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.


Bylaws – The Foundation for Canadian Comedy (CANCOM)

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

Danish Anwar
Danish AnwarComedy Artist/Producer
Various television and radio appearances, writing credits. Comedy content producer on the global market, including LA, Tokyo, New York City and London. Founder of the Toronto Comedy All Stars.
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 and his wife have three kids and live in Toronto, where they foster babies with the Children’s Aid Society.

Jeff King
Jeff KingCEO, Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver
Jeff is the CEO of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV). Prior to his appointment as CEO, Jeff served as the Chief Operating Officer for The Society of Composers, Authors, and Music Publishers of Canada, (SOCAN). Between 2020 and 2021, he also served as interim CEO of Dataclef, a back-office service provider to music rights organizations, and as Chair of the Board of Directors at DDEX, a standards-setting organization focused on creating digital value chain standards for the music industry.
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.

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 and proud to advocate for comedy as art.
Mike King
Mike KingHead of National Sales for Modis
Mike is currently the Head of National Sales for Modis, a global organization dedicated to providing IT & Tech services to clients in 20 countries. Formerly the Director: Data Analytics & Strategic Initiatives at SOCAN, he was responsible for heading up the Data Governance and Project Management Office. Mike brings expertise in Data Analytics, Asset Management and

Venture Capital and a passion for artists’ rights to copyright and royalties. Mike started his career as a diplomat during the South African democratic transition and worked briefly with former President Mandela.

Mike Green
Mike Green
Mike Green is a comedian and producer from Winnipeg, Manitoba. He’s performed at Just for Laughs as part of the New Faces showcase and toured all over Canada as a headliner. You can watch his first TV project, the Comedy Battle Royale, streaming on FibeTV1. He’s proud to be from the prairies and to have helped build a comedy community there that is poised to take Canada by storm.
Thamina Jaferi
Thamina Jaferi
Thamina Jaferi is a lawyer by profession and currently a Senior Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Consultant. Thamina has a passion for the creative arts and has dabbled in stand-up comedy and screenwriting especially during her time as Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Toronto Film School. She believes in the power of comedy to transform hearts and minds and bring people of diverse backgrounds together to bond over their similarities. Thamina is excited to be a part of CANCOM’s Board and contribute to highlighting the talents of diverse Canadian comedians.

Leadership Team