Professional Day Faculty


Lorna Dueck
Host of Context with Lorna Dueck, former host of 100 Huntley Street
Lorna Dueck has explored the intersection of journalism and Christianity for over 30 years. She is the Executive Producer and Host of Context with Lorna Dueck, the flagship TV show and online production of MVG. The program is produced from Toronto, airs on seven networks, and is seen Sunday mornings on Canada’s largest network, Global TV.
Lorna is a regular commentary writer on faith and public life in Canada’s leading national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, and a frequent media commentator. She has travelled the world reporting on church-led response to humanitarian crisis.
She has a Master’s degree in Evangelism and Leadership from Wheaton Seminary, Bachelor of Religious Education from Tyndale University, and a diploma in Communications studies. She has received honorary doctorate degrees from Trinity, Tyndale and Briercrest Universities. In 2012, Lorna received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to Canadian society.
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Christina Crook
Author & TEDx Speaker
Christina Crook’s 2015 book, The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World, has made her a leading voice in a growing movement towards a more human relationship with modern technology. Her cultural commentary on technology and daily life has appeared in print and on air from The New York Times to Psychology Today, CTV Morning News to CBC’s The Current. For 15 years, Crook has worked for some of Canada’s most recognized media organizations, including the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Rogers Digital Media. She is a graduate of the Simon Fraser University School of Communication and her TEDx talk, Letting Go of Technology: Pursuing a People-focused Future, was presented as part of the 2013 Global TEDx Women Conference. Her writing is sought-after in print where her feature essays appear in Utne Reader, Huffington Post Lifestyle, UPPERCASE magazine, Today’s Parent, Geez, Literary Review of Canada and Faith Today. A few years ago Crook traded the seaside views of Bowen Island, BC for Toronto’s Junction neighbourhood where she now lives with her husband and three young children. They attend Grace Toronto Church.
She lives and writes in Toronto. Visit her website
Jonathan Kay
Author & Speaker
Jonathan is a Canadian journalist, the editor-in-chief of The Walrus, and former comment pages editor, columnist and blogger for the Toronto-based Canadian daily newspaper National Post. He is also a book author, editor, public speaker, and regularly contributes to Commentary Magazine and the New York Post.
His freelance articles have been published in a variety of US publications including Newsweek, The New Yorker,, The New Republic, Harper’s Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, The Weekly Standard, The Literary Review of Canada, The National Interest and The New York Times.
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Janna Lafrance
Author & Musician
I am an author and musician from a beautiful lakeside town in Ontario, Canada. When I’m not writing books, my husband and I write music together and run a custom design company. He spends a lot of time hosting a variety of shows on the magic box (aka “television”) so that leaves me to handle pretty much everything behind the scenes. I spent ten years homeschooling our four daughters, which was an education all unto itself!
Whether I’m writing novels, short stories, or blogging, my passion is to find unique ways to convey the central message of my life, which is that we are, each one of us, loved deeply by an extraordinary God. If you find yourself reading any of my work, it is my sincere prayer that you might discover something new about God’s love for you that you never knew before, and that, like mine, your heart will be touched and healed by that Love.
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Paul LaFrance
Author, Television Host & Speaker
Paul Lafrance, most commonly known as the “Deck Guru” both in the Reality TV macrocosm as well as in the average North American home, is also a musician and lead singer/songwriter in the band, Found in the Fury, the CEO and founder of the international design company, Paul Lafrance Design, the father of four daughters, and has nearly completed his training as a Jedi Master.
Paul is the host of HGTV’s Decked Out, Disaster Decks, Custom Built, and Deck Wars as well as one of the judges on Canada’s Handyman Challenge, and moonlights as the head designer at PLD. Since 1997, he’s been designing and installing everything from custom built homes, basement transformations, corporate facades and common areas, to cutting-edge backyard retreats. He is currently filming a brand new show called Home to Win, which is set to air this year on HGTV
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Peter Stockland
Journalist, Editor, Author & Speaker
A professional journalist since 1979, Peter has been the Editor-in-Chief of Montreal’s The Gazette newspaper, editor of the Calgary Sun, editorial pages editor of the Calgary Herald, and the vice-president of English editorial for Reader’s Digest Canadian magazines. In 2009, he co-founded with Father Raymond J. de Souza the magazine Convivium, which is published by the think tank Cardus. In 2011, he published the short story collection If Only through Montreal publisher Siren Song Press.
Peter owns his own media company, Prima Communication, which offers strategic planning, editing, writing and photographic services. He currently divides his time between Montreal, where he is part of Studio 411 in the city’s historic St. Henri neighborhood, and Ottawa where he tracks developments on and around Parliament Hill as a member of the national press gallery.
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Bret van Staalduinen
Author, Editor & Speaker
Brent is an award-winning writer who lives, works, and finds his voice in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. His work appears or is forthcoming in The Sycamore Review, Prairie Fire Magazine, The Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology, The Prairie Journal, EVENT Magazine, The Dalhousie Review, The New Quarterly, The New Guard Literary Review, Litro Magazine, The Nottingham Review, and Urban Graffiti. He is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers, holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia, and teaches creative writing at Redeemer University College. SAINTS, UNEXPECTED, a novel of urban magical realism, will be published by Invisible Publishing in the spring of 2016.
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Jeane Wynn
Publicist & Speaker
Jeane is the co-owner of Wynn-Wynn Media along with her husband Tyson. Their company provides full-service publicity campaigns for the best in Christian publishing. Jeane represents some of the finest books, authors, and publishers.
Wynn-Wynn Media thrives due to a combination of Jeane’s love of good books, her personal care, attention to the authors who create them, and her understanding of all aspects of publishing, from acquisition and editorial, to sales and marketing. Wynn-Wynn Media is a full-service publicity firm, working with the entire spectrum of media to ensure the best and most opportunities for their clients, including print, electronic, television, radio, websites and social media. Some of Wynn-Wynn Media’s latest campaigns have seen clients recognized on the New York Times, USA Today, ECPA, CBA, and Christian Retailing best-seller lists.
Jeane holds a Bachelor’s degree in Radio-TV Sales & Management from Oklahoma State University. Her and her husband and business partner Tyson Wynn live in their childhood hometown, where they run Wynn-Wynn Media from a vintage store-front on Main Street.
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