Project Manager, CIVDDD
Barbara Whitmer is an interdisciplinary connector, collaborator, artist and writer. She was the CIVDDD Project Manager from 2012 to 2016, successfully managing the $11.5 million ORF-RE academic-industry partnership five year grant to completion in March 2016. She project managed over 100 researchers between three universities (York University, University of Toronto, and OCAD U) and a dozen private sector partners ranging from global multinational corporations to privately owned tech companies. She was an invited delegate in three Ontario Science and Technology Trade Missions to China in 2013, 2014, and 2015. She supported and edited NSERC and ORF-RE grant applications resulting in over $20 million in awarded funding. She designed and produced the CIVDDD Youth Workshops in Data Analytics and Visualization & 3D Printing and Robotics with ICTC, the CIVDDD Researcher Videos, the OCE Discovery 2015 CIVDDD Interactive Exhibit, and the CANVAS 2015 Summer School in Data Analytics and Visualization.
As a consultant for Don Tapscott, she wrote 12 case studies of Fortune 500 companies in interactive new media for his book, The Digital Economy. For the past 20 years, she has enjoyed working in the non-profit sector at national and international levels as a fundraiser, events producer, stakeholder manager, and project manager at The Hospital for Sick Children Foundation/Herbie Fund, Sierra Club Canada, the Canadian Film & Television Production Association (now the CMPA), the Toronto Region Research Alliance, and most recently as Project Manager for CIVDDD at York University.
She has a BA in Economics and Philosophy, a Masters of Interdisciplinary Studies (Political Science, Philosophy, and Religious Studies) from the University of Montana, an MA in Ethics from Vanderbilt University, and a PhD in Ethics and Cultural Studies with a minor in Chinese Religions from the University of Toronto. She studied classical animation at Sheridan College and completed a Diploma in Classical Animation from Studio M. At UofT, for five years she was a research assistant in HCI and telepresence at the Dynamic Graphics Project in the Department of Computer Science, where she was dubbed an "honorary geek". Her dissertation on violence, trauma, interdependency, and technology in Western culture was published as a book, The Violence Mythos by SUNY Press in 1997, and continues to sell.
She is the facilitator of the Partnerships in Academic Collaboration and Entrepreneurship (PACE) network of academic entrepreneurship in the Toronto region since 2012. The group formed to support innovation in digital media, capacity building in entrepreneurship, and engage industry. Continuing areas of interest include sustainable development, disruptive technologies, and entrepreneurship. She supports the Tusk Foundation.