Our team

Executive team

Scott Garvie

Chair, CMPA Board of Directors

With offices in Toronto and Los Angeles, Shaftesbury is an award-winning creator and producer of original content for television and digital platforms, sold in 120 countries worldwide. Shaftesbury’s slate includes David Shore’s new series Houdini & Doyle for Sony Pictures Television, Shaw Media, ITV and Fox; thriller series Slasher for Super Channel and Chiller; and 10 seasons of Murdoch Mysteries for CBC, UKTV and ITV STUDIOS Global Entertainment.

As Senior Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs, Garvie has overseen the negotiation and implementation of all development, financing, sales and recoupment arrangements for Shaftesbury since 1994. Garvie serves as executive producer on all of Shaftesbury’s productions and, as a result of his strategic relationships with key broadcast and financing partners, has been integral to the growth of the company into one of Canada’s leading creators of original content.

Garvie has served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) for over 15 years and also sits on the FilmOntario Board. He is also a former Chair of the Ontario Producer’s Panel and served on the board of the Canadian Television Fund for four years.

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Reynolds Mastin

President and CEO

Reynolds Mastin works on behalf of our members to ensure the continued success of Canada’s independent production sector and a vibrant future for Canadian content. Reynolds leads the execution of the CMPA’s strategic priorities and oversees the organization’s operations in its Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver offices.  Central to his role is the development of relationships with key stakeholders who are vital to the Canadian production industry. These include all levels of government, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), broadcasters, over-the-top services, distributors, exhibitors, industry unions and guilds, the Hollywood studios, and other production associations from both Canada and around the world.

Prior to becoming President and CEO, Reynolds served as the CMPA’s Chief Negotiator and Chief Legal Officer. As Chief Negotiator, Reynolds represented CMPA members and the Hollywood studios in the bargaining of collective and independent production agreements with the unions and guilds representing talent and technicians in the film, television and digital production industries outside of British Columbia. He also led Terms of Trade negotiations with the large private broadcast groups, independent broadcasters and the CBC. As Chief Legal Officer, Reynolds provided strategic advice on a range of matters, including business affairs, industrial relations, copyright, Terms of Trade, Canada Media fund policies and guidelines, CRTC regulatory proceedings and corporate governance.

In his professional capacity, Reynolds is a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Retransmission Collective and of the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Film Producers Associations. Reynolds also volunteers as a member of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, one of Canada’s largest grantmakers, which awards approximately 1,500 grants each year to community-based not-for-profits and charitable organizations in the arts, recreation, environment and human and social services sectors.

Prior to joining the CMPA in 2008, Reynolds served as Legal Counsel for the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB), where his files included tariff proceedings before the Copyright Board of Canada, copyright reform, and corporate governance. He began his career in 2005 as an articling student at the CRTC, a position which gave him broad exposure to both broadcasting and telecommunications matters.

Reynolds completed his Common Law (LLB) and Civil Law (LLL) Degrees at McGill University, with an exchange semester spent at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He has an Honours BA in International Relations from the University of Toronto, and his Baccalauréat en éducation from the University of Ottawa.

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Marc Séguin

Senior Vice-President, Policy

As a member of the association’s executive team, Marc provides strategic guidance on policy matters, with the ultimate goal of ensuring the continued vitality of Canada’s independent production sector.

In his role, he oversees all of the organization’s policy initiatives, including all those related to government relations, research and the Canadian feature film sector.

Before joining the CMPA, Marc held a number of increasingly senior positions within the federal departments of Communications Canada and Canadian Heritage between the late 1980s and early 2000s. While working in the public sector, Marc was recruited to a ministerial task force that helped support the Charlottetown Accord initiative of 1992, which was a package of proposed amendments to the Constitution of Canada. Later, he was assigned to another ministerial task force mandated to contribute to the amalgamation of number of federal departments into the Department of Canadian Heritage. Further to this accomplishment, he played an instrumental role in developing and implementing the Government of Canada’s Feature Film Policy of 2000 and its various initiatives, including the Canada Feature Film Fund, which is administered by Telefilm Canada. Following a short assignment in Vancouver with Telefilm Canada, in 2002, Marc was seconded to work with the former executive director of Telefilm Canada to assist with a national review of the federal government’s Canadian content definitions.

Marc is a graduate of Concordia University in Montreal, where he earned a BA with a specialization in communication studies.

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Liz Shorten

Senior Vice-President, Operations & Member Services

Liz Shorten has been working to build capacity in the film, television and digital media sectors for over 25 years.  In her role at the CMPA-BC, Liz advocates for BC companies, creates policies and strategies to assist in industry growth, and oversees industry and export development initiatives.

Liz previously held senior positions at the Ontario Film Development Corporation (Ontario Creates), British Columbia Film (Creative BC), and CBC Television.

Nationally, Liz sits on the Board of Directors of Reel Canada and is Chair of the Story Money Impact Foundation.  In BC, she is a Trustee of the Performing Arts Lodge Vancouver, Secretary/Treasurer of the Pacific Screenwriting Program and is active in the Motion Picture Production Industry Association of BC as Vice-Chair. Liz was a founding Board member of the Crazy8’s Film Society and a Co-founder of Women in View.  She was recently named “Woman of the Year” by Women in Film and Television Vancouver and “Industry Champion” by the Whistler Film Festival in recognition of her leadership role in the film and television industry in BC.

