Ina was born in Vancouver, BC in 1970 in Metro Vancouver. She started her career in graphic design, obtaining her associate degree in graphic design from the University College of the Fraser Valley in 1988. Ina then went on to the Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver, BC, where she majored in Communication Design, later working and specializing in brand design and strategy. In the mid-90’s she shifted to commercial media and eventually documentary film.
“My professional direction changed when I was in the last course I needed to take to fill my university degree requirements. Our professor knew Canadian filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin and asked her to come in to talk with us. She talked about film as a catalyst for social change in reference to her film ‘Kanehsatake 270 years of Resistance’. Alanis painted a picture of what it was like to be on the front lines of a national issue and the unique role filmmakers play in bringing ‘issues’ to public view. She also talked about the role of women in film, especially aboriginal women and Canada’s rich history in documentary film. It was a real game changer for me to meet her. With advancing technology and emerging media rapidly changing the design industry I shifted my career towards digital media and film.”>
Ina attended Brock University and later movie production in Alberta. She specializes in documentary on issues related to Canadian culture as well as popular culture and social justice issues. Her passion is capturing images of Canada, telling stories that interest Canadians, and being a voice for the voiceless on issues relevant to Canadians.