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 nearly two decades.
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, 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.
Digital Marketing Manager
A Toronto native, Josie is currently exploring Australia. A two-year stint managing Verge Magazine's Go Global Expos interrupted eight years of on-and-off international exploration, and she was ready to hit the road for a while longer.
Josie's experiences studying, working, volunteering and just plain old backpacking overseas have helped develop her passion for encouraging young Canadians to pursue meaningful travel. She is always willing to share anecdotes or a word of helpful advice to anyone looking to go abroad.
Communications & Event Manager
Born in England, raised in Albania and Canada, and having recently lived in Australia, Jonida has a passion for exploring new cultures and embracing new experiences. She completed her Masters in Global Health Management, travelling to India to present her research. She worked in the not-for-profit sector for two years prior to taking a digital marketing contract to help a Canadian company launching in Australia, where she also took the time to scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef and go camping in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Although meaningful travel is her biggest passion, when she’s not travelling, Jonida loves watching the Raptors and discovering new podcasts.
Event Marketing Assistant
For several years now, Eveline has sought out opportunities to leave her hometown and travel the globe. Most recently, over the past year, she embarked on a working journey that allowed her to drive across and see the beautiful country that is Canada. While studying, she worked abroad in Hong Kong, interned in Budapest and also worked in a remote first nations community in Quebec. Since graduating from HEC Montreal, with a business degree, she has seized any opportunity to travel and learn experientially.. The Montreal event industry has opened many doors and presented her with various travel opportunities that have made her even more eager to keep traveling in a purposeful way... so working with the Go Global Expo is a perfect fit... for now! Along the way, she hopes to meet fellow travellers who will share their own experiences and who knows… maybe find her next traveling/working opportunity!
Zoe Bell is a Canadian writer and travel enthusiast, who is currently pursuing a Master's in International Journalism at City, University of London. Originally from Toronto, Zoe recently completed an editorial internship at a magazine in Charleston, South Carolina, where she also documented her experiences in a blog for Verge Magazine. We are thrilled to welcome Zoe to the team!
Combining her love for travel and event planning, Jessica is the Events Coordinator for Verge Magazine's Go Global Expos. She graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business, and has recently returned from teaching English as a Second Language in Italy. Jessica is excited to continue exploring the world in meaningful ways, and is passionate about connecting others with opportunities to do the same.
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.
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