2019 spf speakers
THEME: TRANSFORM CULTURE
DELEGATES FROM AROUND THE WORLD
The 2019 Sustainable Production Forum brought together members from all corners of the motion picture and entertainment industry to discuss how to transform culture and shift current practices towards a greener future.
Green Spark Group
Jennifer provides on-set production support which includes working with each department to implement and learn about sustainable best practices. Jennifer has a law degree from the University of Nevada – Las Vegas, served as a board member for the Seattle-based Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability and also completed an Advanced Certificate in Sustainable Business leadership at BC Institute of Technology (BCIT).
Smiely is an emerging producer in the motion picture industry who is passionate about sustainable production and storytelling. She currently holds a diploma in Motion Picture Arts from Capilano University and is furthering her studies in Business Administration and her Bachelor of Motion Picture Arts. Her journey with sustainability began when introducing new practices into her school films, which sparked a conversation and change in the film program. As a Reel Green Ambassador and interning with Green Spark Group, Smiely is working to bring awareness to sustainable production into higher ed film programs and the film industry, through workshops, initiatives and filmmaking.
The energy sector is changing – immediately, indefinitely – and Mark Rabin is leading the revolution. After 13 years in the traditional energy sector, Mark founded Portable Electric® in 2015. The company has since grown into Canada’s premier portable power technology manufacturer and energy as a service provider, with their silent and emissions-free VOLTstack® product line. Mark is an energy specialist, collaborator and big-thinker, working in the new energy paradigm of distributed energy systems, micro grids and sustainability.
My involvement with Reel Green started in May 2018 on a remote beach in Hawaii. I literally walked upon an ugly, beat up, white plastic toothbrush that had washed ashore on a pristine black sand beach. This was my wake-up call to take action to help the world break free from plastic.
After attending the Carbon Literacy course in July 2018, I came up with the idea for Re-use Ware – cutlery kits and beverage slings made from textile scraps and up-cycled clothing. I also switched to a bamboo toothbrush.
Productions providing an endless supply of single use, disposable cutlery, coffee cups, water bottles and food containers, and using plastics (in all sorts of shapes, sizes and forms) needs to change. I will do my best to help the Costume Departments and the BC film industry become more sustainable.
Emmy-nominated director Zach Lipovsky started his career on Spielberg's filmmaking competing "On the lot" where he placed 5th out of 12,000 directors worldwide.
Zach has gone on to direct and produce projects for TV and film for Syfy, Lionsgate, Legendary and Disney. With Disney he was the producing-director for the award winning series Mech-x4.
His first theatrical feature FREAKS was the biggest Canadian sales at last years’ TIFF18’ and just came out in100 theatres this summer. He most recently completed the live action film adaptation of hit TV show KIM POSSIBLE for Disney.
Zach is currently writting and directing upcoming films for Disney+ and Universal Pictures and is the designer of Shot Lister, the industry leading shot list app.
Alyssa is a Vancouver based creator that has worked on a handful of award winning short films. Before working in film she ran NOW! Theatre which focused on creating sustainable theatre productions. A former member of the Playwrights Guild of Canada, she has studied playwriting and screenwriting with David Geary, Lucia Frangione, Amiel Gladstone and Peggy Thompson. Her film ZERO is currently being submitted to film festivals. She is proud to say ZERO is net carbon neutral and was made almost completely zero waste
BCIT’s School of Transportation
Over the past 14 years Mubasher has been working with BCIT’s School of Transportation in a variety of roles. After spending 15 years at a local General Motors Dealer, he started his career in Academia as a BCIT Automotive Instructor, quickly moving onto assume the role of Chief Instructor, and now currently serves as the Schools Automotive - Associate Dean. He’s well versed in management, educational and service & repair operations at both the College and Dealership level. He’s holds a Red Seal qualification in Automotive Mechanical Repair, an FAA Commercial Pilot Endorsement and is a graduate of the Chair Academy’s Leadership Development Program.
