Staff & volunteers

JIM RUXTON – Founder and Director of Programs
Jim has over 20 years experience as an engineer and 15 years experience as a media artist. He has  integrated science and artistic vision into his own work and is interested in the interdisciplinary work of others. Jim has  developed a broad international network of fellow artists, engineers and scientists. As an engineer and artist his passions, skills and networks within both the realm of art and science/technology provide an expansive and critical vision for the festival.  He is also a professor in the Integrated Media Department at the Ontario College of Art and Design and inventor of ColorWave lighting technology.

JEN DODD – Managing Director
Jen has an extensive background in public events and community outreach. After a Ph.D in physics, she went on to create public events on science, with a focus on inclusiveness and accessibility. She has been a leader in creating community-based discussion forums and events. She has experience in management, leadership, fundraising, and event logistics. Before joining Subtle Technologies she was Festival Programming Manager at Perimeter Institute (Waterloo, Canada).

MICHAEL ALSTAD – Exhibition Curator
Michael Alstad is a Toronto based artist and founding member of Year Zero One, a network for the dissemination of new media art. Michael is dedicated to autonomous methods of direct artist/audience communication via electronic networks, site-specific installations and public art interventions.

ROBERTA BUIANI – Film Night Organizer

LEONARD CHAN – Speed Networking Organizer

MEGAN DEPUTTER – Online Community Coordinator
Megan is the Positive Prevention Coordinator for the AIDS Committee of Guelph & Wellington County, where she runs a program that aims to improve the overall well-being of people living with HIV & AIDS. As part of her program, Megan trains HIV+ people to use social media tools to reduce stigma online. She also consults to organizations in the social services and sciences on how to use social media effectively and worked in Outreach at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics to facilitate online community building.  In her spare time, Megan blogs on frugality and simplicity at and enjoys creating multi-media collages using scrap materials.

DIANE DODD – Contact database volunteer

CYNTHIA FRENCH – Graphic designer


WILLY LE MAITRE – Performance Curator
Willy LeMaitre has created media art works since 1988. He has been oriented to video as a live form that has served as a pivot point in collaborations between himself, musicians, writers, and visual artists. Currently based in Toronto, he enjoyed a creative dialogue for over 10 years with New York based composer Eric Rosenzveig. He has curated screening and performances for Subtle Technologies in the past. He is a facilitator of The Liminal Screen residency at Banff New Media Institute. Willy will be curating our performance project this year.


HEIDI MCKENZIE – Development consultant

LORENA SALOME – Poster Exhibition Curator

BRIANNA SMRKE – Youth Workshop Coordinator and McMaster Liaison
Brianna is currently enrolled in the aptly named Arts & Science Program at McMaster University. As the founder of Subtle Technologies McMaster, she is working to advance the dialogue between art and science at an undergraduate level, in hopes of further blurring the boundaries that distinguish the two disciplines.

CARLA TABAN – Volunteer

CAMILLE TURNER – Exhibition Curator
Media artist / performer Camille Turner has been involved in Subtle Technologies from its inception. With a solid background as both artist and curator, her contribution to the Festival has been to commission, produce and present new works that bring science and social science into the realm of art.



ASH VAIDYA – Volunteer

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