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Don McDougall

Don McDougall

President and CEO, Rambri Management Inc. & eJust Systems

Don is President & CEO of Rambri Management, a real estate development company and eJust Systems, a software firm focused on the justice sector, both located in Stratford, Ontario.

Marta Borowska

Marta Borowska

Alumni, 2014

Faizan Agha

Faizan Agha

Full-time MDEI student

Kent Wakely

Kent Wakely

Managing Partner, Fruition Interactive

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.

Neil Randall

Neil Randall

Director, The Games Institute, Associate Professor, English

Neil's years at the University of Waterloo have been spent helping to build the Rhetoric and Professional Writing/Communication Design programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels while establishing a profile in the practice of professional communication and documentation. 

Tianqi (Martin) Ma

Alumni, 2014

Rebecca Kain

Rebecca Kain

Full-time MDEI student

Lily Jiang

Global Business and Digital Arts

Amanda Connolly

Amanda Connolly

Program Co-ordinator

Amanda Connolly is the Program Officer for the academic programs at the Waterloo Stratford Campus including the Master of Digital Experience Innovation and the Bachelor of Global Business and Digital Arts programs. 

Lu (Gloria) Zhang

Lu (Gloria) Zhang

Alumni, 2014

Natalie Yang

Natalie Yang

Full-time MDEI student

Douglas Peers

Douglas Peers

Dean of Arts, University of Waterloo

Douglas Peers joined the University of Waterloo on 1 July 2011 as Dean of Arts and Professor of History. 

Elton Cheung

Elton Cheung

Alumni, 2014

Jothi Priya Balasundara Vinayagam

Jothi Priya Balasundara Vinayagam

Full-time MDEI student

Antoni Cimolino

Antoni Cimolino

Artistic Director, Stratford Festival

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.

Christine McWebb

Christine McWebb, PhD

Director, Academic Programs, Associate Professor, French Studies

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!

Sherry McEvoy

Sherry McEvoy

Part-time MDEI student

Waqas Khan

Waqas Khan

Full-time MDEI student

Cole Mitchell

Global Business and Digital Arts

Stephenie Koerne

Stephenie Koerne

Digital Media Instructor/Multimedia Technician

Stephenie Koerne is the Digital Media Instructor and Multimedia Technician for the Master of Digital Experience Innovation (MDEI) program at the University of Waterloo Stratford Campus. Additionally, Stephenie is the instructor for GBDA 228: Digital Imaging.

Yifei Zhao

Yifei Zhao

Alumni, 2014

Kristina Zelko

Kristina Zelko

Part-time MDEI student

Paul Salvini

Dr. Paul Salvini

CEO, Accelerator Centre

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.

Bradley Clarance

Bradley Clarance

Alumni, 2014

Tyler Benning

Tyler Benning

Full-time MDEI student

Kathleen Rodenburg, PhD., MBA, MA

Lecturer, Economics and Marketing

I have an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree in Hotel and Food Administration from the University of Guelph. I have a MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a MA and PhD in Economics from the University of Guelph. I have 15 years of Business and Industry experience holding senior management positions at a Tier I organization in the areas of Marketing, Sales, Supply Chain Management and Finance.

Geoffery Malleck

Geoffery Malleck

Associate Director in the Economic Development program

Geoff's primary focus is exploring the principles and conditions that drive the 'Creativity-Innovation-Entrepreneurship' Continuum and the relationship with economic prosperity and culture.

Sara Mercier

Sara Mercier

Alumni, 2014

Sarah Klassen-Rempel

Sarah Klassen-Rempel

Full-time MDEI student

Melissa Morgan

Global Business and Digital Arts

Brandi Gillett

Brandi Gillett

Manager, Outreach Programs

Brandi Gillett is the Manager, Outreach Programs for the University of Waterloo Stratford Campus. Overseeing community relationships and event planning for the Waterloo Stratford Campus, Brandi sees the campus as an environment where the students and community can interact, collaborate and learn together.

Junjun Zhu

Junjun Zhu

Alumni, 2014

Sara Edge

Sara Edge, PhD

Director of Research & Programming, CHEC Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Environment

Sara Edge is an interdisciplinary scholar.  Her overarching program of research and teaching seeks to advance understandings of how risks to the environment, human health, and community well-being co-evolve with the ways in which societies govern, manage and make policy decisions.

Kevin Tuer

Kevin Tuer

Managing Director, Open Data Institute

Kevin Tuer is Managing Director of the Open Data Institute and Vice-President, Digital Media for Communitech

Philip Connolly

Philip Connolly

Part-time MDEI student

Christy den Haan-Veltman

Christy den Haan-Veltman

Full-time MDEI student

Shannon McCluskey

Shannon McCluskey

Alumni, 2012

Guy Lazure

Guy Lazure

Founding Principal of Projectit Performance Solutions Inc

Guy is the founding principal of Projectit Performance Solutions Inc., a professional services firm dedicated to improving the delivery of strategic initiatives within organizations.

