PDM Project Workshops

Crossing Boundaries & Building Bridges

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Filmmakers’ Forum and Workshop

Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 7 pm (ET)

We will discuss the Canadian Deaf and Hard of Hearing filmmaking landscape and explore the challenges and opportunities for Deaf and Hard of Hearing filmmakers in the industry. We will identify barriers and gaps that Deaf and Hard of Hearing filmmakers face while also looking for ways to build relationships between the hearing and Deaf and Hard of Hearing film communities.

We will also learn about networking, mentoring/training and funding opportunities in the film sector.

Workshop Leaders: Robin Cass, producer and teacher; Mike Cyr, Deaf filmmaker; Carol Whiteman, co-creator & producer, Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC); Clayton Windatt, filmmaker & programmer.

How to Participate

Very limited capacity – admission is by application. To apply, please submit the following to leaptransitioncan@gmail.com as soon as possible:

  • Your CV and a short statement (150 word max) on why you want to attend this workshop;


  • A video statement in ASL or LSQ (1 minute max) via an unlisted YouTube link or another platform (please use title “Crossing Boundaries/Building Bridges Application.”)

Applications are accepted and assessed on a first-come, first-served basis. ASL/LSQ interpreters will be provided. Please indicate which language in your application. 

$ave me! Basic Tools and Strategies for Saving and Investing Your Money

Thursday, October 28, 7 pm (ET)

There are different paths to financial well-being. This workshop will explore saving strategies and short or long-term saving goals that can help optimize your financial future.

What’s the difference between an RRSP and TFSA? What is an exchange-traded fund? What is best for me – a robo-advisor or financial planner? Can I be a DIY investor? How can I manage my income and expenses and still save for my future? Sign up to tackle these questions and more.

Workshop leader: Markus J. Tyler

Markus Tyler is a senior-level finance professional with a combination of skills and experience in financial planning, investment analysis, due diligence and business valuation. He has professional designations as a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Business Valuator.

He has worked across various industry sectors including financial services, manufacturing, technology and telecommunications as both contributor and team leader in Canada as well as Hong Kong and Germany.

He has volunteered his time on various boards for several organizations including Fashion Cares (ACT), Dance Umbrella of Ontario and Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Ontario. He is a passionate supporter and audience member of the arts.

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Keys to Contract Negotiation: De-mystifying Contracts and Understanding the Basics of Negotiation

Tuesday, November 2, 7 pm (ET)

Let’s talk about the challenges that arise during contract negotiations. This workshop is hosted by a lawyer who specializes in drafting and negotiating contracts in the arts sector. He will provide legal information that can put you in the driving seat during a contract negotiation, and he will answer the following questions and more: What are the common stumbling blocks in a negotiation? What strategies have been used to overcome these challenges and reach a successful outcome? And what are standard features and flaws in the most common contracts in our sector?

Our host, Aruna Dahanayake, is licensed by the Law Society of Ontario. He earned his law degree at the University of Toronto and worked at an elite Toronto firm for several years before starting his own firm. He had previously managed a legal clinic for artists, worked as an editor in the publishing industry, and studied publishing at Columbia University’s School of Journalism.

Note: This workshop will not be a legal clinic and will not provide legal advice. If you are seeking legal advice or want more information about our host lawyer, please visit https://arts-lifestyle-law.com/counsel-contribution.

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The workshop series is presented as part of the Professional Development & Mentorship Project (PDM Project) – a pilot program created in partnership between AFBS, The AFC, and Dancer Transition Resource Centre

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Sign up for $ave Me

Click the button below to sign up for $ave Me! Basic Tools and Strategies for Saving and Investing Your Money

on Thursday, October 28, 7-8 pm (ET) 

Sign up for Keys to Contract Negotiation

Click the button below to sign up for Keys to Contract Negotiation: De-mystifying Contracts and Understanding the Basics of Negotiation

on Tuesday, November 2, 7-8 pm (ET)