Holly Cunningham & Genne Spears, Co-Chairs
David Plant, Treasurer
Theresa Slater, Secretary
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.
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.
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.
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.