Kate Vollum appointed as NFB Ontario Studio Producer


Executive Producer Chanda Chevannes announced today that Kate Vollum has been hired as Producer at the National Film Board of Canadas Ontario Studio in Toronto.

Kates career with the NFB began in 2007 at the Mediatheque in Toronto, where she gave stop-motion and documentary workshops to school groups. Soon after, she began working as a production coordinator, learning the ropes on many of the Ontario Studios most critically acclaimed films, such as Sarah Polleys Stories We Tell, Charles Officers Unarmed Verses and Chelsea McMullans My Prairie Home.

As Associate Producer with the Ontario Studio, Kate worked on many innovative projects, including Kat Cizeks Highrise; Souvenir, a collection directed by Indigenous filmmakers; and the series Otherly, created for Instagram Stories and co-produced with POV Spark.

Most recently, Kate co-produced Ever Deadly, an experimental documentary collaboration between filmmaker Chelsea McMullan and artist/activist Tanya Tagaq, which premiered at TIFF.

As a producer, Kates focus and passion is to champion emerging filmmakers, with an eye on films that push form and amplify underrepresented voices.

Im thrilled to welcome Kate Vollum as the Ontario Studios newest producer. Kate has been a valued member of the NFB team for 16 years, during which time she has contributed to many of the Studios most acclaimed and innovative projects. Kates vision for her project slate demonstrates her deep commitment to the NFBs mandate and the Ontario Studios priorities. Her passion for championing filmmakers voices and her deeply collaborative approach will benefit both the NFB and the wider documentary community. I am grateful to have the opportunity to work alongside Kate in her new role as Producer at the Ontario Studio, said Chanda Chevannes.

I am also grateful for the NFBs producer hiring process, into which a member of the independent film community is invited, continued Chevannes. I would like to thank filmmaker Yung Chang for his commitment to this months-long process and for the high level of care and discernment that he brought to it.

About the NFB

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) is one of the foremost creative centres in the world. As a public producer and distributor of Canadian content, a talent incubator and a lever for Canadas creative sector, the NFB produces nearly one hundred titles every yearfrom socially engaged documentaries and auteur animation to groundbreaking interactive works and participatory experiences. It was among the first cultural organizations to make clear commitments to gender parity; to launch an action plan with the goal of supporting Indigenous perspectives; and to establish concrete actions and targets that promote diversity, equity and inclusion. In addition to serving as a reference point around the world for digitization and preservation practices, the NFB ensures the long-term conservation of its works as part of the audiovisual heritage of all Canadians.

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Marcelino appointed as OM coach

Olympique de Marseille announces the signing of Marcelino as coach.


Having passed through numerous historic clubs, Marcelino Garca Toral has carved out a reputation thanks to his tactical acumen and the trophies he has won over the course of his career. With Valencia, he notably won the Copa del Rey against FC Barcelona in 2019 and took the club to the Champions League during his two seasons. In 2021, again against the Catalan club, he enabled Athletic Club Bilbao to add a Spanish Super Cup to their honors, the Basque clubs first trophy since 1984.

Advocating collective organization and vertical play, Marcelino is recognized for the work ethic and demanding standards he instills in his teams. He has won the title of best coach in the Spanish league three times, most recently in 2018.

Javier Ribalta, sporting director of OM: Marcelinos arrival fits with the desire to give continuity to the clubs project. Our numerous discussions have shown shared determination and understanding. His expertise and personality meet the demands of the highest level. His experience will also be a considerable asset in strengthening the work undertaken last season.

Marcelino, OM coach: I want to thank Olympique de Marseille for the trust placed in me. Our discussions about the team and the project have encouraged reflection in making an informed and considered decision. Along with my entire staff, we are convinced by the project. I understand the responsibility that this mission represents and our commitment will be total.

Olympique de Marseille welcomes Marcelino.

Jermaine Ford Appointed to the Board of the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE)

 The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) welcomes new board member from Florence-Darlington Technical College.

The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) has named Jermaine Ford, Ed.D., to its board of directors. Ford is president of Florence-Darlington Technical College (FDTC) in Florence, South Carolina. NACCE is the country’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community and technical colleges.

Under Ford’s leadership, FDTC’s enrollment has increased by 11 percent, its foundation charitable giving increased by 350 percent, external partnerships have been restored, and morale at the college is at an all-time high. Before he was appointed president of FDTC, Ford served as vice president for Workforce & Economic Development at South Louisiana Community College (SLCC) in Lafayette, Louisiana. While serving at SLCC, he was responsible for increasing workforce development enrollment by more than 250 percent and increased revenue by more than $30 million via grants, business contracts, open enrollment tuition, and customized training. He has 26 years of combined experience in higher education and the private sector.

