Board of Directors
Reelworld Screen Institute
Patricia Bebia Mawa is the Executive Vice President of Silvertrust Media and Afroglobal Television. She has directed and produced over 15 television programs including The Visionaries and Standing Ovation. She is the Associate Publisher of Excellence, Envision and Destiny Magazines. Listed in the Who’s Who in Black Canada, she is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Patricia and her husband Moses have been featured on CNN International in a half hour special. In March 2016, the duo launched Afroglobal Television, a 24-hour television channel. In 2018, they co-authored the 150 Extraordinary Canadians Legacy book.
Patricia Bebia Mawa, Chair
Executive Vice President, Silvertrust Media & Afroglobal TV
Nam Kiwanuka is a multi-platform journalist and the new host of The Agenda in the Summer. She has hosted magazine shows for the NBA and CFL and was a MuchMusic VJ. She has worked with CNN and BET and was a columnist for the BBC’s Focus on Africa magazine.
Victoria Shen is a labour and human rights lawyer. She works on issues of harassment and human rights for ACTRA. Prior to joining ACTRA, she worked at the CMPA. She has litigated before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. Victoria is the Executive Producer of the award-winning Wexford Plaza.
Labour and Human Rights Lawyer, ACTRA
Anya Mckenzie is an accomplished producer/programmer with a global perspective that stems from her roots in the Caribbean and humanitarian aid. She is passionate about access in the media having served as Managing Director of Reelworld Film Festival, and later launching multicultural content for TELUS. Anya returned to producing with the short film FIVE DOLLARS (2012), and as an Alumna of the CFC Features Lab, with credits on the award winning documentaries FAIR PLAY (2014) and ABU (2017) continued to support representation in film. Anya is an Advisory Board Member for Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival (MISAFF), a landmark event she was instrumental in launching, and she currently works with the CBC Business & Rights team licensing digital originals/docs such as FAST HORSE, FARM CRIME, and THE 410 and HOW TO BUY A BABY to name a few.
Producer/Programmer/Business and Rights, CBC
Andria Case has become CTV Toronto’s go-to Arts and Entertainment reporter. She reports from the streets of Toronto and shares the weekend anchor desk with Colin D’Mello. She shows tremendous tenacity on red carpets at events, from TIFF to the Juno Awards. Andrea has interviewed top celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Brad Pitt, and Denzel Washington.
Reporter, CTV Toronto
Erica Shaw, Secretary
Media Production Manager, Shaw Communications
Erica is a producer and production manager with over 20 years of experience in the media and education industries. Her commercials, for international brands such as Coca-Cola Ltd, RBC and Microsoft, have aired nationally. As founder of EpEc – Everyday People, Everyday Creativity, Erica designs and facilitates workshops for corporate and personal clients using Creative Problem Solving (CPS) and FourSight® frameworks.
April Mullings, Treasurer
Director, Finance and Business Affairs, HLP + Partners
A graduate of the University of Toronto, April has worked in the accounting field for over 17 years. In 2003, she merged her background in financial management with her passion for film & television. For many years, she served as the Director of Finance & Business Affairs for a boutique Toronto-based production company. April also graces the stage, captivating audiences with her other passion: dance.
Through her philanthropic advisory practice, Cheryl guides business owners, professionals, foundations, and charitable and non-profit organizations in shifting strategies from short-term, less structured giving to sustained, focused, high-impact philanthropy. After a career driving profit at TD Bank, Cheryl served as Director, Corporate Engagement, at World Vision Canada. She’s also a director on the boards of the CFC and The Art of Time Ensemble.
Cheryl Hudson, Vice-Chair
Founder & CEO, Dove Philanthropy Advisors
Production Planning Executive and Comedy & Digital,
CBC Scripted Content
With over 25 years of film & television industry experience, Ty Hyland has held the positions of Producer, Production Executive, Line Producer and Production Manager on hundreds of hours of primetime TV series and feature length projects. Currently she utilizes her production knowledge working in-house at CBC as a strategist in Production Planning on scripted and digital programming. Ty has extensive experience working on behalf of Production with both broadcasters and funding agencies across Canada ensuring that policy and contractual obligations are properly executed and adhered to.
Reelworld Film Festival
Blake Tohana, Treasurer
CFO, 9 Story Media Group
Blake Tohana is a senior financial executive with more than 20 years of experience in the media and entertainment industry. Since April 2016, Blake has been the CFO of 9 Story Media Group, the world’s largest independent creator, producer, and distributor of kids and family content. Blake has served on the Board of Directors of Woodbine Entertainment Group and Ontario Creates.
Terry Markus is an independent consultant/lawyer providing business & legal affairs services to the entertainment, broadcasting, and media industries. She has co-produced and executive produced projects such as “DNA (TIFF 2003), SUCK (TIFF 2009), Chasing the Lion (2016), and Fearfully & Wonderfully MADE (2018). Terry is also part-time faculty at Humber College.
Terry E. Markus, Secretary
Entertainment Lawyer, Professor, Producer
Floyd Kane became a writer/producer after many years as a lawyer and senior executive. He has written for Continuum (Syfy), Backstage (Disney), Across the Line, Jean of the Joneses, and Brown Girl Begins. Floyd is an alumnus of the Summer Institute, NSI Totally Television Program, TIFF Talent Lab, Shaw Media Showrunner Programme, and TIFF Studio.
Creator, Writer, Producer, Search it Up Productions Inc.
Shelley Niro is a member of the Six Nations Reserve, Bay of Quinte Mohawk, Turtle Clan. Niro was the inaugural recipient of the Aboriginal Arts Award. She received the Governor General’s Award For The Arts, The Scotiabank Photography Award, and the Hnatyshyn Foundation REVEAL Award. Niro received an honorary doctorate from OCAD University in 2019.
Romen Podzyhun is Chairman & CEO of Channel Zero Inc., a company he co-founded in 2000. He is also Corporate Head of News and Drama Programming for Movieola, Silver Screen Classics, REWIND, CHCH, and Ouat Media. He applies his knowledge of film by serving on film festival juries and panels worldwide.
Chairman & CEO, Channel Zero
Peter-John has over 10 years experience in the creative industry. A former co-host of SunTV’s Street Eats and a Universal/Last Gang Records recording artist, he is the Founder and Creative Director of Shift, where he directs and produces content for brands such as RBC, YUM! Brands, Pepsi Co., and Mercedes Benz.
Creative Director, Director, Producer, Shift
Sasha Leigh Henry is a writer, director, and producer having recently wrote and directed Bitches Love Brunch, starring Prism Prize Lipsett Award-winner Karena Evans and playing internationally at Cambridge Film Festival, Oxford Film Festival, and Atlanta Comedy Film Festival.
A media artist, inventor and entrepreneur, Srinivas Krishna is the founder of AR VR studio AWE Company and CEO of the spatial experience platform Geogram. His feature films have premiered at Toronto, Sundance, and Cannes. Srinivas launched his career in 1991 with the international hit Masala, which is included among the BFI's Top Ten South Asian Diaspora Films of the 20th Century.
President, DivaniFilms Inc
After winning an unmatched 13 Much Music Video Awards, directing over 160 music videos, commercials, short films, and working with international artists like Drake & Snoop Dogg, R.T. moved into long form filmmaking. R.T. recently finished the premiere season of UTOPIA FALLS, a series he created, co-wrote, directed and executive produced for HULU.