Tracey Friesen has been an active contributor to Vancouver’s media sector for over 25 years and recently published the book Story Money Impact: Funding Media for Social Change. She is currently Director of Communications & Engagement at the David Suzuki Foundation. During her decade at the National Film Board, she earned credits on nearly 40 film and digital projects. Since the NFB, Tracey has done contracts with Mindset Foundation, Inspirit Foundation, DOC and Creative BC, plus was director of programming during the start-up phase of Roundhouse Radio 98.3 Vancouver. Other associations include Social Venture Partners, Women in Film & TV Vancouver, VIFF, Minerva Foundation, SheEO and the Academy of Canadian Cinema & TV. One of her annual highlights is co-leading Story Money Impact.
Sue Biely is an accomplished leader and member of the independent media community with over 22 years of varied domestic and international experience in broadcast, funding, policy, private business, sectoral development and media innovation. Sue now spends most of her time designing and facilitating initiatives to keep the independent media sector adaptive to ever changing forces. Her work ranges from managing the BC activites for National Canadian Film Day, to leading the development of a shared Business Hub work space for senior screen based producers, to her innovative online-real life project called Inside Green that reconnects urbanites with house plants. Sue continues to facilitate and design learning experiences for conferences and groups keeping creativity and healthy communities as core values.
Bill Weaver is the founder of Media that Matters conferences. He’s a media strategist / philosopher and a Peabody-award-winning, 40-year veteran of television and radio in the US and Canada. He has produced, directed, shot, and edited 10 television documentaries and numerous interstitials for Canadian television, and continues to create short films and organizational narratives for values-based business and social profits.
Recent ventures include writing an co-producing The Rover Boys, a documentary in development with CBC about artist Robert Bateman and ecologist Bristol Foster’s road trip around the world in 1957.
He is intrigued by the impact of new technologies -- especially virtual, augmented, and mixed reality -- in creating empathic shifts in world views, and how that can work in concert with traditional documentary work,
Bill will be travelling the globe later this year, shooting and producing profiles for The University of British Columbia’s Allard international Ethics Award.
He is also president of the Power of Hope Canada, an organization dedicated to giving teens a strong sense of themselves, their creative gifts, and their potential for contributing to society.
Carol-Lynne Michaels is our fearless assistant at SMI.
For more than a decade, she has been skill-hunting and gathering in the Pacific Northwest. Her skills and experience span theatre production and performance, communications and media relations, event management, storytelling (and editing) and speaker coaching.
She has an everlasting commitment to the arts, film and culture industry and contributes to this sector as the Board Secretary for both the Victoria Independent Film Professionals Association and the Victoria Multicultural Society, and as a board member at MediaNet Society. In 2010, Carol-Lynne co-founded the first large-scale TEDx event in Victoria and led TEDxVictoria for more than four years. She is a gap-finder and filler, ready to produce solutions for the problems of today and tomorrow.
She is currently working as a presentation and speaker coach, and as a Digital Content Strategist at One Net Inc.