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.

Hayley Crawhall-Duk

University of Ottawa

Hayley is a J.D. Candidate at the University of Ottawa who is returning to Quebec to complete her civil law degree. She was introduced to the eQuality Project through her role as a VP Executive at the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund. She holds a Bachelor of Psychology from McGill University. She was been previously published for her research work in autism drug testing, entitled “Social propinquity in rodents as measured by tube co-occupancy differs between inbred and outbred genotypes” published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (114:21), and in American queer history, entitled “Rescuing Girls from New York’s Chinatown: An Analysis of Queer Identity and Orientalist Space, 1910 – 1917” published in the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Sexuality (2015).

Suzanne Dunn

University of Ottawa

Suzie Dunn is PhD candidate 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. 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 is also a senior fellow with CIGI and is a member of LEAF’s committee on ending technology-facilitated violence.

You can find her on Twitter @SuzieMDunn

Grace Foran

University of Ottawa

Grace M.A. (she/her) is a J.D. student at the University of Ottawa. She began working with the eQuality Project as a Research Assistant in 2017. In her M.A., Grace looked at the existence of queer criminology and considered what it is that makes it queer. She co-authored, “To Share or Not to Share: How Teens Make Privacy Decisions about Photos on Social Media” published by MediaSmarts in 2017. She is also a member of the Youth Advisory Committee.

Vanessa Ford

University of Ottawa

Vanessa is a J.D. Candidate at the University of Ottawa. She began working with the eQuality Project in 2018 after receiving a Technoship with the University’s Centre for Law, Technology and Society. Prior to joining the uOttawa Community, Vanessa worked in the creative advertising and marketing industry after obtaining a Bachelor of Design in Advertising from the Ontario College of Art and Design. This experience instilled in Vanessa a desire to further explore how people interact with technology and networked spaces, especially youth. Vanessa is happy to be working with the eQuality Team on projects that educate, and learn from, youth about their interactions with commercial data practices and social media technologies.

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.

Monica Jean Henderson

University of Toronto

Monica (she/her) is a PhD student in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, supervised by Dr. Leslie Regan Shade. Monica’s doctoral research centres on the intersections between digital literacy, media and democracy, and digital citizenship. For the eQuality project, she is developing a framework for algorithmic literacy, focusing primarily on academic and public literature concerning AI policy and governance. Monica received her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Communication and Media Studies in Calgary, Alberta, where she also volunteered for several years in adult literacy and computer skills.

Katie Mackinnon

University of Toronto

Katie is a PhD Candidate 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.

Michel Mersereau

University of Toronto

Michel’s research focuses on the role of the internet in facilitating the delivery of public and essential services, and the broader civic policy implications emerging from social-technological interdependency. Michel’s prior research explored the role of internet based technologies in supporting and sustaining the organizational practices of Toronto’s Native Mens Residence.