Meet the creators championing British Columbia’s Creative Industries

Chelene Knight, CEO #LearnWritingEssentials & Breathing Space Creative 

“Sometimes being a leader means creating space by giving up your space.”     Chelene Knight knew fairly early on that she was a storyteller. “I was a really quiet kid, I wouldn’t talk a lot, but you could pull things…

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…

Kat Jayme, Filmmaker, Finding Big Country

You could say that Kat Jayme was destined to become a filmmaker. “I’ve had a camera pointed at me all my life. My grandfather was a director in the Philippines, and so everything was documented.”   Kat grew up in Vancouver,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…