Andrea Cole is a Coordinator for Recruitment, Retention, & Diversity in the School of Graduate Studies at McMaster University, and is connected with graduate students across the disciplines. Her academic training is in the field of Anthropology, and her professional background prior to joining McMaster comes through the Hamilton non-profit sector. Andrea contributes to several McMaster committees relevant to CCENA including the Network for Community-Campus Partnerships. Additionally, she is advisory to the McMaster Research Shop (researchshop.mcmaster.ca), and coordinates the Action Research Commons of Hamilton (ARCH), a no-cost gathering space located in East Hamilton available to anyone to book community meetings (gs.mcmaster.ca/arch).
Kerry Cranston-Reimer is the owner of Bryan Prince Bookseller, an independent bookstore in Hamilton’s Westdale Village. In addition to working in the bookstore and hosting literary events, Kerry sits on the Cultural Roundtable for the City of Hamilton and was vice chair of the LGBTQ Advisory Committee for the City of Hamilton from 2010-2014. As a strong believer in collaboration and community building, Kerry is delighted to be a member of the CCENA team.
Paul Lisson holds degrees from McMaster University and the University of Toronto. He edits Hamilton Arts & Letters (HAL) magazine, (HALmagazine.com). The Ontario Arts Council says that HAL has the distinction of being the first online magazine they have funded. Paul was awarded McMaster’s Rand Memorial Prize for accomplishment in print, the City of Hamilton Art Award for Visual Art and Literature, and an International Merit Award for poetry from the Atlanta Review.Paul is a member of the City of Hamilton Cultural Plan Implementation Team and acts as Curator for Gallery 4 at the Central Library where he also presents free weekly concerts.Paul’s debut book, The Perfect Archive, (“Bloody amazing stuff” declared The Globe and Mail’s Judith Fitzgerald), will be published by Guernica Editions in 2019.
Grace Pollock has a PhD in English and Cultural Studies and a Master of Social Work degree in community planning, organizations, and policy development. Currently serving as the Research Support Facilitator in Humanities at McMaster, she makes connections between people in and beyond the university, and helps identify research, resource, and communication opportunities. Grace worked previously as a researcher-writer, project manager, and professional consultant focused principally on community development and knowledge exchange initiatives. As an advocate for engaged and inclusive communities, Grace’s current interests extend from new models of interdisciplinary research and university-community collaboration to building individual and institutional capacity for broad participation in public life.
Simon Orpana, PhD, is an artist and scholar whose work explores the politics of culture as related to transitions from Fordism to neoliberalism, and beyond. He is currently a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at The University of Alberta, where his project on “The Zombie Imaginary” probes the links between the corporeal turn in popular culture and theory, and the intensification of global finance capitalism. He is co-author of Showdown!: Making Modern Unions (with Robert Kristofferson, 2016), a graphic history of the 1946 Stelco strike in Hamilton, Ontario. His writing on subculture, popular culture, and film has appeared in a number of journals and book collections.