Stephanie Joline is an Indigenous writer, director, and producer based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her Indigenous roots come from her mother who is Inuit from Labrador; her father is French Acadian from the South shore of Nova Scotia. Equally adept at film and television, Stephanie’s stories provoke conversation, break boundaries, and are deeply rooted in inclusivity and feminism.

Her feature films include Night Blooms (starring Jessica Clement and Nick Stahl), a coming-of-age story set in the 1990s; and Play Your Gender, a documentary that pulls back the curtain on gender bias in the music industry, featuring interviews with Patty Schemel, Melissa Auf Der Maur, and Sara Quin.

Stephanie has also directed for television and streaming platforms (Stream Me 2020, Amazon Prime; Farm Crime 2020 CBC Gem; Spirit Talker 2019, APTN). In 2020 she was awarded the Irving Avrich Award from TIFF recognizing rising Canadian talent. The following year she was long-listed for the DGC Discovery Award, and in 2022 she was nominated for her first Canadian Screen Award for best directing in the factual television category.

Stephanie’s feature, Night Blooms, is a gritty coming-of-age story set in the 1990s about 17-year-old Carly and her love affair with her best friend’s Dad. An emotionally charged narrative that navigates the moral murkiness of agency, consent, and accountability.

Find out more @stephjoline

@night_blooms_movie

A trailblazer of innovation, Ashley Hickey is the Founder and Chief Technical Officer of Enzebra Studios.

Prior to establishing her own development company, Ashley enjoyed a career with several national and international organizations in industries ranging from web development to television to health care. An expert in design, user interface, branding, and business analysis, Ashely now draws from her extensive experience developing solutions for some of the largest names in business to provide customized results for her clients in a wide range of fields.

Mrs Hickey prides herself in always exceeding client expectations while holding her organization to the highest ethical standards. As a woman thriving in a traditionally male-dominated field, Ashley enjoys making time for lectures and speaking engagements to inspire others, especially women and girls curious about joining the technology sector.

She balances her hectic schedule with her other passion as a wife and mother to two young children; and indulging in her loves of fashion, art, and creating delicious meal experiences with healthy locally sourced ingredients.

Titilayo Odediran is a Nigerian living in Canada.

She moved to Canada as a teenager and spent most of her free time indoors learning about makeup on YouTube, little did she know this will turn out to be a great passion for her.

Makeup means different things to everyone but for her, it is a way to escape from my busy life to a different world where she gets to tell stories. In the past, she worked on telling stories about great and influential Black Historians whose actions shaped the world.

She hopes that one day, people of all ages will read her story as well.

When she’s not doing makeup and/or creating content, she’s working and/or schooling.

Find out more @facesbytiti

Stu was born in Halifax, raised in Dartmouth, and has been back in Halifax for about a decade now.

He loves to play music, cook and is very into powerlifting and CrossFit.

He got into barbering seven years ago and has owned Blue Collar barbershop for over three years now. The shop started with just Stu and his apprentice but has grown to four full-time barbers and a new apprentice on staff.

Find out more @bluecollarhalifax

Kylee Nunn is an ex freelance photographer turned social services student who is passionate about community, reimagining justice, and accessibility to wellness. Kylee recently made the move from city living to a life nearly off-grid as she focuses on family, investing in her education, and building her future.

Find out more @subpersonality

@survivorsforchangens

Brad joined the Healthy Minds Coop in 2012 as Navigator, Facilitator Men’s Mental Health Peer Support
Group since 2019.

He sits on several quality teams within the NSH Central Zone. He is a member of the Department of Health and
NSH provincial working groups, and is the vice-chair of the Halifax Police Diversity Working group

Personal engagement, Active self-management and mindfulness practice are some of the key factors he
attributes to attaining and sustaining positive wellness with living with multiple chronic health
conditions.

Find out more @healthymindscoop

Irene Saliendra is an Entrepreneur, a Model, a Creative and on top of that she sells IT Services.

She finds a steady balance between being logical and analytical at work, and modeling creative concepts around the HRM. Through her work in IT, she gains a different insight into the world of technology, and by being she’s able to express herself through her own forms of artistry.

Her newest venture is called Fem Entity, which focuses on exploring the ways to empower your feminine energy to unlock your truest potential – with a website, online courses and podcasts coming soon!

Find out more @fem.entity

Andrew started off his hospitality journey growing up in his grandparents’ butcher shop, cutting off pig ears at the age of 8. From there he became a line cook and went to culinary school. shortly after graduating, Andrew went to New York to cook with the best.

With 6 years of cooking under his belt, he decided to switch to bartending. With the knowledge that some of the best bartenders lived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, he moved to Halifax 3 years ago.

He is now the Maritimes Brand Ambassador of Agua Santa Mezcal.

Andrew joined us on this episode to talk about his recent travels across Atlantic Canada, doing pop-ups at different bars. While training jiujitsu at welcoming gyms in other Atlantic Canada provinces.

Andrew was also excited to share his most recent experience travelling to PEI and working at Chef Micheal Smiths restaurant, the inn at bay fortune. This is where Andrew got his inspiration for the cocktail he made for this podcast.

Check him out @mezcalkeyes

Abady (he/him)  is an artist, entrepreneur, and dance educator in Halifax, Nova Scotia, committed to serving underrepresented communities of dancers, dance educators, and creators.

He is the owner of House of Eights Dance Studio, a drop-in dance studio in downtown Halifax.

Find out more @houseofeights