The Pan American Food Festival is brought to you by a talented team of dedicated professionals, many of whom volunteer their time to bring you a fun-filled event each year.
We thank all or our valued Team Members for their tremendous contribution.
Daniel is founder and Director of the Pan American Food Festival. He was born in Barranquilla, Colombia, where he had a successful career as a marketer of consumer products. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Universidad del Norte, with a specialization in marketing. Since 2008, he has lived in Toronto and recently completed a diploma in Meeting & Event Management from George Brown College. An avid supporter of many Latin American community organizations in Toronto, Daniel is co-founder of ArtsXplosion, a non-profit organization that produces cultural events to bring diverse people together. ArtsXplosion’s first major project is the Pan American Food Festival, which made its debut at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, from September 20 to 22, 2013.
Born in Bogota, Colombia and raised in Ottawa, Canada, Francisco has worked in numerous cultural organizations and government, including the Ontario Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Recreation, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, and Alliance Broadcasting. In his 14 years at the Royal Ontario Museum, he was Director of Communications and Director of the Institute for Contemporary Culture. Currently, Francisco is a Principal at Mr. Pink Art Consultants. As a volunteer, Francisco has served as Chair of the Pan American Food Festival, Co-Chair of Pride Toronto, and Co-Chair of Dancers for Life, among others. In 2012, he was recognized as one of the Ten Most Influential Hispanics in Canada and was recipient of the 2104 Inspire Award for Person of the Year.
Colombian-born, Canadian raised Mary Luz Mejia is a NATJA nominated freelance food/travel journalist, Gemini-nominated former food TV producer and food communications professional. She is a regular HOSS Magazine contributor, the food and drink contributing editor for the NATJA award winning Ensemble Vacations magazine and is the Toronto correspondent for Travel + Leisure’s online platform. Mary Luz’s work has also been published in Saveur Magazine, Today.com, the Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, The Latin Kitchen, Rodale’s Organic Gardening, Paste Magazine and Toronto Life. She curates and hosts food festivals throughout Toronto including #UnionSummer at Union Station, The Pan American Food Festival and numerous Harbourfront Centre festivals where she has served as Guest Artistic Associate of the “Hot & Spicy Festival”. Former Saveur Editor-In-Chief James Oseland calls her “One of Toronto’s most passionate food journalists” and her personal goal is to master iconic Latin American dishes, one plate at a time. And por supuesto, se habla Español! Her latest musings can be found on the culinary travel magazine she founded with her husband, Mario Stojanac, at www.appetype.ca.
Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Duilia is a graphic designer with 20+ years of experience in the Venezuelan and Canadian market. She is specializing in creative solutions for product branding, editorial and marketing campaigns. She has extensive experience working on magazines, newsletters, reports, invitations, posters, displays and brochures for a number of clients who have been benefited with her range of knowledge and her excellent quality of work. With her creative abilities and technical skills, Duilia has been creative director of the Pan American Food Festival from 2013 to 2016. She was involved in the creative solutions for: Schlumberger, Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), Tropical Trading Canadian Company (TTCC), Piervision, Avila Realty Group and many more.
Born in Santiago de Cali, Colombia, Julian is a passionate, colourful human being, digital artist and event and media producer who has worked and volunteered at multiple NGOs in the Americas, Africa, and Europe. Since he was 16 years old he started organizing events at a municipal and national level back in Colombia. He has produced and co-produced art installations, concerts, forums, puppet shows, conferences, spoken-word contest, theatre plays, online tv and radio shows. He also has co-produced and co-directed experimental short films and documentaries. In 2014 he produced his first solo documentary, “Uniterra Peru”, funded by the DFATD. Julian has a bachelor’s degree in Social Communication from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. He also holds a degree in Event and Media Production from Seneca College. While working at the Pan American Food Festival Julian also works as Special Projects Coordinator at Art Starts.
Myrna Kahan is a successful Hispanic business woman and Journalist from San Juan Puerto Rico. Director of Kahan Productions with 29 years of marketing experience. Producer and host of farandula con Hey Latino Rogers TV. My last work november at Carnegie Hall, Producer Lorca Madly in Love and Journalist , La Portada Newspaper in Toronto. In Toronto she worked with previous productions, such as Tropicana and Tropicuba at the famous Lime Light Theatre in Toronto, Roy Thompson Hall and St Denis, Montreal Acoustic Tour David Bisbal. Developing valuable contacts all over the world, she has developed a successful career within the Hispanic community. Such events as the Latin Parade 2000 in Mel Lastmen Square, in Toronto. Board of Directors, Canada’s Wonderland Latin Fest event, Emery Village Festival 2010, at Plunkett Park. Caritas Latin Ball event organizer and Co-chair. Produced several shows with International artists like Jose Feliciano, David Bisbal, Ricky Martin, and many others. Hosting her own radio show on Energy 108 FM Super Latin Hits across Canada. She has become an established media personality within the Latin Community, and is an international journalist writing weekly for several media news services in Canada, and Puerto Rico.
Born in Los Teques, Venezuela. She studied Human Resources in the Universidad de Carabobo, Valencia, Venezuela. She loves to work with people and help them as much as she can. She has many years of experiences in Customer Services and Sales. She also has a Advanced Business Management Program at KGIBC, Toronto. She works at the Pan American Food Festival and at the same time is the Spanish Counselor for an English School located in Toronto.
A prominent figure in the Hispanic community for her contributions to Canada in promoting multilingualism and multiculturalism. As Director and Editor-in-Chief of Kiddo Magazine, a bilingual children’s magazine, Ms. Wesso promotes and enhances the knowledge of the Spanish language and dissemination of the Latin American culture to the rising generation of Spanish-speaking Canadians through this magazine. An architect, Interior designer, graphic designer and a passionate business and cultural visionary; Ms. Wesso is an inspiration that motivates fellow immigrants to integrate to succeed in their new life in Canada. Ms. Wesso is recognized for her exceptional talents and her distinguished services to the community. Her key participation in planning and developing the site plan for the Pan-American Food festival through digital 3D technology had contribute to the overall success of the festival. To know more about her work visit www.kiddomagazine.com
Carlos Bolivar is a Graphic Designer and Web and Social Media Specialist with some experience in SEO and SEM. He keeps his creativity in the simple way, loving life and admiring the talent of other artists. Carlos is also a Photographer and videographer who loves to integrate all concepts to create always new and compelling ideas. Carlos has been in our Festival since the beginning and is in charge of all our web presence and Social Media, as well the photography and video related. To check more of his work visit. http://carlosbolivar.com/ and http://32code.com/