10:00 AM, June 11, 2020

Join WIFT chapters across the country for a moderated discussion about production insurance and the concerns it raises regarding financing for independent producers. 

Date:  June 11th

Time:  10am PDT/1pm EDT

Location:  This is a zoom webinar. Register here to receive the zoom link and password.

Presenters (bios below):

  • Brigitte LeBlanc, Associate Vice President, Canada & International, National Bank

  • Anne Schneerer, Associate Vice President, Ontario & Western Canada , National Bank

  • Darlene Milley, Account Executive, Front Row Insurance Brokers

  • Marcia Douglas, Senior Director, Business Affairs, Canadian Media Producer's Association.

The presentations will be followed by a moderated Q&A.

Moderator: Michelle Wong, writer, director, producer and current Head of Business Affairs for Seven24 Films

French translation and co-moderation by Brigitte Monneau, Executive Director, FCTMN - Femmes du cinéma, de la télévision et des médias numériques. 

Host: Ava Karvonen, Chair, WIFT, Alberta

The event is organized by WIFT Canada, a coalition o f the WIFT chapters in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, Alberta and Atlantic as well as Women in View.

Brigitte LeBlanc  Darlene Milley Anne Scheerer  Marcia Douglas Michelle Wong 

Brigitte LeBlanc                Darlene Milley       Anne Schneerer             Marcia Douglas                  Michelle Wong

Brigitte LeBlanc, Associate Vice President, Canada & International, National Bank

Brigitte LeBlanc (CPA, CA) has extensive experience in the financial services industry, specializing in the field of film and television, within Canada and abroad. Her primary goal as Associate Vice-President is to ensure the growth of this rapidly evolving sector and to oversee operations at the Creative Industries Group. Contact: Brigitte.leblanc@bnc.ca

Darlene Milley, Account Executive, Front Row Insurance Brokers

Darlene is a dedicated entertainment insurance specialist with more than 20 years in the entertainment insurance industry. Darlene joined Front Row in 2017 after 24 years with Aon where she managed the Canadian Entertainment Practice group.  Darlene has developed insurance programs and risk management solutions for entertainment and media clients including major Hollywood studios, production companies, advertising agencies and advertisers, animation producers, documentarians, broadcasters and live events. Darlene is experienced with multiple lines of coverage and has arranged insurance programs for many coproduction and international projects worldwide.

Darlene holds a Bachelor of Arts, Honours degree from Western University along with the Chartered Insurance Professional (CiP), Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker (CAIB) and Canadian Risk Management (CRM) designations.

Darlene is Innovative and fully focused on the client experience including claims advocacy and management. Contact: darlene@frontrowinsurance.com

Anne Schneerer, Associate Vice President, Ontario & Western Canada , National Bank

Anne Schneerer has over 20 years of experience in banking.  She is Associate Vice President for Ontario and Western Canada and joined National Bank’s Creative Industries in 2002.  Anne is an expert in domestic and international co-production financing solutions for film and television.  Previously Anne worked at CIBC World Markets.  She holds a BA from Vassar College in New York and an MBA from the University of Toronto. Contact: anne.schneerer@nbc.ca

Marcia Douglas, SeniorDirector, Business Affairs, Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA)

Marcia brings extensive experience in—and strategic insight into—the Canadian media landscape for traditional and digital platforms.

With a background in production and financing, Marcia works to establish policies and opportunities for producer interests in their business dealings. She directly works on files related to the kids and family sector, Terms of Trade, CMF, and Ontario regional issues.

Prior to joining the CMPA, she was the program manager for the Bell Fund, where she oversaw the day-to-day operations of the cross-platform fund, supporting the development and production of hundreds of linear and interactive projects. She also served as an analyst for the Cogeco Fund and the Independent Production Fund. Earlier in her career, she was an assistant director and production manager, and she produced several award-winning projects that screened at festivals worldwide.

Marcia has a post-graduate certificate in children’s media, and she has spoken at various industry events across Canada about digital production and financing. She also serves on several industry and program advisory committees, including the Academy, Interactive Ontario, WIFT-T and Centennial College.

An avid media consumer, Marcia enjoys playing My Singing Monsters, watching dramas like Cardinal, learning about important stories such as We Were Children, and laughing with her family at Kim’s Convenience.

Michelle Wong, Moderator

Having received her formal training from Studio D, the women's studio of the National Film of Canada, Michelle has actively worked in Alberta's film and television industry as a writer, director and producer for the past 30 years. Sitting on the Board of the Alberta Motion Pictures Industries Association, Michelle is currently the Head of Business Affairs at Seven24 Films and she works as a freelance business affairs consultant on a number of independent productions.


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