Preparing to enter her fourth year of music at Memorial University, Dianna Alteen is back for another season of working and performing with Gros Morne Summer Music. This year with the festival, Dianna is working on the Liminus Festival, stage managing Star Taxi, performing in the Disney production, and doing whatever else David tells her to.
A past student of Gary Graham and Karen Michael, Dianna is currently studying flute under Dr. Michelle Cheramy. She frequently performs as a soloist, and in numerous Memorial ensembles including the Wind Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Choir, and MUNkapeli Singers. Dianna also teaches a number of flute and piano students privately.
With a passion for event organizing and hopes of obtaining a Masters in Music Administration, Dianna can always be seen working on an event of some form. In the past, she has been the manager of many Memorial festivals and events such as StringFest, Newfound Music Festival, The Singing Network, and the High School Honour Band.
A new member of the board of Gros Morne Summer Music, Kevin is a Newfoundlander originally from Grand Falls – Windsor and now calls Corner Brook home. Currently, Kevin is a business manager for a medical practice. He spends much of his free time exploring Western Newfoundland and Gros Morne through hiking, skiing, paddling, and hunting.
Kevin has a background as an educator at the intermediate/secondary levels, a sea kayaking guide and has experience with integrated coastal zone management in Western Newfoundland.
Few young performers pack more integrity and soul into their music than singer/songwriter Joanna Barker. In 2010, the twenty-something Grand Falls-Windsor native began sending waves through the already brimming folk music community of St. John’s. Her often painstakingly earnest songs draw from various influences in folk, jazz, blues and country. By early 2012, Joanna celebrated the release of her debut album “February”. Before its release, Barker was already slated by The Newfoundland Herald as one of 2012’s ‘Artists to Watch’. The Telegram had this to say: “Poignant and sombre, (February’s) songs…introduce us to Barker’s distinct thick, folky contralto voice and might resonate with listeners as one of the strongest recent efforts by a Newfoundland female songwriter.” Upon its release, “February” received two nominations at the 2012 Music NL Awards for Female Artist of the Year and The Telegram Folk/Roots Artist or Group of the Year. “February” was also shortlisted for the 2012 Atlantis Music Prize.
Most recently, Joanna’s work has been featured on Lisa Moore’s playlist for Canada Reads on CBC Radio 2. Joanna continues to tour her debut album throughout Canada while working on material for her sophomore studio recording. She calls downtown St. John’s home.
Jacqueline Blanchard is the new Town Manager and Clerk for the town of Woody Point. Originally from Woody Point, Jacqueline recently moved back to her hometown after living on the east coast of Newfoundland for 18 years. She is quickly positioning herself as a force for positive change and growth in the region.
Melissa Blanchard has been a public health nurse and advocate for healthy communities for over 20 years. A strong advocate for her patients and the community, she truly believes in the principles of health promotion. In this vein, she has been heavily involved in such initiatives as community gardens, community kitchens, wellness promotion and programs, violence prevention, and more. A native of Woody Point and graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland, she worked at the Bonne Bay Health Centre for 4 years and as a public health nurse for 17 years. She has been an active community volunteer in Woody Point since 2007.
Nicole Anne Boyer
Nicole is a strategist, future thinker and facilitator of complex change projects across sectors and systems. She founded Adaptive Edge in 2004 to create cutting-edge, collaborative approaches to tackling the critical long-term challenges facing her clients. Her projects span a wide spectrum–from the future of famine to fashion–and consist of consulting, training, action research, facilitation of conferences and meetings, and speaking and content-creation engagements. She learned her unique craft at Global Business Network (GBN), a pioneering think-tank in San Francisco, best known for its network of important future thinkers and future-thinking organizations.
Nicole is also a teacher, writer and social entrepreneur. She is driven by a passion to increase leaders’ adaptive and creative capacities in the face of change. To that end, she led and designed innovative executive development programs in leading institutions such as CEDEP and INSEAD in France. Nicole is also an active blogger, and a contributor to the book “Worldchanging: A User’s Guide to the 21st Century”. As a social entrepreneur, she is an active part of the Hub community and helped found its counterpart in Paris, France. Prior to this, Nicole had worked as a pollster, market researcher, and political speechwriter, and also for a venture capital firm.
Hollis Brunt has been spending summers in Woody Point for most of her life and has been in the audience for Gros Morne Summer Music performances from the beginning. She has stage-managed a wide variety of shows in amateur and professional theatre, worked with a branding and events company, in television production, and as a volunteer with Writers at Woody Point. She is wrapping up her education at Toronto’s Humber College, where she has been a student in Theatre Production. Like many people in creative fields, Hollis was inspired and mentored by a very special teacher when she was very young, and she would like to thank Venetia Fletcher of Hamilton. It took a while, but David Maggs has forgiven her after her miniature schnauzer bit him between performances several years ago.
Hamilton-born Stephen Brunt is a Canadian sports journalist, well known as a leading columnist for The Globe and Mail and as co-host to Bob McCown on Prime Time Sports. Brunt started at The Globe as an arts intern in 1982, after attending journalism school at the University of Western Ontario. He then worked in news, covering the 1984 election, and began to write for the sports section in 1985. His 1988 series on negligence and corruption in boxing won him the Michener award for public service journalism. In 1989, he became a sports columnist.
Nominated for several National Newspaper Awards, Stephen is also the author of seven books: including Facing Ali, which in addition to Canada was published in the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, Australia and Norway, and was named one of the ten best sports books of the year by Sports Illustrated. His book Searching For Bobby Orr was a number one national bestseller and Gretzky’s Tears, a look at the trade that changed hockey, was published in the fall of 2009.
Brunt makes frequent appearances on sports talk radio shows such as Prime Time Sports and Melnick in the Afternoon on the Team 990 in Montreal. He has been the lead sports columnist for The Globe and Mail since 1989 and was a frequent sports panelist on TVOntario’s current affairs programme Studio 2.
Steve Brunt is the Artistic Director of Writers at Woody Point.
Michael Burzynski, BSc, MSc. Resident of Rocky Harbour since 1989, environmental consultant and author, retired Parks Canada ecosystem scientist. President of Foray NL, member of Limestone Barrens Species at Risk Recovery Team, board member of the Gros Morne Co-Operating Association, and People and the Sea Film Festival.
Canadian clarinetist, Christine Carter, has performed extensively as an orchestral musician, including concerts with the Montréal Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and the YouTube Symphony Orchestra. Most recently, she was invited to play bass clarinet for gala performances with the New World Symphony in Miami and as a substitute with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York City. She has appeared under the batons of some of the world’s finest conductors, as well as in concert with Academy Award winners, Dame Helen Mirren and Jeremy Irons.
As a chamber musician, Christine has appeared at prestigious venues across the globe, from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House. Recent highlights include performances at the Nicholas Roerich Museum and German Consulate in New York City, as well as residencies at the Málaga Clásica festival in Spain and Mozartfest in Würzburg, Germany. Upcoming engagements will bring Christine to the Mozarthaus in Vienna, Palffy Palace in Prague, and to China for the Shenzhen International Woodwind Festival.
Christine is currently pursuing research on effective music practice strategies as a visiting scholar at Western University’s Brain and Mind Institute. This research has led to article commissions from a variety of publications and invitations to present performance psychology workshops at universities across North America.
Christine holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from Manhattan School of Music and just completed her first year as Assistant Professor of Music at Memorial University in St. John’s.
