Meet the 2020 Awards Gala MCs

The Vancouver UX Awards are excited to announce that the 2020 Virtual Gala will be hosted by Robert MacKie, Engagement Manager (People and Culture) of TELUS Digital, and Alejandra Porta, a freelance product designer and the co-creator of Shine Bootcamp. 
Robert is a graduate of SIAT at Simon Fraser University and has ten years of design experience working with Blast Radius, Samsung and Mogo. He was the Program Manager and Instructor of UX Design at RED Academy, and also has a wealth of experience in the visual and performing arts. Immensely social and outgoing, he has an equal love of working with people - be it enabling, facilitating or developing them. But what puts him over the moon? Seeing the positive impact that comes from bringing those worlds together!
Alejandra is a Latin American-born designer and co-founder of Shine Bootcamp, a speaker accelerator for women & non-binary people, who believes design thinking can be applied to any discipline. Ale specializes in brand and communication design for startups and is currently living her dream by being her own boss and freelancing. When she’s not creating customer-first experiences through research and validation, Ale is championing positivity and health at any size. Ale was recently named one of 80 women and non-binary people to follow in tech by betakit.
Alejandra is excited to be hosting this year’s show because “representation matters! My mission is to empower minority designers that they can be leaders. To achieve that you first need to believe in yourself.”

“I have never seen a Latin American woman host or MC this event before; as Upasna Gautman says: ‘Inclusion drives innovation we can’t be what we can’t see.’  Women hold only 5% of leadership positions in the technology industry and I’m working every day to change that!”
Robert says “I am excited to be part of this year’s awards as a way to give back to the community I’ve spent so many years in, while facilitating their engagement of the event alongside my co-host, Ale.”

“It’s going to be a great night, and a lot of fun! This is the one night a year we get to shine a spotlight on the amazing technology and design projects coming out of Vancouver,” he says. “And after the year we’ve all had, I think we need a good party!”

Tickets for the November 26 virtual Gala are $10 each ($5 for students) and are for sale at Hopin.