Instructors

Emily Smith
School of Interactive Arts & Technology

INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY

Educator, producer, and hands-on learning advocate, Emily Smith loves to share knowledge - whether through workshops, art, events, or demonstrations. She has devoted much of her time to fostering environments that encourage learning by making, and has been producing arts and culture events since 2010, as cofounder of the  Vancouver Mini Maker FaireVancouver Fibreshed, and former Education Director of VIVO Media Arts Centre. She has hosted youth mentorship programs, ladies' hacking nights, and circuit bending events in partnership with Vancouver New Music, and has participated in artist residencies in collaboration with Emily Carr University, Material Matters Design Research Lab, Two Rivers Gallery and the Vancouver Parks Board.

More recently, she has directed her focus to bringing making into the classroom and completed a Masters of Design thesis at Emily Carr University where she created connections between k-12 and post-secondary curriculum, through making.  Concurrently, she conducted a BC-wide initiative to create Maker Clubs in schools in partnership with  ITA BC and the Magic Trout Imaginarium.

 

Stephanie Ostler
Beedie School of Business

INSTRUCTOR BIOGRAPHY

Stephanie Ostler became an entrepreneur at At 12 years old. Being too young to get a job she convinced her dad to invest $200 for a button press, from which she launched her first company, Red Buttons. She started by making buttons for local bands and quickly expanded into clothing. Oblivious to how impactful this experience would be on the rest of her life, she took her budding business full time after graduating high school. Devil May Wear has sold internationally through independent retail stores and has had up to three brick and mortar locations in Vancouver and Victoria. The company was founded on principles of local textile production and sustainability -- cutting and sewing the majority of the products here in Vancouver. 

 

She has shared her passion for sustainability and through TEDx SFU, and continues to mentor youth in pursuing entrepreneurial opportunities through YELL. Steph has run for city councillor, and is currently the president of the Granville Island Business and Cultural Association, the co-chair of the Christmas Shop at Hycroft, and works as a buyer in the film industry.