DECEMBER 5TH PARTICIPANTS
GLOBE AND MAIL
Hannah Sung is the Globe producer for #AfterMeToo. She is a video and podcast journalist.
Denise Balkissoon is a Globe columnist and a reporter in the national section who often covers issues of race, gender, sexuality and equality. In 2016, she was co-host of Colour Code, a Globe podcast about race in Canada.
Elizabeth Renzetti is a columnist and feature writer with the Globe and Mail. She is the author of the novel Based on a True Story and the forthcoming collection of essays, Shrewed, to be published in March 2018.
Janet McFarland is the real estate reporter for The Globe and Mail’s Report on Business, and has also specialized in reporting on corporate governance, executive compensation, pension policy, business law and securities regulation. Janet has also written extensively on issues related to women in leadership. In 2014, she was the inaugural winner of the Landsberg Award, presented by the Canadian Journalism Foundation and the Canadian Women’s Foundation to recognize a journalist giving greater profile to women’s equality issues.
Simon Houpt writes about media for The Globe and Mail. In 2016, he covered the Jian Ghomeshi trial for The Globe. He began his career with the paper in 1999 as New York arts correspondent. After 10 years on the beat, including six as a weekly columnist, he returned to the Globe's Toronto news room in 2009 to join the Report on Business as its advertising and marketing reporter. He is the author of Museum of the Missing: A History of Art Theft.
Madeleine White is the Assistant National Editor for The Globe and Mail, where she works with The Globe's national reporters to help craft stories that are important and meaningful to Canadians. She has been with the Globe since 2011 and previously worked in the Globe's Video and Features departments, covering topics ranging from fitness and health to real estate to indigenous education.
Phillip Crawley is the publisher of the Globe and Mail.
Robyn Doolittle is an investigative reporter at the Globe and Mail and driving force behind Unfounded, an internationally-recognized investigation into how Canadian police handle sexual assault allegations. Citing this work, in 2017 the federal government announced a $100-million national strategy to prevent gender-based violence.
Ian Brown is a roving feature writer at the Globe and Mail. He is the author of five books, including The Boy in the Moon, which was chosen by the New York Times as one of the ten best books of its year, and Sixty.
Craig Offman is the Arts editor of the Globe and Mail. He previously worked at Vanity Fair.
Tavia Grant has worked at The Globe and Mail since 2005, where she has covered everything from economics and employment trends to human trafficking and workplace fatalities. She is the recipient of the 2017 Landsberg Award for her coverage of women's equality issues in Canada.
Kiran Rana is a Digital Editor at The Globe and Mail, where she helps shape the online priorities for the news organization and manage The Globe’s social media strategy. She is also the columnist for a new initiative called Help Desk, where she tackles the under-35 readership’s questions regarding their workplace - one of which addressed the issue of harassment in tech startups.
Angela Pacienza is Head of Newsroom Development at The Globe and Mail. In her role, she builds better newsrooms, whether via culture, workflow, org structure or the professional development of journalists. She oversees training, hiring and talent acquisition.
CIVIL/LEGAL - 9:00am
Catherine Peters is a partner in Hicks Morley’s Toronto office and the Chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee. Catherine provides strategic advice to public and private sector clients on a wide variety of human rights, employment law, labour relations, education law and administrative law matters. She also frequently represents clients before arbitration boards, human rights tribunals, and a variety of other administrative tribunals. Over the course of her 25 year legal career, Catherine has worked with numerous employers and post-secondary educational institutions to address concerns about sexual violence (sexual assault and sexual harassment). She has assisted numerous clients to develop sexual violence prevention strategies, and regularly delivers awareness and education programs on sexual violence prevention and response. She is frequently consulted regarding the development and continuous improvement of internal fact-finding and dispute resolution processes for dealing with human rights concerns and complaints, including complaints of sexual violence. She assists clients regularly in responding to sexual violence complaints under their internal fact-finding and dispute resolution processes, with the objective of crafting innovative and lasting resolutions which meaningfully address the interests of all parties involved. She also regularly represents clients in litigation where necessary to resolve the underlying dispute.
Allan Rouben was called to the Ontario Bar in 1988 and has carried on a trial and appellate practice in civil and criminal cases since that time. He graduated with a B.A. from McGill University in 1982 and received his LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1986. Allan has been actively involved in the profession, having served as a member of the Legal Aid Ontario Area Committee in civil and criminal cases, the Ontario Bar Association Civil and Criminal Litigation Section Executives, the Joint Committee on Court Reform, the Board of Directors of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association and Pro Bono Law Ontario. He has also served as a mentor for the Law Society of Upper Canada Practice Advisory mentorship program, has been an instructor at the Bar Admission Course Civil Litigation Section and an instructor and judge in the Moot Court Program at the University of Toronto Law School and the Ontario Justice Education Network High School Moot Court Program. Allan is a member of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, the Advocates’ Society, the Criminal Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association and the Osgoode Society.
As the Founder and Principal of Williams HR Law and Williams HR Consulting, Laura boasts over two decades of experience providing strategic advice and legal representation to employers on a full range of labour relations, HR and employment law matters. As a business owner recognized on the W100 listing which ranks Canada’s top female entrepreneurs, Laura is passionate about providing clients with proactive advice designed to minimize workplace law challenges, maximize employee engagement and boost their bottom line performance. She is widely recognized as a leader in helping employers leverage innovative strategies to reduce liability and costs related to ineffective and non-compliant workplace practices. Laura has been featured in various industry magazines and human resources publications. She a regular columnist for PROFIT Magazine and the Financial Post, where she provides monthly expertise and insights on a wide range of employment law and HR issues. Laura has also been featured in various publications including HR Professional Magazine, Canadian HR Reporter, Canadian Employment Law Today, Law Times and Lawyers Weekly. In addition, Laura has appeared in national broadcast and print media including Canadian Business, CTV News, CBC Radio, the Globe and Mail, National Post and Chatelaine. She speaks frequently at human resources law seminars and conferences; is a labour relations instructor in the human resources program at the University of Toronto; and regularly conducts customized workshops and in-house leadership training programs for employers.
JENNIFER MATHERS MCHENRY
Jennifer Mathers McHenry is an employment lawyer and a partner at Teplitsky, Colson LLP. Her practice encompasses a wide range of complex employment, commercial and appellate litigation including actions involving wrongful and constructive dismissal, breaches of human rights legislation, breach of contract, professional negligence, breach of confidence, unfair competition, negligent misrepresentation, partnership disputes, shareholder disputes, and public law. She has appeared in the Ontario Superior Court, the Divisional Court and at the Court of Appeal for Ontario and has participated in matters before the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada. Jennifer regularly advises both employees and employers about employment law and with respect to all aspects of the employee/employer relationship including: offers of employment, human rights obligations, changes of control, mergers and acquisitions, executive compensation, resignations, termination of employment, constructive dismissals, and post-employment fiduciary and contractual obligations. Jennifer obtained her LL.B. from the University of Windsor and her LL.M. from the University of Toronto where she focused on Constitutional Law. She was a founding member of the Advocate's Society's Employment and Labour Law Practice Group, she co-chairs the firm's articling committee, is a regular speaker in schools and for continuing education programs, and she has been actively involved in recent years in law reform initiatives at the provincial level.
Elizabeth Grace is a partner of the law firm Lerners LLP, where she has practiced civil litigation since her call to the Ontario bar in 1995. She has a diverse practice that includes work in the areas of sexual abuse and institutional liability, medical malpractice and health law, professional liability and Aboriginal law. She has represented clients before various levels of court, regulatory and administrative bodies, and in internal dispute resolution processes. She has litigated against and on behalf of individuals, corporations, insurers, governments, First Nations, public entities and educational facilities. In the area of sexual abuse, Elizabeth has authored many publications, including the book Civil Liability for Sexual Abuse and Violence in Canada (Butterworths, 2000), is a frequent invited speaker at conferences, and is often consulted by the media. She co-presented a submission to the Ontario Legislature’s Select Committee on Sexual Violence and Harassment in May 2015 entitled “Returning Ontario to the Forefront of the Effort to Eradicate Sexual Violence and Harassment” which advocated for legislative reforms, and she an invited plenary speaker at the “It’s Never Okay” 2015 Summit on Sexual Violence and Harassment in Toronto sponsored by the Ontario Government.
