Our Team

REEL CANADA is a team of creative, witty, hard-working movie lovers from coast to coast. Get to know our team (and our favourite Canadian movies).

Founders

Favorite Canadian Film

JACK BLUM

Executive Director

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SHARON CORDER

Artistic Director

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Favorite Canadian Film

ARIEL ABREGO GAITAN

Bilingual Reel Opportunities Coordinator

Mommy

EDA ATAERGIN

Senior Coordinator, Development and Festivals

SG̲aawaay Ḵ’uuna (Edge of the Knife)

JOSHUA BERTRAM

Educational Resources Manager

The Sweet Hereafter

LAURA CHAIGNON

Senior Coordinator, Bilingual & International Programming

Mommy

KENZIA DALIE

National Canadian Film Day Manager

Meditation Park

SARAH FELLOWS

Coordinator

Rhymes for Young Ghouls

JAHLANI GILBERT-KNORREN

Reel Opportunities Coordinator

Scarborough

KATARINA GLIGORIJEVIC

Director of National Canadian Film Day & Special Projects

Crime Wave

SHIAN GRACE

Coordinator

Next Floor

DIRIYE HASSAN

Outreach Manager

Antigone

JENNA HIJAZI

Director of Operations

C.R.A.Z.Y.

BISMA JAY

Digital Communications Coordinator

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

KERRY KUPECZ

Communications Manager 

The Silent Partner

ALICE LOCKWOOD

Senior Coordinator, National Canadian Film Day

Beans

PARI LUDIN

Reel Opportunities Manager

Monsieur Lazhar

AUSTIN MACDONALD

Assistant Technical Director

Le Confessional

CAIT MACMULLIN

Senior Communications Coordinator

Antigone

DANIEL MCGUIRE

Administrative Coordinator

Antigone

MARK MEEKS

Technical Director

Videodrome

CHARLENE NGUYEN

Festivals Coordinator

Antigone

REBECCA POIER

Communications Manager

C.R.A.Z.Y.

SADIAH RAHMAN

Senior Reel Opportunities Coordinator

There’s Something in the Water

DIANNE SCHWALM

Partnership Development

The Grand Seduction

ARIEL SMITH (NĒHIYAW)

Indigenous Film Programme Manager

Rocks at Whiskey Trench

CHANTAL SPEIRS (ANISHINAABE)

Graphic Designer

Jésus de Montréal

ERIC TISCH

Programming Manager & National Canadian Film Day Manager  

Double Happiness

NIRUJAA VASANTHARAJAH

Graphic Design/Creative Content Intern

Water

ANDREA NIRMALA WIDJAJANTO

Senior Coordinator National Canadian Film Day

Incendies

BEN WHYTE

Senior Festivals Coordinator

Ginger Snaps

ALISON ZEMELL

Administrative and Programming Director

The Sweet Hereafter

VIDEO PRODUCTION

MXL Media

PROGRAMMING CONSULTANT, QUEBEC

Martin Bilodeau

NATIONAL HONOURARY PATRON

The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson

INDIGENOUS EDUCATION CONSULTANT

Ronnie Dean Harris (Stō:lo/St’át’imc/Nlaka’pamux)

NATIONAL CANADIAN FILM DAY PROGRAMMING CONSULTANT

Ravi Srinivasan

PROGRAMMER EMERITUS

Marc Glassman

WEB RESOURCE CONSULTANT

Chris Lane

MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS CONSULTANT

Cara McCutcheon

WEBSITE DESIGN

Denman Digital

TRANSLATOR

Melissa Zeroual

FOUNDING PATRON

David Miller, 63rd Mayor of Toronto

REEL CANADA’s Board of Directors and Advisory Committees are made up of dedicated individuals in the film and media industry and related disciplines. We want to give a heartfelt thank you to each and every one of these amazing supporters!

