Taras Slawnych (Chair) Visuals & Emerging Technologies Editor, Toronto Star

Taras Slawnych is the Visuals and Emerging Technologies Editor for the Toronto Star were he oversees everything related to photos and multimedia for print and online. Taras' career at the Star started 24 years ago on the photo desk as a picture editor, he then rose through the ranks as a Deputy Photo Editor, Newsgate Team Editor and now Visuals Editor. Throughout his career, he's been an advocate for great photography as well as a leader of innovation by seeking out new tools that change how we gather and publish content.

Claude Brazeau MPA, 2010,2011, & 2013 Portrait Photographer of the Year

Claude Brazeau is a multi-award-winning accredited portrait photographer. His interest in photography started in high school and he has never left the house without his camera since. He developed a keen eye as both a portrait and nature photographer. In 2000, photography became his full time profession. Claude loves meeting people making portrait photography and event coverage is a natural fit for him. He also teaches on a regular basis, offering one-on-one training as well as workshops and master classes.

Patti Gower Photojournalist Educator, Loyalist College

Patti Gower is a multi-award-winning Photographer currently teaches in the photojournalism program at Loyalist College in Belleville, ON after a 14-year career as a staff photojournalist at The Toronto Star (1989-1997) and the Globe and Mail (1999-2003). After leaving The Globe she worked as a freelance documentary photographer from 2003-2006.She has also been a member of the collective PhotoSensitive since 1990, covering a range of issues including projects on Toronto's homeless, Canadian child poverty, HIV/AIDS in Africa, racial issues and natural disasters in Haiti and Banda Ache, Indonesia.

Todd Korol Award-winning Photojournalist

With camera in hand, Todd Korol has traveled the world on assignment for the world's leading magazines and newspapers. For over 20 years, working in Europe, the Middle East, Japan, South and Central America, throughout the United States and far north of the Arctic Circle. He is currently a contract photographer for Reuters, and contributes to Time, Sports Illustrated, Maclean’s, Canadian Geographic, Reader's Digest, Stern, the New York Times, and The Toronto Star. His blue chip corporate clients include Apple, Milk, Visa, Rolex, Suncor, EnCana and Statoil. The Paul Kuhn Gallery in Calgary represents his fine art work. He currently lives with his wife and son in Calgary.

Glenn Novak Photography Educator, Etobicoke School of the Arts

Glenn Novak has been teaching art and photography in the Toronto District School Board for 17 years. He teaches art based photography at Etobicoke School of the Arts. The courses he teaches at ESA are rooted in creating contemporary photo based art where students strive to make issues based work rooted in a personalized honesty. Glenn is a practicing artist and lives with his family in the Junction.

Graeme Roy Director of Photography, Canadian Press

Graeme Roy is the Director of News Photography for The Canadian Press, overseeing all facets of daily news coverage across the country as well as organizing major news events internationally. As well, he directs the video service which provides news video to clients nationally.

Steve Russell Award-winning Toronto Star Photographer

Russell has recently been named the Canadian Association of Journalists and the News Photographer's Association of Canada's Photojournalist of the year. He has been named the Eastern Canadian News Photographer's Association Photographer of the Year four times (1999, 2002-3, 2005) and the National Press Photographer's Association's Region Two Photographer of the Year three times (2005, 2006, 2010). He has also won The National Newspaper Award for Sports Photography in 2006, and the National Newspaper Award in Spot News Photography in 2009 and the Canadian Association of Journalists' Photojournalist of the year in 2008 and 2011. He was also the News Photographers Association of Canada's photojournalist of the year in 2011.

Boris Spremo Retired Photographer, Toronto Star

Spremo is a multi-award-winning photographer who, during the course of 40 years career, assignments have taken him around the world covering wars, famine, politics, Royals, Olympics and celebrities. In 1997,Spremo was awarded Canada's highest honour, the "Order of Canada" (C.M.) for his years of photographic excellence. Spremo also received The Queen's Golden Jubilee medal and The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Connor Stefanison Award Winning Nature Photographer

Connor Stefanison is a multi-award winning photographer living near Vancouver, BC. He is an undergraduate biology student at Simon Fraser University and has been photographing since 2008. His subjects primarily include nature and wildlife, although he enjoys shooting other subject matter too. Connor was recently awarded the 2013 Eric Hosking Portfolio Award in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards.

Tina Weltz 2013 Commercial Photographer of the Year

Tina Weltz photography has taken her all over the world documenting Olympic athletes quest to stand on the top of the podium to rural villages in Africa and how they are trying to control the rapid growing HIV problem. She is passionate about her craft and volunteers her time with The Professional Photographers of Canada to help give back to the profession that has given her so much. She has received many accolades and awards for her work and is the 2013 Commercial Photographer of the Year in Ontario for her outstanding submission in their annual competition.