Advisory Council + Core Team
Art + Products - www.stephtheartist.com
Help-Portrait Vancouver - www.help-portrait-vancouver.com
Art Television - www.art-television.com
Stephanie Limage - Owner, Founder & International Director
Stephanie is an award-winning Canadian contemporary visual artist, director, producer and social entrepreneur with an international background in arts, marketing, communications, production & media. She is an active permittee of ACFC West Local 2020 Unifor's Art Department and is available for both union and non-union productions in Vancouver as well as internationally.
Stephanie spent half a decade living in Port Au Prince Haiti and has been working in Haiti for over nine years where she created a successful studio pilot project for marginalized street youth and adults which has since turned into an international social enterprise, under her group of companies Limage Media Group. Within Limage Media Group Stephanie has created & developed several programs and courses. The programs are designed to come alongside & support the Haitian film and media industry by providing tools, training, media literacy as well as sustainable contract work. Many of these programs have now scaled internationally into Argentina & Canada reaching additional demographics.
In 2016 and 2017, Stephanie produced, directed and created a three-part educational documentary series titled ART TELEVISION (www.art-television.com). The series features artists and movements from around the world and is currently streaming in England, Ireland, Wales and Scotland on Amazon Prime Video.
She has Co-founded, developed and managed a successful not for profit arts organization that has catered to marginalized and low-income families in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside as well as the BC Children's Hospital for the last ten years (Help-Portrait-Vancouver www.help-portrait-vancouver.com).
Stephanie is also the producer and creator of an art therapy workshop titled "Accessible Art" that caters to special needs children and young adults (https://youtu.be/wWUEB0MZL8k). Stephanie works with the BC Children's Hospital in Vancouver while coming alongside the patients and families to provide Accessible Art.
She is also the founder and editor of the Ottawa Arts News (www.ottawa-arts-news.com), an independent online art news source in Canada's national capital region she created to support local and international emerging artists. Her objective is to continually develop her networks in the profit and not for profit sectors and learn from those she encounters to develop into a stronger leader.
Stephanie produces workshops, not for profit community events, live musical performances, open mic events, live painting events, live streaming (events + concerts), documentary films, TV spots in Haiti as well as Vancouver, Ottawa, Quebec and most recently, Argentina.
In June 2015, Steph headed to Greece when she was awarded an artist residency to study painting and analogue photography. While there she commenced the production of a series of historical paintings she has been painting on Human Rights for her international "Revelation" series.
In May 2017, Stephanie headed to Buenos Aires Argentina after being invited for a residency and solo exhibition.
While in Argentina Stephanie created a short documentary called "THE PEOPLE OF LA PLATA" featuring three unique local Argentinian artists. Stephanie also produced a new body of work titled "Snakes and Ladders" in Argentina that was showcased in her solo exhibition "LEJOS DE CASA" which featured her paintings and screened the short film she created there during her residency.
During her time in Buenos Aries, she also filmed a feature documentary film titled "FINDING RO BARRAGAN" which chronicles her time with an Argentinian printmaker and famous human rights street artist.
In 2018 Stephanie was selected as one of Canada's Top Entrepreneurs and represented Canada as a delegate at the G20 in Buenos Aries Argentina where she expanded her Social Enterprise Limage Media Group through the support of the G20. In 2019 Stephanie was selected as a delegate for the second time to represent Canada at the G20 in Japan happening in May 2019.
Periodically, Steph spends time in South East Asia as well as Mainland China producing music and art since 2008. She is currently studying Law part-time via Queens University to assist her with international business relations. Her focus is on International Law, fundamentals of public international law and the international legal order. United Nations, treaties, sovereign immunity, the law of war, international criminal law, and international human rights law, as well as international legal issues of contemporary and timeless significance.
She was born in Selkirk Manitoba Canada and has five sisters and five brothers. Steph moved to Vancouver British Columbia Canada at age 19 and has since branched out internationally.
Stephanie's paintings, films and photography have been exhibited internationally & she has been invited to several international exhibitions over the years. In addition, Stephanie has been awarded scholarships, artist residencies, published several times for her international photography, booked as both an instructor, G20 delegate and public speaker. She has also obtained international award nominations for her humanitarian work via the arts.
Website – www.mforsterenterprises.ca
Maureen Forster, M.Sc., EP - Fisheries & Wildlife - International Special Projects Advisor
Maureen is a senior level biologist with over 25 years of experience in fisheries biology, aquatic ecology, environmental assessment, project management and environmental consulting. She was previously employed by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans as a researcher and fish habitat biologist. Her experience includes: the planning, design and implementation of field programs; aquatic habitat assessments; fish habitat compensation plans; application and adaptation of Habitat Suitability Index (HSI) models; instream flow assessments; Environmental Impact Assessments; sediment and erosion control planning and implementation; assisting clients in meeting applicable provincial and federal regulatory and permitting requirements; providing expert witness testimony; project management; and the production of technical reports.
