SUPER CHANNEL JOINS INITIATIVE AS FOUNDING INDUSTRY PARTNER
TORONTO, June 4, 2020 – BANFF Spark Accelerator for Women in the Business of Media is proud to welcome Super Channel as Founding Industry Partner. The premium entertainment
network joins BANFF Spark as it welcomes the second cohort of inspiring women set to
participate in the Banff World Media Festival’s exclusive entrepreneurial program supported by
the Government of Canada’s Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES).
With a strong mandate to champion diversity at its core, the program is designed to specifically empower women of colour, Indigenous women, women with disabilities, LGBTQ2+ women, and non-binary individuals. Across the first and second cohorts, 46% of participants self-identify as being from diverse communities.
“We are delighted to welcome Super Channel as Founding Industry Partner. Their support along with that of our other partners will enable us to offer increasingly meaningful education, resources, and industry access to our program participants as they navigate these challenging times,” said Jenn Kuzmyk, Executive Director, Banff World Media Festival, adding: “The participants taking part in this program are leading some of the most exciting media companies in the country. We look forward to working with them as we all come together with the shared goal of advancing economic security and parity for women in the screen industry.”
“We jumped at the chance to lend our support to BANFF Spark and are thrilled to come on board as the Founding Industry Partner, especially at a time when our industry is experiencing so much uncertainty,” said Don McDonald, President and CEO, Super Channel. “We are committed to supporting diversity and the advancement of gender equality in the industry and we are honoured to be part of this important initiative that will help to advance the careers of so many talented and deserving women.”
The Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) recently announced that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 edition of the Festival, scheduled for June 14-17, has been cancelled. However, thanks to the support of the Government of Canada and partners at Super Channel, the Schulich School of Business, and CIX, we are able to continue to offer BANFF Spark programming in a revised format, which will be delivered in concert with the recently launched BANFF Virtual Edition rolling out from May to September 2020.
The candidates selected for Cohort 2 of BANFF Spark hail from Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia, and will participate in a tailored business planning curriculum, receive one-on-one mentorship, and will gain access to potential strategic business partners. BANFF Spark programming will be ongoing over the coming year and will include a suite of bespoke virtual offerings. Cohorts 1 and 2, a total of 100 women entrepreneurs, will come together at the 2021 Banff World Media Festival, gaining access to top international media industry players and taking part in a bespoke stream of professional development programming.
Two additional Cohorts will be chosen in the coming years. Overall, BANFF Spark will support up to 200 women entrepreneurs with an aim to advance gender equality across the media sector and to bolster the economic success of all women.
The 50 entrepreneurs selected to take part in the second cohort of the BANFF Spark Accelerator for Women in the Business of Media are:
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