Michel Desjardins researches the role food plays in people’s spiritual lives at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Rachel Hope Cleves is a history professor at the University of Victoria, in British Columbia. Her studies include conspiracy theories in public life.
Marc-André Argentino is a doctoral candidate at Concordia University and his research looks at how extremist groups use technology to further their causes. He is studying the growth of the QAnon movement, including the emergence of what he considers to be a QAnon church.
Imam Sikander Hashmi leads the Kanata Muslim Association in Ottawa, Canada. He’s also a member of the Canadian Council of Imams.
Sarah Bessey is a Christian author, speaker and blogger who often addresses women’s roles in the church. She is one of the co-organizers of the Evolving Faith Conference, an annual gathering of self-described “spiritual refugees.”
Susan Palmer studies New Religious Movements and teaches religious studies at Concordia University and McGill University.
Daniel Im is the senior associate pastor for Beulah Alliance Church in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He co-hosts the “New Churches Q&A” podcast and has helped lead church plants in Canada, Korea and the United States.
Dean Dettloff is a doctoral candidate at the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto, where he researches and teaches courses on Christianity, capitalism and Marxism. He co-hosts “The Magnificast,” a podcast on Christianity and leftist politics, and has written about religiously motivated socialism.
Joel Thiessen is a sociology professor at Ambrose University in Calgary, Canada, and he also directs the school’s Flourishing Congregations Institute. He studies Canadian millennials’ relationship to religion and the rise of religious “nones” across North America.