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Erick Ambtman

Erick Ambtman is a long-time Edmontonian firm in the belief that as a community we have what it takes to end poverty in a generation. He is a member of the Edmonton Police Commission, former Executive Director for the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers, former Executive Director of Aboriginal Friendship Centres in Calgary, Rocky Mountain House, Red Deer and Fort McMurray and alumnus of Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 under 40. He currently serves as chair of the Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies, vice-chair of the Edmonton Chamber of Voluntary Organizations, and is a board member of Edmonton’s Vital Signs Committee. He holds degrees in Economics from the University of Manitoba and the London School of Economics. @ErickAmbtman

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Clare Bonnyman

Clare Bonnyman is an award winning radio producer, reporter and podcaster based in Edmonton, Alberta. She is a founding producer and host of the CBC Edmonton weekly podcast The Loop and associate producer/technician for Edmonton AM. She’s currently working with the national CBC show Now Or Never, and is part of the team behind World On Fire, a CBC Edmonton original podcast. As a journalist she’s worked in Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta, telling a lot of stories about food, but mostly about people—with an emphasis on sound and post-production. She once did an interview in a hot tub. @namynnob

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Anita and Scott C. Bourgeois

Anita and Scott C. Bourgeois are the hosts of The Read-Along: A Mini Book Club For Your Ears. Scott has been podcasting for over a decade, co-hosting and producing shows such as The Unknown Studio, and I Have Some Notes. Anita has been a regular guest on podcasts; The Read-Along is her first regular co-hosting venture. Both are avid readers, who wanted to create a regular, casual book club for listeners. @thereadalong 

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Elizabeth Bonkink

Elizabeth Bonkink is the Communications Team Lead at the Edmonton Community Foundation. She holds a degree in Communications and a diploma in radio, television journalism. She has worked on the Vital Signs project since its inception at the organization, and is one of the contributing voices to The Well Endowed Podcast. Elizabeth has more than a decade working in charities and non-profits and over 20 years in marketing and communications. She is President of the Edmonton Gateway Rotary club, and co-Chairs Youth Services for Rotary District 5370. In her spare time, Elizabeth volunteers with NASAP (North Alberta Society for Animal Protection) and spends as much time as possible with her husband Gary, dog Orion, and cat Hunter.

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Peter Brown

Peter is a broadcaster, speaker, comic and writer based in Edmonton.  He enjoyed a successful 25-year career as a CBC Radio host and producer, including stints hosting CBC Edmonton’s afternoon show Radio Active and leading the creative team on The Irrelevant Show. He’s proud to say 2021 will be the second year in a row he’s appeared on both The Debaters and Ideas. Seriously he won’t shut up about it. His hobbies include writing about himself in the third person.

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Lindsay Cameron Wilson

Lindsay Cameron Wilson is a podcaster, writer, photographer and recipe developer. Her work revolves around food- as an ingredient, a theme, a metaphor and a portal into story. Together with Village Sound Studios Lindsay hosts The Food Podcast, a show where conversation, story, music and sound are used to explore people and their food stories. 

Lindsay’s past work includes co-authoring a series of best-selling cookbooks, hosting a cooking show, freelance writing and food styling. She lives in Halifax with her husband and three boys. @thefoodpodcast

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Nancy Carlson

Nancy Carlson is the host of NEWS AT 6, CBC Edmonton’s flagship television program.Nancy knows what it means to be an Edmontonian. She grew up in the city and has many fond memories of exploring different neighbourhoods with her family and friends.

After earning a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature from the University of Alberta, Nancy moved to pursue her passion for journalism. Her move brought her to the University of Regina where she realized that broadcasting was the best medium for her. She went on to graduate with honours, holding her first internship at CBC Manitoba, in Winnipeg. Her first job as a journalist was in Red Deer where she executed a series on the history and future of Hobbema, now known as Maskwacis, and spent time producing and hosting a half-hour lifestyle show. Nancy then returned to Regina and Winnipeg, before coming home to Edmonton. Edmonton will always be home for Nancy. She enjoys exploring new corners of the city and sharing stories with Edmontonians. You can also find Nancy baking cookies, exploring the river valley with her dogs, or scoping out a coffee shop. When you check out her social media accounts you’ll also get your fill of photos of her cat, Oliver. Find Nancy Carlson online: @nancyjcarlson

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Stephen Carter

Stephen Carter is the co-host of the award-winning podcast The Strategists and is best known as one of Canada’s leading political strategists. He is the President of Decide Campaigns, and leads the development of on-line campaigns to maximize the effectiveness of marketing opportunities. @carter_AB

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John Chipman

John Chipman is an award-winning radio producer and documentary-maker with CBC Radio’s The Current. He’s also an author. His most recent book, Death in the Family, won the 2019 Speakers Book Award. He’s run 29 marathons — but his knees hurt too much to make it 30.

