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Toronto Film School Announces Members of its New Diversity Advisory Councils

Toronto Film School has announced the names of its newly appointed, elected and selected members of the TFS Diversity Advisory Councils for faculty, staff and students.

 

“These members will play an important role in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in our organization,” said Thamina Jaferi, Toronto Film School’s Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

 

 

The new members of the Diversity Advisory Council will also play key roles in furthering TFS’s proposed Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan by providing feedback on policies and initiatives that matter to faculty, students and staff.

 

Read more about the members of TFS’s Faculty & Staff Diversity Advisory Council, as well as its Student Diversity Advisory Council, here:

 

Toronto Film School/Toronto Film School Online Faculty and Staff Diversity Advisory Council

 

Andrew Barnsley, President (Co-Chair)

Andrew Barnsley is an Emmy and Golden Globe-winning Executive Producer based in Toronto and Los Angeles. He is currently an Executive Producer on CTV/Bell Media’s comedy series Jann, starring Jann Arden, CBC/PopTV’s Schitt’s Creek, starring Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara, Family Channel/CBBC’s tween series My Perfect Landing. His 2021 development and production slate includes series with CTV/Bell Media, CBC, City TV/Rogers Media, Amazon Studios, and Hulu. 

Since 2001, Barnsley has produced content across multiple genres and formats including comedy, animation, live-action, children’s, documentary and multiple live concert specials.

In addition to Andrew’s role at Project 10 he is also the President of Toronto Film School. He is a member of the Producer’s Guild of America, 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.

 

 

Dr. Noor Jehan Kabani, Director of Program Quality Assurance & Research Administration  

Noor’s lived experiences and work with vulnerable populations has led to her engagement in the practices of equity, diversity and inclusion. As an international student from Pakistan, Noor completed her graduate studies in Neuroscience at McGill University. She has since held interdisciplinary research appointments in major hospitals across Montreal and Toronto, creating 3-dimensional structural brain maps and using MRI technology to study cognitive decline. In this period, she developed and delivered courses for cross-disciplinary audience in universities and medical schools and served on several granting agencies including Tri-Council Canada. Prior to her tenure at Yorkville University in April 2022, Noor was coordinator of the undergraduate program and conducted comprehensive program reviews at George Brown College, while representing the academic faculty on the board of governors. During this time, she chaired the Research Ethics Board and launched the Course-based Research Ethics Consortium of Ontario. With a passion for authentic education, Noor created and led committees for domestic and international students to foster a sense of belonging and inclusion through a variety of social and academic events, built program-community partnerships for work-integrated learning, designed curriculum from the lens of anti-racism & decolonization and delivered workshops in social ethics of research design. In her current role, Noor is committed to support the quality of academic programs and the culture of research & scholarship at Yorkville.    

 

 

Thamina Jaferi, ​Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (Co-Chair)

Thamina Jaferi is Yorkville University’s Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. An experienced diversity and inclusion professional and subject matter expert, Jaferi has a background in law, human rights and equity. In her role at Yorkville University, she develops, implements and administers various diversity programs, education and training to advance and support a diverse and inclusive workplace and inclusive service provision in the higher education sector.

 

 

Sara Zaman, MBA, MHRM – HR Coordinator  

My name is Sara Zaman. I was born in Sylhet, Bangladesh and I immigrated to Canada back in 2017 as an international student for my second masters in HR. I have worked at Yorkville University since April 2021 – first as a Program Advisor for BBA & Global students and now as a HR Coordinator. My passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion when I migrated in Canada. I got a better understanding of systemic discrimination and intersectional inequality. Now working in Human Resources, I know how important diversity and inclusion is in organizations and it has always been an area of interest for me. I look forward to being on the Diversity Advisory Council and continuing to contribute to long-term change and fostering a positive environment. 

 

 

Mercedes Cardella, Curriculum Developer

Mercedes Cardella is a classically trained, multilingual actress, author, singer, producer and educator from Toronto. She is of Afro-Caribbean/ Afro-Latinx and Italian origin. She is the founder of Magic Carpet Productions, a multi-platform production company that explores diverse narratives with an emphasis on social justice issues. She holds a Masters of Education from University of Toronto and was recently featured in OISE’s Alumni Portrait series. As an educator, scholar and human rights activist, she has co-authored with international Fulbright scholars, and her research has been published in peer-reviewed international academic journals. She is an advocate of social justice education and has presented many workshops that explore issues of race, gender and sexuality, implicit bias and microaggressions in the workplace.

As an actress, her recent on-screen work includes Catherine Hernandez’s award-winning novel turned to feature film, Scarborough. Moreover, she is currently working with Ubisoft on the Far Cry 6 video game. She is passionate about cultures, traditions and belief systems that bring humanity into greater proximity to one another. Her relentless passion for film, education and social justice activism will exemplify as an extraordinary asset to the Diversity Advisory Committee at TFS/TFSO.

 

 

Ingrid Hart, Acting for Film, Television and the Theatre Faculty 

Ingrid Hart was born and raised in Toronto to Afro-Jamaican parents. She began her career in front of the camera as a fashion model and later studied theatre at New York City’s American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Perhaps best known for her lead role on Global Television’s improvisational drama, Train 48, Hart has more than 20 years of acting experience and has appeared in films such as How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and Saw IV and television series such as NBC’s Kojak and CBC’s Being Erica.

Hart is also Canada’s first certified teacher of the Chubbuck Technique – an empowering approach to script analysis used by Emmy, Tony, Academy and Joey award winners worldwide. She has directly worked with actors represented in festivals such as the National Black Film Festival in Houston, Texas, the Alaska International Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival. In addition to her own private coaching practice, Hart teaches Camera Acting at Toronto Film School, which is proudly ranked as the 8th best film school in the world.

 

 

Bruno Lyra, Film Production & Writing for Film and Television Faculty

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Lyra only began working in film in recent years. Indeed, until mid-2016, he was a corporate tax lawyer, having become the youngest senior partner in the history of his 60+year firm. Since making the switch to film, Lyra has devoted his time to both producing — credits include the award-winning feature The Sounding as well as the ongoing series First Person, now in its second season, having played at TIFF and Cannes — and screenwriting — he secured a deal with Blue Ant Media for his TV show Identities and one of his feature film projects was recently selected for development financing by Telefilm.

 

 

Toronto Film School/Toronto Film School Online Student Diversity Advisory Council Members

 

 

Thamina Jaferi, ​Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (Co-Chair)

Thamina Jaferi is Yorkville University’s Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. An experienced diversity and inclusion professional and subject matter expert, Jaferi has a background in law, human rights and equity. In her role at Yorkville University, she develops, implements and administers various diversity programs, education and training to advance and support a diverse and inclusive workplace and inclusive service provision in the higher education sector.

 

 

Linka Louange Nitereka, Acting for Film, Television and Theatre Student (TFS)

I was born in a small beautiful and complicated country called Burundi. At the age of 15, my family and I migrated to Canada as immigrants. The culture shock that I experienced was unimaginable. I was left to fend for myself, I did not have anybody who had the tools to help me feel like home or get me up on my feet. I made a promise to myself that when I get in a place of privilege I will do what it takes to help the ones in need.