About WIFT-T

who we are

who we are

WOMEN IN FILM & TELEVISION - TORONTO

Founded in 1984, WIFT-T is a member-based organization of enthusiastic people committed to the development and advancement of women in the screen-based industry. The following beliefs form our philosophy.

  • Women are smart, powerful and committed industry leaders.
  • Through WIFT-T, women are empowered to connect, learn and advance.
  • WIFT-T members get the job done.
  • We believe the screen-based media industry is stronger with a committed, connected and well-trained workforce.
  • We respect and acknowledge leaders who advance women’s careers, by recognizing hard work and all meaningful contributions.

WIFT-T in 2017

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MENTORSHIPS
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15

Awards
Bestowed

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Occasions
to Network

40

Mentorship Matches

226

Hours of Programming

our inspirational board

BOARD MEMBERS

JOCELYN HAMILTON, CHAIR

President, Canada, eOne Television

Jocelyn Hamilton leads all Canadian operations for Entertainment One Television. In her role, she focuses on building and broadening strong relationships with creative talent, Canadian broadcasters, and content brand builders. Jocelyn has over 25 years of creative and business experience in the entertainment industry. Prior to eOne, she served as VP, Programming & Original Productions, Corus Kids, where she was responsible for all content strategies, programming and original productions. She also held a number of key roles, overseeing Comedy and Drama original programming for all Corus specialty networks as well as Movie Central and HBO Canada. Jocelyn currently sits on the advisory boards for Ryerson RTA School of Media and the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.

Linda Stregger, CPA, CMA, TREASURER & Vice-chair

Vice President, Finance | Entertainment
Spin Master Entertainment

Linda is responsible for the financial leadership of Spin Master’s Entertainment Division ensuring the smooth interface between the finance and production departments. Linda is tasked with maximizing all funding opportunities allowing for optimum paths for development, production, and exploitation of all Spin Master’s film and television assets. Prior to joining Spin Master, Linda was co-owner of an independent production company and an award winning Producer specializing in Lifestyle and Documentaries. Linda also enjoys instructing at the TV Arts Program at Humber College in Toronto and serves as the Treasurer for three not-for-profit organizations. Linda received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from York University and is a CPA, CMA.

SONIA BRAR, Secretary

VP, IT, Bell Media

Sonia Brar is Vice President, IT – Bell Media. She leads IT strategy, delivery, infrastructure and application support across Bell Media, for TV, Radio, and Out-of-Home. In addition, Sonia has accountability for development quality assurance and automation strategy for Bell IT. Since joining Bell in 2001, Sonia has held various leadership positions across IT, leading large-scale systems implementations for consumer, small/medium business, call center operations, and media broadcast management. Prior to joining Bell, Sonia has experience from RBC and GE Medical Systems. She holds a Master of Business Administration and an Honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology from McMaster University.

SUSAN ALEXANDER

Production Executive, Corus Entertainment

Susan Alexander has been a creative force within Canadian television for over two decades, as a Producer and Executive for independent production companies and the broadcast community. As a Production Executive with Corus Entertainment, Susan has overseen the development and production of numerous dramatic series, including Mary Kills People, Ransom and Private Eyes. A recipient of several prestigious awards including a Gemini for Little Mosque on the Prairie, Susan has developed and produced hundreds of hours of Canadian television to critical acclaim. Equally important to her is the work she does nurturing emerging talent through her role as a mentor at the CFC, of which she is a proud graduate, and through many industry-sponsored programs. Susan is a member of WIFT-T, the WGC, the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, and is a graduate of WIFT-T's Media Leadership Program (2016).

Noora Abu Eitah

VP, Product Operations – Innovation Lab
Secret Location

As the first employee of Secret Location, an award-winning VR content and distribution studio, Noora witnessed how the evolution of technology we use to communicate shaped the way we build and design digital content. Noora produced high-profile interactive projects for ad agencies, entertainment producers and broadcasters that tap into the latest web, wearables, 360 video and VR technology. For the past eleven years, she has been supervising production management and operations, working closely with the rest of the leadership team on new business opportunities. In 2017, Noora moved into Secret Location’s product team specializing in VR distribution. She currently leads production services for Vusr Publisher, working with premium publishers such as National Geographic, AMC and The New York Times.

SASHA BOERSMA

Partner/Executive Producer, Sticky Brain Studios

Sasha’s 15-year career in Canadian screen media industries has spanned across game studios, television producers, funding agencies, and academia. She is the Co-Founder of Sticky Brain Studios, where she is responsible for project management and business affairs. Since 2013, Sticky Brain Studios has developed over 45 games and apps for clients, ranging from TV broadcasters to health tech, to not-for-profits. Starting her career at the Bell Fund, she moved to marblemedia where she held various posts in business affairs and produced award-winning interactive projects. Sasha currently sits on the OMDC IDM Industry Advisory Committee, and is a member of Interactive Ontario and Dames Making Games. She teaches post-graduate courses on accounting, marketing, business and entrepreneurship at Centennial College’s Story Arts Centre.

