Educator, producer, and hands-on learning advocate, Emily Smith loves to share knowledge, whether through workshops, art, events, or demonstrations. She has devoted much of her time to fostering environments that encourage learning by making. Emily has been producing arts and culture events since 2010 as cofounder of the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire, founder of the Vancouver Fibreshed, and former Education Director of VIVO Media Arts Centre. She has hosted youth mentorship programs, ladies’ hacking nights, circuit-bending events, textile happenings, artist residencies, and a BC-wide ADST initiative to create Maker Clubs in schools in partnership with the Industry Training Authority. She recently completed her Masters in Design at Emily Carr and continues to teach, conduct research, create art, and host professional development days throughout the year.