2013 Teach-In Speaker Bios

The following is part of the 2013 eCommunications teach-in archive

Associate Professor Heidi Bohaker
Department of History, University of Toronto Heidi Bohaker biography photo
Heidi Bohaker is an Associate Professor in the Department of History, researching and teaching in the fields of Canadian and North American Indigenous histories. Her research interests include cultural encounter between Indigenous peoples, newcomers and their descendants, twentieth-century relations between Indigenous peoples and the Canadian nation-states and the history of treaties. Bohaker uses information technologies extensively in her research. She designed and supports a research database that functions as a digital archive of material culture, historic photographs, documentary art and documents related to the Aboriginal history of the Great Lakes region, including collections of the British Museum, the National Museum of the American Indian (Washington), the musée du quai Branly (France) and the Library and Archives Canada among many others.

Caspar Bowden
Caspar Bowden biography photoCaspar Bowden is an independent advocate for information self-determination rights, and public understanding of privacy research in computer science. He is a specialist in data protection policy, EU and US surveillance law, PET research, identity management, and information ethics and philosophy. For nine years he was Chief Privacy Adviser for Microsoft Europe, and four years director of the think-tank the Foundation for Information Policy Research (www.fipr.org). He was an expert adviser to the UK Parliament on privacy and surveillance legislation, and co-organized six public conferences on encryption, data retention, and interception policy. He has previous careers in financial engineering and risk management, applied cryptography, software engineering in systems programming and 3D games, including work with Goldman Sachs, Microsoft Consulting Services, Island Games, Acorn, Research Machines, and IBM. He is a fellow of the British Computer Society, a member of the advisory bodies of several civil society associations. Bio from: http://www.cpdpconferences.org/Committee.html#BOWDEN

Robert Cook
Chief Information Officer, University of TorontoRobert Cook biography photo
Bob Cook has been the Chief Information Officer for the University of Toronto since 2008. Before that he was Chief Information Officer for Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), and the Co-Director (Technology) of OISE’s Education Commons. Bob was educated at University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, University of Manitoba and the University of Iowa. Bio from: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/robert-cook/7/469/799

Associate Professor Avner Levin
Director of Privacy and Cyber Crime Institute, Ryerson UniversityAvner Levin biography photo
Avner Levin has been the Chair of the Law & Business Department since the foundation of the department in 2007. Professor Levin has been the Director of the Privacy and Cyber Crime Institute since the Privacy Institute’s foundation in 2007 as well. Professor Levin first taught at Ryerson on a part-time basis in 2002, and became an Assistant Professor in 2003. He was awarded early tenure and promoted to Associate Professor in 2006. Professor Levin is a frequent media commentator on issues of privacy, surveillance law and business. Bio from: http://www.ryerson.ca/tedrogersschool/bm/faculty_staff/bios/levin.html

Sukanya Pillay
Executive Director and General Counsel, Canadian Civil Liberties Association & Education TrustSukanya Pillay biography photo
Sukanya Pillay is the new Executive Director and General Counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association & Education Trust. In 2009, Sukanya joined CCLA as Director of the just-formed National Security Program, and advanced CCLA’s work in fighting for compliance with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in Canada’s counterterrorism activities. She has appeared before domestic bodies including the Supreme Court of Canada and international venues to argue for the protection of fundamental rights as a prerequisite for the effective protection of peace and security in Canada. Sukanya’s work has won awards, including the Holmes-Cardozo award for Outstanding Conference Paper from the American Academy of Legal Studies in Business for a co-authored paper on genetic privacy.

In November 2013, Sukanya received the President’s Award from the South Asian Bar Association of Ontario. Sukanya also brings a wealth of domestic and international legal experience having run high-profile programs for international NGOs, including Witness at Human Rights First in New York, the Law and Human Rights Program for TVE International, as a law professor at the University of Windsor, and as a documentary filmmaker. She clerked at the Ontario Court of Justice, was seconded to work with the Honourable Justice Robert Blair on the First Civil Justice Review, and worked in Toronto at one of Canada’s leading law firms. She has made dozens of missions to conflict zones worldwide in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East; appeared before UN treaty bodies and Canadian courts on human rights issues; and has represented clients or presented expert evidence before administrative and judicial bodies in the US, India, Canada, and Europe. She has published in peer-reviewed academic journals, and made documentary films on issues regarding the rights of vulnerable groups and victims of human rights abuses. Bio from: http://ccla.org/about-us/staff/

Professor Scott Prudham
Department of Geography and School of the Environment, University of TorontoScott Prudham biography photo
He is also President of the University of Toronto Faculty Association. His research is situated at the intersection of environmental politics, environmental change, and political economy. Specific topics include property rights and the regulation of genetically modified organisms and food in Canada; the uptake of market based instruments in environmental regulation and the institutionalization of so-called “green capitalism”; and the political ecology of industrial and alternative forestry in western North America. He is author of the 2005 Routledge book Knock on Wood: Nature as Commodity in Douglas-fir Country, and co-Editor of the 2007 Routledge collection Neoliberal Environments: False Promises and Unnatural Consequences. Bio from: http://geography.utoronto.ca/profiles/scott-prudham/

Roger Singh
Chief Technology Officer, Scalar DecisionsRoger Singh biography photo
As Chief Technology Officer and Lead Architect for Grid Computing, Roger determines Scalar’s technical direction by focusing on delivering solutions that are relevant, cost-effective, and leading edge. His team of architects is responsible for investigating emerging technology, testing and verifying these technologies in Scalar Labs, and architecting often disparate technologies into customer ready solutions.

Passionate about technology and its use, Roger is a co-founder of Scalar Decisions and a proponent of Scalar’s “architect led” vision. Roger has worked in the industry for over 20 years designing, developing, deploying, and managing solutions in many industry verticals. Currently Roger ensures he stays ahead of the industry by focusing on Grid Compute design and deploying multi-Gflop HPC clusters. At the same time Roger consults with industry vendors and customers on numerous councils ranging from technology exchanges, product development, and green computing initiatives. Bio from: http://www.scalar.ca/about/management.php

Paul Tsang
President, United Steelworkers Local 1998

James L. Turk
Executive Director, Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT)James L. Kirk biography photo
Jim is the Executive Director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers. He has written extensively on education, academic freedom, civil liberties, commercialization of universities and related public policy issues. Jim is Adjunct Research Professor at the Institute of Political Economy at Carleton University and is a member of the Executive and of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. Prior to joining CAUT, Jim was an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto, specializing in Canadian Studies, and Director of the Labour Studies Program at University College.