The highlight of the Summit will be a panel discussion among experts, moderated by Chancellor Peter Mansbridge through the voices of the students.

rhonda mcewen iSchoolRhonda McEwen
Rhonda McEwen is an assistant professor at the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology at the iSchool, University of Toronto. She holds an MBA in IT from City University in London, England, an MSc in Telecommunications from the University of Colorado, and a PhD in Information from University of Toronto.

Dr. McEwen has worked and researched digital communications media for 15 years, both in companies providing services and in management consulting to those companies. Her research and teaching centre around information practices involving new media technologies — with an emphasis on mobile and tablet communication, new media, social networks, and sensory information processing.

CBS 60 Minutes journalists covered McEwen’s research in 2012 & 2013, and she has recent publications in Information, Communication & Society, Computers and Education, New Media and Society, and Library and Information Science Research journals.

steve ladurantaye of twitterSteve Ladurantaye
Steve Ladurantaye is the head of Canadian news and government partnerships for Twitter Inc. He works with the country’s top lawmakers, government ministries, non-profit organizations, newsrooms and schools to develop world-leading content strategies and to ensure they are getting the most out of every Tweet they send.

Prior to joining Twitter, Ladurantaye was a journalist at the Globe and Mail where he covered a ridiculous range of stories and also worked as an editor. His versatility often saw him reassigned to the country’s top stories — he rode campaign buses, reported from the House of Commons, delved into the activities of serial killers and deconstructed the failures (and sometimes even the successes) of massive global corporations.

A two-time National Newspaper Award winner (and one-time loser), Ladurantaye also ran some of the country’s most innovative and award-winning newsrooms before joining the Globe and is a regular contributor to radio and television stations across the country.

He launched the Ottawa Business Journal’s 24-hour breaking news website in 1999, worked to serve Robertson Davies’ legacy at the Peterborough Examiner and guided the Kingston Whig-Standard through a period of difficult change. He also covered the police beat at the Ottawa Sun.

kevin chan of facebook canadaKevin Chan
Kevin Chan is Head of Public Policy, Canada for Facebook Inc. In this capacity he leads the company's public policy efforts in Canada, facilitating an ongoing dialogue with policy-makers about Facebook’s products and services, and engaging on a broad range of issues that impact the Internet sector. He is also Facebook Canada's public policy and politics spokesperson.

Kevin was previously Deputy Secretary-General of McGill University and a Non-Residential Fellow at Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society. Earlier he served in executive roles in the federal public service. He began his career as a strategy consultant at Monitor Deloitte. 

Kevin serves on the boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, the Canadian American Business Council, MediaSmarts, and Canada 2020, and sits on the Dean’s Council at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management.

He co-founded DreamCatcher Mentoring, an e-mentoring organization for northern Canadian youth that won a Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative Award, and has held visiting appointments at Simon Fraser University's School of Public Policy and its Undergraduate Semester in Dialogue. 

Kevin graduated from Harvard Kennedy School, the Ivey Business School and the Royal Conservatory of Music, and is fluently bilingual. A 2004 Action Canada Fellow and a 2013 CommunityShift Fellow, he is a recipient of the Public Service Award of Excellence and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal.

mike macmillan research2reality molly shoichet research2realityResearch2Reality — Molly Shoichet & Mike MacMillan
Research2Reality is a groundbreaking initiative that shines a spotlight on Canadian scientists who are engaged in innovative and leading edge research through a series of videos designed for broadcast and multimedia platforms, as well as a website and dedicated staff for social media engagement.

Research2Reality is co-led by Professor Molly Shoichet who holds the NSERC Canada Research Chair in Tissue Engineering and is Professor of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry at the University of Toronto. She is an internationally-renowned scholar whose work focuses on the use of polymers for medical regeneration. She has founded two spin-off companies and is the recipient of numerous prestigious distinctions including NSERC's Steacie Fellowship, Canada Council for the Arts’ Killam Research Fellowship and Canada's Top 40 under 40. Professor Shoichet is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and holds the Order of Ontario.

Research2Reality is also co-led by Mike MacMillan, founder and producer of Lithium Studios Productions. Along with years of multimedia/web work with major clients, his recent film work with top international festivals (Toronto International Film Festival, Cannes) have placed MacMillan at the forefront of Canada's freshest creative voices. Having worked with University of Toronto and University of Southern California for 10+ years, MacMillan brings the critical creative and media production expertise to the core of the Research2Reality team.

Listen to Molly Schoichet talk to CBC Radio about Research2Reality: