The Team

Hugh McGuire

Hugh McGuire
Hugh has been building web tools and communities that bring books onto the web for a decade. He is the founder of LibriVox, Pressbooks, and iambik and the co-editor of “Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto.” You can find him @hughmcguire.

Boris Anthony

Boris Anthony
Boris has been designing, architecting, building on the Web since 1995. Applying strategic design and experience architecture, in recent years he’s worked with Nokia, HERE, GlobalVoices, Dopplr and many others. You can find him via

Apurva Ashok

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Apurva studied literature and marketing at McGill University and completed the Master of Publishing program at Simon Fraser University. Her experience ranges across academic publishing, media, social justice, and volunteerism, and in 2015, she co-founded Harf, a student-run journal on South Asian studies. She strongly believes in translating knowledge among communities and regions, and in the value of greater critical thinking for all.

Baldur Bjarnasson

Baldur Bjarnason
Baldur has been a web developer for 20 years, with experience in interactive media, academia, blogs, ecommerce, catalogs, web services and more. Most recently he worked on digital book production and analytics in the publishing industry. Baldur writes about books and technology at Baldur’s Notes.

Başak Büyükçelen

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Başak helps bring together people, technologies, and a vision for change—both entrepreneurial and cultural. As a filmmaker, she has addressed women’s and social issues, and in 2017 she founded the non-profit, Supper Society, an organization that helps newcomers to Canada meet and interact with local residents.

Zoe Wake Hyde

Zoe Wake Hyde
Zoe worked in media communications and academic administration in New Zealand before completing the Master of Publishing program at Simon Fraser University. Having gained an alternative view of academic publishing, she is now focused on creating value-exchange systems that support better, more democratic access to knowledge and learning.

Leigh Kinch-Pedrosa

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Leigh is a producer, writer, and autobiographical storyteller. She has produced live storytelling shows and art installations, and developed a series of workshops that encourage entrepreneurs and academics to use personal storytelling to communicate complex ideas. She is also the creator of Food Core/Essence Culinaire, an interactive culinary learning experience at Phi Centre.

Marie Pelletier

Marie Pelletier
Marie is a self-taught web developer who is actively involved in the local tech community. Earlier, she spent many years at university studying a wide array of things, including biology, psychology, and political science. She has a master’s degree in history from Concordia, specializing in oral history. Her interest in programming stems from her passion for learning and the idea that technology can be used to make the world a better place.

David Szanto

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David has moved around in a number of professional spaces, including book publishing, strategy and communications consulting, film finance, and food academia. Raised in Montreal, but globally mobile for two decades, he returned to the city in 2007 for its affordable housing, excellent wine bars, and multilingual dating pool.

Dexter Xurukulasuriya

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Dexter works on fomenting community, diversity, equity, and inclusion. They are a gender-defiant, trans-feminine community organizer and meditation instructor with a long history of civil disobedience, direct-action activism, and human rights and environmental justice advocacy.

Our Advisors

Peter Brantley, Director, Online Strategy, UC Davis Library
Amy Buckland, Head, Research & Scholarship, University of Guelph
Alistair Croll, Co-chair, O’Reilly Strata & Next:Money conferences
Liza Daly, (former) CTO, Safari (O’Reilly Media)
Jessamyn West, Librarian and Community Technologist