Storytellers Gallery

Biographical information found in the Storytellers Gallery is accurate as of its original publication, but is not updated.


2019
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Adatia

Shelina Adatia

University of Ottawa


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Bader

Danielle Bader

University of Guelph


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Beni

Stephanie Beni

Brock University


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Chew

Suzanne Chew

University of Calgary


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Cooper

Jodi Cooper

Mount Saint Vincent University


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Doucet

Mélanie Doucet

McGill University


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Durocher

Véronique Durocher

Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières


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Gold

Vanessa Gold

McGill University


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Grace

Anita Grace

Carleton University


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Jacob

Tai Jacob

McGill University


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Jarry

François Jarry

McGill University


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Labossière

Sophie Labossière

Université de Sherbrooke


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McArthur

Jane McArthur

University of Windsor


Jane McArthur is a SSHRC Doctoral Fellow in sociology and social justice at the University of Windsor. She combines sociology and communications scholarship with 25 years of work in environmental and occupational health, doing community-based research and advocacy with a view to prevention. Jane’s recent work focuses on breast cancer from a systems or ecological perspective, which she sees as pivotal for reclaiming a true public health framework oriented to populations, as opposed to the individual. Her dissertation research draws on the experience and knowledge of women working at the Ambassador Bridge, between Windsor and Detroit, who are at risk for breast cancer. She expects to defend her thesis this year.

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Miller

Miriam Miller

The University of British Columbia


Miriam Miller is a PhD student at The University of British Columbia in the department of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education. Her research is broadly located in Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) and specifically explores the ways in which learning activities provide students with opportunities for social and emotional development. For the past 10 years, Miriam has worked with educational institutions and organizations to support ongoing professional learning in the areas of SEL, emotional literacy, and student and educator well-being. Additionally, Miriam is a senior coach and trainer with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence at Yale University.

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Payant

Maude Payant

Université Laval


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Peirone

Amy Peirone

University of Windsor


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Preston

Kayla Preston

Dalhousie University


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Quilico

Enrico Quilico

University of Toronto


Enrico Quilico is a doctoral student in rehabilitation sciences at the University of Toronto. He runs a community-based physical activity program through the YMCAs of Québec for adults with moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries. His doctoral studies revolve around that program, which stems from his graduate work in adapted physical activity at McGill University. Enrico’s undergraduate degree is from Concordia University and he teaches English, humanities and physical education at the CEGEP level. He also works in the fitness industry and is a competitive swimmer, marathoner and triathlete. He has competed in half and full Ironman triathlons.

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Steckley

Joshua Steckley

University of Toronto


Josh Steckley is a doctoral candidate in geography with a collaborative specialization in environmental studies at the University of Toronto. One night in 2017, he was driving through Woodstock, Ontario, when he saw a dozen people with headlamps picking earthworms from the soil in a farmer’s field. This launched his interest into the multimillion-dollar worm-picking industry unique to southwestern Ontario. His research focuses on the socio-ecological relations necessary to turn common living organisms, like dew worms, into valuable commodities sold around the world.

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Strong

Trevor Strong

Queen's University


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Sutherland

Colin Sutherland

York University


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Tétreault

Florence Tétreault

Université du Québec à Montréal


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Thériault

Rémi Thériault

McGill University


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Thiessen

Dylan Thiessen

Vancouver Island University


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Xiao

SIQI Xiao

The University of British Columbia


SIQI has completed her BA in sociology and is an incoming master’s student at The University of British Columbia (UBC). SIQI is interested in understanding how gender, race, ethnicity, and social policy intertwine in complex ways to shape relationships, affect individual life opportunities, and reproduce or ameliorate inequalities. She is the leading research assistant of Romantic Relationships in Canada, a SSHRC-funded research project led by Dr. Yue Qian, assistant professor of sociology at UBC. SIQI has been inspired to explore what humour means for individuals with diverse cultural backgrounds, especially marginalized immigrants, as they navigate life in a Canadian context through online dating and beyond.

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2018
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Champigny

Claire Champigny

York University


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Enns

Mackenzie (Mack) Enns

Western University


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Maruyama

Michiko Maruyama

University of Alberta


Michiko Maruyama is a master of industrial design candidate at the University of Alberta. She is also training to be an open-heart surgeon, having completed medical school at The University of British Columbia in 2015. Her research involves combining her industrial design and medical studies to create educational toys that will teach children about health and wellness. Additionally, Michiko is a talented artist whose artwork has been showcased in galleries and exhibitions across Canada.

