the Director of the HCI Games Group at the University of Waterloo’s Games Institute. Professor Nacke teaches User Experience, Human-Computer Interaction, and Game Design at the University of Waterloo. He is researching cognitive and emotional elements of player experience in video games often using physiological measures together with surveys and player interviews. Lennart is also working as a gamification and user experience contractor. Professor Nacke has served on the steering committee of the International Game Developers Association Games User Research Special Interest Group in the past, is the chair of the CHI PLAY conference steering committee since 2014. His publications have won Best Paper Honourable Mention (awarded to the top five per cent) and Best Paper Awards (awarded to the top one per cent) at the premier human-computer interaction conferences CHI 2011 and CSCW 2012. He has published more than 100 scientific papers, which have been cited more than 7,000 times. He strongly believes in understanding users first to build more engaging games and compelling player experiences.
Mentor. Entrepreneur. Writer. Enthusiastic Twitterer.
Sam is a digital designer with expertise in augmented reality and 3D animation. His most recent AR project brought dinosaurs to life for children visiting the local museum.He has several years of experience in digital media design and production, design management and 3D technologies.
Chip Vallis has been an active and respected member of the private equity and venture capital investment world, and is now serving as Chair of the Board of Governors for the Stratford Festival.
If you’ve watched CTV London News at any time over the past 20 years, chances are you’ve seen Janice Zolf on your screen. She’s an award-winning broadcaster, documentary filmmaker, and storyteller who has covered it all—music, art, dance, theatre, fashion, film—for everyone from TIFF to the Oscars to the Stratford Festival.
Kevin Harrigan is a lecturer at the University of Waterloo where he teaches courses in multimedia and computer game design and conduct research on slot machine addictions.
Before I joined University of Waterloo, I worked with Deloitte LLP as a Senior Manager in transfer pricing (prices for intercompany transactions within multinational firms).
Throughout his career as an educator and venture capitalist, Dr. Jim de Wilde has focused on the issues of global competitiveness and the commercialization of knowledge through activities in both the private sector and the public sector.
Sonia has been passionate about the Internet and its forward movement in Canada from the start. Bringing over 15 years of experience touching virtually every aspect of digital marketing, she brings a well-rounded perspective to support the best interests of IAB Canada’s tripartite organization and its members.
Sylvia Chrominska has long been a leader in the human resources, communications and corporate social responsibilities areas. Her work in advancing careers of women has earned her many awards.
When you’re a twenty-year veteran of the Canadian animation and entertainment industries, you’ve seen a lot. And you know that you need to be agile and equipped for change to stay in the game.
Hira joined University of Waterloo in 2012 and teaches User Experience Design for the Global Business and Digital Arts program. Her area of interests includes digital memory, online communities, ephemeral messaging, gamification, and user experience research.
Vikas is passionate about start-ups, digital media, and loves the creating, building, and strategic growth aspects of interesting companies that are striving to change the world. He has a strong track record with private and public companies.
Brandi Gillett is the Outreach and Events Manager for the University of Waterloo Stratford Campus. Overseeing community relationships and events management, Brandi's responsibilities include the development and execution of programs related to community partnerships, outreach and engagement activities, student-community relations and alumni affairs.
In Massimo’s role as Regional Vice President, he oversees 15 branches across the Huron Perth & Oxford Region. He has over 20 years in the Financial Services Industry in a variety of diverse roles across multiple lines of business. Massimo’s leadership capabilities have earned him numerous awards with RBC.
Gary A. Maavara is Vice President and General Counsel for Corus Entertainment Inc., overseeing all legal and regulatory affairs associated with the Company's extensive operations in radio, television, programming, films, books, music, toys and websites.
Craig Haney has the task of bridging technical capabilities with opportunities to inspire retail experiences.
When Sam Qorbani came to Canada from Iran in 2005, he had a deep and varied background in the international construction industry that saw him work regularly with designers. Sam did graphics himself, and was a painter in oils. He found himself wanting to do work that merged his love of technology with his love of art.
Karin is a passionate teacher, she loves being surrounded by smart, driven students that inspire her and keep her on her toes. She feels very fortunate that the things she loves also pay the bills. She brings 14+ years of design and digital media experience to the table and currently teaches User Experience (UX) and Applied Leadership.
Jennifer is a senior executive with more than ten years of management experience in a complex, global, technology and manufacturing environment.
Andrea West is the Academic Advisor and Administrative Coordinator for the University of Waterloo Stratford Campus. She provides administrative support to our Director, Academic Programs as well as providing support to the Students and Faculty at our campus.