Some of her favourite feature films hail from Atlantic Canada, including Thom Fitzgerald’s The Hanging Garden, which offers a unique interpretation of coming of age.

Some of her favourite feature films hail from Atlantic Canada, including Thom Fitzgerald’s The Hanging Garden, which offers a unique interpretation of coming of age.

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CMPA staff

Ottawa office

Debra Bullis

Administrative Assistant, Operations

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Debra joined the CMPA in July 2016, bringing with her over 25 years of experience in administration, customer service, logistics and the not-for-profit sector.

A member of the CMPA’s Operations and Finance team, Debra’s primary function is to provide day-to-day operational support to the Ottawa office, such as helping with tech systems, directing inquiries and overseeing facility requirements.

Prior to joining the CMPA, Debra was an operations administrator with FedEx Ground, and before that worked in various administrative capacities in organizations that work with Deaf, deafened and hard-of-hearing individuals, as well as seniors and persons with disabilities.

Debra studied communication and public relations at Mercer University.

When it comes to Canadian TV, Debra is keen on Heartland, as well as unscripted shows like Love It or List It. She enjoys watching animated series such as The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! and PAW Patrol with her grandkids.

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Nicole Cheng

Controller

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Nicole oversees day-to-day accounting activity at the CMPA.

Leading the Finance team, Nicole is responsible for the general accounting functions at the organization, including preparing financial reports and financial analysis, payroll, and the coordination of the month-end and year-end functions. She also assists the Vice-President of Finance and Facilities to streamline the financial processes and improve internal controls.

Nicole has over seven-year experience in providing professional services across a broad range of finance areas including full cycle accounting, financial reporting and analysis, budgeting and tax for a variety of companies and industries, including Dental Corporation of Canada in Toronto and Landmark Home Solutions in St. Catharines. Prior to joining the CMPA, Nicole held senior accountant position working with the fishing company Newfound Resources in St. John’s.

Nicole earned a master of accountancy degree from Brock University, and she attained her CPA-CGA designation in 2012.

One of Nicole’s favourite Canadian TV series is Anne with an E. She also loves watching documentaries; one of her Canadian favourites is Last Train Home.

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Sarolta Csete

Director, Development & Corporate Affairs

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Sarolta works on developing and administering the CMPA’s mentorship programs and lends support with the organization’s international initiatives and corporate affairs.

Working closely with members and up-and-coming producers, Sarolta is responsible for researching funding opportunities and developing mentorship programs that assist both independent production companies and emerging talent. She also works alongside the Vice-President, Corporate & International Affairs, assisting with international development and outreach, ensuring that members have access to information and resources to strengthen their international business development strategies. Having worked with the CMPA since the early 2000s, she has worn many hats, from designer to webmaster and beyond.

She is an active member of the Independent Filmmakers Cooperative of Ottawa and also acts as vice-chair on the organization’s board.

Sarolta graduated from the University of Ottawa with a degree in communications.

She has a few Canadian favourites, but if pressed to pick, her top three would be Hatching, Matching and Dispatching because it’s so well written and hilarious and has a great cast; Durham County because it’s delightfully dark and beautifully crafted; and The Kids in the Hall because, well, it’s The Kids in the Hall.

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Emily Holtby

Director, Government & Policy Affairs

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Working in collaboration with the association’s membership, Emily is responsible for managing the CMPA’s advocacy and policy initiatives with the federal and provincial governments.

Emily monitors key political areas and provides well-supported guidance to senior CMPA staff and the board on policy positioning and strategy as part of the overall government relations framework for the association.

Emily previously spent eight years with a local full-service public affairs firm serving as their Senior Public Affairs Specialist. Emily has an extensive background in government and public relations working for a variety of not-for-profit trade associations in the creation and execution of their advocacy and communications plans. Previous to that, she worked for one of Canada’s leading broadcasting corporations where she was part of a large scale national development program. Emily’s work has led to recognition from the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE) for her work on leading advocacy campaigns for some of Canada’s largest organizations. A campaign Emily managed was recognized in Washington, D.C. among North America’s top press release results and she was a finalist in the 2017 Faces in Ottawa Awards for ‘Top Government Relations Specialist’ for her work with the CMPA.

She has completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in English and Theatre from the University of Ottawa.

One of Emily’s most favourite pieces of Canadian content was the 1990s CBC drama, Street Legal. She can’t quite believe her luck that a reboot is in the works for 2019!

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Nicholas Mills

Director, Research

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Nicholas plans and carries out socioeconomic research in support of the CMPA’s strategic objectives and, through the CMPA’s annual research plan, gathers business intelligence that contributes to growth and innovation within Canada’s independent production sectors.

Prior to joining the CMPA, Nicholas was director of Digital Media Research at the Banff Centre, where he led collaborative research projects exploring digital innovation in the cultural industries. This was preceded by seven years of professional business consulting experience and contributions to multiple large-scale research projects through the University of Toronto’s Innovation Systems Research Network (ISRN) and Innovation Policy Lab (IPL), and Ryerson University’s Digital Value Lab.

