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Navigating a Digital World: A Community Conversation

Time and Date: Thursday, November 16th, 2023, 6:30pm – 7pm

Location: Art Windsor-Essex, 3rd floor

This event is part of AWE at Night. 


  • Current AWE Members: Free admission
  • Non-Members: $10


Join us for a community conversation about technology and cultural spaces. Our panelists will share their experiences with digital technology and how they can both shape and reflect the world around us. Where can digital tools spark new ideas? Are emerging technologies a threat to human creativity? Can technology make culture more accessible? We invite everyone curious about creative digital practices to learn about the impacts of a rapidly changing technological landscape on our culture. 


Speakers: Sharon Fortney, Shannon Linde and Jennifer Snyder

Moderated by Yvonne Pilon

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Moderated by Yvonne Pilon

Yvonne Pilon, a tech industry veteran with 15 years of experience, currently serves as the President and CEO of WEtech Alliance. She is a former podcast host of Tech In the City and an active board member of various technology organizations, including the Technology Councils of North America and the Canadian Tech Network. In 2022, Yvonne was recognized as an emerging leader in “Startups and Tech” by The Peak and represented Canada at the G20 Youth Entrepreneurs’ Alliance in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 2020.

Sharon Fortney, Speaker

Sharon Fortney is the first Curator of Indigenous Collections and Engagement appointed at the Museum of Vancouver. She has Klahoose (Northern Coast Salish) and German ancestry, a degree in Archaeology from the University of Calgary and an MA and PhD from the UBC Anthropology Department. Sharon fills a diversity of roles at MOV, including care of the Indigenous collections and chairing the Repatriation Committee.

Shannon Linde, Speaker

Shannon Linde is the Senior Curator at EQ Bank, an all-digital financial institution that proudly supports digital artists and emerging artistic practices. She holds a BFA in Studio Art from Concordia University and an MA in Museum Studies from the University of Toronto. Shannon is also a founding member of Aisle 4, an independent curatorial collective that commissions and produces public artworks that are rooted in social practice. 

Jennifer Snyder, Speaker

Jennifer Snyder currently serves as the Chief Digital Officer at the Detroit Institute of Arts, where she manages Marketing + Communication, Library, Archives, and Collections Information, IT, and Visual Media. Prior to this role, she was the Director of Digital Experience at SFMOMA, where she was responsible for all non-art digital platforms and online content strategy, including in-gallery digital applications, interactives,, social media, and email. She previously served as the Director of Interactive Media at the Art Institute of Chicago where she built multiple award-winning digital applications, produced dozens of films and developed a narrative-driven website. Her previous accomplishments include producing interactive tools and digital strategy for nationally recognized museums, cultural institutions, and public spaces in the U.S., such the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Eisenhower Memorial, Change by US, and the Bob Graham Center.

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