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.
Contributor: Special Projects
Suneet Grewal is an experienced producer, writer and researcher, with a serious travel bug. She's been to 29 countries, and recently returned from a year-long solo backpacking trip through South America, Vietnam and Japan. With a degree in journalism from Carleton University, Suneet cut her teeth working at Discovery Channel Canada's Daily Planet. There, she developed entire one-hour specials, researched and coordinated shoots in foreign countries, and produced interviews with the likes of Richard Branson and Jane Goodall. Suneet embraces the digital nomad lifestyle, relocating wherever there is a good story to be told, or ambitious project to bring to life.
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.
Since graduating from Queen's University with a degree in Global Development studies, Katie has taken her passion for travel and adventure and turned it into her part-time career. She has been around the world and back but calls Toronto home. When Katie is not adding more stamps to her passport, she helps to organize large events, and has worked with a range of organizations including TIFF, MLSE, ZoomerMedia, and The Word on the Street. In 2017, Katie brought her unique perspective and well-travelled backpack to the Go Global Expo, where she has taken on the position of event coordinator.