Nicholas brings firsthand experience in Canada’s media production industry to his role with the CMPA… having set up a lot of pylons as a location assistant and second assistant director in his early twenties. After this, Nicholas studied communications theory, cultural policy, media economics and business innovation on his way to earning degrees in sociology, multimedia studies, and communication and culture from the University of New Brunswick and Ryerson University.

Nicholas is proud to say that several independent CanCon productions rank among his favourite films and shows, including Goin’ Down the Road, Canada Russia ’72 and One Week.

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Lisa Moreau

Director, Member Services & Special Events

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Lisa is responsible for all functions related to member service, and is one of the primary organizers of the CMPA’s annual Prime Time conference.

As the point person for both new and renewing members, Lisa enjoys the opportunity to deal individually with every company that joins the CMPA. She handles the day-to-day operations of the membership department, and also manages the membership database. Lisa handles all logistics related to the CMPA’s annual Prime Time conference, a national networking event for some 600 of Canada’s most prominent business leaders from the feature film, television, interactive media, broadcasting and telecommunications industries.

Prior to joining the CMPA in 1998, Lisa held positions in finance/accounting, human resources, office management, event planning and client relations. Before she joined the CMPA’s membership department, Lisa was the association’s Director of Finance.

Lisa holds a diploma in executive business administration from Algonquin College.

Lisa’s guilty pleasure is reality TV—Top Chef Canada, Chopped Canada, You Gotta Eat Here! and so on. Her single favourite Canadian TV reality show would have to be The Amazing Race Canada. She loves the competition and the camaraderie, as well as the dramatic and beautiful scenery across Canada. She wouldn’t mind being a competitor on the show either.

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Kyle O'Byrne

Manager, Media Relations & Communications

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Kyle is a member of the CMPA’s communications team, which means he gets to spread the word about all the amazing world-class content that’s made in Canada, as well as the talented and innovative independent producers who bring those stories to life on screen.

On a daily basis, Kyle keeps staff and CMPA members informed of the latest news and developments that directly impact the work of independent producers. He is also the main media contact for the organization. In addition, Kyle is the contributing editor for the CMPA’s flagship magazine Indiescreen, as well as one of the primary organizers of Prime Time, the CMPA’s annual conference.

Prior to the CMPA, Kyle worked in the communications, brand and marketing department at CBC Montreal. He also previously worked at the Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum.

Kyle holds a graduate diploma in communication studies from Concordia University, where he specialized in Canadian media policy. He also has a combined honours BA in music and psychology from Carleton University.

A lifelong obsessive of all things relating to the film and TV industry, one of Kyle’s favourite TV series is Made in Canada. And growing up in Québec as the fourth of five brothers, C.R.A.Z.Y. has always been one of his favourite films—and the first to personally epitomize the power of seeing your own story (or something like it) reflected on screen.

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Prema Raj

Accounting Assistant

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Prema assists in the day-to-day operations of CMPA’s finance department. A steadfast member of the finance team, she supports the staff and board members by dealing with all matters relating to accounting.

Her duties include all aspects of accounts payable and receivables. This comprises dealing with vendor queries, payments, analysis of receipts and customer accounts. Her other contributions include reconciliation of expense reports, processing financial reports and assisting extensively with year-end audits. Her skills are not limited to finance, and she helps with day-to-day administrative duties as required.

Prior to the CMPA, Prema worked in the accounting departments of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC), Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa and Medical Arts Dispensary of Ottawa. She also worked as a teacher in Jaffna, Sri Lanka.

Prema holds a diploma in accounting from Algonquin College and a BSc in chemistry from Bharathidasan University in India.

Prema is a fan of documentaries, especially nature docs. Her favourite Canadian documentary is How to Be a Wild Elephant.

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Stephanie Ritter

Coordinator, Policy & Administrative Affairs

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Stephanie is responsible for assisting the heads of the Ottawa Departments with policy development, research, advocacy and corporate functions. This includes liaising and coordinating relevant work for the Finance, Communications, and Membership departments.

In the Coordinator role, Stephanie promotes enhanced communication between CMPA departments. Stephanie also supports special projects. Such initiatives include preserving CMPA corporate memory, researching topics and issues, and assisting with drafting reports.

Stephanie was introduced to the Canadian screen-industry as a summer research assistant at BlueMoon Productions Inc. Here, Stephanie analyzed the Wrigley family archives in preparation for a documentary series. After that action-packed experience, Stephanie held multiple Research and Teaching Assistant positions in media and communication at both Western University and Carleton University. Stephanie also has professional experience in social media marketing.

Stephanie completed her Honors Specialization BA (with distinction) in Media, Information, and Technoculture and her MA in Media Studies at Western University. Stephanie’s CIHR funded MA research focused on visual culture, social media, and health communication. Stephanie is currently a PhD Candidate in Communication at Carleton University and intends to study the budding field of digital diplomacy with a focus on Canadian film.

Stephanie is particularly enthusiastic about the Canadian reality television genre. A few of her favourite shows include: Love it or List it Vancouver, Property Brothers, and The Real Housewives of Toronto.

