Board of Directors

Cofounders

Rich Duhaney
Mark Jones
​Ben McEvoy
Joann Purcell
Mike Weiss
Barney Wornoff


Previous Board Members

Guillaume Lagourgue
Helen Lebeau
​Angela Stukator

 

 

Robbie Anderson

Robbie Anderson

Rob has worked in the field of entertainment since the age of 16 when in 1982 he got his first paid gig as a Production Assistant for the National Film Board of Canada. Since then he has been a Production Manager/Producer on close to 700 episodes of broadcast shows and films. Currently based in Toronto with his partner, kids and cats, Rob has fallen into the habit of speaking about himself in the third person.
His absolute passion for all things process and story driven has allowed for an amazingly varied career.
If Rob became a super hero he would be called The Amazing Information Absorbing Man.
Shari Cohen

Shari Cohen

Shari has worked in the entertainment industry for over 20 years as a creative artist and production manager for independent production companies, an entertainment lawyer and business executive for broadcasters, financiers and government cultural agencies in the film and television industry. She has a passion for great story telling currently works as an independent media business and legal consultant helping content creators get their stories onto screens to reach audiences around the globe. Shari has volunteered as a board member for various arts organizations and currently sits on the board for the Toronto Animation Arts Festival International. When not working in the entertainment world, you can find Shari foraging for wild mushrooms in northern Ontario, taking long walks on Toronto’s beaches or finding ways to adapt organic farming for urban centers.
Rich Duhaney

Rich Duhaney

12 years experience in animation as a character and FX animator, production designer director, producer, stop-motion animator; Rich is also co founder, marketing manager and a joint project manager of TAAFI.

Rich is currently co-directing/producing the 2D animated feature, Todd and the Book of Pure Evil: The End of the End at Smiley Guy Studios.

Morghan Fortier

Morghan Fortier

Morghan is the Executive Producer of Tinman Creative, a boutique, multi-faceted animation studio in Toronto. In her 15-plus year career she has produced numerous television series such as JoJo's Circus (Playhouse Disney), Celebrity Deathmatch (The Comedy Network), Rick & Steve (LOGO / Teletoon), Dirtgirlworld (CBC / BBC / ABC / PBS) and Ugly Americans (Comedy Central), as well as a variety of commercials and feature film length projects. Most recently she became the proud mother of Super Science Friends, a Kickstarter-funded project that airs on YouTube.
Lance LeFort

Lance LeFort

HR Management and Recruiting for candidates in Animation, Visual Effects, Maya, Houdini, Python and Mel scripting, Modeling, Rigging, Lighting, Particle Effects, Dynamics and related disciplines.

3D CG Animation Industry, Video Games, Technology, Digital Marketing, Advertising, Communications, Telecommunications, Direct Marketing, --Creative, Account Service, Operations, Mid-Management to Vice-President and C-level positions.

 

Luis Lopez

Luis Lopez

CoOwner and Executive Producer of Pipeline Animation Studios, Luis has oversees the production of more than 150 half hours of original children's content per year. Luis' credits include: Mike The Knight, Backyardigans, Franklin 3D, Bakugan, Handy Manny, Spliced, Hot Wheels, Grossology, multiple Emmy winning series Rolie Polie Olie and most recently Scaredy Squirrel, Babar and Bubble Guppies.

His creative, technical and business experience extends across the TV, Film and digital new media. Luis sits on the advisory board at Sheridan College and he is a deeply devoted supporter of the Canadian production industry.

Ben McEvoy

Ben McEvoy

Ben McEvoy is a multi-disciplinary creative with experience producing creative for entertainment and marketing clients, as well as initiatives in the academic community. As a co-founder of TAAFI, Ben focuses on industry partnerships and development.

 
Joe Raasch

Joe Raasch

A compositor and educator, Joe Raasch has been involved in the visual effects industry since 2002. His professional credits includes the television shows The Tudors, Vikings and Penny Dreadful. As the coordinator of the VFX program at Seneca College, instructs students, develops curriculum and produces training material. Joe helps to organize the Toronto Nuke User Group meetings. He is a member of the VES, the Toronto branch of ACM SIGGRAPH and runs the website TorontoVFXJobs.com, which aims to be a comprehensive list of all the VFX jobs in the city.

 

Barnabas Wornoff

Barnabas Wornoff

Barnabas Wornoff is a 12 year veteran of the animation industry. He’s an animator and animation director specializing in writing and directing story on character driven comedic cartoons. He also teaches at both Seneca and Sheridan College.