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Principal's Symposium: Imagining our Digital Future
November 26, 2018

at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, Queen's University
390 King St W, Kingston, Ontario

Queen’s invites thought leaders and community members to come together for the Principal’s Symposium: Imagining Our Digital Future.

Join students, educators, artists, scientists, and entrepreneurs in this day-long symposium of discovery and research at the intersections of the human and the digital. Topics will engage participants in imagining an exciting digital future of big ideas and niche solutions, emerging technologies and creative economies, engaged communities and global collaborations.

Throughout its long history, Queen’s has excelled at building communities that push the boundaries of knowledge. New connections and collaborations will be at the foundation of our open, data-rich, human-centered environments.

This event is open to all at no charge, but registration is required.
Registration is now closed 

Event Program

Facilitator: Nora Young of CBC Radio

As the creator and host of Spark, Nora Young has explored multiple facets of navigating digital life with a myriad of guests. As she says, “The Future is Coming. Arrive Intact.” She will guide us through the program for a stimulating day of engaging talks and dynamic discussion.

Symposium Speaker Biographies  

Virtual Exhibit: Our Digital Future  

Time Topic Speakers


Registration and Refreshment



Welcoming Remarks

  • Daniel Woolf
    Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Queen’s University

  • Nora Young
    Creator and Host of Spark
    CBC Radio


What a History of Learning Can Offer a Digital Future

We begin our symposium discussions on our digital future with an historical perspective of the university’s culture of learning.

Drawing on his recent book The Intellectual Properties of Learning: A Prehistory from Saint Jerome to John Locke, John Willinsky will present what he believes has set learning apart from other forms of human activity in the West as it facilitates, if inconsistently, the generation and circulation of scholarly knowledge.

He will draw encouraging and cautionary lessons from this history that might guide us in breaking the new ground needed to advance learning in the digital age, in an effort to clear a path, much as Locke attempted more than three centuries ago, to a greater commonwealth of learning.

Moderator: Rebecca Luce-Kapler, Dean, Faculty of Education

  • John Willinsky
    Khosla Family Professor of Education
    Stanford University


International Perspectives on Open Science and the Global Knowledge Commons

Open science (also known as open scholarship) is a means to support quality research, increased collaboration and engagement, and higher social and economic impacts. It includes the sharing of research results in standardized open formats, free of charge and with due care to peer review, privacy and security.

This panel will focus on efforts to develop national and regional infrastructure and services to advance the goals of open science and lay the foundation for a global knowledge commons.

The panelists bring perspectives and developments from regions around the globe.

Moderator: Martha Whitehead, Vice-Provost (Digital Planning) and University Librarian, Queen’s University

  • Omo Oaiya
    Chief Strategy Officer, WACREN (West and Central Africa Research and Education Network)

  • Bianca Amaro
    Coordinator, Brazilian Open Access Program, Brazilian Institute of Information in Science and Technology

  • Kathleen Shearer
    Executive Director, COAR (Confederation of Open Access Repositories)

  • Kazu Yamaji
    Professor and Director, Research Center for Open Science and Data Platform, NII (National Institute of Informatics), Japan


Refreshment Break



Enhancing Learning with Digital Opportunities

The digital transformation is changing expectations for both how we learn and what we learn. At the same time, digital technologies are inspiring innovations and new pedagogical approaches to enhance the student learning experience.

In this lightning talk panel, Queen’s faculty, a student and an entrepreneur will highlight aspects of learning in the digital age.

Moderator: Jill Scott, Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning), Queen’s University

  • Claire Ahn
    Assistant Professor of Multiliteracies
    Faculty of Education, Queen’s University

  • Claire Davies
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Queen’s University

  • Julia Göllner
    Commissioner of Academic Affairs
    Alma Mater Society of Queen’s University

  • Dan Howes
    Professor and Head, Department of Critical Care Medicine
    Director, Faculty of Health Sciences Clinical Simulation Centre, Queen's University

  • Hakeem Subair
    CEO, 1 Million Teachers





Decolonizing Digital Spaces

Our future is being actively shaped as we speak, in part through the lines of code that power the platforms and services we rely upon in our daily lives.

As we begin to critically examine our relationship to technology through digital planning, how do we ground these conversations in a recognition of our collective responsibility to reconciliation? And how can we shape inclusive, safe and equitable digital spaces that respect and elevate Indigenous voices and perspectives?

Moderator: Kanonhsyonne Janice Hill, Associate Vice-Principal (Indigenous Initiatives and Reconciliation), Queen’s University



Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics and Data Governance

Canada is emerging as a front runner in the development of technology powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning.

This panel of Queen’s researchers will discuss the opportunities that these technologies promise in multiple spheres, and the ethical and governance considerations that go hand-in-hand with their development.

Moderator: Barbara Crow, Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science, Queen’s University

  • Yuri Levin
    Professor and Stephen J.R. Smith Chair of Analytics
    Director, Queen’s Master of Management Analytics Program
    Director, Scotiabank Centre for Customer Analytics

  • Joshua Marshall
    Associate Professor and Associate Head
    Interim Director, Queen’s Institute for Disruptive Technologies
    Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining, Queen’s University

  • David Murakami-Wood
    Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Surveillance Studies
    Department of Sociology, Queen's University

  • Farhana Zukernine
    Assistant Professor, Coordinator Cognitive Science Program
    School of Computing, Queen’s University





Research Advancing Digital Innovation

The digital realm is rich in examples of research resulting in technological advances that impact our daily lives, as well as examples of how digital technologies are enabling previously unimaginable research across the disciplines.

In this lightning talk panel, members of the Queen’s community will highlight how their research interests are relying upon and influencing digital innovation.

Moderator: Kent Novakowski, Associate Vice-Principal (Research)

  • Laurent Béland
    Assistant Professor, Walter F. Light Scholar in Applied Science
    Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering, Queen’s University

  • Richard Birtwhistle
    Emeritus Professor of Family Medicine, Queen’s University

  • Samuel Dahan
    Assistant Professor
    Faculty of Law, Queen’s University

  • Meghan Goodchild
    Research Data Management Systems Librarian
    Queen's University Library

  • David Maslove
    Clinician Scientist
    Departments of Medicine and Critical Care Medicine, Queen's University

  • Susan Lord
    Department of Film and Media, Queen's University


Concluding Remarks


  • Nora Young
    Creator and Host of Spark, CBC Radio

  • Martha Whitehead
    Vice-Provost (Digital Planning) and University Librarian


Reception and Closing Keynote: Our Future Communities

Improving every day lives: that’s the motivation underlying all the topics of the symposium. We conclude with a look at what that means for the communities where we live and work. Our Mayor will comment on Kingston’s interests in using emerging technologies and innovations to develop a smart, liveable, 21st century city.

Moderator: Kevin Deluzio, Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Queen’s University


General Questions and Accessibility

Queen’s is committed to an inclusive campus community with accessible goods, services, and facilities that respect the dignity and independence of persons with disabilities. If you have any general questions about the symposium or if you have any accessibility requirements related to your attendance at this event, please contact Anne Martineau in one of the following ways:

Email: anne.martineau@queensu.ca
Phone:613-533-6000 extension 77623
In person: Office of the Principal
74 University Avenue
Suite 351 Richardson Hall