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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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. She is also an associate literary agent at Transatlantic Agency. 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 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.
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.
Her career spans over 20 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.
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.