Program Manager of Thriving Vancouver at the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC)
Meg O’Shea is the Manager of Small to Medium Enterprises and Program Manager of Thriving Vancouver at the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC). VEC‘s mission is to build a prosperous and resilient city for all Vancouverites. Meg drives Thriving Vancouver, VEC’s platform for business engagement and connection to greening opportunities, addressing social challenges, and recognition of business leadership in the green and impact economies. Meg holds a PhD in Environmental Studies with a focus on community-scale collaboration for sustainability solutions. She has supported transformation in many arenas including the commercial sector, the circular economy, higher education, performing arts, and community initiatives.
Dr. Love Ese Chile
Researcher and consultant at Grey to Green Sustainable
Dr. Love Ese Chile is a researcher and consultant at her company Grey to Green Sustainable Solutions. Love-Ese has more than seven years of experience researching both the creation and degradation of bio-derived and biodegradable plastics. Through her company, Grey to Green Sustainable Solutions, Love-Ese works with industry, government and community leaders to better understand the role of "bioplastics" within the circular bioeconomy and helps to guide the development of new technologies to support the implementation of these sustainable alternatives. Love-Ese enjoys engaging with her community and fosters a relationship between science and the public by presenting lectures and workshops on a variety of topics, from plastic to green technology.
Kent Donguines is a Filipino-Canadian Producer based in Vancouver, BC. He has produced numerous short films that have been recognized in local and international film festivals such as the Whistler Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival. Kent has also worked as a Production Manager for Cedar Island Films Inc. and has worked with companies like Telus Storyhive, CBC, Black Cap Pictures (Ten17p), Viva Entertainment and Star Cinema. He’s currently working on bringing more international co-productions to Canada from the Philippines and currently pre-production for his next short documentary that received the Telus Storyhive Documentary Edition grant.
Co-Founder and CEO of Circus
Daniel Domachowski is the Co-Founder and CEO of Circus, a Vancouver-based HR platform for the entertainment industry-backed by Telefilm's Canada Media Fund and CreativeBC. Before Circus, Daniel ran a digital agency and produced content that has screened in over 100 festivals including TIFF, Clermont-Ferrand, Austin, Encounters, Sitges, Fantasia, Toronto After Dark, Pifan and has participated in Telefilm's prestigious 'Not Short on Talent' program with Kevan Funk's DESTROYER at Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival, Mark Ratzlaff’s BEAUTY MARK (MPPIA Award Winner) and Scooter Corkle's POUR RETOURNER at Cannes Film Festival which also had its world premiere at Tribeca and was picked up by the CBC for broadcast. Daniel's most recent feature film, HELLO DESTROYER, (based on the short developed at TIFF Talent Labs) went on to win the honourable mention in the RBC Emerging Filmmaking Award at the Toronto Film Festival, where it also had its world premiere. Hello Destroyer was included in TIFF's prestigious Canada's Top 10 Best Canadian Films List and was nominated for 4 awards, including Best Picture, at the Canadian Screen Awards.
Manager, Film & Special Events,
City of Vancouver
Geoff Teoli is the Branch Manager, Film and Special Events at the City of Vancouver.
He took on the role in late 2018 with a mandate to develop long term policy and
strategic plans for both the Special Events and Motion Picture Industry. He leads a
team of 13 staff who are responsible for reviewing and approving most public realm
special events on City of Vancouver streets and public plazas such as parades,
marathons, community festivals, and destination events.
Geoff also brings a deep understanding of the opportunities and challenges related to film production through his work as a Location Manager from 1995 to 2013, and as the Executive Director of Actsafe Safety Association, the industry’s health and safety advisory and training association, from 2013 to 2018.
Developing and executing on sustainability strategies for special events and filming, including the City of Vancouver’s specific initiative to reduce the film industries use of diesel generators, are his highest priorities.
Sustainability Industry Manager,
Roser Canela-Mas started her media career 13 years ago. She has worked in production and direction within the most known Spanish and English programmes, across different genres such as drama, comedy and factual-entertainment. Having also completed a BSc in Sustainability and Environmental Management (2013-2016) has given Roser the knowledge and expertise to advice media productions on how to calculate and reduce its environmental impact.
