Bell Media Studios presents the 2020 WIFT Toronto Crystal Awards in Association with Entertainment One and Company 3
At WIFT Toronto, we take pride in not only providing opportunities for women to rise in their careers, but also in celebrating their accomplishments and moments of triumph.
The 2020 WIFT Toronto Crystal Awards will take place on Tuesday December 1st at 7 pm EST. This year's event promises to be a spectacular online experience. We look forward to seeing you there. Register now!
Our annual celebration, honouring women's excellence in the screen-based media industry returns Tuesday December 1. We are unfortunately unable to come together physically as we usually do, but we are working hard to produce the most glamorous virtual awards ceremony of the year. This year the online Crystal Awards will be free, but we will happily accept a donation to the WIFT Foundation.
Come celebrate our winners with us:
Creative Excellence Award sponsored by Entertainment One: MARSHA GREENE, Showrunner, Television Writer, Executive Producer
Digital Trailblazer Award: SUE HAAS, VP of Digital Media at Blue Ant Media
Mentorship Award sponsored by Entertainment One: JENNIFER KAWAJA, Producer and Co-President of Sienna Films
Outstanding Achievement in Business sponsored by Company 3: BETH JANSON, CEO at The Academy Of Canadian Cinema & Television
Special Jury Award of Distinction Sponsored by Bell Media Studios: MARCI IEN, Previous Co-Host on CTV'S The Social and current Liberal MP for Toronto Centre.
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!
CREATIVE EXCELLENCE sponsored by Entertainment One
2020 Recipient: MARSHA GREENE, SHOWRUNNER, TELEVISION WRITER, EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Past winners include: Mary Young Leckie, 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.
2020 Recipient: SUE HAAS, VP OF DIGITAL MEDIA AT BLUE ANT MEDIA
Past winners include: Kim Gibson, 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.
MENTORSHIP sponsored by Entertainment One
2020 Recipient: JENNIFER KAWAJA, PRODUCER AND CO-PRESIDENT OF SIENNA FILMS
Past winners include: Alison Duke, 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.
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN BUSINESS sponsored by Company 3
2020 Recipient: BETH JANSON, CEO AT THE ACADEMY OF CANADIAN CINEMA & TELEVISION
Past winners include: Tammy Frick, 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.
SPECIAL JURY AWARD OF DISTINCTION Sponsored by Bell Media Studios
2020 Recipient: MARCI IEN, PREVIOUS CO-HOST ON CTV'S THE SOCIAL AND CURRENT LIBERAL MP FOR TORONTO CENTRE
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: 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 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).
NOMINEE ELIGIBILITY CHECKLIST
· Canadian Citizen, Landed Immigrant, or Permanent Resident
· Minimum 10 years in the screen-based industry (film, television and/or digital media)
· Current WIFT Toronto 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 Toronto Member
NOTE You must be a WIFT Toronto 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 Toronto member. Candidates may only be nominated in one category.
2020 NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED
Crystal Awards Alumni
Beth Janson (Outstanding Achievement in Business)
Jennifer Kawaja (Mentorship)
Sue Haas (Digital Trailblazer)
Marsha Greene (Creative Excellence)
Marci Ien (Special Jury Award of Distinction)
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 Toronto 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 Toronto 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 Toronto Award)
Jane Tattersall (Excellence in Production)
Phyllis Yaffe (Lifetime Achievement)
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)
“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