Brady Yano is the Assistant Director of Open Education for SPARC. In this role he provides support and leads special projects across SPARC’s Open Education portfolio.
Brady’s passion for open began during his time as a student leader at Simon Fraser University. Recognizing textbook costs as a barrier to accessing a post-secondary education, he saw open textbooks as the solution. Brady organized a campaign called “#textbookbrokeBC” to raise awareness and expand support for Open Educational Resources (OER) on campus. Brady worked with student societies at other Canadian institutions to launch similar campaigns. He has presented to global audiences on his work promoting OER and co-created the BCcampus OER Student Toolkit.
Brady works to advance the impact and reach of SPARC’s Open Education program. This includes managing Connect OER, co-authoring the OER Digest, and giving workshops and presentations on campus. His portfolio also includes support for communications, policy advocacy, and event planning.
Brady graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. He is based out of Vancouver, BC, Canada.