Holly Cunningham & Genne Spears, Co-Chairs
David Plant, Treasurer
Theresa Slater, Secretary
David Bobier is the hearing parent of a deaf son and daughter, which has inspired him to be a strong advocate for recognizing and promoting the Deaf and Disability Arts in Canada.
Bobier also has considerable experience in arts and arts administration, as well as, having been on the teaching faculty of Fanshawe College, London, ON; Mount Allison University, Sackville, NB and University of Windsor, ON, for a combined 13 years. As a practicing artist his exhibition career includes 18 solo and over 20 group exhibition projects across Canada, in the United States and the UK. He has been the recipient of a variety of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council and New Brunswick Arts Council.
In addition to serving Toronto International Deaf Arts and Film Festival as Director of Development, Bobier is resident artist with the Inclusive Media and Design Centre, Ryerson University and TAD Inc. (Tactile Audio Display Systems); Co-Founder and Chair of the newly formed London Ontario Media Arts Association and Founder /Coordinator of VibraFusionLab, a London-based vibrotactile arts collective.
Holly Cunningham is a graduate of Sheridan College’s Media Arts program with a background in television and film production. Most recently she completed a Fine Arts degree from Nipissing University, which prompted her move to northern Ontario. Working as the managing director of the Near North Mobile Media Lab, Holly is actively involved in the arts community of North Bay. She currently sits on the executive board of the White Water Gallery and is chair of Ice Follies Biennial, an exhibition on frozen Lake Nipissing. With an artistic background in video and painting, she is currently focusing her creative energy on releasing her first EP as a professional musician.
Anyse Ducharme is a francophone media artist from Northeastern Ontario. Her artistic practice is engaged with the circulation of digital imagery and the malleability of data. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally; notable shows include Proof 23 at Gallery 44 (Toronto), Arti/fiction Realities at la Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario (Sudbury), Digital Alterities at InterAccess Electronic Media Arts Centre (Toronto) and as part of the Flash Forward festival for emergent photography (Boston, Portland, Toronto). Ducharme holds an MFA from the University of British Columbia, a BFA from the University of Ottawa, and a college diploma in 3D Animation from La Cité collégiale. She currently works as the Artistic Programmer at Knot Project Space — SAW Video, teaches at Nipissing University and sits on the board of directors of both La Galerie du Nouvel-Ontario and the Media Art Network of Ontario.
Annette Hegel is the Executive Director of SAW Video and a working multi-media artist who has exhibited her work in Canada and in Europe. Working out of her studio, she is a founding member of Slipstream Collective, and nurtures collaborations with many artists in many places. She has had a 30 year career in marketing and communications, developing identities and successfully establishing brands in both the for profit and not for profit sectors. Before joining the SAW Video team, she produced and led implementation of targeted marketing and communication strategies for national organizations and international brands. She is a recipient of many awards, among them cultural brand of the year award. She lives and works in Ottawa on the traditional unceded and unsurrendered territory of the Anishinābe Aki.
Patrice James graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film Studies. She has been the Executive Director at the Independent Filmmakers Co-operative of Ottawa Inc. (IFCO) for going on 12 years. She is herself a practicing filmmaker/media artist. Ms. James has contributed to the cultural life of Ottawa for nearly 20 years, as a strong advocate for the media arts both locally and at the national level. She served on the Board of Directors of the Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA) from 2006–2011, and has been a past juror for the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the Ottawa Arts Council. She was one of three finalists in 2012 vying to receive Ottawa’s top annual arts prize; the Victor Tolgesy Award, which is given annually to an individual who has “contributed substantially” to culture in Ottawa. Patrice continues to live and work in Ottawa.
David Plant is the Executive Director of Trinity Square Video. With more than 30 years in the creative industries as a producer, businessman and graphic artist, David brings a broad range of experience in media, entertainment and technology, with depth in both the public and private sectors. He has assisted over 1200 film producers internationally and has credits on Academy Award-winning films such as Good Will Hunting. As a producer, David co-executive produced the first feature film of writer-director David Krae and has provided his assistance with works screening at TIFF, ImagineNATIVE and Planet in Focus. He recently completed production of a feature-length video production of a one-man play, “Wingfield: Lost and Found” starring Stratford’s Rod Beattie. He has been a member of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television for more than 20 years serving on juries and committees and he continues to sit on industry policy committees addressing the future of the industry with a particular interest in emerging technology, public outreach and education and also sits on the Program Advisory Committee for Advanced Television, Video and Film at Sheridan College.
Barbora Racevičiūtė grew up in Šiauliai and Vilnius, Lithuania and then Montréal, and has been living in Toronto for almost a decade. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto and an MFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design. She is an independent curator and cultural worker, and co-runs a collective called shell with Maegan Broadhurst. Barbora works as an arts administrator at the8fest and Images Festival.
Theresa Slater is an artist and writer who works with creative facilitation, ethical theory, new materialism, digital bodies and the intersections of feminism and technology. She is currently the Operations and Development Manager with Pleasure Dome, an artist-run exhibition collective dedicated to the presentation of artists film, video, and experimental media. She is an MA graduate of Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories from OCAD University and resides in Parkdale Village, Toronto, ON.
Genne Spears (Deputy Director at CFMDC) has worked at the CFMDC since 2007, returning as Deputy Director after a year away. In addition to holding many positions at CFMDC she has worked on the technical team for several film festivals including; Toronto International Film Festival, Hot Docs and Inside Out LGBT Film Festival. She is currently on the Advisory Board for TMAC (Toronto Media Arts Centre) and has served on the Pleasure Dome board. Genne holds a Masters of Cinema and Film Archiving from the University of East Anglia and is a PhD Candidate in Cinema and Media Studies at York University.