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Mark Connolly

Mark Connolly is the host of Edmonton AM, CBC radio’s morning show. He spent 22-years as a sportscaster with CBC radio and television before taking the job as news anchor at CBC News Edmonton from 2010 to 2013. Mark grew up in Edmonton, and in his teens actually worked at CBC Edmonton as a janitor. Mark’s first full-time job was in radio in Fort McMurray Alberta, where he was the play-by-play voice of the Fort McMurray Oil Barons in the Alberta Junior Hockey League. He then worked in radio in both Red Deer and Edmonton before starting a weekend job at CBC Edmonton in December 1988, which has evolved through the years to his position today as Host of Edmonton AM.In his decades with CBC, Mark has covered 11 Olympic Games including the recent Tokyo Olympics, numerous world championships, and the 2002 Commonwealth Games. Mark and his wife Alyson have two boys, Patrick and Jack. @MarkConnollyCBC

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Rosemary Green

Rosemary Green was illiterate when she was sent to prison. She taught herself how to read inside using the Twilight series, and now she’s a university student working toward her Masters in Social Work. Her passions are her faith, her family, and sharing stories about the resiliency and potential of women who’ve survived prison. She is the host of CBC Podcast’s Life Jolt. 

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Rayanne Haines

Rayanne Haines (she/her) lives in Treaty Six territory and is the author of three books of Poetry, The Stories in My Skin (Self-published, 2013), Stained with the Colours of Sunday Morning (Inanna, 2017), and Tell The Birds Your Body Is Not A Gun (Frontenac, 2021), and four genre fiction novels. She is the host of the literary podcast Crow Reads, the Vice President for the League of Canadian Poets, a writing mentor with the WGA Horizon Writers Program, and a member of the teaching faculty with MacEwan University. Rayanne is a 2019 Edmonton Artist Trust Fund Award recipient. Her essay This Is Normal, about concussion and her son’s suicidal behaviour, was shortlisted for the 2020 Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Alberta Literary Award. Her current work focuses on intergenerational trauma. Recent Poems have appeared in Fiddlehead, The Selkie and the Voicing Suicide Anthology. @inkrayanne

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Anis Heydari

Anis Heydari is also known as Rob when he orders at Starbucks. He started at CBC in 2011 in Toronto, working in television and radio before heading back home to Alberta. He now works in Calgary as a producer on the weekly business radio show and podcast The Cost of Living and is the type of Edmontonian who will openly proclaim his love for West Edmonton Mall. He also worked as a broadcast technician before getting into podcasting, like when he tried to get technology to cooperate on the old Hockey Night in Canada set (you probably don’t remember Sportsnet’s Puck Wall but Anis still has nightmares). Equally important to know is that he can impersonate his father’s Persian accent flawlessly — in English. But he tends to sound unintelligible in the Persian language itself. @RadioAnis

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Justin Ling

Host of The Flamethrowers, Justin Ling is an award-winning investigative journalist who specializes in stories that are under-reported or misunderstood. He is also the host of The Village, an award-winning podcast about underserved and overpoliced queer communities in Toronto. @Justin_Ling

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Lauren McMullen & Jessica Lintlop 

Lauren McMullen and Jessica Lintlop are two born and raised Scarborough girls and the hosts of the Canadian female-focused podcast HERspective. The two started the show in 2019; the idea for the podcast was born out of their own curiosities around the different issues that women face in their daily lives. The two hosts bring modern perspectives and unfiltered thoughts and opinions on all things women related. With the help of expert guests, the goal of the show is to break down stigmas and misconceptions one at a time. @HERspectivePod1

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Jen Moss

Jen is an audio producer and radio host with over 20 years of experience writing plays, newspaper articles, radio scripts, and new media documentaries. She has created award-winning content for CBC Radio and The National Film Board of Canada’s Digital Studio. An enthusiast for alternative storytelling, Jen has written and voiced dozens of audio documentaries. Among them is her 2016 production for the CBC podcast Ideas, The Dream of Brother XII. It takes listeners on a captivating journey into the strange life of a cult leader who lived near Nanaimo, BC early in the twentieth century. She’s gotten her hands dirty with a number of award-winning digital interactive projects including Bear 71 (NFB Digital Studio), Seven Digital Deadly Sins (The Guardian), Hyperlocal (CBC), Life on Hold (Al Jazeera), and The Last Hunt (NFB). She takes great joy in passing her experience forward as an Adjunct Professor of Creative Writing for New Media and Podcasting at UBC’s Creative Writing Department.

