Laura is OpenMedia’s Executive Director. With a background in the intersection of human rights and information communication technologies, Laura loves the Internet and is excited to keep fighting for what makes it great. Laura has been working with OpenMedia since 2015, previously leading the organization’s campaigns and advocacy on digital privacy. Before working with OpenMedia, Laura's experience includes working with Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE), IFEX, and various tech startups. She holds a BA in Media, Information and Technoculture from Western University, and an MA in Communications from Carleton University.
Steve Anderson is the founder, Senior Strategist, and Internet Governance Analyst of the award-winning civic engagement organization OpenMedia. Steve is a digital policy analyst and open Internet advocate who often appears in national and international media to comment on telecom, surveillance, and copyright policy along with other matters related to internet governance. Steve Anderson is also considered a leader in strategies for civic engagement and crowdsourcing. His writing has appeared in numerous local and national print and online publications such as The Tyee, the Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen, and the National Post. Steve is a contributing author of the CCPA book "The Internet Tree".
Alana is the Director of Fund Development at OpenMedia. Alana has her BA in Visual Arts and a BEd from The University of Toronto. She has worked as a teacher in the UK and as a volunteer facilitating art programs for youth and adults affected by mental illness and addiction. Alana is passionate about the open internet as a vehicle for free expression and a tool for expanding education. Her work as a fundraising professional led her to Vancouver where she studied Professional Communications at UBC IT and started working with OpenMedia.
Josh is the Campaigns Director at OpenMedia. He joined OpenMedia in 2013 and is passionate about helping those in the struggle for open communication systems. Before OpenMedia, he served as Coordinator with the Media Democracy Project at Simon Fraser University (SFU) where he organized the annual Media Democracy Days conference as well as the CounterCulture Speaker Series. He has also been involved in several grassroots media reform initiatives including the inaugural SlutWalk Vancouver in 2011. He holds a BA in Communication and Linguistics from SFU.
David is the Communications Manager of OpenMedia and blogs regularly for the organization. He's from the west of Ireland and holds a degree from Trinity College Dublin, where he studied History and Political Science. He worked in communications in New Zealand, Northern Ireland and Scotland before moving to Vancouver, Canada.
Jes is the Operations Manager of OpenMedia. Jes first joined OpenMedia back in 2011 as an Intern and she’s been hooked on the possibilities for the open internet ever since. Jes brings with her experience from both the non-profit and start-up worlds, including volunteer work with the BC Civil Liberties Association. She also studied Political Science at UBC.
Katy is a Digital Rights Advocate at OpenMedia, specializing in access issues. She is a writer and editor whose favourite things to nerd out on are the future of the Internet and how technology is changing the way we communicate and consume information. When not fighting her way out of a blackhole of opening and closing tabs, she can be found at the yoga studio (a transparent attempt at balance), sipping on a hot coffee or cold beer, or working through a never-ending list of things to watch. As an OpenMedia campaigner and journalist, she is interested in innovative storytelling and making information accessible, engaging and entertaining.
Marianela Ramos Capelo is OpenMedia’s Design Specialist. She studied Graphic Design and later Communication at Simon Fraser University, where she also held two undergraduate research fellowships within the School of Communication. She is interested in the intersections of media, design, and culture, and how these intersections help shape shared cultural understandings. Her design work has been featured by Media Democracy Days, BC FIPA, and other organizations.
Marie Aspiazu is the Online Community Facilitator at Open Media. Originally from Ecuador, Marie moved to Vancouver in 2010 to get a degree in Environmental Science at Simon Fraser University. Since then, Marie has done a variety of work within the environment field, mostly in the conservation and non-profit sectors. She began to explore a path in social and digital media in 2014 and seeks to use these tools to promote stronger, sustainable communities.
Aleks is the Volunteer and Community Engagement Specialist at OpenMedia. She has worked with many non-profit and grassroots groups across issues such as environmental protection, anti-violence and media democracy, and so has had lots of practice building excitement about making the world a more just place! Prior to OM, Aleks trained and educated youth on social and environmental justice issues at Check Your Head. She is also passionate about using art as a tool for political change.
Ruth is a Campaigner working on free expression issues at OpenMedia, supporting the Save the Link campaign. Based in the UK, she has worked in Internet rights for three years at Open Rights Group, where she is responsible for supporter engagement and fundraising. Since graduating from her degree in English Literature she has worked in a number of marketing and communications roles. Ruth is passionate about increasing diversity in digital rights, and building a movement that is inclusive and welcoming. You can find her on Twitter at @Nesient.
Mazdak Gharibnavaz is the Grassroots Development Officer at OpenMedia. After receiving his BA in Cognitive Systems from University of British Columbia, he worked as a Project Coordinator in an environmental engineering company, and volunteered at a political fact-checking start-up in Vancouver. A fervent believer in the power of the Internet in addressing the upcoming challenges of the 21st century, he initially joined OpenMedia as a volunteer, and shortly after as a staffer in the fight for a free and open Internet.
Alan Heikkila is OpenMedia's Drupal Developer, with over 10 years of experience from front end to the back. He is passionate about Drupal and the open source community, having attended various training sessions and conferences including DrupalCon Austin in 2014 and New Orleans 2016. BC born and raised, Alan attended Okanagan University College for Computer Information Systems although his interests also include study of sociology, communications, and philosophy. He resides in the Fraser Valley with his wife and 3 children.
