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The Innovation Council is an advisory group of recognized leading individuals from the academic, creative, and technology communities. Meeting quarterly, council members provide the library with valuable feedback, ideas, and collaboration that help shape service development and increase the library's profile in the technology and innovation spheres.

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Ramtin Attar

Senior Principal Research Scientist, Autodesk Research

Ramtin is a Sr. Principal Research Scientist at Autodesk Research and Head of Design & Social Impact Group. He plays a leading role in shaping Autodesk's presence within Canada's innovation ecosystem in addition to harnessing strategic projects that tackle complex challenges through cross sectoral collaborations.

He has taught and lectured on design and technology at four Canadian Universities while holding an honorary Research Professorship at Carleton University. Ramtin is a DiverseCity Fellow alumnus: The Greater Toronto Rising Leaders Project.

An integrative thinker, city builder and social entrepreneur, Ramtin has a strong track record in spanning multiple domains of design, technology, education, and civic leadership. He is also the founder of Imagine My City; a non-profit organization that he is working to grow by helping important regional issues through collective leadership coupled with tools of imagination.

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Jeremy Bailey

Creative Director for Product, FreshBooks

As Creative Director for Product at FreshBooks, Jeremy Bailey leads a passionate team of designers striving to create a world where anyone can lead a successful small business without ever having to learn accounting.

In his spare time, he moonlights as the owner of his own small business, performing as a self-proclaimed "famous new media artist," solving big problems poorly with technology and creativity in cities all over the world.

As Morgan Quaintance wrote about Jeremy in Rhizome in 2013, "Since the early noughties, Bailey has ploughed a compelling, and often hilarious, road through the various developments of digital communications technologies."

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Eric Boyd

Founder, Sensebridge

Born and raised in Ontario, on a small chicken farm, Eric went to Queens University for engineering, graduating in 2003, but not before co-founding StumbleUpon. After graduating, he lived and worked in Silicon Valley at a high tech startup, designing and installing industrial sensors.

Eric is currently based in Toronto, where he is President of Hacklab.to, a technology community space. He is also the founder of Sensebridge, an electronic jewelry company, where he works on a variety of devices which are intended to augment the user, turning them into a cyborg. These devices include North Paw, a compass anklet that gives users a sense of direction, and Heart Spark, a heart-beat flashing pendant which broadcasts the wearer's emotions.

A man of diverse interests, his other hobbies include quantified self, DIYbio and guerrilla gardening.

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Zahra Ebrahim

Co-Leader, Doblin

Zahra Ebrahim is a co-leader at Doblin, the largest design-led innovation firm in Canada, where she is focused on bringing together design, social science, and business to solve the country's most complex challenges across charitable, public, and private sectors.

Zahra's work also involves encouraging cross-sector collaboration and user-centric approaches to transformation and change-making projects. She does this by leveraging a long-established history of service design, ethnography, design thinking, capability building to do impact-driven innovation.

Before joining Doblin, Zahra founded and led archiTEXT, one of the first design-based innovation studios in Canada, focused exclusively on innovation that drives greater social change. She also spent a decade working with Canada's largest charities, philanthropic organizations and governing bodies to help them understand how to better engage the people they're trying to serve in the process of creating solutions.

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Sarah Goodman

Filmmaker and Writer

Sarah Goodman was born in Toronto and has lived in New York, where she began making films. She is currently writing on a new TV crime drama for CTV, which will premiere in 2018.

She is a recent alumna of the Canadian Film Centre's Prime Time TV Writing Program and has written and directed both narrative and documentary film. Her feature documentary Army of One, 2004 Hot Docs Best Canadian Feature Documentary; 2005 Gemini Nomination for Best Director, and When We Were Boys, Donald Brittain Gemini Nomination for Best Documentary; Indiewire Top 10 Documentaries 2009, led to her short drama Hidden Driveway (TIFF 2011) and her award winning, critically acclaimed first feature drama Porch Stories.

Her films have played at festivals such as TIFF, IDFA, Hot Docs and True/False, as well as broadcasting worldwide. Goodman has also written and directed documentary programs for television, such as the award winning National Parks Project, for networks such as BBC, Discovery, CBC, and History. She is an alumna of the TIFF Talent Lab, the Berlinale Talent Campus, and a member of the Film Fatales. Her next feature Lake 239 is in development with producer Karen Harnisch (Sleeping Giant.)

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Pamela Robinson

Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Special Projects, Faculty of Community Services, Ryerson University

Pamela Robinson MCIP RPP is the Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Special Projects in the Faculty of Community Services and an associate professor in the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University. She is also a registered professional planner.

As part of the geothink.ca research team, Pamela’s research and practice focus on urban sustainability issues with a particular focus on cities and climate change and the use of open data and civic technology to support open government transformations.

She serves on the board of directors the Metcalf Foundation and has participated in four Metrolinx Community Advisory Committees. Pamela is an editor of Urban Sustainability: Reconnecting Space and Place (University of Toronto Press, 2013), Teaching as Scholarship: Preparing Students for Professional Practice in Community Services (WLU Press, 2016), and is a columnist for Spacing magazine.

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Greg Wilson

Co-Founder and Former Executive Director, Software Carpentry

Greg Wilson was co-founder and Executive Director of Software Carpentry, a volunteer organization that teaches basic computing skills to researchers in a wide range of disciplines.

He has worked for 30 years in both industry and academia, and is the author or editor of several books on computing and two for children.

Greg received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Edinburgh in 1993.

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Bianca Wylie

Head, Open Data Institute Toronto

Bianca Wylie is head of the Open Data Institute Toronto and an Associate Expert for Open Cities at Open North. She has a professional background in both public consultation and the technology sector.

Her technology experience includes work in operations, infrastructure, and product management, most recently at Thomson Reuters.

She is a frequent organizer of community tech events and workshops, and is a co-founder of Civic Tech Toronto. Bianca is also a guest lecturer and writer on open government, civic technology, and civic engagement.