Our Team

Jack Blum

Executive Director

Sharon Corder

Artistic Director

Jenna Hijazi

Operations Director

Katarina Gligorijevic

Director of Special Projects & National Canadian Film Day

Alison Zemell

Administrative and Programming Director

Dianne Schwalm

Development Consultant

Ariel Smith (nēhiyaw)

Indigenous Film Programme Manager

Eric Tisch

Programming Manager

Pari Ludin

Reel Opportunities Manager

Diriye Hassan

Outreach Manager

Joshua Bertram

Educational Resources Manager

Rebecca Poier

Communications Manager

Arielle Goldschläger

National Canadian Film Day International Manager

Eda Ataergin

Development and Festivals Coordinator

Ben Whyte

Festivals Coordinator

Austin MacDonald

Reel Opportunities Coordinator

Ettie Nxumalo

Reel Opportunities Coordinator

Cait MacMullin

Communications Coordinator

Alicia Lapeña-Barry

Bilingual Coordinator

Laura Chaignon

Bilingual Coordinator

National Canadian Film Day Programming Manager: Ravi Srinivasan

Technical Director: Mark Meeks

Graphic Designer: Chantal Speirs (Anishinaabe)

Senior Reel Opportunities Coordinator: Sadiah Rahman

Video Production: MXL Media

Indigenous Education Consultant: Ronnie Dean Harris (Stō:lo/St’át’imc/

Digital Strategy Consultant: Andrew Escobar

Programming Consultant, Quebec: Martin Bilodeau

Programmer Emeritus: Marc Glassman

Web Resources Consultant: Chris Lane

Marketing and Communications Consultant: Cara McCutcheon

Regional Representatives:

  • Atlantic — Patrick MacNeil
  • British Columbia — Sue Biely, Brie Koniczek
  • Manitoba — Terri Cherniack
  • Quebec — Wendy Singer, Francesca Pecora

Translator: Melissa Zeroual

National Honourary Patron: The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson

Founding Patron: David Miller, 63rd Mayor of Toronto

Our Board

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!

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.

Liz Shorten

Board Secretary

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.

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 SaidLong Life, Happiness & ProsperityNinth 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.

Curtis Barlow

Departing Board 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. From 1990-1996, 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.

Our Advisory Committee

Hussain Amarshi

Denys Arcand, C.C.

Carl Bessai

Sonia Bonspille-Boileau

Gary Burns

Érik Canuel

Jerry Ciccoritti

Heather Conway

David Cronenberg, C.C.

Andrew Currie

David Daniels

Philippe Falardeau

Niv Fichman

Émile Gaudreault

Bryan Gliserman

Paul Gross, O.C.

Piers Handling

David Hardy

Norman Jewison, C.C.

Robert Lantos

Bruce McDonald

Don McKellar, C.M.

Deepa Mehta, O.C.

Charlotte Mickie

Alanis Obomsawin, C.C.

Geoff Pevere

Gordon Pinsent, C.C

Sarah Polley, O.C.

Michel Poulette

Peter Raymont

Irfhan Rawji

Denise Robert

Patricia Rozema

Bill Skolnik

Adam Smoluk

Tara Spencer-Nairn

Jacob Tierney

Jean-Marc Vallée, O.C.

Clement Virgo

Karen Walton

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