Christine is currently the clarinetist of Dark by Five, the ensemble in residence at the Gros Morne Summer Music festival.
Newly appointed Director of Engagement at Grenfell Campus, Ken Carter is spearheading GO Engagement, a new platform for implementing Memorial University’s Engagement Framework at the Corner Brook campus, as well as for Community Education programming and the activities of the Navigate Entrepreneurship Centre. One of Carter’s main goals with the office is to mobilize faculty, staff and students in the public engagement arena and imbed an engagement mindset at the campus via engaged research and experiential learning. GO Engagement was established to build a culture of collaboration within Grenfell and more generally within the western region of Newfoundland and Labrador. Its success depends on continued collaboration between the campus community and local, regional, provincial and global partners. Prior to this from 2009-2014, Ken worked with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Rural Secretariat.
Additionally, Ken is currently a PhD Candidate of the Department of Geography of Memorial University with a research focus in territorial innovation models (TIMs) and evolutionary economic geography and how they can be applied to rural areas of the province. These models include clusters, regional innovation systems, the triple helix, innovative milieu and industrial districts.
Robert Chafe is an acclaimed Canadian playwright, whose play Afterimage won the Governor General’s Award for English language drama at the 2010 Governor General’s Awards. He was previously nominated for the same award at the 2004 Governor General’s Awards for his plays Butler’s Marsh and Tempting Providence.
His other plays have included Place of First Light (co-written with Sean Panting), Charismatic Death Scenes, Belly Up, Emptygirl, Oil and Water, Isle des Demons, Lemons, One Foot Wet, Signals, Under Wraps, and Vive La Rose. He has won numerous Newfoundland and Labrador Arts and Letters Awards, and was named 1998 Emerging Artist of the Year by the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council.
Chafe has also acted, both on stage and in the 2006 television miniseries Above and Beyond.
Tom Cochrane is a digital storyteller and the creative director of Old Crow Magazine, a new digital cultural magazine based in Gros Morne, Newfoundland. Focusing on the themes of the arts, culture, wellness, nature, and sustainability, Old Crow Magazine rests beneath the rubric of ‘rediscovering the good life’ — low on impact and acquisition, high on interaction and experience.
Photographer, videographer and entrepreneur, Tom has established a strong reputation in digital marketing in Newfoundland and Labrador, working with artists to effectively distribute their stories online. He has won national awards for his community-focused blog Cornerbrooker.com, and has produced highly compelling content for Gros Morne Summer Music, Writers at Woody Point, and a suite of corporate clients.
Tom’s work has been featured in publications such as the Globe and Mail, Quill and Quire Magazine, CBC.ca and CBC TV, The Telegram, and Saltscapes Magazine. He was worked with an extensive list of musicians, including The Once, Joel Plaskett, Fortunate Ones, Dark by Five, Sherman Downey, Repartee and more.
In 2014, Tom directed the MusicNL award-nominated music video for The Right Idea by Sherman Downey and the Ambiguous Case.
Yvette Coleman is known for her versatility; captivating audiences with manifold styles of voice including opera, folk , jazz , and musical theatre. A pupil of Dr. Gary Graham and Elizabeth McDonald, she is now a graduate of The University of Toronto with a Bmus in performance voice. Yvette has trained at The Vancouver International Song Institute, Boston Tanglewood Institute, St. Andrews’ Vocal Program, as well as The Center of Opera Studies in Italy, where she performed Pallade&Amore in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea. She recently premiered a new work with the Kane String Players in London, England at The Dylan Thomas Festival , and performed with jazz pianist Florian Hoefner at the DiMenna Centre in New York City. Yvette has been cast as a principal in a new opera, entitled Seth & Osiris with Opera in Concert in Toronto. She will also perform in their production of Louise as Camille. She was awarded scholarship into Indiana Jacobs School of Music, and Mannes School of Music in New York for a Masters Degree in Opera Performance.
Marlene Creates is a Canadian environmental artist currently living in Portugal Cove, Newfoundland. Creates studied visual arts at Queen’s University, then lived in Ottawa for twelve years before moving to Newfoundland in 1985. For over thirty-five years her work has been an exploration of the relationship between human experience, memory, language and the land, and the impact they have on each other. Her work has been shown in over 300 exhibitions across the world.
Marlene’s art practice incorporates her work as an educator, environmentalist and community arts activist. She has led multidisciplinary environmental and place-based art projects with over 2,000 school children in Newfoundland. She has also devoted many years of volunteer work to the arts community, serving nine years on the board of Eastern Edge Gallery, ten years on the Arts & Letters Committee of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, two years on the national council of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, and four years on the board of VANL-CARFAC working for artists’ rights.
In 2001, Creates was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, and has been the recipient of numerous awards including the 1996 Artist of the Year Award from the Newfoundland & Labrador Arts Council, the 2009 The Long Haul Award for Excellence in Visual Arts (EVAs) from VANL-CARFAC, the 2009 CARFAC National Visual Arts Advocate Award” for an outstanding contribution to visual arts advocacy the 2013 BMW Exhibition Prize, which acknowledges “an outstanding Open or Featured exhibition” in the CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto, and the 2014 Grand Jury Award at the Yosemite International Film Festival.
Executive Director of Friends of Gros Morne and chair of the board of the Gros Morne Cooperating Association.
Diederik van Dijk
Diederik van Dijk spent his early childhood in the Netherlands and his high school and university years in Canada. He studied cello with Ian Hampton, Eric Wilson, and Marc Destrubé, and baroque cello with Viola de Hoog. This last study brought him back to the Netherlands, where he lives now in the city of Utrecht.
Being at home on both modern and baroque incarnations of the cello makes Diederik a much sought-after instrumentalist. He is a member of the Nieuwe Philharmonie Utrecht and appears regularly in the productions of Holland Opera. He is also the cellist of Trio da Fusignano and of The Signs Ensemble.
Alongside his love for the classical repertoire, Diederik has developed into an active performer in the popular realm. He bought his first guitar when he was eighteen and started writing songs immediately. Ever since he has been part of innumerable bands, ensembles, album recordings, and singer-songwriter projects.
Since 2007 Diederik van Dijk has spent his summers in Newfoundland, Canada as part of the ensemble in residence at the Gros Morne Summer Music festival. Not only has this festival given him the opportunity to draw from the full range of his musical skills, it has become a true home away from home for him.
Susan Drodge has been the Director General, Policy, Advocacy and Coordination for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency since 2013. Better known as ACOA – APECA, the agency works to create opportunities for economic growth in Atlantic Canada by helping businesses become more competitive, innovative and productive, by working with diverse communities to develop and diversify local economies, and by championing the strengths of Atlantic Canada to meeting changing needs. Drodge first joined the agency in 2009 as a Policy Analyst then Senior Policy Advisor in 2011 before taking on her current DG role.
Prior to her work with ACOA, Drodge worked in policy with Canadian Heritage, and was an Instructor at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Experienced business planner and facilitator with a focus on intergovernmental coordination, stakeholder engagement, policy management and leading strategic analysis, Drodge works diligently to put these skills to use in the service of Atlantic Canadians, helping to build stronger economies through enterprise and community development, and policy advocacy and co-ordination.
Sheila Earle is a Regional Planner for the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development (BTCRD).