ACTORS - 10:30am
KAWENNAHERE DEVERY JACOBS
Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs is a film and television actress and filmmaker. She was born and raised on the Mohawk reservation of Kahnawake, QC, which has shaped her passion for Indigenous rights activism and interest in politically charged roles in film. Her debut leading role as Aila in the award-winning feature film, Rhymes for Young Ghouls (2013), resulted in Jacobs being nominated for Best Performance By An Actress In A Leading Role at the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards. Since then, she has also been featured as the voice of Sam in Telltale Games; The Walking Dead: Michonne (2016), as well as the television series, Mohawk Girls (2013-2015). Jacobs portrayed the supporting role of Andrea in feature film, The Land of Rock and Gold (2016), as well as series regular Tina in the go90 web series, COLD (2016). She also won Best Performance in a Canadian Film at the 2016 Whistler Film Fest and Best Actress at the 2017 American Indian Film Fest for her work in the feature film, The Sun at Midnight (2016) and has completed production on her third leading role in the feature film, The Road Behind (2018). Jacobs was newly announced as the supporting character of Sam Duchene in season three of the hit-series Cardinal (2017), and was named as one of the participants of the prestigious Actors Conservatory offered by the Canadian Film Centre. She will complete the program in January of 2018. Furthermore, Jacobs has recently explored the other side of the camera, with her directorial debut of the short film STOLEN (2016). The film discusses the national issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada, and won Best Aboriginal Film at the 2017 Yorkton Film Festival. Jacobs was also awarded the BravoFact grant for her short film, Rae (2017), which garnered Best Youth Work prize at ImagineNATIVE Film Festival.
Voted one of Hello! Canada magazines 50 Most Beautiful, multi-award winning actor Amanda Brugel made her film debut alongside Christopher Walken in Vendetta. Fast forward to 2014, Brugel won the "Outstanding Performance Female" Actra Award Award for the indie comedy, Sex After Kids. Immediately following, Brugel broke onto the international stage, playing the highly acclaimed role of "Officer Parker" in the Academy Award winning sensation Room. This year, she can be spotted Kodachrome opposite Jason Sudeikus and Ed Harris. In 2016, Brugel dominated television screens with supporting roles in three wildly different series, including the hit comedy Kim's Convenience, the GLAAD Award winning drama, Eyewitness and the Emmy award nominated phenomenon, The Handmaid's Tale. Brugel has just joined the cast of Catherine Reitman's Workin' Moms, while filming Kim's Convenience Season 2 and prepping for the much anticipated second season of The Handmaid's Tale.
NICOLE ST. MARTIN
Nicole recently performed the role of Ellida in The Timms Centre for the Arts' production of The Lady From the Sea, Veronica Searson in Theatre Yes' Anxiety, Anne Desbaresdes in Summerworks 2015 World premiere of Marguerite Duras' "Moderato Cantabile", the 2014 World Premiere production of Anne Carson's "Antigonick", and as Smerdyakov in the 2012 Dora nominated production of "The Brothers Karamazov". She has also appeared on TV on CBC’s series "The Murdoch Mysteries” in Lifetime’s “Mommy’s Little Girl” and CTV’s "Played" as well as Mark Raso’s “The Engagement Party” and the award winning "Sunday Punch" which was the runner up for the CBC short Film Face Off. As an active leader in ACTRA, Nicole has helped several initiatives get off the ground including the "Get Women Working" campaign and the TAWC TOOLKIT initiative which then inspired her to produce three short films and a PSA of which she directed two. All have gone on to be official film festival selections and some have received awards, including the 2013 Min Sook Lee Award. Nicole will be appearing as Genevieve in Northern Light Theatre's 2018 World Premiere production of "Do This In Memory of me".
Vanessa Matsui is an actor and writer. selected acting credits include a recurring guest star on the hit television show Shadowhunters (Freeform), The F-Word aka What If (CBS Films), Lost Girl (SyFy) and Schitt's Creek (CBC). she created and stars in the web series Ghost BFF (Winner Best Web Series; LA Femme International Film Fest 2017, Nominated Best Web Series; Austin Film Festival 2017) and she co-created Crankytown.ca (NFB).
Started acting in high school (St Francis Xavier SS, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada). Turned down the opportunity to audition for the National Theatre School to pursue studies in business. At 25, decided to finally pursue a career in film. Money has never been a motivating factor in his life choices. Creativity over security is the way he likes it.
PRODUCERS/DIRECTORS - 12:30pm
Chief Executive Officer, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. The recipient of a BFA from York University in Theatre Studies, Beth Janson has nearly two decades of experience in the film, television, and cultural sectors. From 2009 to 2014 she served as executive director of the Tribeca Film Institute, where she was responsible for budget management, fundraising, public relations, human resources, and programmatic direction. Janson joined Tribeca in 2003 and was the creative force behind the development of its signature programs, including the TFI New Media Fund, a partnership with the Ford Foundation and the first-ever fund for independent transmedia work in the U.S.; Tribeca All Access, a grant and networking program for minority filmmakers; and the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund. Previously, Janson was the programming director of the Newport International Film Festival. Janson began her career in theatre administration, and later worked in the programming department of HBO Documentary Films. Most recently Janson was the founding director of Rent the Runway Foundation’s Project Entrepreneur program, providing women with access to the tools, training, and networks needed to build scalable, economically impactful companies. Janson’s Twitter handle is @Beth_Janson and her website is: http://www.bethjanson.com/
Founded in 2010 by Mike MacMillan and dedicated to a slate of arthouse-meets-genre feature films, Lithium Studios’ work has played at TIFF, Berlinale, Cannes and other top festivals worldwide. Following the release of Weirdos (dir: Bruce McDonald) earlier this year, Lithium recently released Don’t Talk to Irene (dir: Pat Mills) and is preparing the launch of Mobile Homes early in 2018 (dir: Vladimir de Fontenay).
Marsha Greene is a writer and producer who has written for Global’s hit series Private Eyes, ABC’s Ten Days in the Valley, and the critically acclaimed drama Mary Kills People for Global and Lifetime. Currently, Marsha is developing a short-form scripted drama with eOne and CBC. In 2015, Marsha received a BravoFACT award for her short film In The Room, and was the Interactive Writer for the YTV/Teen Nick series Open Heart, which won the Digi Award for Best Interactive Content–Kids. Marsha has also lent her skills to unscripted productions for Global, CBC, Discovery Channel, Food Network, and the award-winning documentary Chinee Girl. Marsha is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre Prime Time Television program, and holds an Honours BA in Creative Writing from York University.She also has a graduate certificate from Humber College’s TV Writing and Producing program, where she was awarded the Brian Linehan Award for Outstanding Artistic Promise.
Farrah Khan has spent two decades working diligently to raise awareness of the connection between equity and gender-based violence, through education, counselling and art creation. She is the Manager of the Consent Comes First Office at Ryerson University, where she supports community members affected by sexual violence, creates educational programming and aids in shaping campus policy and procedures. Farrah is the co-chair of Ontario’s first permanent provincial roundtable on Violence Against Women, sits on the Federal Strategy Against Gender-based Violence Advisory Council and the Community Advisory Group for the Ontario Human Rights Commission. In addition to her work with Ryerson, Farrah conducts training across North America on gender based violence and is host of the upcoming podcast Pleasure Principle. As co-founder of femifesto, Farrah researched and created Use the Right Words: Media Reporting on Sexual Violence for journalists.She is the recipient of several awards including the Toronto Vital People Award. Farrah holds a Masters of Social Work from University of Toronto.
Caroline Habib is the former Acquisitions & Sales Director at Toronto’s Mongrel Media. In her extensive distribution and international sales career, she has helped bring films such as AVA, Menashe, Maudie and Brooklyn to Canadian and international audiences. She was recently a member of the imagineNATIVE Board of Directors and serves on the Humber College (Film & Television Program) Advisory Board Committee. She previously worked for Seville Pictures, Maximum Films Intl and Planet in Focus Intl Film Festival.
ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - 2:00pm
Hadiya Roderique is a lawyer, journalist, host of the politics podcast Commons, consultant and researcher, whose research focuses on gender and racial equality in leadership and the workplace. A former labour, employment and human rights lawyer at a large Bay Street firm, she has bylines in The Walrus, This Magazine, and The Globe and Mail. As a law student, she completed a joint M.A. in Criminology, focusing on sexual assault judicial decisions.
Emma Phillips is a partner at Goldblatt Partners where she practices labour and human rights law. In addition to her litigation practice, in Emma acted as counsel to Justice Marie Deschamps in an External Review on Sexual Misconduct and Sexual Harassment in the Canadian Armed Forces (2014-15), and to an independent enquiry, commissioned by the UN, on sexual violence by peacekeepers in the Central African Republic (2015). In 2016-17, she acted as counsel on a public investigation into harassment in the RCMP, co-authoring the “Report Into Workplace Harassment in the RCMP”. Emma regularly advises on harassment investigations and conducts harassment and discrimination prevention training, as well as training on cultural competence and unconscious bias. Emma was called to the bar in 2006 after clerking at the Supreme Court of Canada. She received her law degree from the University of Toronto in 2005, where she also completed a Master’s degree in Criminology. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree (summa cum laude) in Anthropology from Harvard University. Emma currently serves as co-chair of The Advocate Society’s Labour and Employment Practice Group, and on the executive of the International Labour Rights Committee of the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers.
Saadia Muzaffar is a Leadership Futurist, tech entrepreneur, and founder of TechGirls Canada, the hub for Canadian women in science, technology, engineering, and math. Her work explores big ideas and impactful strategies that address growing challenges for business leaders in today's connected & vigilant markets. She is an author, speaker, and international media advocate on modern leadership and has been featured in CNNMoney, Fortune Magazine, Globe & Mail, VICE, CBC, TVO, and Chatelaine. Recently Saadia and her team released Change Together: A Diversity Guidebook for Startups and Scaleups
Bianca has a dual background in technology and public engagement. She is currently thinking and working in the areas of policy and governance for digital government. She is Head of the Open Data Institute of Toronto, an associate at Open North, and co-founder of Civic Tech Toronto. She is also a guest lecturer, columnist, and speaker on open government.
Mia kirshner is an actor. She is the creator of I Live Here, a series of books, published by Pantheon about Human rights abuses all over the world.
AGENTS/CASTING DIRECTORS - 3:30pm
Jason Knight is a Toronto based casting director. Currently casting DC Comic's "Titans" for Greg Berlanti, a new legal drama for BET called "In Contempt", and the second season of Bravo's "Imposters" some recent credits include Christoph Waltz's "Georgetown", Tom McCarthy's "Spotlight", Atom Egoyan's "Remember", Bryan Fuller's “American Gods” and the Steven Soderbergh exec produced series for Starz "The Girlfriend Experience". Jason and his partner John Buchan won the 2010 Gemini Award for Best Achievement in Casting. Jason is a casting director in residence and mentor for the Canadian Film Centre’s Actors Conservatory and also currently serves as the casting consultant for CBC Television where he and John oversee all casting for scripted programming at the network.
Jennifer Goldhar is president of The Characters talent agency, Canada’s largest agency with offices in both Toronto and Vancouver. The agency represents actors, writers, directors, producers and below the line talent in film, television and theatre. It’s a family business started by her father Larry in 1969. Goldhar represents some of Canada’s top talent including the likes of Emmy winner Tatiana Maslany, the recent recipient of the honorary Oscar Donald Sutherland, as well as Jason Priestley, Ennis Esmer, Rossif Sutherland and Shawn Doyle.
Jenny Lewis is Co-Owner of Lewis Kay Casting with her long time business partner Sara Kay. They have happily lost track but seem to recall that they have been in business together for just over fifteen years. Jenny’s history in the business started long ago at York University’s film school followed by a short time as a talent agent. She spent a few years working for and with other Casting Directors’ in Toronto before going out on her own and eventually teaming up with Sara Kay. Once established, their full service Casting Company started with a focus on indie films, short films and even some reality and host casting. After over a decade together and two CSA awards, they are firmly entrenched in the Canadian Casting scene. In 2017 the majority of their work was on indie films and working with up and coming filmmakers, but they also continue to spend a lot of time on their series and feature film work. Recent selected credits include “Bitten”, “KIN”, "Letterkenny", “Versailles”, “Goon: Last of the Enforcers”, “Backstage” and “Man Seeking Woman”. *Won the inaugural Gemini for Casting in 2006 for Heyday. *Won the inaugural CSA award for Casting in 2013 for Todd and the Book of Pure Evil. *Nominated for a Gemini for Rent A Goalie in 2007 and 2008. *Nominated for a Gemini for Todd and the book of Pure Evil in 2011. *Nominated for CSA award for Best Laid Plans in 2015. *Nominated for CSA award for Bitten in 2016. *Nominated for CSA award for Frontier in 2017. *Nominated for CSA award for Letterkenny in 2017.
Celia Chassels was an agent and partner at the Gary Goddard agency for 30 years. In that time she represented many well known Canadian stars of stage and screen. She attended the Academy Awards with her nominated client Graham Greene in 1992, and with Sarah Polley more than a decade later. Before becoming an agent, Celia worked for Stephen Lewis, handling labour arbitration, advocacy,and Aboriginal issues, among many other things. Her previous experience included various tasks for Pierre Berton, CITY TV,TVO, and other independent producers. She has been retired since 2011.
Pam Winter grew up in a theatrical environment and was a fixture around Toronto Workshop Productions in their early days as her father, Jack Winter, was the writer in residence there. A graduate of University of Toronto with Honours degrees in both English and Drama, Pam spent her early career as a Stage Manager and Administrative Associate, for various theatre companies in Toronto. An Agent at the Gary Goddard Agency since 1988, Pam and her partner Kishwar Iqbal (who co-own the company) represent many of Canada’s best known film, television and theatre artists. Pam served as a member of the Board of the Actors Fund of Canada for the seven years. She lives in Toronto.
Dr. Lori Haskell has a private practice in Toronto. She has been dedicated to the prevention, treatment, and training on issues of sexual violence for the past 30 years. Dr. Haskell has a status appointment as an assistant professor in psychiatry at the University of Toronto and is an academic research associate with the Centre for Research on Violence Against Women and Children. In recent years she has presented to the Canadian judiciary, both nationally and provincially, on behalf of the National Judicial Institute in Ottawa. She has also provided expert evidence in a number of legal proceedings. She testified at the Coroners Inquest of the domestic homicide of Sunny Park, her son and parents. Dr. Haskell has presented trainings and workshops in Canada and internationally on issues relating to violence against women and children. Her presentation on Understanding the Neurobiological and Psychological Effects of Sexual Assault has been presented to judges, crown attorneys, police officers, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, service providers and community groups. Dr. Haskell has written a book entitled First Stage Trauma Treatment: A Guide for Therapists Working with Women (Toronto: CAMH, University of Toronto, 2003). In addition, she has developed and written several other publications, including: • Melanie Randall, Lori Haskell, "Taking a Trauma Informed Approach to Law: Why Restorative Justice Must Understand Trauma and Psychological Coping," Dalhousie Law Journal, Fall, 2013. • “A Developmental Understanding of Complex Trauma”, chapter in Becoming Trauma Informed, edited by Nancy Poole and Lorraine Greaves, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), 2012 • Disrupted Attachments: A Social Context Complex Trauma Framework and the Lives of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. Journal of Aboriginal Health, Vol. 5, No. 3, pp. 48-99, November 2009 • “Coping With Abuse Leads to Psychological Adaptations,” Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, Volume 3, No. 2, April 2007. • Getting the Most out of Trauma Treatment: An Information Guide for Women and Their Families (2004) • Bridging Responses: A Front Line Worker's Guide to Supporting Women Who Have Post Traumatic Stress (2001). • Women: What do these signs have in common? Recognizing the Effects of Abuse- Related Trauma (2000). (for the Women and Trauma Series, a CAMH project)
CREW - 5:00pm
SARAH THOMAS MOFFAT
Sarah Thomas Moffat, IATSE Director of Photography, an Associate member of the Canadian Society of Cinematographers, and a member of WIFT Toronto and Vancouver. With over twenty years in the film and television industry, Sarah has dedicated herself to the craft of cinematography. Commercial, narrative, documentary, and factual Sarah has lit and filmed every genre. Her work has reached TIFF, Hotdocs and many other festivals. Sarah’s broadcast work as aired on CBC, Bravo, APTN, Discovery, History Channel, Animal Planet, as well as commercial air time, and online content with viral success reaching over 100 million views. Sarah created and runs a support group for women crew which addresses mental health challenges while offering inclusion and support. The group has been successful in building trust, confidence, and resource for the women so they can go back out into the working world stronger.
Originally from Montreal, Julia Seidman moved to Ontario in 2003 to go to study at Carleton University then in 2006 moved to Toronto to attend Humber College's Film & Television Production program. Since 2008 Julia has been a member of IATSE Local 667 starting first as a camera trainee , then for several years on Feature Film and TV productions as a 2nd Assistant Cameraperson (a Clapper/Loader) and has recently upgraded to a 1st Assistant Cameraperson (focus puller).
The youngest of three sisters, Rabab Ali grew up in Peterborough, Ontario once her family immigrated from the Middle-East to Canada as a young child. She made the move to Toronto in 2008 to attend Ryerson University and after receiving her Bachelor of Interior Design, her interest in television and film led her to a career in set design as a member of the Directors Guild of Canada. Rabab divides her time between major film studio productions, and the independent film circuit where she works alongside home-grown filmmakers as a passionate production designer and art director. Fuelled by her zeal for exploring new skills, Rabab co-founded Tous Collective---a design collective that brings ideas to form by connecting various artists and their distinctive art forms. When she's not planning her next backpacking adventure, she is usually entertaining friends over a home-cooked meal, or wiping chip crumbs off her clothes after re-watching Fury Road.
Gillian Müller was born and raised in Toronto and attended Ryerson’s Film Studies Program, Vancouver Film School's Writing for Film and Television, and Second City's Sketch Writing and Improv program. She spent the better part of a decade as an Assistant Director with the DGC. Gillian draws on her multi-ethnic West Indian family and her intimate knowledge of production to create character-driven content for film, television and digital platforms. Her short film, “If a Body” was acquired by Movieola and screened at the New York International Film Festival. In 2013, Gillian developed a pilot for Adam Beach's company Pipestone Pictures, and was selected by Random Bench co-founder, Liz Levine to show-run her webseries "Redemption". Her feature script, "Hitchhiking in Saldanha", was shortlisted in the Praxis Screenplay Competition in 2013 and the ScreenCraft Fellowship Competition in 2014. A 2014 resident of the CFC's Primetime program under the show-runner Brad Wright (Stargate) Gillian was a part of the room that developed Travelers, (Netflix). Gillian was the assistant to the showrunners on the final season of CBC's X Company. Gillian co-directed the webseries "Night Owl" and the BravoFact "Checking Out" with Rebekah Miskin.
UNIONS/ASSOCIATIONS - 6:30pm
SARAH LESNIEWSKI, Lawyer and Labour Activist
Sarah Lesniewski (B.A. (Hon), LL.B., LL.M.) is a lawyer turned communications strategist, with a professional career that has spanned from Canada to the UK, and back again. She has held a variety of roles across the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors, at organizations including RSA Insurance, Unifor, the British Prime Minister’s Office (10 Downing Street), the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the Women’s Budget Group. She is currently tackling the challenges of being a new mother. Follow her on Twitter @sarahlesniewski or connect with her on LinkedIn.
SANDRA GILLIS, TAMAC
Premier Artists’ Management opened its doors in the 1980’s in Toronto, Canada. We are a full service agency that represents talent from Film, Television, Theatre, Musical Theatre, Commercials, Hosting and Recording Artists from Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Los Angeles, New York, and abroad.Our reputation speaks for itself with the quality of clients we represent. We continue to flourish and take pride in the successes of all our clientele in all stages of their careers from the Award Winning High Profile Client to the Competitive Rising Client in the industry. Premier Artists’ is structured with a strong, personalized service which concentrates on the relationship between the client and agent. The interests of our clients remain first and foremost, while we maintain the highest of professional standards. As an agency that prides itself on quality, we actively seek out and respond to requests to connect with others in the industry with the same commitment.
Jill Golick has more than 30 years experience as a showrunner, writer and producer, working in children’s (Androids), prime (Blue Murder), soap (metropia) and digital (Weirdwood Manor). A true transmedia storyteller, Jill has created, written, financed and produced several original multi-platform series. She is best known for the internationally-acclaimed, award-winning digital detective series Ruby Skye P.I. Jill teaches television writing at York University, is on the board of directors of Women in View and serves as President of the Writers Guild of Canada.
SEDINA FIATI, CAEA
Sedina Fiati is a Toronto based multidisciplinary performer, producer, creator and activist for stage and screen. Sedina proudly identifies as queer and a person of African descent. She holds a BFA in Music Theatre from the University of Windsor and has performed and produced a wide range of projects, ranging from short films, cabarets, Shakespeare and devised work. As an activist, she has been active on issues of diversity and inclusion and feminism in the theatre and screen based industries through her work as co chair of the ACTRA Toronto Diversity Committee and 2nd VP, Member Liaison for Canadian Actors Equity Association. Sedina is also called upon to lead anti oppression workshops and sit on panels. Sedina was named as a part of the 2014 World Pride Dyke March Honoured Group: Fierce Femme Organizers. She hopes to leave the world a better place than she found it.
KAREN IVANY, ACTRA
Karen Ivany has been a working actor and ACTRA member for 22 years, and was approved by council to serve as ACTRA Toronto Ombudsperson in March, 2015. Karen has also served as an ACTRA Toronto Councillor for three terms spanning from 2002 to 2009, and one term on ACTRA National Council (2006-2007). The Ombudsperson is independent of ACTRA Toronto management and staff and reports to ACTRA Toronto council. As Ombudsperson, Karen advocates and mediates on member's behalf, but has no power to make biding orders, adjudicate or enforce judgements. Ms. Ivany also currently instructs the ACTRA Toronto Respect On Set course, mandatory for all new members, which outlines ACTRA's anti-harassment policy in adherence with Bill 168, (Ontario Health and Safety Act), and The Human Rights Code. Karen's favourite memories of her past service to members was producing six annual ACTRA Toronto Awards at the beautiful Carlu event space. Her film/TV credits are listed on IMDB.com.
JANET CORMACK, IATSE
Janet Cormack has been painting scenery in the entertainment industry since 1975. First in the Theatre then moving into the film and television industries as those industries flourished in the late 70’s and early 80’s. She was a early member of the now defunct A.C.F.C. A Canadian film union, and served on the executive of that organization in various capacities, including President. Janet is a 20+ year member of I.A.T.S.E. 873 and is honoured to serve as the Chairperson of the newly organized Women’s Committee. She feels very lucky to have worked on a wide range of projects during her career from the Stratford Festival to Designated Survivor with stops at History of Violence, Mean Girls, Chicago and Suits. Janet has the pleasure of working with and leading crews of talented people in the challenging environment of a construction shop.
TRAUMA/SEXUAL HARASSMENT EXPERTS - 8:00pm
Dr. Jim Hopper is an independent consultant and Teaching Associate in Psychology at Harvard Medical School. For over 25 years Dr. Hopper’s research, clinical and consulting work has focused on the psychological and biological effects of sexual assault, child abuse, and other traumatic experiences, including unique effects on males, as well as interventions involving meditation and other contemplative practices. As a clinician Dr. Hopper works with adults who have experienced assault or were abused as children. In his forensic work he testifies on short-and long-term impacts of child abuse and sexual assault, including on memory processes. Dr. Hopper was a founding board member and long-time advisor to 1in6, an organization that serves men with histories of sexual abuse, and served on the United States Peace Corps Sexual Assault Advisory Council. He is coeditor of Mindfulness-oriented interventions for trauma: Integrating contemplative practices, and consults and teaches nationally and internationally to civilian and military investigators, prosecutors, judges, victim advocates, commanders, and higher education administrators.
