Short Bio

Ingrid Walter is a former award-winning journalist, a communications professional and author whose work experience spans politics, television, radio, print and e-media. Currently she is the executive director of When Art Meets Fashion, an on-line wall, standing and wearable art shop, pop-up gallery business and artist agency based in Yorkville Toronto, Canada. Born in Jamaica, she is also a Canadian citizen. She has an honors degree in political science from York University and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario.

Ingrid is available for online, TV, radio and print media interviews.

Extended Bio

(Includes excerpts from the website Black in Canada)

Ingrid began her broadcasting career with Radio Canada International and hosted broadcasts, field news and current affairs stories for CBC Radio and TV, Citytv and TVO. In 1989 she became a Parliamentary Correspondent for Citytv and Western International Communications; and the first woman of colour from English media to join the Ottawa press gallery.

In print, her articles and columns have appeared in local, national and international newspapers and magazines, including the Toronto Star, The Network Journal, The Walkley Magazine, Embassy, Share, Pride News Magazine, Canada Extra, The New African, MACO, The Daily Gleaner, Jamrock, She Caribbean and others.

Highlights: In 2017 Ingrid made her debut foray into the art business, launching When Art Meets Fashion, a first of its kind exhibit, staged in Yorkville Toronto. The photography exhibit featuring twelve local and international photographers, examined the historical and contemporary relationship between art and culture, fashion and style, through the lenses of twelve local and international, emerging and established photographers.

When Art Meets Fashion gave birth to her online gallery, artist agency and merchandizing business, which in 2020 continues to evolve. Ingrid hopes to one day write about the fascinating, interconnected worlds of art and fashion.

In 2012 and 2008 Ingrid filed stories on the election and re-election of US President Barack Obama for the political and economic affairs London-based magazine the New African and the Caribbean based luxury lifestyle magazine MACO.

In 2010, Ingrid managed media relations for the WRA Maternal Mortality Campaign’s Canadian spokesperson, lawyer Maureen McAteer, in the lead up to the 2010 G8-G20 summits in Toronto.

In 2003, she designed and implemented a media relations campaign that helped to secure the election of Mary Anne Chambers, former Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities.

In 1992, she produced the TV documentary, Learning with Pride, which looked at the impact of residential schools on native youth and hosted and interviewed episodes for TVO’s Lifelong Learning.

Other: Co-organized and chaired the first International Press Freedom Awards banquet for the NGO Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (1998).

Works: A Sea of Wisdom, Island Proverbs (book on proverbs from seven Caribbean islands with choice information about their natural beauty; history and culture) (2004); editor and publisher of Our Father, Father to the Fatherless, about a star Canadian football player (released in 2008 and optioned for the production of a movie). A Sea of Wisdom, Island Proverbs Jamaica, St Lucia, Barbados, Antigua, Turks and Caicos, Bahamas, Cuba (2014) – eBooks derived from the initial publication, Protecting Your Privacy in the Tech Terror Age ( 2015) A Sea of Wisdom, Island Proverbs - Jamaica - 2nd edition ( 2020), A Sea of Wisdom, Island Proverbs - Jamaica - Color Photo Edition ( 2021)

Honours: TVO Telefest Award, Learning with Pride; inclusion in Who’s Who in Black Canada 2 (2006).

Education: Master of Journalism, University of Western Ontario (1992); Honours, Bachelor of Arts, York University (1991).

Favourite book? The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, because Morrison is a brilliant writer. She paints unforgettable images with her words and provides poignant commentary on the beauty and the ugliness of human nature.

Favourite quote? “It takes a deep commitment to change and an even deeper commitment to grow.” – Ralph Ellison

Given the chance, what would you love to do that you haven’t done yet? Fly a jet.

Who inspires you? People who do everything in their power to make our world a better place.

Why do you do what you do? I enjoy it. It provides intellectual stimulation, allows for creativity and there are opportunities to contribute to the health and well-being of our world.

Ingrid is available for online, TV, radio and print media interviews.