Staff

Camera Canada

Meet Our Dedicated Team

At Camera Canada, our success is driven by our exceptional staff. We take immense pride in introducing you to the talented individuals who make up our dynamic team. Each member brings a unique set of skills and experiences that contribute to our company's growth and excellence. Get to know the faces behind the scenes who work tirelessly to provide you with the best photography solutions and customer service.


Sales

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Richard – Retail Sales

Richard is an enthusiastic shutterbug. At 15, he began borrowing his dad’s camera and found out how fun photography can be.

A former welder, Richard changed careers and is so happy that he did because he enjoys working with CameraCanada’s customers. “When you help a customer solve a problem or give advice they need, it’s always a good feeling. You know they’re enjoying photography more.”

Exploring and taking pictures of abandoned buildings fascinated Richard.

See Richard’s work on Flickr
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Kedar – Product Specialist and Sales

Working primarily with commercial clients – hospitals, police departments, and government agencies – Kedar walks them through the purchasing process. “If you want to make a big purchase and you want to talk to someone, that’s me.”

To be effective, Kedar keeps up with the latest trends and product developments. “The business is always changing with a constant evolution of products. I’m nerdy about cameras, so I love learning all of that.”

An avid photographer since he was 18, Kedar enjoys taking pictures of food, a complement to his love of cooking. He’s currently working with a friend to gain experience in a commercial kitchen, so he can expand his cooking skills and have even more interesting food to photograph.

See Kedar’s work on Flickr
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Bruce – Customer Service/Sales

Bruce describes himself as an “intense hobbyist ,” who discovered that he had an eye for photography when he was in high school.

He joined Camera Canada in 2008, but has been in the camera business since 1986. “I love opening the door to people’s creativity as they discover the opportunities for expression and image-making that wait beyond the camera’s automatic settings.”

Bruce takes photos of all sorts of subjects- wildlife, landscapes, architecture, people- but enjoys nature photography the most, particularly macro work with insects and flowers.

See Bruce’s work on Flickr
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Erik – Marketplace Specialist

As much of CameraCanada’s business has moved online, Eric has applied his knowledge from the many years he’s worked at the store. He started in 1998 in customer service and has migrated to become an on-line sales specialist. He excels at dealing with customer issues and is a great problem solver. A graduate of Sheridan College’s Advanced Television & Film Studies program, he’s a passionate photographer who loves to shoot travel images. After hours, you’ll find Erik listening to music. He loves jazz and classical, as well as other genres from his eclectic album collection of vinyl.

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Alex – Retail Sales, CameraCanada at Cherryhill Village Mall

Alex excels in customer service because of his patience. The Cherry Hill Village – the area surrounding the store’s mall location – is largely populated with seniors, so this attribute is an important part of his success there since 2008. A passport office is also located at the mall so taking passport pictures is one of Alex’s main functions.

When he’s taking photographs on his own time, he shoots gemstones and art glass. He also enjoys travel and travel photography.

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Kieran – Shipping/Receiving

In 2018, Kieran started working at the store cataloging new stock and has moved on to take on many of the shipping and receiving duties.

He enjoys the camaraderie of the workplace, along with its flexibility. “There’s a lot of room for growth,” he says.

In his off-hours, Kieran is an avid video gamer and enjoys listening to progressive metal and rock.

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Kashmira – Customer Service

Kashmira is our newest employee with a photography and advertising background. She graduated from Fanshawe College’s photography program in 2023 and she has worked in the photography business in Canada and India since 2015.

In her off-hours, because she is an extrovert, she enjoys dancing and modeling plus watching the occasional Bollywood movie while socializing with her friends.


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Fred – Photo Lab Manager

Because he loves “seeing how creative you can get (with old/damaged photos) in photoshop,” Fred has enjoyed a long career, having worked in photography since 1985. Doing restorations is one of his favourite aspects of the job.

Fred also exercises his creativity in doing special projects for CameraCanada’s customers. “I like putting things together for people on canvas or with prints. I like the creative aspects.”

After work, Fred takes long walks with his dog Tucker, a Labrador retriever/Alaskan cross.

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Jeff – Web Development Manager

“Jeff is a computer maestro,” comments owner Antony Chodas, adding, “He’s been a key part of the success of the CameraCanada website since 2004.”

Having started his own internet company in Grade 10 and opening a computer store with a friend in his teens, Jeff has a history of success in all things digital that he’s brought to the team at CameraCanada.

