Ted Strauss is a filmmaker, artist, techie, singer, cook, and person who thinks too much about way too many things. With all the strangeness of life in 2017, Ted believes that communication between people -understanding, empathy, & empowerment- is at the core of every problem.
Colleen is a freelance journalist who writes about food, science and the environment. She teaches the workshop ‘Write like a pro’ at Surplace.
Marianne LorthioisBusiness development
Marianne is a researcher, copywriter and part-time poet. She works with Surplace on business development and translation.
Claire Gerin-LajoieLearning Experience Designer
Claire is a learning experience designer who uses illustration, vibrant presentations, and group facilitation to help organisations nurture their creative culture and get their message across.
Anna WeksejGraphic designer
Anna is a graphic designer, illustrator and researcher. She teaches the graphic design workshop at Sur Place.
Carmen PlantVideo editor
Carmen is Surplace’s resident post-production editor, with expertise in video editing, motion graphics, special effects, audio mixing.
Hannah MaterneGraphic design, object design, art direction
Hannah does graphic design and illustration work in the areas of branding + logo, booklet, packaging, information design, textile design and art direction. Hannah see a future where the human environment is closer to the joy, peace and whimsy of the natural world.
Pascal HuỳnhWorkshop leader. Animator. Art director.
Pascal is an animator, podcast producer, workshop leader, youth facilitator, and multi-disciplinary artist extraordinaire.
Matthieu is an expert in organizational development, service design, game design, empowerment through art practice, youth intervention, social innovation and event planning. He uses these skills to bring meaning into change projects, and to improve entrepreneurial impacts through educational intervention and collaborative facilitation.
Paul has over twenty years experience as a one-man-band videojournalist, exposing social injustices and giving voice to the voiceless. With Surplace, Paul leads workshops on video production and independent journalism.
With a foundation of painting and murals Bronwen’s work also extends into photography, design/illustration, large-scale puppets, and sets and props within tv/film and theatre productions. This multi-disciplinary practice also extends into teaching and facilitation and is woven together with themes of embodiment, agency and connection.