Women in Film & Television - Toronto in Partnership With Shaw Media Launch a New Program Tailored to Advance Burgeoning Managerial Careers

TORONTO, June 25, 2015 /CNW/ - Women in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT-T) and Shaw Media are pleased to announce the new Shaw Media Management Accelerator intensive program, designed to provide screen-based professionals who aspire to be strong and effective managers with the skills they need to set themselves apart in today's highly competitive and global industry.

"We're thrilled to be partnering with Shaw Media to introduce this new intensive training program for emerging management professionals," said Heather Webb, Executive Director, WIFT-T. "This program epitomizes WIFT-T's ongoing commitment to cultivate screen-based industry leaders of tomorrow by providing high quality professional development programs and mentoring opportunities."

"The Shaw Media Management Accelerator program is a fantastic forum for industry professionals to hone their management skills and receive vital training," said Barb Williams, President, Shaw Media. "In an ever-evolving media landscape, we are excited to be partnering with WIFT-T to help foster innovation."

The Shaw Media Management Accelerator program, jointly developed by WIFT-T with Ryerson University's G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, is formulated to accelerate participants' careers by helping them become effective managers, decision makers and communicators—foundations for becoming future leaders. The program will launch in October, 2015.

"The Chang School is pleased to partner with WIFT-T to extend our expertise to those who aspire to stand out as strong and effective managers in the film and television industry," said Dr. Marie Bountrogianni, Dean, The Chang School, Ryerson University. "The Shaw Media Management Accelerator (SMMA) embodies The Chang School's commitment to engaging with community partners to develop and deliver relevant, industry-focused training programs to adult learners."

The unique program covers key managerial principals including: business communications, project management, essential financial concepts, marketing and strategic planning. Following completion of the program, each participant will be placed in a customized mentoring group, led by an industry leader who will provide additional learnings and guidance. Successful participants will receive a Recognition of Completion award from The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University.

For more information visit www.wift.com

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Twitter: @WIFT, @ShawMediaTV_PR

ABOUT WIFT-T:
Women in Film & Television – Toronto (WIFT–T) is a member-based organization of women and men working in screen-based media that supports the development and advancement of women in the industry. Membership in WIFT- T enables women to be capable, confident, connected and successful in their careers. For more information, please visit www.wift.com.

ABOUT SHAW COMMUNICATIONS INC.:
Shaw Communications Inc. is a diversified communications and media company, serving 3.2 million customers through a reliable and extensive fibre network. Shaw serves consumers with broadband Internet, WiFi, Digital Phone and Video products and services. Shaw Business Network Services provides business customers Internet, data, WiFi, telephony, Video and fleet tracking services. Shaw Business Infrastructure Services offers North American enterprises colocation, cloud and managed services through ViaWest. Shaw Media provides Canadians with engaging programming content through one of Canada's largest conventional television networks, Global Television, and 19 specialty networks including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY® and Showcase. Shaw is traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges and is included in the S&P/TSX 60 Index (Symbol: TSX – SJR.B, NYSE – SJR). For more information, please visit www.shaw.ca.       

SOURCE Shaw Media

For further information: Media inquiries: Katia Houde, Communications Manager, Women in Film & Television - Toronto (WIFT-T), 416-322-3430 ext. 226, khoude@wift.com; Hayley Waldman, Corporate Communications Coordinator, Shaw Media, 416-967-3128, hayley.waldman@shawmedia.ca

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