Category: DEEP 2016

DEEP 2016

Here’s What Happened At DEEP 2016:

Thinking about international collaboration in ICT? We have the project you! Discovery Lab was at DEEP 2016. Join the conversation and start a collaboration.

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This year’s theme is:  “Our Data: Who owns it, who controls it, what can we do with it?”

In 2016  our focus was on four critical questions:

  • Can we design an inclusive and sustainable innovation agenda for Canada and globally?
  • How do we leverage emerging systems and practices to re-connect and foster more inclusive communities?
  • Can we create blueprints and roadmaps for more inclusive cities, spaces, and travel?
  • How can we design inclusive policies suited to the quickly changing complex adaptive systems we live in?

In 2016 we welcomed the participation of four initiatives that each bring essential perspectives to the DEEP agenda, namely: international collaboration, platforms for inclusive prosperity, privacy, and life-long learning.

Here are links to activities and outcomes of DEEP 2016

DEEP 2016 Vitural Notebooks

Inclusive Lifelong Learning

International Collaboration

Prosperity & Inclusion



The Inclusive Play Design Hacakthon was at DEEP from Oct. 12-Oct. 13 and we showcased the inclusively designed projects at the DEEP Reception on Oct. 13. All results were also be shown at Canada’s Design & Architecture Show:  IIDEX 2016


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Program Committee

DEEP Vision and Organization

Jutta Treviranus
Professor and Director, Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC)
OCAD University

Vera Roberts, Ph.D.
Academic Research Manager, Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC)
OCAD University

Technical and Event Planning

Bert Shire

Pat Murray

Social Media and Marketing

Songfeng Xie (Koni)

Nakarat Creative



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Guests, Panelists and Provocateurs from 2016

Our 2017 lineup is still being developed. Here is a look at guests from DEEP 2016. Our panelists were from around the globe, represented a large range of stakeholder groups and hawere ve been chosen to provoke new thinking and disrupt assumptions about diversity and inclusion.

Special Guests

 sara_diamond Dr. Sara Diamond is the President of OCAD University, Canada’s university of the imagination. She holds a PhD in Computing, Information Technology and Engineering from the University of East London, a Master’s in Digital Media theory from the University of the Arts London and an Honour’s Bachelor of Arts in History and Communications from Simon Fraser University. She is an appointee of the Order of Ontario and the Royal Canadian Society of Artists, and a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Digital Pioneer Award from the GRAND Networks of Centres of Excellence. She is also a Senior Fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto. In 2014, Toronto Life described her as one of “Toronto’s 50 Most Influential People.” – See more at:


David C Onley The Honourable David C. Onley is Special Advisor on Accessibility to Minister Tracy MacCharles Minister Responsible for Accessibility. Mr. David Onley is well-known throughout Ontario and internationally for his advocacy and activism for accessibility. His current role as the Special Advisor on Accessibility has allowed him to raise the profile of accessibility within and outside of government, with a specific focus on better participation of people with disabilities as contributing employees and consumers in Ontario.
Previously, Mr. Onley was Ontario’s 28th Lieutenant Governor from 2007–2014. Prior to his vice-regal appointment, Onley had a 22-year career as a television journalist for CityTV, working as Education Specialist as well as covering science and technology stories.
Archer Pechawis Archer Pechawis is a performance artist, new media artist, filmmaker, writer, curator and educator Archer Pechawis has exhibited across Canada, and internationally in Paris France and Moscow Russia. His practice examines both the intersection of Plains Cree worldview, culture and digital technology and the colonial predicament. He is a member of Mistawasis First Nation, Saskatchewan.




 Luke Anderson Image Luke Anderson is a licensed professional structural engineer and an accessibiltiy consultant as well as is the founder and Executive Director of StopGap Foundation. He has enjoyed many speaking engagements at schools and businesses both as an ambassador with the Rick Hansen Institute as well as an independent presenter. Luke is also a volunteer bike mechanic at a do-it-yourself community bike shop and lives in downtown Toronto.


 Michael Bach Image Michael Bach is Executive Vice-President, Canadian Association for Community Living, a national association to advance human rights and inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities and their families; and Managing Director of IRIS – Institute for Research and Development on Inclusion and Society. For over twenty-five years Michael Bach has undertaken research and development in Canada and internationally on ways to advance the full inclusion and human rights of persons with intellectual disabilities.


Andrea Breen Image Andrea Breen is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition at the University of Guelph. She is also an Associate Editor at the Journal of Adolescent Research. Dr. Breen’s research focuses on (1) the development of identity through story-telling and implications for well-being, resilience and social change; and (2) the use of technology to promote healthy children and families. Dr. Breen’s research is informed by her applied experiences, highlights include leading content development and knowledge translation for the parenting app kidü (www.kidü.com) and several years working at a Children’s Mental Health Centre, where she led the development of violence prevention programs in high-needs schools and communities.


