CARFAC National Board

The CARFAC National Board of Directors is comprised of volunteer CARFAC members who are practicing artists and represent all areas of Canada, from coast to coast.


SUSAN TOOKE – National President and Spokesperson


Nova Scotian artist Susan Tooke works in painting, media arts and book illustration. She received her formal artistic training from Virginia Commonwealth University and the Master’s of Media Studies program at the New School in New York City.

Chosen for a media arts scholarship by the Centre for Art Tapes (2014-15), she is currently working with sound, video and sensors to create virtual environments based on threatened wilderness spaces.

Susan is a four-time winner of the Lillian Shepherd Award for Excellence in Illustration for her contributions to children’s literature.

Her volunteer work includes Past President of CARFAC Maritimes, board member of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, and board member of the Creative Nova Scotia Leadership Council, an advisory board on arts policy to the Nova Scotia government.


INGRID MARY PERCY – Vice-President and Newfoundland and Labrador Representative


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Ingrid Mary Percy studied visual art at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, B.C. (B.F.A., Dip. F.A.) and at the University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C. (M.F.A.).

She has been involved in the visual arts, writing, and music communities of Canada for 25 years. Since 1997, Ingrid has taught visual art at various institutions including the University of Victoria and Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

A professional visual artist, she has exhibited her work across Canada and internationally.

Ingrid has served on the Board of Open Space in Victoria, B.C. and Eastern Edge Gallery in St. John’s, N.L. She is currently Vice-Chair of Visual Artists Newfoundland (VANL-CARFAC) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Representative on the Board of Canadian Artists’ Representation/Le Front des artistes canadiens (CARFAC National).

Ingrid lives in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador and is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Fine Arts at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland. She teaches 2D Design, Drawing, Painting and Serigraphy.


DAVID YAZBECK – Treasurer


David Yazbeck practices as an advocate for unions, employees, and human rights complainants in the areas of labour relations, human rights, judicial review and appeals, and Charter litigation, with an emphasis on the federal public sector. He has a particular expertise in employee free speech and whistleblowing, and has argued many of the leading cases. David regularly appears before arbitrators, labour boards, human rights tribunals, and Courts at all levels. He has substantial experience arguing judicial review applications and appeals in the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal, and often acts as counsel or agent in the Supreme Court of Canada.

David channels a passion for music into producing and hosting the second half of the Thursday Morning Special Blend radio program, airing every Thursday at 8:00 am on CKCU 93.1 FM.

David is one of the original writers for the great Canadian music blog North by East West. He has been a Juror for the Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent On Record (FACTOR) which provides loans and grants to up-and-coming Canadian artists.


PADDY LAMB – Secretary and Alberta Representative


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Paddy was born in Armagh, Northern Ireland. He studied modern history at Trinity College, Dublin and physical education and history at the University of Alberta. He moved to Canada in 1985 and subsequently worked as a historian and archivist before devoting himself to a full-time career as an artist. His work is strongly influenced by history, memory and social culture, offering a personal narrative concerning human migration and attachment to the land. Paddy has been the recipient of several scholarships as well as Achievement Awards from the City of Edmonton and the Province of Alberta. He has exhibited widely in Edmonton and Alberta, as well as in Vancouver and Ireland. In 2009 and 2011 he was awarded a fellowship and residency at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ballycastle, Co. Mayo. He lives and works near Edmonton, Alberta.


GRANT McCONNELL – Past President


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Grant McConnell is known primarily for his painting derived from an ongoing investigation of subject matter related to Canadian historical themes. He also works in bronze and monument design. His work has been exhibited across Canada and abroad, and has been purchased into public, corporate and private collections in Saskatchewan and elsewhere in Canada. He has served as Provincial Representative of CARFAC Sask., and as a board member of the Saskatchewan Arts Board. He teaches studio at St. Peter’s College in Muenster, Sk., and Canadian Art History at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.


SÁRA J. MOLČAN – British Columbia Representative

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Sára J. Molčan is an artist and writer based in Vancouver, British Columbia. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with distinction in English literature and visual art from Vancouver Island University, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus in painting from Emily Carr University. Molčan has participated in several group shows and had her first solo show, Obscure Sorrows, at the Electric Umbrella in Nanaimo in 2012.

Shows of note are …it could have been (Concourse Art Gallery, 2015), Emergence (Ladysmith Waterfront Gallery, 2011), Shrink (MAKE Studio, Nanaimo, 2013) and Art + Denim (dutil. Denim, Vancouver, 2013). Molčan’s written work has been published in the juried student publication WOO as well as in Maclean magazine’s University Insider special editions of 2014 and 2015.

