Our Foundation

making a difference

our purpose

Supporting Women's advancement

The Foundation for Women in Film & Television–Toronto plays a critical role in funding and increasing access to WIFT-T programs and events.

The Foundation for WIFT-T raises funds to enable WIFT-T to carry out its mission to empower women in the screen-based industry. Funds raised help subsidize our custom-tailored professional development programs and offer bursaries and scholarships.

By donating to our Foundation, you make it possible for women to attend our programs and gain invaluable business and leadership skills, access to industry and academic leaders, and career advancement opportunities.

“WIFT-T is more important than ever in ensuring that women’s role in the entertainment industry continues to grow.”
~Donor Virginia Thompson, President, Vérité Films

WIFT-T in 2017









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Our mission would not be possible without the generous support of our donors. The Foundation for Women in Film & Television–Toronto gratefully acknowledges the contributions of the following companies, foundations and individuals.


Thank you to our Foundation Donors for generously donating throughout the year:

Champion $10,000-20,000

Mentor $5,000-9,999

Patron $2,500-4,999

Trina McQueen, O.C.

Benefactor $1,000-2,499

Gail Asper, O.C., O.M., LL.D. & Michael Paterson
Mark Boone & Heather Webb
Christina Buchli, Buchli Goldstein LLP
Gaye McDonald

Supporter $600-999

Jocelyn Hamilton

Fan $300-599

  • Helen Argiro
  • Janet Chant
  • Michelle Daly
  • Maria Hale
  • J. J. Johnson
  • Anne Loi
  • David Kines
  • Edith Myers
  • Marilyn Orecchio
  • Natalie Osborne
  • In Memory of Neale Walton (Karen Walton)

Partner $100-299

  • Noora Abu Eitah
  • Susan Alexander
  • Ken Boone
  • Alexander Brant
  • Sonia Brar
  • Cameron Pictures
  • Cartt.ca
  • In Honour of Rose Casella (Stephanie Kraaijkamp)
  • Semi Chellas
  • Marcia Douglas
  • Kathryn Emslie
  • Emily Harris
  • Laura Heath Potter
  • Laurie Januska
  • Susan Karnay
  • Rachel Kellogg
  • Gloria Kim
  • Dianna Klisanin
  • Julie Kumaria
  • Olga Kuplowska
  • Alex Lalonde
  • Jane Loughman
  • In Honour of Jennifer Mallette (Michael Kashuba)
  • Terry Markus
  • Kristine Murphy
  • In Memory of Penny Nettlefold (Mary Bredin)
  • Tom Rylett
  • Tamara Shannon
  • Sonia Shields
  • Robin Smillie
  • Cassandra Smith
  • Douglas Smith
  • Linda Stregger
  • Virginia Thompson
  • Toronto Silent Film Festival Ltd.
  • Brian & Pauline Webb
  • Joyce Zemans

Friend $20-99

  • Ramona Barckert
  • Jane Beaubien
  • Sasha Boersma
  • Ruthie Calarco
  • Venissa de Castro & William Sagle
  • Don Carmody Television Inc.
  • Penny Eizenga
  • Elaine Friend
  • Cheryl Fullerton
  • Michelle Hatt
  • In Honour of Gloria Kim (Ian Tuason)
  • Dawn Kuisma
  • Lavinia Latham
  • Iain Lowe
  • Dan Lyon
  • Gina Power
  • Melissa Randle
  • Jensenne Roculan
  • Fiona Savage
  • Rekha Shah
  • Andra Sheffer
  • Vanessa Steinmetz
  • E. Jane Thompson
  • Sydney Urbanek
  • Bianca Williamson
  • Diane Williamson

meet our remarkable team



VP, Business Development & Operations
New Metric Media

Bringing over 25 years of career experience in Film, Television and Digital Media, Alex is Currently VP of Business Development and Operations at New Metric Media (Letterkenny, Bad Blood, What Would Sal Do?). Previously, Alex held the position of COO at Digital Howard, producing the cutting edge AR/VR Adventure game Terracosm and winning back-to-back Canadian Screen Awards for Wynonna Earp Interactive (seasons one and two). Alex spent 5 years in the role of Executive-in-Charge of Production for First Generation Films, and Head of Business Affairs & Executive Producer on several films including Life, Regression, Red Lights and The Whistleblower. Other organizations on her resume include Secret Location, ACCT, Telefilm Canada, CMF and the Motion Picture Bond Company. Alex also mentors emerging talent through Schulich’s Adopt an Executive MBA program and is a WIFT-T Board member.


Lawyer, Independent Business & Legal Affairs Consultant

Terry Markus is an independent consultant and lawyer providing business and legal affairs services to the screen-based industry.  A graduate of the University of Toronto and Queen’s University Law School, she has held various senior legal, business and regulatory affairs positions at: Astral Media Inc.; Alliance Communications Corporation’s broadcasting division; Catalyst Entertainment Inc.; and Gullane Entertainment PLC group of companies. Terry has also worked at S-VOX Group of Companies in the roles of Executive Vice-President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary. She has co-executive produced a feature-length theatrical film, Suck, which premiered at TIFF in 2009; executive produced a documentary short, Chasing the Lion; and, is executive producing a feature-length theatrical film, Cold Strings.

Janet Chant

Director of Finance, Toronto Blue Jays

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.


Vice President, Finance, Entertainment
Spin Master

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.

Helen Argiro

Writer, Executive Producer, Director
Rebel Street Productions

With a decade of film and TV experience to her credit, Helen wrote the feature film screenplay adaptation of bestselling author Jay McInerney's novel: Story of My Life. She is the co-writer/producer/director of the independent feature film Hayley's Comment—showcased in the Film Canada Pavilion at Cannes. She also spent four years working in development at TVO. More recently, Helen's first collection of short stories Sex & Suburban Lunacy, a popular cult favorite, was selected by Ranker as one of the Top 50 Best Absurdist Fiction books of all time. Sex & Suburban Lunacy is currently being adapted into a romantic-comedy series for cable TV. Helen has also written and performed stand-up comedy at the Comedy Bar (Toronto). Her company, Rebel Street Productions, has projects in various stages of development, including the scripted series Byron Pope, and the comedy series Unionville.



With over 20 years of experience in the advertising and broadcasting arena, Marilyn Orecchio has developed a strong, multi-disciplined approach to business. Most recently she held the role of Vice President, National Sales at Corus Entertainment, where she was responsible for establishing and executing the Business Development Strategy for the Corus Entertainment brands. Marilyn played an instrumental role in building Corus’ reputation as a strong solutions provider that leverages content and insights to deliver results. Currently, Marilyn is engaged as a Sales and Strategy Consultant working with female entrepreneurs in the areas of software, travel and content creation.

the nuts & bolts


Learn more about the visionary work of the Foundation for WIFT-T and see how your support helps us create opportunities for the next generation of industry leaders.


Click on the link to view any of the following reports directly in your web browser:
2015 Foundation Annual Report
2014 Foundation Annual Report
2013 Foundation Annual Report


Review our latest reports:
2017 Financial Report
2016 Financial Report