DR. CHARLENE SENN
Dr. Charlene Senn is a social psychologist and Professor of Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada. She has been an activist and advocate on issues related to women’s health and men’s violence against women for many years. Her research, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, focuses on effective campus sexual violence interventions, particularly those developing women’s capacity to resist sexual assault. She developed the feminist Enhanced Assess, Acknowledge, Act (EAAA aka Flip the Script) sexual assault resistance program which was recently proven to substantially reduce the sexual violence women experienced (30 – 64%) for at least two years. The program also increased women’s confidence and reduced their self-blame if they were sexually assaulted. Since 2010, she has worked with her colleagues on the UWindsor Bystander Initiative team on another critical piece of the sexual violence intervention puzzle to institutionalize effective bystander education and to study its short and longer term impact on campus culture. She has consulted on effective sexual violence prevention with government agencies and taskforces, universities and colleges, as well as the military in Canada and the U.S.
JENNIFER J. FREYD
Jennifer J. Freyd, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Oregon. She is known for her influential theories about sexual violence including her theories of betrayal trauma, institutional betrayal, institutional courage, and DARVO (Deny, Attack, & Reverse Victim & Offender – a perpetrator strategy). Freyd received her PhD in Psychology from Stanford University. The author or coauthor of 200 articles, Freyd is also the author of the Harvard Press award-winning book Betrayal Trauma: The Logic of Forgetting Childhood Abuse. Her book Blind to Betrayal, co-authored with Pamela J. Birrell, was published in 2013, with seven additional translations. In 2014, Freyd was invited two times to the U.S. White House due to her research on sexual assault and institutional betrayal. Freyd has received numerous awards including being named a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, an Erskine Fellow at The University of Canterbury in New Zealand, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In April 2016, Freyd was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation. Freyd currently serves as the Editor of The Journal of Trauma & Dissociation. You can follow Dr. Freyd on Twitter at @jjforegon.
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DECEMBER 6TH PARTICIPANTS
GLOBE AND MAIL MODERATORS
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CRIMINAL REPORTING - 7:00am
Yamikani Msosa is a grassroots feminist anti-violence advocate and support worker who began this work ten years ago at the age of 18 years old and hasn’t stopped. In September 2017 she joined Ryerson University Office of Sexual Violence Support and Education as a Specialist. Originally from Ottawa by way of Lilongwe, Malawi. She completed her Master’s degree in Women and Gender Studies at Carleton was employed at the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa as the Public Education Coordinator for eight years. She has given trainings all over the country on issues of Sexual Violence, including Ontario Police College, Ministry Labour, Status of Women and more. She is the Vice Chair of the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres OCRCC where she chairs Anti-oppression/anti-racism committee. Her feminist activism started at Ottawa Coalition to End Violence against Women, then transitioned to Immigrant Women Services of Ottawa. Yami currently sits on the Advisory Council for MATCH International Global Fund for Women & Youth Advisory for the Equality Project at Ottawa University Law Department where she is researching Intersectionality & Bystander Intervention on Campus Universities across Canada.
Melanie Randall, Ph.D., LL.B., teaches at the Faculty of Law, Western University. Her academic and advocacy work mainly on legal remedies for gendered violence as well as human rights and equality law. Her research and scholarship have analysed: • legal images of “ideal victims” in sexual assault and domestic criminal cases • legal issues surrounding consent, credibility and the criminal law of sexual assault • judicial misunderstandings of marital rape • legal difficulties recognizing women’s complicated responses to violence and abuse, • comparative approaches to asylum claims based on gender persecution in refugee law • international human rights law and spousal sexual assault • the possibilities of restorative justice and the law for crimes of gendered violence • the need for trauma informed legal approaches, especially in sexual violence prosecutions. • complex trauma in the lives of Aboriginal peoples • reproductive rights and law using law to end discrimination and to seek state accountability to achieve equality She is the co-editor (with Jennifer Koshan and Patricia Mande Nyaundi) of The Right to Say No: Marital Rape and Law Reform in Canada, Ghana, Kenya and Malawi, (Hart Publishing, Oxford, UK, 2017) is currently co-authoring a forthcoming book on Canadian Human Rights Law (with Michael Lynk and Jennifer Koshan) forthcoming in 2018.
David Butt is a trial and appellate lawyer and former prosecutor. He represents all major stakeholders in the criminal justice system – victims of crime, accused persons, and police officers. His practice spans the fields of criminal law, professional regulation, administrative law, privacy and human rights. David is a Queen’s Law grad, finishing at the top of his class all three years. He won the Viscount Bennett Scholarship, awarded to just one student each year in a nationwide competition, and earned a graduate law degree from Harvard University. While at Harvard he also served as a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Philosophy and the Department of Government. David clerked at both the Court of Appeal for Ontario and the Supreme Court of Canada, the first Canadian ever to hold two such clerkships. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1989. David has been lead counsel in more than two dozen cases at the Supreme Court of Canada, hundreds of cases in other appellate courts, and countless trials. He has both prosecuted and defended extensively. More than 70 of David’s cases have been published by the independent law reports. He has been counsel to three major judicial inquiries addressing criminal justice reforms, and municipal governance. David has served on the board of ECPAT, the world’s largest NGO fighting commercial sexual exploitation of children, and has spoken and consulted on that topic in every region of the world. David teaches and speaks to many different audiences from Victoria to St. John’s, on a variety of law related topics. He is regularly sought out for media commentary on criminal justice issues on television and radio across Canada. David’s writing on justice issues appears in the Globe and Mail.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE PROCESS - 8:00am
Joanna Birenbaum is a litigator specializing in equality and human rights, professional discipline and regulation, administrative/public law, employment law and domestic violence and sexual assault law. Called to the bar in 1998, Joanna’s practice has included Aboriginal and treaty rights litigation, constitutional test case litigation, and policy development, training and advocacy relating to access to justice for marginalized groups. Joanna is counsel for the University of Manitoba, National Research Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NRCTR), in Fontaine et al v. Canada et al on the question of whether the Independent Assessment Process (IAP) records of Indian Residential School survivors will be destroyed or securely archived by Canada or the NRCTR (the Indigenous Archive). Joanna has appeared at all levels of Court including the Supreme Court of Canada. Her most recent Supreme Court advocacy includes acting as counsel for the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic in R. v. Quesnelle 2014 SCC 46 (involving the criminal code regime to protect the private records of sexual assault complainants) and the Canadian Association for Community Living in R. v. Nur; R. v. Charles (Charter challenge to mandatory minimum sentencing). Joanna is a 2014-2015 McMurtry Clinical Fellow at Osgoode Hall Law School. She is also adjunct faculty at Osgoode, teaching Gender, Equality and the Law. She has lectured and published in the areas of equality rights and violence against women. Her recent publications include: Joanna Birenbaum, Kelly Gallagher Mackay, “From Equal Access to Individual Exit: The Invisibility of Systemic Discrimination in Moore” (2013) 10 JL & Equality 93-112; and Joanna Birenbaum, Isabel Grant, “Taking Threats Seriously: s.264.1 Threats as a Form of Domestic Violence” (2012) 59 Criminal Law Quarterly 206-236
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MINISTER OF JUSTICE AND ATTORNEY GENERAL OF CANADA, JODY WILSON-RAYBOULD
Jody Wilson-Raybould is a lawyer, advocate, and leader among British Columbia’s First Nations. As a former Regional Chief of the BC Assembly of First Nations, Jody brings extensive experience in law, public service, and First Nations governance to Cabinet. After being called to the Bar in 2000, Jody began her legal career working as a provincial crown prosecutor in Vancouver. She later served as an advisor at the BC Treaty Commission, a body established to oversee treaty negotiations between First Nations and the Crown. In 2004, Jody was elected as Commissioner by the Chiefs of the First Nations Summit. Since being elected Regional Chief of the BC Assembly of First Nations in 2009, Jody has devoted herself to the advancement of First Nations governance, fair access to land and resources, as well as improved education and health care services. She was re-elected as Regional Chief in 2012 and held responsibilities for governance and nation building on the Assembly of First Nations Executive. She has previously been involved with the Chiefs Committee on Claims and chaired the Comprehensive Claims joint working group. An active volunteer in her community, Jody has served as a Director for Capilano College, the Minerva Foundation for BC Women, the Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre, and the National Centre for First Nations Governance. She was also a director on the First Nations Lands Advisory Board and Chair of the First Nations Finance Authority. She is the recipient of the alumni award from the Minerva Foundation and the University of Victoria. Jody is a descendant of the Musgamagw Tsawataineuk and Laich-Kwil-Tach peoples, which are part of the Kwakwaka’wakw and also known as the Kwak’wala speaking peoples. She is a member of the We Wai Kai Nation and is married to Dr. Tim Raybould.
