Dr. Dal-Yong Jin, Director and Distinguished Professor, School of Communication

Dal Yong Jin completed his Ph.D. at the Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Jin’s major research and teaching interests are on digital platforms and digital games, globalization and media, transnational cultural studies, and the political economy of media and culture. Jin has published numerous books and journal articles. Jin’s first book, titled Korea’s Online Gaming Empire, was published by MIT Press in 2010. He has continued to publish several books, including New Korean Wave: transnational cultural power in the age of social media (University of Illinois Press, 2016) and Smartland Korea: mobile communication, culture and society (University of Michigan Press, 2017). His new book includes Globalization and Media in the Digital Platform Age (Routledge, 2019).

J. Adam Holbrook, P.Eng., Associate Director (retired)

Adam Holbrook was trained as a physicist and electrical engineer. His professional career started at Telesat Canada, then moved to the Treasury Board Secretariat of Canada. He then joined the Ministry of State for Science and Technology as Manager of the Data Intelligence Branch, a position which he held through several organizational changes until 1995, when he was first seconded and then transferred to SFU. Since 2000 he has been an adjunct professor in the School of Communication and Associate Director of CPROST. His research has investigated the role of innovation in science-related industrial clusters in BC, through the Innovation Systems Research Network, sponsored by SSHRC, and most recently through the SSHRC partnership research project “Creating Digital Opportunity”. Professor Holbrook has been invited to lecture on innovation and clusters overseas and has briefed Parliamentary committees on the subject. He has edited several books on innovation and clusters of innovation. He was also a member of the Statistics Canada advisory committee on S&T Statistics and the OECD committee of National Experts on S&T Indicators.

Dr. Peter Anderson, Associate Professor, School of Communication

Peter Anderson has an international background in research and teaching in the fields of telecommunications, media, information systems and communication policy. His early work focused on community advocacy and the use of communication technology to support social change and, in later years, his focus shifted to supporting community disaster risk reduction and resiliency building practices through innovative uses of emerging information and communication technologies. During the past thirty years he has participated in the design and implementation of electronic communication and information systems for disaster management in collaboration with the United Nations, scientific, government and non-government disaster management organizations and representatives and is frequently called upon to assist during emergency and disaster events. Peter is currently collaborating with Canadian federal, provincial and territorial agencies, local authorities and responders on new methods for improving intra and interagency communications for mission critical operations, public warning and situational awareness. He is the author of a number of publications and studies related to emergency communication, policy, networking and planning.

Dr. Peter Chow-White, Professor, School of Communication

Dr. Peter Chow-White is a professor of the School of Communication and the GeNA Lab at Simon Fraser University. He researches the development, adoption, and impact of communication, blockchain, and big data. He also works with industry partners building next generation communication technologies in health and genomics, social media, blockchain, sports, and big data.

Dr. Richard Smith, Professor, School of Communication

Richard Smith is a professor here at Simon Fraser University, in the School of Communication. He is also the publisher of the Canadian Journal of Communication. His academic focus is technology and society, especially social inclusion/exclusion. He is reachable through many media. Currently, he is on secondment as the Director of the Master of Digital Media program at the Centre for Digital Media. TheCDM is a joint venture of UBC, SFU, Emily Carr, and BCIT. You can read more about it, here:

Dr. Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Canada 150 Research Chair, Professor and Director, Digital Democracies Lab, School of Communication

Wendy Hui Kyong Chun is Simon Fraser University's Canada 150 Research Chair in New Media in the School of Communication and the Director of the Digital Democracies Lab. She has studied both Systems Design Engineering and Literary Theory, which she combines in her research on digital media. She is author of Control and Freedom: Power and Paranoia in the Age of Fiber Optics (MIT, 2006), Programmed Visions: Software and Memory (MIT 2011), Updating to Remain the Same: Habitual New Media (MIT 2016), and co-author of Pattern Discrimination (University of Minnesota + Meson Press 2019). She has been Professor and Chair of the Department of Modern Culture and Media at Brown University, where she worked for almost two decades and where she is currently a Visiting Professor. She has held fellowships from: the Guggenheim, ACLS, American Academy of Berlin, Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton), and Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard. She has been a Visiting Scholar at the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania; a Visiting Professor at AI Now at NYU; the Velux Visiting Professor of Management, Politics and Philosophy at the Copenhagen Business School; the Wayne Morse Chair for Law and Politics at the University of Oregon; Visiting Professor at Leuphana University (Luneburg, Germany), and a Visiting Associate Professor in the History of Science Department at Harvard, of which she is an Associate.

Dr. Ron Wakkary, Professor, School of Interactive Arts & Technology

Ron Wakkary is a Professor in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University in Canada where he is the founder of the Everyday Design Studio ( In addition, he is Professor in Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands. Wakkary is interested in design-oriented human-computer interaction (HCI) and philosophies of technologies through design. Wakkary’s research investigates the changing nature of interaction design and HCI in response to new understandings of human-technology relations. Wakkary is the author of the upcoming book “Things We Could Design: In More-than-Human Centred Worlds” (MIT Press 2020), an investigation of posthuman design. He is currently a member of the Tangible Embedded/Embodied Interaction (TEI) and Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) steering committees. He is also a member of various editorial boards including International Journal of Design (IJD). He was co-Editor-in-Chief of ACM interactions from 2010 to 2016. His research is funded by NSERC, SSHRC, NCE, H2020, NWO, and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, among others.

Dr. Brian Wixted, Adjunct Professor, Johnson-Shoyama School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Wixted is a researcher and consultant with a focus on the operations of innovation systems at the macro level of research funding systems and economic activity structures with and across regions, industries, nations and the globe. His academic research interests focus on emerging patterns of behavior in economic activity defined loosely by industry or cluster boundaries. His recent research has focussed on the digital industries in western Canada. He has worked for the Australian Commonwealth Public Service on science, technology and innovation indicators analysis (1989-1995) and agricultural and resources science and innovation policy (1995-2000). Between 2000 and 2004, he was with the AEGIS research centre at the University of Western Sydney, where he was principally responsible for its data analysis of innovation related issues.