Speaker Bios

Aaron Knox

Artist Aaron Knox applies his airbrush skills to the human form, which allow him to bring creative designs to life through a range of artistic techniques that explode with design. His work is showcased at a number of conventions, including IMATS, Fan Expo Canada and the Allied Beauty show. Knox has appeared in publications including Make-Up Artist magazine, Xpressions Magazine and various web publications. Follow him on Instagram @knoxbodyart.

Amanda McGowan

Trained in Sydney with over 18 years in the film industry, McGowan’s career includes head of department on several major TV shows. A few to note are CBC's Strange Empire, Season 5 of Prison Break and Bletchley Circle: San Francisco.  For the last three years she has been working on D.C.’s Legends of Tomorrow.

Cory Roberts

In 1986, Cory Roberts snuck onto a film set and attempting to hide from security she ended up in the hair and make-up trailer. She never wanted to leave, and, in essence, she never did. Flash forward 14 years later, Roberts has won a Leo and become department head on The 100. This once hardened make-up outlaw is now living her dream. She feels amazingly blessed, is super busy and ridiculously happy.

Elizabeth Fox

Elizabeth Fox has been a professional make-up artist since 2000. Her background in theater and years of experience as a skincare expert help define Fox as a creative, insightful and innovative make-up artist.

Jeannie Chow

Jeannie Chow is an accomplished hairstylist from Vancouver, British Columbia and has more than 20 years’ experience designing for both film and TV. She has held lead hair and design roles on major projects such as Netflix's Lost in Space, Timeless, The X Files, The Edge of Seventeen, Dead Like Me, The Butterfly Effect, Dark Angel and was department head for 200 episodes (nine seasons) of WB’s Supernatural, which has millions of loyal viewers worldwide. Chow is also an interim instructor at the Vancouver Film School teaching introduction to wigs and character design. In 2013 Chow also expanded her skill-set and produced an award-winning short film shot in British Columbia called Cinephiliac.

Jordan Plath

Jordan Plath is a make-up artist with more than 20 years of industry experience working across creative, retail and commercial fields including film, television, theater and live events.  As a member of the Kryolan Professional Make-up USA team, he serves as FX Make-up Specialist and Head of the National Education program, where he teaches a variety of workshops including airbrush, theatrical make-up and special effects.

Kelseyanna Fitzpatrick

Recognizable in the make-up industry for her unexpected play on texture, color and shape, Kelseyanna Fitzpatrick approaches beauty as high art, using the face as her canvas. After completing Blanche Macdonald Centre’s Global Makeup Artistry Program, Fitzpatrick pursued a concentration in advanced special effects at Cinema Makeup School in Los Angeles. She has been featured in numerous fashion publications, global campaigns and on the runway. Fitzpatrick emerged as the Best Makeup Artist Finalist at the 2016 Canadian Contessa Awards.

Michael Burnett

Two-time Emmy-nominated make-up artist Michael Burnett has been doing make-up in the film and TV industry for more than 30 years. Prior to forming his own make-up effects company, MBP Inc., Burnett worked with Rick Baker, Greg Cannom and Michael Westmore. Some of Burnett’s credits include The Ben Stiller Show, Universal Soldier, The Forsaken, Star Trek: Enterprise, Passions and Mad TV.  Burnett is currently the make-up designer for the Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla.

Mike Fields

Mike Fields is an award-winning special make-up effects artist. He is known for his work on Star Trek: Beyond (2016), Elysium (2013) and Deadpool (2016).

Mimi Choi

Mimi Choi is known for her surreal illusionist make-up creations using easy-to-find, everyday make-up products. The Blanche Macdonald graduate-turned-instructor has collaborated with Mehron, Kryolan, Make Up For Ever, M.A.C. Cosmetics, Velour Lashes and musician Beck. Her work has also been featured in various international magazines, blogs and websites with more than 19 million views. Choi’s stunning illusionist creations have garnered her a flourishing online following of over 340,000 on Instagram (gaining nearly 250,000 in less than six months).

