Board of Directors

Committed to the growth and development of the province's creative economy.
  • After a 25 year career at Force Four Entertainment, Rob retired as President and Partner in 2016. While at Force Four, Rob developed ongoing relationships with national and international networks, co-production and financing partners on a variety of scripted and factual projects. Force Four Entertainment produced more than four hundred hours of television, earning awards and accolades on the national and international stage. During this time, Rob was also actively involved in the Canadian production community, including his role on the National Board of the Canadian Media Producers Association and as Chair of the CMPA-BC. He also participated at many international markets and conferences and is now a presenter and mentor at various workshops and panels.

    In addition to his work in the creative industry, Rob has spent many years supporting the disabilities community including serving as Chair of Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network, President of Canadian Angelman Syndrome Society and a board member of Steps Forward, an organization supporting people with developmental disabilities pursuing post secondary education. 

     

  • Louise Clark

    Vice Chair + Secretary-Treasurer

    Founder 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 series, drama and comedy, documentaries  and feature films.

    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 multiple seasons of FLASHPOINT and THE LISTENER,  ground-breaking Canada/US co-ventures.  As Vice President of Program Development, she was responsible for all original development and production across Canada, and worked directly with CTV specialty channels Bravo, The Comedy Network, and Space.

    Louise had oversight of all projects at Lark Productions with her partner Erin Haskett, who now runs the company, 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.

     

  • 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.

  • Michael Francis

    Chair Emeritus

    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.

  • Sarah serves as the General Manager at a music management company, Watchdog Management, where she has spent the last 15 years overseeing day-to-day operations for clients like Mother Mother, Peach Pit, Corb Lund, Big Wreck, Matthew Koma, 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, was on the Peak Performance Project advisory committee and founded Watchdog Management’s Women in Music Management Mentorship Program, which connects young aspiring managers with strong mentors in the Canadian music industry.

  • Jesse Finkelstein is co-founder and principal of Page Two, a publishing agency that helps authors and companies incorporate publishing into their career and business plans, and positions them to take advantage of shifting trends in the book industry. Jesse brings to her work an extensive knowledge of author relations, publishing operations, sales strategy, and digital publishing. In previous publishing roles, Jesse ran D&M Publishers’ day-to-day operations as Chief Operating Officer, leading the company’s digital and international sales strategies, licensing content in multiple formats and in global markets, and developing enhanced ebooks. Prior to that, Jesse was associate publisher at Raincoast Books, where she managed the publishing department, oversaw acquisitions and sold foreign rights. She holds a master of publishing degree from Simon Fraser University, where she is also adjunct professor. 

     

  • Michelle Grady is Executive Vice President of Sony Pictures Imageworks, responsible for overall operations, strategy, planning, and production. She most recently oversaw production of the Academy Award®-winning SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER VERSE (Sony Pictures Animation), SMALLFOOT (Warner Animation Group), and SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING (Marvel/Columbia Pictures).
     
    Michelle has spent 26 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 joined Imageworks from the visual effects studio MPC, 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 Chair of the Animation & VFX Alliance of BC, an Executive Board Member of the Motion Picture Production Industry Association of BC (MPPIA), Executive Board Member of Women in Animation, and Executive Committee Member of Creative BC.

     

  • Pauline is a senior executive in the digital media and interactive entertainment industry with extensive experience leading large-scale business strategies, driving organizational change, and building high performance teams. Pauline is currently President at Creative Labs Management Inc, a Creative Artists Agency (CAA)-founded studio focused on producing world-class businesses and companies for next generation media and entertainment experiences.  

    Her career spans over 25 years in the field, including roles as: the CEO of a start-up company; Senior Vice President at Zynga, a social gaming company, where she led business and production operations; Senior Vice President & COO at EA SPORTS; and Senior Vice President & General Manager for EA’s large-scale, 1,400-person game development studio, as well as Vice President R&D at Infonet Software Services focused email messaging protocols. 

    Pauline is currently on the Board of Creative BC which, as an organization, has the mandate to support the growth of British Columbia’s creative industries, stimulate investment and employment, and promote BC’s creative sector capabilities locally and in the global marketplace. Pauline’s previous board appointments include the Burnaby Board of Trade, New Media BC, BC Interactive and DigiBC.

  •  Matt O’Grady is an award-winning communications professional who has held senior leadership positions at both regional and national media companies. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of BCBusiness magazine twice—from Mar. 2008 to May 2011, and Jan. 2014 to Nov. 2016—during which time the magazine was nominated for several National Magazine Awards, as well as a Jack Webster Award for excellence in journalism. He has also worked for The Globe and Mail in both Toronto and Vancouver, mostly recently running their west coast operations as British Columbia Bureau Chief.

    Matt has deep ties within the Vancouver media community, having served as an editor at Vancouver magazine and Western Living, worked as an online editor for CBC British Columbia, and taught non-fiction writing, editing and magazine production courses at Langara College, Simon Fraser University and Capilano University (he continues to teach at Langara and SFU). Matt is a graduate of the Queen’s Smith School of Business Bachelor of Commerce program (Honours) and SFU’s Master of Publishing program.

  • Jamie began his professional career as the First Nations Liaison for Klohn-Crippen Consultants, an environmental consulting firm based in Vancouver BC. At Klohn-Crippen, he built a solid reputation in community engagement and consultation and in commercial information technology applications.

    In 2005, Jamie launched Sa’hetxw Consulting where he has planned and delivered a wide range of successful projects for his clients, from broadband network projects and customized computer science courses to community capacity development and planning.

    Now, as both an Information & Communications Technology (ICT) expert and a seasoned Aboriginal Governance consultant and facilitator, who has a background in traditional and digital arts, Jamie brings a truly unique blend of expertise, a remarkably diverse skill set, and a wealth of experience to any project he takes on. He also brings his passion and boundless energy.

    He’s a member of the Gitxsan Nation and currently sits as Chair of the Board of Governors for Nicola Valley Institute of Technology. He relishes the overlap between his various disciplines and fields of knowledge, embracing both the traditional and the modern.