Andra Sheffer
Executive Director
Toronto

Andra Sheffer

Executive Director

Andra Sheffer is the Executive Director of three private Funds supporting the Canadian new media, television and film industries: the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund which invests in Canadian television programs and their associated interactive digital projects; the Independent Production Fund which invests in drama series created for digital platforms; and, the COGECO Program Development Fund for the development and production of television drama. She was the founding Executive Director of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television producing the annual Genie and Gemini Awards. She lectures on the business of television and new media and is the editor of publications about the business of tv and digital media production: New Media, New Business: The Producer’s guide (2001), Create a Winning Proposal – the Handbook for New Media Prodders (1999) and the co-editor of MAKING IT: The business of film and Televsion Production in Canada (1986 & 1995). Previously she served as the Managing Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, and with the federal government as a Certification Officer setting up the original CAVCO office (and Canadian content “point” system), and at the Film Festivals Bureau promoting Canadian films internationally.
Claire Dion
Associate Director
Montreal

Claire Dion

Associate Director

From 1980 to 1987 Claire Dion held positions at the Institut québécois du cinéma, the SGCQ and SOGIC, now SODEC, as script advisor and Director of Developement and Production. Since 1987 she has served as editor of a healthcare business periodical; she was responsible for teaching a scriptwriting course for television at the Université du Québec; she acted as associate producer for the development of director Robert Favreau’s feature film L’Ange Noir and script editor of the first series Super Sans Plomb. In 1991, she set up the Quebec office for the Maclean Hunter Television Fund, now the Independent Production Fund, which administers the COGECO Program Development Fund and the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund. She acted as consultant for Shaw Cablesystems in Quebec for SCPI and the SBF from 1997 to 1999 and for the CanWest Promotion of Programming Fund in 2003. Claire Dion received her B.A. in television studies from Concordia University and a Master Degree in Cinéma from USC (University of Souther California). She was chair of CLSC Côte-des-Neiges for 10 years. She is a member of the Canadian Academy of Cinema and Television, Femmes du cinéma de la télévision et des nouveaux médias de Montréal and vice-president of the Fondation Marijo.
Charles Zamaria
Financial Director
Toronto

Charles Zamaria

Financial Director

Charles Zamaria is Financial Director for the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund, Independent Production Fund, and COGECO Program Development Fund. He has assisted in developing and creating national professional standards for the emerging new media production industry.Concurrently, Professor Zamaria is a full-time tenured faculty member in the School of Radio and Television Arts at Ryerson University, where he specializes in teaching business aspects of producing in various media industry. He has worked for CTV, YTV, CBC, Telefilm Canada and Cambium Productions in various production and management capacities. He has credits on dozens of award-winning independent film and television productions. He is the author of numerous, publications, served as Director for trade missions (Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canada) and conducted research analysis and studies internationally.In addition, he serves as Project Director and Principal Co-Investigator on the Canadian Internet Project – an extensive research undertaking which analyzes Internet usage and non-usage patterns in Canada in international perspective.He is a member of: AoIR (Association of Internet Researchers), NMBIA, IMAT, DGC, CFTPA, ACCT, CIPA, UFVA, BEA, BEAC and DOC He sits as a member of CFTPA’s New Media Advisory Committee, Federal/Interprovincial Tax Credit Committee.
Marcia Douglas
Program Manager
Toronto

Marcia Douglas

Program Manager

Elaine Béliveau
Financial Analyst (since August 2013)
Montreal

Elaine Béliveau

Financial Analyst (since August 2013)

Danielle Blain
Consultant – Financial Analyst (Until July 2013)
Montreal

Danielle Blain

Consultant – Financial Analyst (Until July 2013)

Joanne Duguay
Coordinator
Montreal

Joanne Duguay

Coordinator

Ella Myers
Project Coordinator
Toronto

Ella Myers

Project Coordinator

Carly McGowan
Project Coordinator
Toronto

Carly McGowan

Project Coordinator

Laurence Beaudoin-Masse
Assistant, Community Manager, Webmaster
Montreal

Laurence Beaudoin-Masse

Assistant, Community Manager, Webmaster

Howard Rosen
Consultant
Toronto

Howard Rosen

Consultant

Anita Broekema
Bookkeeper
Toronto

Anita Broekema

Bookkeeper