Heidi Tworek

Historical Innovation in Explanatory Journalism (UBC & Ryerson)

Dr. Heidi Tworek is Assistant Professor in International History at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, as well as a non-resident fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the Canadian Global Affairs Institute. Her work combines history and policy to research communications. She has co-edited and written three books, including the award-winning News from Germany: The Competition to Control World Communications, 1900-1945 (Harvard University Press, 2019). She has published or has forthcoming over 30 articles and book chapters on the global history of news and communications. She is co-editor of Journal of Global History. Alongside writing for a wide range of media in English and German, she also writes policy papers on the future of social media governance in North America and Europe. Finally, she appears regularly on radio and TV in Canada, the US, UK, and Germany. 


Jean Burgess

Global Engagement (Queensland University of Technology)

Jean Burgess is a Professor of Digital Media and Director of the Digital Media Research Centre (DMRC) at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Her research focuses on the social implications of digital media technologies, platforms, and cultures, as well as new and innovative digital methods for studying them. In addition to more than 100 other articles and chapters, her co-authored and edited books include YouTube: Online Video and Participatory Culture (Polity Press, 2009; second edition 2018), Studying Mobile Media: Cultural Technologies, Mobile Communication, and the iPhone (Routledge, 2012), A Companion to New Media Dynamics (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013),  Twitter and Society (Peter Lang, 2014), and The SAGE Handbook of Social Media (2017). Her next book is Twitter – A Biography (with Nancy Baym, in press with NYU Press and forthcoming in April 2020


Charles H. Davis

Uptake and Explanatory Journalism (Ryerson)

Charles H. Davis is Professor in the RTA School of Media at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, where he holds the ES Rogers Sr Research Chair in Media Management and Entrepreneurship.  He also serves as Associate Dean for Scholarly Research and Creative Activities for Ryerson’s Faculty of Communication & Design.  His current research and teaching interests include media audiences, media product and service innovation, and management of firms in creative industries. Before joining Ryerson, taught in the Faculty of Business at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John. He holds a Ph.D. in ‘histoire et sociopolitique des sciences’ from the Université de Montréal.


Elizabeth Dubois

Policy Implications (U of Ottawa)

Dr. Elizabeth Dubois (PhD, University of Oxford) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and member of the Centre for Law, Technology and Society at the University of Ottawa. She is also a Fellow at the Public Policy Forum of Canada and member of Assembly based at Harvard’s Berkman-Klein Center. Her work examines political uses of digital media including media manipulation, citizen engagement, and artificial intelligence. She leads a multi-disciplinary team which includes political scientists, computer scientists, and communication students. She collaborates internationally with non-profits, technology companies, journalists, and academics. Her public writing has appeared in Maclean’s, The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, Policy Options, The Conversation, Salon and been featured in many others. Find her at www.elizabethdubois.ca, or check out her latest article, The Echo Chamber is Overstated


Florian Martin-Bariteau

Policy Implications (U of Ottawa)

Dr. Florian Martin-Bariteau is an Assistant Professor of Law and Technology at the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, the Director of the University of Ottawa Centre for Law, Technology and Society, and the Scientific Director of the AI + Society Initiative. As a legal scholar, his research focuses on Technology and Intellectual Property Law; with a special interest in Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, Secrets and Whistleblowers. Profile link: https://techlaw.uottawa.ca/people/martin-bariteau-florian


Gordon Pennycook

Gordon Pennycook is an Assistant Professor of Behavioural Science at University of Regina’s Hill/Levene Schools of Business. He is also an Associate Member of the Department of Psychology. His research focuses on understanding reasoning and decision-making. In particular, he is interested in why people make errors during reasoning. Most recently, he has done work on why people believe and share misinformation online. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles, including in top outlets such as Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, among others. He won Poynter Institute’s International Fact-Checking Network Researcher of the Year in 2017, was a finalist for the Behavioral Science & Policy Association’s New Investigator award in 2019, and won the Vincent Di Lollo Early Career Award from the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science in 2020.


Axel Bruns

Global Engagement (Queensland University of Technology)

Prof. Axel Bruns is a Professor in the Digital Media Research Centre at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, and a Chief Investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making and Society. His books include Are Filter Bubbles Real? (2019) and Gatewatching and News Curation: Journalism, Social Media, and the Public Sphere (2018), and the edited collections Digitizing Democracy (2019), the Routledge Companion to Social Media and Politics (2016), and Twitter and Society (2014). His current work focusses on the study of user participation in social media spaces such as Twitter, and its implications for our understanding of the contemporary public sphere, drawing especially on innovative new methods for analysing ‘big social data’. He served as President of the Association of Internet Researchers in 2017–19. His research blog is at http://snurb.info/


Scott White

Scott White is CEO and Editor-in-Chief of The Conversation Canada. Previously, he was Editor-in-Chief of The Canadian Press and VP Content Strategy and Business Development at Postmedia. He has an MBA from the Rotman School of Management and is a graduate of the journalism program at Ryerson University. 


