Invited Speakers

Geoffrey Martin Rockwell

Dr. Geoffrey Rockwell, Kule Institute for Advanced Study, University of Alberta

Dr. Geoffrey Martin Rockwell is a Professor of Philosophy and Humanities Computing at the University of Alberta, Canada. He received a B.A. in philosophy from Haverford College, an M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Toronto and worked at the University of Toronto as a Senior Instructional Technology Specialist. From 1994 to 2008 he was at McMaster University where he was the Director of the Humanities Media and Computing Centre (1994 - 2004) and he led the development of an undergraduate Multimedia program funded through the Ontario Access To Opportunities Program. He has published and presented papers in the area of philosophical dialogue, textual visualization and analysis, humanities computing, instructional technology, computer games and multimedia. He was the project leader for the CFI (Canada Foundation for Innovation) funded project TAPoR, a Text Analysis Portal for Research, which has developed a text tool discovery portal at He has published a book Defining Dialogue: From Socrates to the Internet with Humanity Books and is now preparing a book titled Hermeneutica (with Stéfan Sinclair) for publication. This book is part of a hybrid text and tool project with Voyant, a suite of analytical tools.

Nora Young, CBC

Nora Young is an informed and ideal guide for anyone looking to examine—and plan for—the ever-changing high-tech landscape; she helps audiences understand trends in gadgets, apps, social media, and more, while showing them how to better protect their privacy in our increasingly digital world. The host of CBC Radio’s Spark and the author of The Virtual Self, she demystifies technology and explains how it is shaping our lives and the larger world in which we live.

Young was the founding host of CBC Radio’s Definitely Not The Opera, where she often  discussed topics related to new media and technology. Her work has appeared online, on television, and in print. Along with Cathi Bond, she has been a hobby podcaster of The Sniffer since 2005. 

Heather Stockton, Deloitte

Heather serves banking customers and provides advice on management practices and governance, leadership, business models and business transformation. Heather is a member of the Global Human Capital Executive team leading the Future of Work Program and is a global leader in the financial services sector of Human Capital. She serves on the Deloitte Canada Board and is Chair of the Governance Committee.

Caroline Konrad, Ryerson University

Caroline joined Ryerson Career Centre as Director in July 2014. Previously, she was Head of Careers and Assistant Director, Student Services at the University of Southampton, England. A Toronto native, she relocated to Europe following her degree, working in Budapest, Brussels and London across the political and media sectors.

Before shifting her focus to post-secondary education, Caroline supported multinational clients with advisory to the European Union government institutions as a consultant with Brunswick Group LLP. Prior to this, Caroline was a member of the Mayor of Budapest’s policy advisor team in the European Parliament. She speaks French and Hungarian.