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Creative BC adds New Board Chair & Members, Sets Up for Growth in 2016

On January 27, Creative BC, the non-profit society responsible for promoting the development of creative industries in British Columbia, announced changes and new additions to its Board of Directors.

Gordon Esau (photo left), Partner at Dentons Canada LLP, will take on the role of Chair of the Board, while Robert Bromley, President of Force Four Entertainment, will hold the Vice Chair position. The Board changes followed the appointment of Prem Gill as CEO in September.

Through his work with Dentons, Esau represents several of the major Hollywood studios and U.S. television networks plus animation and visual effects studios and independent production companies in the media, communications and entertainment law area.

Bromley has been involved in the Canadian production community for the past 20 years. As President of Force Four Entertainment, he has developed ongoing relationships with national and international networks and production partners.

Esau has served on the Board for 11 years and Bromley for three years.

The changes and new additions to the Creative BC Board of Directors include:

·Gordon Esau, Partner at Dentons Canada LLP, Chair

·Robert Bromley (photo right)President of Force Four Entertainment, Vice Chair

·Anne Denman, Executive Director, Okanagan International Animation Festival 2017

·Sarah Fenton, General Manager, Watchdog Management

·Tom Gierasimczuk, Publisher and GM, Vancouver Magazine and Western Living

·Pauline Moller, Senior Vice President, Studio Operations, Zynga Inc.

Returning Board members include:

·Michael Francis, President, Seed Management (past chair)

·Colin Browne, Professor Emeritus, School of Contemporary Arts, SFU (past vice-chair)

·Scott McIntyre, Founding partner and retired Publisher and Chairman of Douglas & McIntyre and President Vancouver Institute

·Shan Tam, Producer, Maple Ridge Films Ltd.

·Jason Dowdswell, Head of Production and Visual Effects, FuseFX

“With the new additions to the Board of Directors and the strong team that has been developed over the years, Creative BC is well-positioned to grow the creative economy in B.C. to be among the best in the world,” says Prem Gill, CEO, Creative BC in the press release. “We’re fortunate to have so many sectors represented on our board to bring attention to the talent that currently exists across the province.”

Gill further points out that B.C. has a thriving infrastructure and the unions are actively recruiting and training talent.

"On-going training and the universities’ are all a big part of the talent development story," she adds. "We want to ensure future generations are getting the support they need to understand the opportunities in creative sectors, specifically in production services, VFX and animation."

She refers to recent success stories by B.C. producers of Canadian content such as Resonance Films and Lark Productions who received funding from Creative BC.

By Katja De Bock
Photos courtesy of Creative BC

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