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Ilana Ben-Ari
Founder, CEO & Lead Designer, Twenty One Toys
Ilana Ben-Ari is a multiple-award winning industrial designer, TEDx speaker, and Ariane de Rothschild Fellow. She has been featured in the Guardian UK, was Independent UK's small business person of the week and winner of C2MTL's emerging entrepreneur award. She has been working at the intersection of design and social innovation for over 7 years at studios in Montreal, Helsinki, London and most recently Toronto, Ontario.
Ilana is most recently known for being the founder, CEO and lead designer of her first startup - Twenty One Toys. She transformed her thesis project into the company’s first product, The Empathy Toy. A 3-D abstract puzzle, the toy was originally designed with the Canadian National Institute for the Blind to bridge communication gaps between visually impaired students and their sighted classmates. It is now used as a tool for empathic learning and creative education for people of varying ages and abilities. Already in hundreds of schools, homes and offices worldwide, it was featured in TIME magazine this September as “one of six new technologies shaping classrooms of the future”.
Erik Boekesteijn
Global Library Motivator, Library Bureau of Innovation
Erik Boekesteijn works in the Science and Innovation Department at DOK, the library concept centre. His work includes marketing, promotion and innovation. Together with Jaap he works on many DOK Studio productions. They are also hired as a team by other libraries for a period of time to reorganize their library. Erik is also one of the founders of the UGame Ulearn project. Erik has a degree in English and is specialized in the area of interpreter/translator. Erik has written some articles for CIL and MLS that were well received. Erik has been doing video tours looking for best practise in libraries in many countires, among which Ireland, Jamaica, and the USA. The last tour is now published as a book with DVD by ITI under the title ShanchieTour, a library road trip across America. Currently the LBI (library Bureau of Investigation) is touring Australia in search for new stories to inspire librarians all over the world. Their videos can also be watched on www.shanachietour.com
Matthew Hamilton
IT Manager, Denver Public Library
Matt Hamilton serves as the IT Manager for the Denver Public Library, previously working as IT Director for Anythink Libraries and the Boulder Public Library in Colorado. Matt's approach to IT is heavily influenced by service design, retail trends, and participatory learning models.
Dr. Ken Haycock
Research Professor of Management and Organization, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, Senior Partner, Ken Haycock & Associates Inc.
Ken Haycock directs the new graduate programs in Library and Information Management at the USC Marshall School of Business. He also supervises doctoral students at the Queensland University of Technology and was formerly professor and director at both San Jose and British Columbia. A past president of the Association for Library and Information Science Education and the Canadian Library Association, and former member of the Executive Board of ALA, his research focuses on advocacy and influence and leader development. Dr. Haycock has been honored by several national and international associations for his work.
Rebecca Jones
Director Branch & Neighbourhood Services, Brampton Library, Dysart & Jones Associates
As Director of Branch & Neighbourhood Services with Brampton Library Rebecca works with a dynamic group to deliver topnotch services through branches in one of Canada's fastest growing, multicultural city. Co-founder of Dysart & Jones Associates, Rebecca consulted with more than 100 organizations and libraries, facilitating planning processes, problem-solving, and organizational design. Her careeer has also included management positions at Imperial Oil Limited in IT, libraries, archives and records, and she was Director, Professsional Learning at University of Toronto's iSchool.  Rebecca is known for having long advocated the application of business and not-for-profit processes to information services and libraries. 
Jocelyn Leavitt
Co-Founder, Hopscotch
Dee Magnoni
Assistant Vice President for Information Services & Director, New Brunswick Libraries, Rutgers University Libraries, Rutgers University, President, SLA
Dee Magnoni is the Assistant Vice President for Information Services and Director of New Brunswick Libraries at Rutgers University, where she oversees services, budget, and personnel for 15 libraries and centers, including special collections and university archives. Dee previously worked in libraries within corporate America, government and academia. She received her MLS from SUNY-Albany and her BA from Lehigh University. Dee is an active member of the Special Libraries Association, where she is currently President and a Fellow. She has served in numerous leadership roles.
 
