Nahlah Ayed is an award-winning veteran of foreign reporting: first, in the Middle East where she spent nearly a decade covering the region's many conflicts. And later, while based in London, she covered many of the major stories of our time: Russia's annexation of Crimea, Europe's refugee crisis, the Brexit vote and its fallout. Among her many awards and distinctions are a Prix Italia she won in 2011, for a team-produced multi-media project, "Exile Without End", about a Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut.
In 2012, her book, A Thousand Farewells, was shortlisted for a Governor General's Award. In 2016, Nahlah Ayed and her team won "Story of the Year" at the UK Foreign Press Association Awards for their documentary on child labour in India. In 2017, she won won a photojournalism award from the Canadian Association of Journalists for her story, The Rescuers.
She also holds three honorary doctorates from the University of Manitoba (2008), Concordia University (2016) and the University of Alberta (2018).Nahlah Ayed was born and raised (mostly) in Winnipeg, Canada.
Author, playwright, science writer and journalist Jacob Berkowitz has been telling the story of science for the past 25 years. Called “the best kind of...science writer” by Quill and Quire his curiosity driven work explores the intersection of science, story and self—always with an eye to the great sweep of history. Founder of Quantum Writing, a boutique science writing agency, he turns complex facts into engaging stories for research-based organizations across the U.S. and Canada. A former Dibner Fellow in the History of Science (Huntington Library, Pasadena) he is Writer-in-Virtual Residence at the Institute for Science, Society and Policy, University of Ottawa. He is recipient of the Paris Prix Audace as science writer on the film The Quantum Tamers.
Dr. Stefanovic is a Senior Scientist, CRC Tier 1 in Functional Brain Neuroimaging and Director of Physical Sciences at Sunnybrook Research Institute, and a Professor in the Department of Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto. Dr. Stefanovic’s research focuses on the development of new methods for imaging of live brain function. Her research interests include the development and application of high field functional magnetic resonance imaging, two-photon fluorescence microscopy, and electrophysiological recordings for tracking impairments in neurons and brain vessels over the course of neurodegeneration in experimental models of Alzheimer’s Disease and ischemic stroke and traumatic brain injury. Dr. Stefanovic is the Chair of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee in the Department of Medical Biophysics and a faculty member of the Toronto Initiative for Diversity and Excellence.
Monnica Williams, Ph.D. is a board-certified, licensed clinical psychologist, specializing in cognitive-behavioral therapies. She is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa, Canada Research Chair in Mental Health Disparities, and Director of the Laboratory for Culture and Mental Health Disparities. She is also the Clinical Director of the Behavioral Wellness Clinic, LLC in Tolland, Connecticut, and she has founded clinics in Kentucky, Virginia, and Pennsylvania.