Our Team

Kelly Toughill

Editor and Publisher Kelly Toughill is an award-winning journalist who was deputy executive editor of The Toronto Star before joining the University of King’s College in 2006. She developed a passionate interest in the immigration needs of international students while serving as director of the King’s School of Journalism. Associate Professor Toughill maintains accreditation with the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council as part of her commitment to in-depth immigration research.

William Kowalski

Chief Technology Officer William Kowalski has designed and developed interactive learning experiences for an array of corporate, government and military clientele, and has built websites for many small businesses in Canada and the United States. He has taught technology to adults at Nova Scotia Community College and in the Nova Scotia Department of Labour. He is founder of the boutique web development firm Mahone Bay Web Design, and has more than a decade of experience in web design, hosting, and IT management.

Yongmei Wang

Chief Translator Yongmei Wang has extensive experience in adult education and cross-cultural communication. Originally from Shanghai, she has a translation certificate from Beijing Foreign Studies University and a graduate degree in cross-cultural communications from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. She has taught at the Jinling Institute of Technology in Nanjing, the Senior College of Nova Scotia and Dalhousie University. She is an active volunteer in Halifax, helping with ESL and settlement programs for new immigrants.

Lu Xu

Freelancer Lu Xu is a recent graduate of the Master of Journalism program at the University of King’s College. Her work has appeared in Walrus.ca and on CBC. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Sichuan International Studies University.


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