On Screen Manitoba 2020-21 Board of Directors
- Co-Chair: Chris McIvor, FRANK Digital
- Co-Chair: Madison Thomas, filmmaker
- Vice-Chair Finance: Kitan Amao, RBC Royal Bank
- Vice-Chair Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs: Leslea Mair, Zoot Pictures
- Secretary and Vice-Chair Governance and Nominations: Steven Foster, DGC Manitoba District Council
- Vice-Chair Membership: Jen Beasley, Buffalo Gal Pictures
- Vice-Chair Programs: Ben Williams, 48 Film Festival
- Aimé Boisjoli, Canoë Rouge
- Doug Darling, Tripwire Media Group
- Ginger Dilk, Eagle Vision
- Kyle Irving, Eagle Vision
- Rob Macklin, ACTRA Manitoba
- Reed Makayev, 1st Assistant Director
- Monique Perro, City of Winnipeg Film and Special Events Office
- Nicolas Philips, 2nd Unit Gaffer
- Sandra Simoes, William F. White International
- Desiree Single, Animiki See
- Brandice Vivier, Frantic Films
- Rob Rowan, IATSE 856
A standing committee of the OSM Board intended to provide oversight and monitor the organization’s financial affairs. The committee will make recommendations to the board on financial management policies.
Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs Committee:
A standing committee of the OSM Board intended to provide guidance and information to OSM senior management in regards to government relations and regulatory affairs.
A standing committee of the OSM Board intended to provide guidance to OSM senior management in regards to membership, including categories, rates, recruitment strategies and services.
A standing committee of the OSM Board intended to provide guidance to OSM senior management in regards to programs (Access Funds).
Please note the membership and programs committee meetings are now combined.
If you are interested in joining a committee, please contact Executive Director Nicole Matiation (email@example.com) to discuss the available opportunities.
2020-21 Board of Directors
Kitan Amao – Senior Commercial Account Manager, RBC
Kitan Amao is a Senior Commercial Account Manager at supporting technology and media companies. He is a self-starting, team player and result-oriented banking professional & chartered professional accountant with proven success in credit structuring & syndication, financial analysis & cash flow modeling and credit risk & portfolio management. Over the past 10 years he has played diverse roles on the executive board of various Not for Profit Organizations. With over 12 years of corporate banking & capital market experience executing over $500 million in financing transactions across various industries; Kitan continuously demonstrates capacity for building trusted relationships and communicating effectively, coupled with a passion of assisting clients to meet their growth ambitions. Kitan holds a Masters of Business from Manchester Business School in the UK and he is married with two children.
Jennifer Beasley – Head of Development, Buffalo Gal Pictures
A WGC-nominated writer with comedy and drama television screenwriting credits to her name, Jen Beasley has been active in the film communities in both Toronto and Winnipeg for almost two decades. Following a seven-year stint as an assistant cameraperson on various film and television productions and before that as a high school teacher, Jen segued into the television story department, and has written and story edited for a number of Canadian series. As a Production Executive with Buffalo Gal Pictures, Jen was integral to both the development and production divisions and adept at shepherding projects from the initial stages through financing to delivery. In the fall of 2017, Jen was named Buffalo Gal Pictures’ Head of Development, and currently oversees the company’s diverse feature and television slate.
Aimé Boisjoli – Producer, Canoë Rouge Inc.
Aimé a commencé sa carrière dans le monde de la production événementielle et audiovisuelle à Winnipeg, au Manitoba, il y a presque 20 ans. D’abord devant la caméra à titre d’animateur, ensuite derrière la caméra comme coordonnateur et assistant de production. Il a aussi occupé des postes différents dans l’industrie des arts de la scène, en tant que technicien de son et de lumières, comme comédien, ainsi que comme directeur général d’un organisme artistique où Aimé a produit plus de 100 événements musicaux. Détenteur d’un MBA de l’école Asper School of Business de l’Université du Manitoba, il a eu l’occasion d’être un consultant en arts pour le gouvernement du Manitoba pendant quatre ans. Fier Franco-Métis, Aimé Boisjoli a récemment fait un retour vers la production audiovisuelle d’abord avec une compagnie autochtone, puis en fondant sa propre compagnie, avec son collègue Alain Dondo.
Doug Darling – CEO and Executive Creative Director, Tripwire Media Group
I’m all about helping people. It’s what made me go from doing video production to creating a Video Agency, Tripwire Media – so I could help people tell better stories; help people engage with their audience more; and help make an impact in my clients’ life.