 

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Rob Searle

Vice-President, Finance & Facilities

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Rob is responsible for the financial stewardship of the CMPA.

Rob oversees the day-to-day financial operations of the organization, including the design and implementation of appropriate internal controls, budgeting, forecasting and reporting to key stakeholders.

Prior to joining the CMPA, Rob was chief financial officer at Shepherds of Good Hope. Before this, he was chief financial officer for Seprotech Systems Inc.; he also spent 16 years with Asea Brown Boveri Inc. (ABB) in Ottawa and Vancouver in progressively responsible positions.

Rob is a graduate of Algonquin College’s three-year business administration program, and he attained his CPA-CGA designation in 1987.

Rob’s favourite Canadian TV show is Dragons’ Den, as it gives budding entrepreneurs an opportunity to introduce new products or services to the market. When it’s time to kick back, Schitt’s Creek also provides great entertainment.

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Marc Séguin

Senior Vice-President, Policy

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As a member of the association’s executive team, Marc provides strategic guidance on policy matters, with the ultimate goal of ensuring the continued vitality of Canada’s independent production sector.

In his role, he oversees all of the organization’s policy initiatives, including all those related to government relations, research and the Canadian feature film sector.

Before joining the CMPA, Marc held a number of increasingly senior positions within the federal departments of Communications Canada and Canadian Heritage between the late 1980s and early 2000s. While working in the public sector, Marc was recruited to a ministerial task force that helped support the Charlottetown Accord initiative of 1992, which was a package of proposed amendments to the Constitution of Canada. Later, he was assigned to another ministerial task force mandated to contribute to the amalgamation of number of federal departments into the Department of Canadian Heritage. Further to this accomplishment, he played an instrumental role in developing and implementing the Government of Canada’s Feature Film Policy of 2000 and its various initiatives, including the Canada Feature Film Fund, which is administered by Telefilm Canada. Following a short assignment in Vancouver with Telefilm Canada, in 2002, Marc was seconded to work with the former executive director of Telefilm Canada to assist with a national review of the federal government’s Canadian content definitions.

Marc is a graduate of Concordia University in Montreal, where he earned a BA with a specialization in communication studies.

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Susanne Vaas

Vice-President, Corporate & International Affairs

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Susanne develops and implements the CMPA’s international plan to enhance sales and co-production opportunities for CMPA members, provides policy direction and practical guidance on production financing and federal content certification, and oversees the CMPA’s National Mentorship Program which offers professional development for emerging producers across Canada.

In addition, she provides strategic guidance on corporate governance matters and is responsible for the production of Profile, Canada’s authoritative information source on the Canadian screen-content production industry.

Before joining the CMPA, she served as Manager of Business and Legal Affairs at the Canadian Audio-Visual Certification Office (CAVCO) where she provided legal, tax policy and program direction and assistance. Prior to joining CAVCO, Susanne worked in private general practice at a boutique law firm in Ottawa and was a court official at the Federal Court of Appeal.

She sits on the Executive Committee of the Coalition for the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and is a member of the Governance Professionals of Canada, the Law Society of Ontario and the Canadian Hearing Society.

Susanne holds Common Law and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Ottawa, and a Civil Law degree from Université Laval.

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Toronto office

Andrew Addison

Vice-President, Communications & Marketing

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Andrew leads strategic communications activities for the CMPA. This means he gets to tell the world about the phenomenal content created by Canada’s indie producers, and the impressive contribution the sector makes to the country’s economic growth and cultural identity.

A member of the CMPA’s senior leadership team, Andrew oversees media relations, marketing, member communications, advertising, sponsorship, professional development, and the organization’s social and digital channels. He produces the CMPA’s annual Prime Time in Ottawa conference, the CMPA Indiescreen Awards, which recognize excellence among Canada’s feature film producers, and is also editor-in-chief of CMPA’s Indiescreen magazine.

Previously, Andrew was an associate vice-president with the global communications firm FleishmanHillard, and prior to that was the manager of media relations at the Canadian Bankers Association. He has also worked as a member of Scotiabank’s global public affairs team, and, while based in Taiwan, wrote for the country’s second-largest English-language magazine.

Andrew received an honours BA in psychology from Western University, and has a post-graduate certificate in public relations from Humber College.

Andrew’s favourite Canadian movie is Sleeping Giant—because it’s a great movie, of course, but also because he feels he could have been an extra in the film, were it shot 20 years earlier.

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Marcia Douglas

Senior Director, Business Affairs

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Marcia brings extensive experience in—and strategic insight into—the Canadian media landscape for traditional and digital platforms.

With a background in production and financing, Marcia works to establish policies and opportunities for producer interests in their business dealings. She directly works on files related to the kids and family sector, Terms of Trade, CMF, and Ontario regional issues.

Prior to joining the CMPA, she was the program manager for the Bell Fund, where she oversaw the day-to-day operations of the cross-platform fund, supporting the development and production of hundreds of linear and interactive projects. She also served as an analyst for the Cogeco Fund and the Independent Production Fund. Earlier in her career, she was an assistant director and production manager, and she produced several award-winning projects that screened at festivals worldwide.

Marcia has a post-graduate certificate in children’s media, and she has spoken at various industry events across Canada about digital production and financing. She also serves on several industry and program advisory committees, including the Academy, Interactive Ontario, WIFT-T and Centennial College.

An avid media consumer, Marcia enjoys playing My Singing Monsters, watching dramas like Cardinal, learning about important stories such as We Were Children, and laughing with her family at Kim’s Convenience.

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Jakub Jasinski

Coordinator, Outreach & Member Services

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Jakub coordinates the CMPA’s outreach initiatives, which include professional development, member outreach and networking events.

Jakub acts as a point of contact for member inquiries and administers the CMPA’s sponsorship efforts. Additionally, Jakub works closely with the Vice-President, Outreach & Strategic Initiatives, supporting activities related to Prime Time, diversity, innovation and more.

Prior to joining the CMPA, Jakub worked at the Canadian Film Centre (CFC) as the coordinator for marketplace and outreach initiatives. In this role, he helped deliver on all marketplace and outreach programs, initiatives, events and activities. Before his time at the CFC, he was a publicity intern at eOne, volunteered his time as a talent wrangler for benefits and awards shows, and interned in acquisitions at Ouat Media.

Jakub has an honours BA from York University—a double major in communication studies and fine arts cultural studies, with a concentration in film and television.

Among his favourite Canadian films are The F Word, Mommy, and C.R.A.Z.Y. They all share the ability pull on his heartstrings.

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Arika Jiang

Receptionist and Administrative Assistant

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Arika’s primary function is to provide day-to-day administrative support to the Toronto office.

Some of her responsibilities include directing and answering incoming inquiries about the CMPA, updating internal production data pertaining to members, maintaining organizational contact databases, and coordinating the Toronto office’s general needs.  She also assists the Vice President of Communications and Marketing with administrative duties.

Prior to joining the CMPA, Arika co-founded Cinema Six, a publication dedicated to promoting the growth of a film community in Toronto.  She also developed and managed the execution of a new film festival called City of Shorts, in collaboration with the Hart House Film Board. Her film festival experience also extends to working at TIFF and assisting with programming at the Regent Park Film Festival.

Arika holds an honours Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Toronto.

Arika’s favourite Canadian films include Mommy, Violent, Les êtres chers, and Enemy.

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Dean Keranovic

Administrative Assistant, National Industrial Relations & Business Affairs

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Dean joined the Industrial Relations team in early 2018.

Dean provides day-to-day administrative support to the National Industrial Relations department and is based in the CMPA’s Toronto office. He plays a major role in the organization of CMPA’s collective bargaining and is the primary contact for permittee memberships and ACTRA TIP applications.

Prior to the CMPA, Dean worked at the Toronto International Film Festival in the Volunteer and Intern Resources department. In this role, Dean was responsible for recruiting and onboarding thousands of volunteers for the 2017 festival. Before his time at TIFF, Dean was an event assistant at the International Festival of Authors where he helped organize multiple literary events for booklovers.

Dean has an honours BA in Art History from Western University, as well as a post-graduate certificate in Cultural and Heritage Site Management from Centennial College.

Dean loves his speculative fiction, so among his favourite Canadian movies is The Void.

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Reynolds Mastin

President and CEO

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Reynolds Mastin works on behalf of our members to ensure the continued success of Canada’s independent production sector and a vibrant future for Canadian content. Reynolds leads the execution of the CMPA’s strategic priorities and oversees the organization’s operations in its Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver offices.  Central to his role is the development of relationships with key stakeholders who are vital to the Canadian production industry. These include all levels of government, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), broadcasters, over-the-top services, distributors, exhibitors, industry unions and guilds, the Hollywood studios, and other production associations from both Canada and around the world.

Prior to becoming President and CEO, Reynolds served as the CMPA’s Chief Negotiator and Chief Legal Officer. As Chief Negotiator, Reynolds represented CMPA members and the Hollywood studios in the bargaining of collective and independent production agreements with the unions and guilds representing talent and technicians in the film, television and digital production industries outside of British Columbia. He also led Terms of Trade negotiations with the large private broadcast groups, independent broadcasters and the CBC. As Chief Legal Officer, Reynolds provided strategic advice on a range of matters, including business affairs, industrial relations, copyright, Terms of Trade, Canada Media fund policies and guidelines, CRTC regulatory proceedings and corporate governance.

In his professional capacity, Reynolds is a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Retransmission Collective and of the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Film Producers Associations. Reynolds also volunteers as a member of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, one of Canada’s largest grantmakers, which awards approximately 1,500 grants each year to community-based not-for-profits and charitable organizations in the arts, recreation, environment and human and social services sectors.

Prior to joining the CMPA in 2008, Reynolds served as Legal Counsel for the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB), where his files included tariff proceedings before the Copyright Board of Canada, copyright reform, and corporate governance. He began his career in 2005 as an articling student at the CRTC, a position which gave him broad exposure to both broadcasting and telecommunications matters.

