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Scott White

Scott White

CEO | Editor-in-Chief

Scott White is CEO and Editor-in-Chief of The Conversation Canada. Previously, he was Editor-in-Chief of The Canadian Press and VP Content Strategy and Business Development at Postmedia. He has an MBA from the Rotman School of Management 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 The Canadian Press.

Hannah Hoag

Hannah Hoag

Deputy Editor | Environment + Energy Editor

Hannah Hoag has covered the environment, science and medicine for more than 15 years. She launched and ran Arctic Deeply. She has graduate degrees in biology from McGill University and in science and medical journalism from Boston University. Hannah Hoag est journaliste. Elle couvre l'environnement, la science et la médecine depuis plus de 15 ans. Elle a lancé et dirigé Arctic Deeply. Elle est diplômée en biologie de l'Université McGill (M.Sc.) et en journalisme scientifique et médical (M.Sc....

Vinita Srivastava

Vinita Srivastava

Podcast Producer + Host | Senior Editor, Culture + Society

Vinita is a journalist, educator and media innovator with experience in South Asia, South Africa, Rwanda, the U.S. and Canada. She has reported and edited for the New York Times Magazine, VIBE, the Village Voice and was the staff writer at Savoy. She co-hosted the Asia Pacific Forum at WBAI radio and Masala Mixx at CKLN for over a decade. She has taught media for NGOs internationally and at the Ryerson School of Journalism as a professor of journalism.

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 holds a PhD in Planning from the University of Toronto. Her research explores the relationships between the body, place, and technology.

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.

Susannah Schmidt

Susannah Schmidt

Education + Arts Editor

Susannah Schmidt is a journalist who worked as general reporter for Turtle Island News and edited for the Centre for Global Social Policy. Early in her career, she documented play development for Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal and worked in adult literacy. She has a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University, a BA from McGill University in Drama and Religious Studies and 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. 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. Elle détient une maîtrise en journalisme de l’Université de Western Ontario et un baccalauréat en science politique de l’Université McGill.

Patricia Nicholson

Patricia Nicholson

Health + Medicine Editor

Patricia Nicholson is a journalist who has reported on health and medicine for more than a decade. She has been a staff writer at the Medical Post, has produced multimedia content for Women’s College Hospital’s consumer health websites, and has written material for continuing medical education courses. She has a master of journalism degree from Carleton and a BA in anthropology from McMaster University.

Haley Lewis

Haley Lewis

Culture + Society Editor

Haley Lewis is a mixed kanyen'keha:ka (Mohawk) writer, researcher and producer who has reported on arts, culture and politics with a special focus on Indigenous communities. She has worked in TV, radio, and online with CBC, HuffPost Canada and TVO, and freelanced for a variety of other outlets across the country. She has a bachelor of arts from Bishop's University and a master of journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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, notamment, ces dernières années, comme rédactrice en chef de sites web d'information. Elle a occupé divers postes dans le secteur des médias : TC Média (Les Affaires et Commerce), Québecor (Le Journal de Montréal, TVA-Argent), L’actualité et elle a écrit pour de nombreux magazines. Elle est aussi l'auteure de plusieurs romans et biographies.

Kathy Noël

Kathy Noël

Rédactrice en chef adjointe, La Conversation Canada

Kathy Noël est rédactrice en chef adjointe de La Conversation Canada. Journaliste depuis plus de 20 ans, elle détient un baccalauréat en communications de l'Université de Sherbrooke et une maîtrise en responsabilité sociale des organisations de l'Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Elle a réalisé de nombreux reportages publiés dans la presse quotidienne et hebdomadaire (La Presse, La Tribune, Les Affaires) et dans des magazines (L'Actualité, Protégez-vous, Affaires Plus).

Viviane Agostino

Viviane Agostino

Gestionnaire d'audience

Viviane Agostino détient de nombreuses années d’expérience en marketing, communication, et gestion de projets. Elle possède une maîtrise en recherche marketing de HEC Montréal et un baccalauréat en psychologie de l’Université Concordia. Depuis février 2021, elle est en charge d’augmenter la notoriété de la marque, de développer des relations avec les médias et de piloter les réseaux sociaux.

Anowa Quarcoo

Anowa Quarcoo

Assistant Editor, Audience Development

Anowa is an assistant editor who focuses on audience development. An innovator and communicator, she has an MBA and a Master's of Global Affairs from the University of Toronto. She also has a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University, where she majored in online and broadcast journalism.

Ibrahim Daair

Ibrahim Daair

Assistant Editor | Culture + Society

Ibrahim is an assistant editor focusing on culture, society and critical race. He has a master's degree in journalism from the University of British Columbia. He has an MA in conflict analysis & resolution and a BA in politics and international relations and a from the University of Kent.

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David Estok

David Estok

Vice-President, Communications, University of Toronto

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

Professor, School of Journalism, Writing, and Media

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 a full professor at the School of Journalism, Writing, and Media at the University of British Columbia, where his research explores the digital transformation of journalism, media innovation, social media and data journalism. His books include Data Journalism and the Regeneration of News (Routledge ...

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...

Philippe Beauregard

Philippe Beauregard

Chief Communications Officer, Concordia University - Montréal

Philippe Beauregard leads Concordia University's Communications Services, the group that opens the channels of communication throughout the university and to the outside world. Guiding a team of communications, media relations, marketing, and digital communications professionals, Beauregard’s role is to devise and implement strategies that enhance Concordia’s reputation, develop and maintain the integrity of Concordia’s brand and improve the communications between the university and its facul...

Annette Trimbee

Annette Trimbee

President and Vice-Chancellor, MacEwan University

Dr. Annette Trimbee became President and Vice-Chancellor of MacEwan University in 2020. Prior to that, she was president of the University of Winnipeg from 2014-20. Previously, Dr. Trimbee served as Deputy Minister of several departments in the Alberta government, including Finance and Treasury Board, and Advanced Education and Technology. She currently serves on the boards of Universities Canada and USports.

Philip Steenkamp

Philip Steenkamp

President and Vice-Chancellor, Royal Roads University

Dr. Philip Steenkamp is president and vice-chancellor of Royal Roads University. He previously held the role of vice-president, external relations at the University of British Columbia and at Simon Fraser University. His academic roles have included adjunct assistant professor at Queen’s University, research fellow at the University of Namibia and assistant professor and postdoctoral fellow in the Department of History at the University of Victoria, with a focus on African history.

Alice Aiken

Alice Aiken

Vice-President Research & Innovation

Dr. Alice Aiken is the Vice-President Research & Innovation at Dalhousie University. She is an active researcher focused on health systems transformation and evidence-informed policy-making. Dr. Aiken is currently the Vice-Chair of the Governing Council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and chairs the board of Research Nova Scotia.

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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. James leads the platform team that supports the global operation of 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.

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.

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 12k loyalists to live waste free; and supported the launch of Redbubble’s first iOS app and new-look design system.

Paweł Gałązka

Paweł Gałązka

Lead front end developer

Pawel joins The Conversation from Envato and he brings a wealth of knowledge in front-end systems. His responsibilities include front-end strategy, SEO & Core Web Vitals performance, accessibility, front-end dev productivity & code homogenisation.

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Andrew Jaspan

Andrew Jaspan

Founder

Andrew Jaspan is the creator and co-founder of The Conversation. He launched the project in Australia in 2011 and was instrumental in seeing it established in the UK and the US. The project was born out of concerns Andrew had about public access to reliable information amid a dramatic shift in the production and consumption of journalism internationally. Andrew has been Editor of The Observer, The Age (Melbourne), The Scotsman and the Sunday Herald (Glasgow).