2019-02-19 UX Evangelism

Join us February 19, 2019 for UX Evangelism...

For our February event, CapCHI presents UX Evangelism – A Panel Discussion. The evening will be an opportunity to gain insight from local UX leaders on topics such as: building trust; effective communication; using creativity to convince or educate; making economic arguments; internal education techniques; explaining the value of UX; explaining UX processes to get necessary resources; and finding a champion. Our panellists come from Ottawa’s diverse sectors, and are UX leaders in our community.

DATE AND TIME: Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 6:30 – 9:30 pm; doors open a 6:00 pm.

LOCATION: The Clubhouse – Mulligan’s Golf Bar201 Queen Street, 3rd Floor, Ottawa, ON K1P 5C9.

REGISTRATION: (Free!) We request that you pre-register via Eventbrite, but it is not required to attend… https://www.eventbrite.com/e/capchi-presents-ux-evangelism-tickets-55712484541

Free parking after 5PM at 240 Sparks Street, which you access from 235 Queen Street. There is an elevator to the 3rd floor, unfortunately, not large enough for a wheelchair, but good for anyone who has a walker, or is challenged by stairs.

Panel of Speakers

Laura Mahan

Laura joined Nokia in 2016, bringing over 20 years of UX and design experience to the Nokia NSM, IP Optical team. Today, Laura is a User Experience Manager and is responsible for a group of talented User Experience designers who specialize in visual, motion, and interaction design. Laura and her team design the powerful Network Management products that enable network assurance. Previously, she managed the Blackberry User Experience team that designed two Blackberry operating systems. She also worked to transition the UX for the Blackberry handsets to the Android platform. She studied Industrial Design at OCAD in Toronto, Canada. Laura loves to spend time with her family and three young children and is an avid sailor, skier, gardener and painter.

Dominira Saul

Dominira Saul has been a leader, a champion, an advisor and an advocate of Human-Computer Interaction and user centered design for a very long time. Mr. Saul has over 20 years experience in the UX field. Over that time the methods by which people interact with the Internet has changed, and people for the most part have stayed the same. He believes believes that good user research and thoughtful design is at the core of any solution. Don was a principle at Akendi until recently and, as a consultant, has had extensive experience in selling UX in many different contexts. He now works for You.i TV.

Tanya Snook

Tanya is a user experience designer, and a founder and co-chair of CanUX, Canada’s largest user experience conference. She is also a UX champion within the Government of Canada, a former co-chair of the government’s national User Experience Working Group, and current co-host of the government’s UX Network meetups. She is happiest when nerding out on Lego, Star Wars, or technology; hanging out on Twitter; or sipping an espresso.


Vidya ShankarNarayan

Vidya ShankarNarayan is a dynamic public sector executive with significant experience leading highly successful, large-scale, transformation exercises. She is passionately focused on improving and innovating policy and service delivery for Canadians with a vision of designing and implementing simpler, faster, seamless government services, and is currently Director General, Digital Government at Innovation Science and Economic Development (ISED) where she is leading Digital Policy, Service and Innovation to transform service delivery to Canadian Businesses. Previously, Vidya worked at Employment and Social Development (ESDC), where she led the digital delivery of social and employment benefit services to Canadians. She has also worked at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, Global Affairs Canada, Passport Canada and Nortel Networks. Vidya holds a Masters degree in Design and Technology from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Bombay.

Barb Spanton

Barb leads a UX team at Varian Medical Systems, and teaches design at Algonquin College. With 20 years of experience in the field, Barb has contributed to this ever-evolving industry in a range of capacities. From designing first-generation mobile software, to a range of in-house roles in the public and private sectors, to a long stretch of UX consulting focused on designing for healthcare, Barb combines cross-disciplinary teams with solid UX experience and process, to work on hard problems together. Highly active in the UX community, Barb has organized and contributed to a number of industry events locally and globally, she’s helping to teach the next generation of UX designers, she’s mentored many practitioners just entering the UX industry, and has a few other initiatives simmering at the moment. At the moment, she’s establishing and growing a UX practice within a large, established company, with highly-specialized, highly-regulated, legacy, enterprise products, in order to improve the experience of delivering and receiving cancer treatment. There’s nothing Barb would rather be working on right now.

About CapCHI

CapCHI (www.capchi.org) is a social and professional society of people who work as user interface designers, researchers, educators, software developers, web designers, graphic designers and human factors engineers in and around Canada’s National Capital Region. Founded in 1991, CapCHI’s goal is to bring together local professionals interested in how humans and computers interact, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.