Concordia University Presents

The Walrus Talks Disruption (Ottawa 2018)

Ottawa 7 p.m. ET, Tuesday, November 20, 2018


The Walrus Talks is a national series of events about Canada and its place in the world. Each event offers thoughtful, inspiring thinking from scholars, writers, performers, scientists, artists, and business leaders.

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General Admission: $20
Students/Seniors: $12

Canadian Museum of Nature
240 McLeod St.
Ottawa, ON

The rapidly-changing landscapes of technology, learning, research, identity, and more.


  • Guylaine Beaudry, vice-provost of Digital Strategy and University Librarian, Concordia University
  • Maxime St-Pierre, executive director and Head of Digital, CBC/Radio-Canada
  • Kamran Khan, founder and CEO, BlueDot Inc.
  • Lisa Campbell, CEO, Lifford Cannabis Solutions
  • Fenwick McKelvey, assistant professor, Communication Studies, Concordia University
  • Nyla Innuksuk, founder and CEO, Mixtape VR
  • Saadia Muzaffar, tech entrepreneur and author

Guylaine Beaudry is vice-provost, digital strategy and university librarian at Concordia University. She led the major renovation of the Webster Library and the transformation of the chapel of the Grey Nuns motherhouse into a reading room. She was previously executive director of Erudit, a publishing platform for humanities and social sciences scholarly books and journals. She was a member of the Royal Society of Canada Expert Panel on the status and future of libraries and archives in Canada. Her thesis is entitled, “Scholarly communications and the digital revolution: Analysis of a mutation period from a historical perspective.”

With over 17 years’ experience in the digital industry, Maxime St-Pierre has led major national and international projects in B2C, B2B, and e-commerce. In recent years, mobile development has become his main area of expertise. His product and service vision is focused on executing multi-screen strategies, effectively leveraging emerging technologies and enhancing user engagement. He is passionate about building systems that allow digital citizens to interact easily in a connected world within the context of their everyday lives.

Kamran Khan is an infectious-disease physician with training in public health and preventive medicine based at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital. He is an associate professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. His research interests focus on human migration, international travel, and the impacts of globalization on newly emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. He is also the founder of a social enterprise called Bluedot that develops innovative web and mobile technologies to facilitate smart and timely decisions by individuals and health organizations.

Lisa Campbell became a true cannabis expert by working extensively in international drug policy with Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy and is currently the chair of the Ontario Cannabis Consumer & Retail Alliance. Lisa is now launching a cannabis subsidiary for Lifford Wine & Spirits, helping cannabis companies navigate the emerging cannabis industry across Canada and beyond. Lisa holds a master of environmental studies from York University and is as a Canadian Institutes for Health Research Universities Without Walls alumnus.

Amid discussion of the Internet of things, Fenwick McKelvey studies the internet as things. His research takes him from debates at the CRTC to data centres and from Gilles Deleuze to John Dewey. His recent and ongoing studies have focused on the daemons that manage internet flows and their role in network neutrality debates, the new software and social media platforms that mediate political engagement, and the algorithms and artificial intelligence that govern the discoverability of online content. Fenwick is an associate professor in information and communication technology policy in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University. He is the author of Internet Daemons: Digital Communications Possessed (University of Minnesota Press, 2018).

Nyla Innuksuk is an Inuit film director, writer, and producer, and virtual reality content creator. She is the CEO of Mixtape VR and sits on the board of directors for the Glenn Gould Foundation and the Ontario Media and Development Corporation. She is also a writer at Marvel Comics, where she has co-created the character of Snowguard, and contributes to publications like CBC Life and Inuit Art Quarterly.

Saadia Muzaffar is a tech entrepreneur, author, and passionate advocate of responsible innovation, decent work for everyone, and prosperity of immigrant talent in STEM. She is founder of TechGirls Canada and co-founder of Tech Reset Canada. She serves on the board of Women’s Shelters Canada, and is an ambassador for GEM, a mentorship program for high school girls facing socio-economic barriers. She is part of Canada Beyond 150: Policy for a diverse and inclusive future initiative, and is an advisor to Government of Canada’s Economic Strategy table for access to skilled talent.