Memorial IT Conference 2017

Connect, Collaborate and Innovate, May 4-5th

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Focusing on the theme of Connect, Collaborate and Innovate, Memorial’s second IT Conference will bring together IT service providers from across the university for a one and a half day conference of networking and knowledge sharing.

The event is designed for staff from all campuses and units to connect with their peers, collaborate on opportunities, and innovate IT service delivery for our students, faculty and staff. Conference sessions and events will include opportunities to learn about new trends in IT and what’s happening in IT at Memorial.

** New this year: we're hosting a SCRATCH-a-thon! **

Keynote Speakers


Julielynn Wong, MD

Julielynn Wong, MD
Founder, Chairperson, and CEO
Medical Makers & 3D4MD

Julielynn Wong is a Harvard-educated physician-scientist, innovator, and educator whose life's mission is to take technology to the extreme to benefit the world. She is internationally recognized as a 3D printing, drone, and digital health pioneer who uses cutting-edge technology to deliver healthcare solutions across diverse environments, from outer space to remote communities with limited access to healthcare resources.

Following medical school at Queen's University, Dr. Wong received a Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship to complete her Masters of Public Health degree studies at Harvard University. She is dual board certified in aerospace medicine and public health and general preventive medicine, has authored over 35 scientific and technical publications and has 14 pending patents.

Dr. Wong is a passionate educator who has taught courses and workshops for thousands of grade school, university, and postgraduate students. She founded Medical Makers, a program to inspire, educate, and empower a global community of innovators, patients and healthcare providers to make sustainable solutions to save lives, time, and money.

Julielynn founded 3D4MD, a social enterprise that makes 3D printable medical supplies to impact over 1 billion lives. She was the first to 3D print medical supplies on the International Space Station and she designed a solar-powered ultra-portable 3D printing system to make lower cost medical supplies on-site in remote communities.

Additionally, Dr. Wong is an avid pilot and drone racer, has flown as a microgravity researcher with NASA's parabolic flight program, and served as an analog astronaut for NASA's Human Exploration Research Analog IX and the Mars Desert Research Station Crew 145 mission simulations.

John Baker, D2L

John Baker
President and CEO
Desire2Learn (D2L)

John founded D2L in 1999, at the age of twenty-two, while attending the University of Waterloo as a Systems Design Engineering student.

He saw that online digital tools could open the door to entirely new and more effective models, and create learning experiences that are more personal, engaging and inspiring. The company is on the journey of transforming the way the world learns.

A strong believer in community involvement, John devotes both his personal and business efforts to supporting young entrepreneurs who are developing and applying technology to improve society worldwide.

He was recognized in 2013 as an EY Entrepreneur of the Year within Ontario, received the Young Alumni Achievement Medal from the University of Waterloo, and inducted into the Waterloo Region Hall of Fame as an Intrepid Entrepreneur. He was appointed to the Governing Council of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, is Chair of the Board of Communitech, and is a board member of Canada’s National Ballet School and other organizations.

John graduated from the University of Waterloo with an Honours B.A.Sc. in Systems Design Engineering, with First Class Honours and an option in Management Sciences.

Andrew Staniland, Composer (Photo credit: Greg Locke)

Andrew Staniland
Composer and Faculty Member at Memorial University

Composer Andrew Staniland has firmly established himself as one of Canada’s most important and innovative musical voices. Described by Alex Ross in the New Yorker magazine as “alternately beautiful and terrifying”, his music is regularly heard on CBC Radio 2 and has been performed and broadcast internationally in over 35 countries. Andrew is the recipient of the 2009 National Grand Prize in EVOLUTION, presented by CBC Radio 2/Espace Musique and The Banff Centre, top prizes in the SOCAN young composers competition, and the 2004 Karen Keiser Prize in Canadian Music. As a leading composer of his generation, he has been recognized by election to the Inaugural Cohort of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists Royal Society of Canada in 2014.

Andrew has been Affiliate Composer to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (2006-09) and the National Arts Centre Orchestra (2002–04), and has also been in residence at the Centre du Creation Musicale Iannis Xenakis (Paris, 2005). Recent commissioners include the Gryphon Trio, Les Percussions de Strasbourg, the Toronto Symphony, cellist Frances-Marie Uitti, and American Opera Projects. Andrew also performs as a guitarist and with new media (computers and electronics). Andrew is currently on faculty at Memorial University in St John’s Newfoundland.


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