Angus Praught, a well-known public business figure in Vancouver, has been actively promoting the Vancouver region and Canada, as gay-friendly travel destinations on the world stage since 1996. In November 1999, Praught registered the URL www.gayvan.com online and in January 2003, launched Gayvan.com Travel Marketing. Gayvan.com offers an LGBT-specific interactive web portal, hotel booking engine, annual print and digital publications, as well as event production and consulting services.
In addition to serving two full two-year terms on the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) Board of Directors, Praught served five years on the Vancouver GLBA Board of Directors. He also partnered in a Vancouver gay hotel and bar, the Royal Hotel, from 1998 – 2001, and was the organizing chairperson for both the February 2000 IGLTA Vancouver Symposium and the May 2004 IGLTA Vancouver Convention. With over 25 years experience in the hospitality and travel industry on senior management levels, he has been a long standing member of regional and international tourism organizations and works closely with Tourism Vancouver as a marketing liaison for the LGBT travel segment. Praught also represents the destination on behalf of Tourism Vancouver and the Vancouver, Coast and Mountains Tourism Region, at various LGBT-focused events in the USA.
Recipient of Xtra West’s HERO Community Achievement Awards as Business Citizen of the Year, in both the 2002 and 2004, Praught is also the recipient of the Tourism Industry Leadership Award at the Travel Gay Canada conference in October 2012.
Barb Snelgrove is Co-host of CiTR Radio’s international hit show, QueerFM RELOADED and is a reporter for OutlookTV and OUTtv nationally. She has written for numerous local media outlets as well as on-line publications such as The Huffington Post and SheWired.com. Barb also runs the Vancouver based LGBTQ communications firm megamouthmedia consulting.
A long time community advocate, Barb has been awarded the Vancouver Pride Society Outstanding Community Member Award, has been named as one of OutTV’s “Top Queers of the Year” and was named to the GayVancouver.net Annual List of “Ten People Making a Difference in Vancouver”. She has been a Van Pride Parade Grand Marshal (Local Hero Category), was awarded the 2013 TELUS Pride Legacy Award as Community Superstar, nominated for the 2014 City of Vancouver Award of Excellence Award (under Gender & Inclusion) and was inducted into the Canadian Queer Hall of Fame in Toronto alongside Jane Rule and Jack Layton last Fall.
(Photo: Kimberly French)
Caryl Dolinko is widely regarded as the premier LGBT marketing consultant in Vancouver, Canada (President of Smart Cookie Consulting). She is currently the Co-President for InterPride, (International Association for LGBT Pride Organizers) as well as the Communications Director, establishing a global brand and presence for the organization. She is the President of Friends Help Friends; was the Sponsorship and Communications Coordinator for Vancouver Pride (2005-2011); the chair of the 2008 InterPride Annual Conference; the host committee organizer for the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA) conference; the Co-Chair for the City of Vancouver Advisory Committee on Diversity Issues; a reporter on Outlook TV; and has worked with many other organizations including the Vancouver AIDS Memorial, UNICEF and the Mabel League.
Her commitment to LGBT rights and worldwide equality is informed by her experience as a fearless and independent traveller. She has traveled independently to 71 countries on six continents and is the author of three travel books, including the Canadian bestseller, The Globetrotter’s Guide. She is an accomplished travel photographer, presenter, keynote speaker and emcee at high profile events and her expertise and global experiences have been shared on hundreds TV, radio and magazine interviews.
Caryl’s unique perspective on international issues and global diversity enriches her natural business instinct. She is a keen observer of human behaviour and applies her holistic understanding of the world and business to cultural and professional contexts.
Chris’s broadcast passion stems primarily from his love of life. His humble beginnings in the world of entertainment came before his completion of BCIT’s Broadcast Communication Program. Starting with video assignments in high school to converting his basement to a fully functioning theater which led to epic productions of Grease, Titanic and anything to do with the Spice Girls. Impersonating Will Smith and the bald guy from Aqua were among his most memorable roles
His career has taken him into Creative Copywriting, Producing Commercials, On-Air Hosting, Video Editing and DJ work. Chris’s career highlights include spearheading nationally recognized corporate radio campaigns and working in Sydney, Australia as a Cameraman/Editor for Big Review TV. He currently resides in the Vancouver area working for a production company and will be launching a freelance creative business by the end of 2015.
His on camera presenting is a progression of his creative talents, thanks to opportunities with OutlookTV.
Chris’s philosophy is about dreaming big, binging on Netflix occasionally and living a balanced life to the fullest. Watch for his talent on episodes of OutlookTV.
Chris Bolton has yearned for the spotlight ever since he was a boy. He would often put on shows in the living room after the big Family Sunday Dinner. Belting out the Commercial “Wonderful, Wonderful Wonder Bra-aw-aww” was his Fave. Later he attended Gastown Actors Studio where he was inspired under the tootle age of the phenomenal Jessica Van Der Veen. Developing a character named Conni Smudge has been a twenty year journey and it has been his most rewarding to date. “She” has taken him all over the Globe. Conni’s wit, charm and approachable nature has afforded her the honour of performing in the most unlikely of places. From the Biker Bars of Nanaimo to the Grand Theatres of Europe, Mz Smudge has done them all. Chris/Conni adores being a reporter with Outlook TV. It gives “Her” the ability to show the World what an amazingly Inclusive, Loving, Entertaining city Vancouver is!