Sheldon Levy

Sheldon Levy is a higher education leader and visionary with a passion for innovation, entrepreneurship and the digital economy. Sheldon has been an instrumental figure in Toronto’s innovation ecosystem in the last decade, spearheading the creation of such organizations as Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone (DMZ), the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship, and Scale Up Ventures, Inc. 


John Shiga

Dr. John Shiga is an Associate Professor and Chair of the School of Professional Communication at Ryerson University.  His research and teaching focus on communication and media in intercultural, political and scientific contexts. Professor Shiga earned his B.A. in Mass Communication and Creative Writing at York University and his M.A. in Communication at McGill University. In 2009, he received his Ph.D. in Communication at Carleton University and was awarded the Carleton University Medal for Outstanding Work at the Doctoral Level. John’s dissertation analyzed cultural anxieties in law, science and popular culture about the impact of digital and genetic technologies on human identity. While pursuing his Ph.D. at Carleton, he taught courses in digital media, communication law and policy, media theory, and popular culture in Carleton’s School of Journalism and Communication.


Jessica Mudry

Dr. Jessica Mudry is an Associate Professor of Professional Communication at Ryerson University in Toronto.  Her research focuses on the history and relationships of quantitative scientific language and public health policy.  Jessica’s essays have been published in several international venues, and she is an active member of the Congress of Science Producers, who address issues in mediated science communication.


Catherine Schryer

Professor and former Chair of Professional Communication, Dr. Catherine Schryer has her doctoral degree in the area of Rhetoric and Composition studies. She has a general interest in issues related to advanced literacies in the professions and a specific interest in genre theory and healthcare communication. Her work combines qualitative data analysis together with forms of discourse analysis.

In 2000, for her study of insurance writing she won the National Council of Teachers of English award for best article reporting empirical research.  Catherine also has completed two Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) supported studies. The first explored the role of case presentations in socializing students in Medicine, Optometry, and Social Work. The second investigated the role of genres such as consult letters, reports and medical records as sites of discursive negotiation between health care professions. She is currently conducting SSHRC supported studies on healthcare team communications.


Robert Clapperton

Dr. Robert Clapperton is an Assistant Professor in the School of Professional Communications at Ryerson University. Robert earned his PhD in English Language and Literature with a Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Science at the University of Waterloo. He specializes in Computational linguistics, rhetoric, critical discourse and data analysis with an emphasis on the critical application of natural language understanding in a number of fields including education, politics, commercial, and social enterprise. Robert’s teaching focuses on the digital enterprise and communication research methods.


Frauke Zeller

Dr. Frauke Zeller is Associate Professor in Ryerson’s School of Professional Communication She completed her Habilitation (the highest academic degree in Germany) in 2011, working on computational methods to analyze online communities. She received her PhD (Dr.phil.) from Kassel University, Germany, in 2005 in English Linguistics and Computational Philology. Frauke has extensive experience in Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) studies combining her backgrounds in the humanities, social sciences and HRI. She is also the co-creator of hitchBOT, Canada’s first hitchhiking robot. From her media and communication studies background, Frauke brings methodological expertise in big data analytics, predictive analytics, sentiment analysis, natural language processing and user studies. Frauke has been awarded with a range of major research grants, among them a Marie Curie Fellowship (2011-2013), one of the most prestigious grants in Europe, and more recently a SSHRC Insight Development Grant as well as international grants. Frauke is also the director of the FCAD Audience Lab and the CCK, Centre for Communicating Knowledge.


Candis Callison

Indigenous Media Engagement (UBC)

Candis Callison is an Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia, jointly appointed in the School of Journalism, Writing and Media and the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies. She is the co-author of Reckoning: Journalism’s Limits and Possibilities (Oxford U Press, 2020) and the author of How Climate Change Comes to Matter: The Communal Life of Facts (Duke U Press, 2014). Candis is Tahltan, and a regular contributor to the podcast, Media Indigena. In 2019, Candis was inducted into The American Academy of Arts and Sciences and became a Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Fellow. Prior to her academic work, Dr. Callison produced, wrote, and reported for television, the Internet, and radio in Canada and the United States. She currently sits on the board of The Narwhal.