Andrea Charise is an Assistant Professor of Health Studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough, where her research and teaching focus is on health humanities, arts-based approaches to health studies, and literary representations of older age. She received the 2014 John Charles Polanyi Prize for Literature and has published in venues including Health Expectations, Academic Medicine, Essays in Romanticism, and English Literary History (ELH). She can be found online at www.andreacharise.com or on Twitter as @AndreaCharise.
Prof. Carol Ann Courneya is the founding co-director and co-curator of the White Coat Warm heART (WCWA) National Art Exhibit held annually in conjunction with the Canadian Conference of Medical Education. The WCWA repository can be found at teachingmedicine.com (click on Art Gallery). Carol Ann’s research is in Medical Education. Recently she has been studying the role of Arts and Humanities in shaping wellness, professional identity and learning in medical students. Her previous interests have included Faculty Development, Admissions and International Medical Education. Carol Ann has ongoing scholarly connections with Patan Academy of Health Sciences in Nepal, and is Assistant Dean, Student Affairs in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. http://cps.med.ubc.ca/faculty/courneya/
Born and raised in Mexico City, Max Montalvo immigrated to Canada with his family in 1982. He is an assistant professor at Queen’s University and practicing emergency room physician in Kingston, Ontario, where he lives with his wife, their nine-year old son and their cat. Max has worked with The Tragically Hip directing and producing a series of music videos for their last two studio albums, Now for Plan A and Man Machine Poem. His latest video, “In A World Possessed By The Human Mind” was awarded the best Rock/Alternative video at the 2017 Much Music Video Awards. In addition, he directed the short film RASPOUTINE, an inside-the-studio look at the band’s album recording process. In 2010 Max directed his first feature length film, EL PAYO, an award-winning documentary chronicling the tragic story of an obscure and influential guitarist from northern Ontario who spawned a vibrant flamenco culture still thriving across Canada. He currently conducts research on sound and light manipulation in the emergency department. https://www.gabanafilms.ca/
Sara Roque is a filmmaker, writer, activist and cultural leader who has worked on a number of Indigenous arts initiatives and organizations in Canada and abroad. For the last nine years she has worked as the Indigenous arts officer at the Ontario Arts Council. She has a BA from Trent University and is a recent graduate of the Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning, Canada’s only land-based university. Sara is Anishinaabe-Metis from Shebanoning-Killarney, a small community nestled in the La Cloche mountains of northern Ontario.
Stephen Tulk teaches anatomy for artist and illustrators at OCAD University. He is a Family Physician and Medical Illustrator, but has taught life drawing at the AGO and at OCAD over the past 18 years. He recently left clinical practice to teach full time at OCAD. His clinical practice was in a Community Health Centre where he served high needs patients with barriers to accessing healthcare. And where he learned to listen and observe.
As an educator, Dr. Tulk is fascinated by how the study of human anatomy can help artists and designers understand who we are as humans.
Natalie Majaba Waldburger received her MFA from NSCAD University after completing her B.A. specializing in Women’s Studies at Queen’s University and graduating with Honours from the Ontario College of Art and Design where she received the Drawing and Painting Department Medal. Recently Natalie has stepped down as the Ada Slaight Chair of Contemporary Painting and Print Media, the first named Chair in the Faculty of Art at OCAD U. She has resumed a role in Life Studies, an art and science specialization which she helped found at OCAD U University in 2012. Her paintings are represented in various public, private and corporate collections in Europe, North America, and Australia. http://nataliewaldburger.squarespace.com/
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