maxine bailey appointed CFC executive director

maxine bailey speaking at the 2019 WIFT-T Crystal Awards where she was the Special Jury Award of Distinction recipient.

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.

maxine bailey

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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