Presenters 2018

Nora Young (Keynote)

Host of CBC Radio’s Spark | Author of The Virtual Self

Nora Young is an informed and ideal guide for anyone looking to examine—and plan for—the ever-changing high-tech landscape; she helps audiences understand trends in social media, big data, wearable tech and more, while showing them how to better protect their privacy in our increasingly digital world. The host and creator of Spark on CBC Radio, and the author of The Virtual Self, she demystifies technology and explains how it is shaping our lives and the larger world in which we live.

Young was the founding host of CBC Radio’s Definitely Not The Opera, where she often discussed topics related to new media and technology. Her work has appeared online, on television, and in print. Along with Cathi Bond, she has been a hobby podcaster of The Sniffer since 2005. Her favorite technology is her bicycle.



Brian Aspinall (Spotlight)

Brian Aspinall is a educator, best selling author and is considered one of the brightest STEM innovators in Canadian education. His book, Code Breaker – 15+ Ways to Get Started With Coding, continues to top the charts in STEM Education with a focus on rethinking assessment and evaluation.  Recently he was awarded the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence for his work with coding and computational thinking. His enthusiasm, thought leadership, and approach to building capacity within STEM education has made him a sought after speaker throughout North America and has earned him the honour of being selected as Canada’s first Minecraft, Micro:BiT, and Makey Makey Ambassadors! 

Brian Aspinall

Author: Code Breaker

Twitter: @mraspinall


Giulia Forysthe (Spotlight)

Giulia Forsythe is the Special Projects Facilitator at Brock University’s Centre for Pedagogical Innovation in St.Catharines, Ontario. Oftendescribed as a “professional doodler”, she is an advocate of open education that honours different ways of knowing and demonstrating knowledge.