Jack Michienzi

Jack Michienzi

Part-time MDEI student

Jen Konkle

Jen Konkle

Part-time MDEI student

Sheri Maguire

Administrative Assistant

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.

She has been active in the community for many years, now very much within the sporting community. Presently she sits on the VON board.

Andrea West

Andrea West

Academic Administrative Assistant

Andrea West is the Academic Administrative Assistant for the University of Waterloo Stratford Campus. She provides administrative support to our Director, Academic Programs as well as provinding support to the Students and Faculty at our campus.

Kelly Ward

Kelly Ward

Alumni, 2014

Yueyao Wang

Yueyao Wang

Full-time MDEI student

John Wilkinson

John Wilkinson

President & CEO, Wilkinson Insight Incorporated

Former Ontario Cabinet Minister John Wilkinson was first elected in 2003 as the ​member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for Perth- Middlesex.

Samaa El-Sayed

Samaa El-Sayed

Part-time MDEI student

Michelle Fujita

Michelle Fujita

Full-time MDEI student

Laura Rankin

Laura Rankin

Alumni, 2013

John Baker

John Baker

President, Desire2Learn

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. 

Kathryn Miller

Kathryn Miller

Part-time MDEI student

Jackie Loebach

Jackie Loebach

Full-time MDEI student

Scott McManus

Scott McManus

Alumni, 2012

Tony Chapman

Tony Chapman

CEO, Capital C

Tony Chapman is a passionate Canadian, entrepreneur, and the Founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of Capital C, Marketing Magazine's Agency of the Year 2006 and one of Canada's most respected branding and advertising agencies.

Gerald Voorhees

Gerald Voorhees

Assistant Professor, Stratford/Drama and Speech Communications

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.

Kirsty Budd

Kirsty Budd

Alumni, 2014

Delekè Aromolaran

Delekè Aromolaran

Alumni, 2013

Gary Wreford

Gary Wreford

Vice President - Central Processing Technology, Scotiabank

Since 1990, Gary Wreford has worked in the banking industry in Canada originally with National Trust and subsequently with Scotiabank. His current role is Vice President, Central Processing Technology.

Shawn Falcao

Shawn Falcao

Part-time MDEI student

Sudar Ganesamoorthy

Sudar Ganesamoorthy

Full-time MDEI student

Filip Jadczak

Global Business and Digital Arts

Carol Leaman

Carol Leaman

CEO, Axonify

Carol brings more than 20 years of leadership and technology executive experience to our board along with Gamification industry insight.

Dave Moreland

Dave Moreland

Part-time MDEI student

Amanda Margison

Amanda Margison

Full-time MDEI student

Arlene Dickinson

Arlene Dickinson

CEO, Venture Communications

Arlene Dickinson is a 20-year veteran of Canada's marketing industry, and is chief executive officer (CEO) and sole owner of Venture Communications Ltd.

Jessica Thompson

Jessica Thompson, MFA

Assistant Professor, Hybrid Media, Fine Arts/Stratford Campus

I'm an Assistant Professor in Hybrid Practice at the University of Waterloo, where I teach in both the Department of Fine Art and the Stratford Campus. Prior to joining the University of Waterloo, I taught Sound Design and Foundation Studies at Brock University and Sound Art at the University at Buffalo. My artistic practice investigates spatial and social conditions within urban environments through interactive artworks situated at the intersection of sound, performance and mobile technologies.

Julian Chan

Alumni, 2014

Martin Lundie

Martin Lundie

Partner, Ernst & Young

Martin Lundie is GTA Market Leader for Knowledge Based Industries, which includes media, entertainment, technology, telecommunications, cleantech and life sciences.

Paul Doherty

Paul Doherty

Continuing Lecturer (permanent faculty)

Currently a Continuing Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology, Paul has also been a faculty member in the faculty of Engineering.

Elizabeth Gray

Elizabeth Gray

Part-time MDEI student

Julia Guo

Julia Guo

Full-time MDEI student

Wil Schmor

Global Business and Digital Arts

Gordon Lownds

Gordon Lownds

Canadian Entrepreneur, Co-Founder Sleep Country Canada and Listen Up Canada

Gordon Lownds, co-founder of Sleep Country Canada and Listen Up! Canada, is a successful Canadian entrepreneur. 

Carlos Saavedra

Carlos Saavedra

Part-time MDEI student

Ryan Neufeld

Ryan Neufeld

Full-time MDEI student

Ginny Dybenko

Ginny Dybenko

Executive Director - Waterloo Stratford Campus

Ginny Dybenko comes to the role of Executive Director of the new Centre for Digital Media at the Stratford Campus of the University of Waterloo following five years as the Dean of the Wilfrid Laurier School of Business & Economics and over 30 years of corporate experience. 

