BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dana Krechowicz

Chair

Dana Krechowicz is a sustainability professional with an extensive background in finance, sustainable business and public policy. She currently works as a sustainability and climate change consultant at a leading global accounting and advisory firm. She has worked in provincial government in climate change policy, for two leading  environmental think tanks, and in the responsible investment sector.

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Ravi de Costa

Vice Chair

Ravi de Costa was born in Dublin, Ireland and lived in England, Papua New Guinea and Australia before moving to Canada. He teaches and researches about the relationships between Indigenous and settler societies and has worked at McMaster University and Trent University. Currently he works in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University and teaches in its Las Nubes experiential education program in Costa Rica.

Alice Madolciu

Treasurer

Alice Madolciu is a Chartered Professional Accountant and graduate of the University of Waterloo. She practices domestic and international tax as a Manager at Crowe Soberman LLP, one of Toronto’s premier chartered accounting firms. Alice also serves as the Treasurer of GreenPAC, a national non-partisan organization that is striving to keep the environment in the forefront on Parliament Hill.

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Daniela Ponce

Secretary

Daniela Ponce is a communications professional with seven years of experience in film PR. During this time, she has spearheaded media and community relations campaigns for various film festivals and film programmes, as well as the theatrical and broadcast release campaigns of over 60 films, many of them issue-based documentaries. Daniela worked as the PiF Festival Publicist in 2016 and 2017.

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Isabella Cattelan

Director

Isabella provides strategic financial services and active management to mid-market companies, including mergers and acquisitions CFO services. She has over 16 years’ experience at the executive level with various mid market companies including the Globe and Mail.  Isabella has developed a passion for sustainability, and believes economic growth and strong business performance aligns with planetary prosperity.

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Tarik El-Tyeb

Director

In his role as Manager, Sport Programming at MLSE LaunchPad, Tarik manages the strategic development and delivery of Sport For Development programs for youth ages 6-29. Recently his role has expanded to focus on growth and development of external programming. Tarik’s work is focused on program and resource development, partnerships, and program evaluation. MLSE LaunchPad is part of the charitable arm of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment

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Andrés Jiménez

Director

Andrés is a Costa Rican biologist with a Masters in Environmental Studies and an emphasis in Business and Sustainability. He is passionate about herpetology and has a keen eye for photography and a strategic vision for problem-solving. Andrés started working in conservation and environmental management when he was fifteen years old, and his efforts in the field awarded him the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leader nomination by the International Fund for Animal Welfare and the United States Wildlife and Fisheries Service.

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Anne Wordsworth

Director

Anne Wordsworth has worked extensively in the fields of environment and health. In association with the Canadian Environmental Law Association and as an environmental consultant, she has written major law and policy reports on chemicals, environmental health, toxics use reduction, water issues, indoor air pollutants and international comparisons of laws. She has also been the Executive Assistant and a Senior Policy Advisor for two Ontario Ministers of Environment and Energy.

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ARTIST ADVISORY BOARD

Chanda Chevannes

Filmmaker

Chanda’s newest feature documentary, UNFRACTURED (91 min., 2017), had its World Premiere at Toronto’s Planet in Focus International Environmental Film Festival, where it screened as the festival’s opening night film, received an enthusiastic standing ovation, and was honoured with the award for Best Canadian Feature Film. It has since had its International Premiere at DOC NYC, America’s largest documentary film festival, and has screened across the US, in Europe, South America, and in Australia. UNFRACTURED is an environmental film with a happy ending.

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Marc Glassman

Programmer

Marc Glassman wears many hats in the Toronto cultural scene, and served as Planet in Focus Senior Programmer for five years. The recipient of the Toronto Arts Award in literature in 2000 and the Tom Berner Prize for support of independent filmmaking in 2003, he is an editor, film programmer, writer, broadcaster, an instructor at Ryerson University’s Masters of Fine Arts in Documentary Media programme and the Artistic Director of This is Not a Reading Series, a multi-disciplinary project that explores the creative process in literature.

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Lisa Jackson

Filmmaker

London BFI, aired on many networks in Canada, and earned her a Genie Award. Her CBC documentary Indictment: The Crimes of Shelly Chartier (co-directed with Shane Belcourt) won Best Documentary at imagineNATIVE in 2017 and her VR piece Biidaaban: First Light premiered at Tribeca in 2018. She is Anishinaabe, works in fiction and documentary, and upcoming projects include a multimedia installation Transmissions, an IMAX film, along with more traditional film and TV. She a director mentor for the NSI IndigiDocs program, and sits on the advisory committee for the NFB’s Indigenous Action Plan. See more at lisajackson.ca

Merit Jensen Carr

Producer

Merit Motion Pictures has emerged as an industry leader with an impressive slate of award-winning documentary and dramatic programs. Those programs have sold around the world and include the long-running, Gemini Award-winning documentary series, Recreating Eden, the international co-production transmedia series One Ocean, and the recently released theatrical feature TuTuMuch. Co-founder and chair of DOC Winnipeg, she also served as co-chair on Canada’s national task force on non-theatrical film and on numerous other industry boards and committees.

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Alexandra Lazarowich

Filmmaker

Alexandra Lazarowich is a Cree Producer, Director and Screenwriter whose work has premiered at film festivals around the world. She is passionate about telling indigenous stories. Her most recent documentary Fast Horse recently premiered and won the Special Jury Award for Directing at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. She was also the Creative Director for the new Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton, Alberta (open October 2018). She directed thirty-one unique audio and video elements for the museum’s new Human History wing illuminating the cultures and histories of the Blackfoot, Cree, Denesųłįné, Dene Tha’, Métis, Nakota and Stoney Nakoda.

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Kevin McMahon

Filmmaker

Kevin McMahon began his career as a newspaper journalist at the St. Catharines Standard before shifting his focus to documentary film in the mid-1980s. His films have been described as “visually stunning and brilliantly conceived” (The Globe and Mail); “poetic and ironic, they deal with important topics and never shirk the difficulties inherent in complex issues” (Take One Magazine). Kevin is currently producing Canadian Made, a 14-part television series exploring the national psyche through innovation. He is also at work directing Planet Zero, an interactive web-based documentary about nuclear weapons.

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Caroline Underwood

Director

Caroline Underwood is an Executive Producer and a Wildlife & Science Documentary Consultant. From 2008-2015 she was Senior Producer/Commissioning Editor for The Nature of Things, the CBC’s flagship science series. Recent series include The Wild Canadian Year, Equus: The Story of the Horse,  Wild Canada and The Great Human Odyssey. She has been involved with Planet in Focus for more than 17 years.

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