MM5 TEAM 2014

Christine Lim Labossiere

CEO/Founder, Merging Media Productions, Executive Director Merging M2010 – 2014 Conference (MM5)

Christine Lim-Labossière is the CEO/Founder of Merging Media Productions Inc. and Executive Director of the annual Merging Media Conference, which she co-founded on Oct 17, 2010. An accomplished media professional with 30 years of experience in production, administration, operations & events management, Christine has worked for Telefilm Canada as an Investment Analyst, International Officer, and Western Region Officer for Industry Development.

Prior to launching Merging Media Productions Inc. in 2010, Christine was Manager for Industry Development & International Relations at New Media BC/DigiBC, the industry association for digital media in British Columbia, where she organized events and program initiatives. Her interest in International Relations & Venture Capital helped enhance her role as the director of key local digital media events such as the Vancouver International Partnering Forum & the Fusion Venture Forum.

Christine also runs a consultancy, Pentimento Productions, providing strategic advice to media companies and government agencies in Canada. Her clients have included Creative BC, the CBC, The Vancouver International Film Festival, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the Vancouver Economic Commission, the BC Government, The Singapore Media Academy, and The Atlantic Film Festival.

Before arriving in Vancouver in 2001, where she currently resides, Christine held the position of the Deputy Director of the first Singapore Film Commission after enjoying an extensive career in film, stage and television. She is also an award-winning filmmaker, documentary producer & director. Her book “Spa Style Asia” and documentary, Healers – Journey into Ayurveda, produced for Discovery  Channel and filmed on location in India, is now available on Amazon.com

 

 Jayme Pfahl

MM5 Producer

Jayme Pfahl has been involved in the film industry for over 25 years. With a background in theatre marketing and publicity, he is a versatile and skillful manager of both people and money, as well as having a keen creative eye. Jayme has extensive producer credits ranging from feature films to drama to documentary to reality-based television and most recently helmed the production of a wine tasting app and is currently also a part-time instructor at Vancouver Film School. Clients have included CBC, Showcase, CityTV, CTV, Global, MC, TMN, Discovery, TLC, WB, ABC, CBS, NBC, ITV/Granada and Channel 4/DRG.

 Liz Shorten

CMPA-BC, Managing VP – Operations and Member Services

Liz Shorten joined the CFTPA-BC, now the Canadian Media Production Association-BC Producers’ Branch as Managing VP, Operations and Member Services, after two years as President of Media Skillset Consulting where she designed and delivered strategic initiatives to address gaps, challenges, and opportunities in the film, television and digital media sectors. An accomplished decision-maker with a strong record of performing in diverse program and policy environments, Liz has contributed at a senior management level as Partnerships Executive at CBC British Columbia, Manager, Marketing and Communications at British Columbia Film and Manager, Corporate Development at the Ontario Film Development Corporation. In 2006, Liz was recipient of the Women in Film Wayne Black Service Award in honour of her “behind-the scenes” work in support of the film and television industry in BC. Liz currently sits on a number of film program advisory committees and is an active member of the Crazy8s Film Society Board of Directors.

 Ryan Catherwood

MM5 Stage Manager

Ryan is a diverse visual artist and event producer from Mission, BC who has been working in the Vancouver for over 10 years. After graduating from the Capilano Film Centre he worked on set as a Camera Assistant, which was a result from his love for photography. This year he worked with the creators of Canada’s first Web Series Festival, the Vancouver Web Fest, as their Event and Operations Coordinator at the Imperial Theatre in Vancouver.

Ryan is the owner of Ride With The Tide Productions and Films Talk Entertainment. He is currently in post-production on his first feature length documentary called “Spirit of the Canoe” and is the Executive Producer of both the Rain City Film Noir and Laughing Stock Comedy 72 Hour Film Competitions. Ryan is also the Co-Founder and Chair of the Capilano University Film Alumni and is very involved in the growth of professional, independent film in the Lower Mainland.

Ryan is dedicated to working in the Vancouver Film Industry as an event producer and filmmaker and is looking forward to seeing what the next generation of filmmakers will do with the new technology available to new media producers in Canada and around the world.

 

Christina Chowaniec

MM5 Program Coordinator

Christina Chowaniec is a Vancouver-based adventurer, filmmaker, writer and founder of Dam Good Trips, a company that provides custom, self-guided adventure trip planning. DGT creates personalized trips that offer a unique kind of independence and flexibility. It works by matching your needs with the many paddling and hiking opportunities available in BC and then equipping you to do it. Alone. Unguided. But well informed and advised about the challenges you will face. That means taking care of the packing, preparation, route planning, food, transportation and gear to enable you to conduct your own trips (www.damgoodtrips.com).

Previous to founding Dam Good Trips, Christina worked for close to 10 years in marketing and communications. Most recently she was the Communications Coordinator at DigiBC (Digital Media & Wireless Association of BC), the industry association representing more than 400 wireless and digital media companies in BC.

 

 Carl Haering

MM5 Cameraman

Carl Haering continues to work with many corporate and internet based video content producers. Recent projects include work with Heritage Canada “Argo Adventure” and “Opening the Book on Film 3″ featuring a keynote by American Futurist Robert Tercek. His experience in video production and editing in the television industry, has developed his camera and photography to produce engaging video for internet distribution and live streaming events. As a camera operator he has worked with Shaw Media on such shows as The Rush, The Fanny Kiefer Show, go! Vancouver and The David Berner Show. Not restricted to studio productions, Carl enjoys working at “on location” events and has extensive knowledge of camera, audio, mobile studio equipment. He has worked on many live sports events with Delta TV including: Vancouver Giants Hockey, Tour de Delta, Delta Ice Hawks, and local high school sports football, basketball, baseball, and lacrosse. As a videographer, he has created internet content for VanCity Vogue. Specializing in music and fashion, he has had the opportunity to capture interviews with Juno Award winners Maranas Trench, and local artists Sonreal, Hey Bombshell, Robyn & Ryleigh and Mary Zilba (Real Housewives of Vancouver).

Currently he is working with live internet streaming companies PlayFullScream.com and Sportswave.ca to produce pay-per-view multi cam events for local community sports. He was the vision content specialist for the recent Minto Cup lacrosse tournament held in New Westminster. He is also an editor and videographer for the multicultural internet show U & I talk NUBI, which has a web following around the world and is broadcast in 4 languages including English, French, KiSwahili and KinyaRwanda.

 

 Teresa Keefer

MM5 Accountant

Though Teresa is not as fully involved in the digital media industry as in the past she still keeps one (or 3) toes in the digital pool. Gaining her Certified General Accountant designation several years back, she expanded her work into the Mini Storage industry (and yes we do auction lockers but no nothing like you see on TV). However after spending many years in the digital media industry and being inspired by all the amazing local talent she has not left the industry completely and she still works with a small network of digital media companies helping them keep their numbers in order and has been part of the Merging Media team from the beginning. Previously her accounting career has taken her through many different industries from hotels to pharmacies to farms to not-for-profits, as she learnt early on one aspect of a career in accounting that you don’t always think of is every business in every industry needs an accountant so it’s a career that actually opens up all other industries to you and we’re not all the stereotype “bean counter”

 Luisa Leone Lim

MM5 Hospitality Coordinator

Luisa has more than 12 years experience in marketing and corporate communications. Her repertoire includes project management, event management, communications planning and management, writing and production for print, internet and video.

She has worked in a diverse range of industries in Canada and Singapore including, transportation, industrial safety, market research, pension administration and the non-profit sector.

Luisa was part of the team for two Merging Media events last year – the signature Merging Media Conference as well as the Opening the Book on Film event, bringing Publishers and filmmakers together. This year she takes on the role of Hospitality Coordinator overseeing travel and accommodation arrangements for key MM5.0 guests.

 

 Elizabeth Murray

MM5 Marketplace Coordinator

Elizabeth Murray has 26 years of experience in the film and television industry. In addition to producing and directing award-winning shorts, Liz has worked as a freelance line producer and post production supervisor on documentary series for National Geographic, BBC, Discovery and History Channel and on animation series for WGBH, Boston. Liz has a degree in Film and Video from Emily Carr University.

Kelly Waters

MM5 IT Guy

Kelly Waters is a web developer and designer, who currently works in the online marketing space. He has a diverse professional background, ranging from 3D work on a AAA video game title, to helping design multimedia sculptures and producing live events in China. However, his current focus has brought him to become a web developer. Design is his passion, and the world wide web is his vessel to get his ideas out into the world. Kelly has a degree in Interactive Art and Technology from Simon Fraser University.