Jane Tingley

Jane Tingley

Assistant Professor, Stratford/Fine Arts

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. 

Susan Cole

Internship and Experiential Learning Manager

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).          

Chip Vallis

Retired President and CEO, Covington Capital

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.

Adam Glover

Adam Glover

Visual Artist, Digital/Multimedia Studio Technician (Fine Arts Dept.)/ GBDA Lecturer

Adam currently teaches undergraduate courses in digital media including GBDA 101, Digital Design and Production. 

Valerie He

Valerie He

Alumni, 2014

Dan Hawes

Dan Hawes

Full-time MDEI student

Anda Chitescu

Global Business and Digital Arts

Gary Bartholomew

Gary Bartholomew

Managing Partner Galt Global Capital

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.

Rick Sen

Rick Sen

Alumni, 2014

Nicole Papp

Nicole Papp

Full-time MDEI student

Tracey Jennings

Tracey Jennings

Corporate Tax partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Tracey Jennings is Canadian Leader of PwC's Technology, Information, Communications and Entertainment and Media Practice and also the Entertainment & Media (E&M) Sector Leader for Canada.

Jordan Mandel

Jordan Mandel

Digital Media Lab Instructor/Multimedia Technician

Jordan Mandel is the Digital Media Lab Instructor whose primary role bridges the creative and technical needs of the Stratford Campus and its GBDA students.

Jennifer R. Whitson

Jennifer R. Whitson

Assistant Professor, Stratford/Sociology and Legal Studies

Joining Waterloo University in December 2014, Jen 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.

Sylvia Chrominska

Sylvia Chrominska

Retired Group Head Global Human Resources, Scotiabank

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.

Kevin Harrigan

Professor, Drama & Speech Communication, Head of Gambling Research Team

Kevin Harrigan is a professor at the University of Waterloo where he teaches courses in multimedia and computer game design and conduct research on slot machine addictions. 

Rahim Khalifa

Rahim Khalifa

Alumni, 2014

Megan Hood

Megan Hood

Part-time MDEI student

David Cox

Global Business and Digital Arts

Doug Beynon

Doug Beynon

Chair, CEO and President, Unisearch Associates

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.

Deanna Sim

Deanna Sim

Alumni, 2014

H.Sam Qorbani

H.Sam Qorbani

Full-time MDEI student

Gary Maavara

Gary Maavara (Emeritus)

Vice President and General Consul, Corus Entertainment

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.

Saurabh Anand

Saurabh Anand

Alumni, 2014

Philip J. Boyle

Assistant Professor, Stratford/Sociology and Legal Studies

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).

Craig Haney

Craig Haney

Manager, CT Innovations, Canadian Tire

Craig Haney has the task of bridging technical capabilities with opportunities to inspire retail experiences.

Hira Javed

Hira Javed, BBA, MDEI

Instructor - User Experience Design; Usability Specialist - Canadian Broadcasting Corporation

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.

James Li

James Li

Alumni, 2014

Rita Huang

Rita Huang

Full-time MDEI student

Zachary Witt

Global Business and Digital Arts

Alan Quarry

Alan Quarry

Chairman, CEO, Quarry Integrated Communications

Mentor. Entrepreneur. Writer. Enthusiastic Twitterer. 

Michael Sloan

Part-time MDEI student

Kayla Snyder

Kayla Snyder

Part-time MDEI student

Mayor Dan Mathieson

Mayor Dan Mathieson

Mayor of the City of Stratford

Dan Mathieson has been the Mayor of Stratford since 2003 and has served on Council since 1995 as a Councilor and Deputy Mayor. 

Yinan Bao

Yinan Bao

Alumni, 2014

Leanne Perreault

Leanne Perreault

Administrative Officer

Leanne Perreault has worked for leading organizations in diverse sectors, including aviation, the arts, and higher education. Working closely with Ginny Dybenko, Executive Director, at the University of Waterloo's Stratford Campus, Leanne provides strategic guidance and planning support for the development and management of its growing

Alfredo Tan

Alfredo Tan

Group Director, Global Marketing Solutions, Facebook Inc.

Alfredo Tan leads a team responsible for strategic marketing relationships with agencies and Fortune 500 companies across Canada.

Karin Schmidlin

Karin Schmidlin, MDM

Lecturer / Manager, Virtual Incubation Program

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.

Rui (Gabriella) Li

Rui (Gabriella) Li

Alumni, 2014

Sophie Jiang

Sophie Jiang

Full-time MDEI student

Davis Green

Global Business and Digital Arts

Jim de Wilde

Jim de Wilde

Venture Capitalist, Management Educator, Ivey McGill Rotman

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. 

Ryan West

Ryan West

Alumni, 2014

Jenna Vikse

Jenna Vikse

Full-time MDEI student