Think Tank | Identity

Katie Boland

Katie, chosen by Elle Canada as one of the three Canadians to watch, is an actress, writer, director and producer. Boland was named one of the Birks Diamond Women In Film Award which recognizes women who are leaders in the Canadian film Industry. She was also picked as one of Playback’s 10 To Watch, with the leading industry magazine saying, “Katie Boland has already emerged as a successful and multi-dimensional talent. With acting credits piling up and her digital projects getting deals, Boland is poised for success, whatever the medium.”.

Naomi Skwarna

Naomi is a writer, artist & avid Instagram user. She lives in Toronto, where she captures the world around her.

Azfar Rizvi

Azfar is an award-winning filmmaker who has produced content for UN agencies and the US State Department across 4 continents. He has collaborated with Emmy and Oscar-award winning filmmakers, and continues to take time out to volunteer across local storytelling initiatives focusing on vulnerable youth. His interest in issues around women empowerment, sustainable global politics, and youth mental health has resulted in digital storytelling projects across Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and Syria. In 2016 his non-profit organization, the Institute of Canadian Archives formally launched a storytelling campaign to 'create, curate and celebrate' diverse stories across Canada. This year, the team behind ICA is traveling to different cities across the Greater Toronto & Hamilton Area in Canada, and Washington District of Columbia USA to build social capital around Canada's first Hearts & Minds Living Library series.