A two-time Governor General’s Award nominee and multiple industry award winner for promoting women’s equality in Canada’s screen industry, Carol is one of the co-creators of the Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) program and a founding member of Creative Women Workshops Association. Carol has helped to shape the WIDC program over the last 20 years, facilitating workshop sessions, following up with alumnae directors to help them achieve their goals, and working closely with the industry to secure resources for WIDC and for the WIDC Feature Film Award. Carol has produced over 150 short films through the WIDC program, and plays an executive producing role for the WIDC Feature Film Award which has supported the completion of four award-winning projects since 2009, with three more in the pipeline.
From 2007 to 2010 Carol produced and delivered the Montreal-based Telefilm Canada Feature It! Workshop; a Telefilm Canada Official Languages Activities program initiative designed to advance mid-career Anglophone producers and writers (male and female) and their feature film fiction projects in all genres.
Carol holds a BFA with Honours from York University’s Theatre Performance program and is a graduate of the Alliance Atlantis Banff Television Executive Program. She is a member of a variety of industry organizations, including ACTRA/UBCP, Canadian Actors Equity Association (CAEA), the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television (ACCT), and Women In Film where she is a member of the Alberta, Atlantic, Toronto chapters, and a Life Member of the Vancouver chapter.
Carol is currently completing her doctoral thesis, a case study of WIDC, through the Transformational Change program in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.
MARY M. FRYMIRE
Secretary / Treasurer & Alumnae Representative
Board Director & Alumnae Representative
PATRICIA HARRIS SEELEY
Board Director & Alumnae Representative
Kerry Stauffer is the Executive Director for Media + Production at The Banff Centre. Media + Production encompasses digital film, television, interactive media, audio, The Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival, Banff Centre Radio, Banff Centre Press and Banff Centre TV.
Under Kerry’s leadership, these areas offer multidisciplinary artist residencies and programs, creative training, and leads the Banff Centre’s content and editorial strategies, delivering contemporary story based content.
Kerry has produced national television specials and series, executive produced events bringing together international cultural and media; and was the Director of Production & Program Competition for Achilles Media where she led the respected international Rockie Award competition. Through this work, Kerry developed keen insight into the needs of television and film. Kerry has represented Canada as international juror and speaker for international film festivals including the Banff World Television Awards from 2008 – 2014.
Kerry holds an honours diploma from SAIT (Cinema, Television, Radio and Stage) and is a graduate of Alliance Atlantis Banff Television Executive Program and studied Communications at The University of Windsor. Kerry currently serves on the Creative Women Workshops Association board and is past member of CRHC National Training Advisory Council for Film and Television, Women in Film and Television Alberta and has participated as an expert advisor in Alberta’s creative industry.
Board Director & ACTRA Representative
Heather Allin has appeared as an actor in Small Town Murder Songs, by acclaimed Director, Ed Gass-Donnelly, and in Let Him Be as the supporting character Babs Barker. Allin is also in George Romero’s Survival Of The Dead, she’s shot episodes of Dan For Mayor, Flashpoint, The Ron James Show, and Degrassi: The Next Generation, with Charlotte Arnold and Stephen Brogren.
She says, “It’s breathing life into a paper being and building her from scratch, bringing her to life, that interests me most as a performer.”
Heather has worked with such stars as Hugh Dillon, Amy Jo Johnson, David Paetkau, Michael Cram, Charlotte Arnold, Ron James, Peter Stormare, Aaron Poole, Fred Ewanuick, Paul Bates, Marcia Gay Harden, Ray Romano, Gene Hackman, Rip Torn, Elizabeth Perkins, Scott Bakula, Athena Karkanis, Tom Selleck, Kate Levering, Elizabeth Peňa, Caroline Dhavernas, and Kathleen Munroe.
Heather’s film and TV credits also include Stone Cold, Wonderfalls, What Girls Learn, Suburban Madness, Welcome to Mooseport, Kevin Hill, Witchblade, The Fugitive Kind, and Eu·tha·na·sia.
Theatrically, Heather has performed the role of Barbara in the new Canadian play “Goodnight Amherst”, and previously helped develop the role of Stella in the new Canadian play “Asleep at the Wheel” by Jordan Hall. To date she has work-shopped six new Canadian plays to performance. Heather’s stage credits include: Lucy, Lying on the Escarpment; Clarence and Queen Elizabeth, Richard III; Amelia, Comedy of Errors, Lady Capulet, Romeo & Juliet, and Aggie Rose, Boiler Room Suite.
Born in Toronto where she continues to make the city her home, Heather has been acting professionally for over 17 years. She is a proud supporter of Canadian Artists, their creativity, generosity, and dedication to the work. She is deeply involved in the Campaign for Canadian Drama. As President of ACTRA Toronto, she oversaw an Actor’s union serving over 13,000 members; she is on the board of ACTRA National where she also chairs the National Women’s Committee, and ACTRA’s PRS/SRD, with 21,000 members. She is both board and founding member of the Creative Arts Savings and Credit Union; a member of the ROI board; the Advisory Board for the Seneca Drama program; a former board member of Green Screen Toronto; a former board member of Shakespeare in the Rough, a visual artist and an avid skier.
Past Board Members
The Banff Centre Representative
SARA DIAMOND, 1998 to 2006 (co-founder)
SUSAN KENNARD, 2006 to 2011
BRIAN GROMOFF, 1998 to 2013-14 (co-founder)
JINDER OUJLA CHALMERS
RITA SHELTON DEVERELL
E. JANE THOMPSON