Toronto — On the heels of a successful 40th Toronto International Film Festival®, TIFF announces the appointment of three new members to its Board of Directors: long-time supporters Betty-Ann Heggie, Sabi Marwah and Francis Shen.
“Betty-Ann, Sabi and Francis’ vast experience in a variety of different industries will be a huge asset to us — they are a great addition to our already fantastic team of Board members,” said Lisa de Wilde, Chair, Board of Directors, TIFF. “They have all held top roles in various organizations, and their unique experiences combined with their passion for film and the arts will help TIFF achieve its goal of becoming a global centre for film culture.”
With these new appointments comes the retirement of three Board members. Stepping down from the Board are Brendan Calder, Linda Chu and David Kassie.
“I join Lisa, our other Board members and all of TIFF in thanking Brendan, Linda and David for their great contributions. Without their support and guidance TIFF simply wouldn’t be the organization it is today, and we can’t thank them enough for their countless volunteer hours and efforts,” said Piers Handling, Director and CEO, TIFF.
Betty-Ann Heggie, a former Senior Vice-President with PotashCorp, retired in 2007 and now serves as a corporate director, professional speaker and blogger for Huffington Post. In 2008 she founded the Betty-Ann Heggie Womentorship Foundation, aimed at getting more women to the decision-making table. In 2015, Ms. Heggie was the recipient of the Trailblazer Award from Women in Mining Canada. Previously, she was named as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network and was subsequently inducted into their Hall of Fame.
Sarabjit (Sabi) S. Marwah recently retired as the Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Scotiabank. He has been very active in community, social and arts organizations, and currently serves as a Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Hospital for Sick Children, and a member of the Board of Directors of Ryerson Futures Inc. within Ryerson University. He is a Founding Member and Chair of the Sikh Foundation of Canada, a member of the Board of Directors of Cineplex Inc. (including Chair of the Compensation, Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee) and George Westons Ltd. (including Chair of the Finance Committee).
Francis Shen is President of Shen Capital Corporation, a private investment holding company. Mr. Shen was the former Chairman, Co-Chief Executive Officer and founder of Aastra Technologies Ltd., which merged with Mitel Network Corporation in 2014. He was named Ontario’s 2000 Entrepreneur of The Year in the Technology & Communications category by Ernst & Young. He is a Board Member of the Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation and a Founding Board Member of The Next 36.
2015/2016 TIFF Board of Directors as of September 16, 2015
Chair Emeritus & Founder — William Marshall
Chair — Lisa de Wilde
Vice Chair — Jennifer Tory
Board Members — Helen Burstyn, Barry Campbell, Betty-Ann Heggie, Ellis Jacob, David MacNaughton, Sabi Marwah, Chetan Mathur, Deepa Mehta, Shabin Mohamed, Wade Oosterman, Geetu Pathak, Rod Phillips, Wayne Purboo, Francis Shen, Warren Spitz, Connie Sugiyama, Mark Wellings
Ex-Officio — Slawko Klymkiw