Meet the SkyNews Team

Philip Groff, Executive Director

Phil joined the SkyNews team on October 1, concurrent with his appointment as RASC executive director. With more than 15 years of experience as a senior manager working with not-for-profit organizations, Phil served on the staff of SMARTRISK for nearly a decade, ultimately in the role of president. From 2015 to 2018, he was the executive director of Sustain Ontario. Phil is also a seasoned consultant whose prominent clients have included Brock University, The Canadian Sleep Society and The Jays Care Foundation.

Allendria Brunjes, Managing Editor

Allendria Brunjes is a writer and editor who has worked in print and digital journalism for 15 years around the world. From 2016 to 2019, she served as publisher of the Athabasca Advocate. Allendria also worked on digital properties at the Toronto Star as well as ScribbleLive, and she was the senior editor at Newzulu Canada. Allendria’s lifelong interest in the night sky includes hunting aurora, writing about meteors and attending star parties. In her spare time, she kayaks, flies gliders and plays the tuba.

Alan Dyer, Contributing Editor

AlanDyerAlan Dyer, coauthor of The Backyard Astronomer’s Guide, is program producer at the Calgary Science Centre Planetarium. He is widely regarded as an authority on commercial telescopes, and his evaluations of astronomical equipment appear regularly in major North American astronomy magazines.

Ivan Semeniuk, Contributor

Ivan SemeniukIvan Semeniuk is an award-winning science journalist, broadcaster and reporter for The Globe and Mail. A long time contributor to Sky News, he writes about new developments in astronomical and planetary research. He is the host and writer of the popular astronomy television series Cosmic Vistas and is a former editor at Nature and New Scientist. Ivan is the 2016 recipient of the Fleming Medal and Citation from the Royal Canadian Institute for Science, the country’s oldest scientific society. He lives in Toronto.

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