Founding Members

>> Dr. Julie Andreyev

Julie Andreyev is an artist, vegan, educator, and researcher. Her body of work called Animal Lover explores nonhuman animal agency and creativity through modes of interspecies collaboration and multi-species technologies. Her work has been shown around the world, and is supported by The Canada Council for the Arts, and The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She is Associate Professor at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and leads on the Wild Empathy research project.

>> Trudy Chalmers

Trudy-Chalmers-smallA Principal Lead for Canada’s only repertory opera company, Opera Pro Cantanti, Trudy Chalmers is a classically trained singer, silversmith, costume designer and animal rights advocate. Her most recent role was as Lucia in Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor. Her jewellery,, was sold at Vancouver’s first vegan department store Karmavore and is available through Sarah Kramer’s shop Sarah’s Place. Each year Trudy donates jewellery to raise funds for animal charities, including Hearts on Noses and Fur Bearer Defenders.  Trudy also works at Emily Carr University in the Faculty of Visual Arts and Material Practice. Before returning to Canada in 2008, Trudy studied singing and performed in recitals in the UK and worked at the University of Brighton as an administrator for the department of Art, Design and Architecture and as a Volunteer Project Officer organizing volunteering opportunities for art and design students in the local arts community.

>> Dr. Maria Lantin

Maria-cropDr. Maria Lantin is the Director of the Intersections Digital Studios (IDS) research centre at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design. For many years she has been joining her love of Computing Science with her belief in the innovative potential of the arts. A circuitous route led her from obtaining her PhD in Computing Science at Simon Fraser University to leading the Visualization Research Lab at the Banff Centre’s Banff New Media Institute (BNMI). Working primarily in teams, she has had the joy of bringing to life many artist projects involving digital technology, and continues this practice at Emily Carr where the IDS provides an ample playground for experimentation.

>>Ellen Siew Meng Yap


Ellen Siew Meng Yap is a flâneur, dreamer and vegan/animal defender.  She is interested in exposing the entanglement of human and nonhuman animal oppressions through creative means. She is finishing her MA in Graduate Liberal Studies. She is Manager, Academic and Administrative Services, School for International Studies and Latin American Studies, Simon Fraser University, Harbour Centre.

>> Dr. Carol Gigliotti

Dr. Carol GigliottiDr. Carol Gigliotti (, a writer, educator, and artist. She was an Associate Professor in Interactive Media and Critical and Cultural Studies at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, B.C., Canada where she taught Environmental Ethics, Critical Animal Studies and Interactive Media courses. She now teaches as online faculty for both ISMA (Interactive Social Media Arts) and Critical and Cultural Studies. She has been involved in new media since 1989 and publishes and presents extensively.

Her edited book, Leonardo’s Choice: genetic technologies and animals, which grew out of the January 2006 special issue of the Springer_Verlag journalAI and Society, “Genetic Technologies and Animals” has published been published by the Bioethics/Applied Philosophy Area of Springer.  She was Guest Curator for Interactive Futures’11: Animal Influence which is documented in partnership with the online Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture in Issues 21 and 22.

>> Beth Carruthers

Beth-Carruthers-smallBeth is a multi-disciplinary scholar whose research across environmental humanities and social sciences has for more than a quarter century investigated the human-world relationship. A significant aspect of this research has explored a “shared ontology”   among all beings. In particular, the work investigates the role of cultural practices and artefacts in translating, navigating, informing, and potentially transforming, human relations with the non-human world. Much of that research has explored artmaking as collaboration with place and non-human agency. This work is widely studied, and taught across the humanities, arts, and social sciences in universities internationally. She is best known for her work investigating Ecological Arts practices since the 1970s, and the role of these in transforming nature-culture relations. Currently, Beth is revisiting Val Plumwood’s ideas of philosophical animism, while continuing a quest for a post-humanist, relational ontology. For a more information and a list of talks and publications, please see:

>> Jesse Garbe

Jesse-Garbe-smallJesse Garbe is an alumni of Emily Carr University (2004) and a recent graduate of NSCAD University’s MFA Program (2008), where he received the Joseph Beuys Memorial Award (2007).

Garbe’s recent work examines our relationship with nature. It puts forward the idea that paintings, diagrams, taxidermy and other visual aids play a significant role in how we understand animals, plants and their habitats.

He is also an avid bird watcher, citizen scientist and general advocate of the ornithological.

He is currently working on an initiative called The Bird Project with other Vegan Congress founding member Geneviève Raiche-Savoie.

>> Geneviève Raiche-Savoie

Genevieve Raiche-Savoie

Originally from the province of Québec, Geneviève completed most of her studies in Montréal, where she received a Bachelor degree in Graphic Design from Université du Québec à Montréal. In 2008, Geneviève completed a Master‘s degree in Design at NSCAD University. For the past decade, Geneviève has been working as a Communication Designer with different companies, non-profit organizations, museums and universities.

Her primary mandate is to develop and enforce visual identities through two- and three-dimensional means. In addition, Geneviève is engaged in a design practice that emphasizes positive social and environmental change. Her research activities include design projects and competition entries that engage in current issues of sustainability. Some of her work has recently been included in exhibitions about environmental awareness across Europe and Asia. This includes the World Wildlife Fund’s Convention on Biological Diversity held in Nagoya, Japan.

She is currently working on an initiative called The Bird Project with other Vegan Congress founding member Jesse Garbe.

>> prOphecy sun

prOphecy SunprOphecy sun is a Canadian interdisciplinary performance artist who interphases with sound, movement and installation to create emotive environments. Her works, compositions, videos and collaborations have been exhibited in Canada and abroad. She is a master theremin player, an improvisational looping maestro and an experimental throat singer. Her current musical projects include: prOphecy sun, Tyranahorse, Under the Sun, Her Jazz Noise Collective, Spell and The Adulthood. She is also a performer in two movement collectives: Dance Troupe Practice and So So So. She is currently a first year Graduate student at Emily Carr University working on the Moving Stories: Digital Tools for Movement, Meaning and Interaction Research Group with Dr. Maria Lantin.


>>Lucy Chen

lucyLucy Chen is a visual artist living Vancouver. She is currently an undergraduate student at Emily Carr University Art + Design. Her background is in drawing and art installation



Research Assistants

>>Roxanne Bouchard
Roxanne is a new media artist and currently an undergraduate in Interactive + Social Media Arts at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

>>Melissa Johnson

ProfilePicSquareSmallMelissa Johnson is currently an undergraduate 4th year student attending Emily Carr University of Art + Design, studying in Film, Video, and Integrated Media. Her interests lie in writing, storytelling, sound design, and social media. She runs a weekly podcast with Hermosa Farca entitled Toolshed, which incorporates discussion of current events with music and experimental sound design, in addition to writing for the school magazine, WOO, and for the official ISMA and FVIM school blogs.



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