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Media Release: Announcing the 2018 Media Leadership Program Participants
The Media Leadership Program is recommended for media professionals with 10 or more years of management or entrepreneurial experience in the industry.

The 2018 Media Leadership Program participants are:
  • Adrienne Allan, Associate Director, Strategic Solutions (CBC);
  • Ann Shin, Producer/Director (Fathom Film Group);
  • Bram Abramson, Open Web Fellow (Mozilla Foundation);
  • Heidi Lasi, Producer/President (Pelee Entertainment);
  • Jalpa Patel, Assistant Controller (DHX Media);
  • Jay Bennett, SVP Creative and Innovation (Shaftesbury);
  • Kelsey Aikman, Manager, Marketing and Communications (CBC);
  • Kimberley Ball, Director, Media Relations and Sponsorship (Super Channel);
  • Louise Jones, Director of Finance (Guru Studio);
  • Randi Bulatovich, Director, Production Financing (Entertainment One Television);
  • Rayne Zukerman, Lawyer/Producer (Indian Grove Productions);
  • Renee Dupuis-Macht, Sr. Manager, Communications (CTV News, Bell Media Radio and Discovery Networks);
  • Sonia Shields, Post-Production Supervisor (Breakthrough Entertainment Inc.);
  • Stephanie Fast, Vice President, Production and Post Production (Frantic Films);
  • Tanya Green, VP, Production (9 Story Media Group); and
  • Theresa Kowall-Shipp, Producer/Writer/Director.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The Media Leadership Program (MLP) is a proven and successful intensive 96-hour professional development program designed to advance the strategic leadership skills of experienced and ambitious professionals working in the Canadian screen-based industry. The program offers a unique immersive learning experience that combines business school teaching from Schulich MBA faculty with best practices from high-level industry executives. Schulich School of Business is consistently ranked as one of the top business schools in the world.

Full session outlines available below. The course includes individual assessments and team exercises.

Past industry professionals who have contributed to the MLP curriculum have included CEOs and top executives from CBC, Bell Media, Shaw Media, Corus, Blue Ant, National Film Board and major production companies.

The MLP is a biennial program. Participants from all sectors of the screen-based industry are encouraged to apply. Successful participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Schulich School of Business. Receipt of the certificate is determined by attendance and participation.

Benefits

  • Exclusive access to industry leaders and Schulich Faculty
  • Certificate from Schulich School of Business, York University, upon completion
  • 6 Friday/Saturday sessions to minimize out of office time
  • Limited enrollment for smaller class size
  • Participants from a cross-section of the industry
  • Peer learning and networking
Session Outlines
Please note: Faculty is subject to change.

BREAKING THE ICE – WORKING TOGETHER TO BECOME LEADERS | Friday, January 19
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HOW TO PUT YOUR CAREER IN THE SPOTLIGHT | Friday, January 19
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COMMUNICATIONS | Saturday, January 20 & Friday, February 23
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ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOUR | Saturday, February 24
ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOUR
SPEAKER/INSTRUCTOR BIO

STRATEGIC LEADERSHIP & CRITICAL THINKING | Friday, March 23
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SPEAKER/INSTRUCTOR BIO

LEADERSHIP & INNOVATION | Saturday, March 24
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FINANCE & ACCOUNTING | Friday, April 20
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FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT FOR MEDIA COMPANIES | Saturday, April 21
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SPEAKER/INSTRUCTOR BIO

MARKETING CONCEPTS & PRACTICES | Friday, May 11 & Saturday, May 12
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INDUSTRY FORWARD DAY | Friday, May 25 & Saturday, May 26
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SPEAKERS

Attendance

Participants intending to complete the certificate must have no more than two absences in the entire program (Must complete 10 classes). Attendance will be taken at each class.

Ideal Candidate

The Media Leadership Program is recommended for screen-based professionals with a minimum of ten years of management or entrepreneurial experience in the media industry, with a desire to develop their leadership skills. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record of accomplishments and demonstrated work progression. 10+ years of experience in the media industry is recommended.


Eligibility

Candidates must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for consideration:

  • Canadian Citizen, Permanent Resident or Landed Immigrant
  • Screen-based professionals with a minimum of ten years management/entrepreneurial experience
  • Successful candidates must be prepared to participate in ongoing evaluations and will be requested to provide a testimonial on completion of the program

Women, men, WIFT-T members, and non-members can apply, providing they meet overall eligibility.


Program Fee

WIFT-T Members: $3,500 (+ HST)
Non-Members: $4,700 (+ HST)

*Fee includes full program and lunches.
**Partial bursaries are offered for this program via the Foundation for WIFT-T.

Questions?

For more information contact:
Laurie Januska
Head of Programming
416.322.3430 ext. 222

Christina Anderson
Program & Special Events Coordinator
416.322.3430 ext. 228

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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

'A profound experience'
“Participating in the Media Leadership Program has been one of the most profound experiences of my professional life so far. It made me rethink who I was, what I was doing, and where I was going. The instructors were phenomenal. The conversations and debates that happened throughout each class were fascinating. My classmates were inspiring. I am more confident, more satisfied, and have received real, positive feedback on my management style and leadership skills since I began. I fully credit the program with helping me through one of the most challenging times in my career as a manager, and with great success. Thank you, Media Leadership Program!” — Lori McIndoe, Director of Finance, Breakthrough Entertainment Inc. , 2016 MLP Participant