Previous Guests of Honour in Attendance
Marie Bilodeau is an Ottawa-based author and storyteller. Her space opera Destiny trilogy was two-time finalist for the Aurora Awards and won the bronze medal in the Foreword Book Awards. Her latest serialized fairy apocalypse book, Nigh, was an international bestseller. As a storyteller, she’s told stories across Canada in theatre houses, tea shops, city halls, and under disco balls. Marie is also co-host of Planet X Podcast with Jay Odjick and Ken Bonnie, co-chair of Ottawa ChiSeries with Nicole Lavigne and Matt Moore, and is a regular blogger at Black Gate Magazine (she also enjoys doing things in threes because symbolism). She’s a strong advocate for coffee and paper airplance contests. Find out more at www.mariebilodeau.com.
Since 1997, Canadian author and former biologist Julie E. Czerneda has shared her love and curiosity about living things through her science fiction, published by DAW Books, NY. Recently, she began her first fantasy series: Night’s Edge with A Turn of Light, which won the 2014 Aurora Award for Best English Novel. A Play of Shadow followed, winning the 2015 Aurora. While there’ll be more fantasy, Julie’s back in science fiction to complete her Clan Chronicles series. Reunification #1: This Gulf of Time and Stars, was released Nov 2015, with #2: The Gate to Futures Past out this September. For more, visit www.czerneda.com, or find Julie on Facebook, Twitter, or Goodreads.
Charles de Lint is the author of more than seventy adult, young adult, and children’s books. Renowned as one of the trailblazers of the modern fantasy genre, he is the winner of the World Fantasy, Aurora, Sunburst, and White Pine awards, among others. Charles is a poet, artist, songwriter, performer, and folklorist, and he is also the main book reviewer for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (New York). He will be attending Can*Con along with his wife, MaryAnn Harris, who works closely with him as his first editor, publicist, business manager and musical partner.
Gabrielle Harbowy got her start in the publishing industry as a Pricing Analyst at Scholastic. Since leaving the corporate side of publishing, she has edited for publishers including Pyr, Lambda Literary, and Circlet Press, and spent a decade as the managing editor at Dragon Moon Press. She copyedits professionally and is a submissions editor at the Hugo-nominated Apex Magazine. With Ed Greenwood, she co-edited the award-nominated When the Hero Comes Home anthology series; their latest anthology endeavor is Women in Practical Armor, from Evil Girlfriend Media. Her short fiction can be found in several anthologies, including Carbide Tipped Pens from Tor, and her first novel, Hellmaw: Of the Essence, is available from The Ed Greenwood Group. She also has a Pathfinder Tales novel, Gears of Faith, forthcoming from Paizo. For more information, visit her online at @gabrielle_h or gabrielleharbowy.com.
Jay Odjick is a writer and artist from the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg Algonquin Nation in Quebec. Jay has worked in independent comics for years and also has experience in self publishing In addition to freelance comics credits, Jay created the webcomic Power Hour for director Kevin Smith’s MoviePoopShoot.com. Jay has also worked in freelance illustration and has illustrated works by several renowned authors, including providing illustrations for a reprint of Clive Barker’s The Midnight Meat Train and has illustrated seven books by renowned author Robert Munsch, one of which was reprinted in the collection Munschmania.
After publishing his creator owned graphic novel KAGAGI: The Raven thru Canada’s largest comics publisher, Arcana Comics, Jay co-founded a production company that produced a television series called Kagagi based on the graphic novel. Jay is an executive producer on the show and also serves as its character designer and lead writer. You can find Kagagi on APTN Sundays at 10AM or at aptn.ca/Kagagi and on FNX in the United States and you can find Jay on Facebook or follow him on twitter @jayodjick.
