Professional Participants


Tibra Ali

(Science Speaker, Courtesy of SO Space)

Tibra Ali, educated at Dhaka University (Bangladesh) and Cambridge University (UK) , works on string theory and cosmology at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, ON. Before joining the Perimeter Institute he worked as a post-doc and a lecturer…

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Stephanie Bedwell-Grime

(Author)

Stephanie Bedwell-Grime is the author of more than twenty novels and novellas and over fifty short stories…

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Micheal Bemma

(Filmmaker, Demon Father and Fantasy Realm)

Micheal Bemma is a local horror filmmaker from Toronto who will be screening his film, Demon Father, at Polaris this year. He has been pursuing his dreams as a filmmaker since 2003 and is very excited to be bringing his film to the convention this year…

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Leah Bobet

(Author)

Leah Bobet is the author of Above, a young adult urban fantasy novel (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, April 2012), and an urbanist, linguist, bookseller, and activist. She is the editor and publisher of Ideomancer Speculative Fiction, a resident editor at the Online Writing Workshop for Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror, and a contributor to speculative web serial Shadow Unit

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Graeme Burk

(Author)

Graeme Burk is the co-author (with Robert Smith?) of the guide to the New Series of Doctor Who, Who Is The Doctor (published by ECW Press). He was co-editor of two anthologies of fan writing on the Classic and New Series of Doctor Who, Time Unincorporated (Mad Norwegian Press, 2010 and 2011)…

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Todd Caryl

(‘Jason’, Pretty In Geek)

Long before training at Toronto’s Second City Conservatory, or going to Glendon College for drama, Todd was a nerd – playing old-school paper and pencil roleplaying games in some basement in Orillia. Knights, Quests, Goblins and yes, even Bards were a staple of his youth. Todd is so excited to bring together two of his passions, acting and RPGs…

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Matthew Cimone

(Filmmaker)

At age 15, Matthew Cimone discovered that his eyesight had disqualified him from flying with the Royal Canadian Airforce. Initially determined to join the Canadian Space Agency with acquired skills in jet fighter training, Matthew decided to satiate his desire to explore by travelling the globe…

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Dr. Elliott Coleshill

(Science Speaker)

Dr. Elliott Coleshill has over 12 years of experience working in the Canadian space industry. Dr. Coleshill completed a PhD in 2010 and a Masters in 2003 from the University of Guleph, with research in image processing and machine vision and robotics…

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Julie Czerneda

(Author)

Canadian author and editor Julie E. Czerneda transformed her love and knowledge of biology into science fiction novels (published by DAW Books NY) and short stories that have received international acclaim, multiple awards, and best-selling status. Her latest works include the Aurora-nominated Tesseracts Fifteen: A Case of Quite Curious Tales, co-edited with Susan MacGregor, and Rift in the Sky

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Kate Daley

(Prop. Maker, Make-up Artist)

Kate Daley is a special effects artist, full-time geek, and evil plant wrangler, originally from Kingston, ON. She caught the costuming “bug” over 10 years ago when she cosplayed to her first convention. In 2003, she began to study special effects make-up and costuming full-time, under the tutelage of Academy Award winner (and recent Academy lifetime achievement award recipient) Dick Smith…

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Meaghan Fritchley

(‘Dani’, Pretty In Geek)

Born in St. Catharines, Ontario, Meaghan Fritchley was introduced to the worlds of table-top role playing, occult themed playing cards and video games by the tender age of 9. Their inherent theatricality led her to Toronto where she received her BFA Honours in Theatre from York University with specializations in Devised Theatre and Theatre Production…

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Melanie Godecki

(Filmmaker, Chasing Atlantis)

For as long as she can remember, Melanie has not been able to sleep, even on weekends. Not wanting to wake her parents, she would turn on the TV on Saturday mornings and watch her favourite science fiction shows until the weekend cartoons would begin. She developed a love for science and decided to be a paleontologist when she grew up…

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Tim Kenyon

(Skepticism Activist and Science)

Dr. Tim Kenyon has taught courses in critical reasoning for over a decade, and is the author of the critical thinking text Clear Thinking in a Blurry World. Born and raised in western Canada, he and his family settled in Kitchener, Ontario after stints working and studying in China, Greece, and Scotland.…

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Leonard Kirk

(Comic Book Artist)

Leonard Kirk is an American-born comic book artist living in Canada. He has worked on such properties as Supergirl, JSA, Star Trek, Batman, and Witchblade. Currently Kirk is exclusively signed for Marvel Comics…

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Marvin Law

(Comic Book Artist)

What’s there to really say about Marvin, he ended up doing what he always wanted to do, since he was a little kid and that was to be a comic book artist. As it is, he just suspects he was too stubborn or stupid to do anything else…

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Vivian Lin

(Director, Pretty In Geek)

Vivian Lin’s previous geek credits includes robot-building (Team 188!), Magic Card-playing (white decks are lame) and knowing all the names of the Thundercats, except for the Old Guy. On her non-Geek days, she is an Associate Producer at Sarrazin Couture Entertainment (Stay with Me)…

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Derwin Mak

(Author)

Derwin Mak writes stories with quirky characters. His short story “Transubstantiation” won the 2006 Aurora Award for Best Short-Form Work in English. His anthology The Dragon and the Stars, co-edited with Eric Choi, won the 2011 Aurora Award for Best Related Work in English. He wrote the SF ballet story “The Faun and the Sylphide”…

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Alex Manafu

(SKEPTICISM ACTIVIST AND SCIENCE)

Alex Manafu completed his Ph.D. in Philosophy at Western University, where he also teaches Logic. His research focuses on reductionism and emergence in science. Alex authored the entry on Miracles and the one on Intelligent Design for the Extraordinary Claims campaign (http://extraordinary-claims.com). He doesn’t have a blog, but he is a big fan of science and philosophy podcasts, which he compiles on his website.…

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Richard Maurizio

(Artist)

Richard Maurizio is a veteran artist who has produced work for Warner Bros, Turner Entertainment, Universal Studios, Sony Signatures and Archie.

