John Willinsky
John started PKP in 1998 at the University of British Columbia in an effort to create greater public and global access to research and scholarship through the use of new publishing technologies. He is the Khosla Family Professor of Education at Stanford University.  He is the author of, among other books, Empire of Words: The Reign of the OED (Princeton, 1994); Learning to Divide the World: Education at Empire’s End (Minnesota, 1998); Technologies of Knowing (Beacon 2000); and The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship (MIT Press, 2006).

Managing Director

Kevin Stranack
Prince George, BC, Canada – Kevin has been working with PKP since 2005. He is Head of Digital Publishing (SFU Library) and Director of the PKP School. Kevin holds a MLIS from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Adult Education from the University of Regina.

Associate Directors

Juan Pablo Alperin
Associate Director of Research
Vancouver, BC, Canada – Juan is an Assistant Professor in the Publishing Program at SFU. Follow Juan on Twitter at @juancommander and see his latest publications and presentations at

James MacGregor
Associate Director of Strategic Projects and Services
Kingston, ON, Canada – James joined PKP in 2007. Since then he’s worked in documentation, development, support, and outreach. His recent focus is on infrastructure building and project management.

Alec Smecher
Associate Director of Development
Vancouver, BC, Canada – Alec is the lead developer for all PKP software and the PKP Web Application Library. When not developing software, he conducts workshops, runs marathons, and plays the drums.

Operations Management Team

Michael Felczak
Systems and Development Coordinator
Ottawa, ON, Canada


Marisa MacDonald
Communications Coordinator
Vancouver, BC, Canada


Amanda Stevens
Services and Support Coordinator
Halifax, NS, Canada


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Head of Platform Experience
Edinburgh, Scotland


Lin Zhang
Budget Coordinator


PKP Team

Vitaliy Bezsheiko
Software Developer
Kyiv, Ukraine


Bozana Bokan (on leave)
Software Developer


Kurt Bolko
System Administrator


Israel Cefrin
Publication Support Specialist/System Administrator/UX Researcher


Dimitris Efstathiou
Software Developer
Athens, Greece


Alex Garnett
System Developer
Vancouver, BC, Canada


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Publication Support Specialist
Halifax, NS, Canada


Eloisa Guerrero
Software Developer
Toronto, ON, Canada


Erik Hanson
Software Developer


Mark Jordan
Associate Dean of Libraries, Digital Strategy (SFU Library)
Vancouver, BC, Canada


Mariya Maistrovskaya
Publication Support Specialist
Toronto, ON, Canada


Patricia Mangahis
Publication Support Specialist
Vancouver, BC, Canada


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Publication Support Specialist/Metadata and Crossref Liaison
Fredericton, NB, Canada


Jason Nugent
System Administrator
Fredericton, NB, Canada


Sophy O.
UI/UX Designer
United Kingdom


Andrea Pritt
Publication Support Specialist
Harrisburg, PA, United States


Janio Saramento
System Administrator
Ribeirão Preto, Brazil


Kate Shuttleworth
Publication Support Specialist/Digital Publishing Librarian (SFU Library)
Vancouver, BC, Canada


Jonas Raoni Soares da Silva
Software Developer
Moscow, Russia


PKP Advisory Committee

  • Allan Bell, Chair
    Associate University Librarian, Digital Programs and Services
    University of British Columbia
  • Gwen Bird
    Dean of Libraries
    Simon Fraser University
  • Talia Chung
    University Librarian and Vice-Provost (Knowledge Systems)
    University of Ottawa / Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL)
  • Tim Deliyannides
    Director, Office of Scholarly Communication and Publishing and Head, Information Technology
    University of Pittsburgh
  • Clinton Graham
    Systems Developer
    University of Pittsburgh
  • Geoffrey Harder
    Associate University Librarian
    University of Alberta
  • Kaitlin Newson
    Digital Projects Librarian
    Scholars Portal
  • Tanja Niemann
    Executive Director

PKP Community Leaders

  • Sonya Betz
    University of Alberta
  • Clinton Graham
    University of Pittsburgh
    PKP Technical Committee Chair/PKP Community Forum Leader
  • Kaitlin Newson
    Scholars Portal
    PKP Members Committee Chair/PKP Documentation Interest Group (DIG) Coordinator
  • Antti-Jussi Nygård
    The Federation of Finnish Learned Societies
  • Bronwen Sprout
    University of British Columbia
    PKP Preservation Network (PN) Coordinator
  • Marco Tullney
    German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB)
  • Dulip Withanage
    German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB)

Past Associates

  • Bruno Beghelli, System Developer
  • Lynn Copeland, University Librarian and Dean of Library Services, Simon Fraser University Library (Retired)
  • Matt Crider, System Developer
  • Charles Eckman, University Librarian and Dean of Library Services, Simon Fraser University Library (2010-2013)
  • Samuel Smith Esseh, Researcher
  • Florian Grandel, System Developer
  • Kevin Jamieson, first OJS Lead Developer
  • Chris MacDonald, System Developer
  • Karen Meijer-Kline, Communications and Member Services Officer
  • Brian Owen, PKP Managing Director
  • MJ Suhonos, System Developer
  • Michael Thessel, System Developer