A co-founder of Verge Magazine and the Go Global Expo, Jeff is a well-known voice in the area of international working, studying and volunteering and was writing about gap years before the term even appeared the Canadian Oxford Dictionary. Having worked, studied and travelled on six continents, Jeff is passionate about the important role international experience plays in developing responsible, caring global citizens. He has spoken to audiences across Canada and the United States on subjects ranging from how to plan an international volunteer experience, to developing effective media skills and literacy.
Jeff holds two degrees from the University of Waterloo. Before co-founding Verge, he spent 10 years in the field of experiential education, including several years training experiential educators. Through Verge and the Go Global Expos, Jeff has been helping to connect international organizations and global citizens for more than a decade.
Co-founder, Business Manager
Two years at Atlantic College in Wales, followed by a gap year, ignited Tannis' passion for international learning and experience. After obtaining degrees abroad from Cambridge University and the University of Chicago, Tannis worked in eight different countries as a consultant in the areas of international development, tourism and the environment for government, non-profit and NGO/INGO clients.
Tannis co-founded Verge Magazine and the Go Global Expo in 2002. She has managed most areas of the organization over ten years, and her work has taken her to all seven continents. Tannis is constantly impressed and inspired by the global community of travellers and learners who work towards making the world a better place, and is always honoured when they choose Verge to be part of their community.
Although Jessica has travelled to more than 30 countries, her favorite place to throw down her bag is still her hometown of Cold Lake, Alberta. A freelance journalist, Jess has worked for international development organizations and tour operators. She’s conducted workshops in Vanuatu, perfected the use of a satellite phone in the jungles of Guyana and supervised teenage pool parties in the Dominican Republic. Although she's based in Toronto, Jess works remotely from all around the world.
Fiona Campbell is a journalist, editor, researcher, photographer and activist. Over the past 14 years she’s been published in a wide range of national magazines and websites, and has worked with several environmental, social justice and agricultural NGOs and not-for-profits. With a BA in International Development, a BAA in Journalism and a MFA in Creative Nonfiction, Fiona believes passionately in the power of words to inform, educate, incite and enlighten. When not seeking her next adventure via train, plane or automobile (most recently to Honduras where she was documenting (in words and photos) the impact of medical brigades on vulnerable populations), she can be found on her small mixed farm in rural Ontario.
Emma has lived and worked on four continents in as many years, jointly pursuing personal and professional development through international working holidays and long stay travel. She has diverse experience managing event portfolios in niche conference and corporate event sectors and developing marketing and sales strategies to drive growth for events and businesses.
Between these roles she has spent her time traversing many great nations enjoying adventure travel activities, trekking, historical sites, cultural hotspots and connecting with fellow backpackers.
Researcher & Writer
Lauren has spent the last 10 years working on youth-focused international development programs and along the way has sent hundreds of volunteers and interns to work on projects in South America and Africa. Her work has included using theatre to teach kids in Toronto about child rights, facilitating HIV/AIDS prevention programs with young people in South Africa and training teachers to use sport to promote child development in Ghana. She holds a B.A. from McGill University and a Graduate Diploma in International Project Management from Humber College.
Rowena Selby has worked in the field of international education for over ten years as a student advisor and advocate of international experiences. As Education Abroad Advisor at Queen's University for six years, she provided a broad range of advising and support services to students interested in, or returning from, study, work and travel abroad experiences. She has also worked with the Canadian Bureau for International Education as a Scholarships Program Manager and with the University of Ottawa as an advisor to international students. Rowena joined the Verge team in 2016.