Samantha Fraser: Executive Producer / Founder
Samantha is a life coach, poly advocate, consultant, producer, and author of Not Your Mother’s Playground: a realistic guide to honest, happy, and healthy, open relationships. She loves discussing taboo subjects openly, with wit and a side of personal experience. She has spoken at various conferences about non-monogamy, including Momentum, Playground, Atlanta Poly Weekend, and PolyCon, where she was the keynote in 2013.
Samantha has been appeared on/in CBC DocZone’s “Thoroughly Modern Marriage”, Toronto Life, SexMatters TV, InnerSPACE, The Grid, National Post, Metro, The Toronto Sun, Filament Magazine, and many other sexuality focused websites. She is the founder and executive producer of Playground, and loves uniting communities and taking on more than she can chew.
JP Robichaud: Producer / Co-Programmer
JP Robichaud identifies as an introvert dominant sadist with a long term interest in various systems of restraint and control. He has been working and playing with rope for the past eight years, both in his personal life and practice and also as the head rigger for The Keyhole Sessions, Toronto’s foremost erotic life drawing and photography experience. JP is the resident stage manager for Les Coquettes and recently took on stage management duties for the 2013 Toronto Burlesque Festival. He has organized sexuality workshops around Toronto, working with such educators as Madison Young, Graydancer, Midori, and Tristan Taormino, and was co-programmer & producer of Playground 2011 and 2012. He has been a featured performer for Madison Young’s Femina Potens gallery in both San Francisco and New York City, and was the executive director of the 2013 Good For Her Feminist Porn Awards. He is also the co-host of Conversations With The Perverted Negress, a new podcast with Mollena Williams. JP enjoys good coffee and at least 70% dark chocolate. He can be found on Twitter and Instagram at @controlenthused.
Elena Tsimakouridze: Volunteer Coordinator
Elena is currently doing her PhD, researching the applications of circadian rhythms to mouse models of heart disease. As a hobby, Elena volunteers to organize events that she strongly believes will benefit society. She is interested in promoting two important aspects of our lives – sex education and healthy relationships. In the past few years, Elena has been an organizer of TEDxWaterloo and Science Rendezvous (Toronto). On a Saturday night, Elena can be found playing boardgames, or reading fantasy, or enjoying a beer and video games.