Born and raised in Montreal, Jennison has been living in the Silicon Valley since 2013, where he is currently Head of Accessibility Engineering Evangelism at LinkedIn. Previously, he spent almost seven years as a member of RBC’s IT Accessibility Team in Toronto. Outside of his professional pursuits, in 2012, Jennison co-founded the annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). GAAD is an annual, grassroots effort inviting the broader, high-tech community around the world to participate in in-person and virtual activities intended to raise awareness of digital accessibility issues that people with different disabilities encounter.
Jennison founded Accessibility Camp Toronto in 2011, Accessibility Camp Bay Area in 2014, and helped found the Boston Accessibility Conference and Accessibility Camp L.A. in 2010 and 2012 respectively. These free, day-long events provide a less formal atmosphere for designers, developers, other tech pros, and people with disabilities to come together and discuss digital accessibility issues. He also founded the Bay Area Accessibility and Inclusive Design (A11yBay) Meetup Group.
In addition to being a member of Knowbility’s Board of Directors, Jennison currently serves on the Boards of the LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired San Francisco as well as AMI (Accessible Media Inc.). Jennison is particularly thrilled to join Knowbility’s Board as he has ties to the organization: having been a repeat instructor at AccessU, fielded a team for OpenAIR, and served as an OpenAIR Judge.