WOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD
Shauna Hardy Mishaw
(Founder and Executive Director, Whistler Film Festival)
This award is presented to a woman who has achieved a significant success in the field of film or television, and who is recognized for mentoring other women in the industry.
Shauna Hardy Mishaw is the Executive Director and Founder of the Whistler Film Festival Society. Since its inception in 2001, she has been instrumental in the Whistler Film Festival (WFF) becoming one of Canada’s leading film festivals, and establishing its leadership role in facilitating project development programs and opportunities for Canadian filmmakers. Renowned by filmmakers and film lovers alike, WFF is a place where artists are celebrated, audiences are inspired, and new ideas enter the cultural dialogue.
Shauna has over 25 years experience in sales, marketing communications and event production, and has worked on some of BC’s highest profile events. She is the Executive Producer of 22 short films commissioned as part of the Whistler Stories legacy project from 2005 to 2010.
Shauna was named the 2008 Whistler Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year, and received the 2009 Wayne Black Service Award from Women in Film & Video Vancouver for her role in supporting BC’s entertainment industry. She served on the Whistler Arts Council Board from 2003 to 2009 and the Whistler Chamber of Commerce Board from 2009 to 2011.