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GateCon originally scheduled for August 27-30, 2020 is cancelled with new dates announced for August 26-29, 2021 (Effective May 7, 2020)

Alex Zahara

Alex Zahara was born in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada. He attended high school at the Grande Prairie Composite High School where he won a scholarship to college for his direction of the stage version of M*A*S*H. He was inducted to the wall of honor at GPCH, where former alumni include Olympic Silver Medalist Willie DeWitt and World Skeleton Champion Michelle Skelly. He attended the University of Alberta and the University of British Columbia where he achieved a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre (Acting).After graduation Alex started acting professionally with several award-winning plays, and got his first film role in The 13th Warrior (1999) with Antonio Banderas and Omar Sharif. Alex has been nominated for several acting awards, including three Jessie Richardson Awards (Vancouver Theatrical Awards), two for Best Actor, and winning for Best Ensemble. He was also nominated for Best Actor in The 2000 Leo Awards (British Columbia Film Awards).His breakthrough role was his second television role ever, a guest-starring part on The Sentinel (1996) episode Night Shift, playing Gabriel, a homeless man/angel. Alex has over 100 screen credits has appeared in numerous plays. Alex directed and co-produced his first short film, Not Indian Enough and co-Produced the feature, Patterson's Wager, as well as having a lead role. Alex also played Butch Henley the lead antagonist in the feature film Lonesome Dove Church, with Tom Berenger. Alex has starred/co-starred in shows such as ABC's Once Upon a Time as King Midas, AMC's Hell On Wheels as Lt. Weston, (recurring) and can be seen as Doctor Renard in the feature film Horns starring Daniel Radcliff. The role Alex is most proud is of that of Karl Rademacher in The Outer Limits 100th episode Tribunal, (based on holocaust survivor Leo Egan's life) where Alex portrayed a Nazi officer at Auschwitz. A familiar face to sci-fi fans, Alex has also appeared as 8 different characters on Stargate SG-1, more than any other actor, most of them in full prosthetic makeup. Alex has also appeared in a number of science fiction films and TV shows including the Sci-Fi Network's mini series Riverworld where he portrayed real life Hindenberg engineer Ludwig Durr. Alex has received a Leo nomination for Best Actor in the short film Evirati and Jessie Richardson nominations for his work in the plays Mojo (winning Best Ensemble) and The Promised Land, lead Actor.

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Amanda Tapping

Born In England, raised in Canada. BFA Acting University of Windsor. Amanda spent 12 seasons on Stargate SG-1 (1997) and its spin-offs, Stargate: Atlantis (2004) and SGU Stargate Universe (2009), as Samantha Carter. She then took on the lead role of Dr. Helen Magnus on the television series Sanctuary (2008), a project she had been nurturing from its inception on the internet. Tapping has come to secure a strong and direct influence on her projects from behind the lens. She was an Executive Producer of Sanctuary and also sat in the director's chair for several episodes. She previously directed the Stargate SG-1 (1997) episode, Stargate SG-1: Resurrection (2004), in 2004, which garnered her a Leo Award nomination for Best Director. She has also directed three episodes each of Primeval: New World (2012), Arctic Air (2012) and Continuum (2012). She has also directed Strange Empire (2014), Olympus (2015), Dark Matter (2015) and X Company (2015). Tapping has also earned four Leo Awards for Best Actress, has been nominated for two Gemini Awards and four Saturn Awards and won the 2005 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress.Amanda's love of comedy lead her to co-found the all female Canadian comedy troupe, Random Acts. Her work in the short film Breakdown (2006) earned her the Canadian Comedy Award in 2007. She also did films like Space Milkshake (2012), Random Acts of Romance (2012), Taken Back: Finding Haley (2012) and Kid Cannabis (2014). She was Naomi on 7 episodes of the 8th season of Supernatural (2005). She also played a recurring character on the sitcom Package Deal (2013).Tapping has had the pleasure of supporting various charities and organizations such as The Coast Foundation, a support agency for people with mental disabilities, The Canadian Cancer Society, UNICEF and V-Day by performing in The Vagina Monologues to help end violence against women and girls worldwide. She also sits on the leadership council for The Waterkeeper Alliance. Amanda launched the charitable foundation Sanctuary for Kids in 2009 to support both local and global children's charities helping children in crisis. To date they have raised over $650,000. Their work takes them to Nepal, Haiti and the downtown east side of Vancouver. She was honored with Women in Film's Woman of Vision award. She also received the YWCA Women of Distinction Connecting the Community Award. She was awarded The Jules Verne Award in Paris for her humanitarian work. She was offered an Honorary Life Membership from the University College of Dublin Law Society and received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from The University of Windsor.

