maxine bailey appointed CFC executive director

maxine bailey has been appointed Executive Director of the Canadian Film Centre (CFC), succeeding Slawko Klymkiw, who retired at the end of March after 15 years at the helm of the organization.

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bailey joins the CFC after 18 years with the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), most recently as Vice-President, Advancement, where she was TIFF’s principal liaison with government, donors and members, and the festival’s chief fundraiser. She was also the driver behind Share Her Journey, TIFF’s five-year fundraising commitment aimed at achieving gender parity both behind and in front of the camera.

“We at the CFC could not be in better hands than with maxine bailey,” said Christina Jennings, Chairman & CEO, Shaftesbury and Chair, CFC Board of Directors, in a release. “She knows our industry well – not only from her many years at TIFF, but also as an active member of Toronto’s arts community. She is such a positive force and we are delighted that she will be leading the CFC and our growth in the years to come.”

“I feel privileged and honoured to lead the Canadian Film Centre – an institution that plays such a crucial role in shaping stories that reflect this country’s diversity — and to support and promote the next generation of Canada’s finest storytellers,” added bailey, who’ll assume her new role on May 3.

Prior to TIFF, bailey was in theatre. She’s also the co-founder of the Black Artists Network in Dialogue (BAND), which showcases Black cultural contributions.

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Connie Thiessen
Connie Thiessen
Connie has worked coast-to-coast as a reporter, editor, anchor and host at CKNW and News 1130 in Vancouver, News 95.7 and CBC in Halifax, and CFCW Edmonton, among other stations. With a passion for music, film and community service, she led News 95.7 to a 2013 Atlantic Journalism Award and regional RTDNA award for Best Radio Newscast. More recently, she was nominated for Music Journalist of the Year at Canadian Music Week 2019. To report a typo or error please email -

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