cmcg-head-shotProfessor Carolyn McGregor
Canada Research Chair in Health Informatics  University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Dr McGregor has led pioneering research in Big Data analytics, real-time event stream processing, temporal data stream data mining, business process modelling and cloud computing. She now progresses this research within the context of critical care medicine, mental health, astronaut health and military and civilian tactical training. She has been awarded over $10 million in research, consultancy and infrastructure funding and has led multiple large research programs including a multi-million dollar First of A Kind (FOAK) research program with IBM.  She has received many awards for her research and in 2014 she was awarded membership in the Order of Australia for her significant service to science and innovation through health care information systems. In 2016-17 she serves as the Chair of the IEEE Life Sciences Technical Community.

deborah-red-shawl-2Deborah Jacobs
Director of Global Libraries – Global Development Program – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Deborah oversees the foundation’s work to improve the lives of 1 billion “information-poor” people by 2030 while positioning the world’s 320,000 public libraries as critical community assets and providers of information through relevant technologies.Global Libraries works to support the transformation of libraries and expand their role as engines of development in partnership with governments and other public and private funders to expand technology access in public libraries, train library leaders, and advocate for policy changes that benefit public libraries. Jacobs and her team have worked in nineteen countries throughout the world ranging from the United States to South Africa, Vietnam to Bulgaria. Deborah is a librarian with 40 years of experience leading libraries in becoming the relevant, dynamic, useful, and used centers of their communities. In Global Libraries she works with library organizations, governments, and future leaders in the field to help ensure the world’s libraries are places where technology and cultural heritage meet to change the lives of those they serve.

Prior to joining the foundation in 2008, she served as Seattle City Librarian for 11 years. In addition to directing the Seattle Public Library system, Jacobs led a $291 million capital-improvement program called “Libraries for All” that funded the construction of a new Central Library and renovated, built, or expanded 26 branch libraries. Over her tenure as Seattle City Librarian, the library moved forward in many areas including her priority areas of strengthening services to immigrants and refugees, early childhood learning, teen services and the virtual library. Jacobs began her career as a children’s librarian, and has received a number of honors throughout her career.

Among other recognitions, Jacobs has been named by the University of Washington as one of the most influential women of the 20th century and was included as one of Governing Magazine’s Public Officials of the Year in 2001, the first librarian ever to receive this honor. Jacobs’ happiest moments are when she has the opportunity to lead, manage, mentor, and inspire staff, allowing them the support they need to help shape their libraries and library programs in response to the needs of the people, aligning library services to community needs.

She received a BA in Government from Mills College and an MLS from the University of Oregon.


Christian Tancred –    Producer Community Engagement  Information + Cultural Exchange.
Christian  is I.C.E Community Engagement Producer and is a Cultural Producer and Filmmaker. He has worked in a variety of settings including schools, community organizations, youth agencies and local government. Christian specialises in cultural project management and participatory screen production. He has directed and produced numerous films and worked as a creative producer on a series of participatory multimedia projects with Australian First Nation communities, young people, refugee and migrant communities and people with disabilities and mental health challenges. Christian holds a bachelor of Communications from Charles Sturt University and is an honorary life member of Suicide Prevention Australia.


julia-headshotJulia Mendel  – I.C.E Digital Communications Officer
Julia produced the 2016 pilot the All Girl Electronic. She has coordinated projects with 14 Black Poppies (San Francisco) and Flickerfest Short Film Festival (Sydney) among others. Her community-focused art projects include Headmiles with inmates at Junee Correctional Centre, and TURF with artists living in public housing. She is a Co-Director of the annual Critical Animals Creative Research Symposium, which is part of This is Not Art in Newcastle



Marcus Hughes is a multi-skilled and energetic arts strategist who has developed an exceptional reputation for excellence in organisational management, sector development and advocacy whilst maintaining his own dynamic artistic practice.

Initially, trained as a dancer (QUT Academy of the Arts), he has been engaged by organisations throughout Australia and the United Kingdom in the capacity of Director, Producer, Programmer, Administrator, Playwright, Choreographer, Music Director, Composer, Performer, Educator, Facilitator, Mentor, Curator, Advocate and Consultant. 

Marcus is currently engaged as Program Producer (Indigenous) at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Sydney, Australia. He has worked for Kultour – Advancing cultural diversity in the arts in Australia as Programs Manager; for Footscray Community Arts Centre as Producer, Indigenous Cultural Programs; Interim CEO – Phunktional Arts; and Associate Artistic Director for the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts – Australia’s only institution delivering vocational training to aspiring Indigenous performing artists in all streams of the practice, from Cert II to Associate Diploma levels. In 2013 he was awarded an Adjunct Associate Professorship through the Moondani Baluk Indigenous Academic Unit of Victoria University in acknowledgement of his expertise in the fields of arts and culture; and was invited to present on Cultural Leadership at the 6th Global Summit on Arts and Culture in Santiago, Chile.

From October 2003 to April 2011, Hughes held the position of Executive Director of the Australia Dance Council – Ausdance Queensland Inc. Australia’s peak arts organisation representing the interests of all sectors of the Australian dance community. 

Throughout 2007/2008 he functioned as the Program Director of the World Dance Alliance Global Summit 2008 – Dance Dialogues: Conversations across cultures, artforms and practices and was the Senior Artist/Project Director for the Queensland Arts Council’s flagship community-engagement program – Playing for Queensland from 2002 to 2007.

Artistic Director for Festivals including Wominjeka Indigenous Arts and Cultural Festival, two West Australian State Arts and Disability Festivals, Ceramica 2000, Australian Dance Week programs 2004-20011 and artistic advisor to the 2002 Evolution New Media Arts Festival and the 2003 Wataboshi International Music Festival – his constant motivator is to ensure the development of pathways for the ongoing inclusion, celebration and acknowledgement of the contributions of all artists and their supporters to the development of a vital, viable and sustainable cultural ecology.

