Sara Angel, PhD, is the Founder and Executive Director of the Art Canada Institute. For her doctoral studies she received a Trudeau Scholarship, the most prestigious award of its kind in Canada, given for innovative ideas that help solve issues of critical importance to Canadians. A recognized authority on visual culture, Angel has been a guest lecturer at Harvard University, the University of Toronto, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the National Gallery of Canada, and the Israel Museum. One of Canada's most accomplished visual arts journalists, Angel has had an extensive career in publishing, including being a commentator for CBC television’s On the Arts and editor-in-chief of Chatelaine. She writes for publications including Maclean’s, The Walrus, and The Globe and Mail to make the world of art accessible to a broad public audience.
Roslyn Kaman started her career at the Financial Post Data Group in Toronto as a research analyst before working in Europe as a pricing supervisor and financial analyst. She holds a British accounting designation, ACCA, as well as a BA in Mass Communications and Sociology. In addition to her work for the ACI, she has been the Chief Financial Officer and Director of Human Resources for the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre since 2003.
Dr. Anna Hudson is a York Research Chair at York University’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design. Dr. Hudson currently leads Mobilizing Inuit Cultural Heritage, a SSSHRC-supported research-creation grant aimed at recovering, facilitating, and disseminating Inuit culture, knowledge, and creativity. She is an art historian, curator, and writer who continues to research and publish in the area of her doctoral dissertation, Art and Social Progress: the Toronto community of Painters (1933–1950).
Kendra Ward has been an editor for more than a decade, working for publishing houses, universities, nonprofit organizations, and private clients. Previously she has worked in-house at McClelland & Stewart, an imprint of Penguin Random House Canada. Her projects included award-winning fiction and complex, illustrated nonfiction books. She holds a degree in English Literature from the University of British Columbia.
Simone Wharton holds an Honours BA in Art History from the University of Toronto, a Publishing Certificate from Ryerson University, and is an Art History MA student at York University. She continues to pursue her passion for the arts as an emerging curator and through her work with the ACI. Her curatorial projects include “Piece by Piece” at Gales Gallery, York University; “Helen Lucas: Roots to the Present” at Todmorden Mills Heritage Site; and “ab NEXT: Contemporary Abstraction by Emerging Artists” at The Robert McLaughlin Gallery.
Lara Hinchberger has more than thirteen years of editing experience. She was an acquiring editor of award-winning and best-selling works of fiction and narrative non-fiction with Doubleday Canada and McClelland & Stewart, imprints of Penguin Random House Canada. She founded Lara Hinchberger Editorial in 2014, and works with publishers, literary agents, academic institutions, and independent clients. She holds an Honours BA from McGill University and an MA from the University of Toronto.
Rosemary Shipton, often described as one of Canada’s great editors, specializes in biography and art books. For seventeen years she was the founding academic coordinator of the Publishing Program at Ryerson University and was granted an honorary doctorate from Trinity College, University of Toronto, for her contribution to Canadian publishing.
Marie van Zeyl holds an MBA in Arts Management from the Institut d’Études Supérieures des Arts, in Paris, France, and an Honours BA in Art History from Trinity College at the University of Toronto. She also studied modern art while on an exchange at the Università degli Sudi di Siena. Fascinated by the combination of the digital and the visual arts, Marie wrote her master’s thesis on the motivations for collecting Internet art.
Emily Lawrence holds an Honours BA in Art History and Media Studies from the University of Toronto. She has previously worked in communications roles with the University of Toronto Art Centre and Trinity Art Show, and as a researcher for Pursuits Inc. Art Advisory. Emily is also a contributing writer for artoronto.ca, and is furthering her passion for contemporary Canadian art history at OCAD University where she is pursuing an MA.