Digital Photography | Faculty | Kelowna


Victor Poirier | department head

Victor’s interest in film started at age 17 when he had the opportunity to work as a PA on the documentary film A Life, by the late award-winning Canadian documentary filmmaker Frank Cole. After his work on the film (described by Andrienne Mancia of New York’s Museum of Modern Art as doing “some of the things that Scorsese does in The Last Temptation of Christ, but perhaps better”) Victor moved into photography, studying for a BFA at the University of Ottawa.  

Post university, Victor worked as a set photographer, gaffer, camera assistant and camera operator in the Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal film industries; he then opened Erebus Productions, a facilities house which serviced the Eastern corridor with grip, electric, 16 mm and 35 mm film cameras. After a period directing music videos for Canadian bands,  he moved to producing and directing under the banner Panfilms, where he won several awards in various categories, including documentary, national PSA’s, and animation, for a variety of networks, including CTV, OLN TVO and CBC.

In 2001, Victor moved to the UK where he became the director of BBC Scotland’s longest serving episodic television series The Beechgrove as well as several series for ITV and BBC Gaelic. Over the course of eight years he directed and produced over 150 episodes of primetime, from documentary, to lifestyle to reality. Victor also acted as Executive Producer on the BBC series, The Food Trail. Victor gained national recognition for his role as producer/director on the ITV series The Woman Who Ate Scotland, which broke established viewing figures and gained a Scottish Thistle nomination.

After moving back to Canada in 2008, he worked as director of development at Ocean Entertainment in Halifax, Nova Scotia before relocating to the Okanagan.. Victor now lives in Kelowna and works at the Center for Arts and Technology managing the Digital Filmmaking, and Digital Photography departments.

To learn more about working in the Photography Industry, you can listen to our PODCAST  with Victor on our Soundcloud Stream. 

grant robinson | lead instructor

Grant's interest in photography has taken him on fashion, advertising and editorial commissions; although he is best known for his work in the cycling and motorcycle industries and his genuine distaste for social media.

He left Canada at the end of his high-school education to travel and photograph throughout Europe. His interest in photographic theories and the printed image led him to the Falmouth College Of Arts in the UK where he studied for his BA (Hons) in Photographic History and Communication.  As a student he was awarded in the UK Association Of Photographers + KODAK Awards for his portraiture work, and as a professional his work has featured on numerous magazine covers, in advertising campaigns and editorial commissions. For the first 12 years of his career he lived and worked out of London, England and has recently relocated with his young family to the Okanagan. He continues to travel on commissions and build his personal work exploring aspects of memory and the accumulation and interpretation of experiences through imagery.


 Lisa Redfern | Instructor

Lisa is a graphic designer and photographer who has lived and worked both in Kelowna, BC and Calgary, AB. She has attained accreditation with the Professional Photographers of Canada and is working towards earning a Craftsman of Photographic Arts. She holds both a Digital Art and Design diploma, as well as an Associate of Arts degree from Thompson Rivers University. Redfern Photography has specialized in weddings and family portraits for five years.

Lisa has a fairly wide variety of geeky interests, enjoys travel adventures, and likes sticking up for the little guy. People who know Lisa describe her as very organized, funny, and assertive… which may be a nice way of saying she is silly, yet bossy?


angelique duffield | instructor

Angelique has a diploma in photography from Algonquin College in Ottawa, where she learned traditional photography and darkroom techniques, at a time when Adobe Photoshop was making its debut and digital photography was still a decade away. 

Angelique is a licentiate member of the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers (LSWPP) working towards her associate level.

She discovered social media and online marketing after moving here from the UK in 2009 and needed to rebuild her photography business in the Okanagan. She saw the benefits that this new media marketing could bring to small businesses, and after taking courses, she decided to help other business owners and entrepreneurs use this fun and cost-effective form of marketing.

Besides teaching at CATO, Angelique has two businesses - Bright Spark Media makes it easy for small businesses and entrepreneurs to create an awesome online presence using social media, videos and visual marketing, so they get found online. She creates online social media training programs such as Visual Marketing Made Easy, and offers 1-on-1 consulting or group workshops that help companies to grow their business using social media in an efficient and profitable way using social networking tools like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.

As a photographer, Angelique also runs her own company; Style Photography, shooting weddings, families, contemporary business photos and event photography.

Angelique loves to travel, immersing herself in the colourful food and culture of different countries, and has had several of her images and articles published in magazines. She has visited 36 countries, and is planning to host a social media and photography training retreat in Belize next year.