National Screen Institute appoints former board chair Marlene Kendall as chief financial officer

Marlene Kendall

Rachel Young

Outreach and Engagement Lead

The National Screen Institute – Canada is delighted to announce Marlene Kendall, CPA, CA as the organization’s new chief financial officer, after having served as chair of the board of directors for three years.

In this new role, Marlene provides strategic leadership and oversees all aspects of financial and risk management, budgeting, accounting, payroll and financial reporting functions. She actively contributes to the long-term vision and strategic planning of the organization, and presents financial reports and analysis to the CEO, executive committee and the board of directors.

“I am excited to have been recommended as the chief financial officer of the National Screen Institute, a highly respected supporter of content creators,” said Marlene. “This role provides me with the opportunity to work more closely with the CEO and team as we implement the remaining elements of the organization’s strategic plan, ‘Rebuilding for Sustainability and Greater Inclusion.’ This new role also feeds my passion for being a strong ally for underrepresented storytellers.”

National Screen Institute CEO, Joy Loewen, welcomes Marlene to the National Screen Institute senior management team:

“Marlene’s nearly two decades of service to the organization and heartfelt commitment to our vision uniquely positions her for this newly created role. She brings skills and experience which position us to achieve unprecedented growth and long-term sustainability.”

Marlene’s long-standing relationship with the National Screen Institute began in 2002 when she joined as treasurer of the board. In 2019, in addition to her role as treasurer, she took on the role of board chair.

Marlene joined the National Screen Institute board of directors upon recommendation from Carole Vivier, former National Screen Institute board member and chair, as well as former CEO and Film Commissioner for Manitoba Film & Music.

“It has been an honour and privilege to have served as chair of the board over the past three years,” said Marlene. “During that experience, I valued working closely with the board and CEO as we moved the National Screen Institute forward along the journey towards long-term sustainability.”

Marlene began her new role in August 2022.


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About the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI)

Propelled by a visionary network of donors, private and public organizations, board members and staff, the National Screen Institute supports creators from across Canada to tell unforgettable stories. Through industry-informed training and mentoring in film, television and digital media, students and alumni find their voice and place on the global stage, inspiring us to shape a better world.

We are committed to training participants from a diverse community of voices including Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning and two-spirit (LGBTQ2S+), people with disabilities, those outside large urban centres, those in regional and remote areas and various religious groups.

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The National Screen Institute is supported by: Core Funders: Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage, the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council; Benefactors: TELUS, Telefilm Canada, Canada Media Fund (CMF), Department for Women and Gender Equality (WAGE); Patrons: CBC, Creative Saskatchewan; Builders: APTN, TikTok Canada, Indigenous Screen Office (ISO), The Winnipeg Foundation; Indigenous Training Programs Partner: Directors Guild of Canada; Strategic Sponsors: Manitoba Film & Music, Bell Media, RBC Emerging Artists, documentary Channel, CBC Gem, Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development (CAHRD), Alberta Film Commission, Manitoba Arts Council; Industry Partner: National Film Board of Canada; Friends: Ontario Creates, Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), Bell Fund, Stantec, William F. White International, Company 3.