CFC Expands Its Executive Team with Two Dynamic Professionals

By Margaret DeRosia ● July 20, 2017 17:00

"I am delighted to announce the creation of two new senior roles in the Programs department, and that we have appointed two infinitely capable, inspiring and committed staff to fill them,” says Kathryn Emslie, CFC’s Chief Programs Officer (CPO). “At the heart of everything we do in Programs is talent development, content development, or both. These key positions clearly reflect these two constants, helping to bring greater cohesion across multiple programs while enhancing support to our residents, their projects and our formidable alumni base.”

Larissa Giroux has been named Associate Director, Talent – Programs and Erin Burke has been named Associate Director, Content – Programs, both reporting into Emslie as CPO.

The talent team is committed to the development, support and cross-collaborative opportunities of our individual artists. The content team is committed to the development, packaging, production and delivery of projects and content for the marketplace.

Learn more about Larissa and Erin:

A woman facing the camera, hands on hips.In her former role as Executive in Charge of Music and Acting Programs in CFC Programs, Larissa Giroux helped launch and lead the CBC Actors Conservatory and the Slaight Music Residency, built international relationships to maximize packaging opportunities for our acting and music talent, which worked to raise the profile of these two vital programs in the process. Her pre-CFC background spans the worlds of producing, casting and talent management. Giroux is an alumna of the CFC’s Producers’ Lab, NSI’s Features First and the Berlinale Talent Campus. She has participated in the Sundance Institute’s Independent Producers Conference, Cannes Producers Network and India’s Film Bazaar. A voting member of the Academy of Canadian Film and Television, Giroux also juries TIFF Rising Stars and is a regular guest speaker on industry panels.

"I believe in the magic of storytelling and the magic of those who conquer the blank page, the empty set, the collection of words and notes on a scale. Spotting and developing these magicians is what I love, and I am thrilled to assist in curating the best emerging talent on behalf of CFC, and in packaging and showcasing remarkable Canadian talent who can hold their own on the world’s stage."

-Larissa Giroux

Close-up of a woman's face.As a production and development executive with more than 15 years experience, Erin Burke has helped bring many stories to the screen. In her role as Executive In Charge of Production at CFC Features, Burke was involved in the development and/or production of more than 20 feature films, including the award-winning RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS and NURSE.FIGHTER.BOY, before heading up the CFC Program’s Production and Post division in 2015. Here, she played an integral role in developing curriculum across multiple programs, as well as overseeing the development, production, delivery and business affairs of more than 200 individual productions, including the Short Dramatic Film Program and key program showcase pieces. She has also provided mentorship to our talent, and generated strong industry relationships for the CFC with many industry partners. Burke served as a creative executive for the inaugural Telefilm Canada Features Comedy Lab (now the Comedy Exchange), has participated as a panelist and industry advisor for various festivals, events and organizations such as Women in Film and Television (WIFT), Innoversity and Black Women Film, and she is a voting member of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television and a member of the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA).

"The power of visual storytelling is something I’m constantly in awe of. Every day we are surrounded by new stories, experiences, ideas and opinions. Yet it's the expression of that content – the form it takes, the creative choices made, the craft with which it’s committed to paper/film/hard drive – that determines whether or not it will make us think, grow, change. Helping to create content that actually changes us is a challenge that excites me, and one that I embrace wholeheartedly."

-Erin Burke

Our warmest congratulations to both Erin and Larissa!