Michelle Banfield is currently the Director of Development Services at the City of Barrie, overseeing all land use planning for a municipality in a rapid growth phase. She is a Registered Professional Planner with over 25 years of public and private experience, a big picture thinker, and strategic leader with expertise in policy development, project management and community building. Michelle has worked for municipalities across Canada and for the Government of Bermuda, focusing on a wide range of issues such as conservation, intensification and growth management. She has a degree in Urban & Regional Planning from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Arts from Athabasca University.
Not a soldier, but the soldier’s storyteller, not a veteran, but recognized by vets as keeper of the flame, Ted Barris has published 19 bestselling non-fiction books. For 50 years, he has worked as a journalist/broadcaster in Canada and the U.S. His book The Great Escape won the 2014 Libris Award as Best Non-Fiction Book in Canada. Rush to Danger was listed for the 2020 RBC Taylor Prize for Non-Fiction.
Tony Davis is an Emeritus Associate Professor from the Department of Geography, University of Toronto. Although he was labelled a biogeographer, he thinks of himself as an environmental historian. His teaching and research and bonding trips with his sons have taken him all over the globe. By design or accident he has crossed paths with many of his heroes. James Cook is one of those. Since his retirement he has been busy creating lecture series for lifelong learning groups in Toronto, Mississauga, Guelph and Burlington where he now lives.
Osnat was born in Israel but lived most of her adult life outside of Israel in England and North America. She is a practicing digital artist and photographer and has been working as one for the last thirty years.
She graduated from London Guildhall University (now London Metropolitan University) in London England with a diploma in Art and Design and continued her studies later on to acquire a Postgraduate diploma in Digital Imaging and Animation.
Since moving to Toronto fifteen years ago she has been teaching art history courses at various educational facilities in Toronto including the Life Institute which is part of Ryerson University Chang School of Continuing Education for the fifty plus, the Prosserman JCC, and University of Toronto. Her enthusiasm and passion for art have made her courses amusing, engaging and informative.
Marta O’Brien has been an architectural historian for 25 years. She earned her architecture degree with Honours from Ryerson University, and Masters degree in environmental studies from York University. Marta develops and teaches many architectural history courses for the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies. Through her own company, Citywalks, Marta presents tours and illustrated lectures for historical societies, seniors’ life-long learning organizations, libraries, and others.
Dr Anna Piperato is passionate about Italian art history and her beloved adopted hometown of Siena (even becoming a baptized member of the She-Wolf District). She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Manchester and now works for Rick Steves’ Europe and guides locally.
Grace-Edward Galabuzi is an Associate Professor in the Politics and Public Administration Department, Ryerson University, and a Research Associate at the Centre for Social Justice in Toronto. He is currently serving as the Undergraduate Program Director in the Politics Department. His research and teaching focuses on race and class theory and the experiences of racialized groups in the Canadian labour market. This includes immigrant socio-economic integration, social exclusion, the racialization of poverty, criminal justice system reform, education, anti-racism and anti-oppression, anti-Black racism, economic development, and the impact of global economic restructuring on local communities. He has also taught courses on topics related to economic theory, political economy and international political economy.
Neetika Sathe is VP of the Alectra Green Energy & Technology Centre where she leads innovation projects in the energy industry. The GRE&T Centre is Alectra’s latest initiative to help put it at the forefront of exciting industry changes to make energy innovations come to life. It identifies, develops and accelerates emerging clean and customer-friendly energy solutions. Neetika serves on several industry associations such as EMC, NSERC Energy Storage Technology Network, and National Electricity Roundtable.