Roser Canela-Mas joined albert three years ago as a Sustainability Industry Manager. She manages both the carbon footprint calculator and the albert sustainable production certification, both in the UK and internationally, and is the main adviser to productions willing to lessen its carbon footprint and environmental impact overall. Her role also consists of delivering training courses to media professionals in order to give the industry the relevant knowledge on climate change and present the main impacts and also opportunities for TV and filmmakers. Her training and advice also focus on the editorial side of productions, to enable the industry to tell accessible, realistic, urgent, solutions-based and optimistic climate stories.
Anna Jane Joyner
Climate Communications Strategist and Co-Host of "No Place Like Home" podcast
Anna Jane Joyner is passionate about crafting stories and strategies that inspire new and non-
traditional audiences to take action on climate change. Her work has been featured by Rolling
Stone, Glamour, MTV, The Associated Press, and more. Anna Jane's efforts to engage
evangelicals - including her own father (a prominent pastor), was featured in Years of Living
Dangerously, an Emmy-award winning Showtime series on the climate crisis.
Currently, she’s the co-host of "No Place Like Home" - a podcast that gets to the heart of climate change. She’s also the director of the Good Energy Climate Storytelling Project, a new initiative that collaborates with TV and film writers to tell compelling climate stories.
Erica Priggen Wright
Executive Creative Producer
As a consultant and executive creative producer, Erica Priggen Wright brings over a decade of experience in helping for-profits, non-profits, and government organizations create powerful communication. Her area of expertise is in cause-based messaging, with a special focus on brand narrative development, and the role and implementation of video content. She is the producer of award-winning projects such as The Story of Stuff video series, the Alliance for Climate Education national assembly program and the Autodesk Sustainability Workshop “Mr. Imagination” series. Her experience spans the range of everything from smaller budget micro-documentary work, to animation, to longer form episodic content mixing both live-action and animation.
Dr. Joanna Ashworth
Director of Professional Programs and Partnerships,
Simon Fraser University
Dr. Joanna Ashworth has long working relationship with Simon Fraser University where she has
developed, directed and taught programs in sustainability, civic engagement and dialogue for
learners from all walks of life and professions for 18 years. Prior to joining SFU, Joanna spent
six years in Latin America working with the United Nations and other development
organizations. She has directed and produced numerous documentaries and dramas for
television, community engagement and teaching, most recently a 48-minute documentary
called Women Bending the Curve on Climate Change (2019), featuring several of BC’s most
well-known climate change leaders.
Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni
Head of Strategic Outreach,
Pearl Street Films
Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni is Head of Strategic Outreach at Pearl Street Films. In this role she advises
Pearl Street’s owners, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, on taking specific steps towards inclusive
representation in the entertainment industry. One of her first initiatives on the job was to co-author the
Inclusion Rider (referred to by Frances McDormand in her 2018 Oscar acceptance speech). She is on the
Board of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative and continues to work closely with her Inclusion Rider co-
authors Dr. Stacy Smith and Kalpana Kotagal. On the Board she also serves on the Below-the-Line
committee with Kelly Edwards, Talent Development HBO, Alana Mayo, Head of Development, Outlier
Society Productions, Karen Horne, Senior VP Talent Development & Inclusion at NBC Universal, and
Mauricio Mota, Co-owner of Wise Entertainment. Fanshen also develops film, TV and web projects for
Pearl Street. The web series GROWN, which she executive produced, has been nominated for a MIP
Diversity Award and a Streamy. The show is a first-of-its-kind starring two Haitian American millenials and
showcasing the vibrant diversity of the city of Miami. Other shows in development include a sci-fi series
starring a young Black woman, and a show centering educators and the community they
serve. Fanshen was recently named one of 12 ‘Hollywood Disruptors’ by The Wrap.
Fanshen is an award-winning playwright, actor, producer and educator, and she frequently performs her one-woman show: One Drop of Love across the country. One Drop travels near and far, in the past and present to explore the intersections of race, class and gender in pursuit of truth, justice and love. The show is produced by Cox DiGiovanni, Ben Affleck, and Matt Damon.
