About Black Screen Office

Dismantling anti-Black racism in Canada’s screen industries

Vision

Black Canadians are thriving throughout the screen industries, and their stories engage and inspire audiences globally.

Mission

The Black Screen Office’s goals are to make Canada’s screen industries practices and policies equitable and free of anti-Black racism; to work collaboratively with decision-makers to develop tools and strategies that enable system-level engagement and accountability; and to empower Black Canadians working within the screen industries to thrive and share their stories.

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Visionary

We have a healthy disregard for the impossible, refuse to accept the status quo, and believe there are no limits to what Black Canadians can accomplish in the screen industries.

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Unapologetically Black

We are an organization that believes in the power of Black leadership and talent. We recognize that there are multiple Black communities and identities in Canada and we are a home for all.

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Empowering

We recognize and nurture the power that is already present in Black Canadians, creating opportunities for us to shape our own destiny within the screen industries.

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Transparent

We share all aspects of our work: what we do, how we do it, and our learnings along the way.

Our Team

Meet our multi-faceted, multi-talented team at the Black Screen Office.

Joan Jenkinson

Joan
Jenkinson

Executive Director,
Co-Founder
Andy Marshall Black Screen Office BSO

Andy
Marshall

Programming
Manager

Akhaji
Zakiya

Operations
Manager

Stacy
Simpson

Social Media
Coordinator

Tagaty
Badio

Executive Assistant,
Coordinator

Our Board

Haydn Wazelle

Haydn
Wazelle

Interim Board Chair Producer
Marie Ka

Marie
Ka

Interim Co-Chair, Board Member
Producer-Director-Writer

Maya Annik Bedward

Maya Annik Bedward

Secretary, Board Member, Founder
Director-Producer

Samah Ali

samah
ali

Board Member
Distributor-Film Programmer

Cory Bowles

Cory
Bowles

Board Member
Multidisciplinary Artist

Nick Davis

Nick
Davis

Board Member
Media Executive

Jenine Gregory

Jenine
Gregory

Treasurer, Board Member Finance & Risk Professional
Trevor Hampden

Trevor
Hampden

Board Member
Media, Communications and EDI

Richard Jean-Baptiste

Richard Jean-Baptiste

Board Member
Producer-Director

Floyd Kane

Floyd
Kane

Board Member, Founder
Writer-Producer

Other Founders

Damon D’Oliveira

Damon
D’Oliveira

Founder
Producer
Jennifer Holness

Jennifer
Holness

Founder
Writer-Producer
Charles Officer

Charles
Officer

Founder
Director-Producer

Sudz Sutherland

Sudz
Sutherland

Founder
Writer-Director

Clement Virgo

Clement
Virgo

Founder
Director-Writer-Producer

Tonya Williams

Tonya
Williams

Founder
Actor-Producer

2021 Impact Report

The BSO is pleased to share our first Impact Report, which outlines the trailblazing work we have done in our first 18 months. Click on the report link below to read about the projects the BSO has spearheaded and the impact we are creating across Canada’s screen industries.

Supporters

Telefilm Canada
Rogers Group of Funds
Canada Media Fund
Canadian Heritage
Black Business Initiative
Inspirit Foundation
TD Ready Commitment
RBC Foundation
CBC
Shaw Fonds Rocket
Ontario Creates
Bell Media
Corus
Canadian Media Producers Association
Creative BC
Canadian Race Relations Foundation
IPG Media Brands
Telus
MPA Canada
Bell Fund
OUTtv
Indigenous Screen Office