Meet Our Team

The Walrus

Shelley Ambrose

Executive Editor and Creative Director
Jessica Johnson

Deputy Editor
Carmine Starnino
Managing Editor
Samia Madwar
Senior Editor
Hamutal Dotan
Viviane Fairbank
Harley Rustad
Daniel Viola
Digital Editor
Lauren McKeon
Copy Editor
Erin Sylvester
Jonah Brunet
Erica Ngao
Seila Rizvic
Editor Emeritus
John Macfarlane
Founding Editor
David Berlin
Art Director Emeritus
Brian Morgan


Design Director
Paul Kim
Senior Designer
Meredith Holigroski


Director of Circulation and Marketing
Bryan Maloney
Circulation Services
St. Joseph Media


Director of Business Development
Gayle Matthews
Sales Manager
Joseph Connolly
(416) 971-5004 ext. 235


Production Director
Maria Musikka


Digital Director
Angela Misri
Digital Manager
Judy Ziyi Gu
Justin Girard
Pax Cultura Studios

The Walrus Foundation

Executive Director
Shelley Ambrose

Business Development

Manager of Partnerships
Amirah El-Safty


Director of Development & Strategic Communications
Aimée Ippersiel
Development Officers
May Ardekani
Christina Papantoniou


Events Director
David Leonard
Events and Media Coordinators
Blair Elliott
Cailin Cooper
Catherine Coreno


Operations Director
Renée Montpellier
Office Manager
Caroline Anderson
Forbes Andersen LLP

Copy Editing

Foundation Copy Editor
Simon Lewsen

Board of Directors

Helen Burstyn

Bruce Bennett, Gretchen Ross

Honorary Legal Council
David Stevens

Shari Austin, Diane Blake, Jodi Butts, Cameron Charlebois, Ira Gluskin, Elizabeth Gomery, Lucille Joseph, Chethan Lakshman, Janelle Lassonde, Robin McLay, Chima Nkemdirim, Richard O’Hagan, Anna Porter, Justin Poy, Karen Prentice

Educational Review Committee

Karen Prentice

Mark Migotti

Benjamin Berger (Osgoode Hall Law School, York University), Lea Caragata (Wilfrid Laurier University), Barb Hunt (Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Memorial University), Stephen Kimber (University of King’s College), Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair (University of Manitoba), Lee Smolin (Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics), Mira Sucharov (Carleton University)

National Advisory Council

Ian Alexander, Charlie Angelakos, Paul Cohen, Heather Conway, Jean Cumming, Michael Decter, Rupert Duchesne, Martha Durdin, William Fox, Roger Garland, Emmanuelle Gattuso, John Geiger, Marina Glogovac, Blake Goldring, Francesca Grosso, David Harrison, Dr. Eric Jackman, Tom Jackson, Roberta Jamieson, Donald K. Johnson, Mark Kingwell, Gerald Lazare, D’Arcy Levesque, James Little, Louise MacCallum, Hugh MacKinnon, Laura Michalchyshyn, Scott Mullin, Seamus O’Regan, Terry O’Reilly, Julian Porter, Pierre Santoni, Bernard Schiff, Helga Stephenson, Vince Timpano, Aritha van Herk

The Order of the Walrus

The following exceptional donors have made transformative gifts in 2017 to help the Walrus Foundation make the greatest contribution it can to the future of Canada during the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation.

Companions of the Order of the Walrus
Gretchen and Donald Ross
Ira Gluskin and Maxine Granovsky Gluskin

Officers of the Order of the Walrus
Lassonde Family Foundation
The Honourable Margaret McCain

Members of the Order of the Walrus
Donald K. Johnson

Optimistic Canadians

The Walrus Foundation salutes community leaders who have made substantial multi-year commitments to the Walrus Foundation. We acknowledge with gratitude the following donors, who share our belief in provocative long-form journalism, in innovative ideas, and in continuing the Canadian conversation.

Lead Visionary donor
RBC Foundation

Visionary donors
Diane Blake and Stephen Smith
Chisholm/Thomson Family Fund
La Fondation Emmanuelle Gattuso
John Macfarlane and Rosamond Ivey
Rosemary Phelan
Andrew and Valerie Pringle
Gretchen and Donald Ross

Champion Donors
Lucille Joseph and Urban Joseph, OC
Lakshman Family
Lassonde Family Foundation
Louise MacCallum and Michael Barnstijn
Michael Young Family Foundation

Ambassador Donors
Helen Burstyn
Michael Decter
David and Yvonne Fleck
Kevin and Roger Garland
William C. Graham
Richard and Lois Haskayne
Dr. Eric Jackman
Donald K. Johnson
Erica and Jeff Lebbert
The Honourable Margaret McCain
Nadir and Shabin Mohamed
Karen Prentice

The Walrus Foundation is a registered charitable non-profit (No. 861851624-RR0001) with an educational mandate to create forums for conversations on matters vital to Canadians. The foundation is dedicated to supporting writers, artists, ideas, and thought-provoking conversation. We achieve these goals by publishing The Walrus magazine—which focuses on Canada and its place in the world—ten times a year; producing the national series of Walrus Talks; posting original, high-quality content daily at; and training young professionals in media, publishing, and non-profit development.