Fanshen has been featured in the New York Times and on NPR and has published OpEds on Shondaland, Blavity and the Washington Post’s The Lily. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Cape Verde, West Africa, and has designed curricula for and taught English as a Second Language to students from all over the world. She has been honored with the Peace Corps’ Franklin H. Williams Award and with Peace Corps Fellows and Hollywood Foreign Press Association scholarships and an ‘Exemplar of Humanity Centered Media’ award by Media Done Responsibly. She holds a BA in Spanish and Education, an MA in TESOL, and an MFA in Acting and Performance in Film, TV and Theater. She serves on the boards of the non-profit MixedRootsStories.org and The Annenberg Inclusion Initiative. Her play, One Drop of Love, was awarded Best Non-Fiction Script by the United Solo Theatre Festival, and the film version won Best Documentary Film at the Roxbury International Film Festival and is an official selection of the San Francisco Black Film Festival and the Black International Film Festival.
Bosa Centre for Film & Animation
Doreen Manuel (Secwepemc/Ktunaxa) (MFA, Film Production, University of British Columbia)
Has 15 years-experience in the film industry, 33 years-experience teaching and a lifetime
dedicated to environmental stewardship. Doreen comes from a long line of oral historians and
factual storytellers from her First Nations traditional background. She is a founder of the WIFTV
Tricksters and Writers program and has won many film industry and education leadership
awards in the community. Doreen is on the Board of Directors for Knowledge Network and
Moving Images Distribution.
Clara George is a Vancouver based television producer, sustainable production
advocate and change-maker. Over her 25-year career, Clara has won an Emmy Award
and PGA Award for “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee”; an NCAAP Award for
“Sounder”; and a Women Image Awards for “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce”. Clara has
been an advocate of changing the way we produce film and television, promoting and
practicing Sustainable Production. In 2018, Clara was chosen as one of the first Reel
Green Ambassadors by Creative BC and was honoured as a Sustainable Champion at
the Vancouver International Film Festival, Sustainable Production Forum.
Clara is also part of the Women For Climate Vancouver mentorship program and has been working with Councillor Adriane Carr to coordinate and promote sustainability efforts with the industry and the city.
Escape at Dannemora & of LucasFilm’s Mandalorian
Gavin Behrman is a 25-year veteran of the movie industry. He has worked all over the world on the production of over 35 feature films – both Hollywood blockbusters and independently made film festival favorites such as Blade Runner: 2049, Terminator: Genisys, Robocop (2014), The Adjustment Bureau, Valkyrie, Rosewater, Spider-Man, Erin Brockovich, and The Horse Whisperer. Gavin has recently moved into television production as a Co-Producer on Showtime’s critically acclaimed Escape at Dannemora, and is currently a Co-Producer on the second season of LucasFilm’s Mandalorian streaming series for the new Disney+ platform. Gavin’s other projects include the award-winning short film Admissions, starring James Cromwell, and the upcoming The Principal, a dramatic parable about cyber-bullying. Gavin believes that important films can send a powerful message to the world, influencing society’s views and ultimately the destiny of humankind.
Councillor Adriane Carr
City of Vancouver
Councillor Adriane Carr was re-elected in 2018 for her third term on Vancouver City Council.
Born in Vancouver, Councillor Carr earned a master's degree in urban geography under David Ley and Walter Hardwick from UBC in 1980, writing her thesis on the role of citizen groups in building community spirit and shaping development in the neighbourhood of Kitsilano.
Councillor Carr taught for 12 years at Vancouver's Langara College, serving on the Langara Faculty Association Board and, for several years, as chair of the department of interdisciplinary studies. In 1989, she left teaching to join the executive team at Western Canada Wilderness Committee, a group founded by her husband, helping it grow into one of Canada's largest membership-based conservation groups.
Councillor Carr is Vancouver’s first Green Party City Councillor. From 2000 to 2006 she served as BC Green Party Leader, a party she co-founded in 1983, and from 2006 to 2014 as Deputy Leader to federal Green Party leader Elizabeth May.