His credits include developing educational and childrens books for Warner Bros as well as working on a Tom & Jerry comic strip for five years…

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Clare McElcheran

(Clothespin Artisan)

Clare McElcheran is a Toronto native. She holds a Master’s of Science in Physics from University of Ottawa and a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Queen’s University. She currently owns and operates the Etsy shop the Clothespin Effect…

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Stefne Mercedes

(‘Anna’, Pretty In Geek)

Stefne Mercedes is excited to be making her web series debut on Pretty In Geek. Born and raised in New Hampshire, she attended musical theatre school in New York City before moving to Toronto in a misguided attempt to become a Mountie…

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Xander Miller

(Skepticism Activist and Science Communicator)

As a young boy growing up in Northern Ontario, with only four TV channels Xander Miller’s imagination was captured by Astro Boy, Robotech and Tom Baker’s Doctor Who. The 1980s version of Astro Boy, particularly, planted ideas in young Xander’s head that would later blossom into deep philosophical questions that would later influence his academic career: What are the technological limits of robotics…

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Elize Morgan

(Creator and Writer, ‘Erin’, Pretty In Geek)

Elize is a graduate of the CFC’s Television Writing program, has an MA in television and web intersections, and makes an amazing pie. Elize is also a consummate web nerd and a lover of the mythical d30. Her favourite dice are long lost, but were translucent with sparkles in the middle…

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Paul Muzzin

(Filmmaker)

From an early age, Paul Muzzin has had a love affair with the arts. At the age of 6 he wanted to be an actor; at 10 he was creating stop motion films; at 14 he was playing the cello and dabbling in monster makeup and special effects. Dismissing these desires as just a hobby, he navigated high school pursuing a career in medicine…

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Ryan Oakley

(Author)

Ryan Oakley’s Aurora nominated novel, Technicolor Ultra Mall, has been called “hellish, brilliant, stellar and profane.” Robert J. Sawyer has said that it’s “the book Philip K. Dick would have written if he lived to today.” Oakley has kept a blog, The Grumpy Owl, since 2005 and tweets under @thegrumpyowl

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Emily Raggozzino

(Artist, Dork Girl)

Emily Ragozzino specializes in drawing comic books about female outcasts creating a trilogy entitled, Dork Girl and another book based off of a short story she wrote in high school called Why I Hate Cheerleaders. All fictional of course, she doesn’t really hate cheerleaders…that much…

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Jennifer Rose

(‘Stacey’, Pretty In Geek)

Jennifer was born in Ottawa, Ontario. In 2010 she obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree from York University where she studied in the Department of Theatre, concentrating in Creative Ensemble and Playwriting. She has participated both as an actor and writer in York University’s playGround Theatre Festival and the Toronto Fringe Festival…

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Gay Rowan

(Actor)

Gay Rowan played Rachel in the Canadian TV series The Starlost. She also co-starred in the TV movie Our Man Flint: Dead on Target. She later founded the LGR Insurance Group and is a Long Term Care Specialist and a Certified Senior Advisor and is Certified in Long Term Care…

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Marco Rudy

(Comic Book Artist)

Marco Rudy is from Mozambique. Currently he is living in Brazil. Long story short, he broke in through the internet and Deviantart. Back in 2005 he opened a Devart account. There he met an American writer, Grant Chastain and was invited me to join the Ronin Studios forums…

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Rob St-Martin

(Author)

Rob St-Martin is a Canadian author, editor, publisher, husband and father, not necessarily in that order. From his secret lair in Montreal, he writes fantasy novels with steampunkian flavour and strong female characters, including his most recent novel, Sunset Val’s Hat Trick

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Robin Ward

(Actor)

Since playing Garth in The Starlost Robin Ward has worked on stages across North America as an actor, playing roles from Shakespeare, to Ibsen to comedies and musicals. In addition to his work on the stage Robin has performed in many television and film dramas both in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico…

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Ken Wheaton

(Comic Book Artist)

Ken has inked stories in Bongo’s Bart Simpson Comics, Simpsons Winter Wing Ding, Bart Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror, and Radioactive Man. He was also a contributing inker to the Official Adaptation of Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol, and issues of I Dream of Jeannie, The Phantom, El Mucho Grande-Wrestler for Hire, Kolchak:The Night Stalker, and drew a cover for Buckaroo Banzai-The Prequel

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Courtney Wolfson

(Producer, Pretty In Geek)

From her start in TV Animation production, Courtney excelled in production management and co-ordination, working with leading industry houses; Cookie Jar Entertainment, Cuppa Coffee Animation, and Marblemedia. She has since delved into the new challenges of web series and Transmedia production, joining GopherX.net in 2009…

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