Scott Miller Berry, Co-Chair
Indu Vashist, Co-Chair
Holly Cunningham, Secretary
Noa Bronstein, Treasurer
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.
Noa Bronstein is a curator and writer based in Toronto. She has contributed to such publications as PREFIX Photo, Canadian Art, Border Crossings, The Journal of Curatorial Studies and C Magazine. Recent curatorial projects include When Form Becomes Attitude at Contemporary Calgary and Memories of the Future at Gibson House Museum. Noa has held several roles in the arts, including Director of Public Programs and Acting Curator at the Design Exchange and Head of Exhibitions and Cultural Promotions at The Gladstone Hotel. She is currently the Executive Director at Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography.
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.
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.
Colina Maxwell is the co-founder and Executive Director of Centre for Print and Media Arts (formerly known as The Print Studio) based in Hamilton, Ontario. Since its inception in 2004, Maxwell has worked responsibly to make Centre diverse and inclusive from a governance, operations, and programming level. Centre has a rigorous artistic and social practice where it supports artists in creation, production, presentation, and dissemination of art and engagement with the wider community. Another cultural accomplishment is the James North Art Crawl. In 2006, Maxwell, with others, encouraged the James Street North community to coordinate gallery openings. This was the birth of the James North Art Crawl, which occurs second Friday of every month and now attracts 1000+ visitors. Centre has become a driving force in Hamilton that has helped to revitalize it to be the vibrant city that it is today. In 2011, Maxwell was awarded the Art Administration Award for the City of Hamilton and in 2013, she was awarded the Women of Distinction award for Art and Culture by the City of Hamilton.
As an artist with a feminist approach, Maxwell’s artwork is politically charged, exploring gender, social constructs, and labour. Maxwell has a substantial amount of formal training in visual arts and art history, including: BA in Art History and English Literature (University of Toronto), Visual Arts (University of Toronto, Sheridan College joint program), Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and a summer at the Glasgow School of Art. In 2012, Maxwell and Thea Faulds secured an Ontario Arts Council media arts project grant to work on a 30-minute documentary titled, Steel Kitchen, that explores the interface between men’s work and women’s work. The documentary captures the story of the women who in 1978 filed an Ontario Human Rights Commission complaint and conducted a major public campaign against Stelco for their discriminatory hiring practices. The women successfully won their case and, overnight, Stelco was forced to hire women for production work in the Hamilton mill. Steel Kitchen explores the sex/gender division of labour and the ideologies of femininity and masculinity. In 2017, Maxwell secured another project grant from OAC and the City of Hamilton to work with Jim Ruxton and Hitoko Okada on a piece that explores the interconnections between traditional knitting and computer programming.
Scott Miller Berry has been working with artist-run, community based and/or not for profit arts collectives and organizations for 20+ years. Recipient of the 2015 Margo Bindhardt Rita Davies Award from Toronto Arts Foundation for cultural service, he is currently Managing Director at Workman Arts and Rendezvous With Madness Film Festival, an organization that supports artists with mental health and/or addictions issues. Previously he was Executive Director of the Images Festival, where he worked for 14 years. Trained in conflict resolution, Scott spent many years as a shop steward in a clerical union and is currently Vice Chair of the Media Arts Network of Ontario (MANO/RAMO), and is an alumnus of many Boards including the national Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA/AAMI), CFMDC, LIFT and the 8 fest small gauge film festival. He holds a Master of Arts from the New School for Social Research in New York and maintains an independent filmmaking and programming practice, recent screenings include: Jakarta, Bangalore, Oberhausen, Seoul, Vienna, Regina and Toronto.
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.
Indu Vashist is currently the Executive Director of SAVAC (South Asian Visual Arts Centre). She was born and raised on Coast Salish Territories, on the land of the Cowichan peoples, where her community, the Punjabis have been settled for over a century. Drawing from her background, she went on to write her MA thesis,“Between Canadian Racism and Indian Repression: The Air India Bombing and Filmic Representations of Sikh Diasporic Identity in Canada.”
After finishing her education, she went on to work as a staff person at a non-profit organisation in Montréal for five years. Her main role at the Quebec Public Interest Research Group at McGill was to support a variety of programming as well as collectively manage the organization while concurrently teaching at McGill University. Prior to working at SAVAC, she had been equally splitting her time between India and Canada. In Canada, in addition to working at Concordia University, she programmed and hosted a weekly South Asian arts and culture radio show. In India, she worked with artist, queer and feminist circles in Delhi, Bombay and Madras. Specifically, she worked for Bombay-based Queer Nazariya International Film Festival, Delhi-based Nigah Media Collective, and Madras-based Marappacchi Theatre Group. She is also a published writer.