In a much anticipated announcement, Creative BC, the non-profit society responsible for promoting the development of creative industries in British Columbia, has appointed Prem Gill as CEO.
Prem brings over 20 years of experience in the industry with a diverse background in film and television broadcasting, communications and media, and digital technology. Prem will use her varied experience to lead the Creative BC team in positioning BC as a global leader in the creative industries when she takes on the role at the end of September.
“Prem Gill is a natural fit as the new CEO for Creative BC due to her outstanding relationship building skills, her reputation in Canada as one of the top leaders who matter in film, television and content creation and her passionate commitment to supporting local creative talent across multi-screen platforms,” said Michael Francis, Chair, Board of Directors of Creative BC.
“She will play a key role in working with the provincial government, industry stakeholders and staff to help grow BC’s creative industries and enhance the province’s reputation as a world-class centre for creative content production,” he added.
“Creative BC is an important player in developing a growing creative economy that has already seen much success and I am honoured to join and lead a team that continues to advocate for the advancement of this sector,” said Prem Gill.
“I truly believe in driving a strategy that celebrates the diverse creative industry through film, TV, books, magazines, music and interactive media and know as a community we have the tools we need to see extensive growth. By continuing to push the boundaries, we will position BC as a global leader in innovation and creativity.”
Prem’s commitment to the creative economy in BC can be seen through her work as Director of Production & Original Programming with TELUS and previous experience in the broadcast industry with CityTV and CHUM. Prem is Vice-Chair of the board of directors for the National Screen Institute, holds a board of director position with the Vancouver International Film Festival and an advisory position with Women in View.
Prem will be taking over from Richard Brownsey who retired as President and CEO of Creative BC on June 30, 2015. Brownsey played a crucial role supporting the growth of BC’s dynamic and diverse creative sector at Creative BC.