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February 3, ZOOM Meeting

Meeting opens @ 10:00, Starts @ 10:30
Dr David Chandross
Associate lecturer, Masters of Digital Media Program, and Senior Scholar in the field of Aging and Technology, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University
David is a researcher and designer in the field of gamification, game worlds and mixed reality in professional education and training. He holds a doctorate in the field of curriculum design in higher education and masters degrees in cognitive neuroscience and medical education. Over his career he has served as academic dean, program coordinator and faculty in the field of medical education across Canada before focusing his work on the emerging field of digital game worlds. His current clients include the United Nations World Food Programme (Nobel laureates 2020), the World Health Organization, the Insurance Institute of Canada and Baycrest Health Sciences. He is a senior scholar at the Ted Rogers School of Management in the Inclusive Media and Design Center specializing in technology for aging. His research interests include complexity theory in education, the design of learning to increase cognitive function in older adults and the use of gamification in the treatment of substance abuse disorders and addiction medicine.
I am based in the Masters of Digital Media program at Ryerson University and also hold a title of Senior Scholar at the Ted Rogers School of Management for the Inclusive Media & Design Centre. My research and teaching is in the field of gamification, mixed reality and learning across the lifespan. My Ph.D. is in the field of curriculum in higher education and I also hold a masters degree in both human neuroscience and medical education. I have held academic and administrative positions in higher education for over 35 years and have focused on integrating disparate systems of thought such as holistic medicine and its relationship to conventional care.

My current interests are in the use of virtual reality and gameworlds in professional training. I am currently working with the United Nations World Food Programme (winners of the 2020 Nobel Peace Prize), the World Health Organization, the Insurance Institute of Canada and Baycrest Health Sciences. I am a member of the Yeates School of Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Professional Communications supervising graduate students in the field of immersive technology and serious game design.

My interests are focused on how to deploy immersive technologies such as open world games and mixed reality across professional settings.

Examples of thesis’ I have supervised over the past year

A Game on Death and Dying Conversations for the National Health Service in the United Kingdom
A Game for Adolescent Girls to Develop Leadership Capacity
Creating at Therapeutic Virtual Reality LSD Experience in Unity Software
The Use of Procedural Generation to Display Data Related to Social Media Use

Examples of thesis’ I am currently supervising

A 3D Immersive Game for the United Nations World Food Programme to Address Food Scarcity
A Combat-Based Video Game for Learning for Adults
Designing an Interface for Seniors with Speech Disorders to Communicate
A Virtual Reality Game System for Children with Psychiatric Disorders and Speech Pathology

David Chandross, PhD
Professor of Gamification & Mixed Reality
David Chandross holds masters degrees in both cognitive neuroscience and higher education and a doctorate in curriculum design. As one of the founders of the field of gamification he has not only developed numerous games for training in industry and universities, but also participated in broad research projects in this field.
His original work was on neuroscience, pharmacology, and the role of attention in the brain. This transformed into an interest in education for the health professions, where he held the rank of Dean, Assistant Dean, and Program Coordinator across sectors like medical technology management, medical education and allied health professions training. He developed an interest in the use of simulations in medical education which then focused on the design of games to use simulations effectively in undergraduates. After participating as a researcher in the $3 million dollar SAGE gamification grant at Simon Fraser University he worked with organizations across many sectors to improve learning through serious game design.
Since that time Dr. Chandross has designed game systems for improving memory in seniors, training health professionals for management of the frail elderly, the design of instruction for the financial sector, cyber-security professionals, Elections Canada, the Canadian Armed Forces, the Faculty of Medicine at University of Toronto, Baycrest Health Sciences, Ryerson University, the National University of Health Sciences, ARC Business Solutions, the energy sector, the College of Family Physicians, Ontario and Humber College.
His current research focus is in two areas: (1) The treatment of memory loss in seniors with dementia using streaming digital technology and (2) the optimization of virtual reality and immersive technology in learning. He is the program coordinator for seniors’ off campus education at Ryerson University and is active in the development of advanced systems for training health professionals as part of the E-Campus and Contact North initiatives for the province of Ontario.
Past Speakers
Speakers of 2015

Guy Chartrand, President & CEO, CGMH.

