Board of Directors
Gordon is a partner in the Vancouver office of Dentons Canada LLP, part of a large global law firm. Gordon represents several of the major Hollywood studios, U.S. television networks and U.S. based independent production companies in the media, communications and entertainment law area. Gordon also represents several leading animation and visual effects studios that have set up physical studios in Vancouver over the last few years. LEXPERT and Best Lawyers recognize Gordon as one of the leading lawyers in the media and entertainment industry in Canada.
As the President of Force Four Entertainment, Rob has developed ongoing relationships with national and international networks and production partners on a variety of scripted and factual projects. Force Four Entertainment has produced more than four hundred hours of television, earning accolades on the national and international stage. Over the past twenty years, Rob has been actively involved in the Canadian production community. He participates at international markets and conferences and is a presenter at various workshops and panels.
Colin is a writer, documentary filmmaker and film historian. He was co-founder of the Kootenay School of Writing and the Praxis Screenwriter's Workshop and serves on several boards including the Vancouver International Film Festival, the Audio-Visual Heritage Association of BC and The Capilano Review. Colin is Professor Emeritus in the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University where he taught film production, film studies and critical writing. His most recent book, The Hatch, is published by Talonbooks. He was recently involved in the restoration of Edward Curtis’ feature film In the Land of the Head Hunters, shot on Vancouver Island in 1913-1914. Current projects include a study of Charles Edenshaw and a history of the Surrealist engagement with the ceremonial masks and objects of the Northwest coast and Alaska. He is a guest curator at the Vancouver Art Gallery for an exhibition opening in 2016 that will bring together the work of Emily Carr and Wolfgang Paalen.
President of Lark Productions, Louise Clark began her career at the National Film Board of Canada. Her career as a producer and broadcast executive spans television drama and comedy, feature films, movies‐of-the‐week, and documentaries.
Working for Canada's top network CTV, Louise developed and oversaw production on five seasons of the number one comedy CORNER GAS, and three seasons of the critically acclaimed ROBSON ARMS. She also oversaw production on FLASHPOINT, THE LISTENER, and set‐up of DEFYING GRAVITY - three ground-breaking Canada/US co-ventures.
As Vice President of Program Development, she was responsible for all original development and production across Canada, as well as working directly with CTV specialty channels Bravo, The Comedy Network, and Space.
Louise now oversees all projects at Lark Productions and was Executive Producer on four seasons of CTV's original drama series MOTIVE (ABC & USA), critically acclaimed documentary series and ratings success, EMERGENCY ROOM: LIFE & DEATH AT VGH for Knowledge Network, and the hit format series REAL HOUSEWIVES OF VANCOUVER.
Anne has an extensive background in animation that spans more than two decades. She cut her teeth at the world-renowned International Rocketship Limited and then moved over to Vancouver Film School, where she managed the Classical Animation Department for seven years. Anne was a key member of VFS’ management team and was integral in ensuring that a range of student films competed in international festival competitions throughout the year.
In 2004, Anne was recruited by Irene Kotlarz to help produce the Platform International Animation Festival which was held in Portland, Oregon in 2007. While her initial role had her directing the student program, it soon became clear that with her industry connections and professional knowledge, she should also take on directing the programming for the panels – which is exactly what she did.By 2008, Anne felt that it was time to move back to Vancouver on a full-time basis. She started working for the powerhouse Studio B Productions. Anne worked there for four years, supporting the transition from Studio B into what is now DHX Vancouver. In 2012 she joined the dynamic ranks of Nerd Corps Entertainment, with the mission to help build the 185 artist studio to a tour de force of 400+ and counting.
In August 2014, she took on another challenge, joining Bardel Entertainment Inc. as Managing Director of their Kelowna studio. In this role, she helped to expand the studio’s profile internationally while building a strong, effective and profitable Bardel studio in Kelowna.Now a committed Okanagan resident Anne wants to put her history and love in animation to good work and is developing the International Okanagan Animation Festival 2017.
When spare time allows Anne explores the beautiful Thompson Okanagan. She also serves on a range of advisory boards including: Sheridan College Advisory Board, UBC Okanagan Advisory Board, The Okanagan Film Commission, and the Okanagan College Advisory Board.
Sarah serves as the General Manager at a music management company Watchdog Management, where she has spent the last ten years overseeing day-to-day operations for clients like Hedley, Mother Mother, Matthew Koma, producer Brian Howes and more. As GM, Sarah handles new business exploration, oversees internal operations, staff management, and ensures the company vision is being executed on a daily basis.
Prior to working at Watchdog, Sarah worked for Macklam Feldman Management, a company that currently manages Elvis Costello, Diana Krall, Ry Cooder, James Taylor, among others. Before entering the management field, Sarah worked at The Feldman Agency as Promotions Coordinator for Canada's largest full service talent agency. She grew up in Northern Alberta putting on punk rock shows and skateboard competitions as a teenager.