Gareth C.J. Wee
Gareth mostly reports on issues that tackle social justice, creativity, and LGBT and youth empowerment. He is very passionate about helping people with disabilities, promoting a healthy and safe environment and including people who feel left out. He is also very welcoming of new comers to Vancouver, having moved here back in 2006.
He has volunteered for many organizations that aid people locally and internationally. Outside of reporting and editing for Outlook TV, Gareth is the co-writer and one of the colouring artists for an LGBT webcomic adaptation of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake www.princeandswan.com . He loves learning new languages, singing, hiking and training at the Vancouver Circus School.
Gareth Cj. Wee graduated from Simon Fraser University specializing in design and wearable technology. He currently works as a designer for a quasi-government organization.
Garry is a retired Vancouver school teacher who originally hailed from Saskatchewan. He was a founding member of the Gay and Lesbian Educators of BC and continues to take a keen interest in current LGBTQ events.
Garry has been involved with Vancouver LGBTQ organisations over the years including leading Kayaking trips off the coast of Vancouver Island, hiking, skiing etc. He is a lover of gardening and a member of Vancouver’s Green Streets program. Garry is an avid reader and a member of a gay book club.
Originally Garry volunteered as a camera assist with OutLookTV and now has added reporting to his skills. He has covered many events including local LGBTplays, LGBT organisations, Whistler Pride and bringing news from LGBT organisations in Europe.
Guy comes to us from Ottawa, where he worked on a variety of projects from Making Scenes Queer Film Festival to The Stage For AIDS at the NAC. Moving to Vancouver in 1999 he continued his love of the arts and community by being the founding president of New Westminster Pride Society and BLQAS (Queer Arts Society).
Guy was honoured to receive the Xtra West Business Citizen of the Year Hero Award in 2009 for his work at Coming Home Café in New Westminter. He is part of The Bobbers, Canada’s first professional queer Improv Troupe. Guy is now Bi, bi-coastal that is. You can find him working in film in Toronto as an art director and is proud to have worked on the Canadian Screen Awards Nominated short film FROST. As well as Vancouver where he is capturing on camera as much talent as he possibly can.
His goal is to introduce Canada to many of the amazing people he has met in his life. “There is talent in every corner of this country and being able to give as much attention to people and their passion is the best kind of satisfaction for me.”
Guy tries to live by his favourite quote:
Live The Life You Love
John Paul Payne
John Paul comes all the way from Carlow, Ireland and now calls Vancouver home. As a teenager, he spent his summers working as an intern for the Youth Services. His passion for charity and human rights didn’t go unnoticed and he was invited to attend the European Youth Summit in Budapest, Hungary and presented many issues Irelands LGBT youth faced at the time. This helped him receive a Presidents Award at the time.
Discovering a love for artistry, and exploring that, John Paul soon found himself pushing boundaries to become a makeup artist as he was the only male in the colleges history at the time. He has went on to work on TV shows, movies and even London Fashion Week.
Travel has been a huge part of John Paul’s adult life, from skiing in Switzerland to surfing in Sydney. Landing in a new unknown city is what he is known for amongst friends.
Reporting on many events from backstage at Vancouver Fashion Week to covering the equality referendum results in Dublin, LGBT rights and promoting a positive image of the community is one of his strongest passions.
In her 9-5 career, Kelsey is a financial planner in North Vancouver. In between client meetings, she’s raising a PADS puppy-in-training 24/7 for the 1st 2 years of his life. His name is Arrow, and he’s quite an adorable handful! When she’s not financially planning and dispensing kibbles for good canine behaviour, you can probably find Kelsey playing dodgeball, volleyball, softball, or floor hockey; binging out on Netflix; or hanging out with her pet hedgehog, Harriet Deadly$niper Tiggywinkle.
After spending some time out east, Laura Shaw has come back home and is ready to re-discover the beautiful city of Vancouver and everything queer that it has to offer.
Laura’s background is in writing and reporting where she has covered many LGBTQ historical and political events.
Laura is looking forward to reporting from all the hottest gay gatherings around town!When not reporting and editing, Laura’s passion is sports and she has coached and competed on many LGBTQ sports teams including the Montreal Phoques Fantastiques and the Toronto Triggerfish with whom she won a Bronze Medal at the 2009 Outgames in Copenhagen. Currently she is playing softball for the Mabel League on Team Sway!
Laura is looking forward to reporting from all the hottest gay gatherings around town!
(Photo by: M. Culver/eyesplash images, 2012)
He’s your token blond! Skyler Baier is originally from Calgary and has since moved to Vancouver. As a true Canucks fan and growing up playing sports, Skyler is Outlook TV’s sportcaster and covers stories of gay sports leagues across the Lower Mainland. Skyler has also reported for Local Connection on Shaw TV and was a contestant on Vancouver’s Next Gay Top Model on OutTV in 2008. His hobbies include fitness, jogging, dining, hiking and playing Super Mario games on Saturday mornings after a night of martini’s at his favorite lounge, 1181. If there is one thing you should know about Skyler- he owns several teddy bears.