(CALGARY, AB) – The Board of Directors of the Calgary Film Centre Limited is pleased to announce that Erin O’Connor has accepted the role as the General Manager for the purpose built studio and workshop facility.

Erin O’Connor is a long-time Calgarian and an arts management professional with a progressive career in the not for profit sector. Ms. O’Connor is currently the Managing Director of Contemporary Calgary. Under her unique leadership, many reputable organizations and arts festivals have recognized and built capacity by improving financial and operational performance.

"The film & television sector is an area of growth for Calgary and in 2015, there was $175 million of film & television projects in Southern Alberta. The Calgary Film Centre will help grow this sector even further," said Brett Ironside, Chair of the Calgary Film Centre Limited Board. "Erin’s experience and enthusiasm will help the Calgary Film Centre position itself as a leading studio and help expand Calgary’s shooting season, provide training opportunities for the people who work in this sector, and grow the Alberta-based productions."

Ms. O’Connor is known for her passion, professionalism, and dedication combined with strategic leadership and management skills. She brings the right mix of strategic innovative thinking, administrative skills and knowledge to spearhead growth of the Calgary Film Centre from construction to operations to a leading-edge economic and creative industry model. She is the recipient of the Rosza Award for Excellence in Arts Management for her deep and unique understanding of the business of the arts.

About Calgary Film Centre Limited

The Calgary Film Centre is a facility to support the film, television and creative industries in Calgary. The facility includes 50,000 square feet of purpose-built sound stages in addition to 35,000 square feet of warehouse, workshops, production and office space. The Calgary Film Centre will become a centre of innovation and excellence that will support the growth of Calgary’s local crew, talent base, and peripheral industries. It will provide opportunities for our homegrown talent to showcase their projects and ideas, while working full time in this province in their chosen industry. Alberta’s film and television industry employs roughly 10,500 people and is responsible for hundreds of millions in economic activity every year. The Calgary Film Centre will open in the spring of 2016.

     

  

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