BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Digital Arts Resource Centre (DARC) board of directors consists of 3-12 members, each elected for three-year terms. Elections are held annually at the members’ annual general meeting. Board members may serve consecutive terms but must stand for re-election by the membership.

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Amanda Feder

Co-Chair

Amanda has extensive experience in the Canadian film and television industry. She recently joined APTN’s programming team as Programming Coordinator-Acquisitions, working to acquire Canadian and international content from major distributors as well as independent filmmakers. Previously, she worked as a researcher and production coordinator for award-winning producers such as Storyline Entertainment and Back Alley Films. She also maintains her own film practice, and her short documentaries have screened internationally and won several awards. Amanda has a BFA in film from Ryerson University and an MA in Media Studies from Concordia University, where she specialized in documentary film and feminist approaches to filmmaking.

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Kathryn Desplanque

Co-Chair

Kathryn is an art historian, artist, and activist raised in South Keys, Ottawa. After earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts, Kathryn earned her doctorate in the history of visual culture and art worlds from Duke University. She comes to SAW Video with a diverse background in curation, public programming, and assessment and evaluation at art institutions across North America. Kathryn is an avid participant in SAW Video’s workshops and programming, which have expanded her digital illustration-based practice into the realms of screenwriting and animation.

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Erin Flynn

Treasurer

B.A., B.Ed, is a community builder and arts administrator. Her passion for people and the arts have led her on a winding road of discovery. With a long history as Station Manager at CHUO 89.1 FM, Ottawa-Gatineau’s community driven, independent radio station, she has connected deeply with  the arts and culture community. Most recently, she has worked with the Ottawa International Writers Festival and Being Art Studio to launch their respective podcast series.

With a background in Environmental Studies and Experiential Learning, Erin is constantly looking for new ways to deepen her knowledge and explore new ways of doing things.  Her volunteering experience includes serving on the Board Of Directors of Apt613.ca, House of PainT,  and currently as a music writer for earSHOT! She was a juror for both the Polaris Music Prize and FACTOR.

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Deborah Margo

Secretary

Born in Montreal, Deborah Margo lives in Ottawa. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University and a Master of Fine Arts from Temple University/Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She has also studied at the Haystack School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine and the Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta. She is a part-time faculty member in the Department of Visual Arts, at the University of Ottawa, where she has taught courses in studio arts to undergraduate and graduate students. Her writing on the visual arts has been published in various periodicals, monographs and exhibition essays. Finally, during the spring, summer and fall she also works as a gardener designing, planting and maintaining gardens in the Ottawa Valley.

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Tina Le Moine

Board Member

Tina received a BA in Media Arts at the AKI Academy of Art & Design in Holland. Her graduation film, Texas-Diners, won second prize at the second International Video Festival Friesland. She co-founded and ran an International Film Festival for four years in Amsterdam and Vancouver. In 1995 she produced a 30-minute stop-motion film-noire with support from the NFB. Tina has worked as a Visual Effects Artist for TV shows and feature films including Stargate, The New Adams Family, The Hidden Fortress, and Inside the International Space Station. Many of her animation shorts have been screened in Canada and Europe. She currently teaches Animation workshops through MASC.

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Carole O’Brien

Board Member

Carole got her start as a media arts practitioner at the Winnipeg Film Group where, and for 20+ years, she was also a member of its board of directors. She is grateful for having the opportunity to make many films, both dramas and experimental projects, all of which have travelled to numerous festivals around the world. To support her filmmaking habit Carole did freelance work: as a reporter for French CBC TV & radio, as a crew member in the film industry and later, as researcher for inner city NGOs. Two years ago, she moved to Ottawa to work in communications for the federal NDP. Carole understands the challenges media artists face in the pursuit of their passion and vision, since she has had to address them all herself. To her, being on the board of SAW is an opportunity to connect with local artists, be of service to them and to an organization she believes in, and hopefully revive her own art practice in the process.

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Kato Khedni Wyatt

Board Member

Kato Khedni Wyatt is a multi-media artist working in Ottawa, Ontario. A soon-to-be-graduate of the University of Ottawa’s Bachelor of Fine Arts program, Katherine specializes in accumulated-object sculpture and painting; expanding her practice to work with video and sound installation more recently. Looking at cultural conventions of disposability, Katherine seeks to promote the revaluation of a learned disposability regarding our individual treatment of people and products.

Kim ALpert

Board Member

Kim Alpert combines analog and digital technologies, movement, music, and interactivity, to create sculptural and performance-based video systems. Kim’s visual practice centers on humanism with inquisitions into psychology and spirituality – understanding and translating the impact of visual language to create meaning. Kim is an active member of the improvisational performance community and servers on the board of Experimental Sound Studio.

Kim Alpert holds degrees in Digital Art & Design from Full Sail University and was inducted into their hall of fame in 2013. Kim’s work has been seen at The Art Institute of Chicago, Symphony Center, SOFA Expo, The Stony Island Arts Bank, The Walker Art Center, as well as various galleries and festivals across internationally. Kim’s interactive room, Bodyphonic, a gesture driven instrument and longitudinal sound visualizer, is on display at the Studio Bell, National Music Center of Canada.

Travis Boisvenue

Board Member

Travis Boisvenue has worked in marketing and media-production for over 10 years. By day, he managers the marketing team for i-Sight, one of the fastest growing software companies in Ottawa. A former journalist, he’s directed and edited music videos, short documentaries, and experimental short films with close collaborators in Ottawa and across the country. He’s also the co-creator of the CITY SLANG, a long-running radio show & podcast that’s been syndicated across Canada.

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Trish Sawhney

Board Member

Trish Sawhney, BMus, B.A, L.L.B., is a licensed lawyer in the Province of Ontario. Her interest in the legal profession stemmed from her experiences as a musician and her first-hand understanding of the importance of protecting one’s creative works. As such, Trish found herself captivated by the world of intellectual property law. Trish is well-versed in securing, protecting, enforcing, and licensing various intellectual property rights of creators and owners in a wide range of industries. Trish is excited to support the development and growth of artists throughout the local community by offering her strategic and analytical expertise to the DARC Board of Directors.