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Olson

Jeremy (Jay) Olson

McGill University


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Singh

Harprit Kaur Singh

McGill University


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Fang

Mei Lan Fang

Heriot-Watt University and Simon Fraser University


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Golafshani

Maryam Golafshani

Western University


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Kwon

Eunjeong Eugena Kwon

Western University


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Labrie

Christine Labrie

University of Ottawa


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Weima

Yolanda Weima

York University


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Bérubé

Patricia Bérubé

Université de Montréal


After studying video game development, and a first career as a 3D artist, Patricia Bérubé decided to continue her studies, registering in the art history master’s program at the Université de Montréal. She is deeply interested in digital museology. Her research focuses on the creation of a device to let users read the colours in portraits by touch. By adapting new technologies to the world of museums, she hopes to stimulate dialogue about accessibility policies, and ensure that people with visual impairments can access the world’s major artworks and the history of art.

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Black

Meagan Black

The University of British Columbia


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Buckley

Meaghen Buckley

Concordia University


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Chalas

Agnieszka Chalas

Queen’s University


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Powell

Eric Powell

Concordia University


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Bowness

Evan Bowness

The University of British Columbia


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Ellis

Adam Ellis

University of Toronto


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MacQueen

Michelle MacQueen

Carleton University


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Ogrodnik

Michelle Ogrodnik

McMaster University


Michelle Ogrodnik is a graduate student in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University. She studies how physical activity can help improve attention and academic performance in students of all ages.

Michelle develops and implements new educational initiatives to enhance student learning at McMaster in her role at the MacPherson Institute for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching and Learning. She is passionate about knowledge translation and won the Participants Choice Award in 2017 at McMaster’s 3-Minute Thesis competition. Michelle has a bachelor of science (honours) in psychology, neuroscience and behaviour from McMaster.

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Oppen

Svjetlana Oppen

University of Windsor


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Bailey

Aly Bailey

Brock University


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Couse

Candace Couse

Brock University


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Herrick

Shannon Herrick

McGill University


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Marquis-Manicom

John (Jay) Marquis-Manicom

Concordia University


Jay Marquis-Manicom is a musician and graduate student based in Montréal. He is currently in the second year of a master of arts program in anthropology at Concordia University, from which Jay also holds a bachelor's degree in the same field. Jay's work focuses on using ethnography to map the emergence of the alt-right in Montréal. He also challenges ideas of what anthropology represents, and how it can contribute to the fight for freedom and equality. Some of Jay's other fields of interest include emerging family structures, the cultural impacts of new communications technologies and alternative economics.

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Watts

Galen Watts

Queen’s University


Galen Watts is a PhD candidate in the Cultural Studies graduate program at Queen’s University. His doctoral research investigates the beliefs, practices and values of Canadian millennials who identify as spiritual but not religious, and what this means for the future of Canadian society. He earned a bachelor of arts (honours) in philosophy and drama, and a master’s in cultural studies. He has won the Pall Ardal Moral Philosophy Prize and the Alfred Bader Graduate Fellowship in the Humanities at Queen’s University. He has also published in peer reviewed journals, and given presentations at conferences around the world.

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2017
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Baird

Natalie Baird

University of Manitoba


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Boulanger

Elise Boulanger

Vancouver Island University


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Bryans

John Bryans

Concordia University


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Chalupa

Amanda Chalupa

McGill University


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Chan

Cheryl Chan

University of Waterloo



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Dorland

AnneMarie Dorland

University of Calgary


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DuBois

Denise DuBois

University of Toronto


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Dutilly

Audrey Dutilly

Université Laval


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Fallon

Laura Fallon

Memorial University of Newfoundland


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Gagné

Joseph Gagné

Memorial University of Newfoundland


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Gauthier

Andrea Gauthier

University of Toronto


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Gilchrist

Jenna Gilchrist

University of Toronto


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Gray

Allison Gray

University of Windsor


Allison Gray is a doctoral candidate at the University of Windsor, and is working with the Animal and Interpersonal Abuse Research Group, directed by Amy Fitzgerald. In storytelling format, Allison’s video presents a glimpse of the group’s research on the intersection of violence against women and family pets, with the goal of working with community services to mitigate its effects for both humans and animals. Allison’s other academic interests include green criminology, social harm and food crime. When not reading, Allison can be found playing volleyball and soccer, making a mess in the kitchen and cuddling her rescue animals.

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Kantamneni

Abhilash Kantamneni

University of Guelph


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Lapointe-Gagnon

Myriam Lapointe-Gagnon

Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières


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Masson

Mimi Masson

University of Toronto


Myriam Lapointe-Gagnon is a PhD candidate studying psychology, research and intervention component, at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. She has worked as a youth worker in one of Montréal’s most ethnically diverse boroughs. Through engaging, at the grassroots level, with youth who had recently immigrated to Canada, she learned about the fascinating resilience of certain young people to the challenges of immigration. Driven by a genuine desire to understand the resilience of these youth, she invited them to tell their story. Her goal: to develop interventions aimed at guiding and supporting this resilience.

