Denis McGrath Bursary Award


The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) is proud to announce the Denis McGrath Bursary Award, a joint initiative of both the Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) and the CFC. The award will offer an annual $5,000 cash bursary to a deserving CFC TV writer in the Bell Media Prime Time TV Program

The WGC and CFC have joined forces to offer this bursary in Denis’ name to celebrate and sustain his legacy as a champion of writers and a significant advocate for storyteller rights here in Canada. In addition, the CFC will design and deliver a one-day bootcamp on advocacy for both its film and television writers — a step towards inspiring generations to engage actively in the evolution of our creative industries.

"This bursary honours Denis’ two passions — writing and advocating for Canadian content and Canadian screenwriters," said Maureen Parker, WGC executive director. "Denis was an exceptional writer and human being and this bursary assures that his extraordinary character and contributions to the industry will not be forgotten."


We are pleased to announce that Imogen Grace is the inaugural recipient of the Denis McGrath Bursary Award. 


    Denis was an accomplished and award-winning screenwriter, playwright, producer and blogger. He was an excellent mentor, teacher and a dedicated and active member of the Executive Council of the Writers Guild of Canada.

    “Whether you did or did not like what Denis had to say, you had to respect Denis’ sharp analytical mind and that his was an extremely well informed and outspoken critical voice,” says Kathryn Emslie, Chief Programs Officer, CFC. "So many have already said this, but Denis’ commitment to our creative and cultural industries will be greatly missed, and while his creative and professional contributions deserve our recognition and thanks, they do not overshadow his personal contributions. Denis was above all else kind, smart, loyal, fun, clever, political, a lover of life and a passionate human being. His largeness of spirit and incredible generosity touched a very long list of people, who were lucky enough to call him friend, brother, son, husband and partner. He will be greatly and dearly missed." 

    Read our original In Memoriam piece for Denis  here.


Many in the industry and our alumni have asked what they can do to honour and remember Denis. The WGC and CFC, with Denis’ loving wife and CFC writer alumna Kim Coghill, created this opportunity to raise funds that will extend this bursary in Denis’ name over many years. 

We welcome your tax-deductible donations, which you can make here, or by phoning Michelle Johnson, Manager, Annual Giving, at 416.445.1446 x227.

This bursary award is generously supported by: