Lequanne Collins-Bacchus | Creative Principal. Designer. Coder. Product Manager.
An intellectual peripatetic, she has studied at Carleton University philosophically, OCAD digitally and Seneca College logistically. She has worked in various capacities from researching machine learning at OCAD University to assisting with the erection of a memorial bench for Third World Bookstore by Bathurst station to copy-editing for online publications to participating in a Google hackathon for equality. She has spoken as an advocate of digital inclusion in Toronto, London, UK and upcoming in New York at Mars Discovery District, Mozilla Festival, Make Change at the Design Exchange, and, upcoming in 2018, the United Nations. A top-4 shortlisted inaugural 2017 Code for Canada Fellow, Lequanne is fascinated by the intersection of community engagement, digital media, and e-service. In 2018, Lequanne will be honing her passion for human-computer interaction design in her Masters at Tallinn University with a focus on e-accessibility, e-inclusion, and e-services.
Rhodes Thompson-Chase | Graphic Designer. Social Justice Guru.
An outgoing introvert constantly looking to build community and connection between people. He is passionate about exploring the intersections between phenomena and human experience as they nuanced by the many lenses of identity each person carries. Being a black transgender man, he draws inspiration from his own experience of navigation through transition and hopes to support others on similar journeys. Rhodes graduated Carleton University with a degree in law and gender studies, while also challenging himself creatively through visual art and collaborations in radio and theatre. His experiences have taught him to consistently explore, (un)learn and grow in the loving connections that can be made across communities.
Zviko Mhakayakora | Artist. Designer. Curator. Event Programmer.
Zviko is an artist/designer, curator and event programmer from Harare, Zimbabwe. She completed a BDES in Graphic Design at OCAD University in 2016. Her personal work is interdisciplinary, and often blurs the lines between art and design. Her interests lie in finding correlations between Indigenous Peoples who live in Canada, and Indigenous Peoples from her homeland of Zimbabwe, as both countries are British colonized. Along with this, she enjoys researching and interrogating how contemporary art and design can be used as a tool to challenge contemporary issues linked to the effects of colonization. Graphic Design serves as a platform through which Zviko has learnt to see the world differently.
Sapphire Woods | Researcher. Educator.
Sapphire Woods is both a student and an educator focusing on service to marginalized youth, is Black, queer, and an Afrofuturist. She has just completed her Masters degree in Education from York University with a diploma in Urban Education and is creating a curriculum for graphic novel education to increase young readers’ engagement with literacy. Born in Lindsay, Ontario with Trinidadian roots she is a country girl at heart, prefers tea over coffee, sweet over savoury, loves learning new words, enjoys a good surprise and is a bonafide flower thief.
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