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PANEL - 10:00am
Kishwar moved to Toronto in 1987 to pursue a career in the theatre after spending too many years in various departments in University, eventually ending up in the theatre department. After graduation, he ended up as GM of Crow’s Theatre and practically lived at the Poor Alex Theatre for a few years. This experience led to a string of administrative jobs interwoven with travel stints to Asia, Europe, South, Central and North America. He has worked at Theatre Ontario as Cross Cultural Coordinator where one of his responsibilities was to promote cultural diversity in the theatre community; the Canada Council as a theatre officer; at ACTRA as the Branch Representative for Ottawa. He is co-founder and Producer of the first Ottawa Fringe Festival (July of 1997) and once inaugurated, he left the Ottawa Fringe in good hands and joined the Gary Goddard Agency as a talent agent in August of 1997. During his time as an agent, Kishwar has worked with the likes of Stephen Amell, Sarah Polley, Scott Speedman, Luke Kirby, Allan Hawco, Gavin Crawford, Ellen Page and countless recognizable Canadian names. He became a partner at the Agency in 2002 where he can, of course, still be found.
NICOLE ST. MARTIN
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STEPHANIE WEBER BIRON
Stephanie Weber Biron is a director and cinematographer perhaps best known for her award-winning cinematography of Xavier Dolan’s feature films I Killed My Mother and Heartbeats (Best Cinematography award at the Hamptons Film Festival, nominated for Achievement in Cinematography at the Genie Awards, etc). Stephanie’s diverse body of cinematography credits include Ashley McKenzie's award winning films Stray & When You Sleep as well as the Warner Bros, Spike Jonze's produced short film Higglety Pigglety Pop! directed by academy award nominees Maciek Szczerbowski & Chris Lavis.. Stephanie has shot many feature films including Jason Buxton's award winning film Blackbird (winner at TIFF & VIFF) as well as Guy Maddin's unique film, The Forbidden Room, which opened the Berlin film festival and had it's north american premiere at Sundance before going on to win many awards. Stephanie's work caught the eye of international filmmakers which has given her the opportunity to shoot films in Germany, London, Paris, New York and across Canada. Stephanie's short films and music videos as writer & director have widely toured international film festivals & her film Fragments won a jury prize at Prends ça Court, the Quebec Short Film Gala. Stephanie Weber Biron has been passionate about photography and cinema since a very early age. She lives in Montreal though she can often be found travelling the world shooting her latest projects.
Jessica Panetta is a makeup artist based out of Toronto. Most often working in Film, Television and Web content, Jessica is a leading artist within the commercial and beauty industries. Her approach to her artistry is a unique practice. With a marriage between creation, collaboration and skill, Jessica prides herself on creatively executing efficient and clean makeups with a high standard of etiquette and professionalism. Having worked as the Key Makeup and Hair artist in a variety of formats, some long format credits include the TIFF 2014 Best Canadian First Feature Bang Bang Baby (2014) developed at the prestigious Cannes Residency, Sook-Yin Lee’s first feature Octavio is Dead! and the International Emmy nominated web series The Amazing Gayl Pile (2016). Her work has been screened at multiple festivals including TIFF, Sundance Film Festival, Festival de Cannes, Whistler Film Festival and Toronto and LA Webfests. She was awarded Best Makeup Design at the Rome Web Awards for her work on the three time CSA Nominated Webseries “Whatever, Linda” and also holds two nominations for Best Makeup design at the Indie Series Awards in 2013 and 2016. Jessica is happy to be participating with #aftermetoo and is looking forward to sharing the space with bright industry professionals in order to bring about lasting systematic change.
Andrew is a DMT, photographer, motion capture technician, and aspiring cinematographer active in Toronto, Ottawa, and Montréal. He is a firm believer in equal professional representation regardless of race, gender, nationality, or colour. Andrew hopes that with the onset of the #MeToo and #AfterMeToo movements that progress will finally be made to prevent the stigma of sexual harassment and sexism against women within the film industry.
Morgana McKenzie is an award-winning director and cinematographer. Her short films have screened at over 100 festivals and won over 35 awards, including Best Director and the Canada 150 Award for Best Film from the young filmmaker division of TIFF, for her narrative music video “Atlas World”. Morgana works as a cinematographer and camera operator on both narrative and non-narrative projects, including a documentary on the French performance group La Machine, and a CBC digital series.
James is a Toronto based sound mixer and boom operator originally hailing from Kincardine, Ontario. He is passionate about his work in elevating voices or capturing moments that move and inform listeners. James believes in the value and potential for storytelling to reveal our humanity and create profound, lasting social change.
Edward Pond is a Toronto film maker and commercial director/dp best known for making food commercials. In 2017 Edward premiered two short films at the Toronto Shorts International Film Festival: Wind Shear and Solid State. Now he’s producing his latest film, an adaptation of Deborah Willis's short story "The Hole" shooting this spring.
A lifelong artist, Stephanie Stella studied sculpture and fiber at OCAD from 2007-2011, and graduated with honours from Complections College of Makeup Art and Design in 2014. Stephanie has survived multiple abuses - from elementary school bullying, to domestic violence and sexual assault, to the violence and injustice of the legal system - and constantly strives to integrate social betterment into her makeup art, whether it be by working on social justice projects, or simply by maintaining the comfort and boundaries of whoever is sitting in her chair.
VOLUNTEERS - THE MOVING PARTS
Hannah Cheesman is a Canadian Screen Award-nominated actor, writer and filmmaker based in Toronto and LA. Named one of Playback’s 2015 “Five to Watch” and a 2014 TIFF Emerging Canadian Filmmaker, Hannah’s hit digital series Whatever, Linda (co-creator, writer, producer, star) has travelled festivals around the globe, winning 16 awards. The show is currently being adapted for television with Graeme Manson (creator/showrunner Orphan Black). Her first feature film, The Definites (co-director, writer, producer, star), was acquired by Mongrel Media and is currently doing the film festival tour, having been accepted at 4 festivals to-date. Most recently, Hannah worked writing on such shows as Workin’ Moms (CBC), Find me in Paris (Cottonwood/ZDF) and in the development room of upcoming comedy series from Project 10 in collaboration with the CBC, as well as in the writers room of Orphan Black (BBC A/Bell). Hannah’s most recent BravoFACT-funded short, Emmy (starring Amanda Brugel of A Handmaid’s Tale) saw its festival premiere this fall at a Movie Maker Magazine’s Top 25 Coolest film festival, Cucalorus. Her previous short film, Cheese, has shown at over 20 festivals around the globe, including Cannes’ Coup De Coeur, Whistler and Palm Springs, and has sold in Canada (CBC), France (Salaud Morisette/RADI) and Japan (Pacific Voice), winning 5 awards to date.
Jennifer is an actor, filmmaker, feminist and mother, and so honoured to be a part of this symposium. “Change has been necessary for decades and to be involved with an event and a movement such as this makes me proud beyond belief. I love the film business and telling stories for a living is a great privilege for which I am grateful. That said, our industry, and our world is in dire need of change. I am hopeful that my daughter will live in a time when her voice is not less powerful simply because she’s female. Where she has a clear sense of boundaries and her right to enforce them. I hope this for all children, and all humans. We are all accountable, so I start with myself.”
Jeananne Goossen is an artist and activist who splits her time between Toronto, Los Angeles and Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is currently writing her first feature film and is producing 2 shorts coming out in 2018. She has appeared in a wide variety of films and television programs as an actor, and has a few music tracks available on iTunes. Jeananne is excited by the potential increase in transparency and accountability in the film/tv industry, and hopes the #AfterMeToo event will successfully push for new regulations and outcomes, not just in this business, but other businesses/ institutions as well.
Chi is the Chief Executive Officer of Parker P Consulting, the for-profit consultation arm of White Ribbon, collaborating with governments, legacy institutions and private sector companies to promote gender equality and engaging men as gender champions. Previously, Chi was the Manager of Neighbourhoods at United Way Toronto & York Region. A lifelong advocate for women’s equality, Chi was awarded the prestigious Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the People’s Case, and the YWCA Woman of Distinction award.
Mariah Owen is an award-winning producer, actress and filmmaker from Toronto who formed GTE Productions at just 21 years old. Since getting her start in the web and digital space, she has gone on to produce several web series, shorts, television and feature films. Her most recent project is "M.F.A." - a vigilante thriller about campus rape starring Francesca Eastwood that had it's world premiere at SXSW 2017. She is currently in pre-production for her next feature film. Furthermore, she's incredibly proud to be helping with #AfterMeToo and looks forward to a world where women everywhere feel safe.
Lindsay Somers is a film and television veteran, with over ten years experience in the industry. As the founder and lead medical consultant of her company, Ready Set Medic, she has directed leading actors in medical techniques for Film & TV projects including Flatliners, Designated Survivor & The Strain. As an actor, she has worked on the series Black Mirror, and the Oscar winning film Room. Lindsay is a two-time recipient of the Exemplary Citizen Award from the City of Toronto for her volunteer work within her community. Currently, Lindsay is consulting on multiple productions, as well as producing a short film.
Elizabeth Whitmere is an actor and producer based in Toronto. Her early years were spent in the arctic community of Kuujjuarapik, Quebec. She has produced alongside Kelly McCormack for years on the enigmatic The Neddeaus of Duqesne Island (CBC), as well as producing on Kristin Waterson’s award winning series That’s My DJ (Neon Panther). She has produced several short films that have premiered at festivals around the world including TIFF and Cannes Not Short On Talent. She is currently developing several features and series.Elizabeth started her on-camera career opposite Angelina Jolie in Beyond Borders, and has since appeared in numerous films and television shows. Most recently, she appeared as Dominique on Lifetime’s Peabody Award-winning series UnREAL, as well as the Emmy-nominated UnREAL: The Auditions. She plays Fiona on Incorporated (SyFy) and recurs as Rita Moretti on CTV’s The Detail.
President, Touchwood PR. Andrea has been working in the entertainment and communications field for over 22 years and oversees all PR strategy, business development, and client relations for Touchwood PR. Through Andrea’s strong relationships with the film and TV industry, Touchwood PR has grown to be one of the most well-respected PR firms in arts and entertainment in Canada. Clients have included: TIFF, Cineplex Entertainment, Telefilm Canada, Inside Out LGBT Film Festival, Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, CMPA’s Prime Time, Canadian Film Fest, Unifrance Films, Pathé International, VVS Films, Agency 71, DFilms, eOne, Fan Expo HQ, ComiCon, Culture Days, Union Pictures, SOCAN Music Awards, Serendipity Point Films, and personal clients including comedians Gerry Dee, Darrin Rose, Ali Hassan, actors Anthony Lemke (Dark Matter, White House Down), Tara Spencer-Nairn (Corner Gas), Maxim Roy (19-2, Shadowhunters), Amanda Brugel (Room, Eyewitness, The Handmaid's Tale), Kristian Bruun (Orphan Black, Murdoch Mysteries), and more. Prior to launching Touchwood PR in 2009, Andrea was head of the TIFF communications department for 8 festivals. In this role, Andrea developed and executed media strategies to position TIFF as a leader in the industry, conducted in-depth media training for executives and staff, and acted as ambassador for all programmed films. Additionally, Andrea has organized hundreds of media events including press conferences, cocktail receptions, speaking engagements, and seminars. Prior to TIFF, Andrea worked for Odeon Films, part of Alliance Atlantis as Manager of Publicity for 7 years. In this role, Andrea oversaw the publicity component of all 60+ theatrical releases per year. Andrea is fluent in English, French and Spanish.
Jess is a publicist and social media specialist working at Touchwood PR. She has worked extensively in the arts, and has managed publicity and social media for various clients in the film and entertainment sector. Jess earned a Postgraduate Certificate in Public Relations from Humber College and previously worked in publicity at Shaw Media and District PR.
Liane Balaban is a Genie and Gemini-nominated performer. Her film credits include New Waterford Girl, The Grand Seduction, One Week, and Last Chance Harvey. She has appeared in numerous television series, including Covert Affairs (USA), Alphas (SyFy), Republic of Doyle (CBC), Numbers (CBS) and Man Seeking Woman (FXX). She is the co-creator of Crankytown.ca, a Gemini-nominated interactive web site about menstruation, and recently sold her first project as a writer (the pilot Maggie McKill) to Temple Street Productions. She was instrumental in petitioning AFBS to clarify the language around maternity in their insurance literature, and to allow members who have recently given birth a subsidy for breast pumps.
Graphic & Visual Artist, Mother & Partner, Survivor & Warrior. Originally from Montreal, Alex worked for 15+ years in print advertising, working closely with print media on an international level. Upon moving to Toronto, Alex started her boutique graphic design studio working extensively in branding and print design with clients big and small, ranging from large corporations to local musical talent. Her understanding of brand combined with her innate creativity and sense of aesthetics has enabled her over the years to develop design solutions with very high visual impact. She insists on being passionate about every project she takes on. As a survivor of sexual assault, she now wishes to use her voice to collaborate on advocacy work. She is honored to have been asked to participate in #AFTERMETOO.
Laura Montgomery is a film and television Costume Designer based in Toronto, Canada. Born of Japanese and Scottish heritage, she combines a passion for authentic storytelling with a lifelong love of costume and textiles. Her design for award-winning films has made her work in demand amongst creative and cutting-edge projects. Laura’s design credits include Small Town Murder Songs (TIFF Official Selection 2010) When Moses Woke (Gemini Award Winner for Best Direction in a Performing Arts Program) and Coopers’ Christmas (TIFF Official Selection 2008). Laura’s recent work as an Assistant Costume Designer and Buyer can be seen in American Gods, Molly’s Game and Suicide Squad. Laura holds an honours degree in French Literature and Stage and Costume Design from the University of Toronto. In 2011, Laura was nominated for the Ontario Arts Council Virginia and Myrtle Cooper award in Costume Design for her body of work.
Gillian Ferrier is an actor and writer, with most notable roles on Crimson Peak, Great Great Great, Call Me Fitz and her short film Shavasana. A passionate advocate for health and wellness, Gillian is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and the creator of Nutrition for Performers, offering lifestyle support and nutritional guidance to professionals, artists and freelancers in the entertainment industry and beyond. Gillian is also an active member of the Toronto ACTRA Women's Committee and a juror for TAWC's Short Film Creation Lab.
HEATHER K. DAHLSTROM
Heather K. Dahlstrom is a filmmaker, photographer, writer and visual artist from Thunder Bay, Ontario, a grad of the Confederation College Film Production Program ('99), and Sundance ('09), TIFF ('10,'13), CFC ('10) Alumni. Heather is a long time, strong advocate for change with in the Film/TV & Digital Media Industry and is a proud labour advocate for Northern Ontario Film Cast & Crew. Heather was previously the assistant business agent at DGC Ontario (2000-2003), Reporting Supervisor for Film Programming for Northern Ontario (2014-2017), and currently owns and operates The XY Company, a production company focusing on developing talent in Northern Ontario Film. Heather was nominated for an Ontario Premier's Award (2011) for being an Outstanding College Graduate, and was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award (Best Motion Picture, EMPIRE OF DIRT) in 2014.
