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Ilona Kauremszky is an experienced award-winning journalist who has filed numerous articles on the travel industry for leading consumer and trade publications. A syndicated Toronto Sun travel columnist for QMI Agency, one of Canada’s largest media companies, her writing is also published in a wide variety of media outlets across North America, Southeast Asia and the United Kingdom. Clients: Air Canada Vacations, Ensemble Vacations, ATOUT France, Air Miles, CAA, Travel Industry Today, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, and more.

She is also the former editor of Corporate Meetings & Events Magazine, producer of www.mycompass.ca and its youtube channel, mycompasstv, and is a contributing author for the upcoming Michelin Green Guide Ontario (pub date: 2012).

Ms. Kauremszky is the Founding President of The Travel Media Association of Canada, Ontario Chapter (TMAC) and currently holds the title of First Vice-Chair of the SATW (Society of American Travel Writers) Canadian Chapter.

As a travel expert she has appeared on television and radio for CBC News Now, NPR, and CFRB; and is available as a guest speaker.

This year Ilona received the coveted Discover America Travel Writer award from the US Travel Association.



Stephen Smith is a photographer, a cinematographer and a filmmaker. He's a student of fine arts and holds an Honours B.A.A. degree in Motion Picture Production from Ryerson University in Toronto. His work as a director, producer and cinematographer has taken him around the world.

Smith is the writer/director of the critically acclaimed and award winning feature, Annigoni: Portrait of an Artist, a film about the enigmatic Italian portrait painter Pietro Annigoni. He is also a producer of Road to Castagno: A Renaissance Dream and the screenwriter of The Lover Burns, the story of the life and times of the world's most beloved poet, Robert Burns. Stephen Smith's films are placed in the collections of Centre Du George Pompidou, Paris; The Museum of Modern Art and Canada House, England.

His photographs have been published in: The Globe & Mail, The National Post, The Toronto Star, Canadian Geographic Travel, The Buffalo News, myontario, CRUISE magazine, The Canwest newspaper chain, Canoe.ca and more.

Stephen Smith is gold award winner at the 2008 Bill Muster Photography Competition and an active member of SATW Society of American Travel Writers. His photographs are available at photos.

New Productions:
The Body Map: Scars of South Africa
Havana Arte
Lovin Louisiana
Magical Malaysia
Stones of Tunisia
Tabarka Jazz

Other Productions:
Surrender, They Said
Black Waters
Road to Castagno: A Renaissance Dream
Annigoni: Portrait of an Artist
Deconstructing a Lustron
Tubman & Henson, Footsteps on the Freedom Trail
Saving Simons
Niagara
Silencing Serling: A&E v. Strayer Release date: TBA
Moving Squeeks Release date: TBA



Habeeb Salloum's Habeeb Salloum is a Canadian author who grew up in Saskatchewan, joined the RCAF during the Second World War, and then worked for the Canadian Department of National Revenue for 36 years. For the last 30 years he has been a writer and author specializing in food, history and travel.

In addition to his numerious books, Mr. Salloum has produced hundreds of articles about culture, food, travel, history and homesteading in western Canada appear in such publications as the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, the Western Producer, Contemporary Review, Forever Young, Vegetarian Journal and Saveur.

Among his most important published books are: From the Lands of Figs and Olives: Over 300 Delicious and Unusual Recipes from the Middle East and North Africa (Interlink Publishing, 1996); Journeys Back to Arab Spain (The Middle East Studies Center, 1994); Arabic Contributions to the English Vocabulary (Librairie du Liban, 1996); Classic Vegetarian Cooking From the Middle East and North Africa (Interlink Publishing, 2000); Arab Cooking On A Saskatchewan Homestead: Recipes And Recollections (CPRC, University of Regina. 2005) – winner of the Cuisine Canada and The University of Guelph's Silver Canadian Culinary Book Awards in 2006, Bison Delights (CPRC, University of Regina, 2010) and The Arabian Nights Cookbook (Tuttle Publishing, 2010).

He co-authored with Leila Salloum Elias and Muna Salloum, two major research studies on medieval Arab cookery: Scheherazade’s Feasts: Foods of the Medieval Arab World (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013); and Sweet Delights from A Thousand and One Nights: The Story of Traditional Arab Sweets (I.B. Tauris, London, UK, 2013). His most recent cookbook published in the Fall of 2014 is Asian Cooking Made Simple: A Culinary Journey Along the Silk Road and Beyond (Sweet Grass Books/Far Country Press, 2014).

Habeeb was awarded the 2013 Saskatchewan Tourism Travel Media Award by Saskatchewan Tourism (Provincial Government of Saskatchewan) on April 10, 2014 for his literary work on travel, tourism and the culinary arts of that province.


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