Reynolds completed his Common Law (LLB) and Civil Law (LLL) Degrees at McGill University, with an exchange semester spent at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He has an Honours BA in International Relations from the University of Toronto, and his Baccalauréat en éducation from the University of Ottawa.

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Kelsey McLaren

Director, Regulatory

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Kelsey oversees the CMPA’s regulatory files—in other words, she represents the interests of Canada’s independent producers with the CRTC, the administrative body that regulates and supervises Canadian broadcasting and telecommunications.

On behalf of the CMPA, Kelsey prepares interventions and submissions for CRTC proceedings; appears at CRTC hearings; monitors existing and proposed legislation, regulations, and government policies related to the independent production sector; and advocates for independent producers in relation to broadcasting and telecommunications policies.

Prior to joining the CMPA, Kelsey worked for a large Canadian communications company, where she advised on regulatory issues for the company’s television and radio stations and managed CRTC broadcasting applications and interventions. Kelsey began her legal career with a private firm in Halifax, where she gained experience in a number of practice areas, including labour, administrative, criminal, municipal, and entertainment law. Before embarking on her legal career, Kelsey worked in the book publishing industry as an editor and publisher. Kelsey was a participant in the 2016/17 Women in Communications and Technology’s Jeanne Sauvé Career Development Program. She is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, Women in Communications and Technology, Women in Film & Television – Toronto, Canadian Bar Association, and OBA Entertainment, Media, and Communications Law Section.

She obtained her law degree from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University, and received an honours BA degree in English literature with a creative writing thesis from McGill University. She was called to the bar of Nova Scotia in 2012 and Ontario in 2014.

Kelsey loves Canadian TV shows like Workin’ Moms, Baroness von Sketch Show, and every generation of Degrassi. Her all-time favourite movie is New Waterford Girl.

 

 

 

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Sean Porter

Director, National Industrial Relations and Counsel

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Sean provides strategic and operational support to producers regarding the CMPA’s labour agreements.  Sean helps producers understand the terms and conditions of the CMPA labour agreements and assists producers in managing and resolving disputes arising under these agreements.

As a member of the National Industrial Relations team and counsel to the CMPA, Sean represents the CMPA, and supports its members, in legal disputes including grievances and arbitrations.  Sean also provides legal support to the CMPA in labour negotiations with the industry’s unions and guilds and in the advancement of labour and employment related legislative priorities.

Prior to joining the CMPA, Sean was an Associate in the labour & employment group at McCarthy Tétrault LLP, where he advised and represented employers on a broad range of labour, employment and human rights matters.  Before that, Sean articled and worked as an Associate at Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP, a labour & employment law firm.

Sean received his Juris Doctor from Queen’s University and his Honours Bachelor of Arts in Religion and Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations from the University of Toronto (Trinity College).  Sean was called to the bar in Ontario in 2014.

Sean currently enjoys watching Kim’s Convenience, for the simple reason that it is very funny.  Sean’s favourite all-time CanCon is Slings & Arrows.

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Amelia Preston

Executive Assistant to Reynolds Mastin

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Amelia joined the CMPA team late-2018 and supports the CEO in his day-to-day operations. She brings over eight years of administrative assistance to the table with an expertise in scheduling and project coordination.

Reporting directly to the CEO, she is the main point of contact for the board, staff and external stakeholders to schedule time with the CEO. She helps coordinate his calendar, appointments and travel enabling more time spent on the important issues.

Prior to joining the CMPA, Amelia spent eight years in various freelance production roles across the film and television industry. Her latest roles include Assistant Data Wrangler on It: Chapter 2, Assistant to the Producers on both Shazam and Aquaman, and Production Secretary on Thor: Ragnarok. Her experience spans from office to set in a multitude of genres including, children’s television, game shows, reality and Hollywood blockbusters.

Amelia holds a diploma in Screen and Media from the International Film College in Australia.

Amelia’s favourite Canadian film is the 1980 classic Prom Night. This cult slasher is a yearly Halloween staple for Amelia. “If you’re not back by midnight, you won’t be coming home!”

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Warren Ross

Vice-President, National Industrial Relations and Senior Counsel

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Warren provides strategic, legal and operational oversight of industrial relations within Canada’s film, television and digital media industry.

As a member of the CMPA’s senior leadership team, Warren is responsible for the direction and management of the CMPA’s national industrial relations department. He closely monitors national and global entertainment industry trends, identifying departmental priorities for action to ensure the industry’s industrial relations continue to align with the business needs of the CMPA’s member base.

Warren is the chief spokesperson for producers in national labour negotiations with the industry’s unions and guilds representing performers, writers, directors and technicians.  He provides strategic guidance to CMPA members and the Hollywood studios on key industrial relations matters, and advocates on producers’ behalf in legal disputes, including grievances, arbitrations and labour board proceedings. In addition, Warren plays a leadership role in the advancement of labour, employment and immigration-related legislative priorities with federal and provincial governments.

In addition to his responsibilities with the CMPA, Warren is a member of the Toronto Film, Television and Digital Media Board, which provides advice to the Mayor of Toronto and City Council on ways to strengthen and grow Toronto’s film, television and digital media industries.

