Creative Amnesty

Creative Amnesty is a collaborative collective that explores and showcases the intersections between the arts, technological innovation, and communities. It aims to foster more employment, entrepreneurship, and innovations among those currently under-represented in Canada’s tech world.

The CCSD, the first international centre celebrating Deaf culture, is a non-profit registered charitable organization that relies on donations to ensure that the Centre flourishes so that CCSD can continue to provide cultural opportunities for Deaf Canadians of all ages, while educating the general public about outstanding Deaf achievements.

Board Members

Katrina Atienza, Board Member, Creative Amnesty

Katrina is a graphic designer at Human Contact. She has worked with digital teams developing UI/UX based systems for companies such as Fio Corporation and JTI. Also, she worked with Albion Community in partnership with the Toronto Police developing a summer art program.

 Jennifer Chadwick, Board Member, Creative Amnesty

Jennifer Chadwick is a member of W3C, G3ict, IAAP. She is a digital accessibility strategist and subject matter expert in web and mobile applications. Ms. Chadwick guides organizations by developing a business strategy for integrating accessibility and inclusion into their ICT deliverables and adopting a culture of inclusion. She is the lead Accessibility Strategist, North America at Siteimprove.

 Miranda Fong, Youth Lead, Creative Amnesty

A current accountant student at Seneca, I studied statistics at the University of Toronto. When I am not studying or working, you can find me playing the piano.  She is Admin. Assistant at UpSurgence.

Frank Francis, Board Member, Creative Amnesty

Mr. Francis is the Founder of Caliban Arts Theatre

 CLAUDIA McKOY, Board Member, Creative Amnesty

Claudia McKoy has over 15 years of experience in developing and executing successful strategic marketing campaigns and fundraising initiatives as well as creating and managing events for non-profits. She has worked with many community and arts-based organizations including The Deaf Culture Centre, Art of Time Ensemble, The National Arts Centre, Mirvish Productions, The Toronto Women’s Bookstore, Mayworks, The Harbourfront Centre, and The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. For Greenpeace Canada, she launched the first nationwide Digital Canvassing Program.  In 2015, she is the founder of UpSurgence – a fundraising and marketing firm. (

Claudia is an avid Chelsea FC fan.

Liam O’Doherty, Digital Youth Engagement Program Director at TakingItGlobal

Liam is a community organizer with a background in sociology, semiotics, improvisation and environmental issues. When he is not connecting and mobilizing youth with innovative solutions to global challenges, he enjoys riding bikes, swimming to music, cooking without recipes and drinking copious volumes of tea. Liam is the Digital Youth Engagement Program Director at TakingItGlobal.

William Seneshen, Board Member, Creative Amnesty

William Seneshen has worked in the computer graphics and animation industries since 1985 in a variety of roles spanning everything from director and creative supervisor to animator and software developer. His most recent studios and responsibilities have included Nelvana Animation Studios, a division of Corus Entertainment (Director of Studio Operations), ToonBox Entertainment (Head of Production Technology), and DreamWorks Animation (Character Effects Supervisor and Senior VFX Animator) where he contributed to numerous feature films including the 2001 Academy Award-winning Shrek series.

 Jennifer Trotman, Board Member, Creative Amnesty

Jennifer Trotman’s passion for writing poetry earned her a place in both the performance, and slam poetry underground scenes of Toronto at the turn of this century.  As a performer, she went from the necessity of self-promotion, to the practicality of networking and collaborating with musicians and poets to create events and exciting new creative projects.  Mrs. Trotman designs jewellery for stage performers under her brand Frekkle Designs.


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