The Spring 2017 cohort will be working with these creative and artistic leaders. 
Additional speakers to be announced soon...

Nicole Wong A dabbler and flâneuse, Nicole is a visual storyteller with a passion for all things music, contemporary art, design and film. When she isn't crafting visual content for a Canadian diamond brand, she can be found hitting up concerts and art openings, trying new restaurants, and scrolling through Instagram. As a digital influencer, Nicole has worked with brands like La Garçonne and Native Union, and was most recently a national finalist in the Hong Kong Tourism Board and Chinese Restaurant Awards' #TasteHKG contest.

Nicole Wong

A dabbler and flâneuse, Nicole is a visual storyteller with a passion for all things music, contemporary art, design and film. When she isn't crafting visual content for a Canadian diamond brand, she can be found hitting up concerts and art openings, trying new restaurants, and scrolling through Instagram. As a digital influencer, Nicole has worked with brands like La Garçonne and Native Union, and was most recently a national finalist in the Hong Kong Tourism Board and Chinese Restaurant Awards' #TasteHKG contest.

Anita Cheung Anita Cheung is the co-founder and Brand Director of MOMENT Meditation—Canada’s first modern meditation studio. She is interested in making meditation interesting, and relevant.  After dutifully getting a university degree, she threw caution (and her degree) to the wind and dove deep into entrepreneurship waters. She is a solar powered, stationery aficionado with a hot passion for journalling, good design, and naps. 

Anita Cheung

Anita Cheung is the co-founder and Brand Director of MOMENT Meditation—Canada’s first modern meditation studio. She is interested in making meditation interesting, and relevant.  After dutifully getting a university degree, she threw caution (and her degree) to the wind and dove deep into entrepreneurship waters. She is a solar powered, stationery aficionado with a hot passion for journalling, good design, and naps. 

Kristin Ramsey Kristin is a lover of all things publishing and runs the editorial department at Quietly, a Gastown-based content marketing company. Prior to joining Quietly, she was the Associate Digital Editor of NUVO and MONTECRISTO magazines. She has worked with SAD Mag for four years as its copyeditor and proofreader, and is joining the board of directors as co-chair. Kristin also recently co-founded an annual art publication and exhibition called Within Pages because, clearly, she doesn't edit enough as it is. Kristin is a graduate of Simon Fraser University's Master of Publishing program.

Kristin Ramsey

Kristin is a lover of all things publishing and runs the editorial department at Quietly, a Gastown-based content marketing company. Prior to joining Quietly, she was the Associate Digital Editor of NUVO and MONTECRISTO magazines. She has worked with SAD Mag for four years as its copyeditor and proofreader, and is joining the board of directors as co-chair. Kristin also recently co-founded an annual art publication and exhibition called Within Pages because, clearly, she doesn't edit enough as it is. Kristin is a graduate of Simon Fraser University's Master of Publishing program.

 
Michelle Cyca Michelle makes magazines and writes various things (tweets, stories, reports) for passion and profit in Vancouver, BC. She likes puzzling out the clearest and most interesting ways to share information and spark action. The majority of her professional and educational experiences have been in public health, and so she likes talking to friends and strangers alike about their contraceptive choices. You're most likely to run into her at the Vancouver Public Library, especially the Firehall branch.

Michelle Cyca

Michelle makes magazines and writes various things (tweets, stories, reports) for passion and profit in Vancouver, BC. She likes puzzling out the clearest and most interesting ways to share information and spark action. The majority of her professional and educational experiences have been in public health, and so she likes talking to friends and strangers alike about their contraceptive choices. You're most likely to run into her at the Vancouver Public Library, especially the Firehall branch.

Katie Stewart What do you do? I'm the Director of Social Impact at HiVE and the Publisher and Creative Director of SAD Mag. What's your favourite part of your job? Facilitating unique (and sometimes surprising) creative collaborations that result in new art, new ideas, and new ways of doing things. What’s one piece of advice you have to give to anyone who wants a job like yours? You don't have to be an expert to be a risk-taking maniac. You just need to be brave.

Katie Stewart

What do you do?
I'm the Director of Social Impact at HiVE and the Publisher and Creative Director of SAD Mag.

