Staff at the SAW Video Media Arts Centre consists of seven permanent members (five full-time, two part-time), and two contractors.

Staff Member Profiles

  • Penny McCann, Director

    A long-time member of SAW Video, Penny McCann became director in January, 2004.  A senior media artist, Penny has been making films and videos since 1990. Her work, which ranges from dramatic to experimental, has been widely broadcast and exhibited at festivals and galleries nationally and internationally. McCann has received numerous grants for her work, most recently from the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Ottawa, and the Canada Council for the Arts.  In recognition of her ongoing contribution and commitment to the arts, in January 2014, Penny was awarded the ARCCO (Artist-run Centres and Collectives of Ontario) Achievement award.

  • Neven Lochhead, Programming Director

    Neven Lochhead is an artist working in video, sound and performance. He has shown and presented his work in Canada, Europe and the United States. In 2014 he attended the Artist Research Laboratory in Como, Italy. In 2015 he was a participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. He studied English Literature and Film at Queen’s University for his undergraduate degree, where he also worked in campus and community radio as Music Programming Manager. He has worked for a variety of arts organisations over the years, most recently at Urban Video Project in Syracuse, New York. In May 2016 he completed a three-year MFA in Art Video at Syracuse University. His current project is an ongoing video work titled "Inferno Expanded," which reimagines Dante's Inferno as a descent without an end.

  • Christopher Payne, Technical Director

    Christopher Payne works predominantly with sound, light, and video, as experiential tools. Payne completed his original artistic training in cinema at Concordia University in 2007 before completing his MFA at the University of Ottawa in 2013. His work and performances have been presented in Alberta, Quebec, Ontario, Poland, Belgium, and Mexico.

  • Jason Sonier, Equipment Manager

    Jason Sonier studied music performance and film at Carleton University while also starting a technical career with work at CKCU.  He then graduated at the top of his class at The Audio Recording Academy/Raven Street Studios and has continued his education through workshops at SAW Video, IFCO and the Summer Institute of Film and Television.  He has worked for the Ottawa Folk Festival, Arts Court, the Department of Music at the University of Ottawa, and has been the audio director for theatre productions, including the Canadian touring production of Menopause the Musical. As a technician, sound artist, musician, performer, and video-maker, he has worked and collaborated with a variety of musicians, storytellers, poets, spoken word artists, dancers, theatre artists, video-makers, visual artists, circus artists and other performers.

  • Annette Hegel, Communications & Marketing Manager

    Annette Hegel is a working multi-media artist who has exhibited her work in Canada and in Europe. Working out of her studio in downtown Ottawa, she is a founding member of Slipstream Collective, and collaborating with many artists across the city. She also has had a 30 year career in marketing and communications, developing identities and successfully establishing brands in both the for profit and not for profit sectors. Before joining the SAW Video team, she produced and led implementation of targeted marketing and communication strategies for national organizations and international brands. She is a recipient of many awards, among them cultural brand of the year award.

  • Howard Adler, Education & Outreach Manager
    Howard Adler holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Indigenous Studies from Trent University, and a Master Of Arts Degree in Canadian Studies from Carleton University. He is an award winning writer, and an artist that has worked in diverse mediums, including visual art, stained glass, theatre, video editing, and film. In 2009 he won the Canadian Aboriginal Youth Writing Challenge, and his video work has been exhibited in both Gallery settings and Film Festivals, such as ImagineNATIVE (Toronto), Weengushk (Sudbury), Biindigaate (Thunder Bay), and Saw Video's annual Resolution screening (Ottawa). Howard works as a freelance Videographer and Video Editor and is currently the Co-Director and Programmer for the Asinabka Festival, an annual Indigenous film and media arts festival in Ottawa. Howard is Jewish and Ojibwa and a member of Lac des Mille Lacs First Nation in North-western Ontario.
  • Jenna Spencer, Operations Manager

    Jenna Spencer holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Indigenous and Women's Studies from the University of Ottawa. She is an enthusiastic artist devoting most of her spare time to music (playing in a couple of bands around town) and dabbling in visual arts, photography and zine making. Jenna has worked for many arts and culture organizations and is currently the Communications and Jam Session Coordinator for the not-for-profit Girls+ Rock Ottawa camp, where she teaches youth how to play guitar/bass and administers programming throughout the year. 

  • Erin Kelly, Bookkeeper

    Erin Kelly has over twelve years of experience working in Ottawa's not for profit arts community, with experience working in the visual and media arts, theatre, opera, dance, arts service organizations and new media. Originally working in communications and fundraising, she went on to work in administration at SAW Video from 2007-2011 and ultimately specialized in bookkeeping and finance. 

  • Michael Lechasseur, Webmaster

    Michael Lechasseur is pleased to assist SAW Video in maintaining its website. He has worked as a web developer in Ottawa for the past fifteen years, focused on providing services to the local arts community. LinkedIn



Staff Positions


SAW Video’s director is responsible for managing the administrative and artistic components of the organization, for securing its operational funding, and for managing staff.

Operations Manager

The Operations Manager is responsible for general membership inquiries, for accounts receivable, accounts payable and SAW Video grants, and is the point of contact for individuals interested in volunteering.

Technical Director

The Technical Director is responsible for general membership inquiries, for the administration and maintenance of post-production equipment, and is the point of contact for editing suite bookings. The person in this position also provides technical support to SAW Video members and can advise members on post-production considerations throughout their projects.

Equipment Manager

The Equipment Manager is responsible for general membership inquiries, for the administration and maintenance of production equipment, and is the point of contact for equipment bookings. The person in this position also provides technical support to SAW Video members and can advise members on the equipment that would best suit their projects.


Programming Director

The Programming Director is responsible for overseeing SAW Video's  screenings, exhibitions, and other media art events, as well the Exhibition Assistance program.

Communications and Marketing Manager

The Communication and Marketing Manager promotes SAW Video programming through media relations, advertising, social media, and the creation of promotional materials. The person in this position also produces the centre’s bi-weekly e-newsletter.

Education and Outreach Manager

The Education and Outreach Manager plans and executes workshop programming, responds to workshop-related membership inquires, registers workshop participants, and is the point of contact for the SAW Video workshop subsidy.



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