ELAN's Advisory Board consists of senior members of the arts and culture community who contribute a vast pool of knowledge.
Member and Chair of ELAN’s Advisory Board since 2008. Member of ELAN’s Founding Board (Television and Film sector): 2005 – 2008. Paulina has held senior management, communications and creative leadership roles within Canada’s technological and cultural sectors for over twenty years. Co-producer of First Person Digital [le numérique à la première personne]; Director General of a Montreal-based media art centre; Senior Publicist at Just for Laughs Festival; International Marketing Coordinator for TIMC/Scotiabank; Executive Producer at Darwin Dimensions/Hexagram UQAM; Producer of Women in Film and Television International’s Short Film Showcase; Director of Development and Marketing at Big Bang FX/Animation; Intern Director at The Shaw Festival; Producer at 3D medical animation shop CDMED; Distribution and Marketing Executive at Motion International’s Large Format Film unit; Producer at Cinéfort; Assistant Director at The Stratford Shakespeare Festival and Founding Artistic Director of Street People Theatre Company. She has extensive professional credits as producer, director, actor and writer in the realms of new media, film, television, theatre and live presentation. Longtime Board member within the non-profit sector, Paulina has served as President of Femmes du cinema de la télévision et des nouveaux médias/ WIFT-Montreal, Board member of QuébecAnimFX; Chair, Programming for Women in Film’s International Board of Directors and; as Vice-President of the Quebec Drama Federation. Trained at The National Theatre School of Canada and the University of Toronto, Paulina is a member of the Union des artistes (UDA), the Alliance of Canadian Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) and the Canadian Actors Equity Association.
Film producer, arts administrator; b. Montréal, Qué. 1927; e. Baron Byng High Sch. Montréal 1942; DIR. OF PROJECTS, SOCIéTé DE DEVELOPPEMENT DES ENTREPRISES CULTURELLES; Merchant Seaman and trade union organizer 1944-49; labour journalist, entertainment and arts critic labour publs. 1950-56; Marketing Consultant, Market Researcher, Business Extve. 1957-70; Executive & Artistic Dir., Saidye Bronfman Centre 1983-87; films incl. Penny and Ann (2nd Prize Film Festival Internat. Cong. Rehab Centres 1976; Red Ribbon Award Am. Film Festival 1977; Award AMTEC Film Festival 1977); Lies My Father Told Me (Hollywood Foreign Critics Award Golden Globe 1975; Academy Award nomination best screenplay 1975; Best Film Cdn. Film Awards 1976; Grand Prize Virgin Islands Internat. Film Festival 1975; Christopher Awards (U.S.) best writing, direction and production 1975; ACTRA Award best screenplay 1976; Cdn. Motion Picture Distributors Golden Reel Award 1976); Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang (Gold Medallion Special Jury Award Miami Internat. Film Festival 1976; Special Jury Award 8th Internat. Children's Film Festival Los Angeles 1979); Two Solitudes 1977; Challenger (For Nat. Film Bd. Can.) 1979; Bayo 1984; Lectr. (part-time) in Screenwriting, Concordia Univ.;author various articles film publs.; served with Cdn. Army Reserve 1942-44; Cdn. Merchant Marine 1944-49; Past Chrmn., Past Pres., Cdn. Film Inst.; Founding Pres. Motion Picture Inst. Can. 1977-79; Past Vice Pres. Cdn. Assn. Motion Picture Producers; Past Pres. Montreal Chapter Am. Marketing Assn.; mem. Adv. Council, QSPELL (Que. Soc. for the Promotion of English Language Literature); Vice-Pres., Cinematheque Québecoise; mem., Acad. of Cdn. Cinema and Television; Adv. Council, Concordia Univ. Film Dept.; Merchant Navy Veterans Assn.; Montréal, Qué.
During the 1960s, as CBC's Regional Radio Drama Producer for the Maritimes, John produced and directed over 700 plays. In 1971, John was appointed the first full-time National Director of the Canadian Conference of the Arts. Over 11 years he developed the Conference into the major advocacy association it now is. In 1982, the Seagram Co. Ltd named him Executive Director, Corporate Donations and Chairman, Seagram Symphonia. He also took on the role of Executive Director of the Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation. As Director of the Canada Council for the Arts (2003-06) he managed a budget of approximately $150 million and a 190-member staff, and focused on creating favourable conditions for a major increase in the Council's parliamentary appropriation. In addition to his career obligations, John Hobday is a generous volunteer. He has served on numerous boards and juries, and continues to serve actively on the Board of the Historica Foundation. John holds many awards for distinguished service.
