Jane Tingley

Jane Tingley

Associate Director Undergraduate Studies, Stratford | 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.

Greg McIntyre

Digital Media Instructor/Media Technician

Colleen Richter

Recruitment and Admissions Coordinator

Colleen Richter is the Recruitment and Admissions Manager for the academic programs for the Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business at the University of Waterloo, including the Master of Digital Experience Innovation (MDEI) and the Bachelor of Global Business and Digital Arts (GBDA) programs.

Susan Cole

Susan Cole

Internship and Experiential Learning Manager

Susan Cole is the Internship and Experiential Learning Manager for the Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business at the University of Waterloo.

Katherine Prospero

Katherine Prospero

Experiential Learning and Events Coordinator (On Secondment until June 2019)

Katherine Prospero is the Experiential Learning and Events Coordinator for the Stratford School at the University of Waterloo.

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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

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

Sebastian Siebel-Achenbach

Lecturer, Global Business and Business Finance

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.

Paul Doherty

Paul Doherty

Continuing Lecturer

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

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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.

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).

Linda Carson

Linda Carson, MFA, MSc, PhD


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.

Kevin Harrigan

Lecturer, Stratford/Drama and Speech Communication | 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. 

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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.

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 operational and administrative structure.

Annaka Willemsen

Digital Media Manager

Annaka Willemsen is the Digital Media Manager at the Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business. She is responsible for the instruction of undergraduate and graduate technical workshops and also maintains the digital presence of the Stratford School.

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.

Bharat Sud

Lecturer, Stratford School/Economics

My research interests are in the areas of long-term effects of marketing strategy on brand performance and cross-category effects of marketing strategy. I am currently working on four projects in these areas.

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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.

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. 

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.

Glen Drummond

Glen Drummond

Instructor | Provocation Designer, Quarry

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.   

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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Christine McWebb, PhD

Director and Professor, Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business

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!

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.

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.

Andrea West

Andrea West

Academic Administrative Supervisor

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.

Olivia Ozlem Mesta

Olivia Ozlem Mesta, PhD.

Lecturer, Stratford School/Economics

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.

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Leah Zhang-Kennedy

Lecturer, User Experience Research and Design

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.

Gerald Voorhees

Gerald Voorhees

Assistant Professor, Stratford / Drama and Speech Communication (on leave)

I teach classes in digital culture and media analysis at the Stratford School 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, which publishes articles about games and game cultures aimed at both academic and public audiences.

Lennart Nacke, PhD

Lennart Nacke, PhD

Associate Director Graduate Studies, Stratford | Associate Professor, Stratford / Drama and Speech Communication / The Games Institute

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. 

Jessica Thompson

Jessica Thompson, MFA

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.

Vivian Yang, PhD

Lecturer, Stratford School/Economics

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.

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