JANET CHANT

Director of Finance, Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club

As Finance Director, Toronto Blue Jays, Janet Chant leads the Finance operations for the Rogers Centre and Blue Jays. She has worked with Rogers in various capacities since 2008 including leading large transformation projects, implementing the Enterprise Risk Management program as well as supporting the Digital Media Publishing division. Prior to joining Rogers, she spent a few years in Fort McMurray, AB, working on a large municipal project and also taught business classes at Keyano College. Janet holds an MBA from Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto, and is a Certified Public Accountant.

MICHELLE DALY

Senior Director, Comedy, CBC

As Senior Director of CBC Comedy, Michelle Daly leads the team responsible for managing the creative development and production of CBC Television’s slate of comedic programming. Michelle joined the CBC as Executive in Charge of Production in 2011 and has overseen such comedies as Schitt’s CreekMr. D.This Hour Has 22 Minutes and The Rick Mercer Report. Prior to joining the CBC, Michelle was the Director of Content at The Comedy Network where she managed the creative elements on such programs as Corner GasDan for MayorPicnicface, and The Jon Dore Television Show. Her passion for comedy extends back to one of her first positions as an assistant to The Kids In The Hall. Michelle also served for three years on the board of the Canadian Comedy Awards and Festival.

SUSAN KARNAY

Business & Legal Affairs, Tangent Animation

Susan Karnay is an entertainment lawyer and consultant with over 20 years of experience in the Canadian film, television, music, and gaming industries. She currently handles business & legal affairs for Tangent’s animated film productions. Susan previously worked in the entertainment group of a leading national entertainment law firm and as in-house counsel for various Canadian production, broadcast and telecommunications companies. She holds a B.A. from the University of Toronto, M.B.A. from the Schulich School of Business, and LL.B. from the University of Western Ontario. Susan is an active supporter of the arts community in Toronto, and adjunct instructor of business law at Trent University.

GLORIA UI YOUNG KIM

Writer, Director

Born in Seoul, Korea, Gloria Ui Young Kim is an alumni of the University of Toronto, the Canadian Film Centre’s Director’s Lab, and TIFF Talent Lab. She wrote, directed, and produced her latest short, Flamenco, for CBC (2015) and won the 2017 Corus Fearless Female Filmmaker Award. Gloria has won numerous Golds for her commercial work at the Cannes Lions, Bessies, the Marketing Awards, One Club, ADCC, and has had over a million views online. She recently directed two episodes of Sinking Ship’s Dino Dana (TVO, Amazon); two episodes for Riverbanks’ When I Grow Up (TVO) and 7 episodes of BGM’s It’s My Party (TVO). Gloria is now working on two features: Deception, a thriller (WIFTV Genre Competition); and Queen of the Morning Calm, a redemption story (WIDC Feature Film Award). Gloria was chosen by Women in View as one of the 2017 Five in Focus and is a Creative Lead for Lunch agency.

Sam Linton

VP, Head of Original Content, Blue Ant Media

As VP, Head of Original Content for Blue Ant Media, Sam brings over 30 years of production expertise to services such as Cottage Life, T+E, Makeful and Smithsonian Canada. Sam oversees commissioning for BAM’s portfolio of brands, working closely with independent and in-house producers to create premium content that sells around the world. Sam has written, produced and directed many series and one-offs. She was previously Director of Programming for Discovery Canada and Animal Planet. As SVP of Factual for Cineflix Productions, she executive produced series like May Day, Final 24, Mega Moves and Urban Legends. As Acting Director of Factual Content for History Television, Sam oversaw shows like Ice Pilots and Secret History. As VP and executive producer for RTR Media, Sam executive produced BBQ Crawl and Mother of the Bride.

ANNE LOI

Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), DHX Media

Anne Loi, Chief Commercial Officer, works closely with senior management and the Company’s talented content teams to help drive DHX Media’s leading slate of kids’ and family shows. She oversees content production and financing, key external partnerships, and business analytics. Ms. Loi has been a core member of DHX Media’s leadership team since the Company’s founding in 2006, coming over with DECODE Entertainment when it merged with Halifax Film to form DHX Media. Prior to joining DHX Media, Ms. Loi was Vice President of Financial Strategy at Extend Media and before that, she held various management positions at IMG Group (now Lavalife), Proctor & Gamble and Deloitte. Ms. Loi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western University and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management.

Dylen POstnikoff

VP, Global Brand Strategy, Shaftesbury

Dylen Postnikoff is an award-winning and results-driven marketer with 13+ years of experience working in media and entertainment. Dylen draws on a proven track record of success in leadership and relationship-building skills, balanced with the pragmatism and cultural sensibility needed to create highly-visible 360 marketing campaigns for both the domestic and international market. In Dylen’s current role as VP, Global Brand Strategy at Shaftesbury, she is responsible for cultivating and serving the company’s global audiences while expanding its content footprint, focusing on audience awareness, audience loyalty, and increasing engagement by building on existing global fandoms, and tapping into passionate audiences to create deep and dynamic new ones.

