REEL CANADA’s Board of Directors and Advisory Committees are made up of dedicated individuals in the film and media industry and related disciplines. Their expertise and dedication enable us to do the amazing work we do. We want to give a heartfelt thank you to each and every one of these amazing supporters!
Board of Directors
Curtis Barlow, Board President and Chair
Curtis Barlow began his professional career in the arts in 1977 as executive director of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT). In 1986, he was appointed cultural counsellor to the United Kingdom at the Canadian High Commission in London, and director of the Canada House Cultural Centre. From1990-1996, he served as Canadian cultural counsellor to the United States, and from 1996 to 2001, was executive director and CEO of the Confederation Centre of the Arts. From 2001 to 2003, he served as director of the Arts and Cultural Industries Promotion Division at the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in Ottawa. Curtis Barlow was appointed deputy secretary (Policy, Program and Protocol) to the Governor General of Canada in March 2003. He became CEO of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship in 2007 and in 2011 completed a two-year term as executive director of the Fort York Foundation. Since 2007, Barlow has served on the boards of directors of the Toronto Arts Council and Toronto Arts Foundation.
Reg Bronskill, Board Treasurer
Reg Bronskill began his career in theatre design and his set, costume and lighting designs were showcased in plays, musicals and operas across North America. He currently enjoys a successful and dynamic career in the North American entertainment business markets, producing live events, international sports spectaculars, digital animation, interactive media and experiential marketing programs. As the Chairman and CEO of The Bronskill Group, Reg oversees the strategic direction & operations of four companies, BaAM Productions, BPBZ, Inc, InViVo Communications, Inc and Spongelab. Recognized for Reg’s strategic visioning, product development and marketing expertise, his company’s clients include 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.
Liz Shorten, Board Secretary
Liz Shorten has been working to build capacity in the film, television and digital media sectors for the past 20 years. Shorten has held senior positions at the Ontario Film Development Corporation, British Columbia Film, CBC Television and Mediaskillset Consulting. She is currently Managing Vice-President, Operations and Member Services at the Canadian Media Production Association, BC Producers’ Branch. In her role at the CMPA-BC, Shorten advocates for BC companies, creates policies and strategies to assist in industry growth, and organizes industry development initiatives. She sits on the National Board of Directors of the Cultural Human Resources Council, REEL CANADA and is president of Women in View. In BC, Shorten is Secretary/Treasurer for the Crazy8s Film Society, a member of the Screen Based HR Sector Council, is active in the Motion Picture Production Industry Association as Co-Chair of its Education and Training Committee and member of its Executive and Government Affairs Committees, and is a member of the Advocacy Committee of Women in Film and Television Vancouver. She sits on the Film Industry Advisory Committees of Capilano University and Praxis/Simon Fraser University. Shorten is recipient of the Women in Film and Television “Wayne Black Service Award” in honour of her “behind-the scenes” work in support of the film and television industry in BC.
Atom Egoyan, C.C.
Atom Egoyan has produced a significant body of work in film, television, and theatre. He has won 42 awards and been nominated for 35 others at film 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. 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.
Veronica Tennant, C.C.
Veronica Tennant, as Prima Ballerina with The National Ballet of Canada, danced with such luminaries as Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov. In her second career, she has garnered considerable acclaim as a filmmaker, writer, producer/director, with her works winning several awards, including the prestigious International Emmy Award. Her most recent bravoFACT short, Something’s Coming!, was telecast in 2013 by CBC and screened theatrically in CINEPLEX theatres across the country as part of their ‘Live Broadcasts’ programming. Inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2001, Tennant also created CWOF film tributes on Cirque du Soleil, Roberta Bondar, Sarah Polley and Mordecai Richler, and has served as a UNICEF Ambassador since 1995. Among her honours; Canada Council’s Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts and The Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement . In 2004, she was elevated to the rank of Companion of the Order of Canada, the country’s highest honour.
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. In 13 seasons at the Stratford Festival he portrayed virtually all of Shakespeare’s leading men, including Richard III, Iago, Romeo, Hamlet and Macbeth. International screen credits most recently include Kenneth Branagh’s JACK RYAN, Marc Webb’s THE AMAZING SPIDERMAN 2, and THOR with Anthony Hopkins, as well as the Showtime miniseries THE BORGIAS, to name just a few. As a champion of Canadian culture he has lent his time and talents to many good works, including acting as host of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards for the past several years.
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. Charles returns to fiction filmmaking with the animated feature AFRICVILLE and crime drama AKILLA’S ESCAPE, slated for release in 2017.
Writer and director, Mina Shum’s award-winning features have won top festival awards at TIFF, Berlin, Torino, Vancouver as well as Director’s Guild and Writer’s Guild honours. Films DOUBLE HAPPINESS and LONG LIFE, HAPPINESS AND PROSPERITY (co-written with Dennis Foon) had their US premieres at Sundance. Her films have been released commercially in over 50 countries. Most recently, NINTH FLOOR was named TIFF TOP TEN 2015 and honoured with the WIFTV Artistic Achievement Award. Shum is now preparing her next feature, MEDITATION PARK.
National Honourary Patron: Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson
Founding Patron: David Miller, 63rd Mayor of Toronto