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Mazurik

Kathrina Mazurik

University of Saskatchewan


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McCardle

Meagan McCardle

Memorial University of Newfoundland


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Mian Akram

Ayesha Mian Akram

University of Windsor


Ayesha Mian Akram is a doctoral student in sociology at the University of Windsor, where she is conducting research into the sociology of religion. She is a graduate of the University of Alberta, with undergraduate and graduate degrees in education. Her master’s thesis explored the identity experiences of Canadian Muslim women who practice hijab. In 2013, Ayesha was hired as a consultant with the Edmonton Police Service on a project to incorporate the hijab headscarf into the official police uniform. Ayesha has been working as a student researcher with the Closing the Employment Standards Enforcement Gap project since 2015.

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Naffi

Nadia Naffi

Concordia University


Nadia Naffi is a PhD candidate in education at Concordia University in Montréal. As part of her work, she studies the role that social media plays in the inclusion and integration of Syrian refugees into host societies. Her research is a first step toward developing recommendations to help representatives of government and non-governmental agencies, social workers and professionals in the education field create learning and training programs focused on the inclusion and integration of newcomers, in a context where the presence of these newcomers is construed through content shared on social media.

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Peirone

Amy Peirone

University of Windsor


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Sharifkhani

Ali Sharifkhani

University of Toronto


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Soma

Tammara Soma

University of Toronto


Tammara Soma received a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship in 2014, and is also a 2014 Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation doctoral scholar. As a doctoral candidate in urban planning in the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto, she is the principal investigator and project manager of its Food Systems Lab. Tammara’s research investigates the factors that influence overconsumption and food waste in Bogor, Indonesia. She also blogs for the Huffington Post, and is the co-founder of the International Food Loss and Food Waste Studies Group.

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Szto

Courtney Szto

University of Toronto


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Wilson

Megan Wilson

University of Guelph


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Archive
YearContestant DetailsStatus
2016
Bahrami-Rad

