Janice Morris, Founder & Festival Director

My love of film is equaled only by my love of students and learning, so KDocs is the perfect way for me to truly do what I love in every way. When not organizing KDocs, I am incredibly fortunate and grateful to teach critical reading, writing, and thinking at KPU, a place I have called home since 2006.  My other research interests include graphic novels, visual culture, film studies, media studies, and critical approaches to historicizing and theorizing “holocomics”—graphic novels and representations of the Holocaust. Outside of work, I am a huge Canucks fan (Go Canucks!) who enjoys travel, cycling, and binge-watching my favourite TV series. I am so proud of the KDocs team.   janice.morris@kpu.ca



Mark diotte, board member

Since working at a video rental store in the 1990s, I have loved the film genre—from action and adventure to documentary—and I am happy to have joined the KDocs team in 2015. KDocs combines my love of film with my passion for engaging in issues that concern the Lower Mainland community and British Columbia as a whole. My professional interests include the literature of British Columbia and Canada, labour literature, and teaching reading and writing.  mark.diotte@kpu.ca



Chris Traynor, Board Member

My love of film started as a child. My father worked as a theatre manager, and through his influence I learned to love movies. I really enjoy great documentary films and great cinematography, as each challenges us to see the world more closely through someone else’s eyes. I grew up on Vancouver Island and joined KPU in 2011. In teaching university writing, I get the daily opportunity to learn from and share ideas with the great students at KPU. I joined the KDocs team in 2015. Aside from teaching, I love to play sports, hike, travel, and enjoy a good craft beer while watching baseball (Go Blue Jays!). chris.traynor@kpu.ca

Greg Chan, Community Outreach Coordinator

Like my KDocs colleagues, my fascination with the moving image began early on; for me, it was when I started memorizing the names of the James Bond villains--a useless skill set, I have since been told--while reading anything having to do with cinema history. Working in the projection booth at UBC's SUB Theatre by day and ushering at the Granville 7 Cinemas by night set the tone for what was to come when I began teaching at KPU in 1995. While I teach composition and literature courses, I have always incorporated film--documentaries in particular--into the curriculum. Now a film studies specialist, I teach upper-level English courses on film criticism, film history, and film theory; publish my research in peer-reviewed journals; present and moderate at film and media studies conferences; and edit Mise-en-scène: The Journal of Film & Visual Narration, KPU's official film studies journal. Please don't ask me if the book is better than the movie.  greg.chan@kpu.ca



Manon is a video production specialist with over 20 years of journalism and video production experience. She has an extensive background in news production and as an independent producer who began in project research and development, script and story writing, production management and more. She eventually worked her way into producing and field directing. Manon has worked in many genres, but her specialization is documentary. She has been growing a corporate video portfolio, serving clients who desire personalized, high-end video content that tells their story. Manon has always been a passionate mentor to aspiring journalists and digital storytellers. Sharing her love for this art form and her craft as a filmmaker has taken her into an exciting direction. She tailor-designs and presents journalism and video production workshops aimed at learners of all ages. Her most recent work as a Board Member with KDocs has allowed Manon to create documentary film workshops within the KDocs Community Outreach Program for the elementary, secondary, and post-secondary levels.  manonb@telus.net

inderpal brar, In-Reach coordinator

I am a third-year political science student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. During my time at KPU, I have been a director with the Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group (KPIRG), where I was an active participant in the Fossil Free Kwantlen campaign, and I am one of the co-founders of “Eternal Sustainability,” a project blog that promotes and researches environment solutions in BC through business and activism. Most recently, I volunteered with the NDP Party during the 2015 election cycle.  Through my various activities, I have seen how students nowadays voice their opinions about social justice through non-traditional channels such as social media, videos, and film, while also learning about formal theories in school. The reason why I joined KDocs is because it bridges the gap between Kwantlen teachers, students, and the community, providing a 21st century space to talk and learn about important issues through film.  inderpalbarry22@gmail.com


tanny kabir, board member

I'm a French Quebecois student who moved to British Columbia a couple of years ago, and I'm waiting for an opportunity to make a positive impact and leave a mark on society. My only objective is to increase my knowledge on anything and everything and to spread the light of awareness on the dark alleys of ignorance. Currently, I am a full-time student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, enrolled in the Psychology program, and I am one of the founding members of the Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group (KPIRG). I can speak about seven different languages, and I have traveled to many different countries in order be a better global citizen and appreciate the world I live in. I am an active participant in the Fossil Free Kwantlen campaign and other various action groups on campus. I am ecstatic to have the privilege to be a part of the KDocs team because they share the same vision as I do.  tanny_kabir@hotmail.com



As a cinephile, I realize the impact that film has on society and how it can be used to support a cause.  Further, as the Advertising Designer for the Kwantlen Criminology Society and as the KPU Students with Disabilities Representative (2014-2016), I want to make accessibility and inclusivity ingrained in daily life. I am currently working on a double major in Anthropology and Criminology at KPU, and I volunteer at several other organizations, including the Surrey Museum.  I am also the Board Organizer for KPIRG – the Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group – which proudly supports KDocs.  mcmartinkimberley@gmail.com


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After 13 years of travelling and teaching in England, Italy, and Brazil, I've been teaching English for Academic Purposes at Kwantlen to non-native speakers for 19 years. I have long been fascinated by the power of a good documentary to change the world. The quality of the KDocs Film Festival and the world-class panelists provoke such intense discussion and thought.  For this reason, I've joined the team to spread the word to students and our community alike.  elizabeth.spalding@kpu.ca



KDocs 2017 Volunteers

Cathy Anderson (KPU staff)

Jeany Bae (KPU community)

Aimee Begalka (KPU staff)

Manon Boivin (KDocs Board)

Bogdan Bryja (KPU instructor)

Greg Chan (KDocs Board)

Gordon Chiu (KPU community)

Mark Diotte (KDocs Board)

Kiran Johal (KPU Student)

Andrea MacKenzie (KPU instructor (ret.))

Akanksha Maini (KPU student)

Helen Mendes (KPU community, KPU instructor (ret.))

Janice Morris (KDocs Board)

Matthew Scott (KPU community)

Patricia Simpson (KPU community)

Elizabeth Spalding (KPU instructor)

Grania Svedic (KPU community)

Bill Sun (KPU student)

Tyler Sun (KPU community)

Chris Traynor (KDocs Board)

Angela Wells (KPU student)

Mike Zhao (KPU student)