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We are excited to bring World IA Day back to Toronto for 2021!  Last year, WIAD Toronto 2020 (hosted at Shopify) featured 11 fantastic speakers from industry and attracted over 150 attendees. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, WIAD 2021 will be hosted virtually on February 27, 2021. 

To reserve your ticket, view our program, & receive updates, click here!


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This event is organized by students at the University of Toronto Faculty of Information. Open to all!

Event date
Sat, 27 February 2021

Venue, parking and transit


Design Jam: February 26, 2021 (Friday)

Main Event: February 27, 2021 (Saturday)


This event is being held fully online with

Be sure to register on Eventbrite! In the week leading up to the event, you will be emailed a link to join the event on, as well as other important information.

We are also using Slack and Glimpse for virtual networking opportunities, so be sure to check out those links too once you are in the WIAD Toronto Hub.

Again, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at


Friday, February 26, 2021

Time Activity
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Design Jam (Design Jam participants only)


- Renn Scott: Product Design Innovation & Strategy, Myant Inc

- Veda Chatterjee: UX Lead, Myant Inc.


Saturday, February 27, 2021


Time Activity A Activity B
10:00 AM - 10:10 AM Introductions & Kick-off & Raffle 1  
10:10 AM - 11:00 AM Main Talk: Kate Wilhelm Main Talk: Farwa Kazmi
11:00 AM -11:15 AM Mindfulness break Breakout discussion with presenters & Networking
11:20 AM - 12:05 AM Lightning speakers & Raffle 2  
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM Design Jam Exhibition Lunch Speed Networking
1:05 PM - 1:55 PM Panel Discussion Afternoon talk: Keith Schengili-Roberts
2:00 PM - 2:15 PM Mindfulness break Breakout discussion & Networking
2:20 PM - 3:05 PM Afternoon talk: Michael Priestley Afternoon talk: Joyce Lam
3:10 PM - 3:20 PM Conclusion & Mingle & Raffle 3  
4:30 PM - 5:45 PM Global Keynote Streaming & Live Q&A with Cassini Nazir  


The Talks

  1. Kate Wilhelm -- “Apertures and Lenses: Letting in Light & Finding the RIght Focus Through Curiosity & Empathy”
  2. Farwa Kazmi -- TBA 
  3. Panel Discussion with Jane, Majid, Rebecca, and Stella -- TBA
  4. Keith Schengili-Roberts -- "Information Architects in Technical Communications & the Related Subject of Content Strategy"
  5. Michael Priestley -- “Topic-oriented IA for Very Large Websites”
  6. Joyce Lam -- “Microcontent: I see you there!”
  7. Lightning Talks:

            - Artash Nath -- "Building Artificially Intelligent Robots with Child-like Curiosity"

            - Ayman Abouelnasr -- "How Digital Accessibility Affects Information Architecture to Boost the UX of Digital Products"

            - Josh Anderson -- "Landing an IA job in 2021"

            - Neman Syed -- "Killing More Cats: Is Curiosity Worth It?"

            - Pollie Barden -- “Be A Curious Listener”

Find out more about each speaker in the profiles below!