 
Peter Morville
President, Semantic Studios, & Author, Search Patterns, Ambient Findability, Information Architecture, & Intertwingled
Peter Morville is a pioneer of the fields of information architecture and user experience. His best-selling books include Information Architecture for the World Wide Web, Ambient Findability, Search Patterns, and Intertwingled. He advises such clients as AT&T, Cisco, Harvard, IBM, Macy's, the Library of Congress, and the National Cancer Institute. His work has been covered by Business Week, The Economist, NPR, and The Wall Street Journal. Peter lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with his wife, two daughters, and a dog named Knowsy.
Erin Mulcahy
Strategic Initiatives, Global Education Business, littleBits

Erin Mulcahy manages strategic initiatives for the littleBits Education Team. Over the past three years, Erin has helped to develop and execute the company’s education business & marketing strategy and expand formal and informal learning programs around the world. She has also created and led demos and workshops for makers of all ages at several events, including ISTE, FETC, SXSW, WIRED UK, MakerFaire NY & Bay Area and SolidCon.

Prior to littleBits, Erin received an MA from Columbia University and a BS from Cornell University. She has also held positions at the Earth Institute and The National Research Council.

Mr. Lee Rainie
Director, Internet, Science and Technology Research, Pew Research Center, Author of the book "Networked: The New Social Operating System"
Lee Rainie is the Director of Internet, Science and Technology research at the Pew Research Center, a non-profit, non-partisan "fact tank." His project was described by the American Sociological Association as the “most authoritative source of reliable data on the use and impact of the internet and mobile connectivity” and the ASA awarded him its award for “excellence in the reporting on social issues award” in 2014.

The project has issued more than 600 reports based on its surveys that examine people’s online activities and the impact of mobile connectivity and social media on their lives.

Lee also now oversees the Center's sustained study of the intersection of science and society. All of its reports and datasets are available online for free at: http://www.pewinternet.org.
Lee is a co-author of Networking: The New Social Operating System, a book about the social impact of the internet and mobile technology. He is also co-author of four books about the future of the internet, which are based on Center surveys. 
Prior to launching the Pew Internet Project, Lee was managing editor of the newsweekly magazine U.S. News & World Report. He is a graduate of Harvard University and has a master's degree in political science from Long Island University.

Mike Ridley
Librarian & Instructor, University of Guelph
Until January 2012 Michael Ridley was the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Librarian at the University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada). Currently he is seconded to the First Year Seminar Program at Guelph where he teaches multidisciplinary courses to first year undergraduates.
Ridley has been a professional librarian since 1979 working at a variety of positions at the University of Guelph, the Health Sciences Library at McMaster University, and the University of Waterloo. In 1995 he returned to the University of Guelph as the Chief Librarian and in 2004 was named the CIO. Ridley has served as the President of the Canadian Association for Information Science, President of the Ontario Library Association, and Chair of the Ontario Council of University Libraries.
Ridley has been a member of the Board of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN), the Canadian University Council of CIOs (CUCCIO), the Ontario Research and Innovation Optical Network (ORION) and the Board of Governors at the University of Guelph. In 2007 Ridley was named “Academic Librarian of the Year” by the Ontario College and University Library Association (OCULA), a division of the Ontario Library Association (OLA). In 2008 he was awarded the newly renamed Larry Moore OLA Distinguished Service Award from the Ontario Library Association. In 2010 I was honoured to be awarded the Miles Blackwell Award for Outstanding Academic Librarian by the Canadian Association of College and University Libraries (a division of the Canadian Library Association). In 2013 Ridley was presented with the 2013 Outstanding Alumni Award from the Faculty of Information Alumni Association (FIAA), University of Toronto.
He blogs at www.MichaelRidley.ca and tweets @mridley.
 
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