Nicholas Mills is responsible for CMPA's annual research priorities in support of the organization’s strategic goals.
A champion of the study and application of strategies for growth and innovation within Canada’s cultural industries, Nicholas has over seven years of professional consulting experience through which he has led research in support of economic development, business innovation, and organizational growth for public sector departments and cultural industry organizations. Previously, as the Director, Digital Media Research at The Banff Centre, Nicholas led applied research initiatives that explored the innovative possibilities that digital technologies and commercialization strategies hold for media content and cultural industry entrepreneurs. He also accumulated extensive expertise investigating industry innovation as a researcher with the University of Toronto-based Innovation Systems Research Network (ISRN) and Innovation Policy Lab (IPL), and Ryerson University’s Digital Value Lab. As a university lecturer and course mentor, Nicholas has taught communications theory and business innovation through a number of courses at Mount Saint Vincent University and in Ryerson University’s RTA School of Media and the Ted Rogers School of Management’s Entrepreneurship and MBA programs.
Nicholas brings first-hand experience in Canada’s media production sector to his role with the CMPA. Through his digital media company, Trifecta Productions, he created interactive media content for a variety of clientele and received both provincial and national filmmaking grants for his short- and feature-length film projects. He also setup a lot of pylons as a Location Assistant and 2nd Assistant Director.
Nicholas earned a BA with Honors in Sociology, a Major in Multimedia Studies, and a Film Production Diploma from the University of New Brunswick; graduated summa cum laude with a MA in Communication & Culture from Ryerson University/York University; and, as a PhD candidate at Ryerson University, he received an Ontario Graduate Scholarship in Cultural Studies and has twice been awarded the Rogers Doctoral Fellowship in Communication & Culture.
Vice-President, Finance & Operations
Sandy Dobson's key responsibilities include finance, human resources, information technology and facilities management. She provides staff support to the Audit Committee and the Internal Finance Committee
Sandy is a Carleton University graduate in Commerce and is a Chartered Accountant, Chartered Professional Accountant and Certified Fraud Examiner. She has worked in the not-for-profit sector for over twenty years, including many years as an auditor with a client base of many charities and not-for-profit organizations. Prior to joining CMPA she held senior finance and operational positions with two Canadian registered charities.
Sandy traces her roots back to the Gaspé in the 1750’s and is passionate about Canadian history and culture.
Director, Member Services & Special Events
Lisa Moreau joined the CMPA in 1997. She is currently responsible for member-service-related functions and is one of the primary organizers for the association’s annual Prime Time conference.
She has a background in finance/accounting, human resources, office management, event planning and client relations. Prior to joining the CMPA, Lisa worked as a Junior Accountant and Human Resources Manager.
Lisa holds a diploma in Executive Business Administration from Algonquin College.
Senior Vice-President, Policy
Marc Séguin oversees all the organization’s policy initiatives, including all issues related to feature film. Additional responsibilities include government relations, membership services, communications, the general operations of the CMPA’s Ottawa office.
Before joining the CMPA, Marc held a number of increasingly senior positions in the Public Service of Canada between the late 1980s and 2001. While working as a civil servant, Marc was recruited to a ministerial task force that helped support the Charlottetown Accord initiative of 1992, which was a package of proposed amendments to the Constitution of Canada. Later, he was assigned to another ministerial task force mandated to contribute to the amalgamation of number of federal departments into the Department of Canadian Heritage, which was inaugurated in 1993. Further to this accomplishment, he played an instrumental role in developing and implementing the Government of Canada’s Feature Film Policy of 2000 and its various initiatives, including the Canada Feature Film Fund. Following a short assignment in Vancouver with Telefilm Canada, Seguin was recruited by a former Executive Director of Telefilm Canada to assist with a national review of the federal government’s Canadian content definitions in 2002.
Marc is a graduate of Concordia University in Montreal, where he earned a BA with a Specialization in Communication Studies.
Director, Development & Corporate Affairs
Sarolta Csete oversees the various job placements offered to emerging and mid-level producers, works on securing funding for new initiatives and ensures that reporting requirements to program funders are fulfilled.
In addition to her mentorship-related responsibilities, Sarolta contributes to the CMPA's international initiatives and corporate matters.
Sarolta joined the organization shortly after she graduated from the University of Ottawa with a BA in Communications.
Sarolta sits on the board of the Independent Filmmakers Cooperative of Ottawa.
Vice-President, Corporate & International Affairs
As Vice-President, Corporate & International Affairs, Susanne provides strategic direction and practical guidance to the CMPA and its members on production financing and certification, international co-production, corporate governance and mentorship.
