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Who we are

Alexa Pitoulis

Alexa Pitoulis is the Interim Executive Director of OpenMedia. Alexa brings over 15 years experience building and leading teams and projects for government and community organizations. A self-proclaimed kale-powered supermom on two wheels, she is a creative strategist driven by her passion for building regenerative social and ecological systems. With an MBA in Sustainable Systems from Pinchot University, Alexa views organizations as living systems and is excited to bring this perspective to the "how" we work at OpenMedia. Inspired by Margaret Wheatley’s wisdom that “people support what they create”, Alexa is committed to authentic engagement and collaboration.

Josh Tabish

Josh is the Campaigns Director at OpenMedia. He joined OpenMedia in 2013 and is passionate about helping those in the struggle for open communication systems. Before OpenMedia, he served as Coordinator with the Media Democracy Project at Simon Fraser University (SFU) where he organized the annual Media Democracy Days conference as well as the CounterCulture Speaker Series. He has also been involved in several grassroots media reform initiatives including the inaugural SlutWalk Vancouver in 2011. He holds a BA in Communication and Linguistics from SFU.

Steve Anderson

Steve Anderson is the founder, Senior Strategist, and Internet Governance Analyst of the award-winning civic engagement organization OpenMedia. Steve is a digital policy analyst and open Internet advocate who often appears in national and international media to comment on telecom, surveillance, and copyright policy along with other matters related to internet governance. Steve Anderson is also considered a leader in strategies for civic engagement and crowdsourcing. His writing has appeared in numerous local and national print and online publications such as The Tyee, the Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen, and the National Post. Steve is a contributing author of the CCPA book "The Internet Tree".

David Christopher

David is the Communications Manager of OpenMedia and blogs regularly for the organization. He's from the west of Ireland and holds a degree from Trinity College Dublin, where he studied History and Political Science. He worked in communications in New Zealand, Northern Ireland and Scotland before moving to Vancouver, Canada.

Christopher Malmo

Chris is OpenMedia'sGrassroots Fundraising Manager. He's inspired by the open Internet as a unique opportunity for social, political, and economic progress. Chris' past work includes communications, research, and fundraising in the nonprofit, academic, and political sectors. Chris has an MPA in Public Administration from Queen's and a BA in International Relations from UBC. Before settling back in his hometown of Vancouver, Chris lived and studied in Paris, Toronto, and Shanghai.

Alana Schultz 

Alana is the Director of Fund Development at OpenMedia. Alana has her BA in Visual Arts and a BEd from The University of Toronto. She has worked as a teacher in the UK and as a volunteer facilitating art programs for youth and adults affected by mental illness and addiction. Alana is passionate about the open internet as a vehicle for free expression and a tool for expanding education. Her work as a fundraising professional led her to Vancouver where she studied Professional Communications at UBC IT and started working with OpenMedia.

Roberto Gorjão 

Roberto is the Web Manager at OpenMedia. Originally from Portugal he is formally trained as a Graphic Designer and as a Teacher. He has more than a decade of web development experience, both front and back-end, having worked for organizations in Portugal, the U.S. and Canada. The love of programming pervades his personal life and he and his seven year old daughter bond over building automated electronic gadgets and coding with Scratch.

Catherine Winters 

Catherine is one of OpenMedia's web developers, specializing in Drupal. She's spent her career building websites for clients large and small, from political campaigns and small businesses to non-profits and post-secondary institutions, and even the odd Fortune 500 company. Catherine brings to OpenMedia a passion for open source software and web accessibility. Catherine's interests include mystery novels, data visualization, and 3D printing.

Marie Aspiazu 

Marie Aspiazu is the Online Community Facilitator at Open Media. Originally from Ecuador, Marie moved to Vancouver in 2010 to get a degree in Environmental Science at Simon Fraser University. Since then, Marie has done a variety of work within the environment field, mostly in the conservation and non-profit sectors. She began to explore a path in social and digital media in 2014 and seeks to use these tools to promote stronger, sustainable communities.

Ruth Coustick-Deal 

Ruth is a Campaigner working on free expression issues at OpenMedia, supporting the Save the Link campaign. Based in the UK, she has worked in Internet rights for three years at Open Rights Group, where she is responsible for supporter engagement and fundraising. Since graduating from her degree in English Literature she has worked in a number of marketing and communications roles. Ruth is passionate about increasing diversity in digital rights, and building a movement that is inclusive and welcoming. You can find her on Twitter at @Nesient.

Meghan Sali

Meghan is the Communications Specialist for Free Expression campaigns at OpenMedia. Drawing from her experiences in the Carleton University Journalism program, Meghan is passionate about media democracy as it relates to the open Internet, and sees opportunities to strengthen our democratic traditions through digital engagement strategies. She has worked in communications for various progressive campaigns in Vancouver.

Jes Simkin

Jes is the Operations Manager of OpenMedia. Jes first joined OpenMedia back in 2011 as an Intern and she’s been hooked on the possibilities for the open internet ever since. Jes brings with her experience from both the non-profit and start-up worlds, including volunteer work with the BC Civil Liberties Association. She also studied Political Science at UBC.

Andrew O'Sullivan 

Andrew O'Sullivan is the Grassroots Fundraising Officer at OpenMedia. A long-time fundraiser and logistician for Vancouver nonprofits, his passion for trouble-making and growing sustainable organizations brought him to OpenMedia in the fall of 2015.

