Four That Soar for the Canadian Film Centre
Posted by Nordicity in Toronto on Mar 18, 2013


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.”

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