Make the future podcast
Join Jacques Beauvais, our Dean at the Faculty, as he connects with alumni, students, industry partners and researchers to explore the future of tech and innovation and how, through creativity and collaboration they can make the future.
Heather Abbott is a Class of 1993 alumna, who is the Senior Vice President, Corporate Solutions Technology at NASDAQ in Boston. In her current role, she is responsible for overseeing the application development and delivery for Corporate Solutions products and its web properties, as well as the solutions for Nasdaq Private Market companies.
Heather has a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Ottawa (Suma Cum Laude) and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business - York University.
Since her graduation, she has distinguished herself repeatedly and in various roles. She held senior IT leadership roles working for a number of leading Canadian and global organizations including GE Capital, Imperial Oil and the federal government's department of transportation in Ottawa.
Before PayPal became the household name it is today, she was a Senior Director of PayPal (an eBay company) in their Mobile and New Consumer Products Division. She also held various technology positions at eBay within infrastructure, program management and product development with a focus on e-commerce development.
Prior to joining NASDAQ in 2014, she was Senior Vice President at Schwab Technology and Platform Development, where for six years she was responsible for leading a team of over 400 technologists in Schwab’s core Investor Services business unit.
Midia Shikh Hassan is an award winning young two-time alumna that is making an impact globally. In 2018 Midia was one of three Canadians to receive the prestigious Queen’s Young Leaders Award for her contribution to refugees’ educational and healthcare needs as well as her involvement in many projects tackling social issues through engineering and entrepreneurial design.
Midia is involved in various organizations making a global impact including the Refugee Outreach Program, which aims to facilitate Syrian refugees’ social integration through technology and entrepreneurial training. She is a leader for the Global Shapers - Ottawa Hub, a mentor for Blue Sky School. Midia has represented Canada on the world stage many times at the One Young World Conference, Common Wealth Youth Forum, the digital opportunity trust [DOT] Unconference and the UN Major Group in Technology Innovation Summit. She is co-founder of the social venture Dextra, an initiative providing affordable 3D printed prosthetics to refugees living with upper-body amputations.
She is the Manager of MakerLaunch, which provides University of Ottawa students and recent alumni entrepreneurs with the support necessary to fast track commercialization of technologies and launch new tech startups. She is the coordinator of the Simon Nehme Summer Entrepreneurship School – a one-week intensive program offered by the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Engineering.
Mattieu Gamache-Asselin is a class of 2012 alumnus who is the co-founder and CEO of Alto Pharmacy in San Francisco. Mattieu has accomplished remarkable things in the six years since he has left university. He moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and worked for Silicon Valley powerhouses such as Adobe, Parse and Facebook.
He holds a BASc in Computer Science from the University of Ottawa (Summa Cum Laude). As a student, he was involved in several student clubs. He was involved as a member and volunteer of the Women in Engineering of the University of Ottawa, as well as the Mobile Application Development association (MAD) of the University of Ottawa.
Since his graduation, he demonstrated exemplary entrepreneurship skills by co-founding the firm Scriptdash (now Alto Pharmacy), which he leads as CEO. Alto quickly disrupted the pharmacy industry and three years later he and his team have grown to serve 25 000 patients.
Alto Pharmacy has kept expanding; from investments of 23 million dollars to its acquisition of the company RoundHealth, an IoT enabled pill-bottle and app that helps patients monitor their medicine intake.
Olivier Miguel is a class of 2016 alumnus who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at uOttawa with the Clinical Biomechanics Research Unit. He works part-time at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute 3D printing lab and does Biomedical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering research with Orthotics and Prosthetics (O&P).
Over the past 3 years, Olivier has gained significant knowledge and experience in the 3D printing industry; being the lead in a project which 3D prints prosthetic arms for children. The project has succeeded in raising enough funds to purchase a 3D printer that he now operates from his basement.
Andre Richards is a class of 2011 alumnus and he is the Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder of MicroMetrics. Micrometrics is a company focused around customer experience analytics. He holds a BSc. in Computer Science and Information Management Systems from the University of Ottawa.
Even before his graduation, Andre had been highly interested in entrepreneurship. He was the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer of Kintelligent Systems while being part of the Start-up Garage 2013 and GrindSpace XL 2013 cohorts. He worked as a Senior Engineer for an Ottawa Start-up from 2011-2013.
Melody Habbouche is a Computer Science CO-OP student who is currently working at Klipfolio. She is working on completing her BASc in Computer Science at the University of Ottawa.
While still a student, she has had the opportunity to work at companies such as IBM, Kinaxis and Klipfolio She was an undergraduate teaching assistant, an engineering mentor and has been a 2018 National Campus Recruitment Excellence Awards Judge.
She is passionate about art, photography and fascinated by the fast-growing tech industry. She wishes to contribute to the continued improvement of access to technology everywhere and help solve major problems using software. She has been involved in many different initiatives and associations such as the Software Engineering Student Association, uOttaHack and the uOttawa IEEE Student Branch.
Sarah and Devansh were two of the twelve students (from the Faculty of Arts and of Engineering), that had the opportunity of bringing to life the prototypes that won the Makerspace Challenge. The challenge was to produce a prototype for interactive works of art, and then to build and install the collaborative art creation in the new uOttawa STEM Complex.
Devansh is a student currently finishing his Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering. He was one of four who won the 2018 Makerspace Challenge. This gave him the opportunity to work with a team of other students from the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Arts.
Sarah Jasmine Hodgson is an Ottawa-based emerging artist working in new media. She is currently completing her Bachelor of Visual Arts with a focus in photography. Sarah's artistic practice examines relationships between human beings and technology, as well as the ones between technologies to the natural world.
Hanan Anis is a professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Ottawa. She holds an NSERC chair in Entrepreneurial Engineering Design and is also the coordinator of entrepreneurship and innovation in the Faculty of Engineering.
Prior to Joining the University in 2004, Hanan was the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Ceyba, an optical long-haul networking company that employed 250 people at its peak. Hanan also worked at Nortel Networks in different positions conducting pioneering research in various areas of photonics, ranging from device physics to optical networking.
She holds a B.Sc from Ain-Shams University (1987), a M.A.Sc (1991) and a Ph.D (1996) from University of Toronto both in Electrical and Computer Engineering.
She has numerous journal and conference publications and patents. Hanan's current research interests include Biophotonics, Innovation and engineering education.
Her passion is helping students graduate with an entrepreneurial mindset that enables them to play leading roles in existing organizations or to create their own jobs.
Constance Crompton is a Canada Research Chair in Digital Humanities with research interests in linked data, data modelling, code as a representational medium, queer history, and Victorian popular culture. She co-directs the Lesbian and Gay Liberation in Canada project with Michelle Schwartz (Ryerson University). She is the vice-president (English) of the Canadian Society for Digital Humanities and is an associate director of the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (University of Victoria).
Her work has appeared in a number of edited collections and the Victorian Review, Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, Digital Humanities Quarterly, the UBC Law Review, and Digital Studies/Champs Numerique. She is a co-editor, with Richard Lane and Ray Siemens, of Doing Digital Humanities: Practice, Training, Research (Routledge 2016).
From 2012 to 2017 she was an assistant professor of Digital Humanities and English in the Department of Critical Studies in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at UBC Okanagan, where she directed the Humanities Data Lab. She received her PhD in Communication and Culture from York University in Toronto, Ontario.
Shaun Illingworth is an experienced Managing Director and new technology/innovation strategist. He has twenty years of experience in the tech and startup environments leading BD, strategy and design activities. He builds win-win relationships that endure. He has a PhD and MA in Experimental Psychology from Northeastern University, a Bachelor in Psychology from Concordia University and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Ottawa. He is trained in design thinking and is a frequent speaker at Federal and private sector events on topics of innovation, service design and product research.
Leia Atkinson is a cultural anthropologist and senior international markets researcher at Shopify. Some of her academic research includes multiple field research trips in Tokyo examining youth problems, work, and identity formation through the lenses of work, subculture and social movements. Her professional research includes taking a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding commerce and entrepreneurship in markets around the world (China, France, Germany, Japan, etc.).
She has a Bachelor of Anthropology and Sociology and a Master’s in Anthropology from the University of Ottawa.
Dominira has been the Director of UX at You.i TV since September 2018. He is a Carleton alumnus with a BA in Psychology and a London Guildhall University alumnus with an MSc in User Interface Design
Whether designing an interface, an interaction or a cross-platform user experience, the human element is the key to a successful outcome. He has worked in a wide variety of market sectors including telecom, government, finance, health, consumer electronics, eBusiness, eLearning, and network operations. A focus on solid user centred design process and methodology has allowed him to create winning designs across these sectors.
His specialities are User Experience Strategy, Customer Experience Strategy, UX Research, Information Architecture, Interaction Design, Usability Research, Usability Testing, User Requirements Analysis, Prototyping, Innovation Facilitation and Training.
Daniel Lanthier is a University of Ottawa Class of 2005 alumnus in Computer Engineering. He has been at Youi.TV since 2017 and has recently become an Engineering Lead for the React Native practice. Prior to joining the team at You.i TV, Daniel has worked for several companies in different roles: IBM Canada (Storytelling with Data Development Manager), Macadamian Technologies (Software Developer and Manager), BlackBerry Link (Windows & Mac Developer) and PrairieFyre Software Inc. (Software Development Team Lead).
Daniel also volunteers as a Tech coach. At TechU.Me he has coached High School students on how to write a full MonoGame + Windows 8 game. He helped them go through technical issues and coached them on prioritizing their tasks and on setting monthly milestones for their projects, and enabled them to present the results of their labour to a panel of industry professionals.