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Wildfiles.tv Online Inc.
Suite 204, 5305 Allard Way
Edmonton, Alberta
T6H 5X8

Phone: (780) 488-0440
Fax: (780) 452-4980

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Ava Karvonen

Ava Karvonen

President and owner, Ava Karvonen, created Reel Girls Media at the start of 1998 and has never looked back. She’s the enthusiastic producer and visionary behind wildfiles.tv. Ava specializes in producing television and new media that explores the human relationship with the natural world, celebrates the arts and examines social issues. Ava got her start in show business working with her filmmaker father, Albert Karvonen, working on natural history productions. Ava has produced several award-winning television projects including Stories from the 7th Fire, Return of the Peregrine, How the Fiddle Flows and award winning new media projects including the Zoology Zone series. She has recently directed several segments for the CBC kid’s series Street Cents as well as directing/producing the recent live TV and webcast virtual fieldtrip for SciQ at the Royal Tyrrell Museum. When she is not busy producing or volunteering, she is trying to break her own record of traveling to over 30 countries.

If she weren’t a human, Ava says she would like to be a Peregrine Falcon.

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Victor Bilodeau

Victor Bilodeau

Victor Bilodeau has been involved in the amazing Alberta multimedia community for a number of years. Highlights include running his own company, Mountain Brook New Media Inc., teaching at Concordia and NAIT, and being a board member of Alberta New Media. Victor has participated in a Trade mission to Paris, has done consulting work in Silicon Valley, developed CD-ROM and web-based versions of the Job Safe Training Program, and is currently working on an MBA in technology commercialization. Amidst all this, he has found the time to take on the role as our technical director and web master for wildfiles.tv. Victor enjoys most sports and competes in triathlons.

If he were an animal, he says he’d be a Maine Coon.

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Naomi Bock

Naomi Bock

As a director, writer and producer of both TV documentary and drama, Naomi joins the wildfiles.tv team as Content Editor. With a degree in journalism from Carleton University, she has also produced and directed educational children’s videos and worked as a production manager, researcher, editor and videographer, and assistant director on TV series, dramatic films and music videos. Naomi is currently busy co-writing the TV series WildFiles.TV, and in her spare time she likes to ride her mountain bike, go camping, travel and cook strange dishes from around the world.

When asked to tell us her favourite animal, Naomi told us she loves birds of all feathers.

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Gabrielle Christopherson

Gabrielle Christopherson

For the past several years, Gabrielle has worked as a researcher and writer on contract while completing her degree in Elementary Education. On the wildfiles.tv site, Gabrielle has an important role in directing the Kids Advisory Group as well as editing the hip and trendy kid-created e-Zine. Having recently completed her degree, being involved with Reel Girls Media and the wildfiles.tv project has given Gabrielle the opportunity to apply her writing skills by developing interactive content for children, while applying many of the fun educational concepts she has been studying. Gabrielle enjoys traveling, reading, writing and spending time with her amazing son.

Gabrielle thinks that the creature she most identifies with is the loon.

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Kim Clegg

Kim Clegg

Kim Clegg is a Multimedia Designer at large in the Edmonton area, and the talented Creative Director for wildfiles.tv. Kim started his own company, Rat Creek Design in 1996, after 6 years working in the infancy of Multimedia. Rat Creek is a small design house specializing in on-screen creative, interface design and digital compositing; working in partnership with a number of other Edmonton based media organizations. Kim is one of the founding members of Digital North Studios, a multimedia cooperative in the downtown core, of which Rat Creek is part of. He also likes Spiderman and hates hiking.

Kim says if he were an animal, he’d be a Prehistoric Sloth.

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Christi Erickson

Christi Erickson

Christi Erickson, a NAIT Television Arts graduate, started out working in the hectic world of television news as a video editor before making the jump into independent production. She has worked for Alliance Atlantis Communications as a Production Assistant/ Production Coordinator on various documentary productions, and most recently worked as a Researcher/Writer on the documentary television series The Things We Do for Love on Life Network. Christi joined the wildfiles.tv team in the fall of 2002 as a researcher and Producer’s Assistant. Christi enjoys running, swimming, cycling and traveling.

She feels a special bond to the Green Sea Turtle.

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Chris Fisher

Chris Fisher

Chris Fisher, the wildfiles.tv writer (and one of the photographers), is the guy behind the words…and the one to blame for most of the bad jokes on the site (the other person you can blame is Naomi!). Chris is also the amazing host and co-writer of WildFiles.TV, the half-hour 13-part nature TV series currently in production.

Since publishing his first book in 1995, he has been making a living as a nature writer – much to the amazement of his high school English teachers. Chris has written numerous best-selling field guides on birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, and for the last few years has been writing for TV and film. He has worked on the TV series Acorn, The Nature Nut and the TV special, Return of the Peregrine.

Chris likes to play guitar, write songs and do outdoorsy stuff, like wildlife watching, photography and traveling.

Chris picks the Golden Plover as his alter ego animal. This bird is always moving between the Arctic and the tropics, it is fast, alert, musical, and looks great on the beach.

