BOARD OF DIRECTORS

A Board of Directors made up of individuals with interests in the Canadian comedy industry will govern CANCOM. 

A Board of Directors made up of individuals with interests in the Canadian comedy industry will govern CANCOM.

The Board will have the authority to implement and establish the vision of the organization. This includes, but is not limited to, responsibility for its decisions related to CANCOM’s operating budget and its funding decisions relevant to the allocation of any revenues received, which will be managed by its Executive Director and their Leadership Team personnel.

The Board will also approve and supervise the implementation of comedy arts service programs, as well as an effective application and objective appraisal process for CANCOM’s funding decisions, as per the foundation’s Proposal Guidelines.

The Board of Directors is elected by CANCOM Members and Member organizations.

There are up to fifteen (15) positions on the Board, with current directors including:

Adam Growe
Adam GroweComedian, TV Host
Adam Growe is a co-founder of The Foundation for Canadian Comedy (CANCOM).

For over 30 years, Adam has been performing on radio, television, stage, and at conferences and events. In addition to hosting Discovery Channel’s Cash Cab, Adam is an accomplished stand-up comedian starring in Just for Laughs, Comedy NOW!, CBS’s Star Search, and Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. His career portfolio includes event and conference Host/MC, moderating panels, keynote presentations, and one-person theatre shows.

Adam also coaches executives in public speaking and leadership communications, as well as teaches private courses as a certified Canadian Red Cross First Aid Instructor. He and his wife have three kids and live in Toronto, where they foster babies with the Children’s Aid Society.

Jeff King
Jeff KingCOO, SOCAN
Jeff King is responsible for strategy, licensing, distribution, international, information technology and corporate planning at SOCAN. He is accountable for SOCAN’s revenue and expense management for key operations. Since joining SOCAN in 2001, Jeff has held a number of senior positions throughout the organization and lead initiatives that significantly heightened member and licensee satisfaction.
Tom Hill
Tom HillImprov/Sketch Comedian
Tom Hill is an improv/sketch comedian from Regina and Vancouver. His duo Hip.Bang! has toured extensively nationally and internationally, and produced many live and filmed projects including two series and the first two comedy-driven shows supported by Canada Council’s Theatre stream. He is the Co-Director of Blind Tiger Comedy school, a board member of CASC and proud to advocate for comedy as art.
Theresa Tova
Theresa TovaPlaywright, Actress and Singer
Tova is an award-winning playwright, actress and singer, who recently finished two terms as the President of ACTRA Toronto. She also serves as Treasurer of ACTRA National as she continues to perform on stage, television, film and Web Series.
Michael O'Farrell
Michael O'FarrellCEO of onVIVA Broadcasting Corporation
Michael is Founder and CEO of onVIVA Broadcasting Corporation, a Canadian-based live video network that allows creators to price, schedule and deliver content to audiences worldwide. Michael is a notable technology pioneer and has chaired international forums; co-authored digital industry publications, and led emerging technology initiatives with F1000 organizations worldwide.
Johanne Britton
Johanne BrittonPresident of The Mob's Press
Johanne has been a promoter, supporter and advocate for comedy for over a decade, including bilingual digital marketing strategy support for individual artists. With roots in Montreal, QC, she is currently the President of The Mob’s Press, a marketing and promotions company that caters to artists. With her art, comedy, culture and event ticketing platforms, she provides artists the tools they need to maximize online visibility, create new opportunities and expand comedians’ networks.

She is a founding member of The Canadian Association of Stand-up Comedians and continues to work voluntarily for the association.

She is currently working on her own comedy brand, Red Fedora Comedy, and will be launching its first tour CANFRAN Comedy Tour in 2022.

Andrew Barnsley
Andrew BarnsleyExecutive Producer
Andrew Barnsley is an Emmy-winning (Best Comedy Series) and Golden Globe nominated Executive Producer based in Toronto and Los Angeles. He is a multi-nominated/three-time Canadian Screen Award-winning (Best Comedy Series) Executive Producer. Barnsley is currently the Executive Producer on CTV/Bell Media’s 14 x ½ hour comedy series Jann starring Jann Arden, CBC/PopTV’s 80 x ½ hour series Schitt’s Creek starring Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara, Family Channel/CBBC’s 15 x ½ hour tween series My Perfect Landing. His 2020 development and production slate includes series with CTV/Bell Media, CBC, City TV/Rogers Media, Amazon Studios, and Hulu. He has served previously as the Executive Producer on CTV’s 26 x 1/2 hour sitcom Spun Out starring Dave Foley, the TMN/Movie Central documentary series Sports On Fire and the HBO Canada documentary feature Spirit Unforgettable (2016). Since 2001, Barnsley has produced content across multiple genres and formats including comedy, animation, live-action, children’s, documentary and multiple live concert specials.

Andrew currently serves Executive Producer in Residence at Toronto Film School. He is a member of the Canadian Media Producers Association, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (USA) and the Academy of Canadian Film & Television.

He holds an MA in Communications and Culture from Ryerson and York Universities, a BAA from Ryerson University’s Radio and Television Arts Program and a BEd from St. Thomas University in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

Leadership Team

Executive Director (ED) – is responsible to the Board and is responsible for creating, proposing and managing the foundation’s annual operating budget, as well as the structure and definition of the foundation’s respective funding streams and service support programs to comedy artists.

The ED will consult with the leadership team under their supervision to determine the final recommendations for successful funding recipients and present them to the Board for approval. The ED’s other responsibilities include: monitoring the progress and results of comedy arts service programs, all successful applicants for the duration of their funding contract, and report all findings regularly to the Board; and, developing policies, strategies and procedures to recommend to the Board and carrying out any such policies, programs and directives they approve.

Program Manager (PM) – is responsible for executing the directives they receive from the ED related to the implementation and management of the foundation’s comedy arts service programs and funding streams. The PM evaluates employee, contractor and volunteer candidates specifically related to the administration of the foundation’s service programs and funding streams.

The PM oversees the service programs and funding Proposal Guidelines, which includes: receiving and categorizing application proposals; the administration of the evaluation process; summarizing assessments provided through the jury process; informing all applicants as to the status of their proposals; and tracking outcomes and results.

The PM also reviews the challenges and opportunities for improvement of the application, evaluation, and administration process with all Leadership Team members and presents outcomes and success story data, as well as a summary of recommendations to the ED.

Peer Assessors (Assessors) – are short-term contractors who, in consultation with other Assessors, are responsible for evaluating the merit of proposals submitted to the foundation’s funding streams in terms of whether they satisfy the criteria described in the Proposal Guidelines.

Assessors are contracted based on their experience, knowledge, impartiality, and credibility within the Canadian comedy industry. The PM assigns Assessors categories and a selection of applicants to assess, as per directives from the ED. In determining recommendations for successful applicants for funding, Assessors must follow a strict evaluation, privacy, and documentation process that is audited by an independent consultant.

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