Shelley Ambrose, Executive Director and Co-publisher
Shelley, a Calgary native, worked as a reporter for the Globe and Mail and the Windsor Star before serving for more than a decade as a producer for CBC Radio’s Morningside and later for The Pamela Wallin Show. After three years in public affairs at the Canadian Consulate in New York, organizing media and events and building the Canadian brand, she returned to Canada in 2006. Shelley has produced hundreds of events, including forums, lectures, festivals, book tours, Arctic tours, royal visits, and Bill Clinton’s 60th birthday celebrations in Toronto and New York.
John Macfarlane, Editor and Co-publisher
John was editor of Toronto Life from 1992 to 2007. Previously, he has been managing director of news and current affairs at CTV (1991–92); publisher and editor-in-chief of the Financial Times (1987–90); publisher of Saturday Night magazine (1980–87); editor of Weekend (1976–80); and executive editor of Maclean’s (1975–76). He was educated at the University of Toronto Schools and the University of Alberta, Calgary, and is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors at the Rotman School of Management. He is currently chair of the Canadian Journalism Foundation, the Writers’ Trust of Canada, and the YMCA of Metropolitan Toronto. In 2007, he received the Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement from the National Magazine Awards Foundation.
Kyle Carsten Wyatt, Managing Editor
Kyle earned his doctorate from the University of Toronto, winning the A.S.P. Woodhouse Prize for best dissertation with “Cartographers as Critics: Staking Claims in the Mapping of American Literature.” From 2006 to 2011, he managed submissions and peer reviews for Studies in American Indian Literatures. Originally from the Nebraska Sandhills, Kyle joined The Walrus in 2011.
Sasha Chapman, Senior Editor
Sasha has been a columnist for the Globe and Mail, Report On Business magazine, and Toronto Life, where she was the food editor from 2000 to 2006. Her writing has also appeared in Saveur, Chatelaine, and several anthologies about food, and has been recognized by the National Magazine Awards, the James Beard Awards, and the World Food Media Awards. She holds a joint honours degree English literature and philosophy from McGill. Sasha joined The Walrus in 2011.
Amy Macfarlane, Senior Editor
Amy worked with Vancouver’s marginalized Downtown Eastside community for several years before returning to her native Toronto to pursue a Bachelor of Science in nursing. In addition to practicing at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Amy has worked on a variety of research projects with colleagues at the University of Toronto. After brief stints at Saturday Night and Quill & Quire, she joined The Walrus in February 2006.
Drew Nelles, Senior Editor
Drew is the former editor-in-chief of Maisonneuve, which during his tenure won Magazine of the Year at the 2012 National Magazine Awards. He has written for the Globe and Mail, the National Post, and Reader’s Digest, among others, and attended the Banff Centre’s Literary Journalism program. He joined The Walrus in 2013.
Harley Rustad, Assistant Editor
After earning a journalism degree at the University of King’s College, Harley interned with Geographical magazine in London, UK, and for the Globe and Mail’s South Asia bureau chief in Delhi. He has published writing and photography in the Globe and Mail, Geographical, and CNN, among others, but is most known for a how-to blog post about acquiring Indian travel visas in Kathmandu. He loves to climb mountains and cook dal roti—and takes great pride in being born on Salt Spring Island.
Brian Morgan, Art Director
Brian studied printmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design and Emily Carr University (then Institute) of Art and Design. After a long stint as a bookseller in Vancouver, he worked as first a graphic designer and then an editorial designer, briefly for Saturday Night (2001), and later for The Walrus (2003–2005). With a number of talented collaborators, including Antonio de Luca and Jas Riyait, he has worked for C Magazine, Dose, and Globe Investor. Before he rejoined The Walrus in 2008, Brian was the deputy art director for Maclean’s.
Paul Kim, Senior Designer
Paul studied at the University of Manitoba School of Art, where he majored in Graphic Design. Before joining The Walrus in 2005, he worked as a freelance illustrator and served as art director and designer for Canadian Dimension.
Meredith Holigroski, Junior Designer
Meredith studied graphic design and printmaking at the University of Manitoba School of Art. After moving to Toronto, she worked as a designer for the Globe and Mail before joining The Walrus in the fall of 2011.
