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Eugenia Bertulis – Assistant professor and co-lead of the IxD Program at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. She has worked with Microsoft, HP, Nike, Crate & Barrel, Williams Sonoma, P&G, and the Province of BC. Products she has designed sell in 140 countries around the world. She is currently working on a PhD at SFU on affect and design for more-than-human-centered interactions.





Erin Blondeau is a mother, activist, and citizen of the Cowichan Valley Métis Nation, currently living and working on the traditional territory of the Ts’uubaa-asatx Nation, also known as Lake Cowichan. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in anthropology and works as the communications coordinator for Indigenous Climate Action. She is also on the Young Professionals Committee at IMPAC5, is a board director for the West Coast Climate Action Network, and a writer for Matriarch Movement. Follow Erin on Instagram.


Tim Bray is a Canadian software developer, environmentalist, political activist and one of the co-authors of the original XML specification. He worked for Amazon Web Services from December 2014 until May 2020 when he quit due to concerns over the terminating of whistleblowers. Tim has a distinguished record of being arrested at the TransMountain pipeline protest in 2019.


Eric Schwartz has developed and managed environmental, mapping, engineering, and civic projects, and has kayaked coastlines from Oregon to Haida-Gwaii, Bay of Fundy and elsewhere.

Resident in Vancouver since 2007 , Eric has been active in support of seniors, biking, marine conservation and many environmental campaigns.


Jacquie Forbes-Roberts, retired as General Manager of Community Services for the City of Vancouver, was responsible for a wide range of departments, including planning and permitting, social and cultural services (as well as theatres and other city facilities) . A former Co-Director of Planning for the City, Jacquie has many years of experience working with the public and private sectors, non-profit agencies, and community groups in the delivery of policy, projects and services. She currently serves as a director of the Heather Heritage Society and is part of a volunteer effort to improve conditions in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver.

Mark Schneider


Zaide Schneider is interested in marine sustainability and its relation to human wellbeing. He has been an educator with postings in two Indigenous communities and a couple of universities, with a focus on media arts. A retired TV journalist, Zaide covered national politics and social issues. He reported from Moscow in during the fall of the Soviet Empire; from Oka during the Mohawk Resistance at Kanesatake; and from the Queen Charlotte Islands when a barricade of Haida Elders eventually led to the creation of Gwaii Hanas.