People

A seasoned team of industry professionals leads the Rogers Group of Funds.

Rogers Group of Funds
General and application queries: rogersgroupoffunds@rci.rogers.com

One Mount Pleasant Road
Toronto, Ontario
M4Y 2Y5

416 935 2526

Robin Mirsky
Executive Director

Robin Mirsky has led the Rogers Group of Funds since 1989. Under her leadership, the fund expanded to include feature films as well as television programming, plus support for Canada’s film and television festivals and related events. In 1996, she launched the Rogers Documentary Fund to foster the growth and creation of Canadian documentaries. In 2000, she created the Rogers Cable Network Fund to help develop specialized and original programming. The Rogers Group of Funds has now provided more than $577,000,000 in support to more than 2,000 film and television projects.

Robin is also active in the community, including serving as a director on the Boards of the Canadian Film Centre and the Banff World Media Festival, co-chair of the Hot Docs Documentary Festival Board of Directors, and (previously) as vice-chair of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. She is a member of the Canadian Academy of Cinema and Television and the International Emmy Awards.

416 935 2526
robin.mirsky@rci.rogers.com


Marilyn Blanchette
Assistant to Robin Mirsky

416 935 2526
marilyn.blanchette@rci.rogers.com


Elissa McBride
Manager of Business Affairs


Sergio Enriquez
Accountant

ROBIN MIRSKY

Philip B. Lind, CHAIR

Phil is one of the founders of Rogers Communications Inc. and currently serves as its Vice Chairman. Mr. Lind was the founding Chairman of the Canada Media Fund, the central funding agency for television programming in Canada.

Mr. Lind has an interest in contemporary art and serves on the board of the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Vancouver Art Gallery. Mr. Lind is also a board member of CPAC — the only Canadian media network focused exclusively on politics, Parliament and public affairs.

PHILIP B. LIND

Wayne Clarkson

Over the course of his career, Wayne has headed up some of Canada’s most respected film and television institutions, including the National Film Theatre, the Ontario Film Development Corporation (now Ontario Creates), Toronto’s Festival of Festivals (now the Toronto International Film Festival), the Canadian Film Centre and Telefilm Canada (as Executive Director). Mr. Clarkson has received numerous industry awards, including the Clyde Gilmour Lifetime Achievement Award from the Toronto Film Critics Association and the Toronto Arts Award for contribution to Canadian cinema. He also has served on numerous boards and advisory groups, including the Toronto International Film Festival and the Federal Task Force for Feature Film Policy.

WAYNE CLARKSON

Alison Clayton

Alison is a senior broadcasting executive with many years of experience in the production, distribution, programming and financing of Canadian television.

As an award-winning producer with Crawley Films, Ms. Clayton oversaw the production of more than 100 children’s television programs, including two Gemini Award winners. During this time, Ms. Clayton was President of the Canadian Film and Television Association (now the Canadian Media Producers Association).

Her broadcasting experience includes the launch and management of The Biography Channel, G4 Tech TV and MSNBC Canada, as well as senior programming positions with The Family Channel, The Movie Network and MOVIEPIX.

Ms. Clayton is a director of the Canada Media Fund and a former member of the board of Outdoor Life Network and the Canadian Television Fund. Ms. Clayton is the board member responsible for Official Language Minority Communities (OLMCs) and their consideration in all funding decisions.

ALISON CLAYTON

Jan Innes

Jan is a Board Director and Public Affairs specialist. She sits on the Board of Directors of Ports Toronto and the Billy Bishop Airport. Ms. Innes worked for 25 years at Rogers Communications handling corporate communications, public affairs and government relations. She completed the Directors Education Program at the Rotman School of Management. With a long-time interest in film and television, Ms. Innes sat on the board of the Toronto international Film Festival for 15 years and is active today with Hot Docs, co-chairing a campaign committee.

JAN INNES

Rosemary Sadlier

Rosemary Sadlier O.Ont. (Order of Ontario) is a social justice advocate, researcher, writer, consultant, and international speaker on Black History, anti-racism, and women’s issues. She led the Ontario Black History Society for 22 years and was the driving force of the commemoration of February as Black History Month at all levels of government. She secured August 1st as Emancipation Day municipally in 1995, provincially in 2008, and nationally in 2021. She also saw to the creation of the national day for the Hon. Lincoln Alexander.

Ms. Sadlier has given deputations to the UN Rapporteur on Race Relations, and has provided consultation to governments, museums, broadcasters, and heritage conferences. She was on the board of Obsidian Theatre, is on the board of Roseneath Theatre, and has served as historical/cultural consultant on film projects. Ms. Sadlier has written 7 books on African Canadian history, and has contributed to curricula, national exhibits, and publications. She was appointed Equality Lead for the Americas and the Caribbean with the Royal Commonwealth Society. Ms. Sadlier is dedicated to social justice and seeks to educate and empower others using the frame of Black History.

Rosemary Sadlier

Karen Tanaka

Karen Tanaka is the Chief Operating Officer of the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation. The Foundation is dedicated to building a more resilient and inclusive community by promoting the wellbeing of those in need while preserving Chinatown’s irreplaceable cultural heritage.

Prior to joining the Chinatown Foundation, Ms. Tanaka held senior leadership roles at Immersive Media, Xerox, and Gulf Pine spanning the technology, media, and energy sectors. Ms. Tanaka completed the Directors Education Program at the Rotman School of Management.

Ms. Tanaka is a director of the Alzheimer Society of British Columbia, serves on the governance committee, and is active on the Breakfast to Remember annual fundraiser.

Karen Tanaka

Pierre Gang

Pierre Gang is a film director whose movies have represented Canada in many international film festivals including Cannes and Locarno. His work in television has earned him numerous Emmy Award nominations including 10 nominations for his work on the television series Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City. For more than 9 years, Mr. Gang was Program Director of TV5 Canada, and he was instrumental in launching the UNIS television network.


Nicole Giroux

After freelancing as a script advisor, Nicole Giroux joined Telefilm Canada in 1997 as a content analyst for feature films and television series and was head of the Feature Film Unit of the Montreal office from 1998-1999. With 30+ years as a script editor, development consultant, and analyst for financiers (Telefilm, SODEC, Radio-Canada) as well as leading producers/distributors, she has extensive experience in evaluating projects based on the scripts and creative teams.