“Mark Leiren-Young, who has a background in pretty much everything — journalism, television, comedy, theatre and film- is without a doubt one of the most talented, multi-disciplinary voices in Canada.” – Vanessa Farquharson, National Post.
Mark is the author of The Killer Whale Who Changed the World – the story of the first orca displayed in captivity was the winner of the 2017 Science Writers and Communicators (SWCC) Book Award). He has three new books for young readers Orcas Everywhere: The Mystery and History of Killer Whales for ages 9 and up, the picture book Orcas of the Salish Sea and the board book (for babies) Big Whales, Small World. He directed the award-winning documentary, The Hundred-Year-Old Whale.
Rayne Ellycrys Benu is an award-winning filmmaker of the short documentary The Hundred-Year-Old Whale and producer of the Skaana Podcast. A multidisciplinary artist and student of human nature, she has had a lifelong passion for our living earth that began when she was six and wanted to backpack from Ontario to BC to join Greenpeace
Izzy Almasi is an English and philosophy student at UVic. Izzy is also an avid hiker, reader, writer, and animal lover. Izzy will be helping out with audio production on the Skaana podcast.
Katie Brown is a multimedia artist who has a passion for film, art, everything true crime and nature. You can often find them taking long walks on the beach or humming obnoxiously in their garden. Katie is always on the look out for wildlife (big or small) to adore and take pictures of.
Liz Flick-Belus is an up-and-coming writer who loves the silver screen. She aids the Skaana team with her editing and design prowess, and is genuinely just happy to be here.
Maeve has just completely her BA. in Pacific and Asian Studies and Business at UVic and is excited to be working with the Perpetual Motions, West Coast Centre for Enlightenment team. She’s passionate about learning and has a background in research and video production.
Harlyn Fitzgerald is a Business student at the University of Victoria. She has always had a passion for eco-ethics and a strong belief in the triple bottom line philosophy. She is also an avid language learner and adventurer. Harlyn will be assisting the Skaana crew as the producer’s assistant to help ensure the most information possible about our oceans and orcas can be produced and distributed to the world.
Researcher Brian Murphy touts 15+ years experience performing technical writing and analysis in the insurance and transportation industries combined with a lifelong passion for creative writing. Re-awakened by experiences as a stay at home father—no longer able to ignore his part in the world—Brian now eagerly applies his knowledge and skillset to his art and activism.
Annika Olson is from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. She’s currently taking a BFA at the University of Victoria in Writing with a minor in Digital Media. Her passions include writing non-fiction and poetry, videography, photography, spontaneous dancing, and travel. Her future goals include performing a TED talk, producing a documentary, and publishing a book. She publicly shares her creativity on online platforms such as Youtube, WordPress, and instagram.