Aoife Mac Namara



Born in Nova Scotia in 1967, Aoife moved to Ireland in the 1970s where her first experience of education was in Dookinella, a two-roomed school on Achill Island. Aoife studied sculpture at the Limerick School of Art and completed graduate studies in Fine Art (Birmingham) and Social History of Art (Leeds). After working as a part-time teacher at Concordia University and becoming an active member of a number of artist-run centres in Canada in the early 1990s, Aoife returned to the UK to work for several institutions in a variety of roles including Director of Programs for Fine Art and Visual Culture and Director of Spaces Buildings Make. In 2013, Aoife found her way back to Canada where she was appointed Dean of Visual Arts and Material Practice at Emily Carr University of Art and Design until September 2015 when she joined SFU in the role of Dean, Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology.

Elise Roy



Elise Roy is a deaf human centered designer, former lawyer, and motivational speaker who works the vanguard of the disruptive innovation movement. Elise is a passionate proponent of the notion that when we design for disability, we often develop solutions that are better than when we design for the norm. A highly skilled public speaker, she has given talks at Microsoft, the U.S. Institute for Peace, the United Nations, and the World Bank. Her TEDx talk, “When we Design for Disability, We All Benefit,” has over 1.1 million views.  As a recognized thought leader, she has given talks across the world for organizations such as Microsoft, NASA, AIGA, and the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt Design Museum.

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