Maureen has worked on a number of projects in Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan, the Northwest Territories and Siberia, Russia including instream flow needs studies; dam, reservoir and other water management studies; drainage and irrigation projects; water intake monitoring programs; wind power, roads, bridges, transmission line, oil and gas pipeline construction and monitoring; fish habitat compensation projects; sediment and erosion control planning; Environmental Effects Monitoring (EEM) programs for mining projects; and Environmental Impact Assessments for large-scale open pit and SAGD oilsands mines, metals mines, forestry projects, wind power projects, transportation and water management projects.
Ikeda Inoke - Motion Graphics & Special Projects - JAPAN
Inoke specializes in motion graphics for commercials and web, he also handles projects such as TV programmes from concept design to completion. In recent years he has been utilizing new technologies and interactive media to create work outside the field of traditional broadcasting.
Lauri Uchiyamaki - Compositor & Post Production - JAPAN
Lauri works in post-production as a compositor, editor and renderer.
Patrice Bernardin - Media Team Mentee - HAITI
Patrice Bernardin was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in May 1985. From a very young age, he developed a strong interest for photography and the arts in general. After studying Business in the Dominican Republic, he has returned to his motherland Haiti as an effort to give back to his country. He has participated in several charity events in order to help the underprivileged children of Port-au-Prince.
In his leisure time, Patrice can be seen roaming the mountains of Kenskoff, Jacmel or the wonderful beaches of Port-Salut. He loves to capture amazing shots for social media, which he believes will help restore the image of his country.
Patrice currently works in Sales and Marketing and it has been one of his greatest challenges as he has had to learn to work with variety of diverse marginalized people's groups in Haiti with his position.
Michael Argento - CPA & CGA - Vancouver HQ
Michael has always shown keen interest in how business works and what is most important to run a successful business. Michael is passionate about helping others maximize profits and run their businesses to be financially successful.
Michael studied at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) where he achieved his Diploma of Technology, Bachelor of Technology, Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Certified General Accountant (CGA) distinction. After the first year of his diploma he was awarded a scholarship from a midsize accounting firm for “Highest Marks in Computerized Accounting.” His teacher at BCIT had put his name in for the scholarship and he was interviewed and hired “right on the spot.” He began working for a midsize accounting firm in their Client Services department which focuses primarily on small business clients and personal tax returns. After completing all of the requirements for his Chartered Professional Accountant designation Michael set up his own practice that was tailored to the needs of small business, startup entrepreneurs and individual taxes.
Savannah Massey - International Production Assistant & Voting Board Member
Savannah and Stephanie have been friends since they were 12 years old and have had many adventures together. It only made sense for them to continue to work together. Savannah serves on Limage Media Groups board of directors and also as a production assistant for international projects. Savannah is gifted in conflict resolution, account collections, production management, customer service and administration.
Arturo Rosales - Audio Engineer Film & Music, International Team
Arturo Rosales is a Canadian Music Producer, Audio + Live Sound Engineer and Mixer who was raised in the coastal communities of Vancouver Island. Arturo started his audio engineering and music production career back in 2007. Arturo was educated at Nimbus School of Recording Arts in Vancouver BC Canada where he was taught by music industry producers and engineers. After Nimbus he hit the ground running doing what he loves most in the local Vancouver music scene, producing and engineering music. Arturo started out as an assistant engineer at Green House Studios to Chris Hollywood Holmes. Arturo then moonlit as a head engineer and studio manager of Sugar T 's Studio. Later, he expanded into live sound and live recording. Arturo Rosales has worked with a wide range of bands such as; Lillix, The Veer Union, Sound of contact and Nixie. He is gifted at 3D field recording for film and has a crazy analogue collection of gear that he integrates into his work.
Maritza Herrera - Support Worker & Advocate - Vancouver HQ
Maritza is a mental health and addictions front line support worker and advocate who serves First Nations communities as well as women fleeing domestic abuse. She has worked as an intake worker at transition houses and holds a professional designation for her support work. She counsels many women who are at risk and understands trauma as well as the cycles of violence and poverty. She came as a refugee to Canada from El Salvador in the early 1980's and has a deep understanding of human nature. She is an amazing cook and if you spend a weekend with her you are sure to put on a few pounds from all of the delicious food. She uses her love for cooking as a form of therapy and building community within the transition house.
