Apurva Ashok studied literature and marketing at McGill University and completed the Master of Publishing program at Simon Fraser University. Her experience ranges across academic publishing, media, social justice, and volunteer work. In 2015, she co-founded Harf, a student-run journal on South Asian studies. Apurva strongly believes in translating knowledge across places and people and in the value of greater critical thinking for all.
Zoe Wake Hyde worked in media communications and academic administration in New Zealand before completing the Master of Publishing program at Simon Fraser University. Having gained an alternative view of academic publishing, she is now focused on creating value-exchange systems that support better, more democratic access to knowledge and learning.
Kaitlin Schilling studied psychology at the University of Windsor prior to completing their graduate certificate in public administration from Humber College. A former participant of the Textbook Success Program and collaborator on Pulling Together: Manitoba Foundations Guide (Brandon Edition) with the Manitoba Foundations Group, Kaitlin is committed to inclusive and accessible storytelling. She worked on Version 3.0 of this Guide.
David Szanto has worked in a number of different professions, including book publishing, new product and service development, innovation consulting, film finance, marketing-communications, and academia.
Elizabeth Mays is director of sales and marketing for PressbooksEDU and an adjunct professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. Previously she served as marketing manager at the Rebus Community and as an assistant director at Arizona State University. She is the editor of A Guide to Making Open Textbooks With Students and the co-editor of Media Innovation & Entrepreneurship, both of which were collaboratively built works published by the Rebus Community.
Jördis Weilandt is an anti-oppression educator with a background and 20 years of working experience in culture studies, modern language teaching, and educational development, who works to (un)learn and support equity in higher education and herbalism. With roots in multiple worlds, she nourishes a strong trust in the power of community and works to shift systems towards co-liberation, land-based protection, and respect (for humans as much as for the more than human kin).