DIGITAL HANDLOOM is a communications and community engagement practice in Vancouver, Canada. 

Manjot Bains / Partner + Communications Consultant

Manjot is a communications consultant and writer who wrote and illustrated her first work of fiction in Grade 5 about underwater time travel. It remains unpublished. She has worked in the public and private sectors as a communications professional for over ten years, and now runs DIGITAL HANDLOOM, a communications and community engagement practice, with her partner Naveen Girn. Her work focuses on issues management, public relations, web content strategy, and multicultural outreach. In 2010, she co-founded Jugni Style.com, an online lifestyle magazine with a focus on South Asian fashion, arts and culture. Manjot has a fondness for dark chocolate, reading race theory, and perusing online sample sales.

Naveen Girn / Partner + Community Engagement Consultant

Naveen Girn is a community engagement specialist and curator whose work centres on intercultural dialogue, storytelling and community engagement strategies. 

Naveen brings best practices in engagement to organizations seeking to connect with constituents, staff and communities. He applies these strategies to storytelling projects, exhibitions, workshops, and public forums. He co-curated the award-winning Bhangra.me: Vancouver’s Bhangra Story (2011) at the Museum of Vancouver, and Spectacular Sangeet (2013) at the Surrey Art Gallery. In 2014, Naveen was Project Manager for the Komagata Maru 1914-2014: Generations, Geographies and Echoes project that brought together eight institutions across Metro Vancouver to collaboratively commemorate the centennial anniversary of the Komagata Maru. He has curated art and historical exhibitions across Metro Vancouver, and is a partner at Digital Handloom, a community storytelling practice that engages with and shares untold community stories. Naveen often speaks at public and private functions about intercultural dialogue, storytelling and community engagement.