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Larissa Lazarowich

Larissa Lazarowich

As part of the Reel Girls Media production team, Larissa worked on contract as our cool and collected Development Coordinator on wildfiles.tv, a job that included successfully securing the funding needed to produce the site and the associated TV series. As an Honours graduate of the NAIT Television Arts program, Larissa enjoys writing, producing, editing and videography. During her two years with Reel Girls, she had the opportunity to work on several new productions ranging from research and development to post-production and production. Larissa is also an accomplished cellist who, in her spare time, enjoys fun stuff like snowboarding, traveling, acting and dancing.

Her alter-ego-animal is the dragonfly, feminine with a bit of attitude!

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Cathy McMillan

Cathy McMillan

Funky Edmonton artist/illustrator Cathy McMillan is thrilled to be part of the wildfiles.tv team, and you can see her fabulous illustrations throughout the site. With an art career that began in 1984, Cathy spent a number of years traveling the world as a caricature artist, drawing in countries like Israel, New Zealand and Australia. Cathy now has her own art company called The Quirky Art Café and enjoys doing a variety of art and illustration projects. She also loves the colour green and hates short-pronged forks.

Cathy’s favourite animal is the Asian Elephant.

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Cindy Mitchell

Cindy Mitchell

Cindy has been doing contract work for Reel Girls Media and the funky wildfiles.tv team as our hard-working and organized Project Coordinator. Her other contributions include creative design and illustrative content for the site, layout and design of the kid-created e-Zine, site narration, as well as planning and implementing a Usability Analysis. An Honours graduate of the Alberta College Multimedia Program, Cindy brings over 18 years of computer experience on both PC and Macintosh platforms. She also enjoys editing and videography and while attending Alberta College, she was Project Manager of the Video and Editing team. Cindy enjoys spending time with her family and exploring planet Earth.

If Cindy were an animal, she’d probably be a Red Squirrel.

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Dan Stevenson

Dan Stevenson

Dan worked with the Reel Girls Production team as Visual Effects and Flash Animator on the Children’s Television series WildFiles under an internship program sponsored by the Canadian Film and Television Producer’s Association. Dan was also part of the crazy team of flash animators and graphic designers behind wildfiles.tv. A recent graduate of the Vancouver Film School’s Visual Effects and 3D Animation Program, Dan had previously contributed to the children’s animated cartoon pilot Night of the Snow People. Dan continues to develop his skills, taking courses in life drawing, sculpting, and 3D modeling. When he’s not working, he likes to take it easy and travel to places like Australia.

If Dan were an animal he’d be a Polar Bear.

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Christine Weidlich

Christine Weidlich

Christine is currently working as a member of the Reel Girls Production team and lends her creative edge and artistic abilities to the wildfiles.tv project. Her contributions include creative design and illustrative content for the site, as well as layout and design of the snazzy kid-created e-Zine. A recent graduate of the Digital Arts and Media Program at Grant MacEwan College, Christine enjoys writing, editing, and loves photography and spending time in a darkroom. She also loves to travel and, in her free time, likes to escape to the mountains for some snowboarding.

If Christine were an animal she’d be a tropical fish so she could live in the ocean.

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Darren Yuhar

Darren Yuhar

Darren Yuhar is the lead Flash developer behind the madness that is wildfiles.tv. Darren has been involved with Flash Development since its debut as Flash 1 when he started a small multimedia company 7 years ago. Since then he has been involved in countless Flash applications and really cool fun stuff like Activbax Desktops, online learning applications and teaching at both N.A.I.T and the University of Alberta. Darren is now the president and an action script developer at Yuhar Interactive. In his spare time (which isn’t much) he enjoys spending time camping and being outdoors with his family and wonderful mutt, Keeko.

Darren told us if he was an animal, he’d be a groundhog – hidden from the elements working underground, sticking his head out once or twice to see if he should come out or not.

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Other Contributors:

Nicole Auser - HTML and Flash programming
Lisa Stewart - Illustration and Design
Taylor E. and Taylor Y. - narration (Write a Story)
Teresa L., Sarah M. and Matthew D. - narration (Wildlife)
Brant Coghlan - Usability Analysis
Lance Evans - Flash Programmer
Ammar Alasfoor - Flash Programmer
Campbell Furnish - Animation
Evaggelos Liotsakis - Flash Programmer
Peca Rajkovic - Illustrator, Animator


Scientific Consultants:

Kris Kendell, Biologist
Douglas L. Skinner, M.Sc., P.Biol.
Anne Gunn, Ph.D.
Anne Forshner, M.Sc.
Gordon Court, Ph.D.
R.J. Christopherson, Ph.D (University of Alberta)
Sandra McDougall, B.Sc., M.E.Des.
Renee Franken, M.Sc.
Wayne Roberts, B.Sc. , M.Sc.
Robin Leech, Ph.D., P.Biol.
Tara Szkorupa, Species at Risk Biologist
C. Elaine Gordon, MSc.


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