Meet British Columbia’s Creative Industries

B.C.’s content creators and creative entrepreneurs possess inspiration, tenacity, and a capability that attracts international recognition. They have made significant global impacts and importantly, they continue to experiment across the creative industries that #BCCreates champions:

Motion Picture
Music & Sound Recording
Book & Magazine Publishing
Interactive & Digital Media

Zena Harris, President, Green Spark Group 

“The leaders of every single industry organization I deal with feel strongly about sustainability.” Zena Harris first learned about corporate sustainability 20 years ago while she was working for a large corporation. “I was frustrated with how things were being done, and I knew there had to be a better way.” After studying organizational psychology, […]

The Top B.C.-Based Games to Play During Your Winter Vacation

Shaz Mohsin, a Vancouver-based game connoisseur with a penchant for discovering the best games in the business provided us his top B.C.-based games perfect to fill up your restful break this holiday season.   1. “Stela” by Skybox Labs. Stela is a cinematic, atmospheric platformer about a young woman witnessing the final days of a […]

Galiano Island Books’ Top 10 Books of 2019

Right around the corner from the exit of the Galiano ferry terminal sits the first independent bookstore of the island, Galiano Island Books. Since its opening in 1997, the storefront has remained the heart of the island’s arts and culture community. Owners and avid-readers, Lee Trentadue and Jim Schmidt share their top 10 reads of […]

Interview with Lori Lozinski, President of Violator Films

Lozinski moved to Vancouver with a project management career in the telecommunications industry, but a week after arriving, the company claimed bankruptcy. Sometimes forced change is a good thing and as she started to look for a new job in a new city, she discovered Vancouver’s booming film industry. “Growing up in Edmonton, I didn’t […]

Mark Rabin Believes We Have the Technology to Transform the World

Mark Rabin, Founder and CEO of Portable Electric As a self-admitted energy nerd, Mark Rabin got into the film industry through the back door. “It started with my passion to understand the energy system we’re in today and how it’s transforming.” His journey took him from working as a geologist in the oil industry to […]

Heidi Waechtler, Executive Director, Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia

“To me, leadership means making space for new voices.” Heidi Waechtler grew up surrounded by books. “I always assumed I would move into writing books, but as I got older, I realized I was better at communicating with writers and helping them improve their writing.” After studying literature at university, Heidi started working in communications […]

An Interview With Rachel Leiterman Director of “Man In The High Castle”

“Leadership is about supporting those who have a story to tell.”– Rachel Leiterman Rachel Leiterman was brought up in a film family. “My father was a director of photography, and early on in my childhood, he was doing groundbreaking films. We were a bohemian, artistic family and there were always actors and directors around. I […]

An Interview With Warren Dean Flandez, Musician and Founder of Studio Cloud 30

“We need leaders who are fearless.”– Warren Dean Flandez Warren Dean Flandez was born in Yellowknife, which he describes as ‘the coldest place on Earth.’ He then went on to live in Edmonton and Vancouver, he remembers the cold, and he also remembers the music. “There was always music spinning in our household, and it’s […]

BC Represented by 3 Writers Shortlisted for the ScotiaBank Giller Prize

This year, 3 highly talented writers based in British Columbia encompass half of the shortlist for the ScotiaBank Giller Prize. The full short list includes: Immigrant City by David Bezmozgis (Toronto, ON) Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club by Megan Gail Coles ( Montreal, QC) The Innocents by Michael Crummey ( St. […]

An Interview with Crystal Braunwarth, Unit Publicist and Assistant Business Representative at IATSE 891

“Never wait to be asked, and never be afraid to ask”– Crystal Braunwarth From appearing as an extra alongside her Grandfather at the age of 4, Crystal Braunwarth always knew that film and television would be the right path for her. As an Assistant Business Representative for IATSE Local 891, Crystal has explored a lot […]