I am a sculptor, woodturner, an inventor and product designer. My passion is in finding creative and innovative ways of building things. Through my company Roarockit, I have developed innovative methods and products that teach people how to build things.

Sarah Tranum

Sarah Tranum is a social innovation designer and strategist. Sarah founded TrickleUp Design, a design firm pushing the boundaries of design and business to create transformative products and services that are socially, environmentally, culturally, and financially sustainable. Her creative work and research is focused on ethical product development as well as systems design and research for socially innovative solutions in emerging markets.

Sarah McLean Knapp

I am a theorist and historian in the areas of Graphic Design, Illustration and visual culture with a keen interest in the developments of Pedagogy within art and design education. My research interests include the examination and development of contextual studies for practice based visual communication students as well as the potential role of praxis in liberal arts education. I am also actively engaged in research into popular culture for children specifically in relation to branding, graphic design and illustration.

Saskia van Kampen

Saskia van Kampen specializes in teaching first and second year design. Her research into materiality, intuition, experiential learning, and transformative learning has a great impact on her pedagogy. Her personal design projects focus on the intersection of design and craft, and involves a cross-pollination between various disciplines including painting, printmaking, typography, and sewing.

Robin Kingsburgh

Dr. Robin Kingsburgh completed her Ph.D. in Astronomy in 1992 at University College London, and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Mexico from 1993-1996. Her research interests from that period included planetary nebulae and their central stars, and Wolf-Rayet stars. Since 1996 she has been teaching various Natural Science courses at York University, including Understanding Colour and Science and Creativity.

Robert K E Mitchell

Robert Mitchell began his art education at the Sault College of Applied Arts and Technology, where he studied Advertising and Ceramic Design, from 1982 to 1985. After graduating with honours, he continued his education at the Ontario College of Art (OCA) majoring in Design from 1985 to 1989. Following his four years at the OCA, he spent a three-year residency from 1990 to 1993 in the metal studio at the Harbourfront Centre Craft Studio in Toronto. His further education in the field of jewellery design includes numerous professional workshops with national and international artists.

Ranee Lee

Ranee Lee is a product designer and has successfully operated a design business for the last 15 years allowing her to manufacture home products and furnishings in both Canada and the Philippines, as well as doing tradeshows and distributing her products in retail stores in North America. In the past 10 years, Ranee has been teaching at OCAD University in the Industrial Design program in studio-based core courses.

Maya Desai

Maya is currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Design whose research and practice focus on ecological and socio-cultural frameworks of the built and natural environment. Her diverse academic and professional background in architecture, planning, and health science informs her interest in studying the relationship between nature, culture, and human health and exploring the integrative role design and technology can play in bridging disciplinary territories. Maya was shortlisted for the Canada Council for the Arts Prix de Rome in Architecture for Emerging Practitioners and the rec

Nancy Snow

Nancy Snow has practiced graphic design—predominately in government and higher education—for over 18 years. Since completing her MDes (Listen to your body: Designing for type 2 diabetes) at York University (June 2015) she has presented her work on design pedagogy, food studies, and knowledge exchange at multiple conferences across North America and Europe, and in Australia.

Natalie Majaba Waldburger

Natalie Majaba Waldburger received her B.A. specializing in Women’s Studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. In 1996, she graduated with Honours from the Ontario College of Art and Design receiving the Drawing and Painting Department Medal.Currently she is cross-appointed at OCAD U in Drawing and Painting and Cross-disciplinary Studies.