MONTREAL, June 28, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Michel Roy, Telefilm Canada's Chair of the Board, is proud to announce the names
of the five business leaders who will drive the pan-Canadian honorary
committee for its new Talent Fund. They are: David Aisenstat, owner & CEO, Keg Restaurants Ltd. (British Columbia); Hartley Richardson, President & CEO, James Richardson & Sons, Limited (Manitoba); Dr. Anil Gupta; Medical Director of Clinical Cardiology, Trillium Health Centre
(Ontario); Micheline Bouchard, Corporate Director, (Quebec); and Mark Dobbin, Founder & President, Killick Capital Inc. (Newfoundland and Labrador).
The role of honorary committee members will be to raise the visibility
of the private donation fund among potential donors, as well as to find
inventive ways to inspire corporations to invest in Canada's
"Within the context of today's financing challenges for the industry, we
are committed to finding innovative options to fulfill our investor
role by offering the Canadian industry new tools to help it diversify
its funding sources," said Carolle Brabant, Telefilm Canada's Executive Director. "The expertise, experience and
prestige of our five inaugural honorary committee members, who hail
from across the country and who represent a diversity of business
sectors, will greatly strengthen the mandate of our Talent Fund. We are
truly honoured to have them aboard."
Vinay Virmani, co-writer and star of Robert Lieberman's cross-cultural hockey hit Breakaway added: "I am proud to be one of the first donors to the Fund.
Personally, working with Telefilm allowed me to realize my dream of
making a film. And now I want to help give that opportunity to another
John Young, Managing Director of Temple Street Productions, is also an early
contributor to the Fund. The Toronto-based company's interest in the
project complements their ongoing work as co-founders of 'The City Life
Film Project' - a mentor-based filmmaking program for underprivileged
youth. "Temple Street has been fortunate to benefit from the support
provided to the production industry; we feel it's important to play our
part in giving back. There is a lot of filmmaking talent in Canada
waiting to be developed and we're excited to join Telefilm in creating
new avenues of support."
This announcement follows recent news that the private donation fund has
been officially recognized by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) as a Certified Independent Production Fund, as well as has been endorsed by The Honourable Perrin Beatty, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Canada's most influential business association.
Telefilm's new Talent Fund
On March 2, at the Prime Time in Ottawa conference, Telefilm announced
the launch of a new private donation fund consisting of two streams:
one stream will provide better support to promising emerging filmmakers
while the other is aimed at established filmmakers and will seek to
help them achieve their full potential both in Canada and abroad.
By drawing on companies as well as on individual donors interested in
supporting the production, distribution and promotion of Canadian
feature films—investors who will at the same time benefit from
proportional tax deductions or credits—the fund will help foster the
success of Canadian cinema.
Once fully up and running, Telefilm estimates that the Fund could be
endowed with an annual budget of $5 million, a significant amount that
producers could use to leverage other investment dollars. The fund will
also lead to the creation of some 150 jobs every year through the
support of new productions.
Telefilm will administer investments from the private sector, with these
investments to be covered in a separate annual report. The fund will
incur management expenses of less than 5%.
More on the honorary committee members
David Aisenstat, owner & CEO, Keg Restaurants Ltd. (British Columbia)
Mr. Aisenstat is the owner and CEO of the Keg Steakhouse & Bar, Canada's
premier casual dining brand, as well as of a variety of other
well-known restaurants. He also contributes to a number of
organizations, including Action Canada, the Vancouver Art Gallery and
the Canadian Youth Business Foundation.
Hartley Richardson, C.M., O.M., President & CEO, James Richardson & Sons, Limited (Manitoba)
Mr. Richardson is the seventh family President of James Richardson &
Sons, Limited, a private, family-owned Canadian corporation,
established in 1857 and headquartered in Winnipeg. The Firm is involved
in the international grain trade and agri-foods business, real estate,
energy, financial services and investments. A graduate of the
University of Manitoba, he also serves as Director of GMP Capital Inc.
and Canadian Pacific Railway, and is Chairman of the Canadian Council
of Chief Executives.
Dr. Anil Gupta, Medical Director of Clinical Cardiology, Trillium Health Centre (Ontario)
Dr. Gupta is Staff Cardiologist at the Trillium Health Centre in
Mississauga and Etobicoke. He is also a lecturer at the University of
Toronto and the Chair of Continuing Medical Education for the Greater
Toronto Area Community Cardiologists (GTACC). Anil Gupta has been a
Council member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of
Canada as well as of the Canadian Cardiovascular Society (CCS).
Micheline Bouchard, Corporate Director (Quebec)
Ms. Bouchard currently serves on the Board of Directors of TELUS
Corporation, Harry Winston Diamond Corporation and PSP Investments. She
is a former President and Chief Executive Officer of ART Advanced
Research Technologies, and was also Global Corporate Vice-President,
Enterprise Services, at the head office of Motorola Inc. in Chicago
after serving as President and Chief Executive Officer of Motorola
Canada in Toronto. Ms. Bouchard is a member of the Order of Canada and
the National Order of Quebec.
Mark Dobbin, Founder & President, Killick Capital Inc. (Newfoundland and Labrador)
Before founding Killick Capital Inc., Mr. Dobbin was Chairman and CEO of
Vector Aerospace Corporation, a globally-recognized aviation repair and
overhaul company. Prior to Vector he was employed at CHC Helicopter
Corporation, the world's largest helicopter company - serving as Senior
Vice President and then as Chair of the Board of Directors (from 2006
to 2008). He is a Board member for Killick's investee companies, which
include Plasco Energy Group, Max Arts-Athletics-Wellness, Avatas
Aerospace, Verafin Inc. and Greyfirst Corporation.
The honorary committee will be guided by Canadian film financing expert Sheila O'Gorman. She has been instrumental in securing millions of dollars in private
funding for Canadian productions.
Telefilm is dedicated to the cultural, commercial and industrial success
of Canada's audiovisual industry. Through its various funding and
promotion programs, Telefilm supports dynamic companies and creative
talent here at home and around the world. Telefilm also administers the
programs of the Canada Media Fund. Visit telefilm.ca and follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/telefilm_canada.
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