Joseph Boyden Portrait  

Joseph Boyden, CM

Joseph Boyden, CM, is a novelist, short-story writer, and journalist. Joseph’s award-winning writing career focuses on the historical and contemporary experience of First Nations peoples. Published in over twenty languages, his first novel, Three Day Road , won numerous awards including the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, First Novel Award , and the McNally Robinson Aboriginal Book of the Year . His second novel, Through Black Spruce , was awarded the Scotiabank Giller Prize and named the Canadian Booksellers Association Libris Book of the Year ; it also earned him the CBA’s Libris Author of the Year Award. The Orenda won Canada Reads in 2014, as well as Libris’ Novel and Author of the year. In 2015 The Orenda was awarded France’s Prix Literaire du Monde and the France/Canada Prize. It was also a finalist for the Governor General’s English Language Prize and the Scotiabank Giller Award. In 2012, Boyden received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to Canadian art and culture. A member of The Order of Canada, Joseph’s also been honoured with five honorary doctorates. Boyden is a member of the creative writing faculty at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and he sits on the board of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. He divides his time between Northern Ontario and Louisiana. Of Irish, Scots, and Anishnaabe descent, Joseph is the son of the British Empire’s most highly decorated medical officer of World War II, Raymond Wilfrid Boyden.

Michel Peter Edson Portrait  

Michael Peter Edson

Michael Peter Edson is a strategist and thought leader at the forefront of digital transformation in the cultural sector. He is the co-founder, Associate Director and Head of Digital at the UN Live Museum for Humanity, a new institution currently being envisioned for Copenhagen, Denmark, and he was formerly the Director of Web and New Media Strategy for the Smithsonian Institution. Michael is a Presidential Distinguished Fellow at the Council for Libraries and Information Resources (USA) and he is the founder of the Openlab Workshop initiative. Michael is an O'Reilly Foo Camp alumni and he was named a "Tech Titan: person to watch" by Washingtonian magazine.

Sarah Parcak Portrait  

Sarah Parcak

“Sarah Parcak’s blend of ambitious scientific research, historic preservation and humanitarianism sets her apart.”
– Forbes

Sarah Parcak
is a “Space Archaeologist”. Often referred to as the “Indiana Jones from space” Sarah is the 2016 TED Prize Winner. Using satellite imagery and a complex process she has developed, Sarah has identified thousands of undiscovered archaeological sites around the world, including a potential Norse site at Point Rosee in Newfoundland.

Inspired by her grandfather, an early pioneer of aerial photography, Sarah took an interest in remote sensing while studying Egyptology at Yale. Her extraordinary technique analyses imagery to identify subtle differences in vegetation health.

Sarah serves as the founding director of the Laboratory for Global Observation at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she is an Associate professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is also CEO of Spectral Globe technologies and married to Canadian, Dr. Greg Mumford.