Sarah spent two terms serving on the Music BC board of directors, is on the Peak Performance Project advisory committee and volunteers for Pets and Friends visiting seniors care homes with her ten-year-old blind Golden Retriever, Francis. She also owns a wood-fired pizza truck, Community Pizzeria.
Michael, a chartered accountant, is the President of Seed Management Inc., an early stage venture capital company. He is Chair Emeritus of both the Vancouver International Film Festival and Simon Fraser University.
Michael is also a past Chair of Science World, the British Columbia Trade Development Corporation and BC Ferries. He is a past director of WIC Western International Communications which was, at the time, Canada’s largest private broadcaster.
Tom is an award-winning journalist and media executive with a proven record of developing effective multi-platform, editorially driven marketing strategies that engage audiences and infuse brand communication with a sense of purpose and utility.
Tom has built media properties for clients ranging from WestJet Airlines to Microsoft while working in senior leadership roles with Canada’s largest media and communications companies including Rogers Media, Transcontinental, Canada Wide Media and Yellow Pages, where he was Publisher and GM of Vancouver magazine and Western Living.
He approaches each role with the intent to optimize resources, improve user experience and remove waste, a commitment that has reinvented editorial and sales teams in his charge across Canada and yielded high industry praise—from 'Editor of the Year' honours from the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association in 2010, to 'Magazine of the Year’ Canadian Business Press honours in 2014 for BCBusiness.
As a storytelling entrepreneur, he has launched companies ranging from an adventure travel outfitter in South America with a global clientele, to regional and national magazines and media properties. With a passion for helping turn brands with a great story to tell into engaging, nimble media properties capable of telling it, Tom speaks about effective media and marketing to audiences all over North America.
Michelle Grady is Senior Vice President of Production for Sony Pictures Imageworks, responsible for overseeing all projects in production and managing the studios’ growing roster of more than 600 visual effects and animation artists.
Michelle has spent 23 years in the Visual Effects and Post-production industry in Vancouver, where her career grew alongside the expanding film production business in the city.
She joins Imageworks from the visual effects studio Moving Picture Company, where she served as head of film, managing projects including SUICIDE SQUAD (Warner Bros.), BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE (Warner Bros.), GODZILLA (Warner Bros.), MALEFICENT (Disney) and the Academy Award®-winning LIFE OF PI (Fox).
Prior to MPC, Grady was vice president and general manager at Technicolor, overseeing a 35mm film laboratory, digital post production and VFX divisions.
Michelle is an Executive Board Member of the Motion Picture Production Industry Association of BC (MPPIA), is Co-Chair of the Canadian Media Producers Association’s (CMPA) VFX and Animation Talent Committee, and is on the Advisory Committee for the Bosa Centre for Film and Animation at Capilano University.
Scott is a founding partner and recently retired Publisher and Chairman of Douglas & McIntyre Publishers which during his tenure published some 2000 Canadian books. For over 40 years Scott has been actively involved in government relations and industry association work in the cultural industries, both provincially and federally.
He has served on many cultural boards, both in Canada and Internationally, and was recently named President of the Vancouver Institute for 2016. His other board involvements have included the Writer’s Trust of Canada, the BC Arts Council, the UBC School of Journalism, the Association of Canadian Publishers, and the BC Achievement Foundation.
In 1996, Scott received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Simon Fraser University. The following year, he became a member of the Order of Canada, which recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement and dedication to the community. In 2012 Scott was honoured with the inaugural IVY Award for his substantial contributions of Canadian publishing from the International Festival of Authors in Toronto. Earlier this year, he was given the Gray Campbell Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to the British Columbia book publishing industry.
Pauline is a successful media executive with extensive experience working for major video gaming publishers such as Electronic Arts and Zynga as well as with the start-up community as co-founder of Wyley Interactive. Her unique brand of leadership and practiced approach to change management has helped her lead major entertainment brands through significant business transitions in the face of new technologies and new competitors.
She is currently Senior Vice President, Operations at Zynga Inc., headquartered in San Francisco. Previously, Pauline was Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer for EA SPORTS where she was responsible for strategic planning, business development and execution of business operating plans across EA SPORTS. She also drove EA SPORTS’ online presence and portfolio, stewarding its transition from console to social, micro-transaction and virtual-goods based gaming. Prior to that, she was Senior Vice President and General Manager of EA Canada, Electronic Arts’ flagship development studio.
Overall, during her 14 years at EA, she oversaw more than 1,400 employees, shipped over 50 AAA titles that generated hundreds of millions in revenue, architected EA’s game development framework and was lead executive responsible for the construction of EA’s Burnaby campus.
Pauline is a founding member of BC Interactive, and now a board member with DigiBC.