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Anaïs Gonzalez

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Deniz Sağdıç

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Michelle Cheng

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Phoebe Zhou

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Julie Epp

drawer & illustrator

Anaïs Gonzalez is drawer and illustrator from Barcelona (Spain) whose passion is art, especially sketching, currently studying Fine Arts. She’s been sharing my work professionally through social media for 3 years now. Her main purpose is making people have sensations with her drawings, trying to create a connection between the audience and my work to make them feel represented and inspired, helping as much as she can with it

visual artist

Deniz Sağdıç is a Turkish visual artist. She is known all over the world for her artworks using denim as a material. Sağdıç uses all kinds of waste materials, especially textiles in her art. She held solo exhibitions in almost all cultural capitals of the world and participated in many international biennials. Deniz Sağdıç defines her works as "Sustainable Art".  Besides her exhibitions, she organizes conferences and workshops about sustainability and art. Sağdıç produces and lives in Istanbul.

artist & animator

Michelle Cheng is a Toronto/LA based artist and animation student at CalArts. On the side, she runs a small Youtube channel called lemoncholy where she enjoys talking about the artmaking process and experimenting with format. She has previously interned at Giant Ant and Glen Keane Productions, and is currently busy poring over images of colourful birds for her second year film about Hawaiian wildlife.

design alumni

Phoebe is a recent design undergraduate from OCAD University with 4 years of experience in illustrating digital and print assets for both indie and large-scale corporations. Based in the heart of downtown Toronto, she is constantly collaborating with other fellow creatives to produce meaningful work. Her art acts as an archive of fleeting emotions, thoughts and dreams, recounting quiet, mundane tales of nature under the belief that even small moments are worth cherishing.

2D & 3D artist

Julie Epp is a 2D and 3D artist from Vancouver, Canada and has been creating artwork of all kinds since she was old enough to stop drawing on the walls. Her work focuses on body positivity and our body’s connections with nature through figurative and floral paintings and sculpture. Her work is a combination of her desire to celebrate the beautiful bodies of the world and a comment on the issues we still face today as women and as humans in a society focused on productivity and capital. 

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Dr. Karine Rashkovy

BRANDING

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Donovan Beck

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senior research associate

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Dwayne Morgan

author

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Hannah Flores

filmmaker, author, and photographer

spoken word poet and filmmaker

A Filmmaker, Author and Photographer, Donovan is a mental health advocate and poet, who shares stories of humanity and works to create a better world where conversations around mental health are not only permitted but welcomed

Dr. Karine Rashkovsky holds a PhD in Education Policy and a Masters in Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning (OISE), and is currently a senior research associate with York University's Faculty of Education. In addition to her academic research and policy efforts on SSHRC's (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada) Insight Grant (2019 winner, collaborator team: UBC, YorkU, WesternU, UofT, WindsorU; "International students in Ontario secondary schools: Policies, protocols, and practices"), she is also the director of Brain Power Enrichment Programs - Canada's award-winning enrichment learning center for bright and talented youth. Additionally, Karine is a judge for both NASA's UofT Space Hackathon and Canada's #1 Inspirational Public Speaking competitions (Speaker Slam), and she is both an Ontario VBEC mentor and professional speaker and educator (OISE - Master Classes). Her most recent accolades include: CSPN Entrepreneur of the Year - Canada (2019), Toronto City Mogul (2019), Top Business and Entrepreneur City of Vaughan (2019, 2018), York Region's Passion into Practice Award (2018), and others. Karine is committed to impact, advocacy, and social change and leads the way forward through her pursuits.

Dwayne Morgan began his career in the spoken word in 1993. Affectionally called the Godfather of Canadian spoken word by his peers, Morgan is the author of 13 published and 9 audio collections of his work. Morgan is a 2021 finalist for the Toronto Arts Foundation Margo Bindhardt and Rita Davies Award, a 2016 finalist for the Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and a 2013 inductee into the Scarborough Walk of Fame. To date, Morgan has shared his work in 18 countries internationally.

Hannah Flores is an award-winning 18-year-old spoken word poet and filmmaker from Toronto, Ontario Canada, and is currently in her first year at the University of Toronto.  Hannah has made appearances to perform her poetry, showcase her films, and discuss the importance of youth arts programs on CBC Radio and Television.  She has also worked for various organizations, such as Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment (MLSE), the Toronto Raptors, OVO, and the Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles.