ZITA COBB grew up on Fogo Island and went on to a career as a senior finance professional in the high technology industry. She was the chief financial officer of JDS Fitel, and senior vice president of strategy for fiber optics manufacturer JDS Uniphase. In 2001, Cobb left the industry to pursue her personal goals and to dedicate her energies to philanthropic work. She founded the Shorefast Foundation, moved home to Fogo Island (while maintaining a residence in Ottawa) and is now actively involved in projects to contribute to a resilient and vibrant future for Fogo Island and Change Islands. www.shorefast.org

ELEANOR DAWSON is a graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland. She has been involved in the cultural community of Newfoundland and Labrador for the past 30 years in a variety of production, administrative and managerial roles. In 2001 Dawson joined the Provincial Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation. In 2006, she assumed the position of Director of Arts. In that capacity she participated in the creation of the provincial cultural policy as well as creating and administering various support programs for the cultural sector. Additionally, Dawson has played a key research, development and administrative role in various sector-expanding projects. She retired from the provincial government in 2015 and continues to be active in the cultural community. She is past president of both the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Society and the Newfoundland Historical Society. Dawson is an active participant in Newfoundland music, dance and storytelling. She is a traditional singer who currently co-hosts a monthly song circle in St. John’s.

PAUL DEAN is the retired CEO of the Johnson Geo Centre in St. John’s, Newfoundland. As a geologist he worked for many years with the Department of Mines and Energy as Assistant Deputy Minister, and was the Deputy Minister of the Department of Environment with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. Paul is a noted traditional singer and storyteller who has been writing short stories for The March Hare for ten years or so. Many of his stories are based in North Harbour, Placentia Bay where he grew up and where his heart still remains. A few of his stories have been published in The March Hare Anthology and The Newfoundland Quarterly.

FABRIZIO GALLANTI lives and works in Montreal. Gallanti was the first Senior Mellon Fellow (2014-15) within the Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities at Princeton University’s School of Architecture. From 2011 to 2014 he was associate director of programs at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) in Montreal. Gallanti is a founding member of the architectural research studio Fig-Projects (2003-Present).

Gallanti holds a PhD in architectural design from the Polytechnic University of Turin (2001) and a Masters in Architecture from the University of Genova (1995). He has taught architecture design and architectural theory in Chile (Pontificia Universidad Católica and Universidad Diego Portales, 2002-2008) and Italy (Polytechnic University of Milan, 2007-2010). He is currently course lecturer at the School of Architecture of McGill University, Montreal. Gallanti has written for international magazines such as A+U, Domus, San Rocco, Clog, Harvard Design Magazine and The Journal of Architectural Education.

ELISA NUYTEN is a member of the North American Acquisition Committee for Tate Modern, London, as well as a past board member of The Power Plant contemporary art gallery, Toronto. For the Power Plant she co-chaired the 10th anniversary Power Ball and served as head of the membership committee. Currently Nuyten is chairing the art advisory committee for the Ribbon, a significant public art project in Surrey. Nuyten is a founder of Art en Valise, a not-for-profit that was started in order to showcase new ideas in contemporary visual art. Born and raised in Belgium, she now resides in Toronto with her family.

SILKE OTTO-KNAPP was born in Osnabrueck in 1970. She completed a degree in cultural studies at the University of Hildesheim, Germany and received her MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design. Until 2013, Otto-Knapp lived and worked in London. In 2014 she relocated to Los Angeles where she is Assistant Professor for Painting and Drawing at UCLA. Recent solo exhibitions of her work include Land lies in water at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Toronto; Monday or Tuesday at Camden Arts Centre, London; Questions of Travel at Kunsthalle Wien, and Geography and Plays at Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen. Her work has been shown at Tate Britain, London, the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Berkeley Art Museum, Migros Museum, Zürich, and Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven. She is represented by Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in New York, Galerie Buchholz, Cologne and Berlin, and greengrassi in London.