Zorada Sanchez - Legal, Intellectual Property & Contracts - Vancouver HQ
Zoraida Sanchez is the Founder and CEO of CIPKWA and manages all of Limage Media Groups Legal, Copyright and Intellectual Property. She has an extensive legal background, including a Master of Law in Intellectual Property from Franklin Pierce Law Center in the USA, and more than 20 years of international experience as a Contracts and Intellectual Property Manager working in Latin America, the USA, and Canada, in English, French, and Spanish.
She has substantial international experience with drafting, evaluating, negotiating, and managing contracts, as well as acquiring, protecting, licensing, and managing IP rights. She also has significant practice in reviewing and evaluating commercial terms and conditions of domestic and international bid documents, RFPs, RFQs, proposals, and contracts dealing with private companies and government entities.
Zoraida has worked with interdisciplinary teams to identify and manage risks, and develop or update policies and procedures. In addition, she has considerable experience in dealing with dispute resolution matters and post-award contract issues.
She is a successful and creative negotiator who is able to lead both parties to successful resolution by creating customized solutions while proactively managing risk exposure. She has demonstrated excellent business acumen with the ability to present alternatives, propose solutions, and meet tight deadlines.
Over a period of several years, Zoraida was a member of the Externado University’s faculty of Law in Bogotá (Colombia), where she presented lectures and courses on IP, Commercial, and Contracts Law. Zoraida also prepared and presented lectures on IP and Strategic Software Management throughout South America, Panamá, and Costa Rica, sponsored by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA, formerly known as the Software Publishers Association, S.P.A.), IBM, and American Embassies.
She co-authored “El Régimen Andino de Propiedad Industrial” (Translated: “The Andean Industrial Property System”) with Manuel Pachón, published by Ediciones Jurídicas Gustavo Ibañez, in Bogotá (Colombia) in 1995.
Ashford Sabastien Callender - DOP & Camera Operator - East Coast Canada
Ashford is a multidisciplinary artist who is gifted at community capacity building and being an all-around amazing guy to work with. He has a rich arts and cultural background and is a member of our east coast division. Ashford helps with crewing on the east coast of Canada as well as gear rentals. When he is not behind a camera you can find him creating new and amazing music. Steph and Ashford met while working on a fundraising campaign for the National Arts Centre in Ottawa back in early 2016. Ashford also sits on the steering committee for one of our media properties Ottawa Arts News.
Terri Fabiane - Media Team Mentee - Latin America
Terri is based in Buenos Aires Argentina focusing on covering women's issues and the women's rights movement in Latin America. Terri is a single mom and new to the media and communications world but is learning very quickly. Terri is passionate about sharing the stories and struggles of Latin American women and also is a visual artist which makes her a natural at film production. She is a gifted watercolour painter and always ready for a new adventure or assignment.
Dennis Calte - Street Team Lead -Haiti
Currently, Dennis is being trained for the Port Au Prince street team security leadership role. Dennis assists ground teams and production crews in Haiti with logistics, security and vehicle envoy management. Dennis is not the kind of guy who likes to be on camera but prefers to work behind the scenes ensuring the safety and security during our ground operations in Haiti.
Jesus Morales - Animation & Storyboard Art - Mexico
Jesus is gifted in life drawing, with an emphasis on the human figure, as well as perspective and cartoon style. He has amazing storytelling skills in print media and film. He also has a great overall understanding of 3D computer graphics (modeling, texturing, lighting and rendering). Jesus has a strong classical animation (2D) training.
His ability to work collaboratively while meeting our deadlines makes him a huge asset as he works well under pressure.
Jesus has a passion for film, comic books, animation and video games. Fluent in English, Spanish and basic Japanese. He is a Vancouver Film School Graduate as well as a drummer and sports enthusiast. He and Steph met in 2005 through the same community group and stayed in touch over the years to now collaborate on various client projects.
Photoshop, Illustrator, Animate, Maya, Storyboard Pro, After Effects, Zbrush.
Windows, Mac, Linux.
Richard Silva - Ottawa Arts News Steering Committee - Ottawa
Richard is an established visual artist based in Ottawa Canada who sits on the steering committee for the Ottawa Arts News. The Ottawa Arts News is a not for profit Limage Media Group property that was created to support emerging artists in Ottawa in 2016.
Tom O'Leary - Ottawa Arts News Steering Committee - Ottawa
Tom is an established visual artist based in Ottawa Canada who sits on the steering committee for the Ottawa Arts News. The Ottawa Arts News is a not for profit Limage Media Group property that was created to support emerging artists in Ottawa in 2016.