Account Coordinator, Kenna
GBDA taught Mara valuable lessons about working in a team that she carries with her as she enters the workforce.
Dan Mathieson has been the Mayor of Stratford since 2003 and has served on Council since 1995 as a Councilor and Deputy Mayor.
Alfredo Tan leads a team responsible for strategic marketing relationships with agencies and Fortune 500 companies across Canada.
I am the founding director of the academic programs at the Stratford Campus and have enjoyed this work tremendously. Building a wonderful campus (yes, I did have to wear a hard hat at times during the construction phase of the campus) and brand new programs from scratch has been challenging and extremely rewarding. I would do it all again!
With over twenty years of Digital experience, Alex firmly anchors Havas’ digital capability in Canada as a full service Digital Agency with Digital Strategy, User Experience, Creative, Development, Social, Mobile, Integration and Analytics all delivered by an integrated team. Alex is also responsible for strategic partnerships with major technology partners and is an
I teach classes in digital culture and media analysis at the Stratford campus as well as classes in public communication and social justice in the Department of Drama and Speech Communication. I am also faculty advisor for the online publication FirstPersonScholar.com, which publishes articles about games and game cultures aimed at both academic and public audiences.
Social Media and Website Administrator, In Line K9's
GBDA introduced Marissa to User Experience for the first time, and gave her numerous opportunities throughout her undergraduate career.
Kent Wakely is managing partner of Fruition Interactive. He has been dedicated to helping businesses get found, get leads, grow sales and find true love since 1993.
Guy is the founding principal of Projectit Performance Solutions Inc., a professional services firm dedicated to improving the delivery of strategic initiatives within organizations.
Rocky Jain creates innovative solutions using mobile technologies that provide people with intuitive, quick, and transparent access to their financial services.
Jessica Thompson is a media artist whose practice investigates urban environments through interactive artworks situated at the intersection of sound, performance and mobile technologies. Her current research investigates the ways that sound reveals spatial and social conditions within cities and how these conditions may be articulated through networked performance, gestural interaction and data visualization. Before coming to Waterloo, Thompson taught courses in sound, media and urban practice in the Department of Visual Art at Brock University and the Department of Media Study at SUNY at Buffalo.
Business Analyst, Veriday Inc.
Calen's aptitude for business and his interest in experimenting with technology led him to GBDA.
Douglas Peers joined the University of Waterloo on 1 July 2011 as Dean of Arts and Professor of History.
Antoni Cimolino is the Artistic Director of the Stratford Festival - a man who is passionate about enriching the lives of others through education and practice of the arts.
John Baker founded the eLearning or Learning Management Systems (LMS) company Desire2Learn in 1999 after identifying his own unfulfilled need for learning online while studying Systems design engineering at the University of Waterloo.
Greg McIntyre is a UW alumna, having studied Honours B.A. in Psychology, Arts & Business Studies, with an HRM Specialization.
Jane Tingley is a recipient of the Kenneth Finkelstein Prize in Sculpture and holds a BFA honours from the University of Manitoba, as well as an MFA from Concordia University. She is an Assistant Professor in Hybrid Media in the Department of Fine Arts and teaches classes at the University of Waterloo on the main campus and the Stratford Campus.
Janine Dietrich is the Recruitment and Admissions Manager for the academic programs at the University of Waterloo Stratford Campus including the Master of Digital Experience Innovation (MDEI) and the Bachelor of Global Business and Digital Arts (GBDA) programs.
Janine joins the Stratford Campus after working as a Graduate Program Administrator at the School of Environment Enterprise and Development, supporting students in masters programs through all faucets of their academic journey. Prior to joining the University of Waterloo, Janine worked at Conestoga College and Wilfrid Laurier University.
Janine graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree. She also is currently pursuing a Masters of Education through University of Calgary specializing in foundations of school psychology and instructional leadership.
Dr. Paul Salvini is Chief Executive Officer of the Accelerator Centre, a world-renowned not-for-profit facility dedicated to developing and strengthening technology-based businesses. He also holds appointments as Associate Vice President of Research Commercialization at the University of Waterloo and as Adjunct Professor of Computer Science in the Graduate School of Computer Science at the University of Toronto.
Sheri was born and raised in Stratford, Ontario. She resides in Stratford with her husband Douglas and her two boys, Andrew (15) and Brett (14) as well as her 8-year-old chocolate lab.
Carol brings more than 20 years of leadership and technology executive experience to our board along with Gamification industry insight.
Katherine Prospero is the Experiential Learning and Events Coordinator for the University of Waterloo, Stratford Campus. Katherine provides critical support for the delivery of all events, experiential learning and internship activities at the UWaterloo Stratford Campus.