Councillor Carr has two adult children and lives in Vancouver's West End with her husband Paul George. She has co-chaired the Canadian Women Voters' Congress non-partisan Women's Campaign School since 2009.
Dean of the Division of Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology and African
University of California, Los Angeles
Darnell Hunt is Dean of the Division of Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology and African
American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Hunt has written
extensively on race and media, including four books and numerous scholarly journal articles
and popular magazine articles. Prior to his positions at UCLA, he chaired the Department of
Sociology at the University of Southern California (USC).
Over the past two decades, Dr. Hunt has worked on numerous projects exploring the issues of access and diversity in the Hollywood industry. He was lead author of UCLA’s 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Hollywood Diversity Reports, which provide comprehensive analyses of the employment of women and minorities in front of and behind the camera in film and television. He authored the last six installments of the Hollywood Writers Report, released by the Writers Guild of America (WGA) in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2014 and 2016. He was principal investigator of The African American Television Report, released by the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) in June of 2000. He has also worked in the media and as a media researcher for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights’ 1993 hearings on diversity in Hollywood. Recently, he has worked as a consultant on film and television projects focusing on sensitive portrayals of race, ethnicity and other social issues.
Dr. Hunt has also been a frequent public commentator on questions of media and race. He has been interviewed for dozens of television and radio programs on the topic, and the findings of his research studies have been reported in thousands of print, radio, broadcast, and on-line media outlets throughout the United States and abroad. He has also participated in and moderated several panel discussions about media diversity sponsored by entities such as the Federal Communications Commission, the United Nations, the Congressional Black Caucus, and numerous colleges and universities. He was listed among Ebony magazine’s “Power 150 Academia” for 2009-2010.
Read the UCLA:
Hollywood Diversity Report 2019
Hollywood Diversity Report 2018
Hollywood Diversity Report 2017
DIANA POKORNY most recently served as an executive producer on the upcoming Ron Howard movie, “Hillbilly Elegy” starring Glen Close and Amy Adams. Prior to that she executive produced the live-action film adaptation of Jack London’s classic 1903 novel, “Call of the Wild” starring Harrison Ford. Diana has been working as an Executive Producer on a number of theatrically released feature films: from Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing” to Garry Marshall’s ensemble romantic comedies, “New Years Eve” and “Valentine’s Day”. Diana’s credits range from comedy favorites, “Daddy’s Home” and “ Horrible Bosses 1 & 2” to the tear-jerking drama “My Sister’s Keeper,” based on the best-selling novel by Jodi Picoult, directed by Nick Cassavetes, and starring Cameron Diaz. Diana also produced Iain Softley’s fantasy adventure “Inkheart,” starring Brendan Fraser, and was an executive producer on the comedy “Mr. Woodcock,” starring Billy Bob Thornton and Susan Sarandon.
In 2009 on “ Valentine’s Day” Diana started pursuing sustainability practices on the film. Working with Warner Brothers, the other filmmakers and many department heads Diana helped push through sustainability practices on both a corporate level and on the film set. Since then Diana has worked on every film to build on the previous films environmental accomplishments as best as possible.
Pokorny’s earlier credits as a co-producer include the thriller “Dark Water,” starring Jennifer Connolly; Lasse Hallström’s “The Shipping News,” starring Kevin Spacey and Julianne Moore, Judi Dench, ; “Hanging Up,” directed by Diane Keaton, who also starred with Meg Ryan and Lisa Kudrow; “The Astronaut’s Wife,” pairing Johnny Depp and Charlize Theron; “A Thousand Acres”; and the Nicholas Hytner films “The Object of My Affection,” starring Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd, and “The Crucible,” based on Arthur Miller’s play. Pokorny also served as the line producer on “Safe Passage.”
For HBO, Pokorny produced the controversial 1995 docudrama “Indictment: The McMartin Trial”. The telefilm won both Emmy and Golden Globe Awards for Outstanding Made for Television Movie.
