2019 Keynote and Session Speakers


Michael Jorgensen, p.g.a.

Michael is an Emmy® award-winning filmmaker and network storytelling consultant in both the fiction and nonfiction formats. As a producer, writer and director, his films have earned him more than 80 international, national and regional awards.  Michael has garnered five titles as WCNPA Television Photojournalist of the Year. He was one of the first journalists into war-torn Somalia prior to the UN sanctioned “Operation Restore Hope.” Since then, Michael has acted as a network storytelling consultant and helped launch the world’s first weekly science program, Discovery Channel’s “Daily Planet.” Michael is the only filmmaker in history to be granted access inside a classified U.S. Department of Defense weapons competition.

Battle of the X-Planes earned Michael his first Emmy® for best long form news and current affairs documentary. He has produced, written and directed numerous primetime specials for National Geographic, Discovery Channel,History, PBS, ZDF Germany and Arte France. Some of his network credits include the Gemini®-nominated Secrets of the Dinosaur Mummy, Hunt for the Mad Trapper, Hitler’s Stealth Fighter and Lost Nuke. As the supervising producer of the landmark Discovery Channel series, Mars Rising, Michael negotiated access to NASA, Russian and European space agencies to tell the story of the people working on the first human mission to Mars. Michael has been a judge for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Emmys® In 2014, his feature-length theatrical documentary, Unclaimed, opened to international acclaim and was long-listed for an Oscar.® Michael is the Chair of the Alberta Media Industries Association and is a member of the Canadian Media Producers Association, and the Producers Guild of America.• Michael is a five-time WCNPA Television Photojournalist of the Year.

 


Dr. Claudia Krebs

Dr. Krebs has been teaching neuroanatomy and gross anatomy at UBC for over a decade.

During this time, she has worked on the integration of technology and novel visual approaches to the classroom. A particular interest of her is the integration of AR and VR into the classroom as well as looking at the impact of this on student learning. She has received numerous teaching awards, both from her students and her peers at UBC, and nationally, including the 2018 Killam teaching award. She has published a neuroscience textbook with a set of accompanying flashcards together with colleagues from UBC that is used in classrooms around the world.

In 2017 she created the HIVE (Hackspace for Innovation and Visualizations in Education) – a multidisciplinary space for innovation in biomedical education. This team has created xR apps such as the “HoloBrain” and the “Pocket Pelvis” for education that are being integrated into the existing ecosystem of learning resources. Together with anatomy educators from across campus at UBC and from partner universities she is creating open educational resources for neuroscience and anatomy for the global community; including video, e-books, and interactive web materials – all of these materials are available on the two websites she curates (www.neuroanatomy.ca and www.clinicalanatomy.ca).

 


Jaimie Love

Jaimie is a creative being who is passionate about all things communications. From Instagram to art direction, digital strategy to world-class online ad campaigns, Jaimie loves nothing more than equipping marketers and business owners alike with the modern social skills they need to succeed. A sought-after lead faculty member at Social School, Jaimie lives for seeing the lightbulbs go off in peoples’ heads when they understand how to effectively use social media to grow their business.

She studied business in Victoria and fashion marketing in New York City and currently live in Calgary and is the founder of Love Media Strategies, a marketing and social media consultation company that provides comprehensive and creative solutions to clients in a wide variety of industries. She also is the Marketing Manager at Barre Body Studio, a boutique barre fitness studio with two locations in Calgary.

 


Saeed Dyanatkar

With background in systems design and human factors, Saeed has been working in academe on using emerging technologies to enhance learning and knowledge translation.

While managing UBC Studios and with support from university administration, Saeed has created a venue for UBC community to explore and experiment with immersive technologies such as virtual and augmented reality (AR/VR) at the Emerging Media Lab. EML is an incubation space where through interdisciplinary collaborations, new ideas flourish towards creating new tools or techniques to enhance learning and research at the university.

 

 


Armin Mortazavi

Armin loves to combine art with science. He currently works at UBC Continuing Professional Development, where he uses his cartoons and design skills to make courses more engaging for clinicians.

He obtained his Bachelor’s in Microbiology & Immunology from UBC and a Masters of Digital Media from the Centre for Digital Media (CDM). Throughout the years, he has carved out a career in science cartooning, creating illustrations and design work to educate the public about health. His past work includes an interactive graphic novel about health and wellness for the BC curriculum, SciCATS, and more.

 

 


Paige Blumer

During her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology at McGill University, Paige began to realize that empowering ones health comes from understanding the body and all it’s physiological processes. She decided the best way to communicate this message to patients and healthcare professionals was through visual communication. Upon graduation, Paige enrolled at Sheridan College in Ontario to enhance her art and visual skills. It was there that she discovered a profession existed that merged art and science seamlessly: medical illustration. She applied to one of four graduate programs which specialize in biomedical visualization and now holds a Masters Degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Since graduating in May 2017, Paige moved to Vancouver and is currently working with UBC CPD and the Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences at UBC to optimize the transmission of medical education for students and practicing healthcare professionals. She specializes in illustration, design, and current e-Learning trends. In her free time, Paige enjoys biking the city and exploring Vancouver’s delicious food scene!

 


Myron Campbell 

Myron Campbell is an Educator, Media Artist and Designer from Kelowna, BC.

From 2001-2008, Campbell worked with the Trailer Park Boys in Halifax, later moving to the Banff Centre For The Arts as lead designer of the online digital arts and culture magazine, Horizon Zero, and as an interactive consultant for resident artists and writers. In 2008, after several years of freelance interactive design and animation, Campbell joined Switch United as their youngest art director at twenty-eight years old. He co-created interactive installations for the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and in December 2010 he was awarded Best Interactive Designer at the Canadian New Media Awards in Toronto, Ontario.

Campbell completed a Master of Applied Arts with distinction at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design in 2012 where he received the Governor General’s Gold Medal for academic excellence. He has presented and exhibited internationally. After 4 years of teaching in the Digital Design Program at the Vancouver Film School, Campbell joined as faculty at the University of British Columbia Okanagan and teaches digital media in the Creative Studies department.

 


Sam Charles 

As the communications and awards coordinator for the School of Engineering at UBC’s Okanagan campus, Sam Charles is responsible for developing strategic communication materials that highlight the School’s amazing people, innovative research and experiential pedagogy. Having spent over twenty years as a video journalist, Sam uses video as one of his tools in creating engaging content that highlights the comprehensive research being conducted at the School of Engineering.

In his session, Sam will address the importance of pre-production protocols, collaborating with researchers, inclusion of content vernacular, understanding the audience, finding content to cut, exploring different video packaging options and talk about what role video plays in telling short-form science stories.