She is responsible for developing and implementing the CMPA's international plan to enhance sales and co-production opportunities for CMPA members, and leads international trade missions to the US, South America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific. She also oversees the CMPA’s National Mentorship Program, which offers training and professional development opportunities for emerging and mid-level content producers across Canada.
As Board Secretary Designate, she provides strategic guidance and support on governance-related matters, is responsible for ensuring corporate compliance with applicable regulatory and legal requirements, and manages the CMPA’s National Board and Chair elections.
In addition, Susanne is responsible for the production of Profile, Canada’s authoritative information source on the Canadian screen-content production industry.
Before joining the CMPA in 2002, she was the Manager of Business and Legal Affairs at CAVCO within the Department of Canadian Heritage. Prior to joining CAVCO, Susanne was in private practice.
She sits on the Board of the Coalition for Cultural Diversity, and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Canadian Bar Association.
Coordinator, Communications & Media
Kyle O’Byrne comes to the CMPA from CBC Montreal where he worked in the communications department, focusing on social media, brand, marketing and public outreach. He also helped organize several public CBC events across the greater Montreal area.
Kyle also has considerable experience in the cultural sector. He has served as a board member for the One Man Band Festival in Montreal and previously worked for the Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum.
Kyle holds a Graduate Diploma in Communication Studies from Concordia University where he focused on Canadian media policy. He previously obtained a Combined Honours Bachelor of Art in Music and Psychology from Carleton University.
Director, Government & Policy Affairs
Emily Holtby manages the government relations file for the association as it relates to advocacy and policy initiatives with the federal and provincial governments.
Prior to joining CMPA, Emily spent eight years with a well-known public affairs firm as their Senior Public Affairs Specialist and Creative Director.
Emily has an extensive background in government and public relations working for a variety of not for profit trade associations in the creation and execution of their advocacy and communications plans. Emily also worked for one of Canada’s leading broadcasting corporations where she was part of a large scale national development program.
Emily’s work with numerous former clients has led to recognition from the Canadian Society of Association Executives (CSAE) and she has worked on leading advocacy campaigns for some of Canada’s largest organizations. In 2013, a campaign Emily managed was recognized in Washington, D.C. among North America’s top press release results. Emily also recently served as a judge for a prestigious business award in the financial services sector. She has completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in English and Theatre from the University of Ottawa.
Administrative Assistant, Operations
Coordinator, Information Technology
President and CEO
Reynolds Mastin works on behalf of our members to develop strategic relationships with key external stakeholders, both nationally and internationally. These include among others, the CRTC, the federal government, broadcasters, distributors and exhibitors, which serve to facilitate the promotion and stimulus of the Canadian production industry to ensure the continued success of Canada's independent production sector and a future for Canadian content.
Coordinator, National Industrial Relations & Business Affairs
Elizabeth Barr comes to us having completed a post-graduate certificate this past spring in Television Writing and Producing from Humber College. During the past year, Elizabeth had the privilege of interning with iThentic, Smiley Guy Studios, The Characters and the Canada’s Walk of Fame Show. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Theater and English from the University of Ottawa.
Elizabeth is an avid sailor, reader, television watcher, pizza eater and aspires to be a pop culture trivia master one day.
Vice-President, National Industrial Relations & Senior Counsel
Warren Ross provides strategic, legal and operational oversight of labour relations within the film, television and digital media industry. In his role, he is responsible for the direction and management of the CMPA’s national industrial relations department. He is the chief spokesperson for independent producers and the Hollywood studios in national labour negotiations with the industry’s unions and guilds, which represent writers, directors, performers and technicians. He also represents the CMPA and its members in legal disputes including grievances, arbitrations and labour board proceedings. In addition, Warren plays a leadership role in the advancement of key labour, employment and immigration-related legislative priorities on behalf of the CMPA’s members with federal and provincial governments.
Prior to joining the CMPA, Warren worked as a lawyer for one of Canada’s leading labour and employment law firms, where he focused on the representation of employers. Prior to this, Warren spent a year as a judicial law clerk at the Federal Court of Canada. Warren obtained his Juris Doctor Law Degree from the University of Windsor and holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Media, Information and Technoculture from Western University.
Executive Assistant to Reynolds Mastin
Claire Lucht comes to us from Opera Atelier, a boutique opera and ballet company in Toronto, where she had a range of responsibilities including providing administrative support for senior staff and the School of Atelier Ballet. Prior to that, Claire was an assistant at Lifetimes the Game of Reminiscence Inc., a start-up company that developed a Trivial Pursuit-type game for senior citizens, and Adams Design Limited.
