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Dive into Design and Research

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Welcome to our first design panel where we will be discussing the hot topics about UX design and research. We are excited to announce that we have a fantastic lineup with 6 amazing designers in an open discussion. What you will gain from this event are some insider tips, challenges faced in this industry, favourite tools, great research methods and more! Get ready to witness some of Ontario’s best UX designers and researchers croppin’ knowledge!

Schedule 🗓

6:00PM - 6:30PM: Networking
6:30PM - 8:00PM: Introductions and Panel Talk
8:00PM - 8:30PM: Audience Q&A
8:30PM - 9:00PM: Networking

Your Panel:

Raine Qian is the head of product design at VarageSale ( Formerly, the manager of product design at Pivotal Labs ( She is an award-winning designer who helps companies innovate, define and design compelling human-centered mobile and web applications. She has led product design projects across diverse industry verticals including retail, media, finance, lifestyle and healthcare.

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Ella Spin is a senior design manager at Kik (, where she leads the design team. Prior to this, she co-founded an app design agency, worked in marketing and provided art direction for music videos. Ella also maintains an active interest in promoting diversity in design.

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Cassie Kaiser is a UX Researcher at Shopify, where she focuses on developing a strong understanding of the product's users to help guide and inform the team towards designing and building for people. She coordinates Women&&Tech (, a platform for telling personal stories behind successful and up-and-coming women working in technology and co-founded GirlTalk (, an event series that brings women together through dialogue about their careers. When she's not focusing on work or her side projects, she's getting ready to launch a sock line with her sister called Okie Dokie ( Stay tuned :)

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Andréa Crofts is a Product & UX designer at TWG ( She has designed digital products for companies of all sizes, ranging from RBC, World Vision, Wealthsimple to growing IoT startups like Nanoleaf. She has also helped countless small businesses optimize their workflows and increase sales using technology. Andrea had a stint spent dabbling in front-end code at HackerYou ( and has also served as Marketing Director for Ryerson University's annual TEDx conference.

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Huda Idrees is an engineer by training, a designer by trade, and lives to solve really hard problems. She got her start at Wattpad ( as their first design hire, led the invoicing and accounting products at Wave, and was most recently the Head of Product and Design at Wealthsimple ( She is the (recent!) founder of a tech startup based in Toronto, and launching at some point in the near-ish future.

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Your Mediator:

Stephanie Nguyen is a developer and designer at Prelook ( She got her start designing for Western University and switched companies as her interest lays in start-ups. She has a strong passion for building things she envisions in her head. When she’s not coding or designing, she is helping out with Women Who Code Toronto ( as one of the directors.

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Come out, learn and network! Shout out to The Working Group for being awesome hosts!

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