When he’s not busy building the store’s online presence, Jeff spends time with his daughter. He also enjoys cooking and reading about technology.

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Abadi – Web Developer

Abadi is a people person, so he enjoyed doing retail sales at CameraCanada’s Cherry Hill Mall location when he was first hired in the fall of 2022. However using the knowledge gained from his degree in Computer Science at Western University and Fanshawe College (Computer Programming Analyst) is his real love.

The camaraderie of the staff at CameraCanada is important to him. “We have a lot in common,” explains Abadi.

One of his hobbies is photography and Abadi hopes some of the talent and skill surrounding him from the many professional photographers will rub off.

See Abadi’s Portfolio

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Tracey – Office Manager

Combining her organizational abilities, people skills and love of photography, Tracey has moved from working in CameraCanada’s photo lab to overseeing the operation’s administrative side.

She graduated from Fanshawe College’s photography program in 1988. She’s worked in the photography business on and off since graduating.

Tracey is an animal person, so she loves taking pictures of family pets, along with nature and wild animals. “I have about 3,000 dog pictures on my phone,” she laughs, adding that shooting in beautiful settings, like Algonquin Park, inspires her.

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Kim – Comptroller

““I love the challenges I get at CameraCanada and problem-solving, but I really love all the people here. Each has their own piece of the pie but is willing to help with something you’re struggling with,” she says.

Kim has been balancing the books at CameraCanada since 2007. When she’s not busy there, she teaches accounting courses at her alma mater, Fanshawe College’s Lawrence Kinlin School of Business. She graduated with a diploma in accounting and business administration, as well as her PCP designation (Payroll Compliance Practitioner).

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Sylvia – Part-time office administration

Sylvia is a retired elementary school music teacher, having taught for 26 years after receiving her Bachelor of Music degree and teaching certificate from Western University.

She’s worked in the business off and on since 1998 and “loves the camaraderie among the staff.”

When not at work, Sylvia plays the piano and tennis. She’s also a fan of heritage buildings and conducts walking tours around London.



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Antony – President

It may seem a leap to go from a background and education as an engineer – with a BSc from the University of Waterloo (Systems Design Engineer), an MBA from Laurier University and a MEng (Master of Engineering) from Western University – to becoming a passionate photographer and successful business owner, but Antony has embraced all of these and considers them building blocks. “I look at photography from both the technical and creative sides; it’s a real marriage of technology and art.”

Antony founded CameraCanada in 1988 by purchasing a brick-and-mortar store in downtown London, Ontario, known at the time as Forest City Image Centre. Since then, he and the dedicated staff have turned it into a viable national entity and internationally recognized online business.

Guiding the business is only one of Antony’s passions; he still loves taking pictures. “I value the left brain/right brain thinking it requires. I love travel photography most of all.” Having knowledgeable, experienced, reliable staff who excel at their jobs helps liberate him to explore the world. “People (staff members) have gravitated to what they’re good at ... and they want to be here. We get buy-in from employees and they are able to state their opinion without fear. We have some pretty interesting debates.”

What’s next for this intrepid explorer? “I’ll go anywhere to take photographs. I’ve been to a lot of places and right now places I’ve never been to interest me more than places I’ve been. Travel is the thing that keeps me going.”

See Antony’s work View Antony’s photography
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Joe – General Manager

Describing himself as a “bean counter,” Joe has been the GM at CameraCanada since 1995, having worked his way up from lab tech when he started in 1988. That was the same year he graduated from Fanshawe College’s photography program. (He and Tracey [office admin] met when they were both in school and have been together since.) Owner Antony Chodas describes him as “a machine with numbers and forecasting, and a genius at networking and dealing with suppliers and customers.”

Besides running marathons (including the Boston Marathon, twice), Joe’s main outside-of-work fixation is travel photography. He balances the creative and business sides of his job with excellent people management skills. “Everyone here is great at what they do, so we empower them to do their jobs. They make my job so much easier” he says.

After finding out he could get out of some of his onerous high school classes by taking photography courses, Joe stumbled into it and “fell in love,” a feeling that has lasted. “I love helping people to create memories and freeze moments in time that have resonance for years.”

Joe’s favourite place to photograph is India, because “it’s such a colourful environment, with diversity and history. It’s a land of golden light and a rainbow of saris; there’s great colour and contrast.”

See Joe’s work on Instagram

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