David Hains is the co-editor-in-chief of Torontoist, the award-winning online magazine. With a focus on city issues and politics, David has contributed to the Globe and Mail, Toronto Life, the Tyee, and The Grid. In his spare time he watches Ken Burns and Frontline documentaries while reading Twitter and giving his cat Hobbes the belly rubs he needs.

Lyndsie Bourgon is a writer and editor in Calgary. She was raised in a really, really, really small town in southern Alberta, and then moved away for awhile. She studied in Halifax, at the University of King's College, and then she left to go live in Scotland. After living for a year in Edinburgh she spent some time tending garden and vine in Italy, then moved to Toronto, where she started freelance writing. Her features have been published in the Guardian, Slate, The Walrus, Reader's Digest, Roads & Kingdoms, Maclean’s, the Globe and Mail and elsewhere. In 2013, she was chosen as a participant in the Banff Centre's Mountain and Wilderness Writing Workshop. She also teaches and mentors teens at the WordsWorth summer camp.

Nora Loreto is a writer based in Québec City. She is the author of From Demonized to Organized, Building the New Union Movement (2013) and editor of the Canadian Association of Labour Media. She is a political blogger and writes regularly for rabble.ca and various Canadian magazines, most recently This, Canadian Dimension and Briarpatch Magazine. She has degrees from Ryerson University and the University of Saskatchewan.

Marcus Oleniuk is a photographer and artist originally from Saskatoon who has been based in New Delhi, Hong Kong,  and the United Kingdom for the past 25 years. He has worked for dozens of publications worldwide, including Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Sunday Telegraph, Stern, Der Spiegel, Le Monde, The Financial Times, Businessweek, and Fortune. In addition to founding a commercial studio in Hong Kong, he has had 11 books published. He is back in Canada working on a project with Syrian refugees.


Sara Mojtehedzadeh is the Toronto Star's work and wealth reporter, covering issues like precarious employment and the changing nature of work. Previously, she worked for the BBC World Service covering African current affairs. She also reported for a year on development and human rights issues from Nairobi, Kenya through the Aga Khan Foundation of Canada. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto's peace and conflict studies program.

Scott Peterson is the morning Business Host for CBC News Network, providing country-wide coverage of the day's business stories on television and radio. Peterson has reported from numerous cities across Canada on events including the 2005 London Subway Bombings and the European financial panic that followed. He has also reported live from the 2008 Detroit Auto Show, and filed numerous reports during the Financial Crisis of 2007-2009. He has also produced packages on the lighter side of news with BNN's hit series The Good Life. Peterson graduated from Queen's University in Kingston Ontario with an undergraduate degree, and a graduate degree in journalism from Ryerson University.

Tony Burman is former head of Al Jazeera English and CBC News, and now a visiting professor at Ryerson University’s School of Journalism. While Managing Director of Al Jazeera’s worldwide English channel in Qatar from 2008-2010, Arabian Business Magazine named him the second most influential non-Arab in the Arab world and the Canadian Expat Association in November 2009 said he had been voted the third most influential Canadian living abroad, behind Michael J. Fox and Wayne Gretzky.  At the CBC, he spent 35 years as an award-winning news and documentary producer, working in 30 countries, including seven years as CBC’s editor-in-chief.  He started his career as a reporter with The Montreal Starnewspaper.  He was educated at Loyola College in Montreal, and for two years was editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper Loyola News, a proud member of Canadian University Press (CUP).