Advocacy & Engagement

BSO’s advocates for equitable policies and practices and conducts hands-on workshops in Canada’s screen industries

Advocacy Efforts

Workshops & Panels

December 6, 2022

Christa Dickenson, President and CEO of Cable Public Affairs (CPAC), was honoured with the Special Jury Award of Distinction at the 2022 WIFT Crystal Awards. This video is a reminder of why diversity and inclusion are such a key part of leadership work in the film and TV industries.

Video credit: Image Propulsion

Francesca Accinelli, Executive Director & CEO, Telefilm Canada, Joan Jenkinson, Executive Director, BSO
Deepa Mehta, Director and Cameron Bailey, CEO, TIFF.

2022 35th Crystal Awards – Special Jury Award of Distinction, Christa Dickenson honoured on December 6, 2022.

August 26th, 2022

Dee Abdirahman (they/she), Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Specialist, Liberation Collective

Joan Jenkinson (she/her), Executive Director, Black Screen Office
Kristy Assu (she/her), Director of Funding Programs, Indigenous Screen Office

In Conversation: Indigenous Screen Office and Black Screen Office’s Panel discussion hosted on August 26th, 2022.

June 14, 2022

Shaleen Sangha, VP of Content Kids & Family, Boat Rocket Media

Kelly Lynne Ashton, lead researcher, BSO
Jadiel Dowlin Lewis, Writer Director Actor, Istmo Productions
Maria Kennedy, Owner, Little Engine
Kai Little-White, Writer & Producer, BP Media

Being Seen Children’s Panel discussion hosted on June 14, 2022.

June 13, 2022

Joan Jenkinson, Executive Director, BSO
Lindsay Valve, lead researcher, BSO
Adam Garnet Jones, Director of TV Content and Special Event, APTN
Lia Marin, Director of Development for Drama, CBC

Live from the 2022 Banff World Media Festival, watch a provocative and illuminating panel discussion of the Black Screen Office’s ground-breaking Being Counted: Canadian Race-Based Audience Survey results.

March 8, 2022

Keynote Speaker
Joan Jenkinson

Communication and Cultural Policy in the Age of the Platform 

How do advocacy, activist, and social justice initiatives intercede in the relationships between platforms and media/communications/cultural policy?

February 23, 2022

John Gibson, Vice President, External and Multicultural Affairs, Motion Picture Association

Joan Jenkinson, Executive Director, BSO
Gil Robertson, Co-Founder and President, African American Film Critics Association 

Opening Remarks
The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion
Wendy Noss, President, Motion Picture Association Canada
Cedric Richmond, Senior Advisor to the President and Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement
Charles H. Rivkin, Chairman & CEO, Motion Picture Association

In celebration of the U.S. and Canada’s shared Black History Month, and in recognition of the 10th anniversary of the MPA’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion program, this discussion explores the intersectionality of Black Americans and Canadians working toward a more inclusive global film, television, and streaming industry.

Oct 26, 2021

Samah Ali, Film Programmer and Founder of Sisterhood Media

Anthony Q Farrell, Showrunner
Darryl Hinds, Actor
Patrice Goodman, Actor
Roger Christian, FX specialist
Mark Bishop, EP and Co-CEO of marblemedia

Join the Black Screen Office for a live virtual event and Q&A with cast and crew of the comedy series Overlord and the Underwoods