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Scott White

Scott White

Editor

Scott White is Editor of The Conversation Canada. Previously, he was Editor-in-Chief of The Canadian Press and Vice-President, Content Strategy and Business Development at Postmedia Network. He has an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and is a graduate of the journalism program at Ryerson University. Scott White est directeur de The Conversation Canada. Précédemment, il a été rédacteur en chef de La Presse Canadienne et vice-président à la stratégie de c...

Lee-Anne Goodman

Lee-Anne Goodman

Politics, Business + Economics Editor

Lee-Anne Goodman is a longtime journalist who's worked in Washington, D.C., Ottawa and Toronto covering everything from the political ascent of Barack Obama during her years as White House correspondent to the fatal 2014 shooting on Canada's Parliament Hill. Before joining The Conversation Canada as its Politics, Business and Economics editor, she worked as Business Editor and Ontario Bureau Chief for The Canadian Press, managing a staff of more than 20 reporters and editors.

Vinita Srivastava

Vinita Srivastava

Culture, Arts, Critical Race Editor

Vinita Srivastava is a journalist, educator and interdisciplinary researcher who has reported and edited for the Village Voice, Savoy, VIBE, WBAI Radio and the New York Times Magazine. She was a journalism professor at Ryerson University where she was also the director of Verse City, a multimedia boot camp for marginalized youth. She has led media classes at the National University of Rwanda, the Documentary Organization of Canada, Young People's Press and the City of Toronto.

Heather Walmsley

Heather Walmsley

Health + Medicine Editor

Heather Walmsley is a journalist and interdisciplinary researcher. She has a PhD in the ethics and anthropology of biomedicine and was a SSHRC Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of British Columbia (2012-2015) and Yale Road Scholar in The SFU Writer’s Studio (2016). She has worked as a writer for Internet Magazine and The Independent, Web Editor for Greenpeace UK and knowledge mobilization consultant for many organizations including Mayo Clinic, Genome Canada and PLAN.

Hannah Hoag

Hannah Hoag

Environment + Energy Editor

Hannah Hoag is an award-winning journalist who has covered the environment, science and medicine for 15 years. She has written for Nature, Wired, bioGraphic, The Atlantic, the New York Times, the Globe and Mail, and Maclean’s. She launched and ran Arctic Deeply, an independent digital media project covering circumpolar Arctic issues. She has graduate degrees in biology (human genetics) from McGill University and in science and medical journalism from Boston University.

Nehal El-Hadi

Nehal El-Hadi

Science + Technology Editor

Nehal El-Hadi is a writer, producer and researcher. She has a background in science and environmental journalism, and recently completed a PhD in Planning at the University of Toronto. Her research explores the relationships between the body, place, and technology.

Susannah Schmidt

Susannah Schmidt

Education Editor

Susannah Schmidt is a journalist who has reported for Turtle Island News and edited for the United Church of Canada. For the Centre for Global Social Policy, Susannah wrote general-public stories to share research. Susannah has a degree in Journalism from Ryerson and a BA in Drama and Religious Studies from McGill. She is a graduate student at St. Jerome's University.

Lisa Varano

Lisa Varano

Audience Development Editor

Lisa Varano is a journalist with experience in digital, broadcast and print media. Prior to The Conversation Canada, she worked at CTV News Toronto for five years. She has a Master of Arts in journalism from the University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from McGill University. Lisa Varano est une journaliste ayant de l’expérience dans la presse écrite, parlée et numérique. Avant de se joindre à The Conversation Canada, elle a travaillé à CTV News Toronto dur...

Martine Turenne

Martine Turenne

Éditrice, La Conversation Canada

Martine Turenne est rédactrice en chef de La Conversation Canada. Elle a une vaste expérience en journalisme au Québec. Dernièrement, elle était rédactrice en chef de Droit-Inc et Espresso-Jobs, deux sites web spécialisés qui traitent d’information juridique et d’emplois techno. Auparavant, elle a occupé divers postes dans le secteur des médias québécois : TC Média (Les Affaires et Commerce), Québecor (Le Journal de Montréal, TVA-Argent), L’actualité et Radio-Canada. Martine Turenne is the...