Victoria is a campaigner working on surveillance and free expression issues. Based in London UK, she has worked and lived in Vancouver, Montreal and Beijing. She comes to OpenMedia via Amnesty International and Greenpeace. She's passionate about using the open Internet to fight for her favourite causes: social justice, environment and animal rights. In her free time she loves climbing, learning languages (poorly) and reading the entirety of the Internet.
Salil is the Digital Strategist at OpenMedia. Being a technophile and a firm believer in fair digital rights, fighting for a free and open internet is a part of his ethos. Salil brings us a unique perspective with his interdisciplinary grounding. Salil has being doing immaterial labour for OpenMedia since 2010, but has officially become a part of the fold since 2016. Before working with Open Media, Salil has worked at High Technology start-ups and till recently was in charge of developing an E-commerce WebApp. Salil is a tinkerer who enjoys the thrill of working in Vancouver’s burgeoning, but volatile tech industry. After completing Mechanical engineering, Salil worked in the marine industry before pursuing a second degree in Business at Simon Fraser University, where he found an aptitude for Communications.He graduated from the SFU’s MediaLab, which specializes in making documentaries, PSAs and Risk Awareness Campaigns.
Krusheska is the Operations Coordinator at OpenMedia. Born in Boriken (a.k.a. Puerto Rico) she is interested in learning how journalists, researchers, and activists use technology for their work, how individuals such as developers, security experts, and engineers contribute to those technologies, and how do they all collaborate. One of the present projects which she created and co-produces relies heavily on technology including open source software and the Internet. Suena a Revolución (www.suenaarevolucion.org) is a podcast that gives a stage to "artivists" from Latin America and the Caribbean who use music as a tool for social change.
Meghan is the Communications Specialist for Free Expression campaigns at OpenMedia. Drawing from her experiences in the Carleton University Journalism program, Meghan is passionate about media democracy as it relates to the open Internet, and sees opportunities to strengthen our democratic traditions through digital engagement strategies. She has worked in communications for various progressive campaigns in Vancouver.
Susan McLennan, Board Chair
Susan McLennan is the founder and president of Reimagine PR, a transmedia storytelling and PR company, and oversees all strategy and campaign execution. She is also a popular speaker and workshop leader, helping brands and tech entrepreneurs learn how to use storytelling to change minds and open hearts. With a background in television, a science show for kids she and her business partner/husband Mike Erskine-Kelli created and wrote for American Public Television won two 2015 regional Emmy Awards, including Best Special. Susan has created and overseen award-winning PR and digital campaigns inspiring media coverage around the world, translating to new investment, increased donations, and met objectives for her clients. She has planned and executed tours and appearances for live audiences totalling millions. She has worked with important foundations on the front lines of social justice, consumer issues, and children’s health. She has helped grow a beloved entertainment brand and nurtured a tech start-up from infancy to industry leader. Television shows Mike and Susan have written and/or created are currently airing on PBS, TVO, CBC, and Disney XD. Content campaigns for their PR work borrow heavily from their television experience. One advocacy campaign they created and executed was selected for inclusion in the Library of Congress.
Phillip Djwa has been working for more than 18 years in the high-technology industry. During this time, Phillip has worked on a wide range of technology and digital media projects in senior positions from Fortune 500 (AT&T), high-tech start-ups (Adcritic), to not-for-profit organizations (First Nations Education). He is an accomplished presenter and knowledgeable speaker on information and communications technology (ICT), especially as it applies in First Nations in BC. He has worked extensively with Aboriginal organizations on technology, including capacity building, connectivity to remote and rural communities, and elearning. He has sat on national Assembly of First Nations committees as well as the First Nations Technology Council, whom he continues to advise, as well as the Information Technology Council in Ottawa. Since 2000, Phillip has led strategy, and completed innovative web projects, as part of his company Agentic Communications Inc. Phillip’s credentials as a creative technologist offer a unique blend of technologist, creative lead and social scientist. His clients include Yale University, Global Zero, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Industry Canada, the Province of BC, Canadian Tourism Commission, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, Canada Mortgage and Housing (Granville Island) and many other organizations. Lastly, as a career-long social entrepreneur, Phillip has volunteered for many worthwhile community initiatives, including the Vancouver Crisis Centre, BC Community Connectivity Cooperative, the First People’s Heritage Council, and the Friends of Chamber Music.
Scott Leslie has spent the last 20 years working to improve access to knowledge and learning opportunities on the open internet as a technologist, researcher and open content/open network activist. His career has spanned post-secondary institutions, libraries, for-profit startups and government. He is a regularly invited speaker and writer on educational technology topics and since 2001 published the widely-read edtechpost blog. He is currently the Systems Manager at the BC Libraries Cooperative, a national social enterprise with nearly 200 member libraries and related organizations across Canada. Previously, he worked as the Manager of Open Education for BCcampus, a province-wide post-secondary agency in British Columbia, Canada. Scott also volunteers for the Webmaker initiative with the Mozilla Foundation through which he's delivered numerous workshops for kids to help build web literacy.