I have been running Tripwire for 10 years, and have worked with dozens of agencies and direct clients. I now have a team (far more talented than i) do a lot of the creative work, so that I can continue to lead the charge in helping our clients – whether that’s through a brand story, a animated explainer, or planning a full out video strategy to help measure their ROI.
I am a Muse Certified storyteller and coach, and spend a lot of my time educating clients and colleagues on the Science of Storytelling, and how to creatively and strategically engage an audience.
Ginger Dilk – Digital Media Producer, Eagle Vision
Ginger Dilk is a Winnipeg-based writer, director, editor and producer, and holds a degree in Filmmaking from the University of Winnipeg. Her work centers around digital media production and social media marketing for projects relating to human rights, social justice, equity and reconciliation. She is thrilled to join the OSM Board of Directors, and anticipates her contributions will help shape a bright, accessible and prosperous future for all members of the industry.
Steven Foster – Communications & Membership Services – DGC Manitoba
Steven Foster has worked with the Directors Guild of Canada – Manitoba District Council for the last five years. During this tenure, Steven has held DGC’s ex-officio seat on the On Screen Manitoba Board of Directors. Additionally, Steven is entering his third year holding the Vice-Chair, Governance and Nominations and a seat on the Executive Committee.
Kyle Irving – Partner, Eagle Vision
Kyle Irving has produced more than 220 hours of television content. He’s Executive Producing a fourth season of Eagle Vision, ICF and eOne’s drama series Burden of Truth for CBC, The CW, Hulu and Universal UK, four seasons of the hit true-crime doc series Taken that he co-created for CBC, APTN. He has two features in post: Danis Goulet’s Night Raiders that he executive produced with Taika Waititi and two time TIFF winner Deco Dawson’s Diaspora.
Irving has produced numerous award-winning features, notably: Oscar winner and nominee for Best Picture Capote with Sony, Walk All Over Me with Mongrel, Blue State with MGM, the multi award-winning We Were Children, Reasonable Doubt with Lionsgate and Lovesick with eOne.
Irving also exec-produced Ice Road Truckers, one of the most successful and longest running docudrama series ever for History Channel, AETN, and 80+ countries.
Irving’s productions have been nominated for thirteen CSA’s with three wins, five Oscar’s with one win, five BAFTA’s with one win, five Independent Spirit Awards with three wins, one Golden Globe win. Irving has a strong focus on under-represented talent development and has mentored and supported numerous emerging writers, directors, producers and crew.
Leslea Mair – Producer, Zoot Pictures Inc.
Leslea Mair is a writer, director and producer based in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
With a background in theatre and experimental film, Leslea applied her love of a good true story to writing and producing documentaries. She has written and produced and directed award-winning documentaries in the genres of science, current affairs, social/political issues, and POV and feature documentary with subjects as diverse as Shaolin monks, killer robots, preachers who don’t believe in god and the effects of human activity on the environment.
On a lighter note, she has also produced three seasons of lifestyle television on The Prairie Diner, a celebration of food and culture on the Canadian prairies, and recently a science fiction web series, Nikola Tesla and the End of the World. Leslea has been the President and CEO of Zoot Pictures Inc. since 1998. Over the past twenty years, she has worked with a wide variety of Canadian broadcasters and has been successful in having Zoot Pictures’ content distributed internationally.
Reed Makayev – 1st Assistant Director
Reed Makayev began his career as a film & television industry professional in 2004 by being in the right place at the right time. Wanting to round out the on-the-job training he received working on set he attended the Film Production program at Confederation College in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Upon graduating in 2007 Reed returned to Winnipeg with a more complete understanding of the filmmaking process. Since 2009 Reed has been a member of the Director’s Guild of Canada, rising through the ranks of the Assistant Director department. He has held the position of Vice President of the DGC’s Manitoba District Council since 2016 and during the same time has also increased his participation as an instructor through Film Training Manitoba.
Chris McIvor – President & Executive Producer, FRANK Digital
Chris is a content producer and business leader who works with ad agencies, non-profits, unions, and others to help tell stories that create change.
Chris believes in the stories he tells and the importance of those stories. From creating exhibits inside the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, to documentaries exploring social topics, and commercial campaigns about child protection and safe workplaces to name a few these projects are not just “work” for Chris, but a lifestyle. Having travelled extensively in several third world and war-torn countries has helped form who he is as a person and what he believes FRANK Digital, as a company, should represent.
Beginning his thirty year career as an editor, adding director of photography skills, and eventually moving to directing, Chris feels his hands-on approach through these many positions helps him understand the full production workflow as a producer. Never in a rush to jump to the next position, Chris’s steady growth has allowed him to master many skills over his career.
