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PRESS RELEASE: New Board Members Announced

(ESIO, Edmonton, AB) The Board of Directors of the Edmonton Screen Industries Office (ESIO) is delighted to announce the appointment of five new Board members, who officially joined the organization on October 20, 2018.

The search, conducted by the Vogel Group, connected the ESIO to dozens of top Edmonton business leaders. With a selection of so many excellent candidates, the ESIO Board was challenged to narrow the field to the following appointees: Pamela Freeman, Peggy Garritty, Kristina Milke, Tina Thomas and Lynette Tremblay.

The new Board members bring a wealth of experience in the following areas: communications and marketing, strategy and innovation, market analysis, business development, tech start-ups/scale-ups, government relations, policy development, angel investing and venture capital (see attached list of ESIO
Board of Directors).

The ESIO is committed to Edmonton becoming a national and international centre for screen media production excellence, which means more than being a destination to shoot movies. The scope of ambition for the ESIO includes working with the screen industries sector to: explore innovations and the
future of the industries on multiple platforms; facilitate local content production; protect ownership of intellectual property; seek out markets and distribution avenues for that content and attract a range of projects that Edmonton’s talent pool can support.

“It was important to find individuals who filled in gaps in our knowledge and experience,” explains ESIO Chair Carman McNary. “We have added very well qualified individuals in their specific areas of expertise to create a diverse Board that has the skills and experience needed to help lead Edmonton in becoming a national and international centre for screen media production excellence .”

CEO Josh Miller concurs, “Our volunteer Board has been a tremendous resource for me and for the organization. I look forward to welcoming and working with our new Board members as we move to fully operationalize our programs and begin considering client proposals by April, 2019.”

For further information, please contact:
Josh Miller
(780) 420-2990

Carman R. McNary, Q.C.,
Board Chair
(780) 423-7236

PDF file: ESIO CEO final new Board members Announcement News Release – December 5, 201


City of Edmonton Screen Industries Consultation Sessions

For the past year, the Office of the Edmonton Film Commissioner has been vacant. Understanding the importance of a strong film, television and digital screen industry, the Edmonton City Council Executive Council directed the City Administration to do the following:

Work with the Edmonton Arts Council, Edmonton Economic Development Corporation and Industry Stakeholders and return to Executive Committee with a recommended Terms of Reference, scope and clearly defined partners, membership and funding strategy for a preferred model to replace the film commission.

Input from industry stakeholders is the critical part of this process. Four (4) consultation sessions have been set up to:

  • Inform stakeholders of the process to date
  • Discuss significant changes in the industry
  • Seek input on how to best increase screen production in the Edmonton area
  • Determine what new role the Film Commission should have
  • Provide additional feedback

All the sessions listed below will follow the same format and subjects, so individuals need only sign up for one session.

Date Time Venue Address
Tuesday March 8 11:30 am – 1:30 pm Edmonton Arts Council 10440 108 Ave NW
Thursday March 10 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm NAIT – Rm X107 11762 106 Street
Saturday March 12 10:00 am – 12:00 pm FAVA 9722 102 St NW
Wednesday March 16 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Edmonton Arts Council 10440 108 Ave NW

To RSVP for a session please email:

For more information or questions please visit or contact:
George Matteotti | Senior Policy Advisor
Department Business Operations & Strategies | Economic and
Environmental Sustainability | Sustainable Development
8th Floor – 10250 101 Street NW | Edmonton AB | T5J 3P4
t 780-442-0812| e