CHANTAL BILODEAU is a playwright whose work focuses on the intersection of science, policy, art, and climate change. She is the Artistic Director of The Arctic Cycle, an organization created to support the writing, development and production of eight plays that look at the social and environmental changes taking place in the eight Arctic states; the founder of the blog and international network Artists and Climate Change, and; a co-founder of Climate Change Theatre Action, a worldwide series of readings and performances of short climate change plays presented to coincide with the United Nations Conference of the Parties. She is a recipient of the Woodward International Playwriting Prize as well as the First Prize in the Earth Matters on Stage Ecodrama Festival and the Uprising National Playwriting Competition. She has written about the intersection of arts and climate change for American Theatre Magazine, the Center for Energy and Environmental Research in the Human Sciences, the online journal HowlRound, and the World Policy Institute. She is an artistic collaborator in the Science & Arts Project at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Vienna.
PHILIPPA YOUNG is a Director and Filmmaker at What Took You So Long. She has been travelling the world filming, writing and producing documentaries for 8 years. In building the WTYSL team from 3 to 14 she has kept a clear focus on diversity and gender balance. Her interests and personal projects focus on the expression of feminism around the world, the importance and benefits of migration, and learning from farming and nomadic communities around the world. Philippa is currently based in Barcelona, Spain.
OLIVIA MATTHEWS recently completed an internship with the UN Migration Agency (IOM) in Ghana. Olivia holds a Master of International Public Policy at the Balsillie School of International Affairs where she was awarded the 2016/2017 Andrew and Agnes Siklos Masters in International Public Policy Award. As a Graduate Research Fellow for the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Olivia co-authored the publication, Innovative Financing Mechanisms for the ‘Age of Refugees’: Opportunities for Canadian Leadership. With this policy brief, her research team became a finalist of the 2017 Global Affairs Canada International Policy Ideas Challenge. Olivia is a vocal advocate against sexual and gender-based violence and previously lobbied for enhanced support to survivors of SGBV in Bill 132, Ontario’s Sexual Violence and Harassment Plan.