Emmanuel Madan

National Director

Mercedes Pacho

Director of Communications and Development

Marilyne Parent

Engagement Manager

 Benjamin J. Allard

Project Manager

Leyla Sutherland

Operations Coordinator

Emmanuel Madan is an artist who works with sound and technology and an organizer advocating on behalf of the Canadian media arts community. After training in electroacoustic music composition and work in the community radio sector, he has since 1997 devoted himself to an art practice that spans digital and electronic art, installation and performance, audio and video. He is a member of the collective [The User] which he co-founded with architect Thomas McIntosh. He previously served as a Program Officer at the Canada Council for the Arts and is currently National Director of IMAA. Mercedes Pacho is a human rights activist and an arts advocate. Originally from France and Spain, she has been working for the UN in Senegal and for the French Embassy in Israël.

With a special interest in media arts, she has participated in numerous activities across Canada since 2012, acting as the Director of Communications and Development for the Independent Media Arts Alliance (IMAA). She holds a Master’s degree from Paris VIII University/CUNY Universities in New York and followed the EnsadLab Research Program with a focus on memory and interactivity.

Marilyne is a cultural worker involved in the associative media arts and interdisciplinary arts communities. She completed a Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Animation and Research at the Faculty of Communication at UQAM.

She is also committed in the development of good practices and the creation of safer spaces through her involvement in night culture as an event and festival organizer. Composer/performer in electronic music, she had the chance to perform at the 2020 edition of the Festival de musique émergente en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (FME) with her collective Tekon Acid Crew.

Benjamin J. Allard is an artist and teacher. Working between site-specific installations, interactive structures and curatorial projects, Allard investigates archival documents with an interest for historiography, institutional contexts and the political dimension of our personal life. He completed an MFA in Visual Arts at the University of British Columbia and a BA in Communication Studies at Concordia University. Leyla Sutherland is a multidisciplinary performance artist with a background in theatre and storytelling. Her work includes sound and audio walk design, performance creation and installation work and explores themes of identity, queerness and the mundane. She is a graduate of Concordia University (2018) and was previously a research assistant for Le Projet Rencontres/The Encounters Project, an intercultural research-creation project using performance as a means to build relationship across different values and life experiences.