The Staff

 

Caro Loutfi

Caro Loutfi is passionate about youth engagement, social change and using art & design to create space for dialogue and encourage accessibility. She studied Human Rights and Art History at Concordia University and these interests have led her to travel the world and work with people in the fields of social justice and the arts in Nepal, India, Saint Lucia, Lebanon and at home in Montreal. Having worked her way up within the organization, starting out as a Communications Intern, to then working as the Youth-Friendly Coordinator and now taking on the role of Director of Operations at Apathy is Boring, Caro has an honest understanding of the values of youth engagement and the importance of creativity, which are foundational to the work of educating individuals about democracy.

 

Sylvia Tombs

As someone who has always been interested in the way art can affect social change, A is B’s approach is especially unique and exciting to Sylvia. She first got involved as an intern, and is now happy to re-join the team as staff. After finishing her BFA in Art History from Concordia, she taught English to high school students in France, traveled, and ate as much cheese, wine and pastries as she could. She’s now happy to be back in Montreal enjoying everything the city has to offer.

 

Tim Harbinson

Tim has an MA in European Literature and an MSC in Human Ecology. He is interested in how processes of personal transformation feed into authentic movements for social and environmental justice. He has worked as a community activist in the East End of Glasgow, a community researcher in the Ngong Hills of Kenya and as a musician all over the place. And, oddly enough for a white Irish man, he is a fully initiated Massai tribe member. .

Ben Shemie

Long walks in the park. Romantic moonlit strolls along the canal. Stargazing. He is a catch. He also plays a mean guitar, makes a decent coffee, talks passionately about music, and, lies a lot. He works at Apathy is Boring bringing his charm to the people. Technically he works with volunteers, the internet, and with the boss making sure everything is kosher and running smooth, in reality though, he does so much more. In the words of the Dalai Lama "Ben is a cool guy."

Nahka Bertrand

Nahka Bertrand is a mother, a cook, a poet, an actress, a singer for Odaya: an Indigenous women's drumming group, and an advocate for Indigenous youth. She studied in English Literature and Creative Writing at Concordia University. She spent a year in a shack in the NWT. In her free time, she likes to take naps.

Laura Dunn

Excited about words and any opportunity to use them for a good cause, Laura has been advocating for Indigenous people since she worked in the Inuit community of Cambridge Bay, Nunavut. After her degree in English Literature at U of T, she improved her French while teaching English to kids in France. When she puts down her pen/keyboard, she is cultivating sourdough bacteria to bake her own bread or stretching out her writers block in ballet class.

Cara Des Granges

Cara holds a Masters degree in Canadian politics and an honors degree in Canadian studies and political science. She has worked as a researcher for the government, the Centre for Constitutional Studies and the Canadian Museum of History as well as various non-profits. In addition to her role with Apathy is Boring, Cara is currently pursuing a PhD in Canadian and Quebec politics and public policy at Concordia University.

Gabriel D'Astous

Stoked to be part of the A is B team, Gab is currently completing studies in Political Science and History in Vancouver. Although he is grateful to be living in Vancouver, he misses snow and skating on the Rideau Canal. Having thoroughly enjoyed his time backpacking in the British Isles with friends, he is eager to leave on a new adventure. Time off is best spent in nature, on a bike, with a book and always in good company.

Sajdeep Soomal

Like every up-and-coming new age bohemian adolescent, Saj left home with only a suitcase, his fixie bike and a joint bank account with his parents to pursue a degree in Political Science and History at McGill University. Saj is interested in investigating how early-life experiences, such as voting for class president, contribute to political disengagement later in life. He is looking forward to working at Apathy is Boring as an intern.

Anvita Kulkarni

Anvita has moved around a lot between India, Canada and the United States and just graduated from McGill with a Bachelor’s in Physiology and Political Science. As the mix suggests, she is interested in everything but especially in how arts, science and politics all mix together. An avid tea-drinker and skirt-wearer, she loves accessibility focused initiatives. She also dabbles in journalism, radio, art and flexi-vegan cooking.

Émilie Horrocks-Denis

As a multilingual Montrealer with a passion for politics and languages, Émilie recently completed her Master’s degree in Political Science at UBC and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and German language from McGill. After completing an internship at the Government of Alberta, Émilie spent a year teaching English in Berlin. Attracted to its innovative approach to youth engagement, Émilie is thrilled to join Apathy is Boring’s team!

Gijs Leenders

Hot on the heels of graduating with a B.A in International Development and Management from McGill University, Gijs is joining the A is B team as a Programming and Marketing intern for what is sure to be a lovely summer. Gijs has always lived with the mixed blessing of an archaically Dutch name combined with an awesomely international life. Having lived in the Netherlands, Switzerland, Singapore and Montreal, he is moving to Ireland this August. His passions are diverse and his curiosity insatiable, but above all else, he is happy that the infamous Montreal winter is done.

Our History

On January 4th 2004 - when a public affairs minded dance choreographer from the Yukon, a filmmaker from Montreal, and a photographer / graphic designer from Vancouver island met at a party, the idea of Apathy is Boring was born.

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What We Do

Apathy is Boring accomplishes its goals through the following program areas.

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FAQ

How can I get involved with Apathy is Boring? You can volunteer, become an intern, come out to our shows and help us spread the word. We are always open to donations and suggestions!

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