ABOUT US




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 MISSION

Creative Women Workshops Association (CWWA) is a national non-profit organization founded in the province of Brisitsh Columbia, Canada, June 2000.  CWWA's main activity, Women In the Director's Chair (WIDC), an internationally recognized professional development and mentoring program specially designed to advance the creative, business and leadership skills and talents of mid-career women directors in Canada, is presented in partnership by CWWA, The Banff Centre, and the Alliance of Canadian Cinema Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), with major support from Telefilm Canada since 1997.

CWWA operates under the direction of a Board of Directors including a representative each from presenting partner organizations: The Banff Centre and ACTRA, along with WIDC alumnae, and WIDC co-creator, Carol Whiteman.  The CWWA Board of Directors is guided by a growing national membership primarily made up of WIDC programme alumnae.  It is also advised by a diverse representation of individuals and organizations from the Canadian film, television, digital media, and arts community.

CWWA has no formal staff, and is run by the volunteer efforts of President and CEO, Carol Whiteman and the Board of Directors.  The participation of senior industry practicioners (directors, cinematographers, editors, designers, actors, etc.) is sought each year to assist with the delivery of WIDC programs on an as needed basis.

  

CWWA strives towards gender equity by supporting, celebrating and developing the talents of women storytellers for screen including directors, actors, crafts people and technicians. Overall the society encourages excellence, creativity and collaboration in storytelling for screen.


VISION

CWWA is dedicated to increasing the number of women participating in a meaningful way in leadership and non-traditional positions in Canadian film, television, and digital media programs from less than 10% to 50% (time line yet to be determined).


WHO

CAROL WHITEMAN, President and CEO

Board of Directors (in alphabetical order)

 RITA SHELTON DEVERELL

G. CHRISTIANNE HIRT SHAW

MARY M. FRYMIRE

LORI LOZINSKI

JINDER OUJLA-CHALMERS

ANA VALINE

Presenting Partner Representatives: 

HEATHER ALLIN

KERRY STAUFFER 

BRIAN GROMOFF (Emeritus)










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