Claire has an Honours BA from Queen’s University in Classical Studies and English Language & Literature, and has also dabbled in a variety of subjects from philosophy to theoretical mathematics. She is an avid gardener, especially native Ontario species, and enjoys laid-back hiking and camping.
Vice-President, Outreach & Strategic Initiatives
Marguerite Pigott is responsible for CMPA's national digital strategy, Prime Time conference and new initiatives focused on increasing business capacity for Canadian producers. Previously, she was Super Channel's Head of Creative Development. She handled the pre-licensing of original Canadian series, feature films and documentaries, and directed a team of development executives to invest Super Channel's Development Fund. Marguerite also served as Vice President of Development and Production for Odeon Films, an Alliance Atlantis Company, for whom she Executive Produced Saint Ralph, Fubar, waydowntown and many others. For the Toronto International Film Festival, Marguerite programmed the Canadian feature film selection for the 2006 and 2007 festivals. Marguerite was also Principal of Megalomedia Inc., a consulting company focused on project development and marketability. Through Megalomedia she was Executive Story Consultant for the TV series Played (Bell Media) and Bomb Girls (Shaw, Reelz) and story edited the feature films One Week, Still Mine, My Awkward Sexual Adventure and many more. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Media Development Corporation and is Chair of the Governance Committee.
Coordinator, Outreach & Member Services
Jakub Jasinski comes to the CMPA from the Canadian Film Centre (CFC) where he started in 2010 and became the Coordinator for Marketplace & Outreach Initiatives helping to deliver on all Marketplace & Outreach programs, initiatives, events and activities. Prior to this, he was a Publicity Intern at eOne, volunteered his time as a talent wrangler for benefits and awards shows, and served as an Acquisitions Coordinator at Ouat Media. He has a B.A. from York University with a double major in Communication Studies and Fine Arts Cultural Studies, with a concentration in film and television.
Director, Business Affairs & Digital Initiatives
Marcia Douglas brings extensive experience and a broad knowledge of the Canadian media landscape and the production and financing of projects across all platforms. For the past 5 years, she has lived at the crossroads of broadcast and digital media. As program manager for the Bell Fund, she oversaw the day-to-day operations of the national cross-platform fund and supported the development and production of hundreds of projects. In addition to Program Manager, Douglas was also an analyst for both the Cogeco Fund and the Independent Production Fund.
Prior to her role at the funds, Douglas produced several award-winning projects that screened at festivals worldwide including TIFF. Earlier in her career, Douglas was an assistant director and production manager.
Douglas has completed post-graduate studies in Children’s Media. She is also serves on the Digital Governance Committee for the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television and co-chairs the Digital Advisory Committee for WIFT-Toronto.
Director, National Industrial Relations and Counsel
Victoria Shen manages CMPA’s labour-related litigation; participates in collective bargaining; advances labour-related government relations; assists members with labour relation matters such as collective agreement interpretation and grievances; and manages the various labour relation committees and health and safety initiatives to which CMPA is a party.
Victoria began her legal career at a leading labour and human rights law firm. She was subsequently in-house, in the largest union local in Canada. Most recently, she was counsel and manager at a legal clinic specializing in human rights law.
Victoria was on the board of directors of the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival for six years and a producer on the Gemini-nominated program Vox at TVOntario. She served as President of the Chinese Canadian National Council, Toronto Chapter (2006-2008) and is a current board member of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers.
Victoria completed her Common Law (LLB) and Civil Law (BCL) degrees at McGill University with an exchange semester at Universiteit Maastricht in the Netherlands. She has a BA in Semiotics from the University of Toronto.
Receptionist and Administrative Assistant
Nadine Brito comes to us from Gem Hunter Worldwide, where she worked as a coordinator to Diane Robinson and Ron LeBlanc, hosts of the Travel Channel’s Gem Hunt. She provided them administrative support while they travelled around the world buying and selling gemstones. Her range of responsibilities extended from their main business to their start-up companies, which included a luxury jewellery fashion line and a private social club.
Before her brief time in the business of gemstones and jewellery, Nadine completed her postgraduate certificate in Television Writing and Producing at Humber College in 2014, where she had the privilege of interning with Prodigy Pictures. Nadine also has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Film and Cinema Studies from York University, specializing in screenwriting. She aspires to one day sell a script so her cat can stop bothering her for the good food. Nadine also enjoys web design and coding, playing the piano, and karaoke (despite having an awful voice).
