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.
Penny is the former long-time executive director of SAW Video in Ottawa and now works primarily as an independent filmmaker. She brings a thorough knowledge of the independent media arts sector, including a long history with IMAA and its predecessor IFVA. She works as a consultant to numerous media arts organizations across the country, sharing her strengths and skills in fundraising, revenue development and strategic thinking with the media arts community.
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.