Speakers

The Magazine Association of BC is excited to offer this year's lineup of speakers at MagsWest 2020. Click on a speaker to find out about them!

  • Erin Millar

    Erin Millar, Keynote Speaker

    Erin Millar is the founder and CEO of The Discourse, where she’s reimagining the community newspaper to better represent all of us. Under her leadership, The Discourse has become an award-winning, international innovator creating a new business model for journalism — an industry in massive transition. Millar is also chair of the Digital Issues Committee […]

  • Allyson McGrane, photo credit Rodrigo Ceballos

    Allyson McGrane

    Allyson McGrane is a successful producer, creator and consultant. Since 2000, she has worked with hundreds of professional and community artists and arts organizations in Metro Vancouver and beyond. Having trained as a lawyer and been called to the Bar of British Columbia, she is currently a founding partner at Left Right Minds Initiatives which […]

  • Avigail Marie Olarte, Avie

    Avie Olarte

    Avigail Marie Olarte is a Filipino storyteller, mentor, and community connector. Having practiced journalism in the Philippines and Southeast Asia for 18 years, she believes in the power of the written word and how it effects change. Prior to coming to Canada, Avie specialized in producing narratives and investigative pieces, leading fact-checking teams, editing in […]

  • Carley Hodgkinson

    Carley Hodgkinson

    Carley Hodgkinson has worked as an agency designer at both Kaldor and Signals studios, and run her own graphic design business, with clients ranging from Artspeak, the Contemporary Art Gallery and SFU Galleries, to BC Hydro, Vancouver Opera and the Vancouver Public Library Foundation. She has a deep love for book design and classical typography, […]

  • Chimedum Ohaegbu

    Chimedum Ohaegbu

    Chimedum Ohaegbu attends UBC in pursuit of hummingbirds and an English literature/creative writing degree. She’s Uncanny Magazine’s managing editor, and her fiction debut was longlisted for the Nommo Award. Her work can be found in Strange Horizons and The /tƐmz/ Review, among others. She tweets from @ChimedumOhaegbu and can also be found at http://chimedum.com/. All […]

  • Dania Sheldon

    Dania Sheldon

    Dania Sheldon received her doctorate in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford as a Commonwealth Scholar. She has over 20 years of editing and writing experience in a wide range of subject areas and genres across the humanities and sciences, in non-fiction and fiction. In 2017, she was the recipient of Editors […]

  • David McKie

    David McKie

    David McKie is an Ottawa-based adjunct journalism professor, data-journalism trainer and award-winning author who spent 26 years honing his skills at the CBC where his award-winning work (the CAJ, IRE and Michener) influenced policies in areas such as the adverse reactions of prescription drugs and medical devices, as well as the RCMP’s use of  Tasers. […]

  • Derek Capitaine

    Derek Capitaine

    After graduating with his BFA in Theatre from the University of Victoria, Derek Capitaine worked in theatres right across Canada from Alberta to Nova Scotia. He switched careers in the late ‘90s from theatre to information technology and relocated from Halifax to Vancouver in 1999. Derek founded MacCap Permissions with Mary Rose MacLachlan in 2010. […]

  • Erika Kumar, Business Analyst, Development

    Erika Kumar

    Arts Innovation Fund, Interactive Fund, MPPIA Short Film Award and the Daryl Duke & William Vince Scholarships coordinator at Creative BC. Previously project coordinator for The Adbusters Media Foundation.

  • Jason Maghanoy

    Jason Maghanoy

    Jason Maghanoy is the Head of Business Development at St. Joseph Media with a focus on digital innovation, revenue strategy and premium membership. Prior to St. Joseph Media, he was the Director of Revenue at NOW Magazine. Jason is considered one of the brightest emerging leaders in the City of Toronto. He is a mentor […]

  • Jennifer Van Evra, photo credit Wendy D Photography

    Jennifer Van Evra

    Jennifer Van Evra is an award-winning Vancouver writer, broadcaster and University of British Columbia instructor. Her work has appeared in publications including the Globe and Mail, Metropolis, Mother Jones, Condé Nast, Adweek, the Harvard Business Review, Vancouver magazine and many others. For two decades she has also been a CBC reporter and producer, working on […]

  • Malin Pettersen

    Malin Pettersen

    A marketing professional and Bachelor with Honours graduate, Malin Pettersen is Head of Partnerships at Vev, a premium web design platform for professional teams building digital products at scale. In addition to passionately helping brands and publishers build a more visual www, with a project manager-wired brain, Malin’s drive is moving ideas into concepts and […]

  • Mary Rose MacLachlan

    Mary Rose MacLachlan

    Mary Rose MacLachlan started working in publishing before she finished her BA in English Literature at the University of Toronto. Mary Rose began her career in-house at Prentice-Hall Canada, then moved to Penguin Books selling the subsidiary rights for the Canadian list and then to Harcourt as permissions editor before taking the freelance plunge in […]

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    Mathew Parry

    Mathew began his career in film locations in his native Wales, spending a decade working for the Wales Screen Commission, attracting and providing support to productions of all shapes and sizes. His locations talents eventually led him to Vancouver by way of Los Angeles where for a number of years he helped facilitate international productions […]

  • Nav Nagra

    Nav Nagra

    Nav Nagra is a writer, facilitator, and friend. The Communications Manager and Diversity and Inclusion facilitator at Vantage Point, Nav has had the pleasure of working with many organizations to find their path to better inclusion and equitable practices. A certified coach through Essential Impact, Nav understands the importance of compassion, listening, and understanding and […]

  • Patti Sonntag

    Patti Sonntag

    Patti Sonntag is the founder and director of Concordia University’s Institute for Investigative Journalism, bringing together media organizations and universities to collaborate in the public interest. A former managing editor in The New York Times’ News Services division, she is the producer of the award-winning “Price of Oil” series and the ongoing “Tainted Water” investigation. […]

  • Sarah Hoyles, podcasting, content and communications consultant

    Sarah Hoyles

    Podcasts, content and communications producer for the Edmonton Heritage Council, Alberta Volleyball, Arete HR, and others. Has done work and podcasting for the CBC and CKUA in Alberta.

  • Selina Boan

    Selina Boan

    Selina Boan is a moniyâw/nehiyaw poet living on the traditional, unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. She was the 2018 winner of Room’s poetry contest and has been published widely, includingBest Canadian Poetry 2018. She works as a poetry editor for Rahila’s Ghost Press. All Speakers

  • Stacey McLachlan

    Stacey McLachlan

    Stacey McLachlan is executive editor of Western Living and Vancouver magazines, editor of Real Weddings and Western Living Condo, and an award-winning writer who has been published everywhere from BC Business to Interior Design. On the side, you’ll find her doing sketch and improv comedy across Vancouver. All Speakers

  • Taryn Hardes - photo credit C Pienaar

    Taryn Hardes

    Digital marketer and a freelance social media strategist. Manages Instagram for Vancouver Magazine and Western Living.

  • Yilin Wang

    Yilin Wang

    Chinese Canadian writer, poet, editor, and Chinese-to-English translator; assistant editor for Room Magazine and volunteer coordinator for the Growing Room Festival.