Executives

COLE BURSTON: President – president@npac.ca

Cole is a Toronto-based photojournalist working with editorial clients on a variety of stories and daily assignments.

He says, “NPAC has always played a role in my career as I’ve grown from a student to a working professional.”

“By offering guidance and advice along the way, NPAC and its members are the glue that holds our photojournalism community together. Sharing ideas, concerns and propping up the successes of our community is important for a strong and united industry as we continue to thrive in an ever-changing environment.”



NICK IWANYSHYN: Vice President – vice-president@npac.ca

Nick is a photojournalist, video producer, editor and social engagement professional based in Toronto, Canada. He has been described as fast, informative and entertaining.



JASON PAYNE: NPAC Treasurer – treasurer@npac.ca

Jason Payne is a staff photographer with The Province and Vancouver Sun newspapers in Vancouver, British Columbia.



GIORDANO CIAMPINI: Secretary – secretary@npac.ca

Born, bred, and based in Toronto, Gio has provided his community and city with a visual documentation of the goings and happenings, both large and small, for both mainstream media and the ethnic press.

Hired before graduating from Loyalist College in 2010, he started his career in earnest at the Corriere Canadese, formerly the country’s largest daily non-official-language newspaper. The paper folded in 2011, leaving Gio to freelance.

From crack-pot mayors to developing-world dictatorships, his career has taken him across five continents, several riots, a revolution, a tornado, a pair of earthquakes and countless grip’n’grins. He’s able to communicate in six languages with widely varying fluency, including Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, English, French and Arabic.

Some of the folks who’ve bought his pictures include Toronto Life, National Post, The Globe and Mail, The Grid Magazine and many other local and international publications.

When he’s not on assignment, Gio travels in pursuit of documentary and personal projects. When he’s in town, he fills his time with long walks through the city with his trusty iPhone.



ALI LEDGERWOOD: Executive Director – advertising@npac.ca

Residing in Vancouver but originally from Whistler, British Columbia, Ali has also lived in Japan and England.

She has extensive experience organizing, assisting and fundraising for various associations and events such as Vancouver Coastal Health, Vancouver Molson Indy, World Cup Downhill skiing and World Cup Freestyle skiing, Vancouver Olympic Committee, North West Photo Fest, Capture Photography Festival, Contact Photo Festival and, most recently, the Zoom Photo Festival.

Ali has worked in corporate business for over 20 years. She now runs her own company, “OMG”, which helps individuals and small businesses with writing, marketing, event organizing and everything else in between.

She has been involved with NPAC for over ten years in every capacity including Accounts Payable/Receivable, Sales, Marketing and Contract Negotiator.

Ali has also worked for Xerox Canada and Rank Xerox U.K. She’s taught English and skiing (but not at the same time), worked in construction, waited tables, bartended, worked in finance and then quit everything to go sailing in the Caribbean for a few months. But not necessarily in that order.



LAURA MAY: Administrator – laura_may@npac.ca

Laura’s interest in photography and photojournalism started at the age of six when she insisted she needed to bring a camera to ‘document’ a school field trip. Soon after, she was given a Kodak Brownie and has since never left home for more than a day without a camera.

With a background in architecture, Laura currently leads a fast-paced and multidisciplinary life that includes architectural and photography assignments, volunteering with various organizations, attending photography courses at Langara College and training for a second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

Laura is based in Vancouver and she enjoys travelling throughout Canada and the world. Sunday afternoons are best spent at home with her husband cooking a good meal all from scratch.



CHRIS DONOVAN: Student Liaison – students@npac.ca

Chris, a recent graduate of the Loyalist College Photojournalism program, hails from the industrial city of Saint John on Canada’s east coast.

In 2017, Chris was awarded the CP Tom Hanson Award, the NPAC Student Photographer of the Year and the Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Award.

He is usually based anywhere between New Brunswick and Toronto and is passionate about helping students become familiar with the NPAC family and furthering their careers and development. Don’t be shy and get in touch!