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Thank you to our program committee and day-of volunteers for being an important part of the IT@UofT 2022 Conference.

If you have questions about volunteering, please contact its.eda@utoronto.ca.

Find out what some volunteers have to say about the conference.

Volunteer perspectives

Volunteer perspectives

Vikram Chadalawad

“Having been involved with the IT@UofT Conference (formerly TechKnowFile) over the past nine years, I am fully convinced that this is one of U of T’s biggest tech festivals, drawing in some of the top minds from all three campuses. While there are many reasons to look forward to this event – learning being one of them – for me, the biggest reward from this conference is truly about engaging and sharing information with peers and colleagues from other domains of the University. The spirit of the conference also revolves around understanding what happens within IT at the rest of the University outside of one’s own bubble. IT@UofT also helps build healthy working relationships and fosters immense trust and goodwill. I choose to volunteer for this event because I truly care about the impact this conference has on our community.”

Vikram Chadalawada
Assistant Director, Student Information Systems, Enterprise Applications and Solutions Integration

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Mariana Vardaei

“Attending and volunteering at the IT@UofT Conference is a great way to learn about IT projects and appreciate the amazing work of every team to make these projects a success. Plus, you get to learn about what’s happening in the rapidly changing IT world.”

Mariana Vardaei
Executive Assistant and Office Administrator, Enterprise Applications and Solutions Integration

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Shayne Train

“I am excited to participate in my second IT@UofT Conference. I enjoyed having an opportunity to interact with volunteers and attendees at last year’s conference while providing help desk support. There were also so many fascinating talks that I was able to attend and I found it helpful to learn how my work at the Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation fits in to the wider tech and instructional work being done at U of T. I’m looking forward to participating in this year’s conference!”

Shayne Train
Faculty Liaison Assistant, Teaching Learning and Technology

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Helen Chang

“I’ve been attending the IT@UofT Conference since I started at U of T over 15 years ago. I look forward to it every year as an opportunity to learn about new ideas, get updates on initiatives happening across the University and connect with colleagues both new and old. As a non-IT staff member, I appreciate the open approach of the conference to welcome individuals with varying levels of technical knowledge. As a volunteer over the last five years, I’ve enjoyed the behind-the-scenes experience with organizers and helping to make the conference happen. Looking forward to another fascinating conference this year!”

Helen Chang
Senior Research Analyst, Planning & Budget Office

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Jess Whyte

“My favourite part of volunteering at the IT@UofT Conference is how it focuses me on the sessions and their content. When you provide technical support for a session or help moderate, it encourages you to really engage and I appreciate that.”

Jess Whyte
Digital Assets Librarian

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“The IT@UofT 2022 Conference will feature our 7th annual Unconference – a participant-driven experience focusing on conversations around IT topics of mutual interest at all levels​. It allows participants to explore their full depth and breadth of interest and expertise in building, running and using technology at the University. I’ve always been struck by how the most interesting and compelling discussions can come out of what might seem like the simplest of ideas, and it’s a wonderful opportunity to meet amazing people from across U of T.”

Peter St. Onge
Interim Manager, Identity and Access Management, Information Security

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“It’s incredible that after many years of the IT@UofT Conference, formerly TechKnowFile, it’s still going strong! Volunteers are what make this conference. I would encourage others to volunteer if you would like to meet people in the IT@UofT community and contribute to all the work that happens behind the scenes.”

Vicki Vokas
Senior Manager, Client Services

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“Technology is the future of learning, and as we all know, technology develops at a rapid pace. The IT@UofT Conference has exposed me to areas of educational technology I didn’t even know existed. Being a volunteer adds more depth to the IT@UofT Conference experience. As a volunteer, you can directly engage with a network of like-minded professionals who have a wealth of experience and knowledge. Knowing that our efforts help shape the conference makes the experience even more enjoyable. I would highly recommend anyone who’s interested to volunteer!”

Gabe Kim-McMullen
IT Operations Manager, Department of Psychology

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Laurie Harrison

“With so many months of remote work having passed, the opportunity to connect with colleagues, learn about their work and hear about the latest innovation is more important than ever. I’m looking forward to the IT@UofT 2022 Conference to meet once again as a community and celebrate our successes together.”

Laurie Harrison
Director, Digital Learning Innovation

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Marden Paul

“From its origin in 2003, the IT@UofT Conference (formerly TechKnowFile) has been about the IT@UofT community. The conference is an opportunity for IT professionals at the University to be together, to get to know each other outside of our offices, to know more about what we do in our departments, to learn about exciting new technologies, and to meet face-to-face (or electronically now) with our key technology suppliers. U of T’s IT community has grown from around 430 people in 2003 to over 800 now. IT is an essential component of the University’s mission as it contributes so pervasively to the research, teaching, learning, administration, and communications activities of the community. Through the pandemic, the applications and services managed by all of you have made it possible for the University to continue delivering on its purpose.”

Marden Paul
Director, Planning Governance Assessment, Office of the Chief Information Officer

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Gary Raposo

“My first exposure to the IT@UofT Conference was in 2019, when it was called UnITe and included TechKnowFile. As a brand new ITS staff member at U of T, the conference was a fantastic opportunity to get up to speed on many of the exciting IT projects across the University. I decided to volunteer to get the full backstage experience and to meet colleagues that I wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to interact with. Looking forward to connecting with this dynamic community once again!”

Gary Raposo
Senior Manager, Enterprise Shared Services, Enterprise Applications and Solutions Integration

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