Art Director and Production Designer
Karen Steward currently resides in Los Angeles and works in Film and Television as an
Art Director and Production Designer, and is a passionate advocate for sustainability
and waste reduction in the film industry. Some of her shows include “Newsroom” and
“Westworld” for HBO, and feature films include “McFarland” for Disney and “Olympus
Has Fallen” for Millenium.
Primarily concerned with art department and construction waste, Karen is constantly working to educate herself and the surrounding crew and producers on alternative methods of dealing with surplus set pieces and materials like flooring and building materials when wrapping a show.
Having worked in the industry for over 20 years, she has seen the best and the worst of levels of environmental responsibility, and believes that there is much work ahead to get the industry to take responsibility for its substandard record of utilizing the landfill for ease of buttoning up a show.
Karen has authored several articles on sustainability in the film industry and is constantly searching for and spreading the word in support of related systems and resources - i.e. nonprofits and businesses who deal with waste in the film industry by donation or as second-use referrals for materials; while also participating in, and supporting the midwest based urban planning non-profit started by her father in 1994 called “Joslyn Institute for Sustainable Communities”.
San Francisco Department of the Environment
Debbie Raphael is the Director of the San Francisco Department of the Environment and believes that cities can take bold action to address environmental harm. A scientist by training and public servant by profession, Debbie has spent most of her career working in government to ensure that everyone has an equal right to a safe and healthy environment.
At the City of Santa Monica and City of San Francisco, Debbie crafted first-in-the-nation policies on toxics reduction, green building, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), healthy nail salons, and championed the precautionary principle -- a decision-making framework that protects the public from exposure to harm even in the face of scientific uncertainty. In 2011, Governor Edmund G. Brown appointed Debbie as the Director of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). In her tenure with DTSC, Debbie implemented the state’s groundbreaking Safer Consumer Products Law to better regulate which chemicals can be used in products sold or manufactured in California.
As Director of the San Francisco Department of the Environment, Debbie is focusing on leading the City’s efforts on tackling climate change and ensuring a healthy environment for all. She has led the most significant update to the City’s recycling and composting program in over 15 years, the launch of an industry funded safe disposal program for unused medicines, and pioneering policies for rooftop solar panels and electric vehicle charging capacity in all new construction. In partnership with the Mayor, Board of Supervisors, and fellow City departments, Debbie has helped steer the city towards greater greenhouse gas emission reductions, including setting a new audacious goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.
Named one of the world’s 100 most influential people in climate policy by Apolitical, Debbie is a frequent keynote speaker at international climate conferences and a national spokeswoman on environmental issues. She currently serves as the President of the Urban Sustainability Directors’ Network, an External Advisor to the Global Climate Leadership Council of the University of California Office of the President, and a Board Member of Strategic Energy Innovations. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master’s Degree in Physiological Plant Ecology from UCLA.
RIGGING GAFFER AND LIGHTING DESIGNER,
PRESIDENT, IATSE 891
Keith Woods is a Vancouver based Rigging Gaffer and Lighting Designer. After starting in theatre in high school, Keith worked with concert touring groups before joining the CBC’s lighting department. Upon leaving the CBC, he embarked on his career in feature film and television. Keith’s credits include: A Series of Unfortunate Events; both Deadpool films; Warcraft; Big Eyes; Tron: Legacy; and Elf. In 2010, Keith managed site lighting for the 2010 Olympics Games nightly event space at Robson Square. He has been a keynote speaker for ARRI Lighting at the 2017 International Broadcast Conference in Amsterdam, and has spoken at the VIFF Sustainability Forum for the past two festivals. At present, Keith is the President of IATSE local 891, a Union that represents over 8,800 professional artists and technicians in BC’s motion picture industry.
Shannon Bart is the Sustainability Director at NBCUniversal where she is responsible for overseeing the Sustainable Production Program implemented across the company’s feature film and television productions worldwide. Additionally, she supports the Universal Studios Lot, working with business units to integrate measures that reduce environmental impact. Shannon began working at NBCUniversal in 2009 as Sustainable Production Manager. Previously, she founded EcoSet, an environmental production resource, and freelanced in film and commercial production.