President Ford began his higher education career at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, and later transitioned to the private sector before returning to the higher education sector at Moraine Valley Community College, South Louisiana Community College, and Florence-Darlington Technical College. He serves on the Higher Education Research and Development Institute Board, McLeod Healthcare Board, Florence County Economic Development Partnership Board, Darlington County Economic Development Partnership Board, and the Florence Chamber of Commerce Board.

“We warmly welcome President Ford to NACCE’s board and look forward to working together to expand opportunities for all students through entrepreneurship,” said NACCE President and CEO Rebecca Corbin, Ed.D. “As a first-generation community college graduate, President Ford has experienced first-hand the opportunities that abound through community colleges and entrepreneurship. Throughout his impressive career working in both higher education and in the private sector, he has displayed a collaborative and visionary leadership style.”

“Higher education is at a critical time in history, and I am honored to serve on the NACCE Board,” President Ford said. “We must ensure colleges have adequate funding to transform underserved communities through community engagement, student success, and strategic workforce development initiatives.”

NACCE is an organization of educators, administrators, presidents, and entrepreneurs focused on vitalizing entrepreneurship in their communities and on their campuses. Its mission is to provide leadership and sustainable, scalable, resources to foster entrepreneurial thinking in one of the largest entrepreneurial ecosystems in North America. The association represents a dynamic community of technical and community colleges, including more than 4,500 faculty, staff, administrators, and presidents, serving 3.3 million students. For more information, visit www.nacce.com.

About FDTC
Florence-Darlington Technical College provides a regional student-centered experience through technical education, workforce development training, and economic development activities. The college offers more than 75 degrees, diploma and certificate programs that lead to careers in business, engineering technology, health care, human services, manufacturing, and many other fields of study. FDTC also offers the College Transfer Program for students with aspirations of transferring to a four-year institution. Its Online College, the South Carolina Virtual College of FDTC, gives students the flexibility to attend classes virtually. For high school students wanting to get ahead in their studies, FDTC offers the Early College (dual enrollment/dual credit) program that allows high school students to accumulate two years of college credit for transfer to senior institutions in the state of South Carolina and elsewhere. For more information, visit: www.fdtc.edu.

Beth Kerly
(813) 732-8470

National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship
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Alex Shead Appointed as an Independent Director of Pacific Green Technologies, Inc.

Pacific Green Technologies, Inc. (the “Company” or “Pacific Green”, (OTCQB:PGTK) announces that Alexander Shead has been appointed as an Independent Director, effective October 16th, 2022. Alex previously served as Executive Director for the Company from July 2016 to October 2020.

Alex is Chairman of Lockton Pacific (2012-present), a subsidiary of Lockton Companies, Inc., the world’s largest privately held, independent insurance brokerage firm, ranked 8th largest globally. Alex is also the Responsible Manager with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC).

In 2008, Alex conceived the award-winning Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Food Ladder, and remains Chairman today. Food Ladder was one of the first NGOs in the world to use environmentally sustainable technologies to create food and economic security for communities affected by poverty. Alex was also the founder of Fair Repairs, a social enterprise which delivers training and employment opportunities to individuals suffering from long term unemployment and disadvantage.

Alex is a British, Australian and Swiss national, educated at Harrow School in England and La Sorbonne University in Paris, France. In 1993, Alex co-founded Stuart Alexander, leading the company to become one of the UK’s largest insurance and risk management advisory businesses, ultimately selling to AXA, UK.

In 2004, Alex relocated to Australia where he was a shareholder and director of Milne Alexander, a boutique insurance broking and advisory firm. From 2008 to 2014, Alex was the Executive Chairman of the Mecon Winsure Insurance Group, one of Australia’s leading insurance and underwriting agencies, acting as a Coverholder for Lloyd’s of London and local Australian insurers. Mecon Winsure Insurance Group was sold to ASX-listed Steadfast Group Ltd. in 2014.

Alex’s track record of creating shareholder value through Merger and Acquisition (M&A) activity has spanned over three decades. Alex has a wide range of entrepreneurial experience and an in-depth knowledge of large-scale enterprise acquisition and operational integrations, having successfully led over 40 business transactions.

About Pacific Green Technologies, Inc.

