July 27, 2021
We are pleased to announce that Genne Speers, who has been working with CFMDC since 2008, has been appointed Director of CFMDC. We are thrilled to have Genne at the helm of our organization as CFMDC finds a new home this summer, strengthens our distribution services, and continues to push for equity within the independent media arts distribution sector.
“I am grateful to the board and to the incredible staff of CFMDC for trusting in my capacity to lead the organization through an exciting time of change. Our priorities remain supporting the work of filmmakers and media artists, having solidarity with our extended communities and developing relationships with a new generation of artists. I look forward to building a more stable and equitable space for those that I work with and for artists.” – Genne Speers
We are equally happy to announce that the CFMDC staff team have all received promotions as well. Edward Fawcett Sharpe is now serving as our Senior Technical Manager. Jesse Brossoit is taking on the expanded role of Distribution and Collections Manager. Our programming coordinator Morgan Sears-Williams has been promoted to Program and Outreach Manager. Additionally Lina Wu, Sanjit Dhillon, and Shannon Gagnon – who have been working with us through Young Canada Works and Canada Summer Jobs programs – are being hired on as permanent staff. Lina will be taking on the role of Membership Coordinator, Sanjit will be taking on the role of Collection and Distribution Assistant, and Shannon will take on Collections and Digital Infrastructure Coordination.
We’re also excited that some new faces are joining us. Rolla Tahir has come on board as our Media Arts Technician while Edward is on parental leave. And Aditya Sahil Babba and Sarah Boo have been hired in support positions this summer through Young Canada Works and Canada Summer Jobs programs. Welcome!
Please join us in digitally congratulating Genne and the entire staff on their new appointments! You can learn more about our team members at cfmdc.org/about/staffboard. We look forward to gathering to celebrate in the upcoming months as vaccination programs continue to roll out and the pandemic subsides.
CFMDC Board of Directors