Through bursaries, the Foundation provides professional development opportunities to women who are underrepresented in the industry, women with limited financial means, and women with limited access to training in Canada’s screen-based industries.

Bursaries are not possible without the financial support of corporate, foundation and individual donors. We are happy to discuss various options for developing a bursary for one of our programs. Bursary contributions start at $1,000.

In 2013, the Foundation awarded a total of 10 bursaries, providing access to WIFT-T professional development programming. These bursaries are made possible by our generous donors and corporate supporters.

“During the intensive conference I was able to take a critical look at my projects and hone in on opportunities that could possibly take my projects to the next level. Everyone was so open with sharing opportunities and was eager to help make your projects be the best it could possibly be. I walked in with a small network in this industry and walked out knowing a network of very supportive people, an opportunity I am very thankful for.”

—Monique Habib, 2013 Convergent Media Program

“Attending CMP not only opened up my eyes to new ways of thinking about how to structure my interactive transmedia properties, but also my business model as a whole. Aside from all of the great learning opportunities that came with attending CMP, my favourite part about it was having the opportunity to collaborate with other driven content creators in Toronto over the four day period. I loved every day of the CMP program and would recommend it to any emerging or mid-level Producer who is looking to move their project from development into production, and meet some amazing people along the way!”

— Jenn Paul, 2013 Convergent Media Program

Janet Crystal Yorga Memorial Bursary

Janet Crystal Yorga was a creative writer and entrepreneur with a passion for storytelling. She had completed a number of feature film scripts when she died of breast cancer on in 2010, at the age of 43. This bursary was created by Janet’s husband to honour her gift for writing and her determination in pursuing her passion under adverse circumstances.

“Receiving the Janet Crystal Yorga Memorial Bursary is truly an honour. Being selected gave us a confidence boost in both our project and in ourselves. Our week in Toronto was a fantastic experience – the lectures, networking and feedback we received on our project was top-notch and is going to be beneficial in moving the project forward. I think the biggest takeaway from the whole workshop was to expect the development process to take a long time, which reiterated the need to have many irons in the fire. The program was very inspiring but also instilled the message that we need to work very hard to pursue this dream.”

—Katie Weekly & Geoff Redknap, 2013 Janet Crystal Yorga Memorial Bursary winners, Development Incubator


To donate to the Foundation for WIFT-T, please fill out the donor form and return it via email.

Or you can donate directly online via Canada Helps.




Jackie Pardy
Director of Development
(416) 322-3430 x 228