Percussionist Paul Fadoul has given solo and chamber music performances across the North America and Spain, and has performed with artists such as Evan Ziporyn, Martin Bresnick, and Robert van Sice. As a member of Tales & Scales from 2003-2005, he performed in over two hundred educational shows annually, including performances with the Milwaukee, Buffalo, and Oregon Symphonies. Recent highlights include the debut of his family show Break it Down! at the Kennedy Center with flautist Zara Lawler, and Lawler + Fadoul’s album release, Prelude Cocktail, which is available on iTunes and features world premieres by Katherine Hoover and Roshanne Etezady. Formerly on the faculty of The Peabody Institute, Fadoul graduated from the Yale School of Music. His honors include the Yale Alumni Award, the Brewster Award for the Kennedy Center Education Program, and the first prize in the National Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Competition college division. Based in Washington, DC, Fadoul is also in demand as a composer and coach of drumlines, and his ensemble has won a WGI national championship and numerous gold medals.
Fadoul is currently the percussionist of Dark by Five, the ensemble in residence at Gros Morne Summer Music.
David Ferry is a director, dramaturge, actor, writer and teacher. He was the consulting artistic director of Resurgence Theatre Company and the York Shakespeare Festival. David was also artistic director of Bluewater Summer Playhouse in Kincardine, Ontario from 1998–2002. David won the 2006 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best Direction for The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (also Best Production Dora) and was invited to the 2006 Festival Intercity in Florence, Italy where he directed Brendan Gall’s Alias Godot in Italian. David has worked as an actor at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival and in most theatres across the country as well as on and off Broadway in New York. As a dramaturge, he has also worked with a number of acclaimed writers.
David works as frequently in film, television, and radio as he does on stage, and has been nominated for or won acting awards such as the Dora Mavor Moore, Genie, Gemini, and Nellie. He has taught acting at theatre schools across Canada, and has recorded an internationally recognized CD collection of Canadian dialects for the actor (Canadian, Eh?). David has also served as Vice-President External of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association and as National Chair of ACTRA Performers’ Guild. He currently is serving as Vice Chairman on the Board of Directors of ACTRA Fraternal Benefit Society; is on the Board of The Actors Fund; is chair of the professional advisory committee for the Humber College Film Studies Program and on the board of the English Alumni Association of The National Theatre School of Canada. David was a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada and has his Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Directing from the University of Victoria where he focused on the work of James Reaney. In 2011, David was the recipient of the Barbara Hamilton Memorial Award.
Jamie Gamble is the owner and principal consultant of Imprint Inc. Jamie is directly involved in designing and delivering consulting mandates in a variety of areas including strategy, change and evaluation. Jamie has proven competencies in research, analysis and presentation, and an aptitude for working in situations of complexity and ambiguity. His high proficiency in group process and facilitation has earned him acclaim from the numerous groups he has worked with. Jamie frequently collaborates with other consultants to deliver more comprehensive services to his clients. Jamie has extensive international experience and has worked in India, New Zealand and Mexico, and all across Canada.
Jamie holds a Masters of Management Degree from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec where he graduated from the highly-regarded McGill-McConnell Program. He also holds an Honours degree in History from Bishop’s University in Lennoxville, Quebec and a Not for Profit Management Certificate from the Banff Centre for Management. He is active in his community and holds various volunteer board and committee positions. He is published as both a photographer and writer, and is an avid musician and long distance runner.
Rob Greenwood is Executive Director, Public Engagement for Memorial University and of The Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development. He has operated his own consulting business and has served as a Director and Assistant Deputy Minister of Policy in Economic Development departments in Newfoundland and Labrador and in Saskatchewan. He was Vice President, Corporate Development, Information Services Corporation of Saskatchewan, and was founding Director of the Sustainable Communities Initiative, a partnership of the University of Regina, the City of Regina, and the National Research Council of Canada.
Rob holds a Ph.D. in Industrial and Business Studies from the University of Warwick, England, which he attended as a Commonwealth Scholar and an Institute of Social and Economic Research Doctoral Fellow. He was Newfoundland’s representative on the International Advisory Board of the North Atlantic Islands Program and co-edited Competing Strategies of Socio-Economic Development for Small Islands, published in 1998. He was also co-editor of Remote Control: Lessons in Governance for and from Small, Insular and Remote Regions, published in 2009.
Tim Griffin currently lives and works in Corner Brook as a family physician. His journey to Medicine and Newfoundland was not a direct one. Tim is originally from Ontario where he attended University of Guelph obtaining B.Sc. H.K. (Hons) 1995. He then settled in Whistler, B.C. and worked as assistant coach of the National Snowboard Team. “Through the Jigs and the Reels” he found himself back in Ontario and eventually shifted direction and entered McMaster Medical School (2005). Enjoying more rural-based rotation, the Family Medicine Program at MUN lured him to Newfoundland. And in true CFA (Come From Away) fashion, he had planned to come to Newfoundland for the 2 years of residency…and that was 10 years ago.
Michelle Harris is a Program Coordinator with the Treehouse Family Resource Centre and is the Librarian at the public library in Woody Point. She is a strong supporter of early childhood development and education, with a very keen focus on the promotion of breastfeeding for healthy babies. She is an active community volunteer with a great passion for her hometown, Trout River.
Field Unit Superintendent of Parks Canada in Western Newfoundland, Geoff Hancock has been working with Parks Canada in various roles since 1991 when he first began as a park interpreter in Gros Morne National Park. Since that time, Geoff has accrued 24 years of experience in the national parks setting and a wealth of knowledge while working in roles of increasing responsibility in locations including Red Bay in Labrador, Banff Alberta, Hamilton Ontario and now Western Newfoundland once again.
Dr. Trevor Hancock is a public health physician, health promotion consultant, and current professor and senior scholar at the new School of Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria. His main areas of interest are health promotion, healthy cities and communities, healthy public policy, environmental health, health policy and planning, and health futurism.
First leader of the Green Party of Canada, Dr. Hancock is one of the founders of the global Healthy Cities and Communities movement and has had a long-standing interest in the relationship between human and ecosystem health and the need to integrate health and sustainability at the community level. He is the founding Chair of the Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition and was also instrumental in initiating BC Healthy Communities. He has consulted healthy city/community projects in several countries (notably Sweden and the USA) as well as across Canada. He was the principal consultant for the Healthy Toronto 2000 project and a consultant to the Canadian and the WHO Europe Healthy Cities Projects. He also co-founded the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment and the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care. He is currently on the board of the Child and Nature Alliance and the Stewardship Council of the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care, and is an advisor to the “Healthy Communities: An Approach to Action on Health Determinants in Canada” project, a collaboration of four provincial Healthy Communities networks. Dr. Hancock is also Co-Director of the Core Public Health Functions Research Initiative at UVic, and a member of the Canadian Reference Group on Social Determinants of Health, the Steering Committee for the Fourth Pan-Canadian Conference on Chronic Disease Prevention, and the Advisory Council of the Arts and Health Network Canada.
His main areas of strategic focus within the health care system are population health promotion, public health renewal, clinical prevention, self-care and the ‘greening of health care and he has been described as “one of the ten best health futurists in the world”.
Outside of his work life, Trevor is an enthusiastic Morris dancer – a traditional English folk dance, and a semi-professional outdoor photographer.
Award winning Canadian singer/songwriter Sarah Harmer began her solo career in 1999 playing dates with the Indigo Girls, Great Big Sea, and Moxy Fruvous. Harmer’s first album outside of Weeping Tile was a tribute to her father titled Songs for Clem. Her proper debut album, You Were Here, was released in mid-2000. Harmer returned with a follow-up in 2004, All of Our Names, and in 2006 she explored her country and bluegrass side in I’m a Mountain, which garnered the singer three Juno Award nominations. 2010 saw the release of her fifth album, Oh Little Fire, which was also nominated for three Juno Awards.
Harmer is also an environmental activist, co-founding PERL (Protecting Escarpment Rural Land) in 2005, an organization which campaigned to protect the Niagara Escarpment from a proposed gravel development which would see some parts of wilderness near the escarpment removed. Her acoustic band embarked on a tour of the escarpment and produced a documentary DVD of the tour in 2006 called Escarpment Blues. Harmer also coauthored a book about the campaign in 2007, The Last Stand: A Journey Through the Ancient Cliff-Face Forest of the Niagara Escarpment. In October 2012, PERL won their case against the development. In 2011, Harmer also participated in the National Parks Project, visiting British Columbia’s Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve and Haida Heritage Site with Bry Webb, Jim Guthrie and filmmaker Scott Smith.
Harmer will be performing in Woody Point on the night of July 18, as a guest artist of the Liminus Festival.
Associate Professor, Acting, and Head of Division of Fine Arts at Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Grenfell Campus, Todd Hennessy has been a professional director for the last 17 years. His main focus has been on new play development, working with such writers as the award-winning Des Walsh (The Words That Make the Wounded Free, Garland House, Johnny August, The Queen of Swansea), as well as Joan Sullivan (Rose Hoskins), and Gordon Pinsent (Corner Green). Hennessy has directed for Rising Tide Theatre (Saltwater Moon, Death and the Maiden, Rock and Roll); Theatre Newfoundland Labrador (Corner Green) and the Stephenville Festival (Noises Off, Stones in His Pockets).
Todd holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Masters of Fine Arts in Directing from the University of Calgary.
Miranda Hill is a writer of fiction and poetry. In 2011, she won The Writers’ Trust / McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize for her story, “Petitions to Saint Chronic.” Her collection of short fiction, Sleeping Funny, is published by Doubleday Canada. She is currently at work on a novel (Conduct, also for Doubleday Canada), a multi-generational story that weaves between Pittsburghs fine houses and steel mills and Muskoka’s cottage country.
Hill is also the founder and executive director of Project Bookmark Canada, an initiative that installs text from stories and poems in the exact physical locations where literary scenes are set.
Hill was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario and grew up in Alliston, Ontario. She received a degree in Drama from Queen’s University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. Today, she writes and reads in Hamilton, Ontario where she lives with her husband, writer Lawrence Hill, and their children.
Lawrence Hill is a Canadian novelist, essayist and memoirist and the acclaimed author of nine books. The son of American immigrants — a black father and a white mother — who came to Canada from the US the day after they married in 1953, Hill grew up in the predominantly white suburb of Don Mills, Ontario in the sixties, and was greatly influenced by his parents’ work in the human rights movement. Much of Hill’s writing touches on issues of identity and belonging. His 2007 novel The Book of Negroes (also published as Someone Knows My Name and Amanita) won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book and both CBC Radio’s Canada Reads and Radio-Canada’s Combat des livres. In 2013, Hill wrote the non-fiction books Blood: the Stuff of Life (which formed the basis of his 2013 Massey Lectures) and Dear Sir, I Intend to Burn Your Book: An Anatomy of a Book Burning. Along with director Clement Virgo, he co-wrote a six-part television miniseries based on The Book of Negroes, which appeared on CBC TV in Canada and on BET in the USA in early 2015. His fourth novel, The Illegal, will be published by HarperCollins Canada in September, 2015.
Gros Morne Summer Music is very pleased to present readings by Lawrence Hill in Woody Point on the night of August 16, as part of the Liminus Festival.
Experienced planner, caterer, business owner and entrepreneur, Bridget Howe plays a central role as Event Manager of the Gros Morne Summer Music team. A driving force behind the scenes making it all happen, “Bridge” is the glue and the gun that keeps everything together and gets it done. Hailing from Burnham in the UK, Bridget worked for over 21 years in planning with Mars Confectionary, and is undeniably one of the “sweetest” members of the GMSM team. Entrepreneur, Bridget also owned and ran a popular beachside grillhouse for 5 years in Pasadena on Newfoundland’s West Coast before joining forces with GMSM in 2014.
Robert Humber is a multi-instrumentalist and an aspiring composer from Pasadena, Newfoundland. He is heading into his third year of studying at MUN School of Music with a focus in Musical Composition. He is inspired by everything from Stravinsky to Gordon Lightfoot and enjoys improvising on piano and singing like Jim Morrison in the shower. He makes a mean butter chicken dish and, from what I hear, is pretty good at ping pong.
A native of Newfoundland, Elizabeth Janzen’s playing has been hailed in the New York Times as “athletic, graceful”. She holds flute and piano ARCT Performance Diplomas from the Royal Conservatory of Music and pursued advanced flute studies with Susan Hoeppner at the University of Toronto and at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, with Linda Chesis.
As a winner of New York’s prestigious Artist International Competition, Elizabeth gave her debut recital at Carnegie Hall in 2005, praised in the New York Concert Review for the “velvety tone radiating from her flute” In 2007, she was invited to be the first flute fellow in The Academy, a prestigious new program of Carnegie Hall, the Weill Music Institute and The Juilliard School. She has performed under the baton of some of the world’s most prestigious conductors, including David Robertson, Susann Mälkki, Pierre Boulez, Simon Rattle and Christopher Hogwood and is currently 2nd flutist with the Victoria Symphony in Texas. Elizabeth has performed nationally and internationally with The Fireworks Ensemble, Talea, the DeCoda Ensemble and Dark by Five.
Equally devoted to her work as a teacher, she has served as a flute teacher, chamber coach and teaching artist for many acclaimed institutions, including the Manhattan School of Music Precollege, The Diller-Quaile School of Music, the New York Summer Music Festival, the New York Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall and serves as Assistant Professor of Flute at Texas A&M University – Kingsville.
Janzen is currently the flautist of Dark by Five, the ensemble in residence at Gros Morne Summer Music.
Kristjan Jespersen is a PhD Fellow of the Department of Intercultural Communication and Management of the Copenhagen Business School (CBS). As a primary area of focus, he studies the growing development and management of Ecosystem Services in developing countries. Within the field, Kristjan focuses his attention on the institutional legitimacy of such initiatives and the overall compensation tools used to ensure compliance. He has a background in International Relations and Economics. Kristjan’s main areas of research are Social Entrepreneurship, Social Innovation, Ecological Economics, and Corporate Sustainability.
Born and raised in Mont-Saint-Hilaire Quebec, Teresa Kachanoski, is an accomplished visual artist and arts administrator. Her art practice has ranged from life drawing classes in Montreal in the 70’s to landscape painting at Emma Lake, Saskatchewan in the late 90’s. She completed her BFA at the University of Alberta in 2005, focusing on painting and printmaking. Teresa served as president of the Society of Northern Alberta Print Artists (S.N.A.P.) from 2006-2010.
Currently living in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Kachanoski has been very active in the local arts community, putting her considerable artistic talents to work in support of various community projects. She has served on the board of Visual Artists Newfoundland and Labrador (VANL-CARFAC) of which she is the current Chair. She has been involved in helping organize the Excellence in Visual Arts awards since 2011, and is a member of St. Michael’s Printshop and Eastern Edge Gallery.
Colleen Kennedy is the Executive Director of the Gros Morne Cooperating Association (GMCA) with more than 18 years of experience in Newfoundland and Labrador’s tourism industry.
Recognizing Gros Morne as an icon for tourism in Newfoundland and Labrador, Colleen’s vision is to position the region as a leader in sustainable tourism and as a premiere destination for travelers who value cultural, economic and environmental sustainability.
She is also at the helm of the Gros Morne Institute for Sustainable Tourism (GMIST), an institute intended to advance the quality and success of Atlantic Canadian tourism operators. Colleen is passionate about tourism development and striving for excellence in the industry. She works tirelessly to achieve these goals and her efforts have resulted in Colleen being a 2014 recipient of the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador as well as the recipient of the 2013 Doug Wheeler Tourism Award.
Neil is a city kid from Toronto. After getting his degree in Peace and Conflict studies at the U of T he felt sufficiently equipped to swing a hammer for a few years, then jumped on a tractor to work on an organic farm north of the city.
He loves politics, oysters and soccer.
Violinist Lynn Kuo has appeared as recitalist, guest soloist, and chamber musician across North America, Europe, and Asia. In demand as an interpreter of new music, Lynn has given numerous world premieres of acoustic and electroacoustic works written for her and various ensembles by composers from Canada, United States, Serbia, Croatia, and Ireland. As a guest soloist, she has performed with the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Thirteen Strings, Canadian Sinfonietta, Brandon Chamber Players, Nexus percussion ensemble, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra (Bulgaria), Cantus Ensemble (Croatia), Lviv Philharmonic, Lviv Virtuosi (Ukraine), and as guest soloist with Hungary’s gypsy orchestra, Rajkó Band.
Based in Toronto, Lynn is the Assistant Concertmaster of the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, in addition to performing with the Canadian Opera Company and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Lynn has also served as adjudicator, guest artist, teacher, and lecturer at Canadian festivals and universities. She holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Toronto, having dedicated her research to the subject of holistic health and injury prevention in orchestral string musicians.
Member of the board for Gros Morne Summer Music since 2010, Kate Lafferty is a Medical Doctor who is actively involved in linking health to holistic practice. Originally from Ontario, Dr. Lafferty has called Corner Brook home for the past eight years and has become a well-known face locally, both inside and outside the scope of her medical practice. Lafferty has also been on the board of the Western Memorial Regional Hospital Foundation on Newfoundland’s west coast since 2010 and has been an author for The Foundation for Medical Practice Education – affiliated with McMaster University Medical School – for nearly 12 years now.
Kate has a B. Sc. H. K. (Hons) from the University of Guelph (1994), a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) from the University of Ottawa (1998), Certification in the College of Family Physicians from the University of Toronto (2000), and is currently working towards a Master of Public Health (MPH), Health Promotion, from the University of Alberta.
Todd Lanier Lester is an artist, writer and cultural producer. He lives and works in São Paulo, where he is developing Lanchonete.org — a project focused on daily life in the city center — with a group of fellow artists and city dwellers. He has worked in leadership, advocacy and strategic planning roles at Global Arts Corps, Reporters sans frontiers, and Astraea Lesbian Justice Foundation. He founded freeDimensional, a network that helps artists in danger by providing safe haven in participating artist residencies. Todd is a Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute where he directs the Arts-Policy Nexus; a co-curator for the Arts & Society Team of Cities for People in Canada; and serves on the boards of arts, rights and literary organizations in India, Mexico, Brazil and the US. artist.roundtable (A.RT) is a collaborative methodology that he is co-making among a broad group of artists and non-artists.
Katherine Lockhart is an experienced administrator with a background in event and project planning with a strong passion for the arts and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Located in Rocky Harbour, Newfoundland, Katherine is the Director of Creative Gros Morne, a platform for promoting the vision of the Gros Morne National Park Region as a nationally recognized centre for culture and creativity, inspired by and reflecting the natural environment that will attract international attention.
Recognizing this strong cultural base, the increase in cultural activity and the potential for considerably more, the Gros Morne Co-operating Association (GMCA) engaged the services of Artexpert.ca to assist it in developing a five-year Cultural Blueprint. In July of 2012 the first phase of implementation of the Gros Morne Cultural Blueprint (GMCB) began led by the GMCA, with funding and support from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), the Department of Innovation, Business and Rural Development (IBRD) and Parks Canada. An Implementation Committee to advise on the progress and direction of activity has been established and is comprised of regional cultural and tourism stakeholders, as well as representatives from IBRD, ACOA, Parks Canada, Canadian Heritage and the Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation. Katherine is the coordinator for the implementation of the Gros Morne Cultural Blueprint.
David grew up in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and has spent many years cultivating his talent as a classical pianist, performing across Canada, in the U.S. and in Europe. He has appeared frequently on CBC Radio, and been fortunate to collaborate with some of the most exciting players of his generation. In 2002, David founded Gros Morne Summer Music, a music festival that has grown into a year-round interdisciplinary arts festival dedicated to cultivating the intrinsic value of artistic activities to community life. Since then, GMSM has hosted artists from over a dozen different countries and developed exciting original work that blends the worlds of concert music, theatre, dance, and new media. In recent years, David has diversified the focus of GMSM to explore the links between the arts, sustainability, health, technology and the natural world, leading to such projects as the renovation of St Pat’s Church into an innovative performance studio, the Earth to Human project, and with the help of renowned environmentalist David Suzuki, the launch of a major initiative to coordinate culture and sustainability in Western Newfoundland that has ultimately led to the Liminus festival – a summer gathering of interdisciplinary change scholars and practitioners dedicated to the exploration of these intersecting links.
David’s work has been featured on the cover of Canadian Geographic’s Traveler magazine, Atlantic Progress, CBC’s Sounds Like Canada, CBC Newsworld, the Toronto Star, and sustainability blogs from Sweden to the Philippines. Granville Magazine named him one of three ‘emerging stars’ of the environmental movement. He is currently a post-doctoral researcher at UBC’s Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability, working with John Robinson.
Now Assistant Deputy Minister for the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development (BTCRD), Rita Malone was first appointed Assistant Deputy Minister, Regional Operations, Department of Innovation, Trade and Rural Development in August/2004. Ms. Malone joined the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1985 after an eight year career in Branch Management with a major commercial bank serving in branches in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador.
Since joining government, she has held a number of progressively responsible positions throughout government including management positions with the Department of Transportation and Communications and Public Service Commission with responsibility for Western Newfoundland and Labrador regions. She has been involved in economic and community development in senior management positions with Newfoundland and Labrador Development Corporation, Department of Development and Rural Renewal and Department of Industry, Trade and Rural Development as well as in a number of volunteer leadership positions at provincial and national levels including the Chamber of Commerce, 1999 Canada Winter Games Board of Governors, and Chair of Apparel Industry Development Conferences for Atlantic Canada. She has also been Bid Chair for national and international sporting events including International Commonwealth Judo, Alpine Canada Ski Bid and Chair of Western Memorial Hospital Foundation as well as held other executive positions for charitable organizations including the Diabetes’s Association. She holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration, completed the fourth level CMA Program and the Executive Development Program of Memorial University.
