Karam Masri    Ontario Creates

Karam Masri is a Program Consultant for Film and Television at Ontario Creates, a provincial agency that supports the economic development of Ontario’s cultural sectors. Prior to joining Ontario Creates, Karam was the Business Analyst at the Bell Fund, a private fund that supports the creation and development of Canadian digital/TV multi-platform projects. Karam holds two Master’s degrees: an MFA in Film Production and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business.

Nicole Mendes – CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corp)

Nicole Mendes has spent the past decade working in Scripted Content at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. As Executive in Charge of Production for CBC Drama, she oversees projects in both production and development for dramatic one-hour series, limited series, miniseries, movies of the week, and specials. She currently oversees Canada’s number one drama, Murdoch Mysteries, the acclaimed series, Anne With an “E,” a co-venture between CBC and Netflix, as well as recently announced Canada/New Zealand co-production, The Sounds with Shaftesbury and South Pacific Pictures. Nicole has also served on multiple juries and sat on various industry panels for organizations such as TIFF, WGC, DGC, and WIFT-T. She also serves on committees for POV 3rd Street and BIPOC TV & Film, organisations that aim to increase inclusion and representation in the industry.

Makhosazana Khanyile – National Film & Video Foundation

Makhosazana Khanyile has trail blazed the path for women working in the field of media and communications for more than a decade. A distinguished and respected presence in the Media and Broadcasting world in South Africa, Ms Khanyile‘s passion and love for television started at a young age. Having begun her career as a trainee reporter in a weekly magazine, she navigated the world of print and soon moved on to Radio where she worked as an online editor before moving into the television space. Working for a Pay-Tv Broadcaster for over 14 years, Ms Khanyile occupied a number of roles that included Brand Manager for kids brands, Channel and Marketing Manager and Ultimately HOD of content. As Marketing, Ad Sales and Communications Director for Fox Networks Group, Ms Khanyile expertly lead the positioning of 8 brands on the African Continent, including National Geographic and Fox Sports. Makhosazana is currently an MBA candidate with the Henley Business School, and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management, a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Science, as well as an International Diploma in Journalism.

Kathleen Meek – Corus Entertainment

Kathleen Meek is Manager, Original Content, Drama and Factual for Corus Entertainment. In this capacity, she is responsible for a portfolio of original scripted and factual series for Global Television, History® Canada, Showcase and W. She is production executive on Global’s upcoming event drama, Departure, History’s hit show Vikings and new unscripted series Salvage Kings, Breaking Wild and Big Timber. She joined Corus in 2018 from Bell Media where she was Production Executive, Drama and Feature Film. She worked on various original series including CTV’s Motive, Saving Hope and The Detail; Space drama Killjoys; and HBO Canada’s Hip Hop Evolution and Sensitive Skin. She also managed the pre-licensing of Canadian feature film for Bell Media’s pay TV services, The Movie Network and HBO Canada. Prior to Bell Media, she worked for Astral where she was responsible for licensing of Canadian film and worked on original series like Call Me Fitz, Funny as Hell, Less Than Kind, Pillars of the Earth and Transporter as well as various feature documentaries and comedy specials. Kathleen started her career at CTV in the drama department. She also served on the board of the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and the advisory committee for Strategic Partners.