Hailie Tattrie (she/her) is a sociologist, a white settler,  a communist, and a lifelong learner. She is currently working towards finishing her PhD in educational studies at Mount Saint Vincent University. She works as a part-time professor at Saint Mary’s University & is hoping to become a full-time professor at one of Halifax’s universities when she is done with her schooling.
Hailie grew up in rural Nova Scotia, after graduating high school she went to Mount Allison University where she fell in love with sociology and academia. After her undergrad she travelled Europe and the UK and was a nanny in Scotland, she then went to Dalhousie University where she completed her Masters in Sociology in 2020.
When not in school Hailie likes to volunteer her time to worthy causes like Justice for Workers or going to local rallies and protests. She lives in Halifax (K’jipuktuk) with her partner Jacob and their two kitties- Michael and Dexter.

Anita Kirkbride UNDERcomplicates social media marketing for smart, successful small businesses.

She encourages her clients to ditch perfectionism, embrace authenticity and #BeFlawsome in their social media.

She started Twirp Communications Inc., a boutique social media consulting business, in 2011 and the Social Media Day Halifax conference in 2018. She has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs leverage social media through her consulting, BeFlawsome podcast, educational blog, and a variety of webinars and online courses.

The anti-hero Spicy Anita arrived in 2023 and is known for her red leather jacket, busting myths about the online marketing industry and encouraging her followers to #UnleashTheAntiHero.

Check her out @twirpcommunications

Vaishali Sachdeva aka V is an international student from a country rich in culture and diversity, India. She created history by being crowned as the first Miss South Asian Gem Nova Scotia 2023 and is dedicated to achieving more milestones in the future as well.
Since childhood Acting has been her passion and she started her journey as a professional Actor with the Newcomer’s Project last year for which she toured across schools in Nova Scotia to amplify the voices of immigrants and refugees in Canada and was a performer in the Halifax Fringe festival as well for the show called “The Object at Trash Beach”. She made her screen debut in January 2024 with a Punjabi song titled “Ik Chehra” which got over 306K views. She has also been a background Actor in award-winning films like “The Queen of My Dreams” and has worked as a catalogue model for Ela Stories.
From Acting, dancing, pageant, and modelling to being a pitch presenter for Enactus or being involved with Entrepreneurship, sales, and Psychology, she is a multifaceted individual driven by a relentless pursuit of diverse passions. She believes in creating impact through her art and likes to give back to the community. She has participated as a speaker at events organized by the World University Service of Canada(WUSC) and United Way Canada(UWC) to raise awareness about student refugees, poverty, social issues and international development. Additionally, she did a show in Halifax on her birthday in collaboration with an NGO called Adsum for Women for charity which was a great success.
V is like an unstoppable force passionate about whatever she does. She will achieve all her dreams through her strong will to never give up and hard work and she wants to become a renowned name in the world, especially in the Entertainment industry.

Iyiola AKA Gafar, a shortened form of the name “Abdulgafar” which means “Servant of the All Forgiving”.

He is an artist, Architecture student, and general creative. He has always loved design and aesthetics, and visual art is his preferred way of expressing himself. Born in Canada but lived most of his life in Lagos, Nigeria, Iyiola believes Lagos is a wonderful place, and it has influenced his art and his identity greatly.

He moved to Halifax in 2019 for school, and he has learned to appreciate what he used to think was a boring city.

He believes there is a lot to discover in Halifax, and he hopes to explore more of its art scene and connect with other creatives like him.

Check him out @gafar_the_great

Josh Creighton is a lifelong resident of Nova Scotia.

He works for the Halifax Chamber of Commerce, as the Corporate Partnership Specialist. He also sits on CBC’s African Nova Scotian community advisory board.

Josh enjoys exploring various entrepreneur efforts, reading, cooking, hiking, and practising martial arts in his spare time.

Check him out @joshcreighton2