Who We Are
Steve Anderson is the founder and Executive Director of the award winning civic engagement organization OpenMedia.ca. Steve is a digital policy analyst and open Internet advocate who often appears in national and international media to comment on telecom, surveillance, and copyright policy along with other matters related to internet governance. Steve Anderson is also considered a leader in strategies for civic engagement and crowdsourcing. His writing has appeared in numerous local and national print and online publications such as The Tyee, the Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen, and the National Post. Steve is a contributing author of the CCPA book "The Internet Tree". You can find Steve's blog at http://openmedia.ca/SteveAnderson
Reilly Yeo is the Managing Director of OpenMedia.ca. Reilly is an organizer, facilitator and writer with ten years of experience in the not-for-profit sector. She joined OpenMedia.ca in 2009 with a diverse professional and academic background including work with Amnesty International, The Walrus magazine and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. She led the organizing team for the first Vancouver ChangeCamp (an unconference on open government and participatory politics) and spent two years facilitating national in-person and online dialogues to rethink foreign policy through the SFU Centre for Dialogue. Reilly has MAs in Comparative Politics (McGill) and English Literature (UBC). She is a specialist in communications on complex issues.
David Christopher is the Communications Manager of OpenMedia.ca and blogs regularly for the organization. He's from the west of Ireland and holds a degree from Trinity College Dublin, where he studied History and Political Science. He worked in communications in New Zealand, Northern Ireland and Scotland before moving to Vancouver, Canada.
Ron Collins is the Web Manager of OpenMedia.ca. Ron has been building communications tools and providing on-line services to communities around the globe since before the Internet had pictures. He understands the levelling power that the Internet provides to grassroots organizers, non-profits, unions and others and is determined to help keep it that way.
Josh Tabish is the Campaigns Coordinator of OpenMedia.ca. Josh joined us in 2013 and is passionate about helping those in the struggle for open communication systems. Before joining OpenMedia, he served as Coordinator with the Media Democracy Project at Simon Fraser University (SFU) where he organized the annual Media Democracy Days conference as well as the CounterCulture Speaker Series from 2011-2013. He has also been involved in several grassroots media reform initiatives including the inaugural SlutWalk Vancouver in 2011. He holds a BA in Communication and Linguistics from SFU.
Jes Simkin is the Operations & Outreach Coordinator of OpenMedia.ca. Jes first joined OpenMedia back in 2011 as an Intern and she’s been hooked on the possibilities for the open and affordable internet ever since. Jes brings with her experience from both the non-profit and start-up worlds, including volunteer work with the BC Civil Liberties Association. She also holds a BA in Political Science from UBC.
Chris is OpenMedia.ca's Donor Relations Coordinator. He's inspired by the open Internet as a unique opportunity for social, political, and economic progress. Chris' past work includes communications, research, and fundraising in the nonprofit, academic, and political sectors. Chris has an MPA in Public Administration from Queen's and a BA in International Relations from UBC. Before settling back in his hometown of Vancouver, Chris lived and studied in Paris, Toronto, and Shanghai.
Jason Hjalmarson is the Grassroots Development Coordinator of OpenMedia.ca. A veteran of over half a dozen progressive political campaigns, Jason joined OpenMedia in the summer of 2013. Before coming to OpenMedia, he worked as professional non-profit fundraiser, raising money for causes like Plan Canada and Greenpeace, to name a few. Jason studied Political Science at the University of Lethbridge.