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Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson was born in Newmarket, Ontario Canada to an armed forces padre and high school music teacher. As a child, Andrew enjoyed having access to the family music room complete with 20 instruments. He quickly developed an ear for music and sound. The highly talented actor has worked extensively in television, film, classical theatre, commercial voice and animation. Andrew Jackson's strong presence, character range and facility for accents and sounds has enabled him to explore a diverse range of characters and genres.
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Ben Browder

Ben Browder is an American actor, writer and director born in Memphis, Tennessee on December 11, 1962, as Robert Benedict Browder. After a successful college football career with the Furman University Paladins as a Championship-winning Linebacker while staring in theatrical productions and gaining a degree in Psychology, Ben moved to London to study classical acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama.Ben's acting career started in Charlotte, North Carolina where he was raised. In the late 60s he made TV commercials. In the late 70's he appeared in the children's movie Duncan's World playing Gates, one of Duncan's best friends.While at drama school, he says he was highly influenced by Dame Judith Dench who was a visiting teacher at the school and directed him in several Shakespeare productions. In 1987, he and his future wife, Francesca Buller, were cast in Dustin Hoffman's West End London production of Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice (which went on to play on Broadway in New York). He worked as a guest on various TV series, TV pilots and movies before he got his first noted TV series role as Sam Brody in Party of Five's 3rd season, beginning with episode 9, titled, Gimme Shelter.In 1999, Ben was cast after numerous auditions to play the lead on a science fiction TV series, Farscape which was filmed in Australia by a collaboration of The Jim Henson Company, Channel 9, Hallmark Company and The SciFi Channel. The dramatic and eccentric series where Ben played American astronaut John Crichton unique among a crew of renegade aliens, ran for four seasons on what was then known as the SciFi cable channel (until 2002, when it was cancelled). After finding financing, Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars was filmed to complete the Farscape series. During has time as lead actor on Farscape, Ben wrote two scripts for the show: Season 3's Green-Eyed Monster and Season 4's John Quixote.Ben also starred as Lt. Colonel Cameron Mitchell in the 9th and 10th seasons of SciFi Channel's, Stargate SG-1, after series star and producer Richard Dean Anderson left the show. During his time as lead actor on the show, Ben was given credit for developing the story for Season 10's Bad Guys.In 2008, Stargate SG-1 filmed two made-for-TV movies staring the actors from the television show including Ben playing Lt. Col. Cameron Mitchell. Ark of Truth dealt with the fall of Adria and Ben played a double-role of his grandfather and Cameron Mitchell in the followup movie, Continuum. From 2012, Ben appeared in guest-starring roles twice on the TV show Arrow, playing Ted Gaynor, on Chuck playing a Thug, and on CSI New Orleans playing a sociopath named Randy Pruitt. He made a huge splash as Sheriff Isaac on the seventh season episode of Doctor Who called, A Town Called Mercy.Ben has been nominated for the genre industry's Saturn award five times. He took home the award in 2002 for Best Actor in a Television Series (Farscape) and again in 2005 for Best Actor on Television (Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars).In 2014, Ben made his directorial debut with Bad Kids of Crestview Academy, for which he also repeated his role as Max Rainwater, a rather dim janitor. He also acted in two movies, Dead Still and RoboRex. Ben recently played an extreme character named George Tildon in an independent art house western called Outlaws and Angels directed and written by JT Mollner which debuted in theaters in January 2016. As of the Fall 2016, he is completing work on a horror film called Hoax that takes place in the wilds of Colorado and is prepping for other projects.Ben makes a few convention appearances each year. In 2012, that included the US and Australia. In 2013, he was in the US - Chicago Stargate Convention, Germany, New Zealand and Australia.Ben is married to actress Francesa Buller. They met in acting school in London. Ben and Francesca have two children.

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Colin Cunningham

Starring as the mischievous ring master Julian Slink in SYFY's Blood Drive (June release.) Colin Cunningham has built a long and storied career as a true 'chameleon'. For 5 Seasons, Cunningham starred alongside Noah Wyle and Moon Bloodgood in the Steven Spielberg / Dreamworks produced series Falling Skies, for TNT. Cunningham is best known for his roles as John Pope in the TNT science fiction series Falling Skies and as Major Paul Davis on Stargate SG-1.In addition to Falling Skies, Cunningham recurred on the CBS series Flashpoint. and was seen on the TNT pilot Perception alongside Eric McCormack. In addition, Cunningham has been a series lead on critically acclaimed shows such as Da Vinci's Inquest [CBC], and Living in Your Car for HBO Canada. On film, Cunningham has been pursed by Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Sixth Day [Columbia Pictures], and put his life on the line for Jennifer Garner in Elektra [20th Century Fox]. He has also appeared in multiple indie favorites, including comedic turns in Best In Show with Christopher Guest [Warner Bros.] and Breakfast With Scott [Regent Releasing].In 2009, Cunningham made a name for himself as a director, when he [along with actor/producer Madison Graie] made the short-list for an Academy Award Nomination, for their film CENTIGRADE. The film [in which Cunningham also starred] took over two dozen Best Of awards and nominations, and in addition to being considered for the Oscar, it became the first short film in iTunes history to break the Top Ten in Feature Downloads, finding itself right alongside such Hollywood blockbusters as Iron Man and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.The film hit numerous Top Ten Lists, including the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the Palm Springs International Film Festival, the Vancouver International Film Festival, the Jackson Hole International Film Festival, the Montreal World Film Festival, Short Film Corner [Cannes], Best of Shorts Film Festival [France], and Canadian Film Center [CFC]. Centigrade enjoys the notoriety as one of the most successful short films ever made and is currently being developed into a project for television.

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Dan Payne

Daniel Boyd Payne was born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada; however, he and his family were fortunate to have moved a great deal while growing up. The moves included towns and cities of all shapes and sizes. The travel afforded Dan and his siblings, brother Josh and sister Cathy, to become best of friends. This provided Dan with a sense of resourcefulness and independence that he is proud of to this day. It also helped him discover humor as a great tool to adapt to new surroundings.Dan is a man of great stature and presence standing 6' 4, most notably arising to his portrayal of the Anubis super-soldier in the scifi television series Stargate SG-1 (1997).
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Dan Shea

Dan Shea was born on December 23, 1954 in Ontario, Canada. He is known for his work on X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), I, Robot (2004), The Incredible Hulk (2008) and his recurring character on Stargate SG-1 (1997).
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David Blue

The youngest of three boys, David Blue grew up as the comedian of the family. A lifelong actor, singer and dancer, Blue spent years performing onstage. He eventually graduated from the conservatory at the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in both Acting and Musical Theatre Performance. Following an Acting Apprenticeship at the world-renowned Actor's Theatre of Louisville, he made the move to Los Angeles.Appearances all across the dial soon followed, including CW's hit series Veronica Mars (2004), FX's Dirt (2007) and many others. But one of David's best-known roles was as Cliff St. Paul on ABC's hit Ugly Betty (2006). His work on which inspired a submission for a possible Emmy Nomination. Concurrently, Blue joined the cast of CBS' Moonlight (2007) as technology-obsessed vampire Logan Griffen. During his second season of Ugly Betty, Blue was announced as eventual fan-favorite Eli Wallace in Syfy's Stargate Universe (2009), opposite Robert Carlyle.A seasoned vocalist, Blue has performed onstage with many talents, including Dick Van Dyke and Victor Garber. He starred in the re-imagining of Howard Ashman's Dreamstuff, headlining alongside Fred Willard, Vicki Lewis, and Eden Espinosa. He still enjoys returning to the stage between television and film projects, as he did recently with a performance as Feste in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night.

