Shelley Ambrose · Executive Director and Co-publisher
Calgarian Shelley Ambrose 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 Macfarlane 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 Carsten Wyatt 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 Chapman 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 Macfarlane 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 Nelles 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.
Nick Mount · Fiction Editor
Nick Mount 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 Lista 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.
Pamela Capraru · Copy Chief and Line Editor
Pamela Capraru joined The Walrus as copy chief in 2007. She also copy-edits Azure magazine, and served as copy chief at Toronto Life for four years. While she enjoys writing, she finds satisfaction in the precision and fine polish of editing. She works for various other clients, and volunteers with the Editors’ Association of Canada. A native Torontonian, cottage lifer, and oyster lover who occasionally breaks free from her desk to travel, she spent eleven months telecommuting from Turks and Caicos in 2010—11 (and wishes she had more time to read just for the fun of it).
Brian Morgan · Art Director
Brian Morgan 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 Kim 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 Holigroski 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.
Matthew McKinnon · Online Editor
Matthew McKinnon began his career as a writer and editor at Toronto’s Shift magazine; he later wrote and edited for CBC.ca’s Arts Online. He has a degree in journalism from Toronto’s Ryerson University, where he is an instructor, and is a past winner of five National Magazine Awards. He joined The Walrus in 2009, after attending the Banff Centre’s Literary Journalism program. He is the designer of thewalrus.ca.
Nic Boshart · Manager of Digital Initiatives
Nic Boshart 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.
Joseph Connolly · Account Manager
Joseph Connolly 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.
Stacey May Fowles · Circulation and Marketing Director
Stacey May Fowles is a writer and critic who has published two novels (Be Good and Fear of Fighting). Her essays have been widely anthologized in collections like Yes Means Yes, First Person Queer, Nobody Passes, and PEN Canada’s Finding the Words; her articles and fiction have appeared in magazines including Maisonneuve, Taddle Creek, and Quill & Quire. She is a regular contributor to the National Post, and her third novel is forthcoming with ECW in 2013.
Erin Prendergast · Development Director
Erin Prendergast 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.
Stephanie Damgaard · Development Coordinator
Before settling in Toronto and joining the Walrus Foundation in August 2013, Stephanie Damgaard 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.
David Leonard · Events Director
David Leonard 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.
Lianne Holland · Events Coordinator
Lianne Holland graduated from McMaster University in 2011 with a Combined Honours Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Communication Studies. Shortly thereafter, the Walrus Foundation took her in as an events and marketing intern—and she just didn’t leave. Lianne is also a freelance researcher, a self-proclaimed advocate for the City of Hamilton, and a big old art nerd.
Dani Couture · Office Manager
Dani Couture has worked in the not-for-profit and education sectors for over a decade in a variety of capacities including project and event management, communications, and account management. She is the author of three books. In 2011, she was nominated for the Trillium Award for Poetry, awarded an honour of distinction from the Writer’s Trust Dayne Ogilvie Prize, and won the ReLit Award for poetry. More importantly, she joined The Walrus—and its ranks of running enthusiasts—the same year.