Prior to joining the CMPA, Warren practiced law with one of Canada’s leading labour and employment law firms, where he focused on the representation of management. Prior to this, Warren served as a judicial law clerk with the Federal Court of Canada, in Ottawa.  He began his legal career in Toronto with one of Canada’s foremost full service law firms.

Warren obtained his Juris Doctor law degree from the University of Windsor and his honours Bachelor of Arts degree in media, information and technoculture from Western University.

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Christine Rutherford

Manager, National Industrial Relations

416-304-0278

Christine is the front-line resource for day-to-day inquiries relating to the CMPA’s labour agreements. As a member of the National Industrial Relations team, Christine provides support and guidance to producers on the application and interpretation of the CMPA labour agreements and assists in resolving disputes that arise from these agreements.

Prior to joining the CMPA, Christine worked for nearly two decades for a major industry guild, where she served as Manager of Agreement Administration and Director of Strategy & Outreach. Her experience included overseeing the enforcement of industry negotiated agreements and facilitating member outreach and education.

Christine is a graduate of Carleton University with a bachelor’s degree in English and film studies.

Growing up, Christine watched plenty of Canadian comedy. Her favorites are SCTV and The Kids in the Hall. Her most memorable Canadian movie is Cold Comfort because it’s even creepier than Misery, but made with a lower budget.

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Vancouver office

Victoria Bull

Administrative Coordinator

604-694-2715

Victoria’s main role is to provide administrative support to the BC office. If our members have any queries, she is the first point of contact in pointing you in the right direction.

Amongst other general office duties, Victoria is responsible for coordinating meetings with industry groups, assisting in the organization of member outreach activities and initiatives and updating members via social media and email communications.

Victoria is from the UK where her background is in content and production. She has worked as a production coordinator across British drama and factual programming and spent three years working on content metadata tagging at Netflix.

Victoria studied psychology at the University of Winchester, graduating with an honours BA.

Her favourite piece of Canadian content is Room because it highlights how a simple story can sometimes be the most compelling story.

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Linda Hay

Director, Special Projects

604-694-2717

Linda supports the CMPA’s BC membership with professional and export development, events, sponsorship and industry initiatives.

Examples of the ongoing projects under Linda’s supervision are Western Economic Diversification programming, identifying and filling gaps in IP development in BC, community engagement, small business support, and producer workshops and masterclasses.

Linda has over 20 years of experience in the Canadian media industry. She began working as an independent producer and production manager on Canadian film and television productions such as Dirty and Madison, then shifted to work behind the scenes at NABET 700 in Toronto. In 2002, she joined Omni Film in Vancouver, where she oversaw the rapid growth of the company in the areas of series development and production, including Arctic Air and Ice Pilots NWT. Most recently, Linda was working with the team at TELUS STORYHIVE, providing funding for emerging content creators in Western Canada. Linda previously consulted with the CMPA in the areas of industrial relations and research.

In her first career, Linda was a reporter/photographer for a weekly newspaper on Vancouver Island. She also studied English literature and film at the University of British Columbia.

Linda is excited about the emerging wave of digital content and talent in Canada, exemplified by the Vancouver web series The Drive—which also exemplifies how storytelling can be both local and universal.

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Jason Lee

Vice-President, BC Industrial Relations

604-694-2712

Jason oversees industrial relations for the BC Producers Branch of the CMPA, representing independent producers in collective labour matters and serving as a member resource for collective agreement interpretation and production practices.

As the lead negotiator in collective bargaining on behalf of the BC Branch Council, Jason is responsible for the negotiation and management of the CMPA’s labour agreements with BC’s guilds and unions, which represent writers, directors, performers and technicians. He assists members in the preparation of grievances and arbitrations, and represents the independent production sector in matters of employment standards, health and safety, and regulatory compliance.

Prior to joining the CMPA, Jason was vice-president of business and legal affairs with SEVEN24 Films, managing business and financial matters for the Canadian series Heartland, Young Drunk Punk and Wynonna Earp. During this time, he was co-chair of the CMPA’s national IR committee and was a producer representative in collective bargaining with ACTRA, the DGC and the WGC. Previously, Jason worked as an independent corporate, commercial and feature-film producer.

Jason received an honours BA and MA in social anthropology from the University of Calgary, and attended the National Screen Institute’s Drama Prize Program Producers Lab.

Jason’s favourite Canadian TV series is The Kids in the Hall because it was irreverent and subversive, and remains funny 25 years later.

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Ryan MacArthur

Manager, BC Finance & Facilities

604-694-2710

Ryan oversees the general office management of the BC Producers Branch and is the corporate secretary to the Branch Council.

Ryan acts as a point of contact for BC members and assists with the coordination of BC sponsorship commitments and networking events. In addition, Ryan is responsible for the administration of the BC accounts.

Prior to the CMPA, Ryan worked at BC Hydro as a business analyst with the SAP PPM Application Support team, analyzing education materials for consolidation and redevelopment. Before BC Hydro, he worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers as a client account associate, acting as a liaison between clients and senior management and assisting with the facilitation of the audit process.

Ryan’s favourite Canadian movies include One Week, Room and C.R.A.Z.Y. Each film has the ability to evoke an emotional response with its story.

