Hello, my name is Esther Duncan and I am the founder of Magnus & Maeve, a venture that was created to explore the possibilities of digital books during a time when the very definition of a "book" is up for debate, and when the distinctions between reader and writer are sometimes blurred by social reading/writing experiences.
I have pursued a passion for books and the book arts since a young child growing up in Wales. My initial publications were produced with scraps from cereal boxes found in my mother's kitchen. As an adult, I completed a BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature at The University of Western Ontario and then followed my passion to Toronto, where I studied book publishing at the prestigious Centennial College Book and Magazine Publishing program.
I graduated in 1997, at a time when the Internet was just beginning to emerge as an innovation that would completely revolutionize and redefine how we communicate. Recognizing this potential, I took my publishing skills into the digital domain to become an Information Designer (now called UX Designer) at Nortel Networks. In this role, I worked on what was considered to be cutting-edge systems at the enterprise-level.
In 2001, I moved into managing the production of creative development projects that spanned games and applications for desktops, mobiles and kiosks. A healthy breadth of challenging and innovative projects allowed me to evolve as a digital manager and to develop the strong project management expertise that I later translated into a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.
I discovered a deep interest in projects with an educational purpose while working with The Centre for Education Research at The University of Prince Edward Island in 2009. I have worked on educational initiatives ever since, both as a technologist and as a leader.
I have most recently completed the Master of Educational Technology program at The University of British Columbia, where I focused on the use of digital technologies to support adult education within the workplace.