Queer writer and producer Allia McLeod is a native of Jamaica and has worked in the Canadian media landscape for the past 15 years. Her work is driven by a deep belief in the power of storytelling to help change attitudes and even lives. Her short film, Waack Revolt, was a gender-bending celebration of queerness, femininity and strength within the underground dance movement waacking. She continues to bring underrepresented voices to the screen through her work on the programming selection committee for Toronto’s LGBT film festival Inside Out. McLeod's film and television career began in 2001 after earning a degree from the University of North Florida, majoring in communications with specialties in broadcasting and radio and television production. She made a mark both behind and in front of the camera as she wrote, produced and hosted original content for networks such as HBO Canada, The Movie Network and HuffPost Canada. Not My Home is her latest project in which she looks to address the themes of justice, transformation and healing as she chronicles her journey to reconnect with her Jamaican roots.
Amy is an internationally awarded Executive Producer. She attended Sheridan College for Film and began her career at CNN.com in Atlanta. She moved on to technology leadership positions with Activate and Alliance Atlantis/U8TV. She landed in advertising at digital agency HendersonBas where she worked on the Molson account, and eventually moved to become Director of Interactive Production at TAXI and Director of Integrated Production at Grip Ltd. In 2009 she founded Lunch Inc., where she has led hundreds of projects, from global campaigns to series development. Her clients include: Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon, Pee-wee Herman and Red Bull. Amy is an outspoken activist and advocate for women & children’s rights. She also sits on the board of non-profit ArtsCan Circle, a charitable organization with a mission to encourage the self-esteem of youth in northern Indigenous communities through a cooperative exploration of the arts. Amy is also a shamanic healing & reiki practitioner who specializes in working with survivors of sexual abuse. Amy is a survivor herself and a staunch advocate for women.
Joanna Swan is an actor, singer and musician. After extensive training in the UK, she returned to Canada to continue training in musical theatre. Joanna most recently appeared in Molly McGlynn’s ‘Mary Goes Round’ which screened TIFF’17. Some other credits include Bomb Girls: Facing the Enemy, Kit Kittredge: An American Girl, Flashpoint and Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain. Joanna has also had extensive experience working in the music industry from touring with her own band, to touring as assistant stage manager for The Tragically Hip, CCMA Awards and the Juno Awards. She has also worked as backline manager for NXNE, lead backline technician for Canada’s Walk of Fame, Boots & Hearts Music Festival and many more. Joanna is a fierce advocate for human rights and human kindness. As well as sitting on ‘AIDSBeat’ Committee (in support of CANFAR), she has been recently appointed vice-chair for the Toronto ACTRA Women’s Committee, sits on the ACTRA Voice Committee, The ACTRA Awards Committee, the newly formed ACTRA Toronto Ad-Hoc Sexual Harassment Committee, and was a recent member of the ACTRA National Commercial Agreement bargaining team. She is so proud to standing with all involved in #AfterMeToo. Time for change. There is no other option.
Jocelyne's 30 year career includes film, television theatre and radio en français and in english. She has 2 theatre best performance nominations. She was awarded a 2012 Comedy Award Best performance female- film for her role of Nicole in "Funkytown". Other recent film stand outs include " The Second Time Around" and "Mangiacake". 2017 television roles include the PM of France facing off with Keifer Sutherland on Designated Survivor, exchanging quips with Jason Priestly on Private Eyes and sharing life stories in " Rencontres". A proud Canadian moment: being the bilingual voice of the Canadian Embassy in Washington. Another passion is assisting women, through leadership communication workshops , to embrace their power and develop confidence and courage to be seen and heard and leaders. I am honoured to have been invited to the group...humbled by the courage of the women speaking up...impressed by the incredible work of Mia, Aisling, Freya, Andrea, Jess and tireless efforts of all the creators. There is no turning back... Silence...no more Secrets...no more Suppression...no more Voices...be heard Stories...be told Expression...be our power Together we are a force.....Thank you for joining us.
Fab is an award-winning actor, screenwriter, playwright and director. Most recently he wrote and directed the critically acclaimed and award-winning digital series for CBC called Save Me. He is currently in development with two projects for Canadian Prodcos and before that developed a new half-hour for 20th Century Fox. As a playwright, he was most recently nominated for a Dora Award for his play The Summoned and is currently working on a new play for the Tarragon theatre entitled American Television. Before that he was on staff as writer and co-produced NBC’s comedy Working The Engels, co-wrote true crime indie Perfect Sisters starring Abigail Breslin and Mira Sorvino and co-wrote Lifetime movie Too Late To Say Good-Bye starring Rob Lowe and Lauren Holly. He also co-created and directed half-hour Showcase hit comedy Billable Hours in which he starred. As an actor he has been nominated for a Canadian Screen Award and you might also know him from such projects as Lives Of The Saints starring opposite Sophia Loren, indie hit waydowntown, or as Ethan Gold in the groundbreaking Showtime series Queer As Folk. He is often recognized for a stint on the hit Buffy The Vampire Slayer.
Julia Schneider began her career in the entertainment business at the age of 13. She worked as an actor for over 10 years, appearing in various TV series and feature films. In between stints as an actor, Julia had the opportunity to work behind the camera as an assistant to acclaimed casting director Stephanie Gorin. While working for SGC, Julia paid close attention to the thorough details involved in casting commercials, television series’ and feature films. With her behind the scenes knowledge, Julia began working more diligently on expanding her knowledge of the business side of the industry. Shortly thereafter, Julia became an assistant booker in the modeling industry. She learned the ropes of what is required to manage models, deal with top photographers, and arrange “go-sees”. Julia chose to shift her focus back to actors and, in the spring of 2008, she joined Ambition as an assistant. It was obvious that Julia had the knack, skill set, and passion to work with actors, and within a short time she was promoted to the head of the commercial and print division. Now heading the TV/Film department with the company’s founder
NICOLE ST. MARTIN
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Meagan Allison-Hancock is a film and television agent at Amanda Rosenthal Talent in Toronto, where she has worked since 2009. Raised in Stratford, ON, she is also a graduate of the University of Victoria, with an Art History major and Film Studies minor. In addition to her work as an agent, Meagan has spent time as an event co-ordinator for WORN Fashion Journal, volunteered extensively at the Toronto Public Library and organized sold out trivia fundraisers for Mother Nature Partnership, a menstrual health charity where she sits on the board.
AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST… PRODUCERS/CREATORS
Freya Ravensbergen has worked steadily as a producer and actor in English and French doing film, television, theatre and voice work for over 10 years. In 2012 she started producing film and has since made 3 shorts: Just Another Day, Acting Up, an award winning comedy with a 90% female cast and crew combatting female ageism in the film industry and Reel Women Seen, an initiative of the ACTRA National women’s committee directed by Amanda Tapping. Freya is the co-producer and lead actor in two feature films produced by her company Dangerous Dust Productions: an award winning dark comedy called A Brand New You (available on Amazon prime) and Fucking My Way Back Home, about the sex trade industry in Toronto. Freya is also the co-chair of the Toronto ACTRA Women’s committee (TAWC), where she encourages women to take positions of leadership behind and in front of the camera and foster the creation of new work in this city. www.FreyaRavensbergen.com
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Aisling Chin-Yee is a producer, writer, and director based in Montreal. Working closely with filmmakers with unique, unapologetic visions in feature films, television series, and documentaries. She founded Fluent Films in 2016, and recently produced the series Lost Generation that premiered on screens in the US in Winter 2017. Aisling is currently adapting the best-selling novel, and Scotiabank 2014 Giller Prize winner, Us Conductors by Sean Michaels for screen. Also in adaption is Catherine Leroux’s award winning, and Giller Prize nominated book, The Party Wall as a limited television series. Aisling Chin-Yee previously produced with Prospector Films and The National Film Board of Canada and her producing credits include acclaimed films, Rhymes for Young Ghouls (2013), The Saver (2016), Last Woman Standing (2013), Inside these Walls (2016), The Color of Beauty (2010), Sorry Rabbi (2011). She also wrote and directed the films Sound Asleep (2014), and Five Stories (2015), and Synesthesia (2015). Her feature drama The Day Between and television comedy Sharing Sharon are in development.