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Board of Directors
Karen Gordon (chair)
Marc Serpa Francoeur
Karen Gordon (Chair)
Karen Gordon is the VP Media, Business Development at the National Hockey League [NHL] with a 20+ years accomplished career in digital media as a senior sales executive and team leader. Karen has been on the forefront of digital media and established a track record of building and growing digital media sales divisions within a variety of companies including Sympatico, Alliance Atlantis, and Transcontinental prior to joining the NHL in 2008.
Karen has taken on extracurricular roles to feed her passion for fashion and film through volunteering for Fashion Cares as well as sitting on the Advisory Board of the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema and Chairing the Board of POV Magazine.
Karen discovered her love for documentary film through many years of attending the Toronto International Film Festival since the late 1990s. She became an original Hot Docs Founders Circle Member, indulges in 40+ screenings during the festival each year and has travelled with Hot Docs to various film festivals around the world including CPH:DOX, IDFA, Sundance, the Berlinale and the Festival dei Popoli.
In 2017, Karen joined the POV magazine board and took over the Chair position in 2019. She brings business savvy, advertising sales expertise and digital media experience to POV.
Marc Serpa Francoeur
Marc Serpa Francoeur is a documentary filmmaker and interactive producer whose work builds on lifelong interests in immigration, diversity, and social justice issues. Co-founder of Lost Time Media with Robinder Uppal, they have produced a wide range of linear and interactive documentaries since 2013, including The World in Ten Blocks (2016), a feature-length interactive documentary that premiered at Hot Docs and Sheffield Doc/Fest and The Head in the Hand (2018), which was listed by DOC NYC as one of the top twelve contenders for the Oscars’ Documentary Short category. In 2020 they released No Visible Trauma, a scathing exposé of police brutality and accountability issues in Calgary, their hometown. They are in production on Love in the Time of Fentanyl, a feature-length documentary produced in partnership with ITVS and with the support of the Sundance Documentary Film Program. More info at
Aisha Jamal is a director/writer, film programmer and college professor. She is Canadian film programmer at Hot Docs Documentary Festival and previously worked for TIFF and Syria Film Festival Toronto, amongst others.
Her feature documentary “A Kandahar Away” is on CBC Gem and her 7-part documentary web series “How We Die: the Future of End-of-Life” is now streaming online. Her previous short films have played at various international festivals worldwide.
Currently, Aisha teaches film theory and criticism at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario. She joined POV magazine in 2020, bringing her knowledge and love of festival culture and all things documentary to the board.
Chanda Chevannes is a Canadian documentary filmmaker, writer, and educator. She makes artful documentaries that seek to amplify women’s voices. Her award-winning feature-length films, Living Downstream and UNFRACTURED have been broadcast on six continents, have been seen by more than four million people, and have inspired tangible legislative and social change. As a queer woman of colour, Chanda’s experiences have taught her that there are two things of which we need more: joy and justice. She hopes her work serves to bring both into the world. www.chandachevannes.com