A professional musician who recently moved to Winnipeg from China, Lin- Lin specializes in playing traditional Chinese music on the Erhu, a two-string bowed instrument. She graduated from Hong Kong Arts University, has over eight years of professional training, and has worked for the Guang Zhou Chinese Folk Music Orchestra.
Through the language of the djembe and dundun drums, Chango portrays a living tradition from West Africa, honouring the ethnic music of countries like Guinea, Mali and Senegal. The word ‘Chango’ comes from Nigeria, and means ‘God of Thunder’ in the Yoruba language.
Kevin Hnatiuk is the Chief Executive Officer of New Media Manitoba, a nonprofit association providing training and economic development for professionals working in the interactive digital media industry. Since 1995 he has worked as a developer, project manager, new media evangelist and entrepreneur.
Kevin is an avid technology enthusiast and regular guest on Manitoba television. He has lectured in the USA and Canada on digital media trends and hosted several seasons of the national CBC television series “Digital Dad.
” This past summer Kevin launched “Video Edit,” an application for video editing on the Apple iPhone that has ranked on top-30 lists for mobile photography applications all around the world.
Former Winnipegger Dr. Len Brownlie helps some of the world’s top athletes shave off hundredths to tenths of a second in racing sports such as skeleton, bobsled, luge, speed skating, cycling and track and field. He holds a Master’s degree in Zoology from the University of Manitoba and received a Doctorate from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC. He is an aerodynamics consultant to NIKE’s Project SWIFT, which provided aerodynamic sportswear to Lance Armstrong, the Discovery Channel Professional Cycling Team, the U.S. and Dutch Speed Skating Teams and track athletes at the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games. Len also served as an aerodynamics advisor to the United States Cycling, Luge and Speed Skating Federations, HED Wheels, the Canadian Olympic Committee and Giro Sport Design. He was part of the “Own the Podium” team which produced Canada’s record breaking performances at the 2010 Winter Olympics and is also the President of Aerosports Research, a consultancy based in Vancouver, BC.
Born in Sierra Leone, Africa, Dr. Francis Amara pursued his passion for science in the United Kingdom, Sweden and Russia before immigrating to Canada to do post-doctoral work. He is the Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Medical Genetics at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg and the creator of the Inner City Science Laboratory, a lab that works closely with Winnipeg’s aboriginal communities inviting youth to explore and learn about medicine. He is the founder of the Head Start Aboriginal Biomedical Youth Program where he mentors aboriginal students who are considering a career in science. He is also the co-founder of Sierra Leone Refugee Inc. which aids newcomers with the settlement process because, as he puts it, newcomers who choose learning and embrace their new community always find success in Canada.