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Google+, Hangouts on Air, interactive and mobile experiences, knowledge dissemination tools, and digital preservation. What do these mean for your institution? Help future-proof your organization! Join our group of experts as they steer you through trending technologies and ask questions, get answers and be inspired! 
Location confirmed: Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites, Conference Centre and Spa.

Introduction by the ROM's Ryan Dodge, Social Media  Coordinator (pictured right) and Cheryl Fraser, Acting Manager ROM Web


Google+ Hangouts on Air: Experiments with innovative real-time, engagement 
Presenter: Ryan Dodge, Social Media Coordinator (ROM) 
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Ryan Dodge previously worked in the Library & Archives at the ROM as a Library Technician. Between 2006 and 2009 he supervised the large and diverse Visitor Services team at the ROM while welcoming over one million visitors annually. Ryan has an advanced BA in History from Dalhousie University and an MA in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University. Interested in all things social, mobile, information accessibility, and interactive technology use in exhibits, Ryan regularly presents on museum mobile/social media strategies and leads/collaborates on various social media projects throughout the institution.  

Ryan Dodge





How digital technologies can reinvent the museum: a model for integrating collections management with knowledge dissemination tools
Presenter: Daniel Rivet, Director of Production and Operations (Idéeclic)
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Daniel Rivet began working at Idéeclic in November of 1996, and now possesses over 16 years of experience in design, research, consultation, storyboarding, and project management. He has managed over sixty small and large scale web, multimedia, educational projects, and collaborated with over forty organizations and cultural institutions (for example, each of the national museums in Canada, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art in Toronto and the Louvre in Paris).



Daniel Rivet




Digital Preservation on a Shoestring: Affordable Solutions to Long-Term Preservation of Your Museum’s Content 
Presenter: Ern Bieman, Heritage Information Analyst (CHIN)
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Ern Bieman researched and managed the production of content for the Professional Exchange website since 2007. Prior to this, he has worked in the private and education sectors as a Systems Engineer and Technical Specialist, and has worked in the not-for-profit and government sectors managing funding programs for IT-based R&D projects. Mr. Bieman holds a BSc in computer science, and master’s degrees in business and philosophy.  

Ern Bieman




Developing a Great Mobile Experience 
Presenter: Chris McLaren, Founder and CEO (Tristan Interactive)
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Tristan's founder and CEO, Chris McLaren, has over 20 years experience in software engineering, and is one of the world's leading thinkers in mobile technology for museums and galleries. Previous to Tristan, Chris was VP of Engineering at Magmic Games, a leading developer and publisher of mobile entertainment software. Chris was responsible for all technology development at Magmic and managing 60 software developers. Chris has a B.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Ottawa.  





Creating Interactive Experiences 
Presenters: Dominique St. Pierre, President, Co-Founder and Yannick Gosselin, VP Interactive Technologies (SiMBioZ)
Ann Curley, Operations Manager/Curator and Mary Storey, Director, (Muskoka Boat and Heritage Centre)
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Dominique St. Pierre co-founded Simbioz in 2000. Due to his strong abilities in management and product development, from technical aspects to product design and conception, Dominique ensures that Simbioz is always delivering the best solution that will help clients to reach their goals. His passion for Multimedia Arts led him to create the next generation of interactive experiences for museum.  

Dominique St. Pierre


The Muskoka Boat & Heritage Centre opened in June 2006; Ann Curley assumed her position in November 2006. She has education in Tourism Management, Business Management and Museum studies. In her career she has worked for the Ministry of Tourism & Culture and previous to her current position she managed the Gravenhurst Chamber of Commerce. Ann along with her strong support team of Directors, Archives Chair and volunteers has been responsible for the creation and development of 6 feature exhibits including this year’s “Race Boat Glory, Muskoka Legends Live On!” The “Fast, Faster, Fastest” component of the exhibit is interpreted through our new interactive table and the work of Simbioz.

Mary Storey, a former educator and computer consultant, is now the volunteer archivist at a boating museum in Gravenhurst, ON.  She is also a member of the exhibit, education and newsletter committees. In her role on the Board of Directors of the Muskoka Steamship and Historical Society, she assists in making decisions concerning the running of two historic ships and the museum. She is also instrumental in the building and ongoing support of a database of all wooden boats built in Canada. 


Ann Curley





Mary Storey


Yannik Gosselin joined Simbioz in 2006 to take the hardware department in charge. Responsible of the hardware design, manufacturing, integration and support, Yannik plays an active role in every project. Looking for and testing the latest technologies is also a part of his job. Moreover Yannik is actively involved in Simbioz sales and business development.


Yannik Gosselin


Participate in these roundtables with experts as they share their knowledge and answer your questions about social media, mobile apps, and the future of museums!
Location confirmed: Hilton Toronto/Markham Suites, Conference Centre and Spa.

Roundtable Leads:


Brittany Hollis
Digital Asset Coordinator, Museum of Inuit Art

Biography coming soon
  Brittany Holliss


Karim Kanji
Digital Content Manager, Catalyst
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A recent addition to the Catalyst team, Karim has lead the creation of digital content for companies including Scotiabank, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, Bnotions, Microsoft, Wild Water Kingdom, Palomino Systems Inc. and Techvibes since 2009.

As a leader in digital content creation, Karim also conducted wide-ranging interviews for podcasts and written content pieces with individuals such as Canadian serial angel investor Dr. Boris Wertz, HootSuite founder Ryan Holmes, Mathew Ingram (now with GigaOm), Jordan Banks (now leading Facebook Canada), Dave Fleet from Edelman Toronto and Mitch Joel from Twist Image.

As a demonstration of thought leadership, Karim led the development and execution of reports discussing how technology and digital media have impacted industries such as retail, education, health, gaming, and banking.



Karim Kanji


Shawn McCarty
Innovation Lead at The Textile Museum of Canada
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Biography coming soon




Shawn McCarty


Andrew Milne 
Founder & CEO, @bv02
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As the entrepreneurial leader of bv02 for over 12 years, Andrew has a knack for marrying creative thinking with leading technologies to effectively solve problems. He consistently pushes the boundaries of digital technology by engaging with users across platforms in order to build unique interactive experiences. At bv02, Andrew has worked with galleries, cities, educational organizations and cultural institutions, including VMC, CSTMC, CHIN, CMHR, CMN and the NGC.

  Andrew Milne

Kathleen Powell 
Supervisor Museum Operations / Curator, St. Catharines Museum, and Past President of the OMA
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Kathleen Powell

Elka Weinstein
Museum and Heritage Programs Advisor, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport 
Elka manages a portfolio of over 100 grants to community museums, as well as grants to heritage organizations and historical societies. She provides museological advice and information about resources to museum and heritage clients. Elka also teaches and lectures about museology and archaeology in French and Spanish, and just recently gave a public talk in Cuba about Ontario museums. Specialties: Museology, grants, community museums, educational programs, public programming, interpretive planning, South American archaeology.

Elka Weinstein


Supported by:

Cultural Asset Management Group Gaylord

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