This UNEP Digital Discovery session focuses on the Data Visualization Initiative (DVI) of the Canadian Energy Regulator. It is hosted by Jagoda Walny and Annette Hester.

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Jagoda Walny currently leads a UX and Data Visualization design group at the Canada Energy Regulator. Prior to this, she was a data visualization design team lead as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Interactions Lab at the University of Calgary from 2017-2019. Her team designed energy data visualizations for the Canadian public in collaboration with the Canada Energy Regulator's Data Visualization Initiative. Prior to this, she completed a Ph.D. in the Innovations in Visualization (InnoVis) / Interactions Lab at the University of Calgary under the supervision of Dr. Sheelagh Carpendale, researching ways to support everyday thinking practices within data visualizations. Her dissertation was awarded the 2016 Bill Buxton Award for Best Canadian Doctoral Dissertation in HCI and the Honourable Mention 2017 IEEE VGTC VPG Doctoral Dissertation Award.


Annette Hester heads TheHesterView Inc. and focuses on making data more approachable and effective. Her projects reflect her innovative approach in bringing together experts in their field to form teams that work together to deliver excellence in digital transformation, data structuring and in data visualization. Her work is notable for the quality of the design. Ms. Hester brings decades of experience to her advisory and strategic policy services. She is a member of the Canadian Statistics Advisory Council. She has recently co-ordinated the development/creation of several new leading-edge data visualizations for the Canada Energy Regulator. Prior to that, she co-ordinated a four-year project to develop an interactive data-rich website detailing the energy activities of Latin America and other member countries for the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington DC. Ms. Hester has a master’s degree in economics, and was the founding director of the Latin American Research Centre at the University of Calgary.



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