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.
As one of the most accomplished radio journalists in Manitoba, Terry MacLeod recently celebrated his 25th year with CBC. Since 1993 he hosts CBC’s Information Radio in Winnipeg, a program that in 2005 was named “The Best Local CBC Radio Program in Canada”, and in 2011 received the Manitoba Psychological Society’s first-ever “Communications Community Award”. Terry has contributed work to CBC-TV News Winnipeg, BBC Radio Scotland, The Winnipeg Free Press, The Ottawa Citizen and The Victoria Times Colonist. Prior to the CBC, Terry worked in native language radio for The WaWaTa Communications Society in Ontario and Taqramiut Nipingat, a radio network in the Nunavik region of Quebec. He coordinated an artist-run experimental television centre and was a social worker in Port Arthur, Ontario. Terry is an active volunteer with numerous organizations and serves on the volunteer faculty of The Canadian Muslim Leadership Institute. Terry holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.
Terry Godwaldt is the founder and director of the Centre for Global Education, located at the Queen Elizabeth High School in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada where he is also a teacher. In operation since early 2007, the Centre engages students with real learning experiences that leverage technology and innovation.
Recently, Terry has helped to create a global program called DeforestAction as part of a partnership with TakingITGlobal, the Smithsonian Institute, and Microsoft. This program reinforces Terry’s commitment and ideas related to global education with over 10,000 students involved in his programs worldwide. Terry has taught for over 10 years across Canada and Europe.
Shaun Loney is the founder and Executive Director at BUILD Inc. and Warm Up Winnipeg where he leads an innovative approach to promote social enterprise as a no-cost way to cut poverty rates. Shaun is the co-chair of the Winnipeg Citizens’ Coalition where he authored “Growing Green”, an economic blueprint for the city of Winnipeg. He also sits on the board of directors of Manitoba Green Retrofit. From 2002 to 2008 Shaun was the Director of Energy Policy for the Government of Manitoba. During this time Manitoba went from being last place in Canada in energy efficiency to first, holding this place for three years running. Shaun holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Manitoba.