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DGC Announces New Leadership

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Warren P. Sonoda, Tracey Deer

DGC Announces New Leadership
by Staff

(November 11, 2020 – Toronto, ON) This past weekend, at the Directors Guild of Canada’s online session opening the elections for its National Executive Board, Warren P. Sonoda was acclaimed as DGC President alongside the Guild’s new 1st Vice-President, Tracey Deer.

“It’s not lost on me that this weekend saw remarkable election results from across North America, and in its own way, the Directors Guild of Canada bent its arc towards inclusion with the historic election of a Japanese Canadian as President and a Mohawk filmmaker from Kahnawake as its 1st Vice-President,” said the newly-elected Sonoda. “I’m honoured to serve our Guild with Tracey Deer and the entire DGC National Executive Board. We will continue our fight to improve the quality of life for our members, not just the economic returns of our livelihoods. We can do this by uniting our country through storytelling while celebrating our specificity of voice which makes us creatively exceptional. I hope this sends a strong signal to filmmakers and film-workers everywhere that the DGC is part of this progressive journey.”

Warren Sonoda and Tracey Deer will be joined by returning National Executive Board members Wanda Chaffey (2nd Vice President), Grace Gilroy (Secretary-Treasurer), Warren Carr (Production Department Rep) and Paul Day (Editing Department Rep), each of whom was also acclaimed.

National Executive Director Dave Forget also thanked outgoing DGC President Tim Southam: “In six years as DGC President, and in six years before that as National Directors Division Chair, Tim has led the Guild through a period of immense change that saw our membership more than double and our industry shift into the digital era. Tim Southam is above all a keen intellect, talented artist, stalwart defender of his fellow members and a true champion of Canadian culture. It has been a pleasure for all of us at the Guild to serve under his leadership.

Candidates elected to fill the board’s six remaining open seats will be announced November 23rd after the two-week members’ voting period is closed.

Northernstars joins with others in congratulating Warren P. Sonoda and Tracey Deer.

SOURCE: Directors Guild of Canada (DGC)