Team

Learn more about the people behind the project and the organizations that support us.

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Dr. Deb Fels

Deb Fels

Principal Investigator

Dr. Deborah Fels holds a B.A.Sc., M.H.Sc., Ph.D., and a P.Eng. She is a professor at the Ted Rogers School of Information Technology Management, and is the Director of the IMDC at Ryerson University. Her research expertise includes human factors, user interface design, and inclusive media design, with an emphasis on access to entertainment for people with disabilities.

Carmen Branje

Carmen Branje

Co-Investigator

Carmen Branje is a professor at the School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science at Centennial College. He holds a B.Sc. and a M.M.Sc. from Ryerson University and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto. He has been involved in research on the use of IT to help people with disabilities, including Live Describe and the Vibrochord.


Margot Whitfield

Margot Whitfield

Co-Investigator

Margot earned her B.F.A. with a minor in philosophy from York University, her M.A. from the University of Toronto and her Initial Teachers Certificate from OISE. Her research interests include media literacy, critical disability studies, and accessible design, with an emphasis on access to arts for people with sensory disabilities. In her free time she rides tandem bicycles with people who are B/LV.

Paula Gardner

Paula Gardner

Researcher

Dr. Paula Gardner holds a B.A. and M.A. in Recreation and Leisure Studies and a Ph.D. in Public Health. She is an Affiliate Scientist at the Bridgepoint Collaboratory for Research and Innovation. Her research expertise includes participatory, community-based and critical qualitative methodologies with an emphasis on mobility device use and active transportation for seniors and people with disabilities.


Katie Seaborn

Katie Seaborn

Research Assistant

Katie is a Ph.D. student in the Human Factors program in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto. She is currently exploring how gamified social eportfolio applications in mixed reality settings can improve the quality of life of people who use mobility devices. 

Greg Dolinar

Greg Dolinar

Student Researcher

Gregory Dolinar is a Masters of Management (M.M.Sc) student at Ryerson University. His area of expertise is in Human Factors, Inclusive Design and Accessibility. He is a fellow researcher on the Mobility Games project and has an undergraduate degree from the University of Guelph.


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Kelvin Mak

Student Researcher

Kelvin is a graduate from the Computer Science Co-op program at Ryerson University. He specializes in Android appliction development with numerous self-driven projects, including Ryerson University Social and University Campus Assistance Tools. 

Jamal Edey

Jamal Edey

Student Developer

Jamal is a programmer who works on the Scooter Game by day, and hacks away as a developer on his own projects by night. Almost anything that's a mashup of the web, video and programming piques his interest. In his spare time he enjoys well-written TV shows and movies.


Noel Euzebe

Noel Euzebe

Student Developer

Noel holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science and is pursuing a diploma in Software Engineering: Game Development at Centennial College. Noel endeavours to be an entrepreneur and visionary in software engineering and is experienced in commercial mobile and application development.

Majura Maheswa-
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Majura Maheswaran

Student Developer

Majura is a graduate from the Software Engineering Interactive Gaming and the Mobile Application Development and Testing Programs at Centennial College. He has worked on mobile projects such as Magnusmode and Mortgage Calculator App. He is the UI developer for the Scooter Game.

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Partners

Ryerson University

Ryerson University

Ryerson is Canada's leader in innovative, career-focused education and a university clearly on the move. It is a distinctly urban university with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. Ryerson has a mission to serve societal need and a long-standing commitment to engaging its community.

Centennial College

Centennial College

Centennial College is Ontario’s first community college, established in 1966, primarily serving the eastern portion of the Greater Toronto Area through four campuses and seven satellite locations. It has a record of exemplary teaching, innovative programming and extensive partnership building.

Inclusive Media and Design Centre

IMDC

The Inclusive Media and Design Centre is one of Ryerson’s 150 innovative research facilities. Located in the TRSM, IMDC’s mandate is to research, create and evaluate inclusive media. Innovations developed by researchers continue to improve the quality of life for Canadians, including those with disabilities.

Komodo OpenLab

Komodo OpenLab

Komodo OpenLab is a not-just-for-profit developer of inclusive technologies that facilitate the daily lives of people with disabilities. Assistive devices should “scratch where it itches.” We use an innovation open source model, allowing users to adapt, enhance and build upon our technologies.

Bridgepoint

Bridgepoint

Bridgepoint Active Healthcare manages, delivers, researches and teaches leading healthcare practices so that people with complex health conditions can live better. It comprises of a Hospital, Family Health Team, Collaboratory for Research and Innovation and a Foundation.

IDRC

IDRC

The IDRC is a research and development centre at OCAD University where an international community of open source developers, designers, researchers, advocates, and volunteers work together to ensure that emerging information technology and practices are designed inclusively.

University of Toronto

University of Toronto

Established in 1827, the University of Toronto has one of the strongest research and teaching faculties in North America, presenting top students at all levels with an intellectual environment unmatched in depth and breadth on any other Canadian campus.

Variety Village

Variety Village

Variety Village promotes appreciation, interaction, empowerment and inclusion. They facilitate the achievement of life goals for people with disabilities through sports, fitness, wellness; awareness; education; training and skills development.

TRSM

TRSM

Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University is Canada’s preeminent entrepreneurial-focused business school that is shaping the country’s next generation of global innovators and leaders.


Donors

Urbane Cyclist

Urbane Cyclist

Urbane Cyclist is a worker cooperative bicycle shop dedicated to servicing daily commuters who use their bikes to get around. They offer a number of accessible bike options for people with disabilities. Their shop has become one of the most cycle-friendly hubs in downtown Toronto.