Duman Bahrami-Rad

Simon Fraser University

Finalist
2016
Bouchard

Élodie Bouchard

University of Montreal

Final Five
2016
Cheeseman

Adam Cheeseman

Dalhousie University

Finalist
2016
Cochrane

Logan Cochrane

The University of British Columbia

Finalist
2016
Darvin

Ron Darvin

The University of British Columbia

Finalist
2016
Dufour

Emanuelle Dufour

Concordia University

Finalist
2016
Farnan

Michael Farnan

Western University

Finalist
2016
Fortie

Ryland Fortie

Thompson Rivers University

Finalist
2016
Gauthier

Rachelle Gauthier

Université de Moncton

Finalist
2016
Gurman

Elissa Gurman

University of Toronto

Final Five
2016
Hobson

Nicholas Hobson

University of Toronto

Finalist
2016
Jacques

Olivier Jacques

McGill University

Finalist
2016
Khan

Fatima (Noori) Khan

University of Waterloo

Finalist
2016
MacKinnon

Kinnon MacKinnon

University of Toronto

Finalist
2016
Mills

Kelly Mills

University of Toronto

Finalist
2016
Mobley

Erin Mobley

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Finalist
2016
Moore

Shelley Moore

The University of British Columbia

Final Five
2016
Rodas

Tara Rodas

The University of British Columbia

Finalist
2016
Sanger

William Sanger

Polytechnique Montréal

Finalist
2016
Tan

Tanya Tan

Ryerson University

Finalist
2016
Tremblay

Karl-Philippe Tremblay

Université du Québec à Montréal

Finalist
2016
Vossen

Emma Vossen

The University of Waterloo

Final Five
2016
Weller

Jon Weller

University of Victoria

Finalist
2016
Wereley

Ian Wereley

Carleton University

Final Five
2016
Woolner

Leah Woolner

McGill University

Finalist
2015
Boschmann

Kathryn Boschmann

Carleton University

Finalist
2015
Bushey

Jessica Bushey

The University of British Columbia

Finalist
2015
Crucil

Courtenay Crucil

The University of British Columbia

Finalist
2015
Desbiens

Viviane Desbiens

Université Laval

Finalist
2015
Devasagayam

Naveen Devasagayam

University of Toronto

Final Five
2015
Dufour

Emilie Dufour

HEC Montréal

Finalist
2015
Elchuk

Tanya Elchuk

York University

Final Five
2015
Franks

Kristine Franks

Concordia University

Finalist
2015
Funk

Carla Funk

Royal Roads University

Finalist
2015
Gallagher

Bryan Gallagher

Simon Fraser University

Final Five
2015
Harvey

Alexandre Harvey

Université de Montréal

Finalist
2015
Howe

Holly Howe

University of Toronto

Finalist
2015
King

JP King

OCAD University

Finalist
2015
Lisaingo

Simon Lisaingo

The University of British Columbia

Final Five
2015
Liu

Lingfei Liu

McGill University

Finalist
2015
McCullough

Glenn McCullough

University of Toronto

Finalist
2015
Payton

Jonathan Payton

University of Toronto

Finalist
2015
Pekic

Alexander Pekic

Ryerson University

Finalist
2015
Prime

Heather Prime

University of Toronto

Final Five
2015
Raber

Caylee Raber

Emily Carr University of Art and Design

Finalist
2015
Rocchi

Meredith Rocchi

University of Ottawa

Finalist
2015
Ruiz-Serna

Daniel Ruiz-Serna

McGill University

Finalist
2015
Siddall

Erica Siddall

Ottawa University

Finalist
2015
Smee

Joshua Smee

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Finalist
2015
Zyfi

Jona Zyfi

Ryerson University

Finalist
2014
Abdi

Klara Abdi

The University of British Columbia

Finalist
2014
Barbeau

Audrey-Kristel Barbeau

McGill University

Finalist
2014
Hollingdale

Hazel Hollingdale

The University of British Columbia

Finalist
2014
Jacobson-Konefall

Jessica Jacobson-Konefall

Queen's University

Finalist
2014
Katz-Rosene

Ryan Katz-Rosene

Carleton University

Finalist
2014
Stork

Matthew Stork

McMaster University

Finalist
2014
Vesely

Ashley Vesely

Western University

Finalist
2014
Petzinger

Genevieve von Petzinger

University of Victoria

Finalist
2014
Westlake

Bryce Westlake

Simon Fraser University

Finalist
2014
Zakharova

Maria Zakharova

Simon Fraser University

Finalist
2014
Kuruc

Katarina Kuruc

Carleton University

Finalist
2014
Mager

Alanna Mager

Ryerson University

Finalist
2014
Manson

Daniel Manson

The University of British Columbia

Finalist
2014
Mathews

Justin Mathews

Queen’s University

Finalist
2014
Perry

Bernadette Perry

University of Victoria

Finalist
2014
McEwen

Annie McEwen

Carleton University

Finalist
2014
McKerracher

Luseadra McKerracher

Simon Fraser University

Finalist
2014
Nafte

Myriam Nafte

McMaster University

Finalist
2014
Pickerill

Kelly Pickerill

Dalhousie University

Finalist
2014
Smith

Alison Smith

Université de Montréal

Finalist
2014
MacEwan

Robin MacEwan

Carleton University

Final Five
2014
Muthukrishna

Michael Muthukrishna

The University of British Columbia

Final Five
2014
O'Callaghan

James O'Callaghan

McGill University

Final Five
2014
Sekharan

Vineeth Sekharan

York University

Final Five
2014
Steckley

Marylynn Steckley

Western University

Final Five
2013
Luther

Kirk Luther

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Final Five
2013
Maddison-MacFadyen

Margot Maddison-MacFadyen

Memorial University of Newfoundland

Finalist
2013
McGoveran

Catherine McGoveran

Dalhousie University

Finalist
2013
Jolicœur

Manon Jolicœur

Université de Moncton

Final Five
2013
Kurguzova

Xenia Kurguzova

McGill University

Finalist
2013
Besanger

Kendra Besanger

Concordia University

Finalist
2013
Alam

Johnny (El‑) Alam

Carleton University

Finalist
2013
Battersby

Sarah-Joyce Battersby

Ryerson University

Finalist
2013
Browne

Daniel Browne

Ryerson University

Finalist
2013
Donato

Alfea Donato

Ryerson University

Finalist
2013
Herry-Saint-Onge

Véronique Herry-Saint-Onge

Ryerson University

Finalist
2013
Gordon

Dylan Gordon

University of Toronto

Finalist
2013
Wilcox

Steve Wilcox

University of Waterloo

Final Five
2013
Wood

Owen Wood

University of Windsor

Finalist
2013
Stockford

Janine Stockford

University of Alberta

Final Five
2013
Briard

Annie Briard

Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Finalist
2013
Erfan

Aftab Erfan

The University of British Columbia

Finalist
2013
Blair

Brett Blair

Royal Roads University

Finalist
2013
Heykoop

Cheryl Heykoop

Royal Roads University

Final Five
2013
Laurie

Roberta Laurie

Royal Roads University

Finalist
2013
Bence

Shannon Bence

Vancouver Island University

Finalist
2013
Girvan

Anita Girvan

University of Victoria

Finalist
2013
James-Lomax

Alison James-Lomax

University of Victoria

Finalist
2013
McAlister

Stuart McAlister

University of Victoria

Finalist
2013
Millar-Usiskin

Jana Millar-Usiskin

University of Victoria

Finalist


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