 Rich Donovan Rich Donovan is CEO of The Return on Disability Group and is a globally recognized subject matter expert on the convergence of disability and corporate profitability. He has spent more than 10 years focused on defining and unlocking the economic value of the disability market. Rich created the Return on Disability concept and model. The Barclays Return on Disability ETN listed on the New York Stock Exchange on September 11th, 2014 under the ticker RODI.Mr. Donovan was appointed to Chair of Ontario’s Accessibility Standards Advisory Council by the Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure in January 2016.


Yutta Fricke Yutta Fricke is the Executive Director of Manitoba’s Disabilities Issues Office (DIO), where she has worked since 2003. Prior to joining the Government of Manitoba, Yutta worked with a number of local, national and international organizations, including Disabled Peoples International from 1988-99. Yutta earned a B.A at the University of Winnipeg, a Graduate Diploma, at the Institute for International Development and Cooperation, and a Masters in Education at the University of Ottawa.


Image of Richard Garner Richard Garner has worked in the broadcasting and media field for 20 years. He has produced multiple shows and content for a variety of national networks. In 2007, Richard became Vice President of Programming for The Score Television Network and in 2012, Richard became VP of Media and Communications for The Stronach Group. Richard has also hosted numerous radio and television shows. He is the founder of ONE Network TV, a weekly talk show where he talks with guests and you about the issues we face in the early part of the 21st century.


 Josh Goldstein


Josh Goldsteinis a consultant on disability rights and recently retired from ACCION where he was Vice President for Economic Citizenship and Disability Inclusion at the Centre for Financial Inclusion.
Antonia Hammer is Senior Advisor, Accessibility at Metrolinx for two years. She has over ten years frontline experience working with people with disabilities, particularly youth and has worked for many years in AODA compliance management and consulting.


Mary-Louise Hayward is with the Office for Disability issues and was Manager, Social Policy for Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission.
 Jeff Higginbotham Image


Jeff Higginbotham Prof is Chair and Director of Admissions in the Department of Communicative Disorders and Sciences at the State University of New York, Buffalo. Dr Higginbotham spent over 35 years as a researcher and clinician investigating how individuals with communication impairments use their bodies and supporting technologies to engage in interaction with their interlocutors. This research has prompted his work in technology design and his emerging interests in identity and non-linguistic means of communicative expression and artistic creation.


 alberto-leon-garcia Alberto Leon-Garcia is Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto and hold a Canada Research Chair in Autonomic Service Architecture. His research interest is in adaptive resource management using virtualization and service-oriented approaches in very large-scale systems of various types. Alberto is also the author of the popular textbook Probability and Random Processes for Electrical Engineering, and co-author of the textbook Communication Networks: Fundamental Concepts and Key Architecture. Alberto’s approach to research is best described by the words of Miss Frizzle (Magic Schoolbus): “Take chances, make mistakes, get messy!”
 Lachlan MacQuarrie Image


Lachlan MacQuarrie is Vice President Real Estate Management at Oxford Properties Group where he oversees the national programs for Oxford which includes all asset classes across the country. National programs is responsible for improving the operations side of Oxford’s business including sustainability, energy management, national procurement, security and life safety and media revenues.


 Paolo Martinez Paolo Martinez a member of Discovery Project is a partner at FUTOUR – Mobile Future Center, a full member of the New Club of Paris, a Fellow
Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (The RSA), Collaborating on international projects with the Baltic RSA chapter on Innovation, creative problem solving and experiencial outdoor cultural leadership programmes, Evaluator of EC research and innovation projects with the European Commission, a member of the Leadership Group of ENoLL – European Network of Living Labs, Co-creative innovation art director at Future Center Alliance and a Visiting Professor on management, innovation and service engineering at the School of Advanced Studies S.Anna, University of Pisa.
 Hugh McGuire Hugh McGuire has been hacking book culture and its relationship to the web for a about nine years now. He is the founder of PressBooks, an online book publishing platform built on WordPress, and of, the largest library of free, public domain audiobooks in the world, all read by volunteers.Hugh is also the founder of the small commercial audiobook company, Iambik Audiobooks, and the co-editor, with Brian O’Leary, of Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto — Essays from the bleeding edge of publishing (O’Reilly).


 Jean-Yves Roger



Jean-Yves Rogeris a Senior Policy Officer at the International Relations Unit of the European Commission, Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology. Since 2013, Jean-Yves is the Coordinator of the international research strategy for the Unit, contributing to the overall DG CONNECT research and innovation work programme and seeking synergies between DG CONNECT’s policy and research work and that of third countries. He has been policy officer for Japan, South Korea, South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Latin America and North America. In previous years Jean-Yves was involved in Galileo, the Europe’s own Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), providing a highly accurate, guaranteed global positioning service under civilian control.
Dianne Rogers Dianne Rogers is the Policy Manager at the Blind Foundation in New Zealand. She is here in Canada to gain insights into the Canadian approaches to accessibility legislation. Over the past three and a half years Dianne has led the Blind Foundation’s policy advocacy to make New Zealand 100% Accessible and to prioritise the development of the New Zealand Eye Health Strategy. The Blind Foundation is supporting the creation an alliance for the New Zealand Accessibility Legislation Campaign in 2017, to have all political parties commit to enact accessibility law, prior to the general election next year. This will be New Zealand’s first pan-disability campaign for accessibility legislation.


Ann Russell, PhD At The Michener Institute, Dr. Russell is responsible for the Centre for Learning and Innovation, the Applied Educational Research Department and the Learning Resource Centre/Library. This tripartite responsibility enables the fulsome integration of services to support evidence-informed curriculum/program development and improvement and innovation in the applied health sciences. Dr. Russell’s background as a cognitive scientist positions her well for her current role at Michener. Her doctoral research focused on knowledge creation and innovation in applied health care practice and her extensive clinical background in neuropsychology and cognitive-behavioral therapy spans the continuum of care, from primary care, to rehabilitation to complex continuing care. Building on her previous clinical experience in the assessment and treatment of cognition and emotion, her current work and research at Michener focuses on distributed cognition, interprofessional education and innovation in health care practice and education.


 Jared Schachter Jared Schachter is currently an Operations Manager at Uber which is a technology company that connects people with safe, reliable and affordable transportation at the tap of a button in over 400 cities in 70 countries worldwide. He is currently based in Toronto where he manages Uber Canada’s accessibility offerings, including their uberWAV and uberASSIST services. His passion for helping improve accessible transportation began prior to Uber after witnessing his grandmother struggle to keep her independence after giving up driving at age 85. Prior to Uber, Jared was a management consultant at McKinsey and Co. where he focused on operational engagements in Canada, the US, and Australia.


 emily shea tanis Emily Shea Tanis is the Associate Director of Research at the Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities at the University of Colorado and on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. She also serves as the research coordinator for the State of the States in Developmental Disabilities Project of National Significance funded by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, which investigates the determinants of public spending for Intellectual and Developmental Disability Services in the United States and contributes to the project of Public Spending and Services for People with Disabilities examining cross-disability public spending in the United States.


 jutta-treviranus Jutta Treviranus is the Director of the Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) and professor in the faculty of Design at OCAD University in Toronto ( ). With its origins in the Adaptive Technology Resource Centre, which Jutta established in 1993, the IDRC is an internationally recognized center of expertise in the inclusive design of emerging information and communication systems and practices. Jutta also heads the Inclusive Design Institute a multi-university regional centre of expertise ( Her most recent awards include the IEC 1906 Award, the Queen’€™s Diamond Jubilee Medal and recognition as one of Canada’€™s top 45 over 45.


 Yolanda Ursa Yoland Ursa is the Innovation Management Director of INMARK Europa. She is an expert in international cooperation and ICT business and she is actively involved in supporting policy dialogues between Europe and strategic partners. Yolanda is the coordinator of the DISCOVERY project and founder and member of the Transatlantic ICT Forum, a permanent multi-event platform to further policy debate and provide opinions and recommendations to transatlantic dialogues for ICT R&I cooperation. In recent years, Yolanda has promoted ICT R&I cooperation and partnership building between Europe and Latin America through projects like PRO-IDEAL, PRO-IDEAL PLUS, AMERICAS and LEADERSHIP. She is a founder member of the LAC-ICT Expert Group and Associate Member of NCURA, the US National Council of University Research Administrators, serving as advisor for Latin America.



 Barry Wellman Image Barry Wellman studies networks: community, communication, computer, and social. His research examines virtual community, the virtual workplace, social support, community, kinship, friendship, and social network theory and methods. Based at the University of Toronto, he directs NetLab, is the S.D. Clark Professor at the Department of Sociology, is a member of the Cities Centre, and the Knowledge Media Design Institute, and is a cross-appointed member of the Faculty of Information. He is the co-author of Networked: The New Social Operating System (with Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Internet and American Life Project) published by MIT Press in Spring 2012.