Manjot Bains / Partner + Communications Consultant

Manjot Bains wrote and illustrated her first work of fiction about underwater time travel when she was in Grade 5. Since then, her writing has appeared in a number of corporate, online and creative publications, including Geist Magazine and Huffington Post. She has worked as a communications professional for over fifteen years, specializing in strategic communications and storytelling, web content strategy, and copywriting. Manjot brings an anti-racism lens to her communications and writing practice, and has spoken about systemic racism on a number of panels, podcasts and media conversations.

In 2010, Manjot co-founded jugnistyle.com, an online magazine for South Asian arts, cultures and ideas. As Editor of Jugni Style, she has interviewed and written a number of short and long-form profiles of interesting people and topics, and produced the first two seasons of The Nameless Collective Podcast, which has been featured on CBC Radio, Walrus Magazine, Vancouver Magazine, and International Public History Journal. Manjot is the co-creator of ANARA, a sustainable modern textiles company, and is a former board member of the BC Arts Council, Indian Summer Arts Society, and City of Vancouver Multiculturalism Advisory Committee.

Naveen Girn / Partner + Community Engagement Consultant

Naveen Girn is a community engagement specialist and curator whose work centres on intercultural dialogue, storytelling and community engagement strategies. Naveen brings best practices in engagement to organizations seeking to connect with constituents, staff and communities. He applies these strategies to storytelling projects, exhibitions, workshops, and public forums. Naveen co-curated the award-winning Bhangra.me: Vancouver’s Bhangra Story (2011) exhibition at the Museum of Vancouver, Spectacular Sangeet (2013) at the Surrey Art Gallery, and An Ocean of Peace: 100 Years of Sikhs in New Westminster (2020). In 2014, Naveen was Project Manager for the Komagata Maru 1914-2014: Generations, Geographies and Echoes project that brought together eight institutions across Metro Vancouver to collaboratively commemorate the centennial anniversary of the Komagata Maru.

Naveen is currently the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Stakeholder Relations in the BC Premier’s Office, and previously worked as the Director of Community Outreach for the City of Vancouver Mayor’s Office. Naveen is co-host of The Nameless Collective Podcast, which uncovers untold stories from Vancouver’s past, and often speaks at public events and to the media about intercultural dialogue, storytelling, and community engagement.