Virginia Thompson named chair of the National Screen Institute board of directors

Virginia Thompson

Rachel Young

Outreach and Engagement Lead

Virginia Thompson, award-winning executive producer and alumna of the National Screen Institute, has been named as the new chair of its board of directors.

As board chair, Virginia supports the senior leadership team, staff and board in the fulfillment of the National Screen Institute’s strategic plan, which includes continuing the organization’s mission to provide inclusive, customized training and mentorship to creators who are changing the world through the power of story.

“The National Screen Institute is all about creating space for underrepresented voices and serving those who are passionate about storytelling,” says Virginia. “We see the power in partnerships, we’re responsive to market trends and are committed to providing training that is accessible and world-class. We’re here to amplify the storytellers of the future and position them for success.”

Virginia is the first National Screen Institute alumna to be appointed to this vital role. In 2000, she was a participant in NSI Features First. In 2012, she joined the board and has been dedicated to supporting the sustainability of the organization.

“When I joined, I was excited to take an active role in helping the National Screen Institute restructure, refocus and position the organization for the future. Today, I’m excited to say that we are poised for growth.”

Joy Loewen, National Screen Institute CEO, welcomes Virginia to the position:

“Virginia is a strategic thinker, successful creative entrepreneur and an inspiring leader whose passion for our vision and mandate motivates us all. She’s proof that the support we provide storytellers has a long-lasting impact. We warmly welcome Virginia as chair and believe the experience she brings as an alumna and award-winning producer will benefit the organization and the creators we serve.”

Virginia is the president of the production company, Vérité Films. She served as executive producer of the iconic Canadian comedy brand, Corner Gas; other projects include the animated musical children’s series Jeremy and Jazzy, award winning children’s series Incredible Story Studio and youth drama series Virginia is also executive producer of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards celebrating Canada’s most impactful artists in film, television, music, dance and theatre.

Former board chair, Marlene Kendall, CPA, CA, served for three years in the role before joining the senior management team as chief financial officer.

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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.