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Speaker Biographies

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Copyright Update


Howard Knopf is counsel at the Ottawa-based law firm Macera & Jarzyna LLP, practising mainly in the areas of copyright, trade-marks, and cyberlaw. He also maintains the popular copyright-related blog, Excess Copyright, and is a Juilliard-trained clarinetist.


Samuel Trosow is an Associate Professor at the University of Western Ontario, in London, Ontario, holding a joint appointment in the Faculty of Information & Media Studies (FIMS) and the Faculty of Law. Before joining the UWO faculty, he was a librarian at the Boalt Hall Law Library at the University of California at Berkeley and was previously engaged in private law practice in California. He teaches and writes extensively in the area of copyright and media law and policy, maintains a blog at http://samtrosow.wordpress.com/, and is in the process of preparing a second edition of Canadian Copyright: A Citizen's Guide (with Laura Murray). Professor Trosow has served as a member and chair of the Copyright Committee of the American Association of Law Libraries, and as a member of the Copyright Committee and Intellectual Freedom Advisory Committee of the Canadian Library Association. He is currently a member of the Ontario Library Association, the Progressive Library Guild and the University of Western Ontario Faculty Association as a member of the Grievance Committee and its Privacy Officer. He is also a member of the Canadian Association of University Teachers' Librarians Committee and is a Principal Network Investigator and Theme Leader in the GRAND (Graphics, Animation and New Media) Networks of Centres of Excellence, a federally funded research network.


Under Construction: Best Practises in Educating Users About Copyright


Mark Swartz is the Copyright Specialist for Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and works with librarians, staff, faculty and instructors to develop web-based information and educational programs on copyright. Prior to this, he worked as an education librarian and as the online course developer for the Continuing Teacher Education Department, both also at Queen's. In 2008, he had the opportunity to develop an open source virtual library of civil society documents and resources for a Buenos Aires based NGO called Poder Ciudadano, as the recipient of the University of Toronto iSchool's Nelson Mandela Internship scholarship.


Chabriol Colebatch is the Copyright Coordinator / Legal Advisor for Brock University in St. Catherine's, Ontario. In this position, she advises faculty, staff and students on matters related to copyright, and leads copyright education initiatives. Ms. Colebatch originally practiced law in Australia, with a focus on copyright, trademark and privacy law. Upon immigrating to Ontario, she worked for a consortium of six Ontario universities, providing copyright advice and assistance on research and technology transfer projects. Recently called to the Ontario bar, she spent some time working for the provincial government and a municipal corporation, before returning to the university sector and the exciting (mine)field of copyright.


Ann Ludbrook is the Copyright Coordinator/Librarian at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario. In this position, she provides copyright training to faculty, staff, and students at the university, and develops copyright training tools. She is also involved in a project to streamline the processes for permissions and course readings at Ryerson, and works closely with e-reserves. Her professional background is in educational publishing, working in the field of copyright and permissions for over 15 years. Having worked for both U.S. and Canadian publishers, she is familiar with both U.S. and Canadian copyright legislation. She has an M.A. from York University and an MLIS from Western University (UWO).


Joy Muller is a Library Manager for Seneca College in Toronto, Ontario, who provides academic leadership to the Teaching, Learning and Copyright teams across all four Seneca campuses. In this position, she helps coordinate and deliver training across a wide range of academic programs and services, not the least of which is copyright! She helped draft Seneca's copyright policy and is currently revising it in anticipation of the new legislation. She is currently the copyright representative for the Heads of Libraries and Learning Resources group for Ontario (HLLR), and is a member of the national technical copyright committee set up by the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC).


Access vs. Copyright: Technological measures, Paracopyright, and copyright


Russell McOrmond is a system administrator, software author and technology property rights activist. He has been working with computers since the early 1980s, a self-employed Internet consultant since the mid-1990s, and was hired as a system administrator and software developer at Canadiana.org in 2011. An advocate for the rights and interests of computer owners and independent software authors, he has focused for the last decade on threats to their rights and interests which have been embedded within laws alleging to help enforce copyright.  He is the volunteer policy coordinator for CLUE: Canada's Association for Open Source, co-coordinator of GOSLING (Getting Open Source Logic INto Governments), and host of the blog Digital-Copyright.ca.


The Copyright Working Group, From Policies to Practicalities


Alan Elder is a Curator, Canadian Crafts and Design, and Assistant Director, Ethnology and Cultural Studies, at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Ottawa, Ontario. His research focuses on Canadian craft and design activities from the early 20th century to the present, with a particular interest in the period immediately after WWII, and he has has worked on a number of exhibitions and edited two books on design while at the Museum. Prior to joining the Museum in 2002, he spent 15 years working for various arts organizations and galleries. He has a BA in History in Art and the Arts in Canada from the University of Victoria, and an MA in Art History, Visual Art and Theory from the University of British Columbia.


Copyright Access: Fair dealing, education, and academic freedom


Chabriol Colebatch - see under "Under Construction: Best Practices in Educating Users About Copyright", above


David Robinson is the Associate Executive Director of the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), which represents 67,000+ academic and general staff in over 120 universities and colleges cross-country. In this position, he is responsible for CAUT's research, communications and advocacy work, and its international relations. He is currently also serving as the senior advisor on higher education, copyright and international trade issues to Education International, the global union federation which represents more than 30 million teachers and education workers in 171 countries and territories. Prior to joining CAUT, he was a senior economist with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and has also been a lecturer at Simon Fraser University and Carleton University.


Brent Roe has served since 2008 as the Executive Director of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL). He is also a current member of the Copyright Advisory Committee of the Canadian Library Association. Before joining CARL, he was liaison librarian for history and then Associate University Librarian at York University. He studied at the Universities of Saskatchewan (BA) and Alberta (MA, MLIS). 


Robert Tiessen is currently Head of Access Services at the University of Calgary Library. He has been a librarian since graduating from the University of Western Ontario. After moving back to Canada from the U.S. to start working at the University of Calgary a number of years ago, he developed an interest in learning why the rules for copyright seemed to differ so much between Canada and the U.S. He has been a member of the Canadian Library Association's Copyright Advisory Committee since 2002, including serving as its Chair for three years, and has spoken at a number of conferences about copyright, including the Canadian Library Association and the Interlending and Document Supply Conference.


Samuel Trosow - see under "Copyright Update", above


Whose Child Is This? The “Orphan Works” Problem


Nancy Marelli, Archivist Emerita, Concordia University


Playing with a New Problem: Copyright and video games in education and scholarship


Kevin Schut is a professor of Media Studies in the Department of Media & Communications at Trinity Western University in Langley, B.C. He sort of backed into copyright issues by accident when, starting his career as a professor, he learned about Canada's restrictions on the use of media in the classroom. Most of his scholarship is in the field of Game Studies, and this conference is his first attempt to combine his interest in video games and copyright.


Canada’s Copyright Forest


Michael Geist is a law professor at the University of Ottawa and the Canada Research Chair of Internet & E-commerce Law. Widely published, he has written and edited a number of books dealing with copyright, and is an internationally syndicated columnist on technology law, with regular columns appearing in the Toronto Star, the Ottawa Citizen, and the BBC. For more information, see his blog at: http://www.michaelgeist.ca/

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