What's your favourite part of your job?
Facilitating unique (and sometimes surprising) creative collaborations that result in new art, new ideas, and new ways of doing things.

What’s one piece of advice you have to give to anyone who wants a job like yours?
You don't have to be an expert to be a risk-taking maniac. You just need to be brave.

Jane Koo Jane is a graphic designer and illustrator, whose work reflects her love for storytelling, witty puns and pleasing colour combinations. She currently works as a graphic designer with ivivva’s Brand & Community team and runs a one-woman design fort, Studio Coup. Jane’s work has appeared both IRL and in the interwebs, such as Vancouver Farmers Market, Translink, Buzzfeed and Refinery 29.  

Jane Koo

Jane is a graphic designer and illustrator, whose work reflects her love for storytelling, witty puns and pleasing colour combinations. She currently works as a graphic designer with ivivva’s Brand & Community team and runs a one-woman design fort, Studio Coup. Jane’s work has appeared both IRL and in the interwebs, such as Vancouver Farmers Market, Translink, Buzzfeed and Refinery 29.

 

 
Jen Sungshine Jen Sungshine speaks for a living, but lives for breathing life into unspoken situations in unusual places. As a queer Taiwanese artist-activist based in Vancouver, BC, she is grateful to live, breathe, dance and work on the unceded, occupied and ancestral lands of the Coast Salish people. A facilitator by trade, she works with creative technology and social justice media to evolutionize and revolutionize QTBIPOC visibility and community-based work through Love Intersections, Our City of Colours, Out in Schools and the Social Justice Institute at the University of British Columbia. Jen’s artistic practice involves learning through unlearning; and instead of calling you out, she wants to call you in, to make artful social change with her. In the audience, she looks for art in your interruption.

Jen Sungshine

Jen Sungshine speaks for a living, but lives for breathing life into unspoken situations in unusual places. As a queer Taiwanese artist-activist based in Vancouver, BC, she is grateful to live, breathe, dance and work on the unceded, occupied and ancestral lands of the Coast Salish people. A facilitator by trade, she works with creative technology and social justice media to evolutionize and revolutionize QTBIPOC visibility and community-based work through Love IntersectionsOur City of ColoursOut in Schools and the Social Justice Institute at the University of British Columbia. Jen’s artistic practice involves learning through unlearning; and instead of calling you out, she wants to call you in, to make artful social change with her. In the audience, she looks for art in your interruption.

Jackie Wong Jackie is the kind of double-Pisces who loves nothing more than a good heart-to-heart. As a journalist and workshop facilitator, she’s even made a living out of it, almost! She’s recently written two multi-part series about grief, loss, and responses to B.C.’s overdose crisis for The Tyee; a personal essay about ancestral identity and food for VICE Munchies; a forthcoming magazine feature on undocumented people in the city for Vancouver Magazine; and a forthcoming best practices guide to engaging the community for museum collections planning for the Museum of Vancouver. Jackie chairs the board of the Hua Foundation, a non-profit connecting Asian youth with social and environmental justice work while building pride in shared heritage and cultural identity. When she was your age, she spent most nights at concerts, wrote embarrassingly about some of them, and hoped one day the free press passes might turn into paid work. She had no idea what was next. She can’t wait to meet you. 

Jackie Wong

Jackie is the kind of double-Pisces who loves nothing more than a good heart-to-heart. As a journalist and workshop facilitator, she’s even made a living out of it, almost! She’s recently written two multi-part series about grief, loss, and responses to B.C.’s overdose crisis for The Tyee; a personal essay about ancestral identity and food for VICE Munchies; a forthcoming magazine feature on undocumented people in the city for Vancouver Magazine; and a forthcoming best practices guide to engaging the community for museum collections planning for the Museum of Vancouver. Jackie chairs the board of the Hua Foundation, a non-profit connecting Asian youth with social and environmental justice work while building pride in shared heritage and cultural identity. When she was your age, she spent most nights at concerts, wrote embarrassingly about some of them, and hoped one day the free press passes might turn into paid work. She had no idea what was next. She can’t wait to meet you.