Guest Speakers

Nicole Allen
Nicole Allen is the Director of Open Education for SPARC. In this role she leads SPARC’s work to advance openness in education, with a dual focus on public policy and engaging the library community to advance this issue on campus. Nicole is an internationally recognized expert and leading voice in the movement for Open Education. Drawing on her perspective as both a Millennial and as a professional with more than a decade of experience in this field, she has been widely cited in the media and has given hundreds of talks and trainings in more than a dozen countries on open education, open policy, and grassroots advocacy.
Pam Bjornson, Consultant, Management by Design
Pam Bjornson established Management by Design in 2017, to provide consulting and facilitation in the areas of change management, program assessment and innovative solutions. Prior to this Pam was employed for 15 years at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), most recently as Vice President (Acting) of Business and Professional Services and as Executive Vice President. Responsibilities included Knowledge Management, Communications, Business Services, Program and Project Services, and Government and International Relations.
David Lametti
David Lametti became Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development in January 2017. Mr. Lametti was a Full Professor in the Faculty of Law at McGill University specializing in property, intellectual property as well as private and comparative law. He was also a member of McGill University’s Quebec Research Centre of Private and Comparative Law and a co-founder and member of the McGill Centre for Intellectual Property Policy. He served as the Associate Dean (Academic) of the Faculty of Law, McGill University, from 2008 to 2011. Multilingual, Mr. Lametti has taught at the university level in French, English and Italian.
Joshua Matthewman
Joshua Matthewman is a Senior Consultant with TSA’s strategic government relations team in Ottawa. He provides government relations counsel, legislative monitoring, and event management services to a diverse set of clients.Prior to joining TSA, Joshua worked as a Policy Analyst for the Conference of Defence Associations Institute. A strong background in research and advocacy enables Joshua to approach his clients’ goals with a clear understanding of how public-sector engagement on policy issues can lead to legislative and regulatory changes. Joshua has been active with several Liberal Party and municipal political campaigns, in roles from policy correspondence to communications.
Jeffrey Moon, Portage Director
Jeffrey Moon succeeded Chuck Humphrey as Portage Director after thirty years of service at Queen’s University Library. As Data Librarian and Academic Director of the Queen’s Research Data Centre, Jeffrey focused on the development of RDM services in partnership with stakeholders across the library and the university. For the past two years, Jeffrey has chaired the Portage Data Management Planning Expert Group, which developed and launched the successful DMP Assistant tool and related Portage Data Stewardship Template. He currently serves on the Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRDCN) Academic Council, and on the Data Liberation Initiative (DLI) External Advisory Committee.
Don Moors
Don Moors leads the TSA’s Ottawa office and government relations practice. With more than fifteen years experience as a senior government relations practitioner, Don provides TSA’s clients with an in-depth understanding of the Government of Canada, its policy and legislative procedures, and how to influence them. Educated as a lawyer, Don combines policy depth with legal training and political experience to help clients work through complex regulatory and policy issues.Prior to practicing government relations Don worked as a Senior Aide to the Secretary of State for Finance. Don holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from Queen’s University as well as a Masters of Arts in Economics.
Tanja Niemann
Tanja Niemann is Executive Director of the Érudit Consortium. Tanja holds a communication degree from the University of Leipzig in Germany, where she specialized in Book Studies and Publishing. With more than 10 years of experience in academic publishing and research dissemination, she has supported many journals in their transition to digital publishing and Open Access. She developed essential strategic partnerships for Érudit and the publishers represented in order to increase visibility of Canadian research outputs worldwide.
Brian Owen
Brian Owen is the Associate Dean of Libraries and Special Collections at the Simon Fraser University Library in Burnaby, British Columbia. He is also the Managing Director for the Public Knowledge Project (PKP) which is responsible for the development and support of Open Journal Systems (OJS) an open source software publishing platform actively used by almost 10,000 scholarly journals in 2016. He is an Associate with SFU’s Canadian Institute for Studies in Publishing and SFU’s Master of Publishing Program.
Hope Power
Hope Power is the Teaching & Learning Librarian at Simon Fraser University. In this role, she coordinates library support for open education initiatives on campus including the SFU Open Educational Resources (OER) grant program jointly administered by the Library and Teaching & Learning Centre. She is a member of the BC Open Education Librarians (BCOEL) steering committee as well as a pilot fellow in SPARC's Open Education Leadership Program for librarians.
Robbin Tourangeau
Robbin is the Founding Executive Director of the Leadership Council for Digital Research Infrastructure. She has worked in the field of public policy and advocacy for the last 20 years, providing strategic advice and leading the development of a number of important initiatives and programmes both inside and outside government. Prior to joining the Council, Robbin was the Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Council of Ontario Universities (COU). She has also held executive positions within the federal government and at Imagine Canada, and served as a senior policy advisor in the Office of the Right Honourable Jean Chretien. In her spare time, Robbin is a board member of Children’s Mental Health Ontario and the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa.
Stephanie Quail
Stephanie Quail is a Business Librarian at York University. During her time at York, she has focused on making library resources and services more discoverable for students and faculty. Some of her work in this area includes developing the Business Research at York Toolkit, an online learning support that scaffolds students through the business research process. She is currently completing the SPARC Open Education Leadership Fellow program and hopes to play a leadership role in developing an institutional vision for open educational resources at York.