His directing and editing work has garnered many accolades including a Clio Award, two IABC Gold Quill Awards, four Summit Awards, a New York Festivals Gold award, 4 WorldFest Houston Awards, and several others.
Monique Perro – Film Liaison, City of Winnipeg
Monique Perro has over 14 years of experience in the Manitoba Film Industry. She began her career with Buffalo Gal Pictures where she worked on projects such as Less Than Kind, My Winnipeg and All the Wrong Reasons. She is currently working with the City of Winnipeg as their Film Liaison. Monique enjoys the challenge of not knowing what she’ll be working on everyday as well as collaborating with others in the industry (crew and supporting organizations) to enact positive change.
Nicolas Phillips – President, IATSE Local 856
After growing up having spent time living in all three Prairie Provinces Nicolas began is film carrier working on set after receiving his BFA in Film Production from the University of Regina. He returned to Winnipeg to work in the Motion Picture industry here and has done so for last 17 years on the floor as a Lighting Technician. After two terms on the IATSE 856 Executive Board, as a Member at Large and Secretary respectively, he now currently serves as President of 856.
Desiree Single – Co-General Manager, Animiki See Digital Production Inc.
Desiree joined Animiki See Digital Production in October 2010 as a Producer and the Manager of Production. She has produced several live music specials, events and series, including: Indigenous Day Live; numerous documentaries and factual series, including CSA-nominated First Contact, and 1491: The Untold Story of the Americas Before Columbus, based on the New York Times best-selling book by Charles C. Mann. Desiree has also produced two seasons of the French-language magazine series: Sans Réserve, for APTN. Prior to working at Animiki See, she was the Manager of Programming, Central Region, developing and commissioning original programming for Aboriginal Peoples Television Network.
Desiree has held several development and production positions in the Winnipeg production community since 2002.
Madison Thomas – Filmmaker
Madison Thomas was named one of Playback Magazine’s “Filmmakers to Watch” for 2019. Thomas was the first Canadian Indigenous person accepted into Prague Film School.
Thomas’s web-series The Colour of Scar Tissue was the winner of the 2017 Imaginative/APTN Web-Series Pitch Competition and became available on APTN in fall 2018. Thomas has also worked for four seasons as an Editor and Director for the CBC & APTN series Taken which shares the true stories of Canada’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous woman. In 2018 Thomas along with the rest of the show’s Research team were honoured with a Canadian Screen Award nomination for their work on the show’s first season. Thomas is alumni of the prestigious Women in the Director’s Chair Story and Leadership Program where she began development on her sci-fi feature film Last Call. Thomas believes that giving back to the community is a fundamental part of her responsibility as an artist. In 2016 she was a Tedx Winnipeg speaker and her talk focused on her journey as an artist and her work as a mentor. Thomas recently premiered her Telefilm-funded feature film Ruthless Souls at ImagineNATIVE. Thomas also works as a writer on CBC/CW series Burden of Truth.
Brandice Vivier – Business Affairs Manager, Frantic Films
Brandice has over 25 years experience in the industry as a production executive at Bell Media, a mentor and trainer at the National Screen Institute-Canada, and in business affairs at Bell Media and Manitoba Film & Music.
As the Business Affairs Manager at Frantic Films, Brandice leads and directs all business affairs for the company as it relates to development, production, post production, distribution and reporting.
Brandice also runs a development consultant company, Vivier Consulting. As a development consultant Brandice helps to develop and guide her clients’ career’s as well as helping develop their creative materials and get them into the hands of the right people.
She has been involved with numerous award-winning projects for Bell Media, Shaw Media, CBC, Corus, HBO Canada and Rogers as a coach, mentor, production executive and now business affairs manager.
Her passion and commitment to nurturing talent extends into her volunteer work. She is co-chair of the Yorkton Film Festival and sits on the board for On Screen Manitoba.
Ben Williams – Director, The 48 Film Festival Inc.
Ben Williams is the new Director for the The 48 Film Festival Inc. formed in April 2020. For the last six years he served as the Director of Development and Marketing and Production Centre Director of the artistic, development and operational leaders for the Winnipeg Film Group. Ben has a BA (Magna Cum Laude) in Advertising Graphics from Central State University in Ohio and studied digital filmmaking at the New York Film Academy in Manhattan. For over 15 years, he has worked in digital media studios in NYC, Chicago and Shanghai and has freelanced as a video editor in the U.S. and Canada. Most notably, he worked for JWT/New York in the broadcast and entertainment division and for Wieden+Kennedy in Shanghai on an award winning, groundbreaking Nike campaign featuring NBA superstar Kobe Bryant. Additionally, he can also be counted among the first generation of podcast pioneers and independent digital producers to emerge in the online community.