Chief Executive Officer
As Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Film Centre (CFC), Slawko Klymkiw leads Canada’s foremost cultural organization that supports, develops and accelerates the content, careers and companies of Canadian creative and entrepreneurial talent in the screen-based and digital industries. In this role, he is responsible for developing the organization’s strategic vision, shaping and strengthening its national and international profile, and managing its growth and evolution in the face of a rapidly changing entertainment industry. From overseeing the organization’s operations and administration, to negotiating public and private sector funding, Klymkiw plays a pivotal role in driving the organization forward and ultimately enriching Canada’s digital and entertainment landscapes.
Under Klymkiw’s helm, the CFC has become a vital partner to the cultural industries, both nationally and internationally, and a significant economic contributor to the Canadian economy. Such renowned and successful programs and initiatives launched under Klymkiw’s management include IDEABOOST, Canada’s only digital entertainment accelerator; The Netflix-CFC Global Project, a partnership created to foster and accelerate a broad scope of diverse Canadian creators and their film/TV projects, and advance Canadian talent and opportunities in the international marketplace;The Slaight Family Music Lab; the CBC Actors Conservatory; Enterprising Culture, an annual cross-cultural forum on immersive media technologies; an integrated and comprehensive VR strategy, including Pulse on VR, a multi-year study of the Canadian VR ecosystem, as well as Open Immersion, the first-ever virtual reality creative doc lab; the Canadian Film Centre’s brand identity ‘CFC’, as well as former programs such as the NFB/CFC Creative Doc Lab; the Bell Media Showrunner Bootcamp; the CFC / Entertainment One TV Adaptation Lab; the Telefilm Canada Feature Comedy Exchange and a collaboration with the Tribeca Film Institute, among others.
Prior to the CFC, Klymkiw led CBC-TV and Newsworld’s programming and schedule. In 2013, Klymkiw was honoured with the Outstanding Leadership Achievement Award at the 2013 Innoversity Summit Awards and was inducted into the Playback Canadian Film and TV Hall of Fame in honour of his more than 30 years of extraordinary contributions towards building Canada’s entertainment industry.