ANDRA SHEFFER

CEO, Independent Production Fund, Cogeco Program Development Fund

Andra Sheffer is the CEO of two private funds supporting the Canadian digital media, television and film industries:  the Independent Production Fund which invests in drama series created for digital platforms; and the COGECO Program Development Fund for the development of digital drama and production of television drama.  She was the founding Executive Director of the Bell Fund, 1997-2014.  Andra was also the founding Executive Director of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, producing the annual Genie and Gemini Awards (now the Canadian Screen Awards).  She also served as Managing Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, with the federal government as a Certification Officer setting up the original CAVCO office, and at the Film Festivals Bureau promoting Canadian films internationally.

VIRGINIA THOMPSON

Co-Founder, Vérité Films

Virginia Thompson, President of Vérité Films, is an award-winning executive producer, TV series creator, and audience engagement strategist. Currently, Virginia is Executive Producer of Corner Gas: The Animated Series. She’s also Executive Producer of The Governor General Performing Arts Awards Gala, which aired on CBC and SRC in June 2017. Virginia also produced Corner Gas: The Sitcom (CTV), and Corner Gas: The Movie. Additional credits include the internationally acclaimed children’s series Incredible Story Studio (Disney/YTV), the youth drama series renegadepress.com (Global, APTN) and the comedy series InSecurity (CBC). Virginia enjoys mentoring emerging creators and producers. She’s a board member for The National Screen Institute and a guest lecturer at Ryerson School of Media.

our remarkable team

Staff

KAREN BRUCE

Executive Director, WIFT-T

Bio coming soon.

LAURIE JANUSKA

Director of Programming, WIFT-T

When Laurie and her squad won the All-Ontario Secondary School Cheerleading Championship, she had no idea how much those skills would influence her career – supporting and encouraging the team, planning and leading the charge, occasionally lifting people over her head while executing synchronized footwork and singing exuberantly.

Laurie’s 25+ years of in-depth experience in the feature film, television and screen-based industry has prepared her for almost anything, scripted or improvised. Her experience climbing the ranks at a respected industry membership organization saw her creating professional development programming for the full range of creative workers, from entry level to career veterans, in an ever-changing work environment.

KADON DOUGLAS

Communications & Engagement Manager, WIFT-T

There are three things Kadon enjoys doing: sharing resources and knowledge, empowering others (especially those who are often marginalized), and witnessing the magic of film and television. As the Communications and Engagement Manager at WIFT-T, she gets to do all that. Talk about finding your niche!

Kadon is responsible for maintaining WIFT-T’s digital brand, ensuring members have the tools they need to advance their careers, and finding new and exciting ways to promote the vast talent of women in the industry.

PIA ABRAHAMS

Administrative Assistant, WIFT-T

Pia is a burgeoning screenwriter and filmmaker with a passion for cinema and great storytelling. She graduated from Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts with a BFA in Film Studies and has since then freelanced on various sets in a myriad of roles, from assistant director to art director, to PA. Pia also works part time as a screenwriting consultant at Script Society, helping screenwriters across the globe perfect their craft. Her 4th year short film, Bookends, that she wrote & directed—and was produced by Madison Falle—won the Industry Choice Award and was nominated for Best Director at the 2015 Toronto Youth Shorts Festival. Pia also received the William F. White International Award (Ryerson, 2014). When she’s not working, you can find Pia at the nearest Vietnamese restaurant eating some pho, or at a bookstore, adding titles to her neverending to-read list.

Christina anderson

Programs & Special Events Manager

As WIFT-T's Programs & Special Events Manager, Christina oversees the logistics for our many initiatives and hallmark events. A graduate from Carleton University’s Film Studies program, Christina continuously seeks out opportunities that combines her two favourite passions: parties and film! Before joining WIFT-T, Christina worked with TIFF’s internal event production department; producing and supporting TIFF’s year-round and festival related events. A true believer in community-based organizations, Christina also volunteers and has interned with local organizations such as the Art Gallery of Hamilton, the Hamilton Film Festival, and the Canadian Film Centre.

the nitty gritty

ANNUAL REPORTS & AGM

Each spring, at our Annual General Meeting, we invite our members and community to join us in celebrating and reviewing the achievements of the previous year. We also take this opportunity to share our vision for the current and upcoming year.

NOTICE OF WIFT-T AGM

Our Annual General Meeting will take place on May 6, 2019 at Goodmans LLP in Toronto (Agenda). RSVP here.

ANNUAL REPORTS

Access our annual reports:
2017 Annual Report
2015 Annual Report

FINANCIAL REPORT

Access our latest financial reports:
2017 Financial Report
2016 Financial Report