Surplace Media - Team

Sur Place members are artists, media creators, coders, entrepreneurs & facilitators

We use Sur Place to share resources, collaborate on projects & work on paid contracts

  • Ted Strauss Videographer. Project Manager. Pedagogue.

    Ted Strauss is a filmmaker, artist, techie, singer, project manager, cook, and prolific worrier.

  • Colleen Kimmett Journalist, Writer, Teacher

    Colleen is a freelance journalist who writes about food, science and the environment. She teaches the workshop ‘Write like a pro’ at Surplace.

  • Marianne Lorthiois
    Marianne Lorthiois Researcher, writer

    Marianne is a researcher, analyst, copywriter and part-time poet. She works with Surplace on business development, project management and translation. She specializes in cultural and social impact projects.

  • Claire Gerin-Lajoie
    Claire Gerin-Lajoie Learning 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 Weksej
    Anna Weksej Graphic designer

    Anna is a graphic designer, illustrator and researcher. She teaches the graphic design workshop at Sur Place.

  • Laura Dunn
    Laura Dunn Community organizer

    Nonprofit communications strategist, co-op enthusiast and dog lover.

  • Chelsey Ancliffe
    Chelsey Ancliffe Project manager

    Chelsey brings extensive experience as a project manager with creative agencies to help Sur Place deliver value to our freelancers and clients.

  • Lolo Sirois
    Lolo Sirois Graphic designer

    Lolo’s practice includes illustration in wet and dry media, silkscreening, lino-cut, hand lettering, sign painting, stencil-making and graphic design for both grassroots groups and questionable food production companies.

  • Pascal Huỳnh
    Pascal Huỳnh Workshop leader. Animator. Art director.

    Pascal is an animator, podcast producer, workshop leader, youth facilitator, and multi-disciplinary artist extraordinaire.

  • Richard Dagenais
    Richard Dagenais Creative management

    Richard is an artistic manager with over 30 years of experience in the performing arts, working with some of the worlds top presenters.

  • François Soutif
    François Soutif Videography, post-production

    François shoots, edits, and produces video. Self taught and hardened in the high-pressure Vancouver film industry, he can handle a range of complex production scenarios.

  • Paul Shore Video producer, workshop leader.

    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.

  • John Jacob Courtnay
    John Jacob Courtnay Sound designer, Musician, Event planner

    John Jacob is a prolific musician, sound designer, video creator, event planner, and all around party bringer.

  • Lateef Martin
    Lateef Martin Illustration, design, storyboard

    Lateef is an illustrator, designer, concept artist, & storyboard artist with a taste for video games, comics, sci-fi and 80s Saturday morning cartoons.

  • Damaris Baker
    Damaris Baker Videographer, Producer, Musician

    Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Damaris is a filmmaker, animator, radio producer, musician, and choir leader. Damaris also does healing practices with voices, resonating bowls, and the body.

  • Natasha Sher
    Natasha Sher Photographer, videographer

    Natasha is a hard working photog, ready for a wide range of shooting scenarios. She is also developing a documentary on the culinary history of Bangladesh.

  • Bronwen Moen Art direction. Facilitation. Embodied practices. Performance. Photography.

    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.


  • Hannah Materne
    Hannah Materne Graphic 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.

  • Anna Leventhal Workshop leader.

    Anna is an acclaimed writer & commentator, who plays an active part in Montreal’s literary community. At Surplace, Anna leads creative writing workshops.

  • Matthieu Rheaume
    Matthieu Rheaume Social Artist, Organisational Change Facilitator, Tarologue

    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.

  • Isaac Bell
    Isaac Bell Illustration, Cartoons, Characters

    Isaac is an artist and illustrator who makes beautiful weird stuff.

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