Mara Finkelstein

Mara Finkelstein

GBDA Alumni, 2017

Account Coordinator, Kenna 

GBDA taught Mara valuable lessons about working in a team that she carries with her as she enters the workforce. 

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Micah Brenner

Media Technician

Micah Brenner is the Media Technician at the Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business and is located in Media Services. (DMS 1013)   

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Sheri Maguire

Administrative Assistant

​Sheri was born and raised in Stratford, Ontario. She resides in here with her husband Douglas and her two boys, Andrew and Brett, and her dog named P.K.

Marissa Harley

Marissa Harley

GBDA Alumni, 2017

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. 

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Raymond Drainville

Assistant Professor
Ray concentrates on digital media and visual culture.
Glen Drummond

Glen Drummond


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.   

Calen Siddall

Calen Siddall

GBDA Alumni, 2017

Business Analyst, Veriday Inc.

Calen's aptitude for business and his interest in experimenting with technology led him to GBDA.

Lauren Kochanowski

Lauren Kochanowski

Recruitment and Admissions Coordinator

Lauren Kochanowski is the Recruitment and Admissions Coordinator for the University of Waterloo Stratford School.

Jonathan Baltrusaitis

Jonathan Baltrusaitis


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.

Leah Zhang-Kennedy, PhD

Leah Zhang-Kennedy


Leah teaches User Experience Design and Research at the Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business, University of Waterloo. She joined Waterloo from an interdisciplinary background bridging academic areas such as human-computer interaction, computer science, and graphic design.

Kevin Harrigan

Lecturer, Stratford | Head of Gambling Research Team

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. 

Tobias Thielen

Tobias Thielen

Sessional Instructor

Sessional Instructor, Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business

Lennart Nacke, PhD

Lennart Nacke, PhD

Associate Professor, Stratford / Communication Arts

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.

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Filip Jadczak

GBDA Alumni, 2017

UX Designer, Focus21 Inc.

GBDA was the only program that could combine Filip’s range of interests in digital media, photography and programming. 

Hira Javed

Hira Javed, BBA, MDEI

Instructor | Sr. UX Researcher, Digital Factory at Scotiabank

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.

Alex Mcintosh

Alex Mcintosh


I have enjoyed over 40 years in the Financial Services industry across several institutions and roles in Retail Banking, Corporate and Commercial Finance, Sub-debt, Mezzanine and Equity Financing, a

Vivian Yang, PhD (On Leave)

Lecturer, Stratford School/Economics (on leave)

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).

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Megala Dharmapalan

GBDA Alumni, 2016

Business Technology Analyst, Deloitte Canada

GBDA offered Megala the right balance between design and business with the ability to explore and develop other interests.

Karin Schmidlin

Karin Schmidlin, MDM

Lecturer, User Experience Research and Design

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.

Hazel Palmer

Hazel Palmer

Academic Administrative Supervisor

Hazel Palmer is the Academic Administrative Supervisor for the University of Waterloo Stratford Campus.

Greg McIntyre (On Leave)

Digital Media Instructor/Media Technician

Greg McIntyre is the Digital Media Instructor at the Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business.  He is responsible for the instruction of undergraduate and graduate technical workshops, maintains the Audio and Engage Labs, and creates exciting content for the Stratford School’s digital and physical presence.

Greg is a University of Waterloo graduate of Honours Arts and Business, Psychology and is currently pursuing his Masters of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology from the Conrad School of Entrepreneurship and Business. He draws on these educational experiences, and his background as a Media Director and freelance content creator, to help students better connect their big ideas with entrepreneurial spirit.

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Janice Zolf

MDEI Alumni, 2012

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 fro

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Christine McWebb, PhD

Director and Professor

I am the founding director of the academic programs at the Stratford School 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!

Katherine Prospero

Katherine Prospero

Event and Student Engagement Specialist

Katherine Prospero is the Events and Student Engagement Specialist for the Stratford School at the University of Waterloo.

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Dan Hawes

MDEI Alumni, 2015

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.

Jessica Thompson

Jessica Thompson, MFA

Associate Director Graduate Studies, Stratford | Assistant Professor, Hybrid Media, Stratford/Fine Arts

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.

Sebastian Siebel-Achenbach

Lecturer, Associate Director Undergraduate Studies

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.

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Sam Qorbani

MDEI Alumni, 2015

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.

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 School.

Linda Carson

Linda Carson, MFA, MSc, PhD

Continuing Lecturer

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. I have taught all across campus, including in Arts First, Digital Experience Innovation, Fine Arts, Global Business and Digital Arts, Independent Studies, Knowledge Integration, and Psychology.

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Jay Mielke

Media Lab Instructor/Media Technician

Jay Mielke is the Digital Media Instructor at the Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business.  He is responsible for the instruction of undergraduate and graduate technical workshops.

Jennifer R. Whitson

Jennifer R. Whitson

Assistant Professor, Stratford/Sociology and Legal Studies

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

Annaka Willemsen

Administrative Officer

Annaka Willemsen is the Administrative Officer at the Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business.

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Tabatha Dominguez


Tabatha Dominguez is a Lecturer for the Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business at the University of Waterloo. She is one of the founding faculty members and is currently the Head of Business.

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).

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