2021 FCAT Undergraduate Conference


About UGC

The FCAT Undergraduate Conference (UGC) is a celebration and exploration of the diverse range of student work produced within our faculty.

Students from each of our schools and programs have the opportunity to showcase performances, papers, installations, and displays. Students can submit their projects from any academic year at SFU and their chosen topic of interest. The conference is an opportunity for students, faculty, staff and industry members to come together, share knowledge and build meaningful connections.

At the 2021 FCAT Undergraduate Conference, students from the School of Communication, School of Interactive Arts and Technology, School for the Contemporary Arts, Publishing program came together to present 63 projects. 230 faculty, staff, students, friends, alumni and community members joined this interdisciplinary showcase of inspiring student work.


Opening Remarks and Keynote

Alumni Panel and Closing Remarks


UGC 2021 Presentations

This year we had 63 projects from 84 presenters which is our highest ever. Due to the conference being online, all presentations were pre-recorded. To view the presentations click the link here to view the presentations on YouTube.


Keynote Speaker

Jeff K. Ward

Jeff founded Animikii in 2003 and has orchestrated and managed its growth ever since. Everything Jeff does in business is geared towards uplifting his family, communities and Indigenous Peoples. He is Ojibwe and Métis, originally from Manitoba, and now lives and works in Victoria, BC on Lekwungen territory. Jeff is a web designer, software developer, author, and speaker. He also serves as a board member for Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN).

“It’s an exciting time for the Indigenous movement. We’ve begun a new era of Indigenous-settler relations and the long journey towards Reconciliation has just begun. Each and every one of us, Indigenous and non-Indigenous alike, has been called upon to honour the past, to do better, and to rise up. Warriors everywhere are rising up in the fight for equitable outcomes for Indigenous people. We at Animikii believe that our call-to-action is to support all of these warriors in their journey by using the tools available to us. Our answer to that call, our weapon and tool of choice, is technology.”

Alumni Panel

Howard Dai

SCA Alumni

Associate Artistic Producer at Rice & Beans Theatre

Howard is a Taiwanese-Canadian performer and theatre artist, who graduated from SFU in 2020 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance. During his time at SFU, he performed in four consecutive theatre mainstage productions, and one dance mainstage production. Currently, he is the Associate Artistic Producer at rice & beans theatre this season, which is also a theatre company founded in 2010 by two alumni from the SFU Theatre program! 

Kathleen Estanislao

CMNS and PUB Alumni

Digital Marketing Manager at Market One

Kathleen is the Digital Marketing Manager at Market One, a growing marketing agency serving Canada’s capital markets. She is an SFU Alumni, Grad of 2016 with a BA in Communications and Minor in Publishing. During her time at SFU, she worked with organizations like CMNSU, TEDx and AIESEC and is inspired by community building. She is 4+ years in her career and currently works with over 50 companies across various sectors including mining, tech and cannabis managing their social media campaigns from start to finish.

Sean Warwick

SIAT Alumni

User Experience Designer at Relic Entertainment

As an undergrad in the SIAT program Sean was interested in fostering stronger relationships between the SIAT program and Vancouver game development studios. To accomplish this he founded and directed the AFK: Game Development Symposium, as an annual event allowing SIAT students to network with game industry professionals and present their personal game projects in a conference setting. AFK ran for two years with a peak attendance of 225 students, faculty, and industry guests. More info on the event can be found here at: http://www.smwarwick.com/afk2016/ and http://smwarwick.com/afk.html.

Tiana Marconato

CMNS Alumni

Marketing Coordinator at WA Architects

Tiana is a Marketing Coordinator at WA Architects in Vancouver. During her time at SFU, Tiana was a part of the Communication Student Union for two years, including one year as President. After graduating in 2017, Tiana pursued a career in marketing in the music industry, and has experience interviewing Grammy-nominated artists. Tiana looks forward to meeting you all at the FCAT Undergraduate Conference!


UGC Sponsors

We would like to thank our sponsors, for allowing us to give away some amazing prizes at our conference:

  • Date: Friday, March 5th, 2021
  • Time: 3:00 pm - 7:30 pm PST
  • Location: Hopin