Presently, Molčan is working on projects involving androgyny, identity, memory, and relationships with the body through painting.


PIERRE LHÉRITIER – Saskatchewan Representative

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Pierre Lhéritier was born in Paris (France), where he studied painting, sculpture, engraving and art foundry. He has worked with many artists and institutions such as Alberto and Diego Giacometti, Germaine Richier or the Rodin Museum. He was awarded the prestigious distinction of Meilleur Ouvrier de France in art foundry.

Pierre Lhéritier moved to Canada in 1982; after settling initially in Edmonton, he now lives in Regina, where he created Joe Fafard’s foundry.

Since 1989, he has been deeply committed into defending the rights of artists both provincially and nationally, within different federations and associations. He is currently the President of CARFAC Saskatchewan.


COLLIN ZIPP – Manitoba Representative


Collin Zipp is a multidisciplinary artist who works with video, photo, sculpture, painting and installation. His practice addresses notions of appropriation, adaptation and authorship and is rooted in the exploration of narrative structure and storytelling. Zipp is interested in repositioning and challenging viewer experience and expectations to explore the role of the art object and it’s positioning within the gallery space.

Zipp has exhibited his work widely in solo and group exhibitions and screenings. Selected venues include Paved New Media, Plug In ICA, The Winnipeg Art Gallery, Daimon, the Boston Underground Film Festival, eyelevelgallery, Outpost for Contemporary Art and the MOCCA Geffen, the Kelowna Art Gallery and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.

Zipp obtained his BFA from the University of Manitoba’s School of Art in 2005 and his MFA from the University of Lethbridge’s Faculty of Fine Arts in 2011. Currently Zipp is Director at PLATFORM centre for photographic + digital arts.


YAEL BROTMAN – Ontario Representative

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Yael Brotman received her BA (Honours) from the University of Manitoba and her B.Ed and MVS (Master of Visual Studies) from the University of Toronto. Her artwork is rooted in drawing and printmaking and has expanded into constructions and installations that repurpose her etchings. She examines our urge to build and the poetics of our structures. Her exhibition history includes museums, commercial galleries and artist-run centres across Canada. She has also exhibited internationally in Berlin, New York, Melbourne AU, Jingdezhen China, Edinburgh UK. She has been awarded grants from all three levels of government; and artist residencies, including Dawson City, Yukon, Aran Islands, Ireland, Sanbao, China.

Previously she sat on the boards of the Print and Drawing Council of Canada, Open Studio and Visual Arts Ontario. She is now president of CARFAC Ontario. She is also on the faculty in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media at the University of Toronto Scarborough.


JENNIFER DORNER – Québec Representative


 Jennifer Dorner was born in Victoria, British Columbia. She received her BFA from the University of Ottawa, and MFA from the University of Western Ontario, successfully defending her thesis on September 11th 2001. The harsh, terrifying reality of that day was in sharp contrast to the calm, amusing, escapist installation in the gallery. The theme of ‘fleeing unrest’ has continued to evolve in Jennifer’s work over the past decade. She spent time in Halifax, Nova Scotia as the Director of Eyelevel Gallery from 2003 – 2005, which is where she began to paint. Now based in Montreal, Quebec, Jennifer is pursuing her artistic career, which is very much separate but influenced by current politics and the rapid decline of the world in general.

SERGE V. RICHARD – Maritimes Representative


SVRichard-241Serge V. Richard, a multidisciplinary visual artist, was born in Saint-Louis-de-Kent, New Brunswick. After graduating in Graphic Design at the Holland College in Charlottetown, he went on with his arts studies at the University of Moncton.

In the early stages of his career as a graphic designer and illustrator, Serge worked in the feature film industry, and at the Théâtre New Brunswick in Fredericton, as a prop-man and set designer, and later on as a mascot and mural creator.

Serge V. Richard shares his know-how in drawing, painting and airbrush through art classes. In addition, his works are regularly exhibited in various art galleries in New Brunswick.

He is member and representative of visual artists at AAAPNB (Association canadienne des artistes professionnel(le)s du Nouveau-Brunswick), CARFAC (Canadian Artists’ Representation) and CARCC (Canadian Artists Representation Copyright Collective Inc.).