Anne Marceau, BSc. Resident of Rocky Harbour since 1989, is a naturalist and heritage tourism consultant, and retired Parks Canada interpretive specialist and manager, co-founder of the Gros Morne artist in residence program. Program director of Foray NL, board member of the Gros Morne Co-operating Association, community volunteer with Bonne Bay Cottage Hospital Heritage Corporation.
Louis McDonald is a musician and sound technician based in Corner Brook, NL. Since Gros Morne Summer Music started, Lou has been a part of the festival by performing in shows (like Sherlock Holmes, the Nazi of Bonne Bay, and Andrew Lloyd Webber) and by recording and mixing the ensemble. He is an integral and very colourful member of the GMSM team.
A native of Owen Sound, McKay is an award winning poet, editor and creative writing teacher. He has published numerous books of poetry including Birding, Or Desire (1983), Sanding Down This Rocking Chair on a Windy Night (1987), Night Field (1991), Apparatus (1997) and Another Gravity (2000). McKay has won two Governor General’s Awards for Poetry (in 1991 and 2000), a National Magazine Award in 1991, the Canadian Authors Association Literary Award for Poetry in 1983, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Poetry (also in 1983) and was shortlisted for the inaugural Griffin Poetry Prize in 2001. McKay’s latest book of poetry, Strike/Slip, was published in early 2006. 2006 also saw the publication of Field Marks – The Poetry of Don McKay, a volume featuring some of his best poetry. In 2008, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.
McKay has taught at the University of Western Ontario, the University of New Brunswick, The Banff Centre, the Sage Hill Writing Experience, and the BC Festival of the Arts. He has also served as editor and publisher of Brick Books, and from 1991 to 1996 he edited Fiddlehead magazine.
This is Don’s second time working with Gros Morne Summer Music, his first being in Beyond Words as a part of the 2013 season.
Michael is a percussionist and audio technician who is returning to Gros Morne Summer Music for his second season. He earned his Bachelor of Music in Performance from Acadia University, where he studied Percussion with Mark Adam and Guitar with Jeff Torbert. Michael has performed solo recitals and ensemble concerts all across Canada, covering many styles of music. Ensembles he has performed with include, Symphony Nova Scotia, TorQ Percussion Ensemble, Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra, Acadia Gamelan Ensemble, and the University of Manitoba Symphony Orchestra. Michael’s Tech credits include two years of stage management at the Atlantic Festival of Music in Halifax, Nova Scotia as well as audio work with The March Hare festival in Corner Brook, and Old Crow Magazine.
Stephen hails from Corner Brook, NL and after living abroad in Western Canada for more than a decade, he has returned to Newfoundland seeking a foundation in family and community. With feet planted firmly in Business, Technology and the Arts, Stephen has spent the better part of the last 19 years honing a multi dimensional skill set from a unique perspective. Stephen is a principle with Integrated Sensing & Surveillance Inc., one of Canada’s premier Aerial Surveillance and Sensing companies. Through the use of high resolution infrared imaging and laser based gas leak detection, ISS Inc. focuses on ensuring the safety and longevity of Oil & Gas Pipelines, and Forestry and Utility assets throughout North America. As a musician, technology enthusiast, project manager and business leader, Stephen has also spent the past 4 years as Technical Director for Gros Morne Summer Music transforming the annual programming vision into a kaleidoscope of visual and phonic felicity. Stephen also sits on the board of MusicNL as the Regional Director, Western Region. MusicNL is an organization with a mandate to address key issues affecting the Newfoundland & Labrador music industry in order to implement positive change by presenting a strong voice to government, business and the community at large.
As the Executive Director of the very successful Writers at Woody Point literary festival and host of the Voice of Bonne Bay (VOBB) radio’s music show On My Radar, Gary Noel is a well-known face and voice in the communities of Woody Point, Norris Point and the greater Bonne Bay area of Western Newfoundland.
A champion of the region and advocate for environmental and social justice issues, Gary sees the world as one community and citizens from all over the world as neighbors and friends, as demonstrated through his work with Writers at Woody Point. Inaugurated in 2004, the festival is organized and presented by Friends of Writers at Woody Point and, each year, has played to sold-out audiences. Gary has worked tirelessly the past several years to bring writers, artists and scientists here from around the world as well as a wealth of home-grown talent in art, craft, and music.
Firmly rooted in Newfoundland literature, which is itself wildly acclaimed across Canada and internationally, the festival attracts both writers from abroad and those nurtured here at home. They come to Woody Point to read their work to hospitable audiences of villagers and visitors. Gary has helped shape the writers festival and the larger community into a place where authors can connect with other writers while taking in the unique atmosphere and creativity of Western Newfoundland.
Executive Director of the Centre for Community Based Research (CCBR) since 1996, Joanna Ochocka has led community engaged research and knowledge mobilization activities for almost 20 years overseeing over 300 research projects. She has been a principle investigator in over 60 research studies involving multiple partnerships. She sees research as a catalyst for social innovation, for public policy improvements and for promoting knowledge democracy in which local knowledge is valued in building local solutions. She has worked with many not-for-profit organizations, academic institutions, government funders, philanthropic foundations, and community groups on a variety of social issues.
She is adjunct associate professor at both University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University being an active academic teacher, and supervisor. In 2005, she won the WLU Award for Teaching Excellence. Joanna has authored over 50 academic articles, co-authored a book, and presented at over 130 conferences.
Internationally, Joanna is an active member of the Global Alliance on Community Based Research (GACER). She gave a plenary workshop at the 6thGlobal University Network for Innovation (GUNi) Conference in Barcelona, Spain 2013 and presented at the Living Knowledge Conferences in Germany, UK and Northern Ireland. She led an evaluation of the Canadian Immigration Integration Project in China, India and the Philippines. Recently Joanna has provided CBR training and engagement to academics, government, public sector workers and community members in Ontario, Newfoundland and in Indonesia.
Rachel recently directed the world première opera Stickboy, libretto by Shane Koyzcan and composition by Neil Weisensel for Vancouver Opera. This year she also directed Selfie for Théâtre la Seizième (Jessie Award nomination, Outstanding Direction),Glengarry Glen Ross for Classic Chic Productions, Kayak for the Firehall Arts Centre/ Alley Theatre, and The Contest of the Winds for Caravan Farm Theatre. Rachel was co-Artistic and Managing Director of Solo Collective Theatre for five years where directorial credits include After Jerusalem and cool beans. She interned in directing at both the Shaw Festival and the Stratford Festival, and this is her third season as resident stage director of Dark by Five at Gros Morne Summer Music. In 2012 Rachel won a Jessie Award for Outstanding Direction and the Ray Michal Award for Outstanding Body of Work by an Emerging Director. She is currently developing two new works: Mata Hari with Single Line Theatre and Point Counterpoint with the Elbow. Rachel is a graduate of the University of Alberta and Studio 58.
Associate Vice-President of Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Grenfell Campus, David Peddle has been affiliated with Memorial University for 29 years as student, teaching assistant, alumnus, sessional lecturer, professor, program chair (humanities) and divisional head (arts). A native of Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Dr. Peddle strives to keep the interests of the student at the heart of the institution and takes a student-centred approach to teaching and learning. Prior to his appointment at Memorial in 2000, he taught for two years in the foundation program of the University of King’s College in Halifax, N.S.
