RYAN MCMAHON - CEO | CHIEF CREATIVE PRODUCER
Ryan is the CEO of the Makoons Media Group – a digital media company that focuses on telling Indigenous stories to worldwide audiences. In October 2013, Ryan founded Indian & Cowboy, the world’s only listener supported Indigenous podcast media network. Creatively, McMahon has grown the Red Man Laughing & Stories From The Land podcasts into major players in the Canadian digital media space.
GARY JOSEPH - VP OF MAKOONS CREATIVE
Gary Joseph, born and raised on Six Nations of the Grand River, has a wide range of creative and technical skills.
Gary works at SixTel Communications and Thru the RedDoor, both companies he founded and with the help of his core team, built from the ground up. SixTel provides high-speed Internet and VoIP services to the Six Nations community and Thru the RedDoor is an integrated production facility capable of providing audio, visual, web and streaming technologies under one roof, often at the same time.
Gary has created digital productions of every kind, from graphic design and photography, to video and interactive web sites. He has a wealth of experience creating programming for Thru the RedDoor and tailoring creative solutions for clients of all sizes. In addition, he has an extensive technical background in networking and Internet technologies. The system administrator for Six Nations Internet and SixTel Communications for over 14 years, he is responsible for cabled and wireless networks and server hosting environments.
SHANE POWLESS - VP OF OPERATIONS & PRODUCTION
Shane Powless, also born and raised at Six Nations of the Grand River, is a sought-after digital photographer, designer and video producer. Having toured widely with dance and theatre groups, he possesses an in-depth knowledge of audio, visual and lighting production that has helped make him a specialist in the planning, execution, acquisition and delivery of beautifully captured and crafted video productions.
As part of the core team at Thru the RedDoor, Shane is the technical production manager and lead editor on many of the projects undertaken. He has collaborated with and created works for some of the most talented Indigenous artists in Canada, including Derek Miller, DJ Shub, Buffy St. Marie, Nick Sherman, A Tribe Called Red and the list goes on and on.
Shane has also worked extensively developing language and cultural resources as a member of the Kaweni:io Language Preservation Project, developing educational materials for the classroom and the community in print, video and for the web. Additionally, Shane is a specialist with SixTel Communications, performing all of their tower installations and maintenance.
WENDELL COLLIER - VP OF MAKOONS DIGITAL
Wendell G. Collier is a media producer/director with over 15 years experience in the television & digital media landscape. He has developed and been a key creative for multiple digital content properties for web, including projects for Starbucks, Bio-therm, NFL Canada, Hudson’s Bay Co., Jameson, The Glenlivet, Sobey’s and Kijiji. In television, Wendell has been a director of photography and/or series director on primetime shows for Discovery, W Network, Food Network, and HGTV among others. A media industry veteran, Wendell brings his storytelling and innovative creative approach to the production design of each piece.
TARA WILLIAMSON - EDITOR
Tara Williamson is a writer, musician, and educator. She has published numerous articles for indigenous and mainstream media as well as peer-reviewed academic journals. She has released 2 EPs and one full length album – Songs To Keep Us Warm – which was nominated for a 2017 Indigenous Music Award. She holds degrees in social work, law, and Indigenous governance. Tara is a member of the Opaskwayak Crew Nation and was raised in Gaabishkigamaag (Swan Lake, Manitoba).
COURTNEY SKYE - VP OF NEWSLETTER & CONTENT INTEGRATION
Courtney is a proud Haudenosaunee woman, outspoken intersectional feminist, stand-up comic and producer. She was named one of This Magazine’s 25 Kick-Ass Activists of 2017 in their 50th anniversary issue. She produces BXD BXTCHXS, a monthly feminist stand-up show at Comedy Bar. She’s opened for Elvira Kurt, and appeared at Field Trip and the SheDot Festival. Her comedy writing has also been featured on CBC Comedy. Courtney’s comedy is witty, dark and provocatively feminist. You can follow her on Twitter @mohawkemotions
NIMKI WEMIGWANS - CONTENT PRODUCER
Nim’keehns Wemigwans, born and raised on Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory, is a Videographer, Media Creator, and Musician.
Discovering his passion for being behind the camera at an early age, Nim’keehns decided to pursue his Post-Secondary education at Canadore College, enrolling in the ‘Television Broadcasting and Video Production’ program. Nim has gotten the opportunity to work with the Ontario Hockey League team The North Bay Battalion, as a director and producer of the jumbo-tron. He also had the opportunity to help with various aspects of the production of the games, such as three play operator, remote camera operator, and floor director. Nim has encountered many distinguished personalities like Connor McDavid (Captain of the Edmonton Oilers), Nick Paul (Ottawa Senators), and Ron Maclean (Hockey Night in Canada - CBC). Aside from his studies, he had the opportunity to work and film with Coalition Music, from Toronto, Ontario. Sitting in with the students of The Nbisiing Secondary School’s Music Business Course, working alongside Sean Kelly (guitar player), Thomas Barlow (four time Juno Award winner), and Rob Lanni (Co-founder of Coalition Music). He also worked with one of Coalition’s artists, U.S.S (Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker).
He later took some time off of his studies to work with the Wikwemikong Heritage Organization (W.H.O), in the Anishnaabemowin Language Portal Project. Where he had a position as Audio and Visual Engineer, creating skits, online language classes, and creating an online language dictionary. During this time, Nim’keehns also help innovate the Wiikwemkoong Annual Cultural Festival, by creating the First known Powwow to use a Snapchat ‘Geo-Filter.’
When he isn’t behind a camera or computer, he’s dancing and singing on the Powwow Trail, or creating music with his many bands.