Shadbolt Community Scholars

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Dean’s Office is pleased to award Dr. Yosef Wosk a Shadbolt Fellowship with GLS. Broadly speaking, Yosef’s activities as GLS Shadbolt Fellow fall in two categories: Shadbolt Identity and other Arts and Heritage Outreach. A primary focus of his Fellowship is the organization of events and activities that highlight the Shadbolts’ role in the city, both their own arts practice and philosophies as well as the substantial work in arts and heritage that their legacy has made possible.

Yosef Wosk


BA (UBC), MSc (Yeshiva), ThM (Harvard Divinity), PhD (William Lyon), PhD (Boston U)

Yosef Wosk was the Director of Interdisciplinary Programs in Continuing Studies and still serves as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Humanities at Simon Fraser University where he developed seminal programs such as The Philosophers' Café and The Canadian Academy of Independent Scholars. In addition to being an ordained rabbi and receiving two honorary doctorates, he holds Ph.D.s in Religion & Literature as well as in Psychology, and Masters degrees in Education and in Theology. Yosef has founded and supported hundreds of libraries worldwide, endowed Vancouver’s Poet Laureate, and has lectured at a number of universities and institutes of higher learning throughout the world. Identified as one of the top ten thinkers and most thoughtful citizens in the province, he is an appointed member of The Order of British Columbia, a recipient of both The Queen's Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals and included in Canadian Who's Who. Active in communal affairs—especially in the areas of education, libraries, museums, the arts, social services, heritage conservation, gardens, philanthropy and religion—Yosef is a media commentator, public speaker and published author.

Shadbolt GLS Community Scholars

The Shadbolt GLS Community Scholars work with Dr. Wosk on projects and operate as a think tank for developing strategies to bridge the arts, activism, and academe. Every year for four years, new Scholars will be added to the existing group, creating an active and evolving network of artists, critics, and philanthropists participating in GLS courses and public activities. Yosef and the Scholars look forward to working with GLS students, faculty, and almuni in developing new ideas and active practice at this intersection.

Lilian Broca


Visual artist Lilian Broca taught studio art at Kwantlen Polytechnic University for 15 years; her work was featured in over 70 exhibitions in Canada, US and Europe and is part of public and private collections in Canada and abroad.

Celebrated for her spirited exploration of contemporary societal issues in a variety of media, Lilian Broca draws on historical iconography, legends, and popular myths. Among many distinctions, she was the subject of a retrospective exhibition at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle in 2001, collaborated and published the book A Song of Lilith with esteemed Canadian author Joy Kogawa in 2001, and was the recipient of the Lorenzo il Magnifico Gold Medal at the 2003 Florence Biennale. Broca’s artworks received First Prize awards in International Mosaic Exhibitions, Italian American Museum, SF in 2004, and at High Risk Art Gallery, Chicago, IL in 2006. Her mosaics have been profiled in several international art books and magazines. The book THE HIDDEN AND THE REVEALED: The Queen Esther Mosaics of Lilian Broca (Gefen Publishing House, NY, Jerusalem) by S. Campbell, Y. Wosk and L. Broca, with introduction by Judy Chicago, was released in 2011. The documentary RETURN TO BYZANTIUM – The Art and Life of Lilian Broca (aired nationally on CBC) garnered the Best Documentary Award at San Pedro International Film Festival, LA, 2012.

Melanie Friesen


Melanie Friesen has led an adventurous life, spending time in Turkey, Iran, Spain, SE Asia, London, New York, Paris and Los Angeles before returning to Vancouver.  She worked for 16 years in London, primarily in the film industry, as a literary agent for filmmakers and Director of Creative Affairs for MGM/UA. After a year with Cineplex Odeon in Los Angeles, she accepted the position of Vice President for Scorsese Productions in New York. Since 1994, Melanie has been at the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF), first producing The Trade Forum – an annual event held during the VIFF to "educate, inspire, and encourage film and TV writers, producers, and directors in the Lower Mainland,” which offered an assortment of panel discussions, master classes, one-on-one meetings, and general schmoozing opportunities for the local film and TV industry.  

Melanie continues to work  at VIFF, producing and presenting Cinema Salon and as an advisor on international films for the festival She has mentored and lectured at Vancouver Film School, Capilano University, UBC and SFU and has given presentations on how to present a film project for financing in Luxembourg, Mexico, Hungary, Wales, The Republic of Georgia and Denmark.  Melanie also works within the community with an Afghani refugee family, as well as collecting warm clothing for both the Seafarers’ Mission and sex-workers who work around the port.

Larry Green


Larry Green is a practicing psychotherapist with 45 year’s experience.  In addition, he is an adjunct professor at City University of Seattle in their Master of Arts, Counselling Psychology program. Over the past 20 years he has facilitated Philosophers’ Cafes with the sponsorship of Simon Fraser University.  In 2016 he initiated, organized and presented at, a conference dedicated to carrying forward Ernest Becker’s work—specifically his Pulitzer prize winning book, The Denial of Death. Green has also published widely in various academic journals focussing on the relationship between the prereflective self and the reflective mind.  In addition, he is a practicing artist who has displayed his works at the Zack and Havana Galleries in Vancouver, the Surrey Art Gallery and the Centennial Museum in Fort Langley.

Suzanne E. Greening


Suzanne E. Greening, Executive Director of the Audain Art Museum, has embraced her passion for the arts through a lifelong career in the arts community in Canada and the United States. She has had extensive experience starting up new museum facilities, previously acting as the Director of the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery in Waterloo, Ontario, the Museum of Glass and Chihuly Bridge of Glass in Tacoma, Washington and The

Reach Gallery Museum in Abbotsford, British Columbia. Suzanne was Marketing Manager at the Ontario Crafts Council, Toronto, during their period of expansion, and also Arts Coordinator for the City of Richmond where she oversaw operations of the Arts Centre and Cultural Centre.

Areas of expertise have been in marketing and communications, strategic planning, cultural facility development, operations and programming, community cultural development and public art. She has also been actively involved on cultural and community-based boards such as the Glass Arts Society, KCTS-9, Chamber of Commerce and Rotary International.  

Charllotte Kwon


Charllotte Kwon is the owner of Maiwa Handprints Ltd. and the director of the Maiwa Foundation. All of her work is inspired by the beauty of textiles and a profound interest in the lives of those who make them. Over the years this inspiration has been central to her work with artisans who still work with traditional techniques and methods. Rather than creating individual artworks, Charllotte's approach has been to articulate the various narratives of craft through documentary film, gallery and museum exhibitions, symposia, multimedia lectures and presentations, print publications and retail advocacy. Under her direction Maiwa has produced four documentary films and a number of print publications. Charllotte is also the director of the Maiwa School of Textiles, an educational initiative that offers close to one-hundred workshops annually from an international roster of instructors.

Charllotte travels extensively each year to research handcraft and to supplement her natural-dye research. Always looking to extend natural dye use, she also teaches dyeing workshops with artisans around the world and has planned a series of natural dye master classes to bring exceptional practicing artisans together. In 2014 she was awarded an Honourary Doctorate of Letters from the University of the Fraser Valley for her work in promoting the continuation of traditional textile techniques and cultures.  More information about Charllotte can be found on her website,

Linda Lando


Linda Lando has been involved in the arts in Vancouver for over 30 years.  She owned a commercial gallery in the city exhibiting works by local artists as well as artists from across the country. She has also dealt and continues her involvement with works by historical Canadian artists including the Group of Seven and their contemporaries. 

Currently she is the Director of the Sidney and Gertrude Zack Gallery at the Jewish Community Centre. There she continues to organize exhibitions as well as poetry and other events.

She is a past member of the board of the Jewish Community Centre, and past President of the board of the Friends of Chamber Music.

Jeannette Langmann


Jeanette Langmann has spent her life in the arts. Daughter of Uno Langmann, a respected international authority on art and antiques, Jeanette has acquired over 30 years of experience working in this field. She studied at the University of British Columbia before becoming a second generation art dealer and appraiser in the family business.

Jeanette is an active member of the professional antiques and fine arts community both locally and internationally and travels worldwide to research and collect fine and decorative arts.  She has a particular interest in historical Canadian art from the 19th and early 20th century.  She is an expert on CBC’s Canadian Antiques Roadshow, Past President and currently on the board of the Art Dealers Association of Canada, and advises as Chair of the ADAC’s Appraisals Committee as well as to the Canadian Personal Property Export Review Board in Ottawa.  She has sat on the boards of the Vancouver Archives, Antique Dealers Association of Canada, South Granville Business Improvement Association, South Granville Gallery Association and Greater Vancouver Antique Dealers Association.

Jeanette acts as advisor to many charitable associations and volunteers her time regularly to assist in donations, outreach, education and fundraising events.  She is an active advocate of saving heritage buildings in Vancouver and the North Shore, and she and her husband own the important West Coast Modern “Merrick House”. 

Uno Langmann


Uno Langmann was born in Denmark and began collecting at the age of 8, in 1955 converting a portion of his collection into a one-way ticket to Canada.  After arriving in Vancouver he built a career in construction, but continued to study and collect fine art and antiques in his spare time.  He opened his first antique shop in 1968 and has been a fixture of the art and antique market since.

Uno has participated in and been on the vetting committees of fine art fairs across North America.  He made a series of guest appearances on the CBC’s Bob Switzer Show in the mid 1970’s and is an expert on CBC’s Canadian Antiques Roadshow.  Between 1979 and 1981 Uno Langmann established Sotheby Parke Bernet in Vancouver, and became Sotheby’s sole representative in the Northwest.  He currently sits on the Advisory Board of the UBC Library, is Past President and a member of The Canadian Antique Dealers Association, a founding member of the Canadian Association of Personal Property Appraisers and a member of the Art Dealers Association of Canada.

