National Research Centre researcher visits KO team in T.Bay and Sioux Lookout

Susan O'Donnell ( travelled from Frederiction, New Brunswick to Thunder Bay where she met with KO staff at the KO Research Institute. Visits KO partners at the Metis Nation of Ontario, Oshki and Fort William First Nation KIHS classroom provided Susan with the opportunity to meet with people using video conferencing to support program and service delivery.

Susan is working with KORI and K-Net team members to examine how video conferencing and online video material is supporting Keewaytinook Okimakanak and our partners in developing and supporting their programs and services. For more information about the Videocom research initiative, visit its web site at (you must log into the K-Net Meeting Place).

Susan works at the National Research Council (, a Canadian national research agency. She is a researcher specializing in the communications and social aspects of ICT (information and communication technologies). Her positions include:

  • Research Officer, People-Centred Technologies Group, National Research Council Institute for Information Technology
  • Adjunct Professor, Sociology, University of New Brunswick

Her work analyzes:

  • Communications aspects of ICT (primarily how people and groups use the Internet to communicate)
  • Social aspects of ICT (social, economic, political, cultural issues surrounding ICT) 

Her research builds:

  • Understanding (social science analysis leading to improved policies and use of ICT)
  • Technology (social science analysis as part of a multi-disciplinary technology development team)