June 12, 2018
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Announcements

Congratulations, Class of '18! 16 graduate from WIFT-T Media Leadership Program

After completing 5 months of intense executive-level learning, 16 media professionals graduate from WIFT-T's prestigious Media Leadership Program.

On May 26th, we wrapped our Media Leadership Program. The unique Schulich School of Business (York University) certificate program is aimed at media professionals seeking to advance to the c-suite or to enhance the competitiveness of their businesses. Combining top-level business school learning with industry-focused insights and best practices, the Media Leadership Program covers a range of executive-level topics, including business communications, financial management, marketing, organizational behaviour, and strategic and innovative leadership.

“In an industry undergoing profound transformations on so many levels, we need leadership more than ever. The Media Leadership Program […] is an amazing opportunity to do just that. The program prepared me in ways I could not imagine and encouraged me to lean in to the changes that we are currently facing and that will continue for the foreseeable future.”

~Heidi Lasi, Producer/President, Pelee Entertainment

The 2018 graduating class included:  Adrienne Allan, Associate Director, Strategic Solutions (CBC); Ann Shin, Producer/Director (Fathom Film Group); Bram Abramson, Lawyer, Open Web Fellow, Lecturer (School of Creative Industries - Ryerson); Heidi Lasi, Producer/President (Pelee Entertainment); Jalpa Patel, Controller (DHX Media); Jay Bennett, SVP Creative and Innovation (Shaftesbury); Kelsey Aikman, Manager, Marketing and Communications (CBC); Kimberley Ball, Director, Media Relations and Sponsorship (Super Channel); Louise Jones, VP Finance and Business Affairs (Guru Studio); Randi Bulatovich, Director, Production Financing (Entertainment One Television); Rayne Zukerman, Lawyer/Producer (Indian Grove Productions); Renee Dupuis-Macht, Sr. Manager, Communications (CTV News, Bell Media Radio and Discovery Networks); Sonia Shields, Post Production Supervisor (Breakthrough Entertainment Inc.); Stephanie Fast, Vice President, Production and Post Production (Frantic Films); Tanya Green, VP, Production (9 Story Media Group); and Theresa Kowall-Shipp, Producer/Writer/Director.

“The Media Leadership Program was an incredibly inspiring and relevant media business program. I would recommend it to anyone that would like to take their career to the next level.”

~Stephanie Fast, Vice President, Production and Post Production, Frantic Films

We’re proud of all participants and look forward to the futures they will build to advance Canada’s screen-based media industry.

Thank you to our amazingly insightful faculty for sharing their knowledge and years of substantial experience. Additional thanks to the Miles S. Nadal Management Centre and staff for hosting us.

Special thanks to our Presenting Partner, Bell Media, and to Schulich School of Business, York University.

Finally, our gratitude to Trina McQueen, O.C. (Bell Media Professor, MBA Program in Arts, Media and Entertainment Management, Schulich), and Joyce Zemans, C.M. (Director, MBA Program in Arts, Media and Entertainment Management, Schulich) for their unfaltering support and guidance, knowledge and generosity.

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