Founder and Student Director of the UBC Climate Hub,
PhD Candidate in Law
Grace Nosek, Founder and Student Director of the UBC Climate Hub, is a Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation scholar and a Killam doctoral scholar getting her PhD in law at UBC. She studies how to use law to protect climate change science from manufactured doubt. She holds a B.A. from Rice University, a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School, and an LL.M from UBC. Drawing from her research, Grace creates hopeful climate narratives, including the Ava of the Gaia trilogy and Planet Potluck.
UBC Climate Hub
Denise is chief executive officer (CEO) and cofounder of Fairware where she is responsible for business development, product sourcing as well as Fairware’s ethical sourcing and sustainability programs.
Prior to starting Fairware, Denise spent seven years as the Director of Sustainability and Community for Mountain Equipment Co-op, Canada’s largest outdoor retailer. At MEC, she oversaw the Co-op’s national environmental programs, community grant-making and ethical sourcing programs, and wrote their award-winning first Sustainability Report.
She is currently a mentor for Spring.is, an accelerator and incubator that is using business as a force for good to empower social impact leaders with the know-how, network and support needed to build a better business. Denise was a member of ETSY’s Manufacturing Advisory Board, a Board Member with the Green Meeting Industry Council and the past co-chair of Vision Vancouver. She has a Masters of Resource and Environmental Management from Simon Fraser University.
Women in Film and TV Vancouver Media Showcase & Outreach Chair
Communications Manager at Bardel Entertainment Inc.
Ashley Evans is an Actress, Filmmaker and Outreach Chair for Women in Film and TV, originally from the Yukon. Recent credits include the TV series The Flash (2019) and the short film Rise n’ Shine (2019) that she co-wrote/produced and starred in, winning her the Best Actress Award at the Florence Film Awards (2019). She works at Bardel (Rick & Morty, Teen Titans Go!, 2019) as Communications Manager. She has a Communication Degree from SFU and a dog named Thor.
Dr. Chris Carlsten
Division Head of Respiratory Medicine,
Department of Medicine, UBC
Dr. Chris Carlsten, MD MPH is a Professor of Medicine, Canada Research Chair in Occupational and Environmental Lung Disease and holds the Astra-Zeneca Chair in Occupational and Environmental Lung Disease at the University of British Columbia. He is the Director of the Air Pollution Exposure Laboratory and also holds adjunct positions at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies, the UBC School of Population and Public Health and the Centre for Heart Lung Innovation (formerly James Hogg Research Centre).
He attended undergraduate and medical school at Stanford University before training in internal, occupational, pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of Washington. The Carlsten laboratory focuses on the respiratory and immunological health effects of inhaled environmental and occupational exposures, using diesel exhaust, western red cedar, and phthalates as model inhalants.
As Director of the Occupational Lung Disease Clinic at The Lung Centre (Vancouver General Hospital), Dr. Carlsten welcomes patients with concerns regarding occupational or environmental exposures contributing to respiratory disease including asthma, COPD, interstitial lung disease, cancer, and pleural disease.
Manager, Supplier Sustainability
Audrey Vinant-Tang graduated from UCLA with a major in Environmental Science and Engineering and a minor in Film & Television. She built the CBS Eye on the Environment program from scratch to reduce the carbon footprint of CBS television productions and company operations. Audrey was recognized on the 2018 GreenBiz 30 Under 30 list. Audrey is working with the following active Vancouver shows: The Twilight Zone, Charmed, Nancy Drew, and The Stand.
Executive Director of Buy Social Canada
Elizabeth Chick is the Executive Director of Buy Social Canada. Buy Social Canada
advances and promotes social procurement by bringing socially driven purchasers and
social enterprise suppliers together, building business relationships that generate social
benefits to communities across the country.
“Every purchase has an economic, environmental and social impact, whether intended or not. Social procurement is about capturing those impacts and seeking to make intentional positive contributions to both the local economy and the overall vibrancy of the community.” Through making intentional social procurement decisions the motion picture industry can contribute to the ripple effects that occur in our communities when we Buy Social.