With a 30 year career in the performing arts; from theatre design to the circus, Julian Sleath is currently Programming Manager of Special Events with the City of Toronto. He is responsible for a wide range of large scale public events such as Doors Open Toronto and Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. He has worked for many arts festivals around the world including the Edinburgh International Festival, Dance Umbrella in London, the European Arts Festival and Luminato.
Chris Salter is an artist, Director of the Hexagram Concordia Centre for Research-Creation in Media Arts and Technology, Co-Director of Hexagram | CIAM (Interuniversity Center for Art and Media) and Associate Professor for Design + Computation Arts at Concordia University in Montreal. He studied philosophy, economics, theatre and computer music at Emory and Stanford Universities.
Alan Macy is currently the Research and Development Director, past President and a founder of BIOPAC Systems, Inc. He designs data collection and analysis systems, used by researchers in the life sciences, that help identify meaningful interpretations from the complex signals produced by life processes. Trained in both electrical engineering and physiology, he is fluent in the fusion of these two fields, with over 30 years of development experience.
Greg Hermanovic is co-founder of Derivative and Side Effects Software, and has been meddling in 3D graphics since 1974. Greg currently leads Derivative, the creators of TouchDesigner which is an application development tool used for making interactive experiences, architectural projections, puppeteered characters, music visuals, video servers, visualization and installation art. TouchDesigner has been used in projects for Walt Disney Imagineering, Google, Herzog & de Meuron, Prada, MIT Media Lab, the Guggenheim, Plastikman, Carsten Nicolai, Michael Snow, Rush and many more.
Philip Beesley is a professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo. A practitioner of architecture and digital media art, he was educated in visual art at Queen’s University, in technology at Humber College, and in architecture at the University of Toronto. His Toronto-based practice PBAI is an interdisciplinary design firm that combines public buildings with exhibition design, stage and lighting projects. The studio’s methods incorporate industrial design, digital prototyping, and mechatronics engineering.
Francesca currently holds the position of Director, English Market for the CMF Program Administrator at Telefilm Canada. In this position she manages the business affairs processes for both Convergent and Experimental Programs for English Canada and works with TV and digital media producers providing support during the CMF application process.