Dr. Sara Grimes, PhD

KMDI Director

KMDI Executive Committee, Collaborative Specialization Committee

Sara M. Grimes is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Information, Director of the Knowledge Media Design Institute (KMDI), and Director of the Semaphore Lab at the University of Toronto. Her work is centered in the areas of children’s digital media culture(s), play studies, and critical theories of technology, with a focus on digital games. She is Principal Investigator of the Kids DIY Media Partnership, a SSHRC-funded, cross-sector research collaboration aimed at understanding the opportunities and challenges associated with children’s media making and cultural production online. She also leads the Critical Games Lab at Semaphore. Sara’s published work includes explorations of the commercialization of children’s online games and virtual worlds, articulations of a critical theory of digital game play, discussions of intellectual property and fair dealing in digital game environments, as well as an examination of the hidden politics and policy implications of children’s commercial game design and culture.


Dr. Olivier St-Cyr, PhD

KMD Collaborative Specialization Director

KMD Executive Committee, Collaborative Specialization Committee

Olivier St-Cyr is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream in the Faculty of Information – iSchool at the University of Toronto.  He is also Cross-Appointed in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. His areas of expertise are Human Factors (HF), Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and User Experience (UX).

Olivier is also the liaison for the User Experience Design (UXD) concentration of the Master of Information (MI) degree.


Rekha Morbia

Administrative Coordinator

Rekha Morbia is the Administrative Coordinator – KMDI at the Faculty of Information.  Please contact her if you have any questions related to admissions or course requirements for the KMDI Collaborative Specialization.