Digital Literacy for the Internet Age

10:25 – 11:25 AM

The innovative and digitally-driven society we live in today requires that we confront internet-connected devices and platforms  in virtually every area of our lives. Beneath the surface however, this comes with a share of concerns. How can we create a safer cyber-community for people, communities and businesses through digital literacy for the internet age? This session will put particular emphasis on navigating internet-related threats and exploring the challenges of reaching broad audiences across the country.


Daphnee Nostrome, Founder and lead for the Ontario Digital Service’s training team
Normand Landry, Canada Research Chair in Media Education and Human Rights and Professor at TÉLUQ University
Matt Hatfield, OpenMedia
Lequanne Collins-Bacchus, Code for Canada Fellow
Jim Ghadbane, CANARIE

Daphnee Nostrome is the Founder and lead for the Ontario Digital Service’s training team, heading a cross-functional team of learning specialists responsible for designing and delivering skill-building initiatives for Ontario’s 60,000 public servants.  Before joining the Ontario Digital Service, she spent 14 years at the Ontario Arts Council, where she pioneered the organization’s shift into the digital age.

Daphnée is also a workshop facilitator and public speaker. Her engagements include appearances at the Haiti Tech Summit and Harvard Kennedy School. A passionate advocate for digital inclusion, she provides strategic advice to a range of community groups in Canada and abroad.

Normand Landry is Canada Research Chair in Media Education and Human Rights and Professor at TÉLUQ University. He holds a Ph.D. from McGill University and conducted postdoctoral research projects at Concordia University. Normand’s work focuses on communication rights, media education, social movement theory, law and democratic communications.

Matt Hatfield is the Campaigns Director of OpenMedia, the Canadian grassroots civil society group that works to protect access to and freedom of expression on the open Internet.  Previously he led international digital rights advocacy at IFEX, and contributed to climate change policy at UN Environment program and Canopy Planet. He holds a Bachelors in International Relations from the University of British Columbia, and a Masters of Global Affairs from the University of Toronto. 

Lequanne Collins-Bacchus (she/her) has pursued graduate studies in Estonia, focusing on Technology Governance and in Information Management Systems at Harvard University, Extension School. 

She is currently a Code for Canada Fellow and Product Manager at the Canada Energy Regulator where she led digital transformation of the nation’s federal regulatory energy database. She is passionate about human-centred, ethical, co-created digital transformation! 

Her past work includes advising on Ontario’s first Data Strategy at the Ontario Digital Service, and researching artificial intelligence at OCAD University. She also founded digital publica–a Ryerson-incubated technology consultancy which centres communities and has created digital arts and skills programming, a Chrome extension, websites and more.

She has spoken about and exhibited her work in London, UK at the Mozilla Festival; in Tallinn, Estonia at Smart-Up BSR; in Toronto, Canada at the Toronto Offsite Design Festival, Make Change Conference, Open Government Conference, and Youth Impact Summit at Mars Discovery District, to name a few.

Jim Ghadbane was appointed President and CEO of CANARIE in 2013, after joining the organization as Chief Technology Officer in 2010. Jim’s leadership, technical expertise, and focus on stakeholder needs support an increased impact and relevance of CANARIE programs and services in Canada’s public and private sectors.

Nationally, Jim works to strengthen the governance, collaborative operation, and evolution of Canada’s National Research and Education Network (NREN). Internationally, Jim works with global colleagues on the NREN CEO Forum to guide the evolution of the Global Research and Education Network.

Prior to joining CANARIE, Jim held a variety of executive positions at leading ICT companies, including Bridgewater Systems (now part of Amdocs), Ceyba Corporation, Alcatel Corporation, and Newbridge Networks. Jim is a devoted mentor to many colleagues and an avid golfer.