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Marsha Newbery

Director, BC Industrial Relations

604-694-2713

Marsha provides strategic and operational support to BC producers regarding the CMPA’s labour agreements, and serves as a member resource for collective agreement interpretation and production practices.

As a member of the BC Industrial Relations team, Marsha represents BC producers in negotiations,  supports and advocates for members in grievances and arbitrations, and represents the BC independent production community in matters of employment standards, health and safety, and regulatory compliance.

Prior to joining the CMPA, Marsha was the Director of Business Affairs for Bell Media Studios in Toronto, supporting in-house programming such as eTalk, The Marilyn Denis Show, Your Morning,  and The Social. She also represented Bell Media in collective bargaining with artist unions and guilds. Before joining Bell Media, Marsha worked as an independent producer in Vancouver, producing award-winning films for CBC, CTV and Lifetime.

Marsha has a masters degree in communications from Simon Fraser University and, in addition to her responsibilities with the CMPA, Marsha is a member of WIFT and Women in Communications & Technology.

Marsha’s favourite Canadian drama is Vikings, and her favourite comedy is Letterkenny, because it’s hard not to love a show that makes saying ‘Pitter-Patter’ cool again.

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Liz Shorten

Senior Vice-President, Operations & Member Services

604-694-2711

Liz Shorten has been working to build capacity in the film, television and digital media sectors for over 25 years.  In her role at the CMPA-BC, Liz advocates for BC companies, creates policies and strategies to assist in industry growth, and oversees industry and export development initiatives.

Liz previously held senior positions at the Ontario Film Development Corporation (Ontario Creates), British Columbia Film (Creative BC), and CBC Television.

Nationally, Liz sits on the Board of Directors of Reel Canada and is Chair of the Story Money Impact Foundation.  In BC, she is a Trustee of the Performing Arts Lodge Vancouver, Secretary/Treasurer of the Pacific Screenwriting Program and is active in the Motion Picture Production Industry Association of BC as Vice-Chair. Liz was a founding Board member of the Crazy8’s Film Society and a Co-founder of Women in View.  She was recently named “Woman of the Year” by Women in Film and Television Vancouver and “Industry Champion” by the Whistler Film Festival in recognition of her leadership role in the film and television industry in BC.

Some of her favourite feature films hail from Atlantic Canada, including Thom Fitzgerald’s The Hanging Garden, which offers a unique interpretation of coming of age.

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(Top row) Paul Bronfman, Anne Loi, Lauren Corber, Paul Pope, Ina Fichman, Mary Sexton, Vince Commisso, Christina Piovesan, Marc Almon, Ira Levy, Steven Thibault, Brian Hamilton; (bottom row) Jeremy Spry, Jennifer Dodge, Scott Garvie, Kim Todd, Erin Haskett, Andrew Rosen, Vanessa Steinmetz; (absent) Mark Bishop, Tom Cox, Sari Friedland, Josette D. Normandeau, Ron E. Scott

CMPA Board of Directors

Marc Almon

Mark Bishop

Co-Vice-Chair | Vice-Chair, New Media
marblemedia
Ontario

Paul Bronfman

Comweb Group
Ontario

Vince Commisso

Lauren Corber

Tom Cox

SEVEN24 Films
Alberta

Jennifer Dodge

Co-Vice-Chair, Television
Spin Master Entertainment
Ontario

Ina Fichman

Sari Friedland

Vice-Chair, Industrial Relations
Factory Films
Ontario

Scott Garvie

Chair
Shaftesbury Films
Ontario

Brian Hamilton

Vice-Chair, Public Affairs
Omnifilm Entertainment
British Columbia

Erin Haskett

Co-Vice-Chair, Television
Lark Productions Inc.
British Columbia

Ira Levy

Director Emeritus
Breakthrough Entertainment
Ontario

Anne Loi

Treasurer
DHX Media
Ontario

Josette D. Normandeau

Christina Piovesan

Co-Vice-Chair, Feature Film
First Generation Films
Ontario

Paul Pope

Co-Vice-Chair, Feature Film
Pope Productions
Atlantic

Andrew Rosen

Ron E. Scott

Mary Sexton

Vice-Chair, Mentorship
Rink Rat Productions

Atlantic

Jeremy Spry

Vice-Chair, Governance
DATSIT Sphère Inc.
Quebec

Vanessa Steinmetz

eOne Television
Ontario

Steven Thibault

BRON Studios
British Columbia

Kim Todd

Co-Vice-Chair | Secretary
Original Pictures
Manitoba


(Top row) Tina Ouellette, Sarah Nathanson, Kim Dent Wilder, Andrew Williamson; (bottom row) Joely Collins, Ashley Ramsay, Trevor Hodgson; (absent) Kim Roberts

BC Branch Council

 

The BC Branch focuses on issues of concern to CMPA members in BC. And while the Branch has its own by-laws and Branch Council it abides by the rules, regulations and direction of the CMPA.

Joely Collins

Kim Dent Wilder

Trevor Hodgson

Sarah Nathanson

Ashley Ramsay

Kim Roberts

Co-Chair
Honalee Productions Inc.

Andrew Williamson

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