Single department faculties. Smaller, not (always) simpler.

May 5, 12:55 – 1:40 p.m.

Main stage

Join the Chief Information Officer (CIO) in a dialogue with three IT leaders from the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, the Faculty of Music and the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy. The panel will explore the skills they bring to the table, the focus of their units, the unique challenges faced by these diverse divisions, how they have dealt with the pandemic and what is coming down the road.

Panelists

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Sebastian Bisciglia

Sebastian Bisciglia is the director of Information and Learning Technology at the University of Toronto’s (U of T) Faculty of Music. Bisciglia has worked as an information technology professional in higher education since 2014, when he joined Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music as a music instructional technology developer. In 2017, he came to U of T’s Faculty of Music as its first in-house educational technology specialist and established himself as an IT leader within the Faculty of Music community — in no small part thanks to the COVID-19 pivot in 2020. Trained as a music theorist with a PhD from Eastman School of Music, Bisciglia has spent the last 21 years in a post-secondary music setting and feels fortunate that his job combines at least two of his passions.

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Paul Morrison

Paul Morrison has been the director of Information Technology at the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education since 2012. In this role, he oversees a traditional IT group in addition to a busy instructional design operation, recreation software services across three campuses and the group that broadcasts 64 Varsity Blues games annually. A U of T lifer, Morrison is twice a graduate of the University from the Faculty of Arts & Science and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, and he is an active member of the IT@UofT community. Morrison comes from Northern Ontario originally, and when not working on IT he spends time in the kitchen, on a campground, in the glassblowing shop or on his bike.

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Adam Trent

Adam Trent is the director of Information and Learning Technology at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy. He previously worked at York University, where he was the director of the Education Resource Centre and Information Technology at the Faculty of Education. Trent holds numerous designations in IT, project management and supply chain management. He earned his MBA with a focus on innovation and technology management while working with start-ups in medical sciences and food and beverage industries. He is most proud of establishing an Indigenous teacher education space in collaboration with the Toronto District School Board, York University, Indigenous educators and leaders and donors.

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Moderator

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Bo Wandschneider

Bo Wandschneider became the CIO at U of T on May 1, 2017. A respected IT veteran, Wandschneider has spent 30 years in higher education information technology, first at the University of Guelph and more recently as CIO and the associate vice-principal of Information Technology at Queen’s University. His early years included a decade in an academic unit where he was embedded in the research enterprise and actively engaged in teaching and learning. These experiences have allowed him to develop a deep appreciation and understanding of the needs of the academic community.

During his career, Wandschneider has been through two institution-wide email migrations, introduced an Administrative Systems Steering Committee to oversee the prioritization of enterprise administrative projects and developed the ITS Strategic Plan. A truly collaborative leader, he is well known across Canada for the breadth and depth of his knowledge, his desire to build partnerships and his openness and willingness to share information and expertise with colleagues and staff.

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