Naomi Bakstad

Celebrating over 20 years as a professional make-up artist, Naomi Bakstad enjoys the challenges of working as a make-up department head. Recent credits include Noelle, Always Be My Maybe and Antlers. Emmy nominated for her work on Once Upon a Time, Bakstad also received BAFTA, Critics’ Choice Awards and Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards nominations for her work on Wonder. “’Never stop learning, always respect everyone around you and have a good positive attitude’ are the messages I like to pass on to the next generation. I’m excited to be part of IMATS this year. Looking forward to meeting new upcoming artists and enjoying their work,” says Bakstad.

Roque Cozzette

Roque Cozzette is a make-up artist, photographer, innovator and educator who thinks creatively and creates strategically. His talent comes from the orchestrated sensibilities of hands, head and heart. He’s a seasoned beauty-industry pro with a multifaceted career spanning three decades. He is experienced in photography, television, print, fashion, celebrity image and cosmetic product development. He has co-created with celebrities including Christina Milian and Melody Gardot, and his brand (Cozzette) offers cruelty-free cosmetics, make-up brushes and beauty photography.

Siân Richards

Siân Richards is a single mother of two and an award-winning make-up artist. Richards has worked in every avenue that make-up demands, from editorial to special effects. She won The People’s Critics Choice Award for transforming Halle Berry in Cloud Atlas and was Emmy and 706 Guild Award nominated for her transformation of Queen Latifah into ’30s blues icon Bessie Smith. Richards was the personal make-up artist to Chadwick Boseman on Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and others. She wrapped Avengers 4 (Untitled) this year. She also has a successful brand called Siân Richards London.
Thomas E. Surprenant

Thomas E. Surprenant

Thomas E. Surprenant has been a make-up artist for more than 30 years and has developed products and techniques to further the craft. He has been nominated for three Emmys and has won twice. Surprenant has also been part of two Academy Award-winning make-up crews and has received a Make-up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild award. He has contributed to Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, the Syfy show Defiance and has designed brushes for the Bdellium Tools SFX line.

Tina Teoli

Tina Teoli has been working in film and television for 25 years. Hired right out of school by one of her teachers to assist on a local TV series, she fell in love with the mad pace of television. She went on to assist on projects like Fear, Freddy vs Jason, Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, the list goes on! After assisting with many talented department heads she went on to head her own shows that include Smallville, The Flash , When Calls The Heart , Hope Island , Like Mike 2 , Radio Rebel , Noah’s Arc and currently the department head on ABCs hit series The Good Doctor S1 & 2.

Ve Neill

Ve Neill is one of the most renowned make-up artists in the motion picture business. She has earned 21 international nominations that include eight Oscar nominations. She won three Academy Awards for Beetlejuice, Mrs. Doubtfire and Ed Wood, two Emmys for Pee-wee’s Playhouse and The Shining and a BAFTA for Pirates of the Caribbean. Neill created space travelers for Star Trek: The Motion Picture and Galaxy Quest; rock ‘n’ roll vampires for The Lost Boys; transformed Johnny Depp into Edward Scissorhands, Jack Sparrow, Ed Wood and Sweeney Todd; and Robin Williams into Mrs. Doubtfire. She’s been a judge on the hit TV series Face Off and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by Local 706. Recent films include Shock and Awe starring Woody Harrelson and James Marsden, A Star is Born starring Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga and the quirky life-inspired film Welcome to Marwen starring Steve Carell and Leslie Mann.

Werner Pretorius

Hailing from South Africa, Werner Pretorius is an effects veteran with 23 years of film experience as a sculptor and designer. After majoring in Fine Arts and Puppeteering in South Africa, Pretorius started work in the film industry there before coming to Canada in 2005. Pretorius spent 8 years working at Mastersfx as art director and being one of the lead artists there, he had the unique opportunity to design and create many of their projects. In 2015 He combined his talents with Richard Darwin to create Amazing Ape Productions.

Zabrina Matiru

With 15 years’ experience as a make-up artist, Zabrina Matiru’s career has ranged from commercials to acclaimed television series. She is also personal make-up artist to Michael Bublé and Javier Bardem, as well as for the legendary athletes of Team Jordan. Among Matiru’s career highlights are designing make-up for The Muppets of Oz, Once Upon a Time, CW’s Supernatural—and teaching at Vancouver Film School. Currently, she is the make-up department head for Lost In Space Season Two.