Dr. Peddle is co-editor of Philosophy and Freedom (UTP) and numerous articles and book chapters in the fields of political philosophy and the philosophy of religion, and is the managing editor of Animus: The Canadian Journal of Philosophy and Humanities. Dr. Peddle holds a PhD in political philosophy from the University of Ottawa, and an MA and BA in philosophy from Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Joel Plaskett is a Canadian rock musician originally from Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. He first rose to prominence as a member of the Halifax alternative rock band Thrush Hermit in the 1990s, transforming himself through the first decade of the 21st century from an admired regional musician to a “nationally adored” icon. Plaskett is comfortable playing in an eclectic array of genres, from blues and folk to hard rock, country, and pop. With his band The Emergency, he has toured throughout North America and Europe with such performers as The Tragically Hip, Sloan and Kathleen Edwards.
On his most recent album, Park Avenue Sobriety Test, Plaskett offers up a wide mix of styles touching on his solo acoustic side, his guitar rock work with the Emergency, his happy-go-lucky rhyming talents, carefree memories of growing up in Nova Scotia, and a little bit of anger at the forces making life tougher these days.
Plaskett will be performing in Woody Point on the night of July 16, as a guest artist of the Liminus Festival.
Principal viola with the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Kate was a member of the NSO and Newfoundland Sinfonia (2001-2004) and of the Atlantic String Quartet based in St. John’s Newfoundland. Prior to this, she had held a residency at the Banff Centre for the Arts from 1999-2000. In 2005, Kate joined the BBC Symphony Orchestra in London (UK) where she remained a member of the viola section for 6 years and played regularly with the renowned Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Philharmonia Orchestra of London among others. She was also a member of the Elgin String Trio, and was actively involved with the BBC’s outreach and education programs. During this time, Kate also became co-producer of multimedia ensemble Meduse, who debuted at Sound Symposium in 2004. In 2011, Kate moved again, this time to northern Norway to join the chamber group MiNensemblet, with whom she played a wide range of music both across Norway and internationally, including tours to Russia and China. In 2013, after almost 10 years abroad, Kate returned to Newfoundland and rejoined the Atlantic String Quartet and the NSO.
Kate has been recorded by CBC for Two New Hours and Musicraft and made numerous recordings with orchestras in the UK for the BBC as well as for top record labels.
Trained at the National Theatre School of Canada, Jody Richardson is a writer, actor, singer/songwriter, composer, producer and musician and a founding member of the Independent Artists Cooperative in St. John’s Newfoundland. A powerful vocalist, Richardson has been the lead singer and songwriter of several bands starting with Thomas Trio and the Red Albino in the 80s/early 90s, Fur Packed Action in the 90s, and now the Pathological Lovers, a favourite of the St. John’s rock scene.
Voted as St. John’s’ Best Rock Star now for 3 years running as part of the Pathological Lovers, Richardson’s compelling voice, melodies and lyrics are unique, intense, dynamic and uncomfortably honest. The Globe And Mail has referred to them as “One of the 10 bands that ‘Rock The Rock”. In 2010, Pathological Lovers received the MusicNL award for “Alternative Group of the Year”.
Richardson is also an accomplished actor and has appeared in a wide variety of television and theatre productions including Republic of Doyle, Screamers: The Hunting, New Waterford Girl and Down to the Dirt to name just a few.
Gros Morne Summer Music is pleased to welcome Richardson as a guest artist, writer and actor for the 2015 season.
Richard Roberts was born and raised in Woody Point. Like many Newfoundlanders of his generation, he went away for school and work for several years, but has now happily relocated back home. Deputy Mayor of Woody Point, he’s an IT aficionado and one of the most easy going conversationalists and story tellers you will ever meet.
John Robinson is the Associate Provost, Sustainability at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and is a professor with UBC’s Institute for Resources, Environment & Sustainability and with the Department of Geography. Dr. Robinson is responsible for leading the integration of academic and operational sustainability on UBC’s Vancouver campus. In that capacity, he directs the UBC Sustainability Initiative (USI) and provides leadership for UBC’s academic, research and operational activities and programs in sustainability. He also represents UBC’s sustainability activities to the broader local and international community. His research focuses on the intersection of sustainability, social and technological change, behaviour change, and community engagement processes. Prior to becoming Associate Provost at UBC, from 1999 to 2011, Robinson was deeply involved in the development of the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability (CIRS), which is now a living laboratory of sustainability research and practice on the UBC campus.
Dr. Robinson was a Fellow of the Trudeau Foundation from 2008-10. In 2010, he won BC Hydro’s inaugural Larry Bell Award for advancing energy conservation in British Columbia. In 2011, he won the Education Leadership Award of the Canada Green Building Council, and in 2012 he received the Metro Vancouver Architecture Canada Architecture Advocacy Award and was named Environmental Scientist of the Year by Canadian Geographic magazine. As a Lead Author, he contributed to the 1995, 2001 and 2007 Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 with Al Gore.
Allison Rowe is one of the newest members of Gros Morne Summer Music, having recently joined the team as Festival Manager. A native of Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Rowe left the island in 1991 to pursue language studies at Mount Allison University, embarking upon what would become a nearly 20-year adventure travelling, studying and working abroad, mainly in France, Japan and Montreal. During that time, Rowe gained extensive experience in international relations, partnership building and program management across sectors, countries and cultures while working for such organizations as the Permanent Delegation of Japan to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, the 2005 World Expo in Japan, and McKinsey and Company, a global management consulting firm. Before joining GMSM in June of this year, Allison worked as Executive Director for the Community Youth Network in the Corner Brook and Bay of Islands region offering programs, support and services to at-risk youth as well as collaborating with community partners to help end homelessness in Newfoundland and Labrador. Left-brained by day, right-brained by night, Allison is an out-of-the-box thinker who thrives on finding innovative approaches and solutions to complex societal problems.
Bass player with the St. John’s band Pathological Lovers, Dave Rowe has been touted as having the best bass tone in St. John’s. His unique playing style comes as much from Bill Monroe as it does Jesus Lizard, and he is as skilled on up-right, mandolin and banjo as he is at driving the band’s electric low end. Forged in 2006, alongside band members Jody Richardson, Alex Pierson and Grant King, Pathological Lovers have quickly built up a strong local following from live performances in downtown St. John’s. The Globe And Mail has referred to them as “One of the 10 bands that ‘Rock The Rock” and in 2010, they received the MusicNL award for “Alternative Group of the Year”. Their music could be described as melodic, intense, beautiful and dynamic, and audience members appreciate their precise catchy songs.
2009 saw the release of their highly anticipated debut LP: Calling All Favours, and then in early 2010 they shot their first video for the single “Best Served”, under the direction of Jordan Canning. In 2013, they embarked on their first Atlantic Canadian tour and released a four song EP titled “We Can’t Even Lose” in April 2014.
Since 1999, Claude Schryer has been the Coordinator of the Inter-Arts Office of the Canada Council for Art whose mandate is to ‘develop policy and manage programs in multidisciplinary arts, interdisciplinary arts and new artistic practices’. He also coordinates the Artists and Community Collaboration Program committee and the Multidisciplinary Workgroup. Additionally, Schryer has held the roles of Chair of the board for CHUO FM – National Campus and Community Radio Association, Acting Executive Director for the International Society for Electronic Art, Director of the Canadian Electroacoustic Community, and Head of the Inter-Arts Program at The Banff Centre.
