Damian is a multimedia content creator and writer with a background in journalism, communications, and marketing. He has ample experience across the industry, having been a part of 680 NEWS and other digital media organizations. He remains steadfast about advocating for social justice and environmental issues, and hopes to make a practical difference using the skills he has acquired throughout his career.
Ritika is a reporter who has worked on political and health issues in India and Canada. Educated in India, London and New York, she is currently a legal reporter who covers stories on the development and impacts of drug policy.
Leah GolobContributor and Content Editor
Leah Golob is a Toronto-based freelance writer and editor with over 10 years of professional experience. Previously, she was a reporter at Investment Executive, a trade newspaper for finance and investment professionals. Her writing has also appeared in The Globe and Mail, Corporate Knights, Vancouver Observer, The Georgia Straight, FORUM Magazine, and other publications.
Marija HajsterProduction Manager And Graphic Designer
Marija is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning Master Graphic Designer who has worked with a number of publishing houses on magazines, books, and educational tools. She has also been the Graphic designer for the Brussels Times Magazine and European Business Magazine, and has worked with Cambridge University, the Global Thinkers Forum, and Canada’s Home and Land Magazine. Marija attended the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade, Serbia.
Lana Hall is an experienced writer, editor and communications strategist. She currently manages corporate communications for the Toronto Financial District Business Improvement Association and is a former municipal affairs reporter, with bylines in Spacing Magazine, Post City and more. She has a degree from the Ryerson School of Journalism in Toronto.
Charles MandelSenior Contributor
An editor and writer based in Nova Scotia, Charles Mandel’s news stories and features have appeared in both of Canada’s national newspapers, and the majority of its leading magazines, including Canadian Business, Canadian Geographic, and Report on Business. He has been the Canadian correspondent for wired.com, the Atlantic correspondent for CanWest News Service, and the climate change reporter for the National Observer.
Natalie Pressman is a journalist with Northern News Services Limited reporting on courts, cops and general news in Yellowknife, NT. Natalie’s work has appeared in trade publications like the Pile Driving Contractors Association, literary journals like the Feathertale Review, and online publications of many stripes. Natalie, originally from Toronto, has also held contracts as a radio trainer with Journalists for Human Rights, and a communications officer with an NGO focused on sustainable development.
Trisha Richards is a multiple award-winning business communicator and journalist with 15 years of experience planning and developing content for trade magazines and industry-leading corporations. No stranger to regulatory environments, she has provided full-time communications support to one of Canada’s ‘big six’ banks and, most recently, a provincial regulatory authority in Ontario.
M. Daniel RoukemaEditor in Chief
Daniel is CEO of MDR Public Affairs. He is a strategic communications and organizational development strategist who has dedicated his career to social impact. He has overseen several regulatory communications departments leading start-up and transformational change processes at provincial and national levels. Daniel is the principal architect behind the development of the Canadian Regulatory Guide, RegulatoryJobs.ca, and The Registrar magazine. In 2016, Daniel received the Consumer Protection Award from the Council on Licensure, Enforcement and Regulation (CLEAR).
A writer based in Mississauga, Ontario, Anqi Shen has reported for The Globe and Mail and University Affairs magazine. Her articles have also appeared in Briarpatch, This, and National Gallery of Canada Magazine, among others.
Alethea SpiridonManaging Editor
Alethea Spiridon is a writing and editing professional with over twenty years of experience in book and magazine publishing. She has worked in many sectors, including financial, education, health, wellness, and B2B. Alethea is currently managing editor of The Registrar magazine, Canada’s consumer protection publication. She is also the editor of Beyond, the quarterly magazine of the Bereavement Authority of Ontario. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including Benefits Canada Magazine, Briarpatch, Parents Canada, and LifePeak. Alethea has a BLA in English with a minor in political science, a post-grad certificate in book and magazine publishing, and a post-grad certificate in creative writing.
Dr. Alan ViauEditor, Government and Public Policy
Dr. Alan Viau has 30 years of experience in the regulatory field. He has a BSc in Biochemistry, a PhD in environmental analytical chemistry, and Master’s Certificates in Public Administration and Marketing. Alan worked at Hewlett-Packard as a scientific expert in the pharmaceutical, environmental and petrochemical markets around the world. At Health Canada, he was Director of the Bureau of Pharmaceutical Sciences responsible for the regulatory approval of generic drugs. He was an active member in the Community of Federal Regulators.