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March Connect Event

  • 4 Mar 2021
  • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • IWCC Zoom




The CONNECT events are designed to promote digital-first content and to provide profitable business development opportunities to those involved in the creation, production, and distribution of online media with great entertainment and cultural values. 

In addition to distribution and production opportunities, we also include meetings with collaborative production service partners who can offer related and very relevant services to these content creators, typically in the field of marketing, or creative processes. 

Through past exit surveys we have learned that creators indicate their other related meeting goals include: finding opportunities for their secondary or craft based skills, acquiring educational or mentorship services, marketing services, brand partners, representational or agency services, or consulting services. 


BAFTA-winning and Emmy-nominated filmmaker Warren P. Sonoda is known for directing his features Coopers’ Camera, Swearnet: The Movie, Ham & Cheese, the iconic TV shows Trailer Park Boys, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Murdoch Mysteries, Odd Squad, Utopia Falls and over 160 music videos, 80 episodes of TV and 11 feature films. Japanese-Canadian Sonoda is also the first person of colour to be elected as the National President of the Directors Guild of Canada in 2020, after serving three years as DGC’s National Directors Division Chair. He also sits on the Visioning Board of BIPOC TV & Film, is Chair of the Canadian Film Fest, is on the PAC of Sheridan College Film & TV, knocked Martin Scorsese out of the Guinness Book of World Records, has a medal from the Queen, a rescue dog from Mexico named Scruffie and was thrilled to unveil his new genre-bending passion-project crime/cello/caper movie Things I Do For Money in 2020.


Dennis Heaton is an award-winning writer and producer based in Vancouver, BC. His career spans a variety of genres and formats; from animation to live action, web series to feature film, and half hour comedy to one-hour drama. His recent credits include THE ORDER (Netflix), GHOST WARS (SYFY/Netflix), and MOTIVE (CTV/NBCU/ABC/USA).



Raised in Toronto and based in LA, Chell is a writer/director known for a storytelling style that slaps banging tunes and pop-infused visuals over earnest and dark themes. Her short films have played SXSW and been Vimeo Staff-Picked and in a true highlight of Chell's life a music video she directed was once roasted on Beavis & Butthead. Chell is a fellow of the Sundance Institute and was selected to participate in the 2017 New Voices Lab with her series, Kidnapping Brihanna, which is currently in development. She's directed fashion and music content for brands like Fendi, L'Oréal and JanSport as well as episodes of Riverdale (Netflix) and Nurses (Global).


Emma Jean Sutherland is a Director living and working out of Toronto. Their latest project Letters To Satan Claus is a SYFY channel Original herolded by the New York Times and Bloody Disgusting. Their previous work includes two seasons of the Netflix Original Ponysitters Club, and Super Channel/Up TV's feature film After the Storm. Emma comes with the unique experience of being a First Assistant Director for many years before making the leap to the directors chair. This allows for a collaborative spirit, realistic expectations, and precision planning to execute their vision.


Mike Fly is an award winning digital producer whose web series credits include: COMEDY BAR (Bite TV), SEXY NERD GIRL, VERSUS VALERIE (IPF), THE CASTING ROOM, SPACE JANITORS (Geek & Sundry), BUT, I’M CHRIS JERICHO (Showcase Action/CBC), BODY BUDS (CBC Punchline), THE AMAZING GAYL PILE (Season 4 CBC), SmokeBomb’s V MORGAN IS DEAD, and directing shorts for The Second City Network. Mike’s recent TV credits include directing for THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES (CBC), GAMING SHOW IN MY PARENT’S GARAGE (Disney XD), directing the Writer’s Room pieces for THE SECOND CITY PROJECT (Global), editing TALLBOYZ (CBC), I, MARTIN SHORT GOES HOME (CBC), BAJILLIONAIRES (NBC/Universal) and BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW (CBC), for which he’s received 4 Canadian Screen Awards. Mike’s most recent shorts include SCARED SHITLESS, ZAIDE, PRIVILEGE, ONE AFTERNOON, and COME TO BED, featured on CBC’s Short Film Face Off. Mike specializes in working on projects that buck traditional industry strategies and budgets, and taught those techniques while mentoring through the National Screen Institute and Raindance.


Joel McCarthy is a multi-award winning director/writer who just completed his third feature film, multiple short films and two award winning web-series'.  Joel's most known for his feature films 'Taking My Parents to Burning Man' (feature documentary) & ‘Shooting the Musical’ (controversial comedic film) as well as his semi-autobiographical web-series 'Inconceivable', nominated for the very prestigious Gotham Independent Film Award for 'Breakout Short Series. Currently Joel is waiting patiently for his new feature film to be released so he can start talking about it without breaching his non-disclosure agreement.


Hannah Cheesman is a CSA nominated writer, actor and director, recognized as a Playback 5 to Watch and a TIFF Emerging Canadian Filmmaker. Her work spans feature films, shorts, television and commercials, and has screened at Cannes, Palm Springs Shorts fest, and TIFF. Most recently, Hannah’s short film Succor premiered at TIFF 2020, and she is currently in post production on feature length dramatic thriller The Boathouse, starring Michaela Kurimsky (Firecrackers) and produced by Circle Blue (Jean of the Joneses). Hannah is also the co-creator, writer and producer of WHATEVER, LINDA, a web series that has won 20 awards to date - including the inaugural Canneseries In Development competition - and is currently being adapted into an hourlong cable series with Bell Media, EP'ed by Graeme Manson (Snowpiercer, Orphan Black). She is also in development with Bell on her 30 minute cable dark comedy BADGER, with Cameron Pictures and High Dive Media. As a writer, Hannah has written on Workin’ Moms (Netflix), Find Me in Paris (Hulu) and in the writers room of Orphan Black. Next up, Hannah is adapting short film Succor into long format. As an actor, Hannah’s credits include Airiam on Star Trek: Discovery and Tina Holbridge on Schitt’s Creek.


Danielle Hébert has worked with the Industry Initiatives team at Ontario Creates for almost two years, specifically delivering the Interactive Digital Media Fund. She is currently in a Program Consultant role focussing on the Concept Definition and Production streams as well as the Industry Development Program. She is a graduate of Brock University (Dramatic Arts) and a public servant for over 11 years which includes working on the Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games. The cultural media industries are her passion and she is proud to now combine that with her public servant experience to support Ontario companies and help them grow.


Originally from Montreal, Quebec, Patricia Chica has directed over 50 hours of content. She has over two decades of experience writing, directing, and producing award-winning film and TV for major networks and clients in North America, France and the UK. Exceptionally skilled at supervising every aspect of the filmmaking process from conception to promotion. Creative producer, acting coach, mentor, and trilingual public speaker. As a Chi Energy educator, Chica is committed to bringing conscious practices to her work environments for an even more positive and inclusive culture.  She strives to champion her team members through coaching, self-development and continuous growth opportunities. She now divides her time between Los Angeles and Montreal. She just wrapped her feature MONTREAL GIRLS, slated for a 2021 release.

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