Ken Lucyshyn, Walker Aggregates, Duntroon

Captain Brad Moore, Marine Simulation Developer

Diana Bishop, Author ,Television journalist and

Carol Lambie, CEO, Waypoint Centre for Mental Health

Martin Rydlo, Marketing,Business Mgmt, Town of Collingwood

Brett Dixon, RPF, Forestry Department, County of Simcoe

Charlie Tatham, Collingwood Regional Airport

Dave Chambers, All about Hockey October

Terry Reardon, Winston Churchill and Mackenzie King

Jeff Shearer, On the Bay Magazine

Alan Mallory, The Family That Conquered Everest

Past Speakers
Speakers of 2016

Jeff McInnis, Northwest Passage by Catamaran

Glad Bryce, RCAF Women’s Division, WW11

Jeff and Susan Potts, Hull 192, Collingwood Shipyard Disaster

Professor Basil Kalymon, Crisis in Ukraine

Brock Godfrey, Canadian Anti-fraud for seniors

Dean Collver, Director, Parks, Recreation and Culture, Town of Collingwood.

Gord Canning, CEO Blue Mountain Resorts, Retired

Andy Barrie, Radio Personality and Talk Show host.

Elizabeth Klinck, Visual Researcher

Dr. Tom Stiff, Canadian Space Agency, NASA

Dr. George Soleas, CEO, LCBO

John Carswell, Canada’s High Arctic

Speakers of 2017

Nicole Moore & Peter Jennings, Shark Attack

Dr.Bob Galway, Early Airfields of Toronto

Diana Bishop, Author,International news reporter

Dr. Tom Stiff, All about asteroids

Melissa Shaw, Collingwood at Confederation

Fred Dobbs, Nottawa Valley Conservation Authority

Marjorie Medley, Seniors Health

Ross Parr, Chief, Collingwood Fire Department

Mary Shannon, OPP Commander , Collingwood

Capt. Peter Lang, Air Canada Ret’d, Safe Flight

Ted Barris, The ‘Canadian’ Great Escape

Tanh Campbell, Author, Orphan 32

Speakers of 2018

Cecily Ross, Author,‘Lost Diaries of Susanna Moodie’

Janet Peters, Author,‘The Reluctant Sailor’

Brent Preston, ‘The New Farm’

Dr. John Fernandes, Forensic pathologist

Chris Allum and Allister Field, Ontario Securities Commission

Tom Bell, Cycling the length of South America

Dr. Karl Schiefer, Georgian Bay Ecosystem

Mauro Ferrioli, Trent Campbell, Firefighters Toronto Pearson Emergency Services

Ted Barris, The Dam Busters, The Canadian Story

Robert Burcher, Environmentalist John Muir

Dr. Wilma DeGroot, Hercules crash and rescue High Arctic

Dr. Karin Euler, MedicalMissions to Tanzania

Speakers 2019

January: Nancy Ferrer, Town Planner Collingwood

February: Mary Kocher, Simcoe County Health Nurse, Use of Cannabis

March: Michael Treuman, Bruce Trail

April: Marci Janecek, Physiotherapist

May: Ted Barris, Juno Beach

June: David Bourque, Professional Musician

July: Dr.Richard Hawkins, Orthopedic Surgeon

August: Tim Burrows, Electric Vehicles

September: Kim Oxley, Paramedic Trainer

October: Norah Holder, CEO Collingwood Hospital

November: Roger Litwiller, History Royal Canadian Navy

December: Dr. Amy Barron, Agatha Christie, Archaeology

Speakers 2020

January: Erika Engel, Editor, Reporter, Collingwood Today

February: Erin Churchill, RN Nurse Practitioner, Men’sHealth

March: Dr Bob Galway, ‘Richard Sterling Finnie, Arctic Explorer and Film maker’.

November: Dr Bob Galway, COVID 19 Pandemic, Virtual Meeting

December: Dr. Amy Barrron, Adventures of a female Archaeologist

Speakers 2021

January: Terry Fallis, Author and Humourist

February: Terry Fitzgerald, All your Questions About Electric Cars Answered

March: John Boyko, Author, ‘Canada’s Shadow War in Vietnam’

April: Jim Henderson, Adventures of a Geophysicist

May: David T Chapman, Photographer and weather authority

June: Bob MacNair, President Probus, Canada

July 8: Chris Pilsworth, Illusionist

August 5: Shelby Worts, Covid Stranded in the ‘Eternal City”, Rome

September 2: Jennifer Megarry, Office of the Future

October 4: Dr. Bob Galway, Covid; Separating Myth from Fact

November 4: Alex Fitzgerald-Black; Canadian Soldiers Morale, D Day, Normandy

December 2: Andrew Promaine; Georgian Bay Islands National Park


Speakers, 2022

January: WO Nicole Laidlaw, Military Service in Afghanistan


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