Institute without Boundaries


Wendy Gold

Wendy is passionate about the intersection between urban experience and brand identity. Since 2006 she has put this passion into practice as Founder of OpenCity Projects, a creative lab that aims to improve city experiences though research, community engagement and blogging on best practices. Wendy has been a regular lecturer on placemaking at OCAD University, and in 2009, she was selected as a rising city leader for the DiverseCity Fellowship.

Wendy also brings fifteen years of experience as a creative brand strategist. She is currently Principal of Gold Brand Consulting, delivering marketing strategy to clients in North America and Europe. Prior to Gold Brand, Wendy worked in senior strategy roles at global branding and design firms including Desgrippes Gobé New York and Landor Associates in the New York and San Francisco offices. She has advised clients, ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies, on brand strategy including BP, Intel, Johnson & Johnson OneTouch, Kobo eReader, Sanofi and Travelocity.

Wendy holds a Master’s in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario and an Honours Bachelor’s degree in French Literature from McGill University. She has received awards from the AIGA, British Design & Art Direction Annual and the CLIOs.

Maurice Barnwell

Maurice Barnwell received his design education in Birmingham and in Toronto. He has worked and taught in the UK, Hong Kong and Canada. In February 1991 he founded Idforum, the first computer newsgroup dedicated to the world of industrial design. His teaching career covers three decades and includes courses concerned with the History of Design; History of Communication Design; Image, Text & Ideas; The Cultural Controls of Design; Design in Society; Design Creativity and Research in Design. Maurice is a well-travelled speaker and has presented at conferences in Europe, Asia and North America, His current research is focused on the changing nature of design. His most recent publication, Design, Creativity and Culture: an orientation to design was published by Black Dog in October 2011.

Suzanne Stein

Stein is a member of OCAD U’s Digital Futures Office (established in 2009), focusing on new technologies and research methods. She presently holds adjunct Faculty positions at AHO (Norway), the CFC (Canada), and the Unfinished Business School (virtual).

Previously she was Deputy Director and Principal Research Fellow in Technology Futures at  SMARTlab (United Kingdom) and part of Nokia Corporate Strategy’s Insight & Foresight group.

Earlier work included Sapient Corporation, as Discipline Lead for the Experience Modeling (XMod) group in London, and Director of the User Experience Group.

Susan Lewin

Susan Spencer Lewin is a Principal and Director of Sustainable Strategies at CS&P Architects. With over twenty years experience as a professional architect, her project experience and design background is extensive, with a continued focus on sustainable, accessible buildings and communities. Susan’s experience has typically included large urban projects with complex approvals processes and significant challenges. Recent projects include the North Toronto Collegiate Institute Redevelopment, a new secondary school and high rise residential redevelopment, the Niagara Convention and Civic Centre, Regent Park Community Centre, and the University of Windsor School of Social Work downtown revitalization project. Susan has lectured extensively on her work and sustainable building and community design.

Matt Hexemer

Matt Hexemer graduated in 1996 with the OCAD medal in Industrial Design. As an independent consultant, Matt has been the key creative component in advanced research groups, collaborating with engineers, scientists and manufacturers regarding body protective equipment, ozone purification technologies and fuel cell implication into consumer lifestyles. Several patents and successful products have been introduced to market as a result of his design input. In 2003 Matt started the design firm “Apparatus Inc.” focused on converging product, graphic, and interactive disciplines into powerful user experiences. Matt’s customer base spans Canada, USA, Europe and Asia.

Monica Contreras

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Monica Contreras is an expert and visionary technology leader, committed to design excellence in the field of integrating technology within our built-environment. A Project Manager, Planner and Registered Architect, Monica has 25 years of experience directing and managing the planning, design and construction of award-winning sustainable landmark building and infrastructure projects for various stakeholders, within complex organizations. She has specialized in complex institutional buildings for the financial and educational sectors, in urban and suburban contexts. She has a depth of experience and knowledge both from the perspective of a consultant as well as an in-house design manager and development agent. Monica is currently the Director of Digital Futures Implementation at OCAD University, where she is responsible for the strategic design, plan implementation and capital project budgeting for the creation of new research laboratories and new technology-rich learning environments that support the transformation of studio-based art and design education with digital technologies.

Susan Speigel

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Susan Speigel is the Principal of Susan Speigel Architect Inc as well as part time faculty and a guest lecturer at the Institute without Boundaries in the School of Design at George Brown College. Her completed projects include urban design, architectural and landscape renovation of more than 20 public spaces for Toronto Community Housing Corporation, interior design and renovation of several community health centres, a new bank building for the Bank of Nova Scotia, a new library building addition and school renovations for the Kind City School Library and Resource Centre, and various residential renovations. Before starting her own architectural firm, Speigel’s worked for such firms as thinkthinkthink Internet company, Isosceles Development Incorporated, and Brown and Storey Architects. She obtained her Bachelor of Architecture and her Bachelor of Arts from the Univeristy of Toronto, and also studied at the New School for Social Research in New York. Speigel has also been published numerous times in Canadian Architect.

Evelyne Au-Navioz

Evelyne is a multi-disciplinary designer and the Special Projects Coordinator at the IwB. She is a graduate of Design Art at Concordia University and an alumni of the IwB from World House Year 1.

Evelyne is interested in graphic and environmental design, architecture, and urban design. She has also been heavily involved in community work as an environmental workshop leader, principal designer and mentor at UforChange, a project engaging youth at risk aged 16-29 in the downtown-east area of Toronto.

Gavin Baxter

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Gavin Baxter is a designer, builder and project manager at s.h.e.d a small design-build practice where a multi-disciplinary approach is utilized to strategically pair creative visioning with quality-crafted projects.  He has a background in carpentry and landscape construction, a diploma in architectural technology and has completed a post-graduate study at the Institute without Boundaries.  He has participated in a variety of domestic and international planning/design workshops with the IwB, and also took part in City Move Interdesign in Gellivare, Sweden in 2009.  Gavin is a professional member of the Ontario Straw Bale Building Coalition and a board member for 10 Carden ( where he is responsible for accessibility planning and implementation.

Christopher Pandolfi

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Christopher Pandolfi is an urban designer, visual journalist, educator, and principal of the Toronto based research and design studio Department of Unusual Certainties (DoUC). Before forming DoUC in 2010 Christopher worked as an urban designer and researcher in Italy, Korea, Rotterdam and Toronto working on a number of different local and international projects, publications, and exhibitions. With DoUC Christopher has been published widely in various architectural publications such as Onsite Magazine, MONU, Conditions, Soiled, and Mark. He has given talks in a number of different Canadian universities  and in June of 2011 was invited to the Prado Media Lab to lead a project for Visulazar 11. In the past two years the work of DoUC has been in numerous exhibitions (local - global). From February 2011 - May 2012 DoUC was the Innovator in Residence at the Design Exchange, Canada’s national design Museum. DoUC was also a strategic partner for the Migrating Landscape Organizer, Canada’s entry for the 2012 Venice Biennale of Architecture, producing work for nine different exhibitions including the Canadian Pavilion in Venice. Christopher is part of the faculty at the Institute without Boundaries at George Brown College and teaches regularly with the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University.

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