TODD SAUNDERS is one of the most important young contemporary Canadian architects working internationally. His architecture, simple yet powerful, incorporates elements of his country’s architectural identity – including the use of wood and carefully picked Modernist influences – bringing it at the same time into the 21st century with excellent execution, carefully chosen materials and a hands-on approach. Saunders, who lives and works in Bergen, Norway, has successfully executed work in both Canada, Norway, and Finland, creating architecture with a strong sense of northern identity, an individual approach that is informed by the strongness of natural landscape. Saunders Architecture was founded by Todd Saunders in 1998, and the studio now consists of people from all over the world. Saunders has lived and worked in Bergen since 1996, following his studies at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax and McGill University in Montreal. He continues to combine teaching with practice and has been a part-time teacher at the Bergen Architecture School since 2001. Saunders has also lectured and taught at schools in Scandinavia, the UK and Canada and has been a visiting professor at The University of Quebec in Montreal. He will also be a visiting professor at Cornell University during the fall of 2013. Saunders was ranked one of Norway’s 10 best architects by the magazine Bo Bedre in 2009, and was placed number 52 among the 100 best architects in the world by the German magazine BauNetz in 2012. Saunders was also ranked among the five top architects in the world under 50 by The Huffington Post in 2011. Current projects include the completion of a 29-room inn on Fogo Island, Canada, a cultural centre in Labrador, Canada, a centre for UNICEF in Aurland, Norway, and a large scale residential project in Istanbul, Turkey. www.saunders.no
NICOLAUS SCHAFHAUSEN is Director at Kunsthalle Wien since October 2012. From 1995 to 1998 Schafhausen served as artistic director of Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, and from 1999 to 2005 as director of the Frankfurter Kunstverein. From 2003 to 2005 he was a curator at the Nordic Institute for Contemporary Art in Helsinki (NIFCA). From 2005 to 2007 he was the founding director of the European Kunsthalle, an initiative to establish a new art institution in Cologne. From 2006 to 2012 he headed the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam. He was the curator of the German Pavilion in 2007 and 2009, and of the Kosovo Pavilion in 2015, at the Venice Biennale.

Schafhausen was co-curator of the first Brussels Biennale in 2008 and co-curator of 2010 Media City Seoul festival. He was curator of the Dutch House at the Expo 2010 in Shanghai, and, among others, also curated exhibitions at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Lenbachhaus in Munich, National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design in Oslo, and the Contemporary Art Centre (CAC) in Vilnius. Schafhausen was collection advisor for the FRAC Nord – Pas de Calais, Dunkerque; DekaBank; and Lufthansa AG, Frankfurt. Nicolaus Schafhausen is also a lecturer at the Higher Institute for Fine Arts in Ghent. In addition to Schafhausen’s extensive experience in leading institutions and curating exhibitions, he is author and editor of numerous publications on contemporary art.

KITTY SCOTT is the curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto. She was formerly director of Visual Arts at The Banff Centre, a position she held from 2007 to 2012. Previously she was chief curator at the Serpentine Gallery, London, and curator of Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Scott has curated exhibitions of artists such as Francis Alÿs, Janet Cardiff, Paul Chan, Peter Doig, Ragnar Kjartansson, Silke Otto-Knapp, Ken Lum, and Ron Terada, and was an agent for dOCUMENTA (13) (2012), Kassel. Scott organized the curatorial symposium Are Curators Unprofessional? (2010) at The Banff Centre and edited the publication Raising Frankenstein: Curatorial Education and Its Discontents (Koenig Books, Cologne, 2010).

Scott has written extensively on contemporary art for catalogues and journals including Parachute, Parkett, and Canadian Art. She has contributed to numerous books on curatorial studies and written texts for monographic publications on the work of Matthew Barney, Peter Doig, Brian Jungen, and Daniel Richter; and for the publication Creamier: Contemporary Art in Culture (Phaidon, London, New York, 2010). As an independent curator, she has organized exhibitions including Bankside Browser (2000) for Tate Modern, London, and Universal Pictures (1999) at the Melbourne International Biennial. Scott was the Canadian coordinator for the Seventh International Istanbul Biennial (2001) and also worked on the inaugural SITE Santa Fe Biennial (1995). She is visiting professor for the Curatorial Practice Program at the California College of the Arts, San Francisco, as well as an adjunct professor at York University, Toronto, and the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

MONIKA SZEWCZYK organizes exhibitions, writes, edits and teaches – most often in partnership with institutions of art and higher learning. Before joining the curatorialteam of documenta 14 in January 2015, she was the Visual Arts Program Curator at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago (2012-2014). Previously she was Head of Publications at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam (2008–2011) and Assistant Curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery (2004–2007). Throughout, she has taught at the Emily Carr University in Vancouver (2002-2007), Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam(2008-2012), Bergen Academy of Art and Design (2011), and the University of Chicago (2012-2014). Szewczyk has (co-) authored texts for numerous catalogues and journals such as Afterall, A Prior, F.R. David, Mousse, e-flux journal online and The Exhibitionist and edited volumes ranging from artist’s books, through monographs to readers. Beginning with her art history masters thesis on Vito Acconci’s ‘home made epic’, The Red Tapes; through published texts such as ‘art of conversation’ for e-flux journal; to close collaboration with artists and institutions her work continues to draw great inspiration from aural/oral technologies/traditions and what may be called borderline aesthetics.