Join us for the 2023 MACT Research Symposium and Distinguished Alumna Presentation

17 May 2023

The Master of Arts in Communications and Technology (MACT) program will hold its annual research symposium at the Digital Scholarship Centre on Friday, May 26 between 1:00-4:00 pm.

The symposium features a poster session, showcasing capping project areas of current MACT students followed by a presentation from a distinguished MACT alumnus.  

Members of the campus community are invited to drop in and check out the MACT program and our diverse range of student projects.

2023 Distinguished Alumna Presentation - Marliss Weber

“If you are fortunate enough to have great people in your life, it’s likely that you’ve been given excellent advice over the years. Whether you take that advice is another question.”

Distinguished alumna, Marliss Weber (MACT cohort 2007) will join us after the poster session on May 26 for a talk celebrating the best advice she should have taken — ideas designed to make us stronger communicators, more connected professionals and better citizens of the world. Marliss will share five hard lessons she’s learned in her 25-year communications career, and will pass along the advice that she didn’t always remember, but hopefully you will. And she might tell a story or two as well.

Marliss Weber is the founding partner of Parodos Social Marketing, an Edmonton-based communications agency that specializes in helping organizations build a more equitable tomorrow through the power of storytelling. Focusing on foundational communications strategy and storytelling through social media, Parodos works with city and community builders on driving diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility through a communications lens. As a burned-out child actor, she credits her early background in theatre and film for her passion for story, and her unique understanding of how to reach and move audiences, and create change. 

Marliss graduated from the MACT program in 2009, and also holds a smattering of other arts-related degrees (in other words, she spent enough time in school to be a doctor, but she wasn’t remotely good at science). When she’s not working in communications, she’s writing screenplays and developing stories for film and television with her partner in business and life, Randy Brososky. And when she’s not doing any of those productive things, you can usually find her cuddling with a cat, playing a board game, riding a bike, or knitting in front of a British murder mystery, like the senior citizen she looks forward to becoming some day.