Our Staff

 

 

Shelley Ambrose

Shelley Ambrose

Executive Director

Shelley has been a newspaper reporter, a radio producer, a television producer, a producer of events large and small, a committed volunteer, and a lover of books, magazines, conversation, and Canada. In 2006, she joined The Walrus. In her spare time, she clips newspapers and makes lists.


Editorial

Jessica Johnson

Jessica Johnson

Executive Editor and Creative Director

Jessica is an award-winning journalist who has worked with a range of North American publications, including the Globe and Mail, National Post, Saturday Night, Lucky, Elle, and The New Republic.
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Carmine Starnino

Carmine Starnino

Deputy Editor

Carmine was one of the founding editors of Maisonneuve magazine and a senior editor at Reader’s Digest Canada. He has published eight books, including This Way Out (2009), which was nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry, and two collections of literary essays. Leviathan (2016) is his most recent collection of poetry. He was a finalist for PWAC’s Editor of the Year in 2011.  
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Samia Madwar

Samia Madwar

Managing Editor

Samia previously worked at Up Here and Canadian Geographic magazines. In her spare time, she specializes in impromptu travel.

 

Lauren McKeon

Lauren McKeon

Digital Editor

Lauren is an award-winning journalist. Her work has appeared in Toronto Life, TVO, Chatelaine, Hazlitt, and Best Canadian Essays 2017. Her first book, F-Bomb: Dispatches from the War on Feminism (2017), was shortlisted for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize.

Hamutal Dotan

Hamutal Dotan

Senior Editor

Prior to joining The Walrus, Hamutal edited long-form features for the Globe and Mail, commented on politics for the CBC, and led an online magazine to become the first to win a National Magazine Award without ever having issued a print edition.

Viviane Fairbank

Viviane Fairbank

Editor

Viviane has written and fact-checked for Harper’s, NPR, TVO, Toronto Life, and Smithsonian, and she was nominated for best new writer at the 2017 National Magazine Awards. She also studies mathematics.

Harley Rustad

Harley Rustad (on leave)

Features Editor

Harley is the author of Big Lonely Doug: The Story of One of Canada’s Last Great Trees (2018). He has written for the Globe and Mail, Outside, the Guardian, and Geographical.

 

Daniel Viola

Daniel Viola

Features Editor

Previous to his work at The Walrus, Daniel was the editor-in-chief of Maisonneuve.

 

Erin Sylvester

Erin Sylvester

Copy Editor

Erin’s work has been published in the Ryerson Review of Journalism, Torontoist, and the Calgary Herald.

 

Fellows

TD Chair on Disability and Inclusion: Sarah Trick

Sarah is the inaugural TD Chair on Disability and Inclusion. In this newly created position, thanks to generous funding from TD, Sarah is assisting The Walrus in exploring issues related to disability and inclusion across all platforms throughout 2019.

Facebook Fellow: Sarah Melton
Chawkers Fellow: Étienne Lajoie
JHR Indigenous Editorial Fellow: Oscar Baker III
Adventure Canada Fellow: Max Binks-Collier

Art

Paul Kim

Paul Kim

Design Director

Paul joined The Walrus in 2005, and was previously an art director at Canadian Dimension.

 

Meredith Holigroski

Meredith Holigroski

Senior Designer

Meredith has previously worked for the Globe and Mail and Toronto Life, and as a contributing designer on publications for the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and many others.

Natalie Vineberg

Natalie Vineberg

Associate Designer

While Natalie was at McGill University, she was the creative director of the McGill Tribune. She is from Montreal and worked in chocolate stores for many years.


Circulation

Bryan Maloney

Director of Circulation and Marketing

Bryan has worked in book and magazine publishing for fourteen years.


Production

Maria Musikka

Production Director

Maria Musikka

Maria joined The Walrus in the fall of 2016. Her previous work experience includes Toronto Life, Fashion, Inside Entertainment and IAD.

Events

Andrea Boyd

Andrea Boyd

Director of Partnerships & Sponsorships

Andrea has worked in cultural sector fundraising, sponsorship, government relations, communications, and project management in the UK, Ireland, and Canada across a variety of cultural industries, including television and radio, music, and museums.

Blair Elliott

Blair Elliott

Events Manager

Blair has been producing events at The Walrus since 2013. Her past employment includes stints at a Sarnia water park, a Montreal fashion trade show, and a Muskoka golf resort.

Cailin Cooper

Cailin Cooper

Events Manager

Cailin joined The Walrus in 2015. Previously, she worked on marketing, event coordination, and author programming at The Word On The Street Toronto, Canada’s largest book and magazine festival.


Digital

Angela Misri

Angela Misri

Digital Director

An award-winning digital journalist, Angela is also the author of the Portia Adams Adventure series, and Pickles vs. the Zombies (2019). She is also an instructor at Ryerson University.
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Phil James

Phil James

Digital Producer

Phil is a web developer and journalist who has built several web and mobile applications for newsrooms and nonprofits. He has previously worked at Myseum of Toronto and CanadaHelps.

Dmitry Beniaminov

Dmitry Beniaminov

Digital Consultant

Dmitry is a web guru and technology consultant specializing in digital transformation, technology education and all things web.
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Operations

Karl Percy

Karl Percy

Chief Financial Officer

Karl is a professional accountant (CPA-CGA) with over twenty-five years of experience in the media and entertainment sectors.

Renée Montpellier

Renée Montpellier

Operations & HR Director

Renée is from Montreal and bilingual. She has worked as an operations and HR specialist in fast-paced environments for fifteen years and recognizes the importance of finishing what you set out to accomplish.

Tina Love Cho

Tina Love Cho

Head of Logistics

Tina is a native Torontonian and an experienced tour manager who has travelled Canada with the Vinyl Cafe, Paul Brandt, and many more.

Jacqueline Faucher

Jacqueline Faucher

Office Manager

Jacqueline is captivated by all things writing—from proofreading to screenwriting. 


Development

Aimee Ippersiel

Aimée Ippersiel

Director of Strategy & Communication

Aimée has worked in the cultural sector for twenty years, guiding renewal, growing audience, and strengthening organizational resilience. 

Hilary Johnston

Hilary Johnston

Manager of Donor Stewardship

Hilary is a musician turned arts administrator turned communicator.

May Ardekani

May Ardekani

Development Officer

May believes that social democracy is worth working for to create a better world for everyone. She has over six years of experience in fundraising and training. Previously, she worked at TVO and TIFF. Some would say that she is a people person.

Christina Papantoniou

Christina Papantoniou

Development Officer

Christina has worked in the non-profit sector for almost fifteen years, supporting museums, art galleries, and now The Walrus.


The Walrus Lab

Mihira Lakshman

Mihira Lakshman

Director of The Walrus Lab

Mihira has more than a decade of experience at large and small companies in web, mobile, social media, television, radio, and print platforms.

Amirah El-Safty

Amirah El-Safty

Project Manager

Amirah has worked in almost every role imaginable at The Walrus. Her latest challenge has been growing The Walrus Lab to help financially support independent, fact-based journalism. She loves to garden and has a tiny dog named Paris.

Paul Jaramillo

Paul Jaramillo

Advertising & Sales Manager

Paul has worked in the media sector for sixteen years, both on the agency side as the print buyer at the Procter & Gamble print agency of record, and on the sales side as a national account manager for Canadian Living, Elle Canada, and Style at Home.


Emeritus

John Macfarlane

Editor Emeritus

 

Brian Morgan

Art Director Emeritus

 

David Berlin

Founding Editor