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Gabrielle Martin is an aerial and dance artist, director/choreographer and an artistic producer who has performed over 1,400 shows internationally. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, she studied somatic movement and contact improvisation, and performed fire manipulation and stilt walking before obtaining her Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Contemporary Dance from Concordia University (Montreal, 2009). While in Montreal, Gabrielle studied aerial arts such as aerial silks and rope. In 2010, she received a Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Quebec Research and Creation in Dance grant for her choreography, Infractions, and from 2009-2011, she toured this as well as her other works at the following Canadian festivals: Vancouver International Dance Festival (Vancouver, Canada, 2009), Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival (Guelph, Canada, 2010 & 2011), and ROMP! A Festival of Independent Dance (Victoria, Canada, 2011).From 2011-2015, Gabrielle toured full time with Cavalia, performing aerial rope, bungee trapeze, bungee dance and harness dance numbers. In 2015, she began working with Cirque du Soleil as part of the creation of TORUK - The First Flight. She toured with this show until it closed in 2019, during which time she was the principal female character, Tsyal, and performed a solo aerial silks number. In 2018, Gabrielle co-founded the aerial dance-theatre company, Ci and directed it's first show, Limb(e)s with the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, creative collaborators, and residencies at Cirkör LAB (SE), L'Espace Catastrophe (BE), and Le Centre de Création (FR). In 2019, she presented Limb(e)s at Montréal Complètement Cirque (CA), La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines (CA), and Assembly Festival at Edinburgh Festival Fringe (UK). Gabrielle recently completed a certificate in Circus Dramaturgy at the Centre National des Arts du Cirque (France, 2020) and an MA in Arts and Cultural Management (Rome Business School, 2021).
Date created: 2021-06-08
Grace Nosek is the Founder and Student Director of the UBC Climate Hub, a unique entity combining significant financial and administrative support from the university, with a governance structure that allows student staff and volunteers to shape priorities for the Hub — and collaborate with stakeholders from across the university and beyond. Grace has published several academic articles on law and narrative; is the author of a hopeful young adult climate fantasy series, the Ava of the Gaia trilogy; and is the host of a climate storytelling podcast, Planet Potluck. She's given dozens of talks on climate narratives and storytelling, and writes and speaks about the topic whenever she can. She is also the Executive Producer of Climate Comeback, a short film harnessing the power of sports to bring people together around tangible climate action. Grace is currently pursuing her PhD in law at the University of British Columbia, studying how to use law to protect climate change science from manufactured doubt. She is fascinated by the intersection of law and story, and focuses her research on how law can tell better stories in the pursuit of environmental and social justice. She holds a B.A. from Rice University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and an LL.M from the University of British Columbia. Grace's research has been supported by a Fulbright Canada fellowship, a Harvard Knox Memorial Traveling Fellowship, and a British Columbia Law Foundation fellowship, among others.
Date created: 2021-06-15
Tammara originally hails from West Java, Indonesia. She holds a PhD in Planning (2018) from the University of Toronto and is the Research Director and Co-Founder of the Food Systems Lab. She is an Assistant Professor at the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University where she conducts research on issues pertaining to food system planning, community-based food research, youth and food literacy, social innovation and waste management and the circular economy. Prior to SFU, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto, and the Food Equity Coordinator at New College (University of Toronto). Soma is actively involved in food justice work. She was one of the founding members of the Toronto Youth Food Policy Council, and has worked with FoodShare Toronto, and Sustain Ontario.Soma's research projects are funded by the SSHRC New Frontiers, SSHRC Trans-Atlantic Platform, SSHRC Insight, SSHRC Partnership Engagement Grant, and Weston Foundation Seeding Food Innovation Grant. She co-led a tri-country team (U.S, Mexico and Canada) on a Commission for Environmental Cooperation project to develop the Food Matters: Action Kit for youth engagement in food loss and food waste reduction. She is also co-editor of the Routledge Handbook of Food Waste. Soma was selected and served as a committee member of the US National Academies of Science "A Systems Approach to Reducing Consumer Food Waste" and contributed to the publication of the consensus study A National Strategy to Reduce Food Waste at the Consumer Level. She is a board member of the Canadian Association of Food Studies. Tammara is currently a Researcher-in-Residence with SFU's Community-Engaged Research Initiative (CERi).
Date created: 2021-06-22