Dr. Grant Armstrong holds several degrees including a doctorate in education from the University of Toronto. He is also a certified professional coach. He has spent the majority of his career working with, coaching, and studying leadership in organizations in the public, private, and post-secondary education sectors.
Rick Atkinson, president of RA Retirement Advisors, is an expert in retirement planning. He is the author of the bestseller Don’t Just Retire — Live It, Love It! and the popular workbook The First Step.
An artist, writer, and broadcaster, Jaymz Bee has spent more than thirty years in the Canadian entertainment industry. He currently fronts three bands, is pitching a feature film, and is a host and producer at JAZZ.FM91.
Jennifer Chen has worked as an office administrator, store manager, blog writer, and research assistant. She received a Masters of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of British Columbia, and her first screenplay, Owen and the Whale, was ranked in the top ten overall in the Canadian Short Screenplay Competition 2013/14. Jennifer currently lives in Toronto, with her turtle.
Tom Cull grew up in Huron County and now resides in London, Ontario, where he teaches creative writing and serves as the city’s current Poet Laureate. His chapbook, What the Badger Said was published in 2013 by Baseline Press and his work has appeared in a number of journals and anthologies. Since 2012, Tom has been the director of Thames River Rally, a grassroots environmental group that he co-founded with his partner Miriam Love, and their son, Emmett.
John J. De Goey, CIM, CFP, Fellow of FPSC™, is a portfolio manager with Industrial Alliance Securities. He enjoys a national reputation as an authority on professional, transparent financial advice in Canada.
Chris Eyles lives in Mississauga, Ontario where he spends most of his time playing video games, writing, watching movies and playing hockey. He studied Professional Writing at York University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts with Honors. In his spare time he also cosplays and makes costumes.
Jon Paul Fiorentino is the author and poet. He lives in Montreal, where he teaches at Concordia University, is the editor-in-chief of Matrix magazine, and is a poetry editor for Joyland.
Penn Kemp is one of the generation of artists, including Alice Munro, Jack Chambers, and James Reaney, who have put London and Southwestern Ontario on the literary map of Canada and the world. In turn, Penn has brought to London a rich sense of distant parts of the globe and returned home to share with us, her audience, the sights and sounds of these turbulent, powerful places.
Tara McGowan Ross is an aboriginal multidisciplinary artist living in Montreal. She is the creative director of Spectra Journal.
Rod Michalko is a blind disability studies theorist who has recently retired from teaching at the University of Toronto. His books and essays are known internationally. He has now moved into the realm of short story writing, and Things are Different Here is his first collection. He lives in Toronto.
Michael Murray currently lives and works in Toronto with his wife, son, and dog. He works as a creative writer, commentator, blogger, and “journalist.” He has written for the Globe and Mail, the National Post, Hazlittmagazine, CBC Radio, the Ottawa Citizen, The Toast, as well as scores of other prestigious publications that pay extraordinary amounts of money and fly him around in helicopters.
Jill O’Donnell, BA, RN, has been a trailblazer and trendsetter in the field of eldercare management in Canada since 1981. She is the Director of Jill Cares, a division of SPARK DIRECT HEALTH. Jill is co-author of The Canadian Retirement Guide and The Retirement Guide (USA) and a memoir, Searching for Robert.Finding Andrew. She is a well-known presenter at international, national, regional and local conferences on aging.
Holger Petersen is a veteran Canadian broadcaster and record producer. His weekly Saturday Night Blues on CBC Radio and SiriusXM has been a fixture for more than thirty years. At home in Alberta, his CKUA radio show, Natch’l Blues, has been aired every week since 1969. Petersen also runs Stony Plain Records, one of Canada’s longest surviving independent record companies. He was a founder of the Edmonton Folk Music Festival and is a member of the Order of Canada.
Jackie Porter, BA, CFP is a financial advisor, helping families, businesses and professionals for over 19 years. She is a featured speaker and advocate for numerous corporate, non-profit and charitable organizations.
Editor Althea Prince was born in Antigua, the Caribbean, and has lived in Canada, the US, and England. She has taught sociology at York University and the University of Toronto, and now teaches at Ryerson University — The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, where she won the Kay Livingstone Award in 2011. Dr. Prince is known for her work as an essayist and fiction writer. Her published works include The Politics of Black Women's Hair (cultural studies), In the Black (editor), Being Black (cultural studies), Loving This Man (novel), Ladies of the Night (stories), Feminisms and Womanisms: A Women's Studies Reader (co-editor), and How the Starfish Got to the Sea (children).
After twenty years managing rental properties and investing, Terrie Schauer knows how real estate can lead to financial freedom. She coaches and speaks to guide others on this path. She holds monthly real estate workshops for investors. Her blog offers tips and advice on the subject.
Schauer holds a PhD in communications (Simon Fraser University), an MA (University of Oxford), and a BA in philosophy (University of Toronto). She also has an extensive background in martial arts. She earned two world championship medals in kickboxing (bronze) and a 2018 world title in Brazilian jiu-jitsu (no gi, purple belt). She now teaches jiu-jitsu in her hometown of Montreal.
Poet, novelist, and playwright Stan Rogal’s work has appeared in magazines and anthologies in Canada, the U.S., and Europe. His poetry collection Love’s Not the Way To (BookLand, 2013) was shortlisted for a ReLit Award. He lives in Toronto.
Jacqueline Valencia is a poet and film/literary critic. She has written for the Rusty Toque, Lemon Hound, Next Projection, subTerrain, and the Barnstormer, among others. Her chapbook Maybe was selected for the 2012 Arte Factum exhibit by Poetry Is Dead magazine. She lives in Toronto.
Rinaldo Walcott is an associate professor at OISE, University of Toronto. His research and teaching is in the area of Black diaspora cultural studies with an emphasis on queer sexualities, masculinity, and cultural politics. He is the author of Black Like Who? (1997); he edited Rude: Contemporary Black Canadian Cultural Criticism (2000); and co-editor Counselling Across and Beyond Cultures (2010).
In her long life, Eve Zaremba has picked tomatoes, driven a Bookmobile, researched Canadians’ junk food preferences, and written lesbian-feminist detective novels. She reflects on those experiences, and the personalities and politics involved, in her memoir, The Broad Side.
Paul Zits’ first book, Massacre Street (UAP 2013), was shortlisted for the Robert Kroetsch Award and the IndieFab Award for Poetry and went on to win the Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry at the 2014 Alberta Literary Awards. He served two terms as writer-in-the-schools at Queen Elizabeth High School in Calgary, and taught creative writing to students in the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) program. He is a regular instructor with the Writers’ Guild of Alberta’s WordsWorth Camp at Kamp Kiwanis, an instructor with the Edmonton Poetry Festival’s Verse Project, and the former managing editor of filling Station.
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