Meet the speakers and presenters for the 2017 edition of the East Coast ParaCon.
Keynote Speakers 2017
Micah Hanks - Writer, Podcaster, Researcher
Micah Hanks is a writer, podcaster, and researcher whose interests cover a variety of subjects. His areas of focus include history, science, philosophy, current events, cultural studies, technology, unexplained phenomena, and ways the future of humankind may be influenced by science and innovation in the coming decades. Hanks has undertaken a number of personal projects involving scientific anomalies, which include a website devoted to the scientific study of anomalous sounds in nature, and another focusing on specific seasonal seismic phenomena. Micah has also been long associated with research into anomalous nocturnal illuminations in nature, akin to what geologists label “earthquake lights”, or which in some cases may bear similarity to the phenomenon known as ball lightning. Purported earth-light phenomena of this sort exist in a variety of locales, including one in western North Carolina known regionally as “The Brown Mountain Lights.” In addition to natural atmospheric illuminations, since 2010 Micah has become well known for his study and commentary on the subject of unexplained aerial phenomena (UAP), a subject that involves scientific research into what have traditionally been called unidentified flying objects or UFOs. Micah lives in the Appalachian Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina, and in addition to writing, podcasting, and research, he enjoys traveling, and maintains a passion for science fiction, fine art, music from around the world, and the pursuit of all things unique and interesting.
Presentation Title: Magic, Mysticism & the Molecule
Ryan Sprague - Professional Playwright & Screenwriter
Ryan Sprague is a professional playwright & screenwriter in New York City. He is also an investigative journalist specializing in the topic of UFOs. He has written for numerous publications, including Open Minds Magazine, Phenomena Magazine, and UFO Truth Magazine. Speaking on the UFO topic, he has been featured on ABC News, Fox News, The Travel Channel, and The Science Channel. He is also the co-host for both the Into the Fray & UFOmodPOD podcasts. His first book, Somewhere in the Skies: A Human Approach to an Alien Phenomenon, is now available."
Presentation Title: Beyond the Bermuda Triangle: Visiting Other Mysterious Triangles Around the Globe
Greg Bishop - Paranormal Author, Researcher, Radio Host
In 1991, Greg Bishop co-founded a magazine called The Excluded Middle, which was a journal of UFOs, the paranormal, conspiracy, psychedelia and new science. His first book, Wake Up Down There! anthologized many of the articles and features. Greg’s second book was Project Beta, which documented a government campaign of disinfo perpetrated against an unsuspecting researcher. His third book, Weird California, was released in 2006. He also wrote for the famed UFO/paranormal site Ufomystic for five years. It Defies Language! released in 2016, is a collection of essays on UFOs, the government, and fringe issues and personalities. His show Radio Misterioso, (radiomisterioso.com) now in its 17th year, features interviews with fringe-topic researchers and occasionally, weird music. He also flies paragliders and is a licensed private pilot, as well as an aerial drone photographer.
Presentation Title: Roswell — The 70th Anniversary
Paul Kimball - Author, Filmmaker
After winning multiple scholarships and awards, Paul Kimball graduated from Acadia University with an Honours degree in History and Political Science in 1989, and from Dalhousie with a law degree in 1992. An award-winning filmmaker, Paul has written, directed, and produced a wide variety of programming for television, including the television series Ghost Cases, and the documentaries Best Evidence: Top 10 UFO Sightings, Fields of Fear, and Stanton T. Friedman is Real. He has written and directed three feature films, most recently the multi-award-winning thriller Exit Thread. His first book, The Other Side of Truth, about his investigations into the world of the paranormal, was published in 2012. In 2017 Paul returns to the subject of the paranormal to write, direct and co-host the new Canadian television series Haunted.
Presentation Title: "Haunted" - Atlantic Canada’s newest Paranormal Investigation Show. And a sneak preview into one of their new episodes not yet seen on TV.
Chris Styles - Ufologist
Chris Styles is an active UFO researcher who investigates classic and current UFO incidents that have occurred in Atlantic Canada. He is best known for his work on the Shag Harbour Incident. In 1993 Chris received a modest research grant from the Washington based group The Fund for UFO Research which helped underwrite the expense on an on site research effort at Canada’s National Archives in Ottawa.
In 1995 Styles directed an underwater search for physical evidence that may have remained undetected on the seabed of Shag Harbour. That effort was funded by Paramount Television and resulted in several segments for the syndicated UFO documentary program “Sightings”. Chris has also appeared in several US and Canadian feature documentaries such as "Canada's Roswell", "Northern Lights" and "The Shag Harbour Incident".
In 2001 Chris co-authored “Dark Object” with fellow UFO researcher Don Ledger. His most recent book is "Impact To Contact" co authored with Graham Simms. Styles has also written several speculative papers on different aspects of UFO research and has presented at various international UFO symposia. He can be reached via E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Presentation Title: The 50th Anniversary of the Shag Harbour Incident
Tim Loncarich - Consciousness Researcher
Tim Loncarich is a consciousness researcher, UFO researcher & experiencer, entrepreneur, inventor, publisher, writer and film-maker. He is the founder and director of the Superhuman Institute, has been involved with remote viewing for 20 years and currently employs a team of remote viewers. Tim is the publisher of Trillions and Traveling Minds magazines and owns and operates more than 150 web sites. He is also involved in the Oak Island and New Ross Castle mysteries and develops technology to expand consciousness.
Presentation Title: Remote Viewing Secrets
Evening with Shawn Leonard, Aboriginal Medium
Shawn Leonard - Aboriginal Medium
Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Shawn Leonard’s discovery of his psychic medium gifts didn’t come about all at once. It made its presence known a little at a time over the course of a long journey that brought him from one side of Canada to the other.
As a teenager, Shawn was faced with a situation that many others cope with and all dread – the death of a parent. His father, James, passed away at the age of 42 from a heart attack. It was the following year that Shawn would receive his first message from a Spirit who had passed on from our world—his own father. “We all have a purpose,” his father’s spirit told him, “One day you will be helping people understand their lives and bridge the gap between the physical world and the Spirit World.” Shawn awoke with a feeling of calm happiness, though dismissed the conversation as only a dream.
To continue reading Shawn's Bio, download: Shawn Leonard Profile (PDF)
Oak Island Panel : "Oak Island Treasure Theories Review"
Doug Crowell - Research Consultant
Bio will be added shortly
John Wonnacott, Engineer/Consultant
Photo and bio will be added shortly
Alessandra Nadudvari, Knights Templar Researcher
Alessandra Nadudvari was born behind the Iron Curtain in Slovakia and is a teacher, Knights Templar Researcher, and author of the popular "Adventures of Nicky" book series. Alessandra specializes in researching the Knights Templar presence in North America and has appeared in the "The Curse of Oak Island", was interviewed for the CBC's "Land & Sea" and has been a guest on the "Night Time" podcast. With her husband, Tim Loncarich, she owns the New Ross Castle property and continues to research its history and possible connection to the Templars.
Crossed Over Paranormal Society
We are a group of very dedicated paranormal investigators. Our mission is to be professional, keep all information confidential, to research and present evidence. Our goal is to educate and give peace of mind to all we have the pleasure of encountering.
Members of our team will present audio and visual evidence from past paranormal investigations. You will be intriqued by what your hear and see.