Breakfast at TIFF: Confronting Sexual Harassment in the Canadian Screen Industry

In the wake of a litany of reports of sexual harassment and abuse in the entertainment world, conversations are underway about how industry professionals can collectively drive cultural change. The next edition of Breakfast at TIFF explores what can be done to help create a safer working environment for people within the film sector. Featuring filmmakers and representatives from the CMPA, DGC, and ACTRA, this discussion will explore first steps in creating necessary safeguards.

Breakfast will be served at 9am and the session will begin at 9:30am concluding at 11:00am.

Nicole Stamp

Nicole Stamp is an actor and director. She has hosted and directed the Gemini Award winning show The SPACE for TVOntario, and has acted in The Handmaid's Tale, Assassin's Creed Origins, and Carmilla, a web series with over 60 million views on YouTube. In October 2017, Stamp wrote a Facebook essay called "What Decent Men Can Do in Response to #MeToo," which was shared over 70,000 times and published by CNN.

Marguerite Pigott

Vice-President, Outreach & Strategic Initiatives, CMPA
Marguerite Pigott is Vice-President, Outreach & Strategic Initiatives at the Canadian Media Producers Association. Previously, she was Super Channel's Head of Creative Development and Vice-President of Development and Production for Odeon Films, for whom she executive- produced Saint Ralph, Fubar, waydowntown, and many others. In 2006 and 2007, Pigott programmed the Canadian feature film selections for the Toronto International Film Festival. She was also Principal of Megalomedia Inc., a consulting company focused on project development and marketability, and through Megalomedia she was Executive Story Consultant for the TV series Played and Bomb Girls. She is the Vice-Chair of the Ontario Media Development Corporation and is also Chair of the Governance Committee.

Catherine Middleton

National Directors Division Western Councils & Director Rights Acquisitions, DGC
Catherine Middleton currently oversees DGC Western Councils and Director Rights Acquisitions fees at the Directors Guild of Canada, National Directors Division. As Co-Chief Negotiator of the DGC CMPA Standard Agreement, Middleton was responsible for the establishment of the DGC CMPA Diversity Committee under the agreement. On behalf of the Guild, she has worked with CUES (Canadian Unions for Equality on Screen), Women in View, and the 2x’s More initiative. Most recently she hosted Dr. Amanda Coles and a powerhouse panel of DGC female filmmakers and producers in Vancouver.

Martin Katz

President, Prospero Pictures
Martin Katz is a producer whose film credits include Hotel Rwanda, Spider, A Dangerous Method, Cosmopolis and Maps to the Stars, and television projects include Spectacle and Ice Road Truckers. He holds law degrees from UofT and Université de Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne), and he is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, a Director of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, and Chair of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television.

Theresa Tova

National Treasurer and Toronto President, ACTRA
Theresa Tova is President of ACTRA Toronto and previously held the position of Vice-President, Internal, at ACTRA Toronto for 10 years. She also serves as Treasurer of ACTRA National and is the Chair of the Entertainment Industry Coalition. One of Tova’s most important contributions to safety in the entertainment industry was the passage of Ontario’s Protecting Child Performers Act, 2015. She also sits on the board of Creative Arts Savings & Credit Union.

Patricia Rozema

Patricia Rozema was born in Kingston, Ontario. She studied philosophy and English literature at Michigan's Calvin College and worked as a broadcaster before embarking on a career as a director. Her films include I've Heard the Mermaids Singing (87), When Night is Falling (95), Mansfield Park (99), Happy Days (00), and Into the Forest (15).

Melanie Chung

Melanie Chung is a Toronto-based director. She is a graduate from Ryerson University's film program and has had her films screened around the world. Chung is represented by the Toronto production company Radke Films.

Alix Herber

Alix Herber is a partner in the Labour and Employment Law Group in Toronto. Her practice focuses on advising and representing employers in labour, employment, and human rights matters, and she has considerable experience in the retail, hospitality and healthcare industries. Working closely with her clients, she is also actively involved in auditing and drafting workplace policies, as well as providing training for employees at all levels on issues such as harassment and discrimination.