Peter Johansen taught journalism at Carleton University for nearly 40 years. In that role he taught literally thousands of students from Canada and abroad and published research in a variety of academic journals and books. He has judged travel writing competitions sponsored by Ottawa Tourism and the former Canadian Tourism Commission, as well as for TMAC, and has himself won numerous awards from the North American Travel Journalists Association for stories in such publications as the Ottawa Citizen, Toronto Star, United Church Observer and Inns Magazine. For two years he wrote a bi-weekly travel column for Troy Media, a Calgary-based news syndication service.
Catherine Lefebvre is a nutritionist and travel writer in Montreal. She writes weekly for Le Devoir and she is an ambassador of Cuisinez, Télé-Québec’s cooking online platform. She is also the author of Sucre, vérités et conséquences (a book about sugar, its history and impact on health), with which won a Silver prize at Taste Canada awards in 2017 in the Culinary Narratives category and a grand prize in the communications (book and magazine) at DUX, a gala that rewards initiatives that encourage Canadians to eat and live better. She also published two recipe books, Choux (about local cabbages) in 2014 and Les Carnivores infidèles (vegetarian recipes) in 2011. She travels the world to better understand people's food culture and its influence on our eating habits. Catherine is also particularly fond of food actors, those who feed us every day, whether they are local or on the other side of the world. Because of her communication skills and interests in everything related to food innovations, she was the host of FoodBytes!'s first Canadian edition in Montreal last May. FoodBytes! by Rabobank is an international event series designed to connect food industry leaders and investors with start-up companies that are innovating and disrupting the food chain with ground-breaking ideas in food, agribusiness and technology.
PHOTO CREDIT: Cindy Boyce
Snyder was born in Montreal, raised in St. John’s, and schooled in Montreal (Concordia, BFA in Jazz Guitar Performance) and Toronto (Ryerson, BFA in Journalism). He began his career at The Globe and Mail in 1995 as a copy editor and editor for foreign and local news. Over the next five years he worked in the travel, news, arts and lifestyle departments. He edited the fashion and style sections and oversaw the National Magazine Award-winning Fashion + Design Quarterly, while also writing a weekly travel technology column. He was creative director for Redwood (later renamed Totem), a Toronto marketing communications company, where he launched and oversaw publications and media for clients such as Aeroplan, CAA, Acura, General Motors and Air Miles. He launched the Toronto Star’s branded content division in 2012, creating communications strategies for the JUNOS, Genworth and the Greenbelt Foundation.
These days, Snyder writes about food, drinks, guitars, music, travel and other fun stuff for publications such as Zoomer, Canada’s 100 Best, The Toronto Star and Harry. He has been writing about Toronto’s food and drink scene for 20 years, and was the founder of CityBites Magazine (2005 – 2015). Inspired by some great food tours he took in San Sebastian, Scottsdale and Puerto Vallarta, he co-founded the walking tour company Drink Toronto (drinktoronto.ca) in 2017. Snyder has his Diploma in Wines and Spirits from WSET, and has judged wines for the Ontario Wine Awards, the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and VinItaly.
I am a photographer, a dreamer, and a documenter. I am a writer, an explorer, and a purveyor of beauty and light. I am on a continual journey to seek out and capture the beauty of existence- whether it's the most extreme and pristine environments in our world, or the beauty of humanity. In addition to living throughout northern Canada for much of my life - an area of Canada that I have worked hard to document and share with audiences, I – along with my beautiful wife, Erin, and our three children – have also lived in Asia and have traveled extensively through both the many provinces and territories of our native country and numerous countries abroad. I now live proudly on Prince Edward Island on Canada’s East Coast and am a child of the sea. I am proudly a Sigma Pro Photographer, a StrobePro professional, and a regular contributor to Photo Life Magazine and to Outdoor Photography Canada.
George Fischer is one of Canada’s most renowned and prolific landscape photographers. His work has appeared on the covers of countless international magazines and newspapers worldwide and in the promotional publications of tourism agencies around the globe. In November 2017, George received the Ontario Tourism Award of Excellence in Photography. He has produced more than 60 photographic books and a collection of over 50 art posters. He is also known for his unique art prints commissioned by various companies, hospitals and private collections – working with the tourism boards of Jordan, France, Italy, Guatemala, Cuba, Canada, the Maldives, Malta, the United States and numerous others. The publication Canada: 150 Panoramas sold out quickly and was reprinted to help celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial. George’s book titled Unforgettable Canada was on The Globe and Mail’s bestseller list for eight weeks and sold over 75,000 copies. It is now in its fourth printing.
Bruce Kemp is an internationally known, award-winning journalist, writer and photographer. He has covered everything from fine dining in Europe to the America’s Cup and voyages through the Northwest Passage. His work appears world wide. In 1986 he was honoured by the America’s Cup organizing committee when he was asked to write the Canadian portion of the official America’s Cup Challenger’s Program. He has also been the editor of Travel A La Carte, Sailing Canada and SailOntario. His previous books include: The Complete Travel Writer; Gifts of the Okanagan (with wife Laurie Carter); the Ports Cruising Guide to Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair; the 2006 update to the Ports Cruising Guide to the Rideau Canal; Weather Bomb 1913: Life and Death on the Great Lakes; and the novel Letters From A Fugitive’s Son. He has just finished his second novel – Free Wireless Social Networking. Bruce created Canada’s first college-level travel writing course (The Complete Travel Writer) in 1988 for George Brown College and has taught his craft for more than twenty years at colleges across the country: Lambton College, George Brown Collage, Okanagan College and the Centre for Arts and Technology (Okanagan). He has also work in Canada’s major newsrooms as a newspaper reporter and columnist.
Awards And Recognition
Over the span of more than thirty years, Bruce’s writing and photography have earned him numerous awards from his peers. His first national nomination came in 1987 when he was nominated as Nabisco Food Writer of the Year (Humour). In 1991 he was awarded the Lake Ontario Racing Council’s top honour for Best Colour and Composition in a sailing photo, as well as the Best Sailing Photo. In 2003 he won the Travel Media Association of Canada/Starwood Hotel’s Best Travel (People Photo – national). 2005 saw him win the Metroland In-House Design and Layout Award. Then 2006 was a very good year for him as he won the Travel Media Association of Canada’s Best People Photo once again plus the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Award for Best Travel Journalism and he capped the year off by taking home the prestigious international accolade of Caribbean Travel Photographer of the Year for his photos of Trinidad’s annual Carnival. In 2011 he was once again on the podium to accept the Travel Media Association’s national award for Best Travel Photo (People), a feat he repeated in 2014 along with a second place in Family Feature Writing, and an Outstanding Achievement Award for Best Story About Travel In Canada.
Bruce just turned 68 and currently lives and works with his wife Laurie in Merrickville, Ontario, on the Rideau Canal. His photographic work was recently shown in a one-man show staged at Vistek Ottawa and called “Sweetwater Dreams.” It portrayed the lives of the sailors and ships of the Great Lakes merchant marine.