JACKSON 2BEARS – Member at Large

Jackson 2bears is a Kanien’kehaka (Mohawk) multimedia installation/ performance artist and cultural theorist from Six Nations who is currently based in Victoria BC, Canada. 2bears is an active researcher in the areas of video arts, digital media, and extended media, with a focus on embodied interaction and live audio/visual (Live Cinema) performance. His recent works focus on how the changing impacts of technology have a profound effect on contemporary politics, culture and society, in particular with regard to First Nations communities. 2bears is currently a member of Beat Nation [Live] and a co-founding member of Noxious Sector.

2bears has exhibited his work extensively across Canada in public galleries, museums and artist-run centres, as well as internationally in festivals and group exhibitions. Some recent exhibitions include: Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal; Urban Shaman (Winnipeg, MB); Bbeyond (Belfast, Ireland); SAW Gallery (Ottawa, ON); A Space (Toronto, ON); the Vancouver New Music Festival (Vancouver, BC.); Vancouver Art Gallery (Vancouver, BC.).

2bears holds a BA. in Art & Art History from the University of Toronto, as well as a Diploma in Fine Arts from Sheridan College, Oakville. He received his MFA from the University of Victoria. In 2012 2bears completed his PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Victoria, Victoria BC.


ERIC LESAGE – Member at Large


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Originally from Manitoba, Eric Lesage is an interdisciplinary artist based on Pender Island BC. In Winnipeg, Lesage was Artistic Director of the artist-run center La Maison des artistes. He has exhibited at the Winnipeg Art Gallery and Raw:Gallery, and collaborated with the ITWÉ collective on Manifestipi at The Forks and Saint Boniface Cathedral. Lesage continues to work on his decade-long project Re: Definition, a large scale installation of a single deconstructed dictionary woven into multiple panels. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of l’AGAVF and the CARFAC National Board.

CARFAC National Staff


MARCIA LEA – Acting Executive Director


Marcia Lea is an Ottawa based artist with a MFA in Studio Art from the University of Ottawa. Lea uses paint and sometimes installation to explore issues of power, gender and war. Her art has been exhibited in Canada, the USA and the UK and is included in many collections such as the Bank of Canada, Toronto Stock Exchange, Omex Middleware Zurich and City of Ottawa. In addition to her creative work as an artist, Lea is a curator, art educator and gallery director. She has experience working in an artist-run centre, a commercial gallery and a public gallery. She is a long-time member of CARFAC, and her volunteer work has included several years on the Board of CARFAC Ontario during the 1990s.


APRIL BRITSKI – Executive Director


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April Britski has an MA in Canadian Art History from Carleton University, and a BA in Art History and Studio Art from the University of Saskatchewan. She joined the staff of CARFAC National in 2005. She has worked and volunteered as an art educator, curator, and arts administrator since 1998, and has served on the board of directors of Galerie SAW Gallery, the Canadian Senior Artist Resource Network, and the Coalition for Cultural Diversity. She is a co-founder of Artists Legal Services Ottawa, and the Visual Arts Alliance. In 2010, she spent five months working in the UK, researching how the Artist’s Resale Right is applied internationally. During her time in Europe, she worked on secondment with various visual arts organizations, including Artquest, the Design and Artists Copyright Society, and Artists’ Interaction and Representation (AIR).


DARRAH TEITEL – Advocacy and Communications Director


Darrah is an award winning playwright and political activist. A graduate of The National Theatre School and the University of Toronto, Darrah has spent the past five years Darrah has working on Parliament Hill for the official opposition’s critics for the Status of Women and Indigenous Affairs. Most recently, she completed a year at the Great Canadian Theatre Company as their Playwright in Residence. Darrah has lived in Toronto and Montreal as well as Ottawa and has deep connections across the country and across the political spectrum.


RENUKA BAURI – Membership Relations Coordinator

renuka-bauriRenuka Bauri has a B.A. (Honours) in Film Studies and English Language and Literature, as well as her M.A. in Film Studies from Carleton University. At Carleton, she was the TA Mentor for Carleton’s School for Studies in Art and Culture department and co-organized a symposium that featured talks by the Artistic and Executive Directors of the Canadian Film Institute, Toronto International Film Festival and the Ottawa International Animation Festival. Renuka is one of the Programmers for Ottawa’s Cellar Door Film Festival, as well as a juror for Mirror Mountain Film Festival and the Marketing and Fundraising manager for the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. She is also a member of SAW Video Media Art Centre’s Fundraising Committee and Board of Directors, actively assisting and managing events and fundraisers.

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