Pacific Green Technologies, Inc. is focused on addressing the world’s need for cleaner and more sustainable energy. The Company offers BESS, Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) and Photovoltaic (PV) energy solutions to complement its marine environmental technologies and emissions control divisions. For more information, visit Pacific Green’s website: www.pacificgreentechnologies.com

Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements:

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Actual results could differ from those projected in any forward-looking statements due to numerous factors. Such factors include, among others, general economic and political conditions, and the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this news release, and the Company assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements, or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Although the Company believes that the beliefs, plans, expectations and intentions contained in this news release are reasonable, there can be no assurance that such beliefs, plans, expectations or intentions will prove to be accurate. Investors should consult all the information set forth herein and should also refer to the risk factors disclosure outlined in the Company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the most recent fiscal year, the Company’s quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and other periodic reports filed from time-to-time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Scott Poulter, Chairman & CEO
Pacific Green Technologies
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Canada – New members appointed to the Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector

Charities play a key role in our society by providing valuable information and services to Canadians, with a particular focus on the most vulnerable.

April 5, 2022            Ottawa, Ontario             Canada Revenue Agency

Charities play a key role in our society by providing valuable information and services to Canadians, with a particular focus on the most vulnerable. The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that charities have a regulatory environment that supports the important work they do.

Today, the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, announced the appointment of nine new members to the Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector (ACCS).

The following incoming members begin their two-year terms with the committee on May 1, 2022:

Christian Bolduc – President & CEO, BNP Performance, LL.B, ASC, C.Dir., CFRE
Owen Charters – President & CEO, BGC Canada (formerly Boys & Girls Clubs)
Dr. Anver Emon – Canada Research Chair in Islamic Law and History, and Director of the Institute of Islamic Studies,  University of Toronto
Sheherazade Hirji – Former Resident Representative, Aga Khan Development Network, Afghanistan
Jean-Marc Mangin – President & CEO, Philanthropic Foundations Canada
Sarah Midanik – President & CEO, The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF)
Martha Rans – Founder & Legal Director, Pacific Legal Education and Outreach Society (PLEOS)
Tanya Rumble – Director of Development, Ryerson University
Bob Wyatt – Executive Director, Muttart Foundation

The incoming members will join six current ACCS members, whose terms are ongoing. Please visit the ACCS web page to view the full membership and their biographies.

Minister Lebouthillier also wishes to recognize and thank the departing committee members, whose terms ended in 2021:

Denise Byrnes – Executive Director, OXFAM-Québec
Terrance Carter – Partner, Carters Professional Corporation
Peter Elson – Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Victoria
Bruce Lawson – President & CEO, The Counselling Foundation of Canada
Susan Manwaring – Partner, Miller Thomson
Peter Robinson – Co-Owner, Hedgerow Farm; and Former CEO, David Suzuki Foundation
Paulette Senior – President & CEO, Canadian Women’s Foundation
Paula Speevak – President & CEO, Volunteer Canada

“I am pleased to welcome the new members of the Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector, including two members from the Muslim community. Increased representation is important to ensure that the work of the committee reflects the diverse needs of the charitable sector. I look forward to continued collaboration with the committee as we work together to shape a regulatory environment that enables charities to succeed.”

– The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue

Since 2019, the Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector (ACCS) has been engaging in meaningful dialogue with the charitable sector to advance emerging issues related to charities. To date, they have published three reports containing a range of recommendations on important and emerging issues facing registered charities.

As part of the selection process for the new members, the CRA held an open call for applications, which closed on May 21, 2021. Over 200 people applied, and the CRA reviewed all applications to ensure that the committee is well represented, inclusive, and diverse.

On July 22, 2021, the Government of Canada hosted the Summit on Islamophobia. At the summit, the Minister of National Revenue committed to appointing a member of the Muslim community to the ACCS.

The CRA encouraged applications from a broad cross-section of experts, practitioners, leaders from the not-for-profit and private sectors, as well as members of various groups, including women, LGBTQ2+ communities, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of visible minorities. Increased representation is important to ensure the work done within the committee reflects the diverse needs of the charitable sector.

The Report of the Consultation Panel on the Political Activities of Charities was published in May 2017 and contained a number of recommendations, including that the Government of Canada consult with the charitable sector to modernize the rules governing the charitable sector. The ACCS is the Government’s response to that recommendation.

The Government provided $3.2 million in new funding to the CRA over the 2018-19 to 2023-24 period to support the Advisory Committee in strengthening the relationship between government and the charitable sector. 

Chris MacMillan

Press Secretary

Office of the Minister of National Revenue