9:30 – Registration + Breakfast
10:00 – Welcome
10:15 – Ali Moridnejad
11:00 – Annie Lussier
11:10 – Isaac Vallentin
11:45 – Lunch
12:30 – Jessica Lange & Robin Desmeules
12:50 – AJ West
13:10 – Kasole Nyembo
13:30 – Break
13:45 – Panel
14:30 – Networking

InfoNexus’ 2019 theme, “Real Talk” aims to showcase real life problems and solutions present in different career paths. We hope our presenters and attendees will feel inspired by the topics featured this year, as we all connect, learn and grow in this exciting field.

Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are included in the ticket price. Please reserve your ticket early so that we can ensure that dietary needs are met!


Isaac Vallentin | Creative Direction, Design, Production
Partner at Huot & Vallentin
Pronouns: He/Him/His/They/Them/Theirs

Pascal Huot and Isaac Vallentin collaborate with artists, brands, cultural organizations, and each other.

Ali Moridnejad | Data Science
Data Scientist at Via
Pronouns: He/Him/His

Ali is passionate about learning and applying scientific methods and new technologies to extract meaningful information and actionable insights from data that helps making smart decisions. He has nearly a decade of experience in data-driven problem-solving in engineering and physical science fields, as well as experience researching remote sensing and satellite image processing. Ali earned his Ph.D. in atmospheric science from McGill University.

Lucas LaRochelle | Design
Designer at Queering the Map
Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs

Lucas LaRochelle is a multidisciplinary designer and researcher examining queerness, technology, and architecture. They are the founder of Queering The Map, a community generated counter-mapping project that archives queer moments, memories, and histories in relation to physical space.

Hayley Mortin | Artificial Intelligence
Data Collector at Element AI
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Hayley Mortin recently attained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Behavioural Neuroscience at McGill University. Her personal interests exist at the intersection of neuroscience, generative art, and ethical AI research and development. She currently works full time as a Data Collector for Element AI (Montreal).

Kasole Nyembo | Knowledge Translation
Chief Executive at 5minofscience inc.
Pronouns: He/Him/His

Kasole is a former economist at the Government of Canada. He came up with the idea for 5minofscience on a trip to the Congo. There he saw the contrast between a researcher working on innovative ways to grow cassava, while right across the university farmers were still using traditional means to plant it.
He thought that there must be a way to connect that researcher and those farmers. And his magical solution was video.

AJ West | Data Visualization
Software Developer
Pronouns: He/Him/His

SIS graduate AJ West is a software developer living and working in Montreal for the last 10 years. AJ is currently working at an investment bank, creating hardware metric visualizations for supporting trade servers on Wall Street. Data science, information management, and database design are regular themes in his professional and personal projects. Some of AJ’s favourite things include: internet of things, augmented reality, and cryptocurrency.

Jessica Lange | Scholarly Communications
Scholarly Communications & Repository Librarian at McGill University
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Jessica Lange is the Scholarly Communications and Repository Librarian for McGill University Library. She began her career in 2009 as a management liaison librarian and began her current role in 2016. Jessica leads, coordinates and provides scholarly communications services to the McGill campus community, including preservation of and access to the research output of the McGill community, publishing, open access, author rights, and researcher profiles.

Robin Desmeules | Librarianship, Linked Data
Cataloguing Librarian at McGill University
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Robin is a Cataloguing Librarian at McGill University, working exclusively with rare and special collections. Her research focuses on critical approaches to knowledge organization, experimenting and implementing linked data, and community generated naming systems. She is currently up to her ears in metadata modeling for the migration of McGill Library’s Institutional Repository, eScholarship, the first linked data platform to be built and used at the Library.

Annie Lussier | Museum Studies
Curator of the World Cultures Collections at Redpath Museum, McGill University
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Annie studied at McGill University, where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology with a minor in Art History. She then completed her Master’s degree in Museology at Université de Montréal. Her research interests focused on relationships between museums and communities, access to collections, ethical practices in museum storerooms and respectful collections care. After her studies, she worked for two years as a research assistant and coordinator for the Nika-Nishk Project, which was a Community University Research Alliance (CURA) project on repatriation of cultural heritage. Since January 2018, she joined the McGill University Redpath Museum’s team as the new Curator of the World Cultures Collections.


My path to become a data scientist: opportunities and challenges
Ali Moridnejad

If you consider a career in the field of data science, this presentation describes the career path of a recent McGill graduate who becomes a data scientist. First, you will get to know some applications of data science during my education and research experience in physical and environmental sciences. Then, I will talk about how my background has informed my current work as a data scientist. Finally, you will hear about what is motivating about doing data science and what is challenging.

Data Points and Pointed Data: Responsibilities of the data collector in an AI landscape
Hayley mortin

This presentation will provide a holistic overview of the everyday nature of data collection work. I will provide a personal roadmap of the skills I learned both in and outside of school that lead to working in the position. I will then touch on the daily responsibilities of data collection, specifically how it relates to training NLP/OCR machine learning models. I will contextualize the data collector within the (seemingly tangled) web of artificial intelligence research, and illuminate the less clearly defined aspects of the job.

Being a Curator (or the reality of working in a museum and do a little bit of everything)
Annie Lussier

What does it mean to be a Curator? In this presentation, I will talk about what I thought my job would be like before I started, and what it really is after a year in that position. I will present the different aspects of my work related to the management, preservation, care, study and display of collections. I will share how exciting it is to work in a research environment, and explore the future directions I think my role will take at the Museum.

Desiring Queer Interface
Lucas Larochelle

This talk will speak to the trajectory of Queering The Map, a community generated counter-mapping project that archives queer moments, memories and histories in relation to physical space. The talk will focus specifically on queer approaches to interface design, and the critical uses of anonymity central to the project.

Interdependent, Not Independent
Isaac Vallentin

Finding opportunities through community and collaboration, focusing on the symbiotic relationship between commercial work and personal artistic practices.

Connecting researchers and industry
Kasole Nyembo

University researchers work on solutions to the world’s most pressing issues whether they be food insecurity, medical breakthroughs, climate change… However most of that knowledge accumulates dust in journals.

Through knowledge translations, communication experts can turn those ideas into viable products and services.

3D Print the Untouchable
AJ West

Museums are newly equipped with 3D printed models, bringing a world of solutions to the curation challenge of showcasing delicate ancient artifacts without having them exposed to human hands or destructive air. With 3D printed replicas, history can be scanned and sent around the world for all to enjoy, while keeping the originals safe and secure.

Join AJ West for this informative talk on the current state of 3D printing. Topics to be covered include:

  1. Types of 3D printers and how they work
  2. Where to find and how to create 3D-models
  3. Materials: printing with plastic, metal, carbon fibre!?
  4. Detail, overhangs, and multi-colour
  5. Social issues: prostheses, brail, guns!
Moving into linked data: McGill’s institutional repository migration story
Jessica Lange & Robin Desmeules

This presentation will briefly describe the process behind migrating McGill’s institutional repository eScholarship from a closed, proprietary software system to an open source linked data platform. More specifically, the presenters will discuss how the migration team is tackling the logistics of a migration to linked data while simultaneously working collaboratively to learn how to build and use their new platform. They will also discuss some of the challenges they face at this stage of the project, the role of the wider community as guide and support, as well as some of the distinct benefits to learning out loud as a team.