LIZ SHORTEN

Board Chair

Liz Shorten has been working to build capacity in the film, television, and digital media sectors for over 25 years. In her role as Chief Operating Officer (COO) at the CMPA, Liz leads staff and oversees organizational operations across the association’s offices in Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver, and works to implement the CMPA’s corporate strategic plan. Liz previously held senior positions at the Ontario Film Development Corporation (Ontario Creates), British Columbia Film (Creative BC), and CBC Television. Nationally, Liz sits on the Board of Directors of REEL CANADA and the Story Money Impact Society. In BC, she is Secretary/Treasurer of the Pacific Screenwriting Program. Liz was the founding Board Member of the Crazy8’s Film Society and a Co-founder of Women in View. She was recently named “Woman of the Year” by Women in Film and Television Vancouver and “Industry Champion” by the Whistler Film Festival in recognition of her leadership role in the film and television industry.


REG BRONSKILL

Board Treasurer

Reg Bronskill began his career in theatre design and performance. His design work was showcased in plays, musicals, and operas across North America. As Chairman and CEO of The Bronskill Group, Inc and majority owner of three separate operating companies, he enjoyed a successful and dynamic career in the North American sports and entertainment business markets, producing live events, international sports spectaculars, digital animation, interactive media, and experimental marketing programs. In 2017, Reg made the decision to sell his interests in all operating companies, BaAM Productions, Inc, INVIVO Communications, Inc, and Spongelab Interactive, and he now enjoys a tranquil life in retirement. Recognized for his strategic visioning, product development and marketing expertise, while working, his company’s clients included major sports organizations such as Major League Baseball, National Hockey League, National Football League, Boston Red Sox, Seattle Mariners, Kansas City Royals, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, as well as global corporations such as Abbott Laboratories, AstraZeneca, Novartis, Biogen Idec, Boehringer Ingelheim, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Centocor, Janssen Therapeutics, Kimberly-Clark, Medtronic, Pfizer, McGraw-Hill and SMART Technology.


ATOM EGOYAN, C.C.

Atom Egoyan has produced a significant body of work in film, television, and theatre. He has won 60 awards and been nominated for 75 others, and has screened his films at festivals around the world. He was the recipient of the Grand Prix and International Critics’ Awards from the Cannes Film Festival and has been nominated for two Academy Awards. He has also received the Governor General’s Award in Performing Arts and is a Companion of the Order of Canada. His films have been presented in major retrospectives around the world and a number of books have been written about his work. Egoyan’s installations have been exhibited at museums and galleries in Canada and abroad, including the Venice Biennale.


COLM FEORE, O.C.

One of Canada’s most celebrated actors and an international success story, Colm Feore has created a host of indelible characterizations on film, television and stage, in both French and English. With a resume too lengthy to replicate in detail, Colm is well-remembered in Canada for his Gemini-winning performance in the mini-series Trudeau, and his Genie-nominated turn as the legendary pianist in Thirty-Two Short Films About Glenn Gould. At the Stratford Festival, he’s played virtually all of Shakespeare’s leading men, including Richard III, Iago, Romeo, Hamlet, Macbeth, and King Lear. International screen credits most recently include Borgias, House of Cards, For All Mankind, and The Umbrella Academy. Feore is an Officer of the Order of Canada and a Governor General’s Performing Arts Lifetime Achievement Award laureate.


CHARLES OFFICER

A citizen of both Canada and the United Kingdom, Charles Officer studied at Cambridge University and graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design. He worked as a graphic designer and creative director in Toronto before attending the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre in New York. In 2002, Charles completed Short Hymn, Silent War (TIFF 2002, Sundance 2004) at the Canadian Film Centre’s director’s residency. The film earned his first Genie nomination in 2004. His debut feature, Nurse.Fighter.Boy, premiered at TIFF in 2008, screened in Berlin and at MoMA, and garnered 10 Genie nominations, including for Best Picture and Best Director. Charles made Playback magazine’s “10 to Watch” list in 2009 and received the Ontario Premier’s Emerging Artist Award that same year. His debut feature documentary, Mighty Jerome, won four Leo Awards and a 2012 Regional Emmy Award. He was the recipient of Hot Docs’ Don Haig Award of Merit in 2012 and went on to direct an episode of the Engraved On A Nation documentary series, which won a 2014 Canadian Screen Award. Charles has also directed episodes of the acclaimed television series Rookie Blue, Saving Hope and Private Eyes, starring Jason Priestly. He recently completed his second feature documentary, Unarmed Verses, produced by the National Film Board of Canada, and released The Skin We’re In, a documentary that follows celebrated journalist Desmond Cole as he pulls back the curtain on racism in Canada.


