In its corporate plan entitled Fostering Cultural Success, Telefilm made a commitment to finding and developing new sources of financing for the industry.
In this vein, a new private donation fund was announced by Executive Director Carolle Brabant, with the support of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, during her keynote address at Prime Time in Ottawa.
Honorary Committee and its members
The Honorary Committee is a pan-Canadian committee made up of five members guided by Canadian film financing expert Sheila O’Gorman.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Carol R. Hill
Director of Communications for Harvard Developments Inc., A Hill Company (Saskatchewan)
Ms. Hill has worked as a newspaper columnist and a freelance journalist. She is the founder and current Honorary Chairperson of Canadian Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums, and co-founder of Mother Teresa Middle School for underprivileged, Regina inner-city children. Ms. Hill also served on numerous national and provincial boards, such as the Max Bell Foundation, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Canadian Council of Business for the Arts.
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.
For interested investors
This unique initiative, funded by private donations, will support Canadian film production and talent. The new Fund will be managed by Telefilm Canada, thereby ensuring the highest standards of performance and governance.
Contributions are considered to be “Gifts to Canada” for tax purposes. Corporate donors receive tax deductions for making gifts to Canada; individual donors receive tax credits.
This new fund comes into effect immediately, and companies or individuals interested in becoming investors should contact Telefilm for further information.
You can also consult the Talent Fund’s fact sheet.
Contact for investors
Director, Public Affairs and Government Affairs
This private donation fund consists of two streams:
- One stream will provide better support to promising young filmmakers
- The other is aimed at established filmmakers, seeking to help them achieve their full potential both in Canada and abroad
Once fully up and running, we estimate that the fund could be endowed with an annual budget of $5 million.
For more information, please consult the FAQ.
April 19, 2012: Five Canadian business and community leaders to drive honorary committee for Telefilm Canada’s private donation fund
March 2, 2012: Telefilm Canada announces the launch of a new private donation fund, with support from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce