March 9, 2019, 9:30 - 11:30 AM


Gender and Inclusion:  Seeking Solutions

Saturday, March 9th at 9:30 am
VIFF's Vancity Theatre 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver BC   

Change needs to occur on-screen and behind the camera for women working in our industry. The challenge is one of making conscious decisions to break down systemic barriers to achieve workplaces that are diverse, equitable and inclusive. 

This challenge is explored in a half-day forum featuring a presentation from Dr. Amanda Coles whose research examines labour markets in the cultural economy with a focus on public policy, collective representation and gender.  Amanda will discuss risk as a key concept in understanding gender equality drivers, and consequently, why it important to consider challenging organizational risk management practices as a key part of the toolkit required for a fundamental transformation of the industry. 

The forum will include a panel discussion with Broadcasters, Producers and special guests where issues related to the perception of female key creatives as a higher risk factor than their male counterparts will be addressed. Panelists include:  Kim Guise (Executive in Charge of Production TELUS Originals and STORYHIVE); Liz Shorten Senior Vice-President, Operations & Member Services CMPA-BC; Sally Catto, General Manager, Programming CBC; Helene Granqvist, Producer and President WIFT International; Susan Brinton, Co-Chair WIFTV’s Advocacy Committee.

The forum will also include a panel discussion, moderated by WIFTV’s Advocacy Co-Chair Sharon McGowan, with representatives from Canadian funding agencies and special guests including: Claude Joli-Coeur, Film Commissioner and President of the NFB; Valerie Creighton, CEO Canada Media Fund; Bob Wong, Vice President President and CEO of Creative BC; Amber-Sekowan Daniels, General Manager of Women in View. 

The forum is followed by a special presentation with the DGC - a screening of This Changes Everything and a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Amanda Coles (Arts and Cultural Management and Employment Relations, Deakin University) with special guests Tom Donahue, director, This Changes Everything; Catherine Middleton, Business Representative, DGC; Christine Willes, Executive Board Director, UBCP; Angela Moore, Executive Board Director and chair’s of UBCP/ACTRA’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee; Phil Klapwyk Business Representative, IATSE Local 891; Dana Gaudet, chair of our IATSE 891Human Rights Committee. 

While the focus of the film is on gender discrimination in Hollywood, panelists will discuss solutions in the Canadian context.

This is a free event but registration is required. Register here 

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