JASON RYLE

Jason Ryle is a producer, programmer, curator, story editor, and arts consultant based in Toronto. He is Anishinaabe from Lake St. Martin, Manitoba. Jason was the Executive Director of imagineNATIVE from July 2010 to June 2020. In this capacity, Jason oversaw all operational and artistic activities of the annual imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, including the organization’s year-round initiatives, international partnerships, and special projects. He is currently working as a freelancer, with a focus in Indigenous media arts.


MINA SHUM

Mina Shum has written and directed award-winning films that have premiered at Sundance, Toronto, and Berlin. Her feature Double Happiness won Best Canadian Feature at TIFF, Best First Feature at Berlin, and an audience award at Torino. Her films include Drive, She Said; Long Life, Happiness & Prosperity; Ninth Floor (TIFF Top Ten), and Meditation Park, which won TIFF Film Circuit’s People’s Choice Award and CAAMFest’s Audience Award.


VERONICA TENNANT, C.C.

Veronica Tennant, as Prima Ballerina danced with such luminaries as Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Forming Veronica Tennant Productions in 1999, her filmography ranges from arts-performance — to drama — to documentary, winning several awards. Shadow Pleasures, which she conceived and directed, was written by Michael Ondaatje (seven Golden Sheaf Awards, Yorkton Film Festival incl. Norman Jewison Award Best Directing, Best Production, and Best of the Festival). Two of Veronica’s ‘shorts’ have screened in Cineplex theatres nationally: The Cinammon Peeler, pairing with Robert Altman’s The Company, and Something’s Coming – ‘Live’ International Simulcasts. Her Vida Y Danza, Cuba! was invited to the Havana Film Festival – the Canadian broadcast garnering Gemini nominations for Best Directing and Best Performing Arts Production. Inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2001, Veronica in turn created CWOF film tributes on Cirque du Soleil, Diana Krall, Roberta Bondar, Sarah Polley, and Mordecai Richler. Most recently, she produced Christopher Plummer: A Memoir, which screened at Hot Docs 2018 and was streamed in 2019. Honours include: The Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, and, in 2004, promotion to the highest rank, as a Companion of the Order of Canada.

Our Advisory Committee

Hussain Amarshi

Denys Arcand, C.C.

Carl Bessai

Sonia Bonspille-Boileau 

Gary Burns

Érik Canuel

Tantoo Cardinal

Jerry Ciccoritti

Heather Conway

David Cronenberg, C.C.

Andrew Currie

David Daniels

Philippe Falardeau

Niv Fichman

Émile Gaudreault

Danis Goulet

Paul Gross, O.C.

Piers Handling

David Hardy

Ronnie Dean Harris

Norman Jewison, C.C.

Peter Keleghan

Robert Lantos

Bruce McDonald

Don McKellar, C.M.

Deepa Mehta, O.C.

Charlotte Mickie

Alanis Obomsawin, C.C.

Marguerite Pigott

Gordon Pinsent, C.C

Jennifer Podemski

Michel Poulette

Peter Raymont

Irfhan Rawji

Dr. Duke Redbird

Denise Robert

Patricia Rozema

Adam Smoluk

Tara Spencer-Nairn

Amanda Strong

Jacob Tierney

Clement Virgo

Karen Walton

Janelle Wookey

Reel Opportunities Advisory Committee

Tyson Caron, On Screen Manitoba

Laura Churchill, NF Film Commission

Chris Dunn, Ontario Creates

Katannya Lee, Creative BC

Joy Loewen, National Screen Institute

Christine Maestracci, Bureau du cinéma et de la télévision du Québec (BCTQ)

Monty Montgomerie, IATSE Canada

Erin O’Connor, City of Calgary, Calgary Film Centre

Lisa Purdy, Creative BC

Biju Pappachan, POV