Erin Ward

Erin Ward

Research Assistant

Erin Ward is currently a student in the Master of Journalism program at the University of British Columbia. Previously, she obtained a BA with an honours specialization in philosophy from the University of Western Ontario before going on to complete an MA in philosophy at the University of Windsor. During this time, she also wrote for a variety of local publications including Windsorite.ca and The Windsor Printmaker’s Forum.

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David Estok

David Estok

David Estok is the Vice-President, Communications for the University of Toronto. He oversees a team of marketing and communications professionals in digital media, brand marketing, media relations and communications. Previously, David was Vice-President, Communications for SickKids Hospital Foundation and was also Associate Vice-President for Communications and Public Affairs for The University of Western Ontario. David had a long career in journalism and was the Editor-in-Chief of The Hamilt...

Alfred Hermida

Alfred Hermida

Director and Associate professor, Graduate School of Journalism

Alfred Hermida Ph.D. is co-founder of The Conversation Canada. He is an award-winning author, online news pioneer and media scholar, with two decades of experience in digital journalism. He is an associate professor and director of the School of Journalism at the University of British Columbia, where his research explores the digital transformation of media, social media and data journalism. He is author of Tell Everyone: Why We Share and Why It Matters, winner of the 2015 National Business B...

Mary-Lynn Young

Mary-Lynn Young

Associate professor, Graduate School of Journalism

Mary Lynn Young, PhD, is an associate professor, award-winning academic, university educator and a member of the launch team of The Conversation Canada, a non-profit academic journalism affiliate of the global Conversation network. She is former Associate Dean (Communications and Strategy), Faculty of Arts (2011-2016), director of the UBC Graduate School of Journalism (2008-2011), and acting director (June-December 2007). Her research interests include gender and the media, newsroom sociol...

Pari Johnston

Pari Johnston

Pari Johnston is vice-president, policy and public affairs at Universities Canada, leading all federal policy and advocacy initiatives of the association. She is responsible for strategic oversight of Universities Canada’s government relations, communications, policy and research, international relations and member service initiatives to promote the role of higher education, research and innovation in Canada’s future, at home and abroad. Ms. Johnston joined Universities Canada in 1997, and ha...

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James Hill

James Hill

Head of Engineering

James studied computer science at UNSW. Since then his professional career has been equally split between Australia & the UK. Currently residing in London, he's joined The Conversation eager to work on meaningful software around the way we disseminate information.

Gin Atkins

Gin Atkins

Head of Product

Gin has spent the last 15 years learning about, designing for, and leading people in both product and service environments. Drawing from a uniquely diverse set of experiences that span youth work, management consulting, enterprise innovation labs and tech startups, she combines incisive analysis and strategic thinking with a deep care for, and sensitivity to how people think and feel.

Mark Cipolla

Mark Cipolla

Developer

After finishing a degree in Multimedia Design at Monash University, Mark has worked with a number of design and development teams, including Realestate.com.au and SitePoint.

Nick Browne

Nick Browne

Developer

Nick studied computer science at RMIT University. He has worked in Australia, India, Hong Kong and America before joining The Conversation.

Josh Bassett

Josh Bassett

Data Platform Technical Lead

A UNSW alumnus, Josh enjoys applying CompSci rigour to all manners of problems. Prior to joining The Conversation he worked on several large projects including the Bendigo Bank mobile app, the New Zealand Stock Exchange, the Clear Grain Exchange, and the WordPress iPhone app.

Ben Macleod

Ben Macleod

Commercial Platform Senior Developer

Taking a left turn after a BA majoring in Linguistics, narrowly avoiding a career in rock and roll, Ben studied Software Development at RMIT. He comes to The Conversation from working on the TalkBox platform at ImpactData, and is keen to contribute to shaping the future of journalism.

Tiago Amaro

Tiago Amaro

Developer

Tiago studied computer science at UFF (Universidade Federal Fluminense, Brazil). His motto is to write better software that people will love.

Zoe Jazz

Zoe Jazz

Design Lead

Zoe works across a variety of products to enhance The Conversation’s user experience. As a UX specialist and design thinker, Zoe is excited about technology’s ability to enable better human communication and collaboration. Zoe has previously managed the Wilderness Society’s brand and website launch to raise awareness of nature conservation; founded Ain’t no Planet B to inspire 11k loyalists to live waste free; and supported the launch of Redbubble’s first iOS app and new-look design system.