In 2014 he was awarded an Adjunct Associate Professorship through the Moondani Baluk Indigenous Academic Unit of Victoria University. 

Marcus is a proud descendant of the Munnunjali peoples of the Yugambeh Nation.


Selina Breckenridge
Since July 2017 Selina has been Acting Digital Librarian with Inner West Libraries – Leichhardt. Prior to this she was employed as Young Adult Library Technician with Leichhardt Library Service.

Jill Webb
Jill  has managed the library services of City of Ryde since 2009 overseeing significant change, adopting best practice and bringing substantial innovation to the workplace.

Ken Klippel
Ken  is the Senior Coordinator – Library Operations for Ryde Library Services and has previously worked at Waverley Public Library, Marrickville Library Services and UNSW Library.

David Samuel
David has worked in a public library for 8 years and has a Master of Information Studies from Charles Sturt University. He is a Life Member of IEEE, USA and is currently promoting electronics to young children in public libraries. He is currently based at Auburn library and provides system support and other library services within the Cumberland Libraries.

Denise Clarkson
Denise is a member of the leadership team at Hutt City Libraries, where she manages portfolios for collections and content, promotions, and Clubhouses. Denise has worked in public libraries in New Zealand for 20 years, with a small detour into the special library sector for three years.

Adam Selinger
Adam has been involved in science education for over 25 years and is a co-founder and Creative Director of Children’s Discovery Museum, a non-profit educational charity.  Adam developed the concepts and initial experiences for the Early Start Discovery Space, Australia’s only example of a US-styled children’s museum. He is collaborating with libraries on a national STEM initiative.

Miranda Soliman
Miranda is the Children’s Librarian at Randwick City Library dedicated to providing children and parents with the best possible library experience. Randwick City Library offers STEAM library programming in early literacy, science, computer coding, 3D printing and arts that can transform a keen interest into lifelong engagement and the innovation.

Ellen Lowrey
Ellen Lowrey is the Manager Programs and Learning for the City of Sydney Library responsible for overseeing all programming activities across the City’s nine libraries. Having completed a Bachelor of Creative Industries – Interdisciplinary, in 2009 at the Queensland University of Technology, her career to date has been aligned towards the creation, administration and management of experiential learning programs, places, spaces and people.

Brendan McDonald
Brendan McDonald is Technical Services Librarian for Port Macquarie-Hastings Library Service. According to his manager, Brendan is responsible for all the weird stuff going on at the library – both good and bad. When not cataloguing, he does everything in his power to avoid to cataloguing. Brendan has worked in libraries for over 10 years.

Leikny Indergaard

Rebecca Browning
Rebecca works with a talented team at Willoughby City Library Services to enable the community to develop, learn, explore, and have fun via their library. The community is changing rapidly, and the Library focuses on supporting their diverse needs and interests.

Cheryl Parrott
Cheryl commenced in her current role of Manager of Library at the City of Perth in September 2011.  During this time Cheryl has managed two relocations of the Perth City Library, contributed to the design development of the new library building and actively introduced changes to the library service.

Lillian Pak
Before moving into public programs at Hutt City Libraries, Lillian had a successful and extensive 15+ year career in education, from early childhood to tertiary and teacher training, and from classroom teaching to senior management and consultancy, in various countries.  She moved to public libraries to make a difference within and at all levels of her community, and is finding the work truly rewarding.  She wishes she had made the move earlier!

Kate Curr
Kate is Manager, Digital Strategy & Innovation at the State Library of NSW where she is responsible for managing digital strategy, policy, planning and the DX Lab, an innovation lab for experimentation in digital experiences and discovery. She has had a career in special, academic, and Parliamentary libraries before joining the State Library. She has a particular interest in innovation in the area of search, discovery and digital delivery for Library collections.

Suzanne Payette
Suzanne is the Director of Brossard Public Library, Québec, Canada and has held 
this position since 2007. She holds a master degree in Library and Information science and a postgraduate diploma in Public AdministrationBrossard is a city with a multicultural population of 86 054 inhabitants facing an exponential development which ask every municipal services to be innovative.

IFLA member since 2005, engaged in the Public Library Standing Committee (2006-2013), she acted as chair during her second term. She acted, as President of the Quebec Public Libraries Association 2004-2013. She is member of OCLC Global Council since June 2013.

Chantal Brodeur
Chantal Brodeur is head of Repentigny’s public library  network and president elect for the Quebec Association of Public Libraries. She created “Le Fouineur” a program that supports academic success honoured on many occasions. She is now leading an innovating project of Medialab for teens in a perspective of Lifelong learning.

Lo Claesson
Lo is the  Director of Vaggeryd Public Library. She was a children’s librarian for many years and also a library adviser for some years.  In 2014 she was awarded a national library prize: The Bengt Hjelmqvist prize. Lo is a member of the Swedish Library Association Board and IFLA PLS Standing Committee.

Joy Suliman
Joy is The Learning Space Coordinator, City of Canada Bay Libraries. Joy brings together her diverse experience in learning technology, workshop facilitation, research, professional development training, regional outreach, and youth work, to develop innovative, integrated learning programs, workshops and community engagement strategies for community learning settings.  Before joining Canada Bay, Joy has worked running digital engagement programs for The Powerhouse Museum, Save The Children, and Queensland University of Technology.

Cathryn Ferencz
Cathy  is Executive Manager of Collection and Technologies Access for Geelong Regional Library Corporation (GRLC), She is responsible for (amongst other things) providing leadership, direction and strategic focus with regard to GRLC’s technology environment and the dynamic offer of STEAM programs and experiences within the GRLC.

Corinne Hill