Montreal writer Linda Leith's first novel, Birds of Passage, was serialized on "Between the Covers" on CBC Radio and reviewed in the TLS, and her second, The Tragedy Queen, was a Canadians' Choice for Quebec Reads 2003. The translation of that novel by Agnes Guitard, Un Amour de Salomé, was the winner of the Governor General's Award in 2003. Her third novel, The Desert Lake (2007), is set in north western China. Her non-fiction includes Epouser la Hongrie, which was commissioned for publication in French by Leméac in September 2004 (translation by Aline Apostolska) and subsequently appeared in Serbian (Rad, Belgrade; translation by Aleksandra Mancic) as well as the literary essay Introducing Hugh MacLennan's Two Solitudes (EWC Press, 1990). Linda Leith was nominated for both the Glassco Award (2001) and the QWF Award (2002) for Travels with an Umbrella: An Irish Journey (Signature, 2000), her translation of Louis Gauthier's Voyage en Irlande avec un parapluie. Editor of Telling Differences: New English Fiction from Quebec (Vehicule Press, 1989), she was also Publisher and Editor of Matrix magazine. Adjunct Professor of English at Concordia University, she founded Blue Metropolis Foundation in 1997 and was President and Artistic Director until 2010
In 1988, Peter McAuslan founded The McAuslan Brewing Company, where he occupies the roles of President and CEO. McAuslan Brewing received the first-ever City of Montreal prize for Arts et Affaires, for support of cultural and community initiatives. In 2004 his firm received a City of Montreal award for the preservation of architectural heritage in the renovation of the Maxwell Lumber Company offices located at the new McAuslan Brewery facility in St-Henri. Peter was named a fellow of The Dobson Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies at McGill in 2003. In 2004, he received an "Award of Distinction" from the John Molson School of Business of Concordia University. In 2005 he was named the "Scotsman of the Year" by the Quebec Thistle Council. Peter is currently involved with RESO (Relance économique du sud ouest) as a director of La société de promotion du la Canal de Lachine, and a recipient of a "prix explorateur" of le Corporation le Pole des Rapides in 2003 for Exceptional Community Involvement. As well, Peter is an active board member of The Empress Cultural centre redevelopment project.
David Price is a graduate of McGill University (BA in history and political science, 1995) and the University Toronto (LLB and MBA, 1999). He also attended Dawson College and the University of King's College in Halifax. In 2003, he was awarded the CFA designation by the Association for Investment Management Research (AIMR). He has worked as an agency trader, an equity analyst, an investment banker and a merchant banker. He is the publisher of two free-distribution papers, the Westmount Independent and the Free Press (of NDG and Hampstead), as well as the vice president of book publisher Price-Patterson Ltd., which specializes in local history.
President and CEO of Muse Entertainment Enterprises, Michael Prupas is a 28-year veteran of the Canadian and international film and television industries. He practiced entertainment law for 20 years, including 15 years as a senior partner at the law firm Heenan Blaikie. Michael was the head of the firm's entertainment law practice, which is the largest in Canada. As a lawyer, Michael was involved in the initial public offerings (IPOs) of several Canadian entertainment companies. With his extensive experience in international production financing as well as legal and business affairs, Michael launched Muse Entertainment Enterprises in June 1998, which has quickly become one of the major independent production companies in the country known for its high-quality, award-winning products for television and film. Many of Muse's projects are international co-productions. In 2000 Michael set up Muse Distribution International, which represents Muse Entertainment and other independent Canadian producers at major markets and brings Canadian programs to audiences worldwide. Michael established the first entertainment law course at McGill University, which he taught from 1997-2002. He served on the Board of Trustees of the Banff Television Festival, sits on the Board of Advisors of the Just for Laughs comedy festival and on the finance committee of the Association des producteurs de film et de télévision du Québec.
Patricia Pleszczynska is a senior executive with CBC Quebec Region.
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