Laura Tribe 

Laura is a Digital Rights Specialist for OpenMedia. With a background in the intersection of human rights and information communication technologies, she loves the internet and is excited to keep fighting for what makes it great. Before working with OpenMedia, Laura's previous 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. You can find Laura on Twitter at @ltribe.

Soledad Vega 

Soledad is the Community Engagement Specialist at OpenMedia. Originally from Argentina, she holds a degree in Sociology from University of El Salvador in Buenos Aires, and a journalism diploma from Centennial College in Toronto, Canada. Soledad has worked as a freelance journalist, a documentarian and a communications professional both in Latin America and and in North America. Her work centres on social issues and Latin American affairs. Soledad enjoys developing thought-provoking content and ensuring a high standard in communications. Self-proclaimed cinephile and jazz enthusiast, she also cites traveling as an integral part of her life.

Katy Anderson 

Katy is a Digital Rights Advocate at OpenMedia, specializing in access issues. She is a writer and editor whose favourite things to nerd out on are the future of the Internet and how technology is changing the way we communicate and consume information. When not fighting her way out of a blackhole of opening and closing tabs, she can be found at the yoga studio (a transparent attempt at balance), sipping on a hot coffee or cold beer, or working through a never-ending list of things to watch. As an OpenMedia campaigner and journalist, she is interested in innovative storytelling and making information accessible, engaging and entertaining.

 

 

OpenMedia's Board

Phillip OpenMedia BoardPhillip Djwa, Board Chair

Phillip Djwa has been working for more than 18 years in the high-technology industry. During this time, Phillip has worked on a wide range of technology and digital media projects in senior positions from Fortune 500 (AT&T), high-tech start-ups (Adcritic), to not-for-profit organizations (First Nations Education). He is an accomplished presenter and knowledgeable speaker on information and communications technology (ICT), especially as it applies in First Nations in BC. He has worked extensively with Aboriginal organizations on technology, including capacity building, connectivity to remote and rural communities, and elearning. He has sat on national Assembly of First Nations committees as well as the First Nations Technology Council, whom he continues to advise, as well as the Information Technology Council in Ottawa. Since 2000, Phillip has led strategy, and completed innovative web projects, as part of his company Agentic Communications Inc. Phillip’s credentials as a creative technologist offer a unique blend of technologist, creative lead and social scientist. His clients include Yale University, Global Zero, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Industry Canada, the Province of BC, Canadian Tourism Commission, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, Canada Mortgage and Housing (Granville Island) and many other organizations. Lastly, as a career-long social entrepreneur, Phillip has volunteered for many worthwhile community initiatives, including the Vancouver Crisis Centre, BC Community Connectivity Cooperative, the First People’s Heritage Council, and the Friends of Chamber Music.

Susan OpenMedia BoardSusan McLennan

Founder and President of Reimagine PR (formerly Babble On Communications Inc.), Susan McLennan oversees all strategy and campaign execution. She has created and overseen award winning pr and online campaigns inspiring media coverage around the world, translating to new investment, increased donations and met objectives for her clients. She has  planned and executed tours and appearances for live audiences totaling millions. She has worked with important foundations working tirelessly on the front lines of social justice, consumer issues and children’s health. She has helped grow a beloved entertainment brand and nurtured a tech start-up from infancy to industry leader. Susan and her partner Mike Erskine-Kellie also create and write television. Shows they have written and/or created are currently airing on PBS, TVO, CBC, and Disney XD. Content campaigns for their PR work borrow heavily from their television experience.  One entertainment advocacy campaign they created and executed was selected for inclusion in the Library of Congress.

Jennifer OpenMedia BoardJennifer North, Treasurer

Jennifer North is President of North Accounting, and a Quickbooks Pro Advisor with more than a decade of experience running her own business. In her 5 years of bookkeeping and accounting at a senior- level, Jennifer has found that she most enjoys educating businesses and ensuring that they maintain CRA-compliant books. Jennifer uses her vast previous job experiences – such as retail, tech, charities and not-for-profits – to deliver a positive experience for her clients. She enjoys painting watercolours, cooking, and is active in music and the arts.

Scott OpenMedia BoardScott Leslie

Scott Leslie has spent the last 20 years working to improve access to knowledge and learning opportunities on the open internet as a technologist, researcher and open content/open network activist. His career has spanned post-secondary institutions, libraries, for-profit startups and government. He is a regularly invited speaker and writer on educational technology topics and since 2001 published the widely-read edtechpost blog. He is currently the Systems Manager at the BC Libraries Cooperative, a national social enterprise with nearly 200 member libraries and related organizations across Canada. Previously, he worked as the Manager of Open Education for BCcampus, a province-wide post-secondary agency in British Columbia, Canada. Scott also volunteers for the Webmaker initiative with the Mozilla Foundation through which he's delivered numerous workshops for kids to help build web literacy.

Danny OpenMedia BoardDaniel Oleksiuk

Daniel Oleksiuk is a Vancouver lawyer with experience in environmental, aboriginal, and labour law. He currently represents clients in the National Energy Board’s review of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Daniel has also drafted legislation for the government of British Columbia and worked with the United Nations Development Programme on environmental law and legal education reform in the People’s Republic of China, where he gained a new appreciation for privacy, access, and free expression. In his other roles, Daniel hosts a podcast called Common Law Radio, advocates for renters’ rights in Vancouver, rides his bike, and plays recreational softball. He is grateful for the opportunity to support Open Media as a board member.

 

Photography Credit: All staff photos courtesy of Klix Wedding Photography