Call for Nominations: WIFT-T Board of Directors

by NationTalk on April 11, 20081911 Views

(TORONTO – Tuesday, April 8, 2008) All WIFT-T full members are invited to nominate qualified candidates for WIFT-T’s 2008 Board of Directors. There are four positions to be filled.

The following board members will continue for the 2008 term:
• Wanda Bradley – Manager, Sales Operations, NBC Universal
• Leesa Levinson – Actress and Disabilities Advocate
• Michelle Marion – Director, Canadian Independent Production, Astral Television Networks
• Jane Tattersall – President, Tattersall Sound and PictureThe Board is pleased to support the nominations of the following board members who have served on the WIFT-T Board of Directors for the last two years:
• Gabriella Martinelli – President and CEO, Capri Films
• Susan Ross – Executive Vice President and General Manager, Lifestyle, Drama and Movies, Corus Entertainment
The Board is pleased to announce the following board members’ second terms have been extended for an additional year. They were elected during a special resolution meeting in 2004.
• Wendy MacKeigan – Vice President, SK Films Inc.
• Marcia Martin – Senior Vice President and Executive Producer, CTV Inc.
• Margaret O’Brien – Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Barna-Alper Productions
• Cynthia Reyes – Managing Partner, DiversiPro Inc., Cofounder, Innoversity
• Dianne Schwalm – Senior Vice President, Theatrical Advertising and Publicity, Warner Bros. Canada

A Nominating Committee composed of the current board members was struck to nominate candidates. The candidates put forth by the Nominating Committee are:
• Gaye MacDonald – Vice President, Brand Partnerships, Canwest
• Kara Russell – Associate, Hall Webber LLP Entertainment & New Media Law
• Akhaji Zakaiya – Senior Consultant, Nordicity Group Ltd.
• Madeline Ziniak – National Vice President, Rogers OMNI Television

*For candidate bios, please see below.

How to Make a Nomination

If you wish to nominate a candidate, please complete the attached form, with the following information:
• A letter of support from one other member (if you are nominating yourself, include a seconding letter)
• A statement of interest by the candidate
• A resume and a brief bio that includes qualifications
Deadline: All nominations must be received by 5pm EST on Tuesday, April 22, 2008.

As per WIFT-T bylaws, a complete slate of nominees and bios will be distributed to the full membership once all nominations are received. Nominations will be also accepted from the floor the evening of the Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, May 13, 20008. Details on the AGM to follow.

Nominated Candidates Bios:

Gaye McDonald
Gaye McDonald possesses over 15 years specializing in broadcast programming and brand partnership and is recognized as one of the country’s leaders in product integration and associative brand marketing – honing her skills over her 10 years running the Corporate Sponsorship division of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).
McDonald is currently Vice President Marketing Ventures, Brand Partnership at Canwest. She specializes in creating revenue generating short format programming for broadcast and web designed to run across Canwest’s wide array of assets, and integrating Canadian advertisers brands into the hundreds of hours of Canadian programming produced annually by Canwest. Known for her keen creative sense, McDonald is a sought after media spokesperson regarding sponsorship, broadcast partnership and brand integration.

Kara Russell
Kara Russell is an Associate at Hall Webber LLP Entertainment & New Media Law, where she offers her wealth of experience to clients in all entertainment formats. Prior to joining Hall Webber LLP in 2006, Kara was Legal Counsel for Telefilm Canada. During that time she was involved in all aspects of film financing, both foreign and domestic, and was responsible for the successful completion of countless feature film financing underwritings. She has a fund of experience in the complexities of financing and contractual issues on an international level. In addition to her professional credentials, Kara’s interest in the industry resulted in her presenting many papers, speeches and seminars relating to the Canadian film industry and its funding requirements.

Akhaji Zakaiya
As Senior Consultant at Nordicity Group Ltd., Akhaji Zakaiya is currently lead analyst and author of an economic profile of Ontario’s computer animation industry. Akhaji is recognized for her knowledge of corporate financial management issues as well as business strategy and policy development in media industries. Prior to joining NGL, Akhaji was a Business Analyst with CTVglobemedia and CHUM Television in the areas of content distribution, affiliate sales and marketing. Ms. Zakiya holds a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto, a B.Ed. from York University and a M.B.A. in Finance & Strategic Management from the Schulich School of Business.

Madeline Ziniak
Madeline Ziniak, O. Ont., is widely known as the principal driving force behind multilingual/multicultural television in Canada. She has been involved in ethnic media for over 30 years and is currently National Vice President of Rogers OMNI Television. Madeline has received numerous community, government and industry related honours. In addition to her professional accomplishments and responsibilities, Madeline is the current Vice-Chair (Ontario Region) of the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council; Chair of The Canadian Ethnic Media Association (CEMA) and the former Co-Chair of the Task Force for Cultural Diversity on Television. She is on the Advisory Board of Ryerson University’s School of Radio and Television, a member of the Toronto Press Club and a founding member of the Strategic Alliance of Broadcasters for Aboriginal Reflection (SABAR).

Women in Film and Television-Toronto (WIFT-T) is a not-for-profit professional organization founded in 1984. WIFT-T supports women in screen-based media (film, television and digital media) to build, advance and sustain their careers nationally and internationally. WIFT-T does this through hands-on high quality programming, mentoring, networking, and industry events that recognize the talents and potential of women. Our mission is to enhance the skills of our members so they can become significant decision-makers at all levels of the industry. For more information, visit or

For more information, please contact:
Tara Woodbury
Communications Officer
Women in Film and Television – Toronto (WIFT-T)
416-322-3430 ext. 226

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