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News: The AFC Welcomes New Leadership

Toronto — Oct. 5, 2020 — Annual General Meeting

The AFC, the lifeline for Canada’s entertainment industry, announces the election of five new members of the Board Directors: Amy Cameron, Kevin Hanchard, Terry Kelly, Kimberley Rampersad, and Arnie Zipursky.

Amy Cameron is an award-winning journalist, author, TV series creator, broadcast executive, and executive producer. She is the co-founder of Cameron Pictures Inc., an independent production company. She is an executive producer on Cameron Pictures’ first two productions, the critically acclaimed dramatic series Mary Kills People for Global TV and the CBC comedy Little Dog. She is currently an executive producer on Lady Dicks, in pre-production for CBC/NBCU. Cameron was the Executive in Charge of Production at CBC TV Drama for the critically acclaimed The Book of Negroes. Read full bio.

Kevin Hanchard is a veteran Canadian actor best known for his role as Superintendent Joe Donovan in Hudson and Rex and Detective Arthur “Art” Bell on the hit series Orphan Black. Born in Yallahs, Jamaica, Kevin has always been a natural performer. He often starred in his elementary and middle school plays. After attending arts high school in Mississauga, Ontario, he continued to pursue his passion for acting and graduated from the University of Windsor with an Honours BFA in Acting. Read full bio.

Terry Kelly has worked in TV and film for over 30 years and is grateful to have developed an extensive network of friends and colleagues during that time. He was a stagehand at the CBC, then a member of NABET 700. For the last ten years, he has been a member of IATSE 873. Some of the productions that he was Gaffer on include Traders, The Eleventh Hour, Take This Waltz, Away From Her, Reign and In the Dark. Terry has proudly served on the Electric Department Committee at IATSE 873; he is on the Board of Trustees at Metropolitan United Church in Toronto. Read full bio.

Kimberley Rampersad is a Canadian theatre artist, born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Treaty 1. As an actor, she has appeared in various theatres across Canada including Mirvish, RMTC, Stratford, and Shaw. As a director, Kimberley was featured in the New York Times in July 2019 for directing her full-length production of Man and Superman at the Shaw Festival. She is the recipient of the 2017 Gina Wilkinson Prize for an emerging female director (Ontario Arts Foundation). She is currently the Associate Artistic Director of the Shaw Festival. Read full bio.

A Co-Founder of CCI Entertainment and Neshama Entertainment, Arnie Zipursky is a leading entrepreneur in both the Canadian and international independent production industry. He is highly regarded for his creative vision and leadership. Notable CCI credits include the feature documentary Sled Dogs, the family action-comedy feature film Undercover Grandpa (Netflix, Corus), and the feature ensemble romantic comedy Another Kind of Wedding (HBO Canada, SONY.) Read full bio.

The Executive Committee includes Deborah Bernstein as President of the Board, Adrian MacDonald as Vice-President, Gerard Roxburgh as Past President, Brian Borts as Treasurer, and this year, Derrick C. Chua joins the Executive Committee as Secretary and Ryan Goldhar is appointed Member at Large.

The AFC would like to thank outgoing board members Barbara Gordon and Mark Manchester for their dedicated service.

“Both Barbara and Mark have been extraordinary advocates for The AFC during their service on the Board of Directors. Barbara has been a champion for the organization in Canada’s theatre community, providing thoughtful insights and fostering relationships with key industry players. Mark, a long-time key grip with IATSE 873, has worked tirelessly on spreading awareness of The AFC on film and television sets, helping educate new industry members, and organizing on-set grassroots fundraisers. We are very grateful for their work and dedication during their time on the Board,” said Board President Deborah Bernstein.

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