Marni Norwich: Executive Director
Marni Norwich is a writer, editor, consultant, and author. She’s the Executive Director of Inkcat Media & Associates, the company she created in 2004. She holds a degree in journalism from Ryerson Polytechnic University (1994).
For the past eighteen years, Marni has worked as a writer in various capacities. She’s written or edited books, websites, newsletters, blogs, feature articles, business proposals, grant applications, and press releases. Her clients have included business people, professionals, artists, therapists, and writers. As a journalist, Marni has written on issues of social justice, health, and women. She's served as editor, editorial co-coordinator, reporter/photographer, features writer, researcher, and technical writer. Her work has been published in the Globe and Mail, the Georgia Straight, Massage, Profit, and Herizons magazines, among other publications.
In 2008, she published Wildflowers at my doorstep (Karma Press, Vancouver). In 2009, Wildflowers won a silver medal for poetry at the Independent Publisher Book Awards. Marni reads from her work at events and benefits around Vancouver, and has performed at shows and arts festivals with the support of an ensemble of musicians and dancers/choreographers called Bad Poetry.
She’s been the recipient of Canada Council and Ontario Arts Council grants for fiction and non-fiction and has written theatre for the Fringe of Toronto Festival. Her poetry and prose have been published by Room of One’s Own, CV2, Insomniac Press, White Wall Review, and Mother Tongue Inc., publisher of the We’Moon calendar.
Since 1993, Marni has created and facilitated writing workshops at community colleges, business schools, drop-in centres, and prisons. She currently serves as Outreach Workshop Director for Vancouver’s Pandora’s Collective, a literary charity.
The following fine writers and artists work individually or collaboratively on Inkcat projects as required.
Christina Shah: Writer/Editor, Blogger
Christina Shah is a Saskatoon-based writer, editor, and researcher with a business edge. She has several years of experience writing for both print and web in the fields of mining exploration and investment.
She currently writes scripts for corporate and non-profit video production. Her clients include Thomega Entertainment and the City Profile Show, Saskatoon's exclusive hotel guest information program.
Christina edited Wildflowers at my doorstep (Karma Press, 2008), an award-winning poetry collection by Marni Norwich. She also provided marketing consultation for the book's launch and distribution.
Her writing has been recognized by the BC Arts Council, and her poetry was most recently published in spring, a Saskatchewan Writers' Guild literary journal. Some of her collaborative work with poet Daniela Elza has been published on the web by qarrtsiluni and New Leaf Press. She is currently working on her first book of poetry.
Dave Dumaresq: Software developer, writer
Dave Dumaresq is a software developer, writer, and horse archer living in Vancouver. His interest in the human condition first led him to study Applied Artificial Intelligence at BCIT, where he graduated with honours, with dual credentials in software development and computing systems.
After BCIT, he worked as a software engineer for Simon Fraser University's Instructional Psychology Research Group on Project Docent, an artificially intelligent computer system developed to assist novice instructors to create plans for helping students with learning difficulties. With his two mentors, Dave co-authored PRED, A Frame-Based Primitive Editor (Xie, Dumaresq, and Winne, 1990), a research paper about the software he designed for encoding Docent's knowledge base, which was published in the International Journal of Man-Machine Studies.
Dave is currently working as a technical analyst with BCcampus, where he has developed user interfaces for such web applications as Course Finder, a search engine for finding courses offered by post-secondary institutions in B.C. and Access Courses, a launch page allowing students to access their online courses. He recently designed and implemented an automated integrated web-testing framework to alert developers when changes to their code may have caused bugs to creep into the production system.
Dave also devotes time to web-mastering coastalartbeat.ca, home of a monthly newsletter produced by Vancouver writer Ann Cameron, about aboriginal art on Canada's Pacific coast.
In addition, Dave is writing both a novel about a fictitious game focused on identity theft and a stage-play tragedy about a future when machines free themselves from servitude to humans. In an effort to get out from behind the keyboard, Dave also organizes the Vancouver-Archery meetup with the help of several very capable archery assistants. On most weekends he practises Kassai Horseback Archery in Mount Currie and competes in international events.
Krista Henriksen: Writer, researcher, consultant, speech-writer
Krista Henriksen is a policy analyst, researcher, and writer based in Ottawa. She specializes in drafting confident and well-articulated written advice within tight deadlines, and her counsel has been accepted by cabinet ministers, deputy ministers, and other decision-makers. In addition, Krista’s speaking notes have been used word-for-word in the House of Commons during Question Period. She also mentors the development of colleagues’ writing projects.
In 2002, Krista defended her MA Thesis in Sociology and Anthropology at Simon Fraser University, titled Alien Encounters: A Close Analysis of Personal Accounts of Extraterrestrial Experiences. Simon Fraser publicized her research, and Krista participated in interviews with international radio and print media. She also appeared as a guest on Vision Television’s debate show Test of Faith to discuss the effects of extraterrestrial encounters on religious beliefs.
Beyond public policy and academics, Krista is constantly in pursuit of new skills and ways to express herself. This has manifested in a variety of creative and artistic endeavors, including aromatherapy, knitting, sewing, jewelry-making, and creative writing. She also practices yoga, Pilates, and running.
Her keen interest in the world and in exploring new frontiers drives Krista’s passion and skill for research and writing. She specializes in working on short notice to create compelling and informative content for newsletters and blogs, and speaking notes for almost any purpose. In addition, Krista offers consultation in support of developing writing projects.
Leanne Prain has a decade of experience as a communications designer. She held the position of Senior Communications Designer at the University of British Columbia, and worked as an independent design consultant in fields as diverse as non-profit and corporate communications, health care, publishing, event planning, arts and culture, fashion, law, and gemmology. Her areas of expertise include art direction and design, identity and brand development, social media strategy, niche marketing, and promotional planning. She loves to introduce clients to the design process and help them bring their ideas to a tangible result.
Leanne holds a BFA in Creative Writing and Art History from the University of British Columbia, a diploma in Publishing Techniques from Langara College, and a Master of Publishing (MPub) from Simon Fraser University. She is a professional member of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC), the BC Federation of Writers, and the Writers’ Union of Canada. She was a faculty member for the University College Designer Associations’ Inspiration Conference in 2005, and has served on the editorial board of Designer magazine and on the executive board of the Lower Mainland chapter of the GDC.
As a creative professional, Leanne is fascinated with a wide variety of artistic pursuits including photography, letterpress printing, street and textile arts, and technology. She has a particular interest in how craft skills can flourish in the internet age.
In 2008, Leanne co-authored the subversive knitting book Yarn Bombing: The Art of Crochet and Knit Graffiti, with knitting editor Mandy Moore (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2009). Yarn Bombing was named Best Vancouver Craft Book in the Georgia Straight’s Best of 2009 issue, and the term “yarn bombing” was listed under “Lingo Makers of the Year” in Maclean’s Best of 2009. Leanne has been guest speaker and author at schools, museums, art galleries, and craft guilds, including the Emily Carr University of Art + Design, the Abbotsford Art Gallery, and the Surrey Museum.
She is currently at work on a new book entitled Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery, to be released in 2011 by Arsenal Pulp Press.