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Makda Mulatu

Makda Mulatu is the producer of Glass Bookshop Radio, the official podcast of Edmonton’s Glass Bookshop, where she and co-host Jason Purcell interview some of their favourite Canadian authors and publishers. She is also a writer and magazine editor whose poetry has previously appeared in Glass Buffalo and Contemporary Verse 2. @makhal001

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Shahzia Noorally

Shahzia Noorally is a Diversity, Inclusion and Culture leader based in Calgary, AB and the producer and host of The Colour Gap – a podcast that provides unconventional career strategy and advice for women of colour by women of colour. She’s a proud introvert, personal branding nerd and someone who really believes in the power of social media to elevate both conversations and results for people and businesses. She is a published writer, speaker, and blogger and holds both a Bachelor of Management degree from the University of Lethbridge as well as a Masters of Education degree from the University of British Columbia. @ColourGap

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Jason Purcell

Jason Purcell is a writer and co-owner of Edmonton’s Glass Bookshop. Their debut poetry collection SWOLLENING will be published in 2022 by Arsenal Pulp Press. @jasonvpurcell

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Shauna Rae 

Shauna Rae spent a decade in commercial radio in Ontario as a reporter, newscaster and call-in talk show host. Then she spent 10 years in communications, public relations and community relations with nonprofits and for profit companies, dabbling in writing op-eds and features in print media. Recently, she returned to audio and the world of podcasting, launching her own media production company with the StartUp Canada Network. She continues to ask questions and focus on amplifying underrepresented voices across Canada.

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Maddie Stiles

Maddie Stiles is a freelance podcast producer, editor, and consultant, empowering entrepreneurs and startups to share their stories through audio production and podcast strategy. She has helped bring shows to life such as Lessons Learned, hosted by Komal Minhas, and works behind the scenes of Your Girl Karly’s weekly podcast. Currently editing for Fellow’s Supermanagers and supporting on production for The Startup Canada Podcast and The Startup Women Podcast. 

Maddie is motivated by people, stories and the lessons that arise when we tell them through audio. Inspired by creativity outside of the podcast world, she enjoys learning from artistic decisions made in the music and film industries and online spaces like Youtube and social media.@MaddieLaura

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Keren Tang

Keren is a mom, public health professional, community organizer, and a political candidate for the upcoming Edmonton City Council election in Ward Karhiio. Together with Ahmed Ali (former poet laureate and current candidate for Ward tastawiyiniwak), she is sharing stories from the campaign trail and experience as candidates of colour in a special season of the OtherWise podcast. A Top 40 Under 40, Keren has worked with communities, the local government, and philanthropy in urban wellness; has served on the board of the Edmonton Community Foundation and ASSIST Community Services (for newcomers), and is active with the Edmonton Multicultural Coalition. She is passionate about urban wellness, social innovation, and civic engagement, and is a firm believer in the power of peer-to-peer, neighbour-to-neighbour networks. Beyond her community involvement, Keren is an avid skier and loves spending time with her family in the mountains. You can learn more about her at:

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Karen Unland

Karen Unland started the Alberta Podcast Network in 2017. She and her daughter Elizabeth Spencer co-host That’s a Thing?!, which won for outstanding kids & family series at the Canadian Podcast Awards in 2020. She is also co-founder of Taproot Publishing, a media company based in Edmonton, and she has spent much of her life in journalism. @KarenUnland

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Zain Velji 

Zain Velji is the host of the award-winning podcast The Strategists where he dissects political strategy and public affairs issues of the day and the host of the Zain Velji show on Newstalk 1010. Zain was named one of Calgary’s Top 40 under 40 by Avenue and was awarded the Horizon Alumni Award by the University of Alberta.  As Partner and  VP Strategy for Northweather, Zain brings a decade of experience in political, business, and non-profit communications, as well as marketing and engagement. Zain is a frequent public speaker and regular political commentator, and serves on several boards and committees. In 2017, he served as campaign manager for Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi. @zainvelji

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