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WIFT Toronto Crystal Awards

35th WIFT Toronto Crystal Awards Luncheon Gala

We are thrilled to be returning back in-person for our 35th anniversary of the incredible WIFT Toronto Crystal Awards. This year's luncheon gala is set to take place on Tuesday December 6, 2022 at Arcadian Court in downtown Toronto.

The Crystal Awards, established in 1988, is WIFT Toronto’s annual tribute gala to individuals making significant contributions in the Canadian screen-based media industry. Since its inception three and a half decades ago, more than 170 esteemed individuals have been recognized for excellence in creativity, innovation, and leadership: and their commitment to mentoring the next generation of creators and industry leaders.

2022 AWARD RECIPIENTS

Our 2022 Crystal Award recipients are:

Outstanding Achievement In Business: Jocelyn Hamilton - President, Canada, eOne Television at Entertainment One
Creative Excellence Award: Sarah Polley - Director, Writer, Author, Actor
Mentorship Award sponsored by Company 3: Frances-Anne Solomon - Writer, Producer, Director
Digital Trailblazer Award: Ramona Pringle - Digital Journalist, Multi-Platform Producer, Professor
Special Jury Award of Distinction: Christa Dickenson - President & CEO, CPAC (Cable Public Affairs Channel)

2022 HOST

Our 2022 Crystal Awards Host is Amanda Brugel

2022 SPONSORS & PARTNERS

WIFT Toronto thanks the following 35th Annual Crystal Awards partners and sponsors for their support:

Reception Sponsor: eOne

Event Sponsors: City of Toronto, Ontario Creates, Paramount+ Canada, Spin Master Ltd., Telefilm Canada, and WildBrain

Event Supporters: Bell Media, M.A.C. Cosmetics, NABET 700-M UNIFOR, Take 5 Productions, and William F. White

Design & Production Partner: Big Bang Beige

Want to join us in illuminating enterprising and barrier-breaking women in Canada's film, TV and digital media industry? Contact us today to inquire about sponsorship opportunities. We look forward to partnering with you!

PAST HIGHLIGHTS

WATCH: 2021 WIFT Toronto Crystal Awards (Highlight Reel)

Video courtesy of Big Bang Beige

CREATIVE EXCELLENCE

‍Past winners include: Sarah Polley, Jennifer Holness, Marsha Greene, Mary Young Leckie, Edwina Follows, Mary Harron, Michelle Crespi, Christina Piovesan, Sally Catto, Semi Chellas, Julie Bristow, Shelley Saywell, Tassie Cameron.

This award recognizes the dynamic quality of the recipient’s work in the screen-based media. Their recent work has gained national and/or international attention in the previous year and has established a standard for those working in the industry.

DIGITAL TRAILBLAZER

Past recipients include: Ramona Pringle, Ana Serrano, Sue Haas, Kim Gibson, Deb Day, Diane Williamson, Barbara Bailie, Lucie Lalumière.

This award recognizes the recipient’s significant contributions to Canada's digital and interactive media industry, as demonstrated by their creativity and leadership—including but not limited to, idea generation, content creation, distribution, technology, audience engagement, and funding models. 

INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT

Past recipients include: Esta Spalding, Anne Dorval, Mia Kirshner, Sarah Gadon, Samantha Bee, Shirley Douglas, Catherine O'Hara, and Sandra Oh.

Presented to a woman in recognition of her significant and well-renowned body of work in Canada and abroad.

MENTORSHIP

Past recipients include: Frances-Anne Solomon, Anita Lee, Jennifer Kawaja, Alison Duke, Zoe Dirse, Karen Walton, Deborah Osborne, Ken Dhaliwal, Corrie Coe, Jay Switzer, Lalita Krishna, Susan Ross, Carol Whiteman, Lisa Meeches.

This award recognizes the recipient’s outstanding contribution to motivating and building the careers of emerging and mid-career individuals in the screen-based media industry. The recipient has guided and supported emerging professionals and has been a role model assisting entrepreneurs in growing their own companies.

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN BUSINESS

Past recipients include: Jocelyn Hamilton, Jane Tattersall, Beth Janson, Tammy Frick, Grace Carnale-Davis, Mary Bredin, Tracey Pearce, Joy Rosen, Barbara Bowlby, Margaret O'Brien, Anne Marie La Traverse, Noreen Halpern.

This award recognizes the recipient who—through the consistent quality of their work—has made a major contribution to the screen-based media industry as a leader in enterprise development. They have built a culture of excellence; inspiring colleagues to push the boundaries of innovation.

SPECIAL JURY AWARD OF DISTINCTION

The Special Jury Award of Distinction is presented to an individual who has built a legacy as a ground-breaking force in our industry and whose life's work is dedicated to building a vibrant, accessible, diverse, and active creative community.

Past recipients include: Christa Dickenson, Dr. Shirley Cheechoo C.M., Marci Ien, maxine bailey, Karen Thorne-Stone (Ontario Creates), Tonya Williams (ReelWorld Film Festival), Pat Ellingson (formerly, TVO), Susan Cavan (Accent Entertainment), and Trina McQueen (broadcasting industry pioneer).

WIFT Toronto Members are invited to nominate exceptional leaders in their sphere who have a minimum of 10 years of experience in the screen-based industry, for a Crystal Awards.

Nominations for the 2022 Crystal Awards are now closed. Check back in Summer 2023 for nomination information for the 2023 Crystal Awards.

Crystal Awards Alumni

2022

Jocelyn Hamilton (Outstanding Achievement in Business)

Frances-Anne Solomon (Mentorship)

Ramona Pringle (Digital Trailblazer)

Sarah Polley (Creative Excellence)

Christa Dickenson (Special Jury Award of Distinction)

2021

Jane Tattersall (Outstanding Achievement in Business)

Anita Lee (Mentorship)

Ana Serrano (Digital Trailblazer)

Jennifer Holness (Creative Excellence)

Dr. Shirley Cheechoo C. (Special Jury Award of Distinction)

2020

Beth Janson (Outstanding Achievement in Business)

Jennifer Kawaja (Mentorship)

Sue Haas (Digital Trailblazer)

Marsha Greene (Creative Excellence)

Marci Ien (Special Jury Award of Distinction)

2019

Tammy Frick (Outstanding Achievement in Business)

Esta Spalding (International Achievement)

Alison Duke (Mentorship)

Kim Gibson (Digital Trailblazer)

Mary Young Leckie (Creative Excellence)

maxine bailey (Special Jury Award of Distinction)

 

2018

Edwina Follows (Creative Excellence)

Grace Carnale-Davis (Outstanding Achievement in Business)

Zoe Dirse (Mentorship)

Deb Day (Digital Trailblazer)

Karen Thorne-Stone (Special Jury Award of Distinction)

 

2017

Mary Harron (Creative Excellence)

Mary Bredin (Outstanding Achievement in Business)

Karen Walton (Mentorship)

Diane Williamson (Digital Trailblazer)

Tonya Williams (Special Jury Award of Distinction)

 

2016

Michelle Crespi (Creative Excellence)

Tracey Pearce (Outstanding Achievement in Business)

Deborah Osborne (Mentorship)

Barbara Bailie (Digital Trailblazer)

Pat Ellingson (Special Jury Award of Distinction)

 

2015

Christina Piovesan (Creative Excellence)

Lisa Olfman & Joy Rosen (Outstanding Achievement in Business)

Ken Dhaliwal (Mentorship)

Lucie Lalumiere (Digital Trailblazer)

Susan Cavan (Special Jury Award of Distinction)

 

2014

Sally Catto (Creative Excellence)

Barbara Bowlby (Outstanding Achievement in Business)

Corrie Coe (Mentorship)

Trina McQueen (Special Jury Award of Distinction)

Anne Dorval (International Achievement)

 

2013

Semi Chellas (Creative Excellence)

Margaret O’Brien (Outstanding Achievement in Business)

Lalita Krishna (Mentorship)

Sheila Hockin (Special Jury Award of Distinction)

Mia Kirshner (International Achievement)

 

2012

Tara Ellis (Creative Excellence)

Susan Ross (Mentorship)

Anne Marie La Traverse (Outstanding Achievement)

Mary Ellen Carlyle (Special Jury Award of Distinction)

Sarah Gadon (International Achievement)

 

2011

Julie Bristow (Creative Excellence)

Noreen Halpern (Outstanding Achievement)

Carol Whiteman (Mentorship)

Samantha Bee (International Achievement)

 

2010

Lesley Harrison (Mentorship)

Jill Hennessy (International Achievement)

Laurie May (Outstanding Achievement)

Shelley Saywell (Creative Excellence)

 

2009

Tassie Cameron (Creative Excellence)

Shirley Douglas (International Achievement)

Lisa Meeches (Mentorship)

Christine Shipton (Outstanding Achievement)

Christa Singer (Special Jury Award of Distinction)

 

2008

Catherine O’Hara (International Achievement)

Kit Redmond (Mentorship)

Sandi Ross (Special Jury Award of Distinction)

Virginia Thompson (Creative Excellence)

Barb Williams (Outstanding Achievement)

2007

Tecca Crosby (Mentorship)

Ilana Frank (Creative Excellence)

Judy Gladstone (Outstanding Achievement)

Toni Myers (Outstanding Achievement)

Sandra Oh (International Achievement)

Claire Prieto (Special Jury Award of Distinction)

2006

Jennifer Baichwal (Creative Excellence)

Jeanne Beker (Special Jury Award of Distinction)

Karen Gelbart (Mentorship)

Christina Jennings (Outstanding Achievement)

Linda Schuyler (International Achievement)

2005

Gail Asper (Outstanding Achievement)

Arsinee Khanjian (Creative Excellence)

Bonnie Sherr Klein (Special Jury Award of Distinction)

Bill Mustos (Mentorship)

Kelly Rowan (International Achievement)

2004

Kim Cattrall (International Achievement)

Dianne Schwalm (Phyllis Switzer Mentorship Award)

Maria Topalovich (Outstanding Achievement Award)

Debbie Travis (Creative Excellence Award)



2003

Isme Bennie (Outstanding Achievement)

Kathryn Emslie (Mentorship)

Deepa Mehta (Award for Creative Excellence)

Cynthia Reyes (Outstanding Achievement)

2002

Norm Bolen (Friend of WIFT Toronto Award)

Phyllis Platt (Outstanding Achievement Award)

2001

Silva Basmajian (Outstanding Achievement)

Rebecca Jenkins (Creative Excellence)

Janis Lundman & Adrienne Mitchell (Excellence in Production)

Don MacLean (Friend of WIFT Toronto Award)

Laura Michalchyshyn (Excellence in Mentorship/Professional Development)

2000

Susanne Boyce (Professional Development)

Wendy Crewson (Creative Excellence)

Christina Ford (Excellence in Production)

Paul Gratton (Friend of WIFT Toronto Award)

Jane Tattersall (Excellence in Production)

Phyllis Yaffe (Lifetime Achievement)

1999

Wayne Clarkson (Friend of WIFT Toronto Award)

Camelia Frieberg (Excellence in Production)

Jan Miller (Excellence in Training or Professional Development)

Annabel Slaight (Lifetime Achievement)

Stacey Stewart Curtis (Excellence in Training or Professional Development)

Joyce Wieland (posthumously) (Lifetime Achievement)

1998

Jennifer Dale (Outstanding Achievement)

Sandra Faire (Outstanding Achievement)

Peter Flemington (Friend of WIFT Toronto Award)

Sarah Polley (Outstanding Achievement)

Anna Maria Tremonti (Outstanding Achievement)

Mary Walsh (Outstanding Achievement)

Janice Porteous (CBC WIFT Toronto Woman Writer’s Award)

1997

Denise Donlon (Outstanding Achievement)

Patricia Rozema (Outstanding Achievement)

Sonja Smits (Outstanding Achievement)

Joyce Davidson Susskind (Special Award)

Barbara Willis Sweete (Outstanding Achievement)

Pamela Wallin (Outstanding Achievement)

1996

Micheline Charest (Outstanding Achievement)

Doug Dales (Friend of WIFT Toronto Award)

Luba Goy (Outstanding Achievement)

Trina McQueen (Outstanding Achievement)

Barbara Samuels (Outstanding Achievement)

1995

Suzette Couture (Outstanding Achievement)

Rita Shelton Deverell (Outstanding Achievement)

Martha Henry (Outstanding Achievement)

Alexandra Raffe (Outstanding Achievement)

Ted Rogers (Friend of WIFT Toronto Award)

1994

Joan Hutton (Outstanding Achievement)

Heather McGillivray (Outstanding Achievement)

Ann Medina (Outstanding Achievement)

Alanis Obomsawin (Outstanding Achievement in Direction)

Jay Switzer (Friend of WIFT Toronto Award)

1993

Tantoo Cardinal (Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award)

Ivan Fecan (Friend of WIFT Toronto Award)

Deepa Mehta (Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award)

Joan Pennefather (Astral Award)

Helga Stephenson (Outstanding Achievement Award)

Anne Wheeler (Outstanding Achievement Award)

1992

Marilyn Belec

Don Haig (Friend of WIFT Toronto Award)

Sheila McCarthy (Outstanding Achievement Award)

Deepa Mehta (Outstanding Achievement Award)

Nancy Smith

1991

Nancy Archibald (Outstanding Achievement Award)

Andrea Martin (Outstanding Achievement Award)

Dodi Robb (Outstanding Achievement Award)

Arla Saare (Outstanding Achievement Award)

1990

Susan Rubes (Lifetime Achievement Award)

Andra Sheffer (Outstanding Achievement Award)

Gail Singer (Outstanding Achievement Award)

1989

Barbara Barde (Outstanding Achievement Award)

Rena Krawagna (Outstanding Achievement Award)

Helen Shaver (Outstanding Achievement Award)

1988

Kay Armatage (Outstanding Achievement Award)

Jackie Burroughs (Outstanding Achievement Award)

Phyllis Switzer (Award of Merit)

“The Crystal Awards creates a wonderful opportunity to recognize women and their accomplishments, as well as inspire others. I was deeply honoured to be the recipient of the inaugural Digital Trailblazer Crystal Award.”
~Lucie Lalumière, Founder & Principal, Lalumière Media
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