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, including animation and VFX
Music & Sound Recording
Book & Magazine Publishing
Interactive & Digital Media

As we sustain and grow this exciting and distinctive economy, we celebrate the passionate individuals, meaningful careers and exciting new ventures within it. Have a story to share? Please do!


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 Rae Spoon, Musician, Author and Founder, Owner of Coax Records

“It’s important to lead by being open to learning things you don’t know.” – Rae Spoon Growing up, Rae Spoon was actually quite shy. Rae sang in a choir and started playing the guitar when they were 11. Music became their way of relating to other people, a social tool for personal expression. “When I […]

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 […]

Whistler Film Festival

The the 19th annual Whistler Film Festival (WFF) is taking place December 4th-8th, 2019. This festival features 90 films, inclusive of both Canadian and international productions. WFF provides the opportunity to connect filmmakers, showcase artistic works, feature innovative industry initiatives and honour talent with over $150,000 in cash prizes and commissions. Many local features and […]

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 […]