WIFT-T Crystal Awards

At WIFT-T, we take pride in not only providing opportunities for women to rise in their careers, we also celebrate their accomplishments and moments of triumph.

SAVE THE DATE: The 2020 WIFT-T Crystal Awards will take place on December 1 in Toronto.

LATEST NEWS: Empowered women empower women: 32nd Annual WIFT-T Crystal Awards Gala

Every year, since 1988, we’ve invited the community – our partners, supporters, and members – to join us in honouring the women and men who have paved the way in our industry. To date, more than 145 industry leaders have received a WIFT-T Crystal Award.


The 2020 Crystal Award Gala Luncheon award ceremony is tentatively set to take place on Tuesday December 1 at the Arcadian Court.  Whether we are physically able to come together in December or not, the Awards will still take place in some form because, no matter what, there are always women who deserve to be celebrated.


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!


WIFT-T Crystal Awards through the years (1988-2020)

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2019 Recipient: Mary Young Leckie, creative producer, Solo Productions

‍Past winners include: Edwina Follows, Mary Harron, Michelle Crespi, Christina Piovesan, Sally Catto, Semi Chellas, Tara Ellis, Julie Bristow, Shelley Saywell, Tassie Cameron.

Presented to a woman in recognition of dynamic quality of her work in screen-based media. Her recent work has gained national and/or international attention in the previous year, and has established a standard for those working in the industry.


2019 Recipient: Kim Gibson, program consultant, Ontario Creates

Past winners include: Deb Day, Diane Williamson, Barbara Bailie, Lucie Lalumière.

Presented to a woman in recognition of her significant contributions to Canada's digital and interactive media industry, as demonstrated by her creativity and leadership—including but not limited to, idea generation, content creation, distribution, technology, audience engagement, and funding models. 

INTERNATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT (will not be presented in 2020)

2019 Recipient: Esta Spalding, screenwriter, producer, showrunner

Past winners include: 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.


2019 Recipient: Alison Duke, co-founder, Oya Media Group

Past winners include: Zoe Dirse, Karen Walton, Deborah Osborne, Ken Dhaliwal, Corrie Coe, Jay Switzer, Lalita Krishna, Susan Ross, Carol Whiteman, Lesley Harrison, Lisa Meeches.

Presented to a woman or man who has made an outstanding contribution to the building of women's careers in the screen-based media industry. She or he vocally supports the advancement of women, offers guidance and support to emerging professionals, and assists women entrepreneurs in growing their own companies.


2019 Recipient: Tammy Frick. executive director, Cinefest Sudbury International Film Festival

‍Past winners include: Grace Carnale-Davis, Mary Bredin, Tracey Pearce, Lisa Olfman, Joy Rosen, Barbara Bowlby, Margaret O'Brien, Anne Marie La Traverse, Noreen Halpern.

Presented to a woman who—through the consistent quality of her work—has made a major contribution to the screen-based media industry as a leader in enterprise development. She has built a culture of excellence; inspiring her colleagues to push the boundaries of innovation.


2019 Recipient: maxine bailey, cultural maven and former vice-president, advancement, Toronto International Film Festival

This award is distributed at the discretion of the jury. The Special Jury Award of Distinction is presented to a woman who has built a legacy as a ground-breaking force in our industry and whose life's work is dedicated to building a vibrant, diverse, and active creative community. Past winners include: 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-T Members are invited to nominate exceptional leaders in their sphere who have a minimum of 10 years experience in the screen-based industry, for a 2020 Crystal Award.

Crystal Award winners are selected by an independent jury of past Crystal Award recipients (see link above). Please review this list before submitting your nomination. Previous winners can be nominated again; however, preference will be given to first time nominees (recipients within the past five years are not eligible).


·        Canadian Citizen, Landed Immigrant, or Permanent Resident

·        Minimum 10 years in the screen-based industry (film, television and/or digital media)

·        Current WIFT-T Board Members are not eligible for nomination

·        Recipients within the past five years are not eligible for nomination

·        Does not need to be a WIFT-T Member

You must be a WIFT-T member in good standing to nominate an individual for a Crystal Award; however,the person being nominated does not have to be a current WIFT-T member. Candidates may only be nominated in one category.

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Crystal Awards Alumni



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)



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)



Mary Harron (Creative Excellence)

Mary Bredin (Outstanding Achievement in Business)

Karen Walton (Mentorship)

Diane Williamson (Digital Trailblazer)

Tonya Williams (Special Jury Award of Distinction)



Michelle Crespi (Creative Excellence)

Tracey Pearce (Outstanding Achievement in Business)

Deborah Osborne (Mentorship)

Barbara Bailie (Digital Trailblazer)

Pat Ellingson (Special Jury Award of Distinction)



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)



Sally Catto (Creative Excellence)

Barbara Bowlby (Outstanding Achievement in Business)

Corrie Coe (Mentorship)

Trina McQueen (Special Jury Award of Distinction)

Anne Dorval (International Achievement)



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)



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)



Julie Bristow (Creative Excellence)

Noreen Halpern (Outstanding Achievement)

Carol Whiteman (Mentorship)

Samantha Bee (International Achievement)



Lesley Harrison (Mentorship)

Jill Hennessy (International Achievement)

Laurie May (Outstanding Achievement)

Shelley Saywell (Creative Excellence)



Tassie Cameron (Creative Excellence)

Shirley Douglas (International Achievement)

Lisa Meeches (Mentorship)

Christine Shipton (Outstanding Achievement)

Christa Singer (Special Jury Award of Distinction)



Catherine O’Hara (International Achievement)

Kit Redmond (Mentorship)

Sandi Ross (Special Jury Award of Distinction)

Virginia Thompson (Creative Excellence)

Barb Williams (Outstanding Achievement)


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)


Jennifer Baichwal (Creative Excellence)

Jeanne Beker (Special Jury Award of Distinction)

Karen Gelbart (Mentorship)

Christina Jennings (Outstanding Achievement)

Linda Schuyler (International Achievement)


Gail Asper (Outstanding Achievement)

Arsinee Khanjian (Creative Excellence)

Bonnie Sherr Klein (Special Jury Award of Distinction)

Bill Mustos (Mentorship)

Kelly Rowan (International Achievement)


Kim Cattrall (International Achievement)

Dianne Schwalm (Phyllis Switzer Mentorship Award)

Maria Topalovich (Outstanding Achievement Award)

Debbie Travis (Creative Excellence Award)


Isme Bennie (Outstanding Achievement)

Kathryn Emslie (Mentorship)

Deepa Mehta (Award for Creative Excellence)

Cynthia Reyes (Outstanding Achievement)


Norm Bolen (Friend of WIFT-T Award)

Phyllis Platt (Outstanding Achievement Award)


Silva Basmajian (Outstanding Achievement)

Rebecca Jenkins (Creative Excellence)

Janis Lundman & Adrienne Mitchell (Excellence in Production)

Don MacLean (Friend of WIFT-T Award)

Laura Michalchyshyn (Excellence in Mentorship/Professional Development)


Susanne Boyce (Professional Development)

Wendy Crewson (Creative Excellence)

Christina Ford (Excellence in Production)

Paul Gratton (Friend of WIFT-T Award)

Jane Tattersall (Excellence in Production)

Phyllis Yaffe (Lifetime Achievement)


Wayne Clarkson (Friend of WIFT-T 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)


Jennifer Dale (Outstanding Achievement)

Sandra Faire (Outstanding Achievement)

Peter Flemington (Friend of WIFT-T Award)

Sarah Polley (Outstanding Achievement)

Anna Maria Tremonti (Outstanding Achievement)

Mary Walsh (Outstanding Achievement)

Janice Porteous (CBC WIFT-T Woman Writer’s Award)


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)


Micheline Charest (Outstanding Achievement)

Doug Dales (Friend of WIFT-T Award)

Luba Goy (Outstanding Achievement)

Trina McQueen (Outstanding Achievement)

Barbara Samuels (Outstanding Achievement)


Suzette Couture (Outstanding Achievement)

Rita Shelton Deverell (Outstanding Achievement)

Martha Henry (Outstanding Achievement)

Alexandra Raffe (Outstanding Achievement)

Ted Rogers (Friend of WIFT-T Award)


Joan Hutton (Outstanding Achievement)

Heather McGillivray (Outstanding Achievement)

Ann Medina (Outstanding Achievement)

Alanis Obomsawin (Outstanding Achievement in Direction)

Jay Switzer (Friend of WIFT-T Award)


Tantoo Cardinal (Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award)

Ivan Fecan (Friend of WIFT-T Award)

Deepa Mehta (Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award)

Joan Pennefather (Astral Award)

Helga Stephenson (Outstanding Achievement Award)

Anne Wheeler (Outstanding Achievement Award)


Marilyn Belec

Don Haig (Friend of WIFT-T Award)

Sheila McCarthy (Outstanding Achievement Award)

Deepa Mehta (Outstanding Achievement Award)

Nancy Smith


Nancy Archibald (Outstanding Achievement Award)

Andrea Martin (Outstanding Achievement Award)

Dodi Robb (Outstanding Achievement Award)

Arla Saare (Outstanding Achievement Award)


Susan Rubes (Lifetime Achievement Award)

Andra Sheffer (Outstanding Achievement Award)

Gail Singer (Outstanding Achievement Award)


Barbara Barde (Outstanding Achievement Award)

Rena Krawagna (Outstanding Achievement Award)

Helen Shaver (Outstanding Achievement Award)


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