CFC CEO SLAWKO KLYMKIW
Canadian Film Centre CEO
Canadian Film Centre CEO Slawko Klymkiw’s average day is about engaging with the many moving parts of a career and biz-accelerating hub. Since 2005 the former CBC-TV exec has shaped the strategic vision of the center’s initiatives, led the charge to grow its annual budget from $7 million to $13 million (60% from private investors), overseen several program launches and stoked the board of directors with industry and finance leaders keen to chime in.
“When I meet potential partners and funders now, they say we know you’re doing good works but what value, other than education, do you bring to the conversation?,” he explains. A recent economic impact study conducted by Nordicity found that since 2006, 171 alums have started media companies that have generated $101.8 million in incremental production volume — a stat that pleases Klymkiw. “Even our public sector dollars are seen not as grants but as investments in the growth agenda.”
While the short-term challenge is the roller-coaster of renewing the many partnership deals that typically run three years, the long-term task is keeping CFC programs biz relevant. “I’ve put more pressure on all our exercises to have a commercial bent — because I believe you can be smart, provocative and successful.”