Dillon Black

University of Ottawa

Dillon Black, M.S.W. (they/them) is a gender-nonconforming feminist anti-violence & LGBTQ+ rights advocate & current Ph.D. student with the eQuality Project in the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa. Dillon’s Ph.D. research hopes to interrogate the intersections of privacy, gender-based violence, & surveillance technologies. For the past 7 years Dillon has been working with the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women (OCTEVAW) on improving institutional accountability in responses to gender-based violence to meet the needs of marginalized communities both locally and nationally. Dillon has served the last two years on the Minister on the Status of Women’s Advisory Council to Help Shape the Federal Strategy on Gender-Based Violence, and more recently Dillon was appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to the Gender Equality Advisory Council for Canada’s G7 Presidency. In 2018, Dillon was named was named in as one of the Top 100 Most Influential People in Global Policy on Gender Equality.


Suzanne Dunn

University of Ottawa

Suzie Dunn is PhD student and part time professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa. Her research centers on the intersections of gender, equality, technology and the law, with a specific focus the non-consensual distribution of intimate images, deepfakes, and impersonation in digital spaces. She completed her Master of Laws in 2017 which conducted a multi-jurisdictional analysis of laws related to the non-consensual distribution of intimate images and was awarded the Shirley Greenberg Foundation Scholarship for feminist legal studies for her research. She also sits on the University of Ottawa’s faculty of law committee on ending sexual violence where she has assisted in the development and implementation of a mandatory bystander intervention program for first year law students. In 2018, she collaborated with the Digital Inclusion Lab at Global Affairs Canada in drafting two international commitments to end gender-based violence in digital contexts, and was a part of the legal team that supported CIPPIC’s intervention in R v Jarvis, which was heard at the Supreme Court of Canada in April 2018. She was called to the Ontario bar in 2016.


Grace Foran

University of Ottawa

Grace is an MA student studying Criminology with a specialization in Women’s Studies at the University of Ottawa, she also holds a Joint Honours BSocSc in Criminology and Women’s Studies. Her MA explores the tenets of Queer Criminology. Grace is excited to be working with Professor Steeves, and is grateful for the opportunity to work with The eQuality Project.


Chandell Gosse

University of Western Ontario

Chandell (she/her) is a PhD Candidate in Media Studies and an adjunct instructor in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at Western University in London, Ontario. Her research employs an interdisciplinary approach and sits most comfortably at the intersection of feminism, digital culture, and the public sphere(s). Chandell’s dissertation aims to dismantle the online/offline binary, partly through understanding the social, cultural, legal, and platform barriers to support that women targeted by online abuse experience. Her work on the eQuality project focuses on projects that tackle issues with ‘deepfakes’ and problematic algorithms, online reputation, privacy, and photo-sharing practices. Outside of the eQuality project, Chandell works on a research team out of Royal Roads University that focuses primarily on women-identified scholars’ experiences with online abuse and harassment. Chandell also volunteers with the sexual assault crisis center at Anova in London.


Patricia Herrera

University of Ottawa

Patricia (she/her) is a J.D. Candidate at the University of Ottawa. She initially got involved through the 2018 Technoship research program and she is thrilled to continue on as a research assistant—primarily assisting with the “Cyberviolence: Criminal Case Law” module. Patricia is also a Women’s Division Caseworker at the University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic. She enjoys wilderness backpacking and tending to her rapidly growing plant collection.


Bay Jaber

University of Ottawa

Bay is a J.D. Candidate at the University of Ottawa. Bay was initially introduced to the eQuality project when she picked up eGirls, eCitizens in her first year at the faculty. This encouraged her to apply for the 2018 Technoship program, securing a position as an RA for the eQuality project which she has held since January of 2018. She mainly assists with the “Cyberviolence: Criminal Case Law” module and research on Education Technology. Bay completed a Master of History at McGill University focusing on Feminist Economic History. Bay is the Vice President Social for 2018-2019 and is actively involved in the Faculty. She enjoys listening to podcasts (highly recommends The Guilty Feminist) and keeping up with fashion trends.


Elsa T. Khwaja

George Mason University

Elsa T. Khwaja is a graduate research assistant and PhD student at the George Mason University School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs, in Arlington, VA, USA. Her doctoral research involves international development policy and the nexus between social capital and aid-effectiveness in fragile and conflict-affected states, focusing on the relational dynamics of donor and recipient networks of rural development interventions in Afghanistan and Pakistan. She has worked in the development field for several years, previously at Chemonics International as an Associate in the Afghanistan and Pakistan Division and the Southern Africa Division in DC. Prior to that, she was a Brent Scowcroft Award Fellow at the Aspen Strategy Group. Khwaja is working with Dr. Priscilla Regan on a literature review examining big data through an intersectionality lens, currently focused on big data in education, educational technology marketing and the potential impact of privacy issues and discrimination on youth.


Katie Mackinnon

University of Toronto

Katie is a PhD student in the iSchool at the University of Toronto, working with with Prof. Leslie Regan Shade. Her research looks at the implementation of the computer into Canadian classrooms and homes in the mid 1990s, and the conditions in which young people were exploring and experiencing the web. She is particularly interested policies and public discourses of risk and opportunity, and the gendered, racialized, class divided aspects to the participatory culture of a digital world.