Team Lead for development of Canada.ca Service Canada
Working during the day at Canada.ca helping with the adoption and integration of many sites with the new Government of Canada Site, Mario spends his nights working on various open source projects like jQuery, Bootstrap, and other Front end web platforms. Focused on modular, and versatile coding practices, he embraces the challenges web development armed with nothing more than innovation, simplicity and good old humor to keep things fun.
Senior Partner, User Experience Research & Strategy NeoInsight
Lisa Fast has tested almost 1,000 usability participants in her strategy and research work at Neo Insight. Those hours of watching people on the web, and a background in behavioural psychology, have given her a powerful sense of what it takes to create a successful User Experience. Lisa has worked in the User Experience (UX) field for over 25 years, in Nortel's Design Interpretive group, and as research coordinator at Carleton's Centre for Applied Cognitive Research. Back before UX was a thing, she completed a Masters degree in Computer Science in the psychology of programming. Lisa holds two patents and her design publications are listed on interaction-design.org. She has been an active GitHub collaborator on the Government of Canada's Web Experience Toolkit (WET) since 2011. She recently spoke at GTEC, and will present at the UX Professionals Association (UXPA) conference in Seattle this spring.
Jeffrey D. Stark
Jeffrey D. Stark
Accessibility, Accommodations and Adaptive Computer Technology Program Shared Services Canada
Jeffrey Is A Firm believer in the 3 Ts to happiness: 1) Tools 2) Toys 3) Tech.
Jeffrey is widely respected as an expert in Inclusive & Accessible Information & Communication Technology. He is the recent recipient of the 2014 Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) outstanding contribution to the Canadian disability rights movement Award and the 2012-2013 Federal Public Service Award Of Excellence.
He manages a group of passionate, engaged, enthusiastic & experienced Accessibility, Job Accommodation & Adaptive Technology Subject Matter Experts who make up Shared Service Canada's Accessibility, Accommodation & Adaptive Computer Technology Program (AAACT). Over the last 24 years, this program has been blazing a trail in the field of accessibility, job accommodation and adaptive computer technology and has received international recognition for the services it provides to Federal Government Employees & the Government of Canada.
This group consistently demonstrates its commitment to making accessibility and inclusiveness a cornerstone of workplace culture in government. Through the group's services, the unique needs of persons with disabilities for a more accessible workplace are met by creating a corporate culture that is more inclusive of all.
The panel will be moderated by David Berman
David Berman has 30 years of experience in design and communications and has worked extensively in the adaptation of printed materials for electronic distribution, including accessible Web and PDF design and software interface development.
As an author (Do Good Design [Peachpit/Pearson, 2009]), expert speaker, designer, communications strategist, and consultant, his professional work has brought him to over 50 countries.
In 2012, David was appointed as chair of the Carleton Access Network, a new committee on accessible information technology by Carleton University's READ Research, Education, Accessibility and Design Initiative.
In 2009, David was appointed a high-level advisor to the United Nations on how accessible Web design thinking can help fulfill the Millennium Development Goals.