Board profiles

Jean-René Leblanc

Jean-René Leblanc is an Associate Professor of Digital Arts at the University of Calgary in Canada. He is President of the board of Emmedia Gallery and Production Society and co-founder of the Sensorium Lab a cross-disciplinary research group focusing on research that develops systems of interaction that encourage kinaesthetic perception and interpretation.

Kathryn Blair

Kathryn Blair is a PhD student in the Computational Media Design program at the University of Calgary. Her work provides contexts in which people can explore the way our societies use algorithmic decision-making. She also creates wearable pieces exploring the relationship between the body and technology, and can often be caught scheming how to hack things to be controlled by EEG headsets or soldering into the dead of night. She has been a director on the EMMEDIA board since 2018 and serves on the HR Committee.

Phil Bowen

Philip Bowen first got involved with EMMEDIA over 20 years ago by taking a summer media arts course as a youth. Fast forward to today, and he currently works as a freelance Cinematographer/Videographer, in addition to his role as a Video Editor for Getty Images. Philip is the Vice President of the Board of Directors and the Production Committee Liaison for EMMEDIA.

Photo credit: Glen Co

Brandon Hearty


Brandon Hearty is a multidisciplinary artist from southern Alberta whose practice explores the fusion of tradition with technology. His work often incorporates augmented reality components with oil painting and traditional printmaking techniques providing interactive experiences for viewers, and uncovering layers of narrative within his work. Since completing his undergraduate in the United States, Hearty moved to Calgary to pursue his MFA at the University of Calgary. During his time there, he was fortunate to take part in a student exchange with the Royal College of Art in London, England. His work has been shown locally and internationally. He has served the Calgary arts community on the board of directors at Emmedia since 2017.

Kelli Rae Morning Bull


Kelli Rae Morning Bull identifies as a Niitsitapiaaki (Blackfoot woman) from Piikani Nation that is included within the Siksikaitsitapi (Blackfoot Confederacy). Kelli Rae’s education in Television/Communication from SAIT Polytechnic helps to understand and share truth through digital storytelling deriving from a Blackfoot perspective. Kelli’s latest films include a short documentary called Treaty Money and a feature documentary called Innaihtsiiyisinnii (Making Treaty). Each film was created to help further educate Canadians and Newcomers on Indigenous issues and create awareness. Innaihtsiiyisinnii was nominated for two Stinger Awards through Calgary Society of Independent Society for Best Long Documentary and Best Score and won Best Score. Kelli Rae is the Board Secretary for EMMEDIA Gallery and Production Society and is the current Chair of Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society. She strongly believes in advocating and creating space for other Indigenous artists to be included in all aspects of Calgary’s art community.

Katie Wackett

Katie Wackett is a film professional based in Calgary, Alberta. She works as the Programming & Communications Director at the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers, the Box Office Coordinator at the Calgary Underground Film Festival, and the Festival Director of the Artifact Small Format Film Festival. Katie holds a Masters Degree in Cinema Studies and is passionate about creating communities around film. She joined the EMMEDIA board in 2020.