Nick Mount, Fiction Editor
Nick is a nationally recognized student and teacher of Canadian literature, an associate professor in the Department of English at the University of Toronto, and the author of the prize-winning When Canadian Literature Moved to New York (UTP, 2005). Besides courses in Canadian literature, he teaches the department’s popular first-year course, ENG140 Literature for Our Time. His lectures for this class have been broadcast and podcast on TVO’s Big Ideas and used in other courses across Canada. In 2011, he was awarded a 3M National Teaching Fellowship, the country’s highest teaching award.
Michael Lista, Poetry Editor
Michael is the author of Bloom, a book of poems about Canadian physicist Louis Slotin, which was named a Quill & Quire Book of the Year. He writes a popular column on poetry for the National Post. His poems and essays appear in The Best Canadian Poetry, Canadian Notes and Queries, Maisonneuve, Poetry, and elsewhere; his work has been nominated for Canada’s National Magazine Award, and America’s Pushcart Prize. He joined The Walrus in 2012.
Matthew McKinnon, Online Editor
Matthew is a former writer and editor for Toronto’s Shift magazine (R.I.P.) and cbc.ca, and a past contributor to many Canadian periodicals. He has a B.A. in journalism from Toronto’s Ryerson University, where he is an instructor. He is a winner of several National Magazine Awards. He has been the magazine’s online editor and web designer since 2009.
Nic Boshart, Manager of Digital Initiatives
Nic has hitchhiked across Newfoundland, lived on a boat north of Vancouver Island, and spent at least one night in a Winnipeg Tim Horton’s. A founding member of literary press Invisible Publishing, he himself has written nothing of note, aside from some regular expressions to remove apostrophes from Excel spreadsheets. He has previously worked at eBOUND Canada, BookNet Canada, and Student Vote, and teaches Digital Publishing and Production in the book publishing program at Ryerson University’s Chang School of Continuing Education. He joined the Walrus Foundation in 2012.
Stacey May Fowles, Circulation and Marketing Director
Stacey May is a circulation professional, novelist, essayist, and reviewer. Her writing has appeared in various magazines and journals, including The Walrus, Quill & Quire, Elle Canada, Hazlitt, and Maisonneuve. She has been widely anthologized in Nobody Passes; First Person Queer; Yes Means Yes; and PEN Canada’s Finding the Words. She is a regular contributor to the National Post, and her latest novel, Infidelity, was out with ECW Press in 2013. It was selected as an Amazon Best Book of 2013.
Joseph Connolly, Account Manager
Joseph studied commerce and political science at St. Francis Xavier University. He has worked in British Columbia’s logging industry, in the oil fields of Alberta, and in construction throughout Nova Scotia. Joseph joined The Walrus in 2010.
Erin Prendergast, Development Director
Erin joined the Walrus Foundation in June 2013. She is a certified fundraising executive and also holds a master’s degree in publishing from Simon Fraser University. Before coming here, Erin worked at the Art Gallery of Ontario for nearly fourteen years as manager of the successful $300 million Transformation AGO campaign and various other projects.
David Leonard, Events Director
David plans and produces dozens of fundraising events each year, including an annual gala that the Globe and Mail has called a “legendary bash” and Hello! Canada has called a “must-attend affair.” In 2012, he was a finalist for BizBash’s award for fund-raising event planner of the year. Prior to his time at the Walrus Foundation, David campaigned for Canopy, an environmental NGO, and he worked for almost a decade as a publicist and event producer for Canadian and international book publishers and authors. He currently volunteers for a number of charitable organizations, occasionally DJs, and is the creator of a popular, crowd-sourced Twitter weather service, the #DLWS.
Stephanie Damgaard, Development Coordinator
Before settling in Toronto and joining the Walrus Foundation in August 2013, Stephanie was associate programmer of Canadian films at the Vancouver International Film Festival. She has also worked in fundraising for Canada’s longest-running performing arts festival for children and at the academic journal BC Studies. She has a degree in art history from the University of British Columbia.
Miranda Newman, Events and Special Projects Coordinator
Miranda began her stint with the Walrus Foundation as an events intern in 2012 before getting hired on as the events and special projects coordinator in 2013. Prior to joining the Walrus Foundation, Miranda was the publicity, marketing, and circulation director for the Ryerson Review of Journalism. She has also worked as a communications consultant in the tech and real estate sectors. Miranda holds a degree in journalism from Ryerson University.