The Ethno-Business Council of BC awarded Uno Langmann the British Columbia New-Canadian Entrepreneur Award for Retail Highest Honours and Business Management in 1994, and in 2007 the Art Dealers Association of Canada awarded him their Lifetime Achievement Award.  He currently sits on the Advisory Board of the UBC Library and in May 2015 received the honourary degree, Doctor of Laws, from the University of British Columbia.

Uno Langmann has a rich history of philanthropy, including a seventeenth century Japanese screen from the Frank Lloyd Wright Collection to the Victoria Art Gallery, 35 works by Charles John Collings to the Vancouver Art Gallery and over 18,000 historical photographs from the Pacific Northwest to the UBC Library and Special Collections, which were highlighted in the exhibition “Nanitch” at Presentation House in North Vancouver.


Tim McLaughlin


In partnership with Charllotte Kwon and Maiwa Handprints, Tim documents artisan communities and advocates for the importance and continuation of traditional craft and culture.

Tim holds an MA in Philosophy of Science from the University of Western Ontario. Over twenty-five years He has been active in experimental radio, hypertext fiction (he is included in the Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada and has animated the concrete poetry of B.P. Nichol), graphic design, book production, photography, and documentary film. Tim McLaughlin is also the editor of Image on Paper an online collection of essays and reviews.

Most recently, Charllotte and Tim worked together to produce Textiles of the Banjara: Cloth and Culture of a Wandering Tribe, Thames and Hudson, 2016.

In 2014 his book Portraits Found and Taken was awarded second in the PX3 Paris Photo Prize.  More information about Tim can be found on his website www.­

Susan Mertens and Max Wyman


Susan Mertens and Max Wyman have been commentators and activists on the arts scene in Canada since the 1970s. Both wrote arts criticism and commentary for The Vancouver Sun,  national and CBC radio and TV, and a variety of national and international magazines. They also taught critical writing in Canada and Europe. Susan, a Cambridge-educated specialist in the philosophy of art, was sidelined by serious illness in the late 1980s. Her career was abruptly foreshortened and she has since been forced to live a life of ideas rather than action—in her own words, the life of “a contemplative.”

Max Wyman has gone on to establish a reputation as one of Canada’s foremost cultural activists. Among his books are Dance Canada: An Illustrated History, biographies of ballerina Evelyn Hart and jeweller Toni Cavelti, and The Defiant Imagination: Why Culture Matters. He has prepared consultation documents and position papers on arts policy and strategy for the federal government and the governments of Alberta and British Columbia, and has lectured and consulted on public arts policy across Canada and the U.S. For six years he served as a member of the board of the Canada Council for the Arts, was a member of the successful Vancouver-Whistler 2010 Olympic Bid board, speaking to the cultural aspect of the Games, and in 2006 completed four years as President of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO (CCU). For his services to the arts he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2001 and received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Simon Fraser University in 2003. He was mayor of the Village of Lions Bay (2006-09) and was President of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival (2010-12). He has always credited Susan as the author of some of his best ideas.

Andy Sylvester


Andy Sylvester is the Director and owner of Vancouver’s  Equinox Gallery.  Andy has organized over 300 exhibitions since 1985 and represents over 20 contemporary artists including Gordon Smith, Gathie Falk, Fred Herzog, Sonny Assu, Adad Hannah, Kim Dorland, and the Estate of Jack Shadbolt.  In addition, he has coordinated and edited several publications on Gordon Smith, Fred Herzog and Mary Pratt.  Andy was educated at The Banff School of Fine Art and the University of Ottawa.  He sat on the board of directors of the Professional Art Dealers Association of Canada for ten years and he is currently on the art committee at VGH/UBC Hospital Foundation.

Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas


Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas is an award-winning visual contemporary artist, author and professional speaker. His work has been seen in public spaces, museums, galleries and private collections across the globe. Institutional collections include the British Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Seattle Art Museum and Vancouver Art Gallery. His large sculptural works are part of the public art collection of the Vancouver International Airport, City of Vancouver, City of Kamloops and University of British Columbia. Yahgulanaas's publications include national bestsellers Flight of the Hummingbird and RED, a Haida Manga. When not writing or producing art, Yahgulanaas pulls from his 20 years of political experience in the Council of the Haida Nation and travels the world speaking to businesses, institutions and communities about social justice, community building, communication and change management. His most recent talks include the American Museum of Natural History and TEDxVancouver 2015.

Yahgulanaas's visual practice encompasses a variety of different art forms including large-scale public art projects, mixed media sculptures and canvases, re-purposed automobile parts, acrylics, watercolours, ink drawings, ceramics and illustrated publications. Exploring themes of identity, environmentalism and the human condition he uses art and speaking opportunities to communicate a world view that while particular to Haida Gwaii - his ancestral North Pacific archipelago - is also relevant to a contemporary and internationally-engaged audience.

Influenced by both the tradition of Haida iconography and contemporary Asian visual culture, Yahgulanaas has created a practice that is celebrated for its vitality, relevancy and originality.  More information about Michael can be found on his website at