At The Young Wanderer, one of our primary values is accessibility. Community awareness and engagement are often difficult tasks without the right network of people, which is why we have put together a team of amazing leaders and experts from all parts of society within Edmonton—especially for you. As a high school student, it’s often hard to find opportunities, to interact directly with prominent individuals, and learn more about the applications of your various passions. By providing some exposure to a diversity of fantastic people, we encourage you to reach out to them and learn more about how you can start making a difference. 

Get to know them!


Shawn Kanungo is the co-founder of PressMoi, a mobile app that runs live Q&A events that crowdsources questions from the community. The iOS app has held over a hundred Q&A’s with entrepreneurs, artists, authors and students. It was recognized as one of the hottest startups in Alberta in 2013. Shawn is also a Manager in the Strategy and Operations practice in Deloitte’s Consulting practice. Whether it’s pursuing new growth, developing a new vision, or improving margins, Shawn helps senior executives take on some of their most difficult businesses challenges with strategy-level insights. He has seven years of experience working with public and private sector organizations – leading projects within the fields of corporate strategy, customer experience, performance management, and supply chain strategy. Upon joining Consulting, he articled within Deloitte’s Assurance practice. Shawn is a Chartered Accountant and a graduate of the University of Alberta’s School of Business. He is also one of the founding members of Nelson Spooner Productions, a creative film group. Contact him at:


Omar Mouallem is a National Magazine Awards nominated writer and Metro News columnist, who moonlights as Edmonton rapper A.O.K. After four years as Avenue‘s associate editor, he left to serve as the Edmonton Public Library’s Writer in Residence for 2013, its centennial year. That same year he won the City of Edmonton’s Emerging Artist award. Omar teaches, mentors and holds creative workshops, while working on stories that have appeared in enRoute, VICE, The Globe and Mail and Eighteen Bridges. A generalist writer, you can find Omar’s byline in just about any section, from travel to business and, where he’s happiest, food. Contact him at:


For the last 10 years, Faaiza Ramji has been helping business articulate the value their product or service offers and broadcasting that message across a variety of mediums, using a combination of traditional and digital methods, influencer relationships, and simple pragmatism. In her career she has worked with start-ups, national companies, and multi-national corporations to build strategies that resonate with their specific customer. Aside from that, she owns a fresh concept restaurant in downtown Edmonton called The Chopped Leaf, and volunteers with as many causes as she can find time for. She am currently involved with the World Partnership Walk, The City of Edmonton’s Winter City Strategy Advisory Committee, and Make Something Edmonton. Contact her at:


Always a fan of books and stories, Matthew Stepanic earned a BA Honors in English from the University of Alberta. Afterward, he interned as the storyteller-in-residence at Localize, where he spearheaded social media campaigns and penned blog posts about local food vendors. Currently, he works as an editorial assistant for JuneWarren-Nickle’s Energy Group and is the editor of Glass Buffalo, a magazine that publishes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from University of Alberta students. Contact him at:


Karen Unland is a future-of-media nerd who is passionate about helping news organizations truly serve their communities. She was editor-in-chief of The Gateway in 1992-93, and graduated from the University of Alberta in 1994 with a BA in Etudes canadiennes from Campus St-Jean. She then worked for the Edmonton Journal for 14 years, first as a reporter, then as various kinds of editor, and finally as boss of before quitting to found a consulting firm. Then Postmedia pulled her back in to run an innovation project based at the Journal that has given birth to Capital Ideas, a community of business owners helping business owners by sharing what they know. She tweets about journalism, entrepreneurship, Edmonton and her kids at @KarenUnland. Contact her at:


Emerson Csorba is a fourth-year Sciences Politiques student at the University of Alberta. He served as the U of A Students’ Union VP Academic in 2011-2012, is the current Editor-in-Chief of The Wanderer Online, and contributes to media sources like the Globe and Mail, University Affairs and the Huffington Post. Despite nagging injuries, Emerson competes in marathons and ultras, and grew up spending much of his life on soccer and baseball fields. He’s inspired by Edmonton’s visionaries in Start-up Edmonton, the EEDC, its universities, community leagues, etc. Contact him at:


Blue Knox is a fourth year double major Political Science and English student at the University of Alberta. At the moment Blue is living in Washington DC with the international leadership and professional development program, The Washington Centre, and is interning with the not-for-profit organization Leadership Africa USA. While abroad, Blue will also travel to study in Lille, France, while at the same time balancing her work as the Business Editor and one of the Managing Editors at The Wanderer Online Magazine. In her spare time Blue runs as much as possible (and no… not because something is chasing her.) Contact her at:


Brittney graduated high school in 2003 with honours and AP credits she never used when she took Radio and Television at NAIT. Since then she has worn many hats including florist, party expert, top hat, and journalist. You’ll find her currently working at Capital Ideas at the Edmonton Journal. She loves the city, co-organizes Edmonton Girl Geek Dinners, the Yeggies (Edmonton New Media Awards), and is involved in many projects including Make Something Edmonton. She spent most of 2012-2013 meeting 5,000 people in a year ( and strives to continue experiencing and doing interesting things. She is involved in the community, both online in social media and offline as well. Brittney is passionate about reading, education, Edmonton, geek and pop culture and is almost always up for coffee. Contact her at:


Fiona Cavanagh is the Executive Director of the Centre for Public Involvement (CPI). The Centre for Public Involvement is an organization founded by a partnership between the University of Alberta and the City of Edmonton. Cavanagh provides leadership to develop community-university collaborations that advance the practice and scholarship of public involvement. Prior to her work at the Centre, she was the Program Manager of Public Engagement for an Alberta international development organization. In this role, she developed and managed comprehensive public engagement programs that included innovative and experiential programs for youth, K-12 and post secondary students and Alberta educators. Fiona also served for two terms as the Chair of the Board of the Alberta Council for International Cooperation (ACGC). Fiona has an M.Ed in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Alberta and a certificate from IAP2 (International Association of Public Participation) in public participation. She is also a Steering Committee member of Alberta Climate Dialogue and active volunteer in many Edmonton organizations. Contact her at: