Skaana Host

Mark Leiren-Young

“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.

Skaana Producer

Rayne Ellycrys Benu

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

Associate Producer

Izzy Almasi

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.

Web Wizard

Katie Brown

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.

Social Media Wiz

Liz Flick-Belus

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.

Behind the Scenes Team

Maeve Milligan

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.


Chantelle Huard

Chantelle Huard is a recent history graduate from the University of Victoria. Chantelle is an avid traveller, and a lover of adventures. She loves to read, write, and learn all sorts of new things!

Brian Murphy

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.

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