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Mark Hume is an award-winning environmental journalist and author of four books, including the acclaimed River of the Angry Moon. He was formerly a national correspondent and columnist with the Globe and Mail, BC bureau chief for the National Post, and a senior correspondent with the Vancouver Sun. Based in Vancouver, he has fly fished in British Columbia for fifty years.

Lyndsie Bourgon is a writer, oral historian, and National Geographic Explorer. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, National Geographic, The Guardian, Smithsonian, and Oxford American. Tree Thieves is her first book.

Mozhdah Jamalzadah is a Kabul-born, Vancouver-based singer-songwriter, media personality and women’s rights activist. She’s been called the Oprah of Afghanistan for having had a talk show debating taboo subjects like child marriage, violence against women and divorce in post-Taliban Afghanistan; and the first Afghan to perform at the Obama Whitehouse. She has guested on the Oprah Winfrey Show and won several “Best Artist of the Year” awards in more than one country. Her biography, The Voice of Rebellion, written by Roberta Staley, just released October 2019, and she made her acting debut in the movie Red Snow, written and directed by award winning Canadian director Marie Clements.

Dr. David Waltner-Toews is a renowned Canadian veterinary epidemiologist and highly-respected specialist in the epidemiology of food and waterborne diseases, zoonoses, ecosystem health and One Health, whose work has been instrumental in the development of teaching and training programs across North America, Europe and Asia. A University Professor Emeritus in the Department of Population Medicine at the University of Guelph, Dr. Waltner-Toews served as the founding president of Veterinarians without Borders-Canada. He is the author of numerous books of poetry and nonfiction and lives in Kitchener, Ontario.