WIFT-T provided opportunities for making significant connections through 27 different mentoring, networking and industry events. Members were able to enrich their careers while having fun and making new friends and work contacts.
From workshop-style intensives to panel discussions, a wide range of career-changing programming was offered to enhance the skills of our members. We aimed to support their ability to be confident decision-makers at all stages of their careers.
We revelled in celebrating and promoting women’s successes – especially those of our members. Six incredible industry professionals were honoured at this year's Crystal Awards Gala and we packed the house at our Showcase event.
The industry is changing at warp speed. Our goal is to help our members succeed in this new world, at every stage of their careers.
In 2015, WIFT-T programming, mentorships, and special events covered issues of vital importance in today’s digitally-focused industry. We hosted hot topic panel discussions, such as “Strategies for Building a Successful Web Series” and “Social Media Training for Executives.” Effective intensives were offered, including our wildly successful Digital Media Bootcamp. Our mentorship programs included a producer internship at Deluxe’s digital production studio and a games development producer mentorship with Ubisoft.
In everything we do, we are committed to women's success.
We are dedicated to supporting women in the screen-based industry and are always looking for ways to better serve our members.
Over the past year, WIFT-T launched several new and exciting program initiatives that enable women to connect, learn, and advance, such as The Shaw Media Management Accelerator. Through such programming, WIFT-T actively enriched the careers and lives of individual women and the industry at large. Diversified perspectives and well-informed, well-trained professionals lead to a more robust and vibrant workforce – fostering innovation, producing fresh content, and forging leaders ready for the industry of tomorrow.
WIFT-T is an essential resource in today's changing landscape.
WIFT-T empowers women to be capable, confident, connected and successful in their careers in screen-based media. That's our mission and our passion.
We support the development and advancement of women in the screen-based industry. Member based, we are a collection of enthusiastic women and men who are committed to this objective. The following beliefs and values form the philosophy from which our organization developed:
It's because of you that WIFT-T was formed. Smart, strong, savvy women and men changing the world, one screen at a time.
There would be no WIFT-T without the support of our invaluable partners who join with us to make a difference.
Our board is comprised of a remarkable group of women who generously give their time and counsel to guide WIFT-T.
These folks dedicate their skills and abilities each day to making our game-changing programs and events happen.
“As someone who is trying to gain more experiences to work in the industry, I love all the skills I have gained so far, understanding more of the industry and meeting talented and helpful women along the way.”
“It’s a great opportunity to upgrade digital media and general business skills, get creative in a safe environment, as well as meet powerful people within the industry and build a network.”
“WIFT-T is important because until there is actual gender equality in film and television we need to have programs to give female filmmakers additional opportunities, more mentorship, and a place to build community in which to draw from when hiring. It's especially important to have senior industry female executives ... mentoring and interacting with emerging female filmmakers.”
“I have been an active member of WIFT-T for the past few years and I have found it highly beneficial and rewarding. WIFT is an invaluable organization that provides high quality events and educational programs.”
Principal, Mojojo Inc.
Vice-President, Program Planning, Bell Media
CPA, CA. Director of Special Projects, Finance and Accounting, Corus Entertainment
Partner, Buchli Goldstein
Partner/Executive Producer, Sticky Brain Studios Inc.
Senior Director, CBC Comedy
President, Canada, eOne Television
COO, Digital Howard
Senior Vice President, Finance and Operations, DHX Media Ltd.
Director, Industry Development, Ontario Media Development Corporation
Chief Strategy Officer, 9 Story Media Group
Director of Sales, CBS International
Vice President Media, Universal Pictures
CEO, Independent Production Fund & Cogeco Program Development Fund
Director, People, Corus Entertainment (previously Shaw Media)
Heather Webb, Executive Director
Jackie Pardy, Director of Development
Heidi Tao Yang, Program Manager (left Oct'15)
Alison Rheaume, Membership Manager
Katia Houde, Communications Manager
Stephanie Earp, Communications Manager
(mat leave Feb '15)
Naomi van Voorst, Administrative Coordinator