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David DeLuise

The youngest son of legendary actor and comedian Dom DeLuise, David DeLuise is now perhaps the most popular dad on TV. He's won the admiration of millions of children and parents alike for his portrayal of family patriarch Jerry on the hit Emmy award-winning Disney Channel series, Wizards of Waverly Place. He also starred in Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie, which aired on the Disney Channel to over 25 million viewers.DeLuise has been a familiar face to television audiences for years for his recurring roles in the hit series Stargate SG-1 and 3rd Rock from the Sun. He was a series regular opposite Christina Applegate on NBC's Jesse, and guest starred in Hawaii Five-0,The mentalist, Rizzoli and Isles, baby daddy, Bones, Without a Trace, ER, Monk, Gilmore Girls, CSI, CSI: New York and CSI: Miami.
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Douglas Arthurs

Douglas Arthurs was born on April 11, 1959 in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. He is an actor, known for The Chronicles of Riddick (2004), The Butterfly Effect (2004) and Reindeer Games (2000). He made guest appearances on all three of the longest running North American science fiction series: The X-Files (1993), Stargate SG-1 (1997) and Smallville (2001).
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Erick Avari

Erick Avari (born 13 April 1952; age 66) is the actor who appeared in three episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Enterprise. For his first Trek appearance in Unification I, Avari filmed his scenes on Friday 20 September 1991 on Paramount Stage 8.He has had major roles in such films as Independence Day (with Brent Spiner), The Mummy, Mr. Deeds (with Winona Ryder), Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes, Daredevil (with Mark Margolis, Leland Orser and, in the Director's Cut, Jude Ciccolella), and Stargate. He also appeared in the comedy Paul Blart: Mall Cop. He reprised his role as Kasuf from Stargate in several episodes on Stargate SG-1, one of only two actors from the film to do so. The other was Alexis Cruz. In 1994, he appeared in Color of Night with Scott Bakula, Brad Dourif, and Jeff Corey.His other television credits include episodes of Law & Order, Alias, Babylon 5, The X-Files, Heroes, seaQuest DSV, Lie To Me, The O.C., Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Leverage, Burn Notice, Dharma & Greg, and a recurring role on the remake series Dragnet.

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Frida Betrani

Frida Betrani is known for her work on Last Wedding (2001), Stargate SG-1 (1997) and Millennium (1996). She is married to Tom Scholte. They have one child.
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Garry Chalk

Garry Chalk was born on February 17, 1952 in Southampton, England. He is an actor, known for Cold Squad (1998), Beast Wars: Transformers (1996) and Freddy vs. Jason (2003) and Stargate SG-1 (1997). He has been married to Colleen Nystedt since August 2013.
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Gary Jones

Gary Jones was born on January 4, 1958 in Swansea, Wales. He is an actor and writer, known for Stargate SG-1 (1997), Stargate: Atlantis (2004) and The Sentinel (1996). He is married to Meg Cameron. They have three children. He was previously married to Greta Headley.

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Herbert Duncanson

Herbert Duncanson was born on January 18, 1960 in Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA. He is known for his work on Thir13en Ghosts (2001), Catwoman (2004) and Stargate SG-1 (1997).
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Jill Teed

Jill Teed is an actress, known for X2: X-Men United (2003), Charlie St. Cloud (2010) and Godzilla (2014). She made guest appearances on all four of the longest running North American science fiction series: The X Files (1993), Stargate SG-1, Smallville and Supernatural.
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Joseph Mallozzi

Joseph Mallozzi was born on October 16, 1965 in Montréal, Québec, Canada. He is a producer and writer, known for Stargate SG-1 (1997), Stargate: Atlantis (2004) and Dark Matter (2015).

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Mark Haynes

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Martin Wood

Martin Wood is a producer and director, known for Virgin River (2019), Travelers (2016), Sanctuary (2008), and Stargate SG-1 (1997). He has been married to Dianne Carruthers since October 9, 2004. They have three children.
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