Mark Robinson is a Canadian adventurer, storm chaser, and meteorologist. Recently named as one of Canada’s Top 100 Explorers by Canadian Geographic, he is also a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society. Mark has chased (and has been chased) by tornadoes across Canada and the United States. Mark has been intercepting hurricanes since 2005, and has documented many major storms including Katrina, Ike, and Sandy. He has also chased innumerable ice storms, blizzards and snowstorms. Mark’s adventurous spirit has taken him around the globe. He has witnessed avalanches, experienced -110 degrees Celsius temperatures, and jumped into both the Arctic and Southern (Antarctica) Oceans.
Mark is also an on-air personality at The Weather Network and co-hosts the show “Stormhunters” with his fellow storm chaser and Weather Network meteorologist, Jaclyn Whittal. When there is active weather, Mark and Jaclyn will often present on air, change into casual clothes, and chase storms well into the night. Mark is also the host of “Unearthed”. He is a sought after speaker and audiences want to hear about his experiences chasing storms and his adventures around the globe. He is active on social media and you can follow him at @StormhunterTWN
Hayden Trenholm’s stories have appeared in On Spec, TransVersions, Neo-Opsis, Challenging Destiny, Talebones, and on CBC radio. In 2008, he won the Canadian Science Fiction Aurora Award, “Like Water in the Desert.” He won a second Aurora in 2011 for his short story, “The Burden of Fire.” His three novels, Defining Diana, (Bundoran Press 2008), Steel Whispers, (2009) and Stealing Home, (2010) were nominated for Aurora Awards. He won the 2013 Aurora Award for editing the anthology, Blood and Water. He is the managing editor of Bundoran Press and recently co-edited the anthology Lazarus Risen with Mike Rimar. Learn more at www.haydentrenholm.com.
Edward Willett (www.edwardwillett.com) is the author of more than 50 books of fiction and nonfiction for children, young adults, and adults, including the just-completed Shards of Excalibur YA fantasy series (Coteau); the Masks of Aygrima YA crossover fantasy trilogy, written as E.C. Blake (DAW); YA fantasy Flames of Nevyana (Rebelight); and adult science fiction novel Falcon’s Egg (Bundoran). The Cityborn, his eighth novel for DAW, will be out soon. Ed won a 2002 Saskatchewan Book Award for YA fantasy Spirit Singer (Tyche) and the 2009 Aurora Award for best long-form work in English for Marseguro (DAW). He lives in Regina with his wife, Margaret Anne Hodges, P.Eng., and teenage daughter, Alice.
Dominic Bercier is a Canadian writer-artist-designer. At OCAD in Toronto, he was a finalist in the YTV ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS and worked as a penciling assistant for three different artists on projects for TOP COW, IMAGE, DARK HORSE and more. In 2010, Dominic Bercier co-founded MIRROR COMICS [Publisher] where he was president and publisher. At Mirror Comics, Dominic wrote and drew GHOST KING : A BOOK OF CHANGES, released his 24 Hour Comic Book, LIKE NEVER BEFORE & LIKE NEVER AGAIN, and created TREADWELL [a deeply personal journey into a dream], which garnered him a nomination in the 2015 AURORA AWARDS and in the 2015 JOE SHUSTER AWARDS. He drew five other titles at Mirror, and lettered and designed virtually all of the projects that Mirror created. In 2015, Bercier shut down Mirror Comics, and established MIRROR COMICS STUDIOS, a graphic novel making project where he is sole founder and principal, and is developing a number of projects. www.mirrorcomics.com Twitter: @DominicBercier
Ed Greenwood is an award-winning Canadian writer and game designer. Ed created the Forgotten Realms® fantasy world for the Dungeons and Dragons game; it has been featured in board, roleplaying, computer and card games, comic books, and a bestselling novel line that has spanned twenty years and hundreds of titles by more than sixty writers. Ed has published over 170 books that have sold millions of copies worldwide in over a dozen languages. He has written three novels already this year, and by the time they are all published this fall, he will have written at least the first drafts of three more. Ed usually writes fantasy, but has also written science fiction, horror, romance, mysteries, song lyrics, poetry, and many, many magazine articles and columns. Ed is also president and publisher of The Ed Greenwood Group was established to be a different sort of publisher, a “sessorium” of creatives who truly share imaginary settings to tell stories, and enrich those stories in many media to give fans an immersive experience. Those wanting to hang out with Ed, hear his latest news, and buy new fiction by him should make sure to check out Onder Librum. Twitter: @theedverse
Dr. Phil Kaye is a research scientist with the Government of Canada’s Tutte Institute for Mathematics and Computing. He studied Engineering and Mathematics at the University of Waterloo (UW) and earned his PhD at UW’s Institute for Quantum Computing in 2007. He is the first author of “An Introduction to Quantum Computing” (Oxford University Press, 2007), a textbook on quantum computing that has been used in graduate and undergraduate university courses around the world, and has been translated into Russian. Dr. Kaye’s work with the Government of Canada has been focussed on the implications of quantum computing on ICT infrastructures, and on options to make these infrastructures quantum-safe.
