Creative Commons is an international non-profit organisation that provides free licences and tools that copyright owners can use to allow others to share, reuse and remix their material, legally. Releasing material under a CC licence makes it clear to users what they can or cannot do with the material. The six standardised CC licences each allow material to be used in a different way.

Our Leadership

Role: Global Network Council Representative

Christina Hendricks is the CC Canada Representative to the CC Global Network Council. She is a Professor of Teaching in Philosophy at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and is also the Academic Director of the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology at UBC-V.

She is an open education researcher and advocate, and has had fellowships with the BCcampus Open Textbook Project as well as the Open Education Group. Christina is on the Advisory Committee for BCcampuses open education projects, and is also a founding member of the Open UBC working group. She is excited to meet other folks in Canada doing open work in many different sectors and contexts!

Role: Country Leader

Gryph Theriault-Loubier is the country leader of Creative Commons Canada. He coordinates the governance and activities of the Creative Commons in Canada, coast to coast. If you ask for CC Canada to speak at your event, chances are you’re going to have to put up with him.

Gryph is the founder of Thero, a strategy and management collaboratory. He’s also the Entrepreneur in Residence at 10C, a social change lab with 100+ members.

Recently, he’s working on a PhD in the use of collaboration and design in managing complex adaptive systems at the University of Waterloo. He’s interested in complexity science, systems and design thinking (sometimes called systemic design), regenerative and open models of practice, organizational design and development, foresight and social innovation. 

He’s a part of CC Canada because he believes the future is a commons.

He’s on LinkedIN here and Twitter @acommongryph

Role: Head of Arts and Culture

karen darricades is head of arts and culture at Creative Commons Canada. She is the founding artistic director at Never Gallery Ready and host of the #WeMakeMedia podcast.

She is an artist with an arts education/socially-engaged practice that uses a variety of art forms to explore media literacy and issues of social justice with communities. Her own work and the work participants create in her workshops often use materials available through creative commons licensing, which she wrote about here.

She is very much interested in how artists can share works with audiences far and wide, while still making a living from the value produced by arts and culture. Reach out to her @nevergalready on Twitter or Instagram to get involved or share perspectives.

Role: Head of GLAM – Interactive Media

Paul Darvasi is the Head of GLAM – Interactive Media at Creative Commons Canada. He is the CEO and co-funder of Gold Bug Interactive, and he lectures at the University of Toronto on Games & Learning, Social Media and Education, and Educational Technology.

Paul works at the intersections of game design, XR, education, and media and digital literacy. As an educator, he spent over 20 years interrogating copyright, DRM, and open access through pedagogies of production. Many of the games he’s designed for libraries, schools, museums and other cultural institutions dynamically employ archival material and historical artifacts.

He hopes to leverage his interests in interactive media, alternative economic models, Web3, online communities, and the disruptive effects of technology to support the GLAM community and imagine new possibilities for open culture. Feel free to connect with Paul through Twitter @pauldarvasi or on LinkedIn.

Links and more information

  • Creative Commons: Learn about the Creative Commons project internationally.
  • Case studies: Examples of how Creative Commons licences are being used worldwide.