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.
Shantini (Shawn-tin-nee) is OpenMedia's Operations Director. Her non-profit background is in the arts, and she was most recently the operational leader of two of Vancouver's most exciting theatre companies; the Vancouver Fringe Festival and Electric Company Theatre. She's eager to dive into the human rights aspect of OpenMedia's advocacy to help make the internet equitable for everyone. When she's not working or chasing after her three-year-old, she loves thrifting and baking cinnamon rolls.
Matt is OpenMedia’s Campaigns Director. His previous work focuses on bridging the gap between good policy and messy political reality, with 5 years experience leading international digital rights advocacy at IFEX, and previous experience with the UN Environment program and Canopy Planet. He holds a BA in International Relations from the University of British Columbia, and a Masters of Global Affairs from the University of Toronto. He loves cats and swing dance, and only infrequently attempts to combine the two.
Krusheska is the Operations Manager 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.
Marianela is OpenMedia’s Manager of Digital. She studied Electronic Media Design and Communication Arts at Langara College and later Communication at Simon Fraser University, where she also held a couple of undergraduate research fellowships. She is interested in the intersections of media, design, data, and culture. In her spare time, she co-hosts The Intersection of Things, a digital rights podcast with a feminist twist.
Erica is OpenMedia’s Development Manager. Her non-profit background is in the arts, and she was most recently the Fund Development Associate at the Arts Club Theatre Company. She majored in Music at the University of Western Ontario and holds a certificate in Arts and Entertainment Management from Capilano University. She loves playing the piano and going to the dog park with her Boston terrier.
Bryan is a Digital Rights campaigner at OpenMedia. He first began writing about digital identity and internet citizenry as a student working for the Digital Tattoo Project at the University of British Columbia, but his interest in the internet goes back much further. He remembers a moment in childhood, when the internet was in its infancy, and his friends decided to go home and chat with each other on computers instead of in person. In that moment, he realized that things would never be the same again. He completed a Bachelor of Arts (English Literature) and a Master of Journalism degree from UBC. After graduating, he worked for the B.C. Freedom of Information and Privacy Association before joining OpenMedia.
Rodrigo is a digital campaigner at OpenMedia. He graduated with a BA in Political Science from the University of British Columbia and comes to the team with digital and political advocacy experience at non-profit organizations and labour unions. He is passionate about keeping the internet open and making it accessible for everyone across Canada. He recently changed his cellphone plan and his first bill came out to be $25 more expensive than expected - now he’s ready to fight back against Big Telecom.
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.
Jesse Schooff is a Volunteer Content Creator for OpenMedia. Born in Toronto and raised in Vancouver, Jesse studied music composition at UBC. For the last decade and a half, he has been the systems administrator and IT help desk for a small Canadian company. Jesse has a lifelong passion for politics, technology, and pop culture. He’s also a vocal advocate of IT security, digital rights, and the open Internet.
Dylan is a leader of the user experience research organization at Shopify, working to identify opportunities to lower the barriers to entrepreneurship for people around the world. He’s spent the majority of his career in the technology industry, gaining expertise as a user experience researcher, becoming known for his ability to help teams make sense of complex environments so they can deliver value to customers while building towards longer term visions. Dylan uses his curiosity of human behaviours and their motivations to solve real problems for real people.
With over a decade working in campaigning organizations, Anil is passionate about mobilizing supporters to enable transformative change. Currently he serves as Director of Marketing, Communications and Community Giving at Engineers Without Borders, a leadership-building organization fighting global poverty and inequality. Previously Anil was Head of Engagement at Greenpeace Canada, running integrated campaigns across the organization to bring in thousands of supporters. Anil also served on Greenpeace International’s Digital Management Team and trained global staff in Digital Mobilisation. Anil draws from his extensive former career in brand marketing & production at MuchMusic & MTV to develop creative, engaging opportunities for ordinary people to take extraordinary action.
Hilary Osborne is the co-founder of Open-i Advisors Inc. Open-i Advisors' mission is to focus on quantitative data for competitive industries. Our vision is a system that allows investors, creditors, analysts, and individual businesses to make smart decisions based on hard quantitative market data, in markets for which hard quantitative data has long been elusive. Hilary Osborne is currently the Membership Director of the i2Coalition. Osborne serves as i2Coalition's central coordinator for engaging and recruiting new members, and is the chief driver of growth for the organization. Osborne has 13 years of experience in the hosting and cloud industry. Prior to joining the i2Coalition, Osborne previously worked for iNET Interactive and Web Host Industry Review. One of the most connected people in the Internet infrastructure industry, Osborne has managed accounts for 30 of the top 100 Internet infrastructure companies in the world, and hundreds more.
Rob McClinton is the founder and CEO of Designing Nation Holdings and its internet registrar, Small World Communications, a hosting and online marketing company focused on small and local businesses. He is a 25 year tech industry veteran with roots in several startups including GoTo.com and X1 Technologies. He has spent more than 10 years in the internet industry. Rob's career started with developing and leading sales organizations before moving into executive management, management coaching, and entrepreneurship. He's passionate about helping people and organizations achieve their goals. He’s the Executive Director of the Idealab Alumni Association and serves on the development committee for Innovate Pasadena.
Marion is an award-winning senior communications executive with global experience in both the corporate and consulting sectors, enjoying a focus on issues and stakeholder relations and strategic communications. As President of GCI Canada, a member company of WPP the world’s chief communications services group, she provided strategic communications advice to some of the globe’s largest companies. She is particularly proud that GCI had been recognized as one of the Top 100 Companies to Work For Within the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) in 2015, 2016 and 2017 out of over a 1,000 applicant companies. Marion was also Vice President, Corporate Communications, Nortel Networks, previously one of the world’s largest telecommunications providers.
Angela has dedicated her career to building and growing nonprofit organizations and programs, and have specifically spent close to two decades playing key leadership roles in the fields of art, culture and open source technology. As Executive Vice President at Mozilla, she has been critical in evolving the Foundation into an advocacy and education organization. Prior to Mozilla, she was the Director of Baltan Laboratories, a laboratory for art and technology based in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. She also served in key roles at the European Cultural Foundation in Amsterdam, the Blender Foundation in Amsterdam, and the Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science and Technology in Montreal. She has written and spoken extensively on art and the importance of research and production spaces for artists and professionals working creatively with technology.