Ingrid Bejerman is a journalist, scholar and cultural promoter specializing in cultural reportage, Latin American matters, and journalism training. She worked as a reporter and columnist for the leading São Paulo daily O Estado de S. Paulo in Brazil, as program coordinator for the Foundation for a New Iberian-American Journalism in Cartagena, Colombia, and as director of the Cátedra Latinoamericana Julio Cortázar at the University of Guadalajara, Mexico. She has served on the programming committee of Blue Metropolis since 2003. Ingrid holds a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from McGill University, and teaches courses in journalism theory at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.
Kat Borlongan is an open data enthusiast who wears many different hats. Currently, she is the co-founder of the Paris-based open data agency Five by Five and the French chapter of the Open Knowledge Foundation. She also serves as an advisor to the French government as a member of its open data expert network. Prior to this, she worked as a public affairs consultant to the International Civil Aviation Organization and as the Country Director of Reporters Sans Frontières’ Canadian bureau. As a merit scholar of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kat completed her undergraduate degree in Political Science at the Institut d’Études Politiques de Bordeaux. She also holds a master’s degree in Communication Studies from McGill University.
Gabriela Capurro is a research assistant with the Concordia Science Journalism Project at Concordia University. She holds a BA in Social Communication from Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, and an MA in Journalism Studies from Concordia University, where her research focused on neo-colonial discourse in news and media representations of ethnic minorities and immigrants. She has previously worked as editor for Agence France-Presse in Uruguay, and as foreign correspondent for AFP in Bolivia, Uruguay and Peru. Gabriela’s current work is focused on science communication, deliberative democracy, and public engagement.
Phil Carpenter has been a photojournalist for 15 years and is currently a photo and video journalist at The Montreal Gazette. He recently published his first book, Breast Stories; Cancer Survivors Speak Out (Fitzhenry and Whiteside). Through photos and essays, the book profiles more than 50 women across Canada who had mastectomy, and addresses issues of femininity and female identity. His international assignments include the aftermath of the genocide in Rwanda, Canadian peacekeeping operations in Bosnia, and Israeli operations in the Golan. He was also one of the first journalists to arrive in Haiti after the earthquake in 2010. Phil has won several awards, including the Society for News Design’s Award of Excellence, most recently in 2013. As a visual journalist, he is committed to documenting history and the human condition to encourage thought, debate and discussion. Phil teaches photojournalism at Concordia University’s Department of Journalism.
Martin Forgues spent 11 years in the Canadian Forces before trading in his rifle for a pen. He works primarily in written media – print and web – and he can be read in magazines aimed at the general public (L’Actualité, Jobboom), specialized niche publications (L’Actualité médicale, L’Actualité pharmaceutique, Aggregates and Roadbuilding), news sites (Open File, L’Actualité Web) as well as in Le Trente, the magazine of the FPJQ, where he is a member of the editorial board. Passionate about radio, Martin has been on Les Oranges Pressées on CIBL 101,5FM and has discussed the situation in Mali on Radio-Canada in Québec. He also covered the war in Mali as a foreign correspondent during the winter of 2013. He recently founded his own documentary production company, Productions Village Global, with director Alain Goudreau. Martin also sits on the board of the Association des journalistes indépendants du Québec.
Paul Fontaine is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University. His research centres on diasporic communication networks in Canada. He has previously written on the role of Punjabi-Canadian print journalism outlets in the process of negotiating identity and maintaining transnational economic, political and social ties. Paul’s doctoral dissertation will extend his previous work to include Punjabi-Canadian advocacy groups and university centres and institutes dedicated to Indo-Canadian and South Asian-Canadian Studies. His other research interests include journalism education and journalism’s role in shaping collective memory. He received his MA in Journalism Studies from Concordia University and his BA in English Literature from the University of British Columbia. Before returning to university to start graduate school, Paul worked as a journalist in B.C. for five years, primarily as an education and city council reporter.
Ernest Hoffman is a Montreal-based journalist and researcher. He holds an Undergraduate Specialization degree in Journalism from Concordia University, where he is completing his Master’s thesis, which critiques the philosophical underpinnings of journalism from a Buddhist perspective. He currently works as a research assistant with the Concordia Science Journalism Project, where he focuses on how medical and scientific information is communicated and understood, and how people learn in deliberative public engagement settings. He is Managing Editor of Almemar, a Jewish arts digest affiliated with the Blue Metropolis Foundation, where he contributes long-form interviews with groundbreaking artists and cultural personalities. Ernest has previously worked as an economic news reporter, broadcast producer, editor, and documentary filmmaker. He continues to write freelance feature articles for magazines and trade publications.