Team FanQuest

We are a ragtag group of rebels fighting against the Galactic Empire. We’re a fellowship seeking to destroy the One Ring. We are a Scooby Gang solving mysteries and destroying demons. We are on a Five Year Mission to bring you the greatest convention you’ve ever experienced.

We are Team FanQuest. Nice to meet you! Please ask any of us anything you like!

Bazaar/Exhibitors

Allison is the Galadriel of the team because she’s a wise, telepathic narrator. Or maybe it’s because she turns as treacherous as the sea when competitive board games are involved. One of those two. Her patronus is Natsu Dragneel and she considers Bioware royalty.

As the general manager of Geekdom House, Allison’s nerddom and faith collide in a community dedicated to the geek arts. She is the executive editor of Area of Effect magazine, staff writer for Christ and Pop Culture and a journalist for various publications, co-host of the Infinity +1 podcast, and an alto in the singing group Incantatem. Somewhere in between all those endeavors she runs a graphic design company called Waystone Creative. When she’s not writing, designing, or editing, she is usually preoccupied in Hyrule, Middle-earth, or a galaxy far, far away.

Contact Allison if you have any questions about the FanQuest Bazaar, our unique marketplace of vendors, creators and exhibitors.

Social Media/Cosplay

Christiana is a communications professional who daydreams about being Wolverine in the Millennium Falcon. She studied Creative Communications at RRC and Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications at the U of W. All Christiana’s tattoos are of her fandoms, including Star Wars and Skyrim, because she is too scared to have her own personality so she relies on external sources to identify with. She makes a lot of dark jokes.

Christiana is really bad at writing in the third person. I’m sorry.

She lives with her husband and their pets, Wilford Brimley the bearded dragon, Lieutenant Dan the Snake, and Xeno the cat.

When she’s not dreaming about sailing through space, she’s just sailing. Because she’s in the Navy. She is a Public Affairs Officer and does busy Public Affairs things. She jokes about her experiences with the Navy but secretly she really, really loves her job. She is a makeup artist on the side and if you want to hear an uncomfortable amount of information about makeup, just ask her about her favourite product.

Contact Christiana with any questions about cosplay rules, contests and social media inquiries.

Media Relations/Sponsorships

Conor’s first attempt at fan fiction was in grade 5 when he wrote a short story that teleported him into the Star Trek universe aboard Deep Space Nine. The outcome of that story resulted in a marriage to Jadzia Dax (sorry Worf), and command of the USS Defiant. Pretty lofty goals!

When Conor isn’t fantasizing about fighting the Dominion or Caradassians (not Kardashians, look it up!) he’s busy working with various community organizations, youth groups, and political offices in Winnipeg.

This well-known raconteur and bon vivant (his words) enjoys expanding his fleet in Star Trek Online, watching re-runs of Star Trek, and randomly quoting Captain Kirk from Return to Tomorrow. Or, sometimes he’s fully immersed in an intense round of Arkham Horror or Eldritch Horror. No matter what he’s doing, Conor embraces his fandom in as many ways as possible.

His fiancé has, however, put a hard stop on the Star Trek-themed wedding.

Conor wanted to become involved in a new con for Winnipeg because he wanted to celebrate every part of his fandom with a group of people who feel the same way he does.

Any media or sponsorship inquiries should be directed Conor’s way.

Programming/Panels

Dan is a Media Nerd and a Star Wars Nerd, and to prove it he produces two weekly podcasts talking about that stuff. By day, he is a mild-mannered radio, advertising and social media instructor at RRC. By night, he is a husband and father of three children, all of whom love video games, YouTube and movies. (So he’s got that proud poppa thing going on!)

Dan became involved in fan conventions because he wanted to celebrate all the things he loved (sci-fi, comic books, genre film, the Arrowverse, yadda yadda…) with a lot of other people who loved them too. After working for a year on another con, he decided to strike out on his own and put together a fan event that truly celebrates the people who make all this awesomeness happen.

If you would like to contribute to the awesome programming at FanQuest, please email Dan with your proposed panel or session. Programming applications will be accepted until April 1, 2017.

Tournaments/Gaming

Kyle is on a quest to do it all. His resume is littered with jobs ranging from actor to air traffic controller and even a radio Program Director and morning show host. He’s got two kids that sport names from Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, and Ender’s Game.

He’s a Hogwarts grad (Ravenclaws represent) and is most often wondering why his top lane continues to feed despite numerous ganks to help. Seriously, Riven? Who mains Riven? Ugh.

Currently he works part-time with an international relief organization and founded a charitable non-profit called Geekdom House whose mission statement is “to love and serve the nerd and geek community through the arts.”

Contact Kyle if you have any questions about our gaming activities and tournaments!

Guests

First and foremost, Lyndon doesn’t like to talk about himself. He likes Winnipeg, comic books, and his dog. Lyndon’s love of fan conventions is anchored in his addiction to helping build communities, beginning with the theatre community and continuing into various fandoms.

Lyndon’s love of comics stemmed from his friendships with local artists, his belief in the tie between comics and real-world events, and the Saturday mornings of his childhood spent watching Batman: The Animated Series.

As a University of Manitoba graduate, with a Bachelor of Arts, Lyndon was able to study the creation and influence of popular culture on the general population. Lyndon was lucky enough to attend San Diego Comic Con in 2015 (and hasn’t shut up about it since!) He hopes to recreate some of that atmosphere in Winnipeg.

Lyndon is attending the University of Calgary, as a student in the faculty of law. When not studying, he’s reading fantasy novels, playing Dark Souls, and desperately trying to keep up with the crushing amount of superhero-inspired television shows.

Email Lyndon with any celebrity guest inquiries, or if you have any suggestions for who you’d like us to bring in!

Volunteers

A veteran event manager with more than 17 years running big budget, high profile events, Sarah runs her Seven Kingdoms from her throne on the Moors. Today, while still dabbling in events, she has Engage-d her powers in training Padawans from all walks of life in the art of Business and Event Management at RRC, where she utters the phrase “You shall not pass!” less than she’d like.

A nerd at her core, Sarah’s life’s ambition is to become a dragon, or own one, or at least paint them until she amasses a vast hoard of gold and jewels to display from atop her Jedi Temple in the woodland realms of Middle Earth. When she’s not teaching or eventing, she writes, paints and Netflix-and-chills with a bowl of popcorn, her Princess Leia Angry Bird stuffy and her Slytherin Snuggie.

If you’re interested in volunteering for FanQuest, shoot Sarah an email!