Kay Martinez joined the University of Toronto in 2019 after moving to Canada from Washington D.C. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Boston College and completed her Master’s Thesis in Communication, Culture and Technology at Georgetown University. Prior to joining the University of Toronto, she worked in the international non-profit sector, first as a communications specialist for outreach and education projects in the Philippines and then as a government contractor to the U.S. State Department. After switching to academia, she served as the program coordinator for the Global Residency Program at the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University. Since moving to Toronto, she has worked with the undergraduate program in the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the graduate office at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, before joining the UofT Entrepreneurship team.

Kay currently serves as the IP Education Program Coordinator, managing the university-wide online training program on intellectual property.

15 seconds with Kay

The invention you can’t live without: Printing Press. At any given moment, I am reading at least 2-3 books from the local library, and my own collection of comics, novels, and non-fiction books is quite extensive. Stories and ideas are how we stay connected, across the lines of longitude and latitude and time, and sometimes I think we forget how astonishing it is that we can read texts from centuries past. That it’s possible to hold the exact same document that someone printed and read 300 years ago. If you ever get the chance to do it, it’s actually the coolest thing ever— a physical reminder that the ideas we have today can still endure and be shared well beyond our own space and time.

Hidden talent: I can fold a tiny paper crane that is half the size of the average fingernail.

Personal motto: Leave every place better than you found it. When in doubt, be kind and choose adventure.