Joelle Stemp founded the UX agency Yu Centrik in 2003. With great perseverance and adaptability, Yu Centrik was steered through many technological and societal changes to reach 2017 with great relevance. Joelle is a pioneer in the adoption of user experience and service design in Quebec. With a background in communications and a talent for design, Joelle began her career as a designer specialized in user interfaces and has spent the last 25 years involved in projects related to user experience and convergent medias (Web, digital TV, mobile, IVR, OOH).
Joelle designed the first Campus Wide Information System (CWIS) on the Internet for the University of Montreal in 1990 and was part of a user interface group at CRIM (Montreal Computing Research Center). Being as one of the first Certified HFI’s Usability Analyst, she continues to learn about human behaviour and is still as passionate as ever to design engaging products and services that customers will love using. Joelle is very involved in teaching the UX-PM Certification program developed in collaboration with her partners at UXalliance, a global network of User Experience Experts.
Natalie Jhaveri brings thirteen years of experience practicing user-centered design, seven of which were in software companies and six years in mobile solutions. Having worked in large companies such as Nokia, she understands well how to integrate the design of digital projects, the needs of clients, business objectives, and technological constraints. Natalie values lean, Agile UX methods and collaborative design. She designed and developed her first HTML pages in 1996 for Nortel's intranet. Since then she has been fascinated with people and technology, and the integration of human factors into product and service design. She spent 5 years in Finland and was very much immersed into Nokia’s culture. Natalie has an M.Sc. in Interactive Technology (HCI unit - University of Tampere, Finland) and a B.Sc. in Computer Science (University of Ottawa).