Jeff Grischow is an Associate Professor of History at Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario, and a former Associate Director of Laurier’s Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa (TISCA). Dr. Grischow has worked and researched in Ghana for 30 years, focusing on the idea and practice of colonial development, the history and lived experience of disability rights, the challenges of inclusive education, and the impact of climate change. Since 2017, he has worked on four collaborative and interdisciplinary SSRHC-funded projects focusing on Ghana, including the Ghana Youth Videography Programme. His most recent publication is an edited volume entitled Disability Rights & Inclusiveness in Africa: The United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, challenges & change, co-edited with Magnus Mfoafo-M’Carthy (James Currey Press, forthcoming July, 2022).
Magnus Mfoafo-M’Carthy is a Full Professor at the Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario. Dr. Mfoafo-M’Carthy is a former Associate Director of Laurier’s Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa (TISCA) and a Carnegie African Diaspora Fellow at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). His research focuses on global mental health and Disability studies. He has held numerous Canadian and international research grants exploring stigma and mental health. He has extensive policy, teaching, and research experience and has worked with adolescent and adult mental health institutions in New York City, British Columbia, and Ontario, including the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto. is an Associate Professor of History at Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario, and a former Associate Director of Laurier’s Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa (TISCA). His most recent publication is an edited volume entitled Disability Rights & Inclusiveness in Africa: The United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, challenges & change, co-edited with Jeff Grischow (James Currey Press, forthcoming July, 2022).
Mark Terry, PhD, is a member of the Order of Vaughan, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research, and The Explorers Club. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change at York University in Toronto and at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo. He is also an Associate to the UNESCO Chair in Reorienting Education towards Sustainability. He has worked throughout the Circumpolar Arctic serving as the Scientist-in-Residence on a circumnavigational expedition of Iceland (2018), making the first documented film of a crossing of the Northwest Passage, The Polar Explorer (2011), and teaching at Arctic universities in St. Petersburg and Moscow, Russia. He has also worked in Antarctica with the British Antarctic Survey and the National Antarctic Scientific Center of Ukraine documenting this research in the film The Antarctica Challenge: A Global Warning (2009). In 2021, the third instalment in his trilogy of polar documentary feature films, The Changing Face of Iceland, premiered at the United Nations climate summit, COP26, in Glasgow, Scotland. He has been decorated by Queen Elizabeth II for his work with her Diamond Jubilee Medal and by The Explorers Club with its Stefansson Medal, the organization’s highest honour. In 2015, Canadian Geographic Magazine named him one of Canada’s Top 100 Greatest Explorers of all time.
Mark has worked with the United Nations since 2011 on the Youth Climate Report, providing films of global scientific research to its annual climate summits known as the COP conferences. His pioneering work in documentary remediation for the UN earned him the Gemini Humanitarian Award from the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. His current work with GIS mapping was recently recognized by the UN with a Sustainability Development Goals Action Award.