Creative Disruptions Sessions


Summer Institute

Creative Disruptions, Disruptive Creatives


ARC 100,
Zone Learning Centre

325  Church Street
Toronto, ON (View Map)
May 23-24, 9am – 5pm

Tuesday May 23, 2017


Registration, Light Breakfast and Welcome Remarks


“Wattpad: A Ten-Year Journey in Disruption”
Keynote Address by Eva Lau,
Former Head of Community, Wattpad


Coffee Break


Future Thinking
Dr. Richard Lachman
Director Zone Learning, Ryerson University



1:00- 4:30pm

Disruptive Innovation & IBM Design Thinking
Eliane Tozman
Head of Design, IBM


Closing Remarks


Mix & Mingle Social
3 Brewers Restaurant (275 Yonge St. – View Map)

Wednesday May 24, 2017


Light Breakfast

9:30- 10:30am

Workshop: Knowledge Dissemination, Strategies And Best Practices
Dr. Jessica Mudry
Sponsored by the Centre for Communicating Knowledge


Coffee Break


Knowledge Dissemination Workshop
Dr. Jessica Mudry & Dr. Mark V. Campbell


Lunch Break


Gender Parity in Film: Opportunities & Issues
In Conversation with Tiffany Hsiung, Gerda Cammaer, Jill Golick & Rina Fraticelli


Coffee Break


Creative Technologies Workshop
Dr. Michel Kouadio, Director,
Technology Planning & Innovation, Ryerson University


Art and Design in Research: Refashioning Masculinity & The Right Fit
Dr. Sandra Truillo-Pow & Dr. Ben Barry,
Ryerson School of Fashion
Sponsored by the Centre for Fashion Diversity & Social Change


Closing Remarks

Future Thinking

By Dr. Richard Lachman

Director of Zone Learning, Ryerson University

In our roles as academics and practitioners, it is important that we critically envision and explore the future of the creative industries, anticipating challenges and collaboratively imaging solutions. Using Design Thinking and Co-Design as a launch-pad, participants will use The Thing from the Future, a collaborative brainstorming game, to explore multiple potential futures for our creative society. Come prepared to think about the future in all of its possible incarnations

Making/Knowing: Doing Creative Research Through Subject Participation

By Dr. Jessica Mudry


Sponsored by the Centre for Communicating Knowledge

How do we know what a disruption looks like? And how do we know how and when people perceive disruptive moments? The work of academics, creatives and creative academics aims to put a fine point on these questions. In this workshop we look at how to gather data for and from communities to help answer these questions, and help academics document moments of disruptions of many forms: arguments, changing spaces and environments, socio-cultural upheaval, political tension and embodied experiences. Participatory action research techniques (PAR) harness the power of people’s creativity to create data through personal reflection. The goal of such PAR techniques is not to make knowledge that is “reproducible” but instead to give subjects agency to identify community, social, political and personal, needs. This workshop examines Photovoice (PV) as one such PAR technique. The Photovoice technique asks subjects to contextualise their circumstances, their social roles and their experiences by taking and annotating photos with time, place and meaning. Through PV the subjects participate in identifying community issues, and ways to address those issues which can result in the disruption of top-down research, and resulting top-down policies.


Jessica Mudry is an Assistant Professor in Professional Communication at Ryerson University in Toronto.  She is the author of Measured Meals: Nutrition in America, published by SUNY Press, that focussed on the history of the relationship between quantitative scientific language and federal nutrition policy.  Her essays have been published in Gastronomica, International Journal of Communication, Material Culture Review  and Food, Culture and Society  among other venues.  She is currently working on a cultural history of the calorie.

Gender Parity in Film: Issues & Opportunities

Across the creative industries, the problem of gender parity is pervasive.  In film, the recent debates have zeroed in on some of the issues, with quite problematic statistic surfacing.  With the excellent work of the Swedish Film Institute and the research and advocacy of Directors UK, there exists templates by which Canada can address gender parity. What might be some of the best systems level approaches to stimulating change?  What kinds of public accountability measures can be invented to ensure public investment in media is gender balanced? What are the cross sectoral impacts of this gender imbalance for Arts Councils and Training Institutions? In this panel discussion, we bring together a creative, a research and an industry expert to explore the creative industries beyond gender parity.  We explore the structural inequalities that make this gender imbalance possible, the institutional learning environments, and issues of accessibility and equity across all the screen industries

Rina Fraticelli

Executive Director, Women In View


Founding Executive Director of Women in View, Fraticelli brings to this position a rich and diverse background in Canadian arts, incorporating research, creation, programming and policy-making. Her career is marked by a particular commitment to enriching our cultural landscape through initiatives drawing voices from the margin into the centre.

As executive producer for National Film Board of Canada’s BC and Yukon Studio from 2002-2007, Fraticelli expanded work of the studio to incorporate new media, digital storytelling, extended activities across the province and territory, and to increase the profile of First Nations and artists with disabilities. As Executive Producer, Studio D, the Women’s Studio of the NFB, she helmed a series of programmes including New Initiatives In Film, a five year, multi -tiered intensive programme for Native Women and Women of Colour in the Canadian film industry. As an independent filmmaker, Fraticelli wrote, directed and produced a number of award-winning films.


Tiffany Hsiung

Filmmaker & Director, The Apology


Tiffany Hsiung is an award-winning filmmaker based in Toronto. Whether it is filmmaking or teaching, Hsiung’s work has taken her through and beyond the diverse communities of her hometown, and well across the globe. Her socially conscious work and dynamic artistry sparks a unique energy in the stories of marginalized individuals and communities. Hsiung’s approach to storytelling is driven by the relationship that is built with the people she meets. By shooting much of her own work, Hsiung obtains unobtrusive access to the stories she captures.

Hsiung is a graduate of Ryerson University, where she studied film production. She was the recipient of the Norman Jewison award. Her award winning short film ‘Binding Borders’ (2007),screened in film festivals internationally and propelled her to direct the RCI/CBC six-part miniseries on Beijing’s first ever Olympic Games, ‘A New Face for Beijing’ (2008).

Since 2009 Hsiung has been documenting the lives of 3 survivors of military sexual slavery in Korea, Philippines and China during World War II by the Japanese Imperial Army for her debut feature length documentary The Apology (2016) A National Film board of Canada production.  With a successful world premiere at Hot Docs International Film festival, The Apology was one of the festivals top 10 films and at the International premiere in Busan International film festival (Asia’s largest film festival) The Apology took home the Busan Cinephile Award for best documentary. The film has currently secured U.S and Korean distribution. Hsiung’s work is fundamentally based on cross-cultural and intergenerational themes set to inspire younger generations and viewers to learn about their own cultures – and social responsibility in the global community.


Jill Golick

President of the Writers Guild of Canada

Jill Golick has more than 30 years experience as a television showrunner, writer and producer, working in children’s (Androids), prime (Blue Murder), soap (metropia) and digital (Weirdwood Manor). A true transmedia storyteller, Jill has created, written, financed and produced four original, cutting-edge, multiplatform series.  Her most recent interactive project is the internationally-acclaimed, award-winning digital detective series Ruby Skye P.I. Jill is committed to inspiring and mentoring the next generation of storytellers, speaking and leading workshops across Canada and in Europe. She teaches two courses in Television Writing at York University, is on the board of directors of Women in View and serves as President of the Writers Guild of Canada.

Dr. Gerda Crammaer

Associate Professor

Co-Director, Documentary Media Research Centre (DMRC)

Dr. Cammaer is a filmmaker, curator and scholar. Her research focuses on the revival of microcinema, notably how current consumer friendly technology and mobile devices challenge the expectations and definitions of documentary film. Her other documentary research interests include archival films, home movies, travel films, eco-cinema and documenting nature, landscape and climate change.


Sandra Tullio-Pow

Associate Professor,

Interim Chair, School of Fashion


I am a fashion designer who transitioned into education and research. I joined the School of Fashion in 1995, and have taught textiles, apparel design, pattern drafting and construction as well as textiles and research methods. As I moved through my career, I recognized that fashion runways present glamorous clothing options and traditional versions of beauty that are not universally attainable in the real world and I developed a passion for human centered design, gravitating to projects where design can positively impact people’s lives. Much of my recent research has been collaborative, engineering clothing for breast cancer survivors, women with lymphedema, people with low vision and autistic infants. Ultimately, my goal is to improve quality of life for those with unique body shapes and special needs by creating apparel solutions that combine both function and fashion.


Dr. Ben Barry

Director, Centre for Fashion Diversity and Social Change
Dr. Ben Barry is a Director of the FCAD Centre for Fashion Diversity and Social Change and Associate Professor of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the School of Fashion. Using design and art-informed approaches, he unleashes fashion as a research context to explore, engage and empower communities on issues of identity and social justice. He is currently Principal Investigator on a SSHRC-funded project, Refashioning Masculinity (, that explores how fashion can illuminate the challenges that men experience due to gender codes and the opportunities to use fashion to reimagine masculinity. The project culminated in a fashion show that featured the interview participants and created a community dialogue about masculinity. His is currently writing book on this project that is under contract with the University of Chicago Press. His research has been published in The International Journal of Advertising, Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture, Fashion, Style and Popular Culture, among other peer-reviewed journals. His work has also been featured in The Globe and Mail, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and other media outlets. In addition to his academic work, he has consulted with UK and Quebec Governments to develop public policies that foster body confidence as well as with international fashion brands to develop strategies that embrace diversity. Ben holds a BA in women’s studies from the University of Toronto as well as a MPhil in Innovation and Strategy and PhD in Management from Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge

Eva Lau

Managing Partner and Co-founder, Two Small Fish Ventures, Former Head of Community, Wattpad

Eva has extensive knowledge and experience in building Internet products and online communities. Before starting Two Small Fish Ventures, she was Wattpad’s Head of Community and Content. She helped nurture and scale the Wattpad community from its infancy to become one of the largest online communities with tens of millions of monthly users around the world. Prior to Wattpad, she was Director of Product Development of Brightspark Labs, a Toronto based accelerator. During her tenure at Brightspark Labs she mentored and helped many tech startups in Toronto. Eva has a bachelor degree in Industrial Engineering from University of Toronto and an MBA from Schulich School of Business. Her husband constantly teases her that the two degrees offset each other.


Eliane Tozman

Head of Design
IBM Canada Innovation

Eliane Tozman is a Montreal-born, Toronto-based designer, currently working in UX Design (User Experience Design) at IBM, a multinational technology and consulting corporation. Tozman works in software development, where she researches, conceptualizes and designs ways for IBM to make the technology work for the user, so the user doesn’t have to work for the technology.

Disruptive Innovation & IBM Design Thinking

Learn what disruptive innovation, and IBM Design Thinking can do to help solve complex problems today. This session will focus on describing what disruptive innovation is all about, focusing on market research and validation, Eliane Tozman from IBM has designed a program to help participants understand users, problem solving techniques and ways to come up with ideas based on user experience instead of solutions.
Workshop lead by:

Eliane Tozman is the Head of Design for Innovation at IBM Canada Research and Development Centre. Eliane has over 17 years of experience working with product development at IBM. She has managed several teams in the product space, transforming existing products to net new from ideation to overseeing the successful launch into the marketplace. Eliane has given talks, published papers and participated as a panel judge for industry conferences across the US and Canada.