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

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

  • Michelle Daly
  • Maria Hale
  • Alex Lalonde
  • Linda Stregger
  • Edith Myers
  • Natalie Osborne
  • In Memory of Neale Walton (Karen Walton)

Partner $100-299

  • Helen Argiro
  • Sasha Boersma
  • Ken Boone
  • Alexander Brant
  • Sonia Brar
  • Cameron Pictures
  • Cartt.ca
  • Marcia Douglas
  • Emily Harris
  • Laura Heath Potter
  • Laurie Januska
  • Susan Karnay
  • Rachel Kellogg
  • Dianna Klisanin
  • Julie Kumaria
  • Olga Kuplowska
  • Sonia Shields
  • Anne Loi
  • Jane Loughman
  • Terry Markus
  • Kristine Murphy
  • In Memory of Penny Nettlefold (Mary Bredin)
  • Tamara Shannon
  • Andra Sheffer
  • Robin Smillie
  • Cassandra Smith
  • Douglas Smith
  • Virginia Thompson
  • Brian & Pauline Webb
  • Bianca Williamson
  • Diane Williamson
  • Joyce Zemans

Friend $20-99

  • Ramona Barckert
  • Jane Beaubin
  • Ruthie Calarco
  • Venissa de Castro & William Sagle
  • Elaine Friend
  • Michelle Hatt
  • Lavinia Latham
  • Iain Lowe
  • Dan Lyon
  • Jensenne Roculan
  • Fiona Savage
  • Rekha Shah
  • E. Jane Thompson
  • Sydney Urbanek

meet our remarkable team



COO, Digital Howard

Alex’s career spans over 25 years in film and TV, and now in Digital Media as the COO of leading 360 media production house; Digital Howard. Alex joined the Digital Howard team in 2015 to produce Terracosm, the AR/VR live action adventure game launching in science centres in 2017. Alex’s work includes CSA-winning Wynonna Earp Digital as well as many other innovative projects coming out of Digital Howard. Previously, Alex spent 5 years in the role of Executive in Charge of Production for First Generation Films as head of business affairs and Executive Producer on several films including LifeRegression, and The Whistleblower. Other organizations on her resume include the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, Telefilm Canada, the CMF and the Motion Picture Bond Company. Alex also serves as the Chair of the Foundation for WIFT-T.


Senior Director of Finance & Business Affairs Spin Master Ltd.

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.


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.


VP, Media, NBCUniversal Canada

As Vice President of Media for Universal Pictures, Tamara is responsible for all of the advertising and promotional initiatives for the studio’s releases in Canada. Past and current releases include Jurassic WorldFifty Shades of GreyGet OutFate of the Furious 8, and Despicable Me 3. Prior to joining NBCUniversal, Tamara Shannon was Vice President of Marketing and Promotions at Entertainment One where she led the strategic marketing initiatives for a diverse group of studio and independent film product including The Twilight SagaBeasts of the Southern Wild and Gnomeo and Juliet.

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


Read our latest Financial Report (2016) here.