Violette Malan: People tend to ask me about the choreography of stripping – and I’ll answer – but most of the time I’m the author of the Dhulyn and Parno novels, and the Mirror Lands novels, fantasies available, in any bookstore, or online, from DAW. You’ll find me on Facebook, on Twitter, and check my website: www.violettemalan.com Twitter: @VioletteMalan
Matt Moore is a horror and science fiction writer who believes good speculative fiction can both thrill and make you think. His short fiction, poetry and columns have appeared in a number of print, electronic and audio markets. He’s a multiple Aurora Award finalist, frequent panelist and presenter, Communications Director for ChiZine Publications, and Co-Chair of the Ottawa Chiaroscuro Reading Series. http://mattmoorewrites.com Twitter: @MattMooreWrites
Derek Newman-Stille is completing his PhD at Trent University, where is is currently teaching a course on Fairy Tale Revisions and another on Graphic Fiction. Derek is the 5 time Aurora Award-winning creator of Speculating Canada (www.speculatingcanada.ca) and the radio show of the same name on Trent Radio 92.7 FM in Peterborough. Derek is also co-editing a collection called Over The Rainbow: Folk and Fairy Tales from the Margin with Kelsi Morris. You can find out more at https://
Sgt. Pat Poitevin is a senior investigator and outreach coordinator for the Sensitive and International Investigations unit of the RCMP’s National Division, providing training at local, national, and international levels. He lectures on anti-corruption at the MBA and EMBA levels, and is the co-founder of the ABAC program, Global Anti-Corruption University project, and the Canadian Centre of Excellence for Anti-Corruption at the University of Ottawa. As a 32-year veteran of the RCMP, Sgt. Poitevin’s past experience has included general duty, VIP security, proceeds of crime, fraud, and drugs and organized crime.
Brett Savory is the co-publisher of the World Fantasy and British Fantasy Award-winning ChiZine Publications, has had over 50 short stories published, and has written three novels, the latest of which, A PERFECT MACHINE, is coming out February 2017 from Angry Robot. He is at work on his fourth novel, LAKE OF SPACES, WOOD OF NOTHING, and lives in Peterborough with his wife, writer/editor/publisher Sandra Kasturi. Savory is also the drummer for the stoner rock/metal band Ol’ Time Moonshine. http://www.brettsavory.com Twitter: @brettsavory
Professor Peter Watson infuriated his father by reading far too much SF as a kid. He learned physics and math at at Edinburgh and Durham universities, and joined Carleton University in 1974, becoming chair of Physics and Dean of Science. He has worked at CERN, Oxford University and spent two years in Nigeria. In addition to a 40 year research career in theoretical physics, he has taught many courses at all levels. Realizing how little he knew about Time, he started a cross-disciplinary course on it at Carleton 3 years ago. He remains confused, but at a much higher level.
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