Lindsay Fitzgerald is an emerging filmmaker and journalist in Toronto. She has spent the last six years working in the media industry, reporting for major publications like the CBC’s The Fifth Estate, Toronto Star, Hamilton Spectator, and working under acclaimed directors and editors while completing an MFA in Documentary Media. Her short film About Employment (2016) won the prestigious TVO Short Documentary Contest, and screened at festivals internationally. She has shot and directed a number of short films with festival premieres including: What Appears to be the Problem (2017) Suits (2018) and Act of Preservation (2019). Last year, Lindsay secured SSHRC and Arts Council funding to finish production on Shattered (2020), currently in post. She was previously an associate producer and cinematographer for award-winning filmmaker Maureen Judge on the upcoming TVO feature documentary17 & Life Doesn’t Wait (2019), and is currently a production manager and associate producer for a CBC's documentary channel feature entitled Betrayal (2020), currently in production.
Sarah Claydon is a multimedia documentary storyteller and writer. Sarah is a digital associate producer with CBC Radio’s Because News and a freelance contributor to other CBC Radio shows such as The Current and Out in The Open. A lover of learning, Sarah holds an undergraduate degree from McGill University and a graduate certificate in New Media Journalism from Sheridan College. A lover of women, she’s a friend to all those who consider themselves a feminist.
Andrew Bateman is a digital media artist and documentary filmmaker whose work is focused on the interplay between government and its constituencies. Andrew has had his work shown in Canada, Berlin, Belgium, Turkey and Norway. He is currently working on his PhD in Communication and Culture at Ryerson University. Andrew also holds an MFA in documentary media, and a BA in Contemporary Studies and Social Anthropology from University of King’s College.
Eric Miller is a filmmaker, editor and partner with his newly registered company Thalweg Productions. Originally a musician, he is the inaugural recipient of the Oscar Peterson Scholarship, having studied jazz performance at Humber College and York University. The impetus for his transition into film came from his decade of experience working as a wilderness guide for Northwaters and Langskib, an organization heavily focused on group development and individual rites of passage. Often unable to communicate at home the intimate stories of the experiences he witnessed on trail, he turned to film. Eric wrote, produced, directed, shot and edited a 12-episode web series called The Albany, chronicling the inner and outer journeys of a 35-day canoe trip. In addition, Thalweg Productions remains a platform for corporate, documentary and fiction pieces. His continued goal is to develop stories that pursue the nuance of sincere human experiences.
Ivor Shapiro is the principal investigator of the Canadian World of Journalism Study, funded by the Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada. A former chair of the Ryerson School of Journalism, he teaches media law, ethics and feature reporting and conducts research into journalists’ professional identity and values. He chaired the ethics advisory committee of the Canadian Association of Journalists until June 2015 and was the founding editor of the Canadian Journalism Project (J-Source.ca). As a magazine journalist, Ivor was honoured six times at the National Magazine Awards and was a finalist for a Canadian Association of Journalists award for investigative journalism. He is a former contributing editor of Saturday Night magazine and a former managing editor of Chatelaine magazine. He has written feature articles for Toronto Life, the Walrus, Maclean’s and the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business Magazine. His scholarly work has been published in Journalism Studies, Canadian Journal of Communication, Journalism Practice, Newspaper Research Journal, Digital Journalism.
Michelle Shephard stood among the crumbling remains of New York City’s World Trade Center on the night of 9/11 and asked, “Why?” So began her journalistic journey as the Toronto Star’s National Security reporter, looking for answers in the streets of Mogadishu, Sanaa, to the mountains of Waziristan, refugee camps in Dadaab and Peshawar, the corridors of power in Washington and Ottawa, 200 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle and flying to the world’s most famous jail in Guantanamo Bay more than two dozen times. Shephard has won Canada’s top journalisms prizes – a three-time recipient of the National Newspaper Award (2002, 2009, 2011) and was part of a Toronto Star team that won the Governor General’s Michener Award for Public Service Journalism. She has collaborated on various films and was the co-director of Guantanamo’s Child, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and was voted among TIFF’s Top Ten Films. She was awarded the Atkinson Fellowship in 2015 for a series called Generation 9/11, which will look at the recruitment of foreign members for Daesh, the group also known as the Islamic State.