Schryer studied composition at Wilfrid Laurier University (BA Mus, 1977-81), interdisciplinary arts and new music at The Banff Centre for the Arts (1981, 85, 93), and composition at McGill University (Master Mus, 1982-89). Over the years, his work has spanned the fields of interdisciplinary art, arts administration, artistic direction, event production, arts consulting, acoustic ecology, electroacoustic music, art and ecology. He has also been involved in research activities centred on arts-based cross-sectoral collaborations, such as art and health and art and ecology.
Associate Professor of resource management and environmental science at Memorial University’s Grenfell Campus, Dr. Scott, has recently been appointed to the position of Director of the Bonne Bay Marine Station in scenic Norris Point, Newfoundland. This top-notch research station is unique in location, being situated at the heart of a national park yet within a rural community, offering an excellent opportunity to engage with the people and the place.
Before coming to Grenfell, Dr. Scott was an assistant professor in the Department of Biology of Western University for seven years. He holds a PhD from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, a master’s from the University of Guelph, an undergraduate degree from Western University, and has taught and conducted research at number of research stations ranging from the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia to Alaska.
Scott is eager to continue the high-calibre teaching, research and engagement that is currently happening at the Marine Station and to expand those aspects of programming to develop a national and international reputation for the facility.
Well-known for her work in the local film industry in Newfoundland and Labrador, Jean Smith was the long standing Executive Director of NIFCO – the Newfoundland Independent Filmmakers Cooperative, a role she occupied for nearly two decades.
In 2011, Smith was presented with the 2011 WAVE Award for film, TV and new media, honouring women in the industry for their accomplishments, vision, leadership, dedication, and outstanding contributions by women in the field. Smith was recognized for her work in nurturing emerging artists and expanding the facilities and programs available to them.
Vice President and Teacher Education at The Royal Conservatory of Music in California, Dr. Jennifer Snow is an accomplished educator, performer, and educational consultant in the field of music education. She has held leadership positions as Director of Creative Arts and Performance with AUP, Senior Vice President of Education with Chromatik, Executive Director of Teacher Pedagogy at The Royal Conservatory (RCM) and Chief Academic Officer for RCM Examinations. A passionate educator, Jennifer was a member of the keyboard faculty at the renowned UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music for 10 years where she served as Co-Chair of Keyboard Studies and taught piano, collaborative piano, and pedagogy. She is actively involved with areas of creativity and innovation integrating technology and learning.
Jennifer is a frequent speaker and invited clinician who has presented and given masterclasses at a wide range of national and international conferences. She has written articles for leading educational publications and is a member of the editorial board for the MTNA American Music Teacher magazine, Canadian Adjudicators Association, the CFMTA International Research Advisory Committee, and the AHRC Research Network on music learning and gaming at the University of Kent in the U.K. Currently, she is President of the California Professional Music Teachers Association.
In addition to her deep commitment to education, Jennifer is a versatile performer who has appeared as a collaborative pianist throughout Canada, the United States, Asia, and Europe. She has served on the collaborative piano faculty at the prestigious Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California and has been a resident artist at the Banff Centre for the Fine Arts. Jennifer is heard on CBC and NPR nationally and has recorded for Marquis, Amberola and Phoenix Records.
A native of Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Jennifer resides in Los Angeles, California.
Joe Tankersley is a storyteller, futurist and producer of immersive experiences. Principal Consultant with Unique Visions, Inc. in Water Springs, Florida, Tankersley helps organizations design and implement strategic narratives that will guide them in their efforts to shape the future for themselves, their fans, clients, followers, and the world beyond. His work includes trend analysis, scenario building, foresight workshops and strategic communications via a wide range of digital, traditional and experiential media to help his clients communicate these insights. Skilled foresight consultant, facilitator and speaker on such topics as Resilience, Aging, Education, Work, and Sustainability, for nearly 25 years, he has helped multinational corporations, NGO’s and national governments create compelling messages about their goals and visions for their futures.
From 1996 to 2014, Tankersley worked as a Writer and Producer for Walt Disney Imagineering, and managed an on-going foresight training program for other Disney divisions including Corporate Citizenship and Human Resources, as well as leading creative teams responsible for designing and producing unique group interactive experiences for venues at Epcot, Walt Disney World. His work included the THEA award winning Millennium Village at Epcot, film and video projects that he wrote, produced and directed, and award winning educational documentaries and independent feature films.
A passionate believer in the power of narrative as a tool for creating positive futures, he has taught groups in North America and Europe how to use this tool to create and implement visionary strategic plans. Joe is a long-time member of the World Future Society and member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Professional Futurists.
Ken Thomas is the Mayor of the scenic cultural haven of Woody Point, Newfoundland. Focused on bringing continued financial stability and improvements to the town’s infrastructure and quality of life through the implementation of a new municipal plan, Thomas hopes to play an integral part in seeing the larger vision for Woody Point as a prime cultural destination come to fruition and is confident the mixture of tourism, fisheries and business positions will carry Woody Point forward towards a promising future.
Thomas, together with his partner Darlene, are also local entrepreneurs and business owners including owners of Seaside Suites (four star suites located ‘warfside’ and ‘over the water’ on the waterfront in Woody Point), the Seaside Deli & Dairy Bar & Seaside Souvenirs, and the newly opened Bonne Bay Inn with inspiring views of Bonne Bay and the Bonne Bay Hills from every room as well as a scenic café and cozy pub.
Mark Tierney is an Economic Development Officer with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA – APECA). In this role, Mark has collaborated closely with Gros Morne Summer Music on a number of key development initiatives that have been pivotal to the continued success and growth of GMSM.
Hailing from Corner Brook, Newfoundland, Tierney’s passion for the region and desire to see it grow and thrive has been elemental in the development of many local businesses and initiatives and has helped generate a variety of new economic opportunities that are putting Western Newfoundland on the map as a must-see destination.
Vanessa Timmer is co-founder and Executive Director of One Earth, a non-profit ‘think and do’ tank based in Vancouver, Canada, whose mission is to transform production and consumption patterns locally, nationally and internationally to be sustainable, healthy and just within the limits of living systems. She weaves together sustainability with systems thinking, and believes that envisioning sustainable futures is a powerful draw for social change. One Earth works with local to global partners including The Story of Stuff Project and The Sustainability Funders, the Canadian and US Governments, the United Nations, the private sector, media, academia, and civil society and is leading the New Economies theme of the Canada-wide Cities for People initiative. Locally, she advises the City and Metro Vancouver and promotes eco-industrial networking regionally.
Vanessa is also an Associate with the Sustainability Science Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government on innovation and global public goods, often speaking on social change, leadership, systems thinking and sustainability, and teaching courses on these topics at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Simon Fraser University, Metro Vancouver and the International Institute for Sustainable Development. She also participates in The Balaton Group, the Network on Science and Technology for Sustainability, the Great Transition Initiative, Earth System Governance Project and the Smart Civil Society Organizations (Smart CSOs) initiative, as well as co-hosting a regional television show, The Sustainable Region, produced by Metro Vancouver Media.
In 2013, she was awarded Business in Vancouver’s Top Forty under 40.
A cellist, Vanessa advised the establishment of the International Centre of Art for Social Change, and sits on the Board of the Projecting Change Film Festival.