Jan 26, 2012

A world-class interview with global thought leader in design and innovation will set the tone for all 150 participants at TGS 2012.  

transmission: GLOBAL SUMMIT 2012 is extremely pleased to announce that CBC’s Michael Enright and Microsoft Research’s Bill Buxton will be joining us for a live interview on stage to open up TGS on Thursday, February 9th.  

A Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, Bill Buxton has had a 30 year involvement in research, practice and commentary around design, innovation and human aspects of technology. Following a 20 year career as a professional musician, he morphed into a researcher at Xerox PARC, then Chief Scientist of Alias Research and SGI Inc. He has been awarded three honourary doctorates, is the co-recipient of an Academy Award for Scientific and Technical Achievement, received an ACM/SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement Award, and is a Fellow of the ACM. He is the author of the acclaimed book on user interface design, Sketching User Experiences, and is a frequent columnist on design & innovation in Business Week

Michael Enright’s journalistic talents span over decades as he has written for Time magazine, held the role of editor of Quest and was an assistant managing editor of Maclean’s Magazine, where he oversaw the magazine's shift from a monthly to a weekly publication. Enright has also worked for The Toronto Star as a political writer and was a Washington correspondent for the Globe and Mail.  Michael Enright’s extensive history at CBC (Canada's national public broadcaster) includes hosting Radio One’s The Sunday Edition since September 2000. Before joining The Sunday Edition, Enright hosted This Morning for three years, and spent 10 years hosting CBC Radio's As It Happens

Michael's past interview subjects have ranged from concise, investigative coverage of the Gulf War to interviewing dignataries like the President of Iceland on where the country is heading after the collapse of their economy. Unafraid to drill down and head straight to the point, Michael has been the source of information to all Canadians who care about what's happening in their world, and demand journalism that provides answers.

And this doesn’t really even begin to dive into either one of these men’s accomplishments over the years. Please check our website to read their full, extensive bios, as well as links to a few pertinent essays by Bill Buxton.

We are very fortunate to be able to open our conference up with such a high level of dialogue this year and we can’t think of a better way to set the tone and intention for this exploration of sustainability in the creative industries. Also worthy to note, not only will Michael and Bill be presenting at TGS this year, but they will also be engaging in the roundtable discussions with fellow transmission participants

Please visit our Speaker page for a full list of our speakers' bios.