Vice-President, Communications & Marketing
Chief Legal Officer
Erin provides legal advice and strategic direction for the CMPA and our members on a wide range of matters, including Terms of Trade, Canada Media Fund policies and guidelines, and the changing role of copyright in our ever-shifting media landscape. She also advocates on behalf of our members to help ensure that Canada’s independent media producers are supported and promoted so that world-class content continues to thrive in Canada and around the world.
Erin volunteers as a member of the Board of Directors and alumni chorister with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, where she can occasionally be found performing Handel’s Messiah and other great choral works with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Prior to joining the CMPA, Erin was General Counsel and Director of Legal and Government Relations at Access Copyright, where she provided legal, risk management, policy and strategic advice, directed the prosecution of complex copyright enforcement litigation, tariff-setting proceedings before The Copyright Board of Canada, related judicial review applications to the Federal Court of Appeal and appeals to the Supreme Court of Canada on behalf of the organization and its author and publisher members. Prior to her time at Access Copyright, Erin was an intellectual property and advocacy lawyer at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP. Her expertise spans a wide scope of entertainment and copyright law, not-for-profit corporate governance and cultural policy.
Erin is a graduate of Queen’s Law, holds a Masters of Law with a specialization in intellectual property law from Osgoode Hall Law School and an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Managing Vice-President, Operations & Member Services (BC Producers Branch)
Liz Shorten has been working to build capacity in the film, television and digital media sectors for the past 20 years. In her role at the CMPA-BC, Liz advocates for BC companies, creates policies and strategies to assist in industry growth, and organizes industry development initiatives. Liz has held senior positions at the Ontario Film Development Corporation, British Columbia Film, and CBC Television.
She currently sits on the National Board of Directors of Reel Canada and Women in View. In BC, Liz is a Board Member of the Vancouver International Film Festival, Trustee of the Performing Arts Lodge Vancouver, is active in the Motion Picture Production Industry Association as Co-Chair of its Education and Training Committee and member of its Executive and Government Affairs Committees, and is a member of the Advocacy Committee of Women in Film and Television Vancouver. Liz was a founding Board member of Crazy8’s Film Society. Liz is past recipient of the Women in Film and Television “Wayne Black Service Award” in honour of her "behind-the scenes" work in support of the film and television industry in BC.
Director, BC Industrial Relations & Member Services (BC Producers Branch)
Jennifer joined the CMPA in 2012, bringing a diverse international HR background to the role of Manager, Industrial Relations and Member Services in the Vancouver office. Jennifer is responsible for administration of the BC collective agreements and supports all matters relating to the collective bargaining process. Jennifer is currently on the Board of Directors of the BC Motion Picture Training Society and under the BC Creates umbrella works alongside other key industry stakeholders to improve relations between the film industry and the communities in which we work. Jennifer is also responsible for a number of member focused projects and events, and provides a range of advice to BC based production companies on matters such as agreement interpretation, workplace safety, CMPA administration fees and membership.
Jennifer holds a BSc in Business Administration and Human Resources Management from the University of London and is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources in Canada and the UK.
Office Manager (BC Producers Branch)
Ryan MacArthur's key responsibilities include maintaining the Vancouver office, accounting, local event coordination, social media and helping with any general administrative tasks.
Prior to starting his position with the CMPA, Ryan has 15+ years of experience working in an administrative capacity handling event coordination, projects assistant, records management, travel logistics and working with a diversity focus group promoting community involvement.
In his spare time Ryan is an avid movie buff, action packed sci-fi & fantasy are favored, and jumped at the chance to work with the CMPA. He also likes to take in the outdoors camping, hiking and boarding.
Senior Project Manager (BC Producers Branch)
Susan Brinton is an experienced business consultant specializing in the creative industries in BC and Canada. She has a broad range of expertise in program and project management through past positions as a senior broadcasting executive, senior creative industries policy advisor, and university lecturer for both Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia.
Susan has a successful track record in research, analysis and report creation, broadcast regulatory submissions as well as strategic planning, policy development and implementation for organizations including the CMPA, Creative BC, Music BC, the Documentary Organization of Canada, Telefilm Canada and the Canada Media Fund.
Her educational background includes a Master’s Degree in Communication; Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree; diploma in Documentary and Small Unit Production; and international certification as a PRINCE2 Project Manager.
Despite growing up on the Prairies, Susan is an embarrassing ice skater (unlike Gigi Boyd) and thanks her lucky stars that Vancouver has very few outdoor skating rinks.