About Us

It was 2001 when two downsized airline veterans created Canada’s first online travel industry publication. Back then the question on everyone’s mind was ‘will travel agents ever embrace the internet?’ Nina Slawek and Suzanne Christie bet their savings on agents not only embracing Open Jaw’s ground-breaking platform, but using it as their primary source of news, product information and video training.

Open Jaw aggregates daily news curated specifically for Canadian travel agents. Being Canadian, an irreverent approach is reflected in the industry’s only cartoon strip, featuring the indomitable Tina The Travel Agent. Open Jaw’s signature video newsmagazine shows the “Pink Couch” is renowned throughout the travel industry in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean.

Open Jaw Network Ltd.
8 Jean St
Toronto, ON M4W 3A7
tel: 416-926-8092
fax: 416-926-9400

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Nina Slawek

After decades of delivering marketing plans to airlines and ad agencies at an exorbitant salary, Nina decided to fulfill a lifelong dream of having her own business and working for nothing. As well as the pleasures of travelling, hobnobbing with industry leaders and glamorous appearances in the Open Jaw TV room, Nina has the additional joyful responsibilities of ensuring the financial stability of the company and managing the talented but eccentric Open Jaw team.
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Elana Karpman

General Manager
Elana was hooked on travel from the moment she was old enough to book her first cruise. It’s no surprise that she started her travel journey at Encore Cruises and after a stint at Sears Travel, returned to her first love of cruising by joining Cruise Strategies. Back at the ‘Jaw, Elana is the lynchpin of the organization, juggling merciless production schedules, lost clients and an occasionally lost boss. Her claim to fame is a salted caramel bar which gets burned off rigorously at the gym. She can do cartwheels and the splits, which puts her in an elite group of one at Open Jaw.
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Lynn Elmhirst

With a background in broadcast news and travel lifestyles TV production, Lynn is just as comfortable behind or in front of the camera as she is slinging words into compelling stories at her laptop. Having been called a multi-media ‘content charmer’, Lynn’s other claim to fame is the ability to work 24/7, forgoing sleep until the job is done. Documented proof exists in a picture of Lynn at the closing celebrations of an intense week, standing, champagne in hand - sound asleep. That’s our kind of gal.
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Karen Young

Creative Director
OJ’s Creative Director was part of the original development team and knows where all the bodies are buried. She oversees back- and front-end development and manages all production projects from design to implementation. This skilled pixel wrestler has earned degrees in both Media and Fine Arts.
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Martha Chapman

An OJ columnist since 2006, Martha can often be seen On The Town covering industry events. Known to all in the biz, Martha has worked her entire career in travel, beginning as a teenaged hotel receptionist in Bermuda.
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Anna Kroupina

Anna can be spotted attending events around town for Open Jaw. The Alberta Rockies, Hawaii and France's Provence region are among her favourite destinations. She's a proud cat mom and a terrible snowboarder.
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Vickie Sam Paget

Western Correspondent
Hailing from the UK, Vickie Sam Paget is a travel and tourism storyteller located in Vancouver, BC. When she’s not on the road, creating engaging travel content or gazing at the North Shore Mountains, you can usually find her curled up with a good book or sipping a pint of the good stuff in her local Irish bar.
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Ivanna Gabbalot

Part legend, part myth, all woman: Ivanna Gabbalot is OJ’s gossip columnist and considers herself the industry’s conscience. Equally annoying to Open Jaw management and inflated egos in C-suites everywhere, Ivanna works infrequently, preferring to snipe from the sidelines.
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Vanessa Lee

An internationally-known luxury cruise expert and influencer, Vanessa founded Encore cruises in 1991 and Cruise Strategies in 2006. She is publisher and editor of Cruise and Travel Lifestyles magazine. At OJ she contributes ship review columns and occasionally appears with Nina on camera.
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Matthew Muszalski

A gifted cinematographer and video editor, Matthew has been keeping lipstick off Nina’s teeth since 2008. With a B.F.A. from Ryerson